Hold On To Your Haggis! (No, that’s not a euphemism.) This summer the RSC returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time in nine years for the European premiere of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)! The Pleasance One Theatre will be the site of this comic outrage from July 31 to August 25. Don’t miss the show that Broadway World called “A master class in the art form” and The Cincinnati Enquirer said was “A wild, wild ride! It’s funny. Really, really funny… And most of all it’s really, really smart!” Buy your tickets now!
Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor announce an unprecedented event: The Complete Works of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (abridged) Extravaganza, produced by the Reston Community Center in Reston, VA, from September 12-21, 2014: seven shows in ten days, appearances from past and present members of the RSC, workshops, special performances, talkbacks, live podcast recordings, special guests, and more. We know where we’ll be! (Length 17:29)
LIVE! (ish) from the Pleasance Courtyard, the throbbing hub of theatrical activity here at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, comes this collection of pitches from people selling some of the more than three thousand shows being performed this year. Featuring our reduced tribute to Robin Williams, rules for doing sh*t-faced Shakespeare, denizens of the Night Bus, the essence of the Fringe, time-travel sketch comedy, an unearthly pitch from the VocaPeople, and a special appearance from BBC Radio legend and Fringe stalwart Nicholas Parsons. (Length 24:28)
Yisrael Campbell is just your run-of-the-mill Irish, Italian, Catholic, American, Reform, Conservative, and now Orthodox Jew, and he tells the story of his fascinating journey in “Circumcise Me”, his funny and poignant one-man show currently playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Featuring journeys both spiritual and theatrical, stereotypes both confounded and embodied, controversially nuanced thoughts about tensions in the Middle East, and the proud fierce Scottish love of beards. (Length 17:34)
LIVE! From the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh, Scotland comes this celebration of our 400th continuous week of podcasting and our return (after nine years) to the place that launched it all, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Join us as we adopt some foreign pronunciations (while strongly rejecting others), attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff, try (and fail) to avoid persistent flyer people, recommend shows we’ve already seen, and generally revel in the madness of this Olympics of Theatre. (Length 18:02)
Second City‘s legacy informs every aspect of contemporary comedy (including many alumni who’ve performed with us) and this week Executive Vice President and President of Second City Theatricals Kelly Leonard gives us the reduced history of Second City’s over-fifty year impact on popular culture. Featuring phenomenal growth, changing trends, ensemble spirit in a city of ensembles, developing new work without losing what’s essential, and sobering examples and cautionary tales. (Length 18:48)