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About Whose Line Is It Anyway? with Phill Jupitus

Six brave performers will arrive with no script and not the faintest idea of what will happen. Willed on by a supportive crowd, through improvisation they create whole sketches and comic dramas that are amazingly inventive and sometimes take off into flights of surreal brilliance.

Featuring some of the most popular characters from the English TV series Whose Line Is Anyway? the live show follows the same format as the TV show as seen on Channel 4 (currently on Dave Channel on SKY ) with loads of audience participation and madcap improvised Comedy sketches. The format is simple. The comedians improvise a full night of comedy based on audience suggestion. It is comedy without a safety net, it is guerrilla theatre and it is very very funny. 

A little bit about the guys....

Stephen Frost stands 6 feet 5 inches in his socks and possesses the bushiest black eyebrows in Christendom. He's very loud and very funny especially when things go very wrong.

Stephen is best known for his work in the 1980s with Mark Arden as part of the double act, The Oblivion Boys on Saturday Live. He appeared in a series of British TV advertisements ending with the catchphrase "I bet he drinks Carling Black Label".

A veteran of the alternative comedy scene, Stephen appeared regularly in The Young Ones and he has appeared many times the improvisation show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?". He has also appeared on a few episodes of "Have I Got News for You" and on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks". He enjoyed two small "Blackadder" roles and had a cameo in the British comedy series "Mr. Bean", starring Rowan Atkinson.

In 2003 he appeared in Guy Masterson's sell-out production of "12 Angry Men" alongside Bill Bailey.

Richard Vranch improvises comedy on stage with the Comedy Store Players (with Paul Merton & Josie Lawrence) every Wednesday and Sunday at The Comedy Store in London. He has performed since 1979, and formed a comedy double-act with Tony Slattery in 1981. The duo hosted the Channel 4 quiz "The Music Game" and over 100 episodes of "Cue the Music" on ITV. He was the improvising pianist and guitarist on the original British television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" appearing in 87 episodes between 1988 & 1997. Having said all that only a small proportion of his overall work is musical and Richard is also a very funny inprovisor. This year he performed in Edinburgh with "Paul Merton's Impro Chums" 

Steve Steen has been performing pretty much everywhere since 1972. He's appeared in every funny programme you've heard of including Blackadder, Fry and Laurie, Have I got news for you, Whose Line is it anyway and ...The Bill.

It was inevitable that a man like Steve would spend a spell in prison, and in 1979 he was duly banged up in 'Porridge' the film spin-off from the TV series. Upon his release he promised to mend his ways and went to Berlin to perform in the celebration of 100 years of German culture where he was banned and almost booted out of the country.

Channel four started up and their first home grown comedy series was 'Little Armadillos' starring Steve and his mate Jim Sweeney

You name it he's done it, The Kenny Everett Show', `Carrott Confidential`, Saturday Night Live', 'Russell Harty's Christmas Party', 'Wogan', 'Blackadder the Third', 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie', 'Red Dwarf', 'The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos', 'Spitting Image', 'Clive Anderson Talks Back', 'Have I Got News For You', 'Whose Line Is It Anyway', 'The Bill', 'The Lenny Henry Show', 'The Rory Bremner Show', 'The Good Sex Guide', 'Crapston Villas', 'Jo Brand Through the Cakehole', 'The Paul Merton Show', etc, etc, blah blah blah...

Andy Smart has performed at 28 consecutive Edinburgh Festivals including the all comedian version of 12 Angry Men which also went on to tour Australia and New Zealand. He has also performed in Edinburgh with "Paul Merton's Impro Chums" This year he organised the 1st annual poker tournament for comics. Andy has a predilection for extreme danger and has run with the bulls in Pamplona 49 times - so far

Andy has been performing as a guest with the Comedy Store Players for 13 years and became a permanent member in 1995.

As a member of the "Steve Frost Impro All Stars" Andy has toured Ireland several times as well as performing in: Edinburgh at the Festival, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shang-Hai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Manilla, Taiwan, Singapore, New York, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Antibes, Paris, Wellington, Adelaide, Perth WA, and Prague.


Special guests on the night include Ian Coppinger (Dublin Comedy Improv) & Phill Jupitus (Never mind the buzzcocks)

Ian Coppinger is the finest improvisational talent Ireland has produced. A founding member of The Comedy Improv (1992) where he still performs every Monday night at the International Bar in Dublin, Ian has since accepted invitations to improvise with the popular Second City from Chicago, Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Comedy Store Players and Theatresports. Hot Press described him as ‘pound for pound the funniest human being to have existed anywhere ever'. He is way funnier than all these English improvisers and standing 5 feet tall he looks quite funny beside Stephen Frost.

Phill Jupitus is a comedian highly rated by his peers; he has a massive live following and is at his best off the cuff. Using the moniker 'Porky the Poet', he started out as a performance poet and he toured supporting bands such as Billy Bragg, The Style Council and The Housemartins.

He is now a multi-talented performer appearing regularly on Whose line is it anyway?, QI with Stephen Fry and is a team captain on ‘Never mind the Buzzcocks' 

Add to that, directing music videos for the likes of Billy Bragg and also produced the music video for Kirsty MacColl's 1991 single release "All I Ever Wanted" along with DJing regularly both on the radio and at clubs and festivals, Phill is a noted fan of alternative music styles. He also performed with The Blockheads (and has done so sporadically over the last few years since Ian Dury's death) on their 30th anniversary tour in 2007.