What’s coming soon to NextUp in February 2020?
James R | On 13, Feb 2020
Update: NextUp and Soho Theatre have teamed up for four special recordings
NextUp partners with Soho Theatre this month to present a string of exclusive live recordings, but that’s only the start of a February packed with comedy to fall in love with.
The subscription video-on-demand platform specialising exclusively in stand-up comedy specials champions the most exciting names in stand-up comedy, filming and showcasing their work worldwide. Comedians among its catalogue include Max & Ivan, Jordan Brookes, Tiff Stevenson, Jonathan Pie, Hal Cruttenden, Paul Sinha, Bill Hicks, Bec Hill, Lou Sanders, Eleanor Morton, Tommy Tiernan, Stuart Laws, Simon Munnery, Daliso Chaponda, Tiernan Douieb, Tom Ward and many more.
February includes specials from Matt Gubser, President Obonjo, Micahel Legge and Alex Kealy.
NextUp co-founder Sarah Henley says: “This month is full to the brim with some really exciting stuff and I am particularly looking forward to the shows we recorded at Soho Theatre seeing the light of day. We’re always striving to give our members the best and most exciting acts on the circuit and this next tranche of releases definitely won’t disappoint!”
Here’s the line-up of new NextUp releases in February 2020:
Matt Gubser: Daddy Issues – Out Now
San Francisco based comedian Matt Gubser’s 2015 show delves into fatherhood, sex, dating, politics, religion, and a few other odds and ends. Delivered in the comic’s signature dry, irreverent style this tale of single fatherhood is a smart, dark and perceptive piece of stand-up.
President Obonjo: Goodbye Mr President – Out Now
African dictator President Obonjo (who is currently in exile in Britain) continues on his campaign to be the first President to take the UK comedy scene by storm. ‘Goodbye Mr President’ tells the tale of an unlikely friendship between the dictator and an Englishman. The man behind the construct, Benjamin Bello, brings his third show as the Dear Leader to Edinburgh with great success, not one to be missed.
Michael Legge: The Idiot – Out Now
A splendid hour of hard-hitting comedy from one of the angriest men on the UK circuit; Michael Legge delights with a show full to bursting with ‘big laughs and ranty surrealism’ (The List). The Idiot received rave reviews across the board and is certainly one of the smartest hours of comedy out there.
Ali Brice: Bin Wondering – Out Now
A surreal yet honestly reflective hour of masterful comedy. Having spent time in a wheelie bin (for warmth, obviously), Ali’s mind has been wandering and wondering. Brice has tried to throw a lot away – including himself, and all he knows is that he doesn’t want to be in a bin again. Ever. But how’s he coping with his second chance at life?
Alex Kealy : Rationale – 19th February 2020
Political comic Alex Kealy explores the emotional roots behind our seemingly-rational thoughts in this crafted and well thought out show from last year’s Fringe. Dubbed the ‘rising star of the British stand-up scene’ (The List), it’s a tough title to live up to but Alex manages it with ease.
Live from Soho: Adidi Mittal: Mother of Invention – 24th February
Motherhood: the most celebrated and exploited condition of human existence. Joining an illustrious line of shows by straight white men about their daddy issues, this is a show by a straight brown woman about her mummy issues. The star of Netflix’s Comedians of the World and her own hour-long special, Aditi returns to Soho following her critically acclaimed 2017 debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Live from Soho:Jen Brister: Meaningless – 24th February
Sketch duo and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees Lazy Susan – aka Celeste Dring and Freya Parker – perform their smash hit Forgive Me, Mother!, for the final time. The show was a huge critical success in Edinburgh 2018, garnering five star reviews and enjoying sold out performances at Soho Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Live from Soho: Lazy Susan: Forgive me, Mother! – 24th February
Ever wanted to know the meaning of lie? No, neither has Jen. She’s too busy trying to stop her twins from using her shoes as a toilet. Still, we’re only on this planet for a finite time, wouldn’t it be good to find a bit of meaning in your otherwise pointless existence? Join Jen as she clutches at all the straws trying to make sense of it all.
Live from Soho: Shappi Korshandi: Skittish Warrior… Confessions of a Club Comic – 24th February
Shappi is back at Soho Theatre with her 2019 show, Skittish Warrior…Confessions of a Club Comic – a warts-and-all journey of the 90s comedy scene to breaking through on telly then letting it all slip away. A brand-new hour of sharp-tongued gags, cultural observation and whatever else is in her easily distracted mind. As heard on Radio 4, read in two critically acclaimed books, and seen sleeping in a hammock.
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