DANNY ROBINS' EVENTS GUIDE: 2ND SEPTEMBER
Greenwich Comedy Festival - 6th - 12th September
You'd think the comedy world would need a little nap after Edinburgh, but no sooner has the Fringe ended and another comedy festival starts, in Greenwich in South London to be precise.
It's based at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. They've a Spiegeltent and a Big Top tent. There are plenty of big names - the likes of Phill Jupitus, David O'Doherty, Andrew Maxwell, there's Angelos Epithemiou from Shooting Stars and Eugene Mirman who plays Brett and Jermaine's landlord in Flight of the Conchords.
Adam Buxton will be doing something called Bug - The Evolution of Music Video, showcasing various music videos with introductions from Adam. It's a special edition of a regular BFI showcase event.
But, of all the stuff on offer, the name that really stands out is Tom Green - Hollywood star and former Mr Drew Barrymore. After coming to attention on MTV, he went huge, doing major movies, filling in for Letterman, releasing rap albums, gracing the cover of Rolling Stone and marrying Drew, more recently he's had a bit of a career doldrums and now he's reinventing both with an Internet chat show (see www.tomgreen.com) and by turning to stand up. He'd did it a little bit as a teenager but this is basically him coming to it for the first time aged 39. Obviously a Hollywood star is going to be under a bit more pressure than most, be interesting to see if he lives up to the hype...
A couple of gigs that caught my eye...
If you have ever sported a Mohican, a safety pin through the ear or a UK Subs jacket, get yourself to Durham on Saturday 11th September for Durham Punk Fest, a now annual event.
It's at Dunelm House, the Durham University Student Union. UK Subs are appearing alongside The Penetrators and the headliners are the rather excellent The Buzzcocks.
Meanwhile, down the other end of the country at London's Jazz Cafe on Friday 10th September you can see Hackney Colliery Band, a 9 piece brass band ensemble who play hip hop and 'brass funk'. Expect brass band re-workings of MF Doom, Notorious B.I.G and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Hit Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury - on tour
Keeping on a punk tip, it's ten years since Ian Dury died and with the Andy Serkis biopic Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll earlier this year these been renewed interest in the life of one of our greatest living songwriters.
This play predates the film - it began life at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 and did a short London run last year. It was back in Edinburgh this summer and now it's going on a tour around the country.
It features just two characters - Ian, played by actor Mark White, and Ian's manager and long-time friend Fred 'Spider' Rowe, played by Josh Darcy - it cuts between their often fiery conversations and performances of Ian's songs.
It's had rave reviews and sounds well-worth catching. The tour started in Bristol on the 1st and is there at the Tobacco Factory until the 4th. It's at the Garrick Theatre in the West End from the 9th to the 11th, then it's off for a series of one-nighters and short runs around most of the country, culminating in Liverpool in November.