Edingburg Fringe 2017

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Each year in August the population of Edinburgh quadruples, the hotel prices skyrocket and you can count yourself lucky if you can find a decent priced meal or a beer. And yet, if you love stand-up comedy, there is no better place to be. Each August the best stand up comedians gather in Edinburgh and play their new show every day for a whole month.  We wouldn’t be the great comedyteam you know us to be if we didn’t set up camp in Edinburgh, so we spent a week in Scotland’s capital.

DIY Comedy
During the fringe every backroom is turned into something that resembles a comedyclub. Comedians take on the role of sound engineer, lighttech and flyerer for their own show. At the end of their set they wait by the door with a bucket hoping that, if you liked the show,  you throw in some cash.  It’s a hectic 30 day marathon which results in fun times and a bunch of comedyzombies wandering the hills of Edinburgh by the end of August.

A lot of comedy
We checked out about 50+ comedians during our stay. Some of them well known to the RITCS stage getting great reviews. Tim Renkow killed it at the Monkey Barrel club, Matt Price Ruled Cabaret Voltaire And Phil Nichol got the first five star review of the fringe.  We even got a chance to meet Scotland’s best and biggest comedian Danny Bhoy, joking our little club would be a welcome change for the big stadium shows he usually does.

Come to Brussels
It’s safe to say we’ve spotted/booked a few great comedians for Brussels. Who they are? We’ll keep that a secret but their reviews earned enough stars to blind you, we even got a ‘best show at the fringe’ nominee among them.

We couldn’t leave without a little joke ourselves
Since our Belgian beers are  considered a world heritage by Unesco and scottish food and beer isn’t we’ve devised a cunning but friendly way of telling the Scots.

The about 80 posters were plastered all over Edinburgh and caused a bit of a controversy. Mainly scottish comedians offering us a dram of whisky with the message “can you do better than that !?!”…. Touché!

Jokes we liked:
Robert Garnham
Insomnia is awful. But on the plus side – only three more sleeps till Christmas.
John-Luke Roberts: How did the Village People meet? They obviously led such different lives.
Markus Birdman: Waiter waiter, do you have frogs legs? No, I was born with a congenital spinal condition. But since this government have cut disability allowance, I’ve been forced back into work.
Phil Nichol: Elton John hates talking about Indian clothing. Sari seems to be the hardest word.
Lee Nelson: A lot of older people wonder if there will be life after death. There is, of course – it just won’t involve them.

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May 16: English Comedy At RITCS Café: Dave Fulton / Anil Desai

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One more comedy night before the summer break and we are going out with a bang!
We are very proud to host a true comedy genius, Dave Fulton and a Master impressionist, Anil Desai. May 16 is going to be a brilliant show! Get your tickets by mailing standuprits@gmail.com

Dave Fulton (US):
Dave Fulton is opinionated, isn’t afraid to pull punches in his observations, toured with Mitch Hedberg, is a regular at all the big clubs and forced the BBC to issue a formal nationwide apology after appearing on tv. This American comedian has tonnes of comedy experience, a bunch of tv credits and some great stories about the stuff that matters in life… like guns, drugs and motorcycles.

Anil Desai (UK):
Since performing his record-breaking ‘52 impressions in 5 minutes’ Anil Desai has been touring the world with his unique brand of feel good, energetic, stand-up comedy. His shows are based on his real life stories, experiences and observations – at times dry, occasionally sarcastic, but with genuine honesty and an optimistic wisdom.

Jarno Boone:
The honour of last ‘Talent Spot’ of the season goes to Jarno

See you Tuesday May 16

The Comedyteam 

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Apr 18: English Comedy At RITCS Café

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Happy Birthday to us!

English Comedy at RITCS café turns two this month. That is why, especially for our birthday, we do the exact same thing we do every month: Put on a great English stand-up Comedyshow!
We’ve made a killer line-up and we are sure you are going to love it.

Rob Deering (UK):
Our headliner is a musical comedy genius. With his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the London circuit. He had three very successful Edinburgh festivals shows and has performed throughout the world. The day after our RITCS show he’s playing at the Royal Albert Hall so our venue is a tad smaller but we are sure it has equally and more love for Rob!

Jovanka Steele (US):
Jovanka has tons of professional experience in the American and British circuits. Her sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival got rave reviews. ‘Easily my favourite of the festival’, The Stage wrote. BBC Radio called her show ‘a very very impressive act’.

Jens Lesthaeghe:
Jens was on our try or die spot before but he was struck with the flu. Known for not letting people off the hook easily our resident MC planted him back on the line-up.

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Mar 21: English Comedy at RITCS Café

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We were honored by the massive amount of positive feedback after our last show. So this month we tried even harder to make a great line-up… just for you!
Send us an email if you want to join on tuesday March 21 for a fun night out and some of the best beers Belgium has to offer.


Ian Cognito:
Ian is a comedians comedian. A man that came recommended by everyone in the business. An undecorated hero of the British comedy frontline with 25 years of experience. He has become one of the most respected comedians in the world by simply consistently doing great performances. Ian refuses to play “the tv fame-game” just because he is the best live performer there is.

Mino Van Nassau:
Mino aka the Indian comedian made it all the way to the finale of “The funniest person in the world”. It’s an international competition with over 50 contestants from around the globe. As a result he played the famous Laugh factory in L.A. and Chicago, venues where many of greats got their career started.

Jason Waddell:
Jason kickstarted his comedy career in Belgium with Humo’s comedy cup and now travels around Europe doing stand-up. 

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Feb 21: English Comedy at RITCS Café

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Ben Norris (UK)
Our headliner is one of the ‘London Comedy Store’ regulars. He has been on ‘Mock the week’, ‘Never mind the Buzzcocks’ and is the regular support act on Ed Byrne’s Tour. Ben has a great well-stocked arsenal of sharp lines and is one of our favorite comics on the circuit right now.

Non-comedy related fun fact: Martin Freeman, starring in Sherlock and the Hobbit is his cousin…. (that doesn’t help you in any way to make an informed comedy decision, but now you know!)

Jeron Dewulf (BE/CL)
Jeron has been in our line-up before. He’s well known among our Belgian comedy lovers as he seems to be everywhere on Belgian Tv. What not a lot of people know, is that he was crowned the world champion of improv in Berlin and has been working on an ‘English special’.

Jens Lesthaeghe:
Jens is our ‘talent spot’ of the night. 10 minutes of trying-out if you’re funny in front of a packed Ritcs Café… imagine the stress, scary! (luckily we’re all lovely people)

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Dec 20: English Comedy At RITCS Cafe

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December is a special month for special things and that is exactly what we will bring you.
Nigel Williams is Hosting our club and he has selected two of his favorite UK acts to join him: Adam Fields and Matt Price. Opening Act will be Belgium’s own promising international comedian Manu Moreau.

In addition and just because they are lovely people, Stuvo/RITCS is donating 1€ per ticket sold to Think Pink, the belgian Breast Cancer awareness foundation!

So come have a special Belgian beer, Laugh like there was no tomorrow and redeem your soul by supporting a good cause.

Matt Price:
Matt Price has a great comedy brain, tremendous speed and delivered a thoroughly enjoyable show. ★★★★★ The Scotsman

Adam Fields:
‘He’s suave, likeable and has a remarkable ability to make even the naughtiest jokes sound like pure poetry. An absolute master of the craft with well thought-out routines and a razor-sharp wit’ – Utrecht International Comedy Festival

Manu Moreau:
His comedy works similar to cocaine: one line after the other, very addictive.

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Nov 15: English Stand up at RITCS café

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Winter is coming. Luckily we’ve got exactly what you need to shake off the cold: Good comedy!
So send us an email if you want to join us on tuesday november 15th for a fun night out.

Daniël-Ryan Spaulding: Back by popular demand! Daniël-Ryan is a world touring canadian comic who’s got a lot of love to give. A regular at the Edinburgh fringe who achieved world stardom when the Huffington Post published his video ‘If Gay Guys Said the Shit Straight People Say’… and he’s our personal favorite.

Michael Porter: His new show is called ‘the madness in my method’ and a truer title has never been chosen. This Irish comic has been touring the Scottish/Irish/UK circuit and gladly goes out of his way to make us laugh.

Rik Van Geel: is this month’s talent spot after traveling the world and gigging in Kuala Lumpur Brussels is an obvious next step.

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Oct 18 English Stand up at RITCS café

We know you’ve missed us, but not to worry. We have spend all summer long diligently working on a great new comedy season. Handpicking comedians at fringes, theatres and sweaty bars all over the world especially for you!

This is what we got in store for October:

Johnny Kats (AUS):
All the way from Australia, Johnny is a dynamic energetic performer with an arsenal of jokes.
He has won ‘So you think you’re funny?’ which led to an international career. He has performed in all major comedy clubs in Australia, London and New York City and soon Brussels.

Neville Raven (UK):
Neville is an experienced London Stand-up Comedian, Radio presenter, Producer and Playwright. As a performer his storytelling style has engaged audiences all over the world. His material is guaranteed to be full of surprising twists with a constant stream of laughs.

Nikolas Rabogliatti (US/ BE)
Our first opening spot of the new season goes to Nikolas… just because he deserves it and because we know you like some fresh meat!

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May 16: Stand up at Rits Café with ISAK JANSSON & NEIL Mc FARLANE

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May 17 will be the final show of this season and we are spoiling you with no less than 4 comedians from all over the world! Get ready for a grand finale!

Line-up for this one:
Isak Jansson (SWE): will make you realise the Swedes have more funny people in store than just the Swedish Chef! Hilariously funny, has gigged all over the world, will have you in stitches.

Neil Mc Farlane (UK): started his comedy career in Scotland 14 years ago, where he remains a regular act at the highly-regarded Stand Comedy Clubs in Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Jason Quarles (USA): visiting our club all the way from NYC!

Baldarch (BE): our talent spot for the evening. And you know we recognize talent when we see it!

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Apr 19: Stand-up at Rits Café with PHIL NICHOL

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One of UK’s best comedians is coming all the way from Canada to Brussels!

–> Really proud to present to you: Phil Nichol
Phil Nichol is a truly unique performer. An acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician there is no end to his talent. Phil is an energetic and exciting performer with an unquenchable thirst to break boundaries and innovate with his work. His skill as an improviser whether it be musical, comedy or straight is unparalled. With a surreal edge to some of his mischievous rantings Nichol alwaysbrings something new to the stage, his keen sense of fun and eye for the shocking and absurd has cemented his position as one of the best comedians on the circuit today.

–> Alex Kommorov: a surprise, a first, an unexpected new start….. You need to come and see for yourself (that is all we are allowed to say)

–> Elias Van Dingenen: our talent spot of the evening!

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