Thursday, 15 November 2018
TWONKEY'S TEN YEAR TWITCH(the real name)OR TWONKEY TURNS THE UMBRELLA OF HISTORY, MEETS LEONARDO DA VINCI AND EXPLAINS CLIMATE CHANGE(name used for the Leicester Comedy Festival by mistake): London The Bill Murray Comedy Club: 6:45 PM THURSDAY 7TH OF FEBRUARY 2019 THE BILL MURRAY ISLINGTON LONDON Leicester Comedy Festival: 9:30 PM SATURDAY 9TH OF FEBRUARY 2019 HEROES @ THE CRITERION Twonkey’s 10th show is about grotesque cake decorating shop in the Dordogne that has been secretly making fake weather sense 1982.On the new show Mr.Twonkey has this to say "Only Last week I knocked on the door licking my lips in anticipation. The shopkeeper opened the door, a tiny woman who was all baggy eyes with a hard miserable face and fast little legs. I had made a horrible mistake I could not turn back! Come to the show and to find out what happened to me next" "A musical comic with an operatic imagination" 4 stars Beyond the Joke "He’s a one-man cornucopia of the bizarre" 4 stars Fringe Guru "He creates wonderlands of weird" 4 stars The Scotsman "Mind bending fables" 4 stars The Times "The plan is written on a teapot" 4 stars Broadway Baby Winner of the 2016 Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality. PHOTOS BY PHOTO EXPRESS
Friday, 31 August 2018
The Reviews, Twonkey’s Night Train to Liechtenstein Edinburgh Fringe 2018:
4 stars The Scotsman Kate Copstick.
4 stars Fringe Guru Stephen Walker. I am reliably informed (by me – Ed.) that it is almost impossible to travel by train to Liechtenstein, at night or at any other time. These trifling facts do not concern us here, as petty concerns such as real life have no bearing on the Twonkeyverse whatsoever. Mr Twonkey is here to take us on his surreal flights of fancy, so buckle in for the ride; the Night Train appears to fly, and it looks like Marie Antoinette is driving. The Twonkey experience is something else; he’s a one-man cornucopia of the bizarre. There are stories, songs, hats and many puppets, but you can never be quite sure of your footing. Everything careers off at an unexpected tangent, or even a right angle. Twonkey’s manager, Mr Pines, has discovered that Twonkey has inherited money from an aunt and must go to Liechtenstein to collect it. For those of us how have been this way before, it has always been doubtful that Mr Pines has Twonkey’s best interests at heart, and he duly sets in motion a plot to kill him with a Semtex Fez in the hope of claiming the money for himself. Twonkey is already en route, in need of the cash because Mrs Twonkey has thrown him out. He is missing his cat, Mr Trombone – to whom he sings a heart-rending song. In a similar sad vein, there is a rather pessimistic version of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, and in a desperate attempt to avoid content, a song about going to the pub inspired by Kraftwerk. Secretly, I think that Mr Twonkey is really quite a good singer; he could be Bob Dylan or Tom Jones, but uniquely combines the traits of both. In a post-truth world, I’m sure that Twonkey’s facts about Liechtenstein (he’s added these as audiences at the Prague Fringe seemed to expect them) are as good as any others you might discover. We also learn what Michael Stipe of REM is up to now – it involves fortune cookies – and catch up with a gigolo who has a three star rating on Trip Advisor. For the commited Twonkey fan, some of your favourite moments are in place, including the Transylvanian finger fantasy and the psychic knickers. The latter will reveal the deepest desires of someone present, though it’s never quite clear who. I had been slightly concerned to hear that across two shows at Buxton Fringe, no one had walked out of Twonkey. I wondered if he had perhaps gone mainstream. But no, I needn’t have worried; true to form there were a few escapees (including, to my relief, the massive bloke sat in front of me). This does not concern us either: we get it and they don’t, and it makes us adherents to the Twonkeyverse feel special, as if we are part of a very select club for the discerning or the deranged. Curiously, this club is getting bigger every year. Long live Twonkey; may you forever evade the dastardly Mr Pines.
Saturday, 31 March 2018
Mr.Twonkey: When I was a young boy I sent a letter to Prince Charles asking if could take it upon him to visit smaller countries like San Marino, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.Edinburgh Monkey Barrel Comedy Club(Headline slot At Peter Pancakes's Comedy Extravaganza!) 9th of April 19:00 hours 2018: Brighton Fringe 2018 Laughing Horse at the Caroline of Brunswick 2018: 11th and 12th of May 19:30 hours. Prague Fringe at the Museum of Alchemists 2018: 25th,26th and 27th of May 19:45 hours. London The Bill Murray Comedy Club 2018: 14th of June 18:45 hours.Glasgow's Spangled Cabaret at The Blue Arrow:2nd of July 20:30 hours (Miniature Liechtenstein set).Buxton Fringe at The Old Clubhouse 2018:13th July, 19:00 hours and 14th July, 22:00 hours. Edinburgh Fringe 2018 Heroes at Dragonfly: 3rd to the 26th of August (apart from the 8th and the 22nd) 18:00 hours.
Edinburgh’s top toe tapping junkyard super group return. “Like a 50s scientist on a flying bedstead“ Julian Cope.Live at Fringe by the Sea North in North Berwick 2018:Simpson Spiegeltent with the lovely Withered Hand. 6th of August at 21:00 hours (120 minutes)
Playing a new set of songs!GET DOWN!
Saturday, 6 January 2018
NEW FOR 2018! Departing soon: Twonkey's Night Train to Liechtenstein:
Thursday, 28 September 2017
TWONKEY'S CHRISTMAS IN THE JUNGLE REVIEWS ROUND UP EDINBURGH FRINGE 2017 HEROES @DRAGONFLY VENUE 414 **** THE SCOTSMAN BY KATE COPSTICKAs I listen to a song asking the intriguing question “What’s In My Marmalade?” while watching two Spandex Tree Hoppers being dangled by the Flying Tailor over our heads, I have a moment of clarity. We have made it out of the hallucinogenic jungle, met Sue Selfish the Christmas Pudding Spider, swayed along to the catchy title song Christmas in the Jungle, aquiesced in the chloroforming of an elf and enjoyed a Transylvanian Finger Fantasy – which doesn’t even touch the sides of this crazy, wonderful show, by a crazy, wonderful performer – and I realise that the show is actually a concept album. This fumble in the jungle is particularly strong musically and if the opening number, Santa Claus Is Eating Human Flesh, does not become a Christmas No.1, I will be very upset. Twonkey has listened to criticisms of his lack of narrative thread. So this time he has brought one along. It wraps around him and a woman in the front row yanks the end if she thinks he is digressing from the plot too much. Fans will be thrilled that all the favourites have made it into the jungle, even the wheel of psychic knickers, but Twonkey’s febrile imagination is unstoppable and this show is packed with magnificent new madness. Who but Twonkey could imagine making “a soft monkey Nicola Sturgeon and fill her with almonds”? And among the surreality, never forget to listen out for Twonkey’s little chunks of observational comedy, his glorious asides and mutterings as things go wrong and this year, a bit of genuinely naughty talk. However well you think your Fringe is going, it will be better for a bit of Twonking.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
The new Twonkey show (Twonkey's Christmas in the Jungle) coming to the Brighton, Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe this summer (more info below after this fun little story I found behind a fake bookcase).Enter the Twonkeyverse coughing up stories since 1876:
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Remember only cool people see something early on UPCOMING GIGS TWONKEY'S CHRISTMAS IN THE JUNGLE IS COMING TO THE FOLLOWING VENUES: Avant Kinema @ Mac Arts Centre 18:30 hours 5th of March 2017 Mac Arts Centre Bridge St, Galashiels TD1 1SP The Glasgow Comedy Festival at the Hug and Pint 19:00 hours 25th of March 2017 the Hug and Pint 171 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9AW Museum of Comedy London 19:00 hours 15th of April 2017 Museum of Comedy ,The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR Brighton Fringe @ Sweet Dukebox 20:30 hours 3rd and the 4th of June 2017 Sweet Dukebox 3 Waterloo Street Hove East Sussex BN3 1AQ Edinburgh Fringe Heroes @ Dragonfly 19:20 hours 3rd to the 27th of August (not the 15th) 2017 Heroes @ Dragonfly, 52 West Port, EH1 2LD
Created for a special purpose:Paul Vickers AKA Mr. Twonkey Favourite British Sit-com's Q AND A: 1.What are your favourite British TV sitcoms? Please choose up to three and feel free to give reasons 1.Catterick Best thing Vic and Bob have ever done a northeastern Twin Peaks with a real story and everything. 2.The Strange World of Gurney Slade Anthony Newley’s bold surreal comedy is unlike anything before or since. 3.Clarence starring Ronnie Barker I think I had chickenpox when I first watched this so it may have sent me mad but I do recall it been a bit like an English Mr.Magoo. 2.What are your favourite British TV sitcom scenes? 1. Vic and Bob’s Weekenders Pilot was such a great sitcom it’s a shame a full series was not commissioned. The best scene is when they go down to the local pub (The Farting Dashboard with Electric Russell playing) and discover in the newspaper that there is a meat festival-taking place (at St. Prontaprint-in-Arndale). They decide to visit the festival, which consists of two tables in an open field. Jim buys a "speciality meat product" from Phil Oakey with consequences I.E the Geordie Aliens want it back to feed their queen.
2. Father Ted’s Fun Fair a haunting scene including The Pond Of Terror, Spinning Cat, The Crane Of Death, Duck Startling and The Tunnel Of Goats. 3. Patrick Stewarts film ideas in Extra’s, which always end with everyone clothes falling off. 3.Who are your favourite British TV comedy characters? 1.Papa Lazarou (The League of Gentlemen) The demonic circus ringmaster and door-to-door salesman who’s after your wife if she’s called Dave which she will be. 2.Father Jack (Father Ted) Feck,Arse,Girls and Drink need I say more. 3. Ed Howzer-Black Toast of London’s landlord Forever in his dressing gown so mild mannered but funny with it. 4. Which is your favourite comedy actor or actress in a British sitcom? 1. Miranda Richardson’s childish Queen Elizabeth the 1st in Blackadder. 2.Andrew Sachs as Manuel in Fawlty Towers a classic. 3.Dave Spikey in Phoenix Nights low key but perfect. 5.What is your favourite British TV sitcom one liner or catchphrase? 1.Officer Crabtree’s pigeon English in Allo Allo “I was pissing by the door” or “Good Moaning”. 2. “You’re my wife now, Dave” from Papa Lazarou also stands out. 3. "Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango" Toast of London.
NEWSFLASH......!!!!!I also got squeezed onto this lovely London bill before my big night at the Museum: