Monday, 30 July 2012

Endings and beginnings


And so we came to the last London Varieties of 2012, and what a way to go out. Packed house. We used every single chair that we could find in the building and still quite a few of you had to stand. Sorry about that.

It was a great show with guests from Australia, Canada, America plus plenty of home grown talent too, and a hilarious on-stage interview with Arthur Smith to top it all off.

Towards the end of last year I had the idea to do a new kind of variety show - something that reflected the things I like, and the things I find interesting. I had no idea if anyone else would find these things interesting, but I thought "what the hell" and gave it a go anyway. From day one I've been stunned by the response. Pretty much every show has been sold out, full of the most beautiful, up for it audiences I have ever had the pleasure to play to. Every month I ended up sitting on my sofa in the early hours of the morning with my stash from the Brick Lane bagel shop and a daffy grin on my face. Not bad.

It's taught me that I'm going in the right direction, and filled my head with ideas for next year. Oh yes, we're coming back, bigger and badder in 2013.

But first, well there's Edinburgh. As I write this, my bag is packed on the floor behind me and I'm waiting for a taxi to come and pick me up and take me to Kings Cross, where my adventure at the Edinburgh Fringe will begin. Brand new one man show every night at 5.45, and the Varieties - the Voodoo Varieties, as it has been renamed for the fringe - every night at 8.15. Different line-up every night. Different interview subject every night. And yes, we're going to podcast the shows, so make sure you're subscribed to it on iTunes. We've got some amazing guests already lined up - go here to find out who.

So. Thanks. Like I said at the end of the Varieties, I truly have wined and dined with kings and queens.

Yes, and.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Voodoo Varieties with Mat Ricardo


This is the place to find the full line-ups for the Edinburgh fringe run of The Voodoo Varieties with Mat Ricardo

This page will be regularly updated, so if you want the latest news on who's coming to the show to chat with me live on stage, then keep checking back - and for latest news follow me on twitter.


1st     TRICITY VOGUE, UP AND OVER IT and in conversation COPSTICK

2nd    SHLOMO, and in performance and conversation PAUL ZENON


4th    SARAH JONES, and in performance and conversation THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE


7th   LORETTA MAINE, and in conversation PROFESSOR RICHARD WISEMAN

8th   In conversation - professional wrestling superstar MICK FOLEY

         and in conversation PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON

10th  LORDS OF STRUT, RIA LINA, in conversation BARRY FROM WATFORD

11th  CHRISTIAN REILLY, and in conversation MISS BEHAVE

12th  LADY CAROL, FLORIAN BROOKS, and in conversation MARCEL LUCONT

14th  HELEN ARNEY, SHIRLEY AND SHIRLEY

15th  In performance and conversation FRISKY & MANNISH

16th  THE CREATIVE MARTYRS, DONALD GRANT


And...in every show - stunning displays of dexterity from your host, rare and captivating archive variety footage, and some very special surprises!


We expect many of these unique shows to sell out fast,
so to be sure of a ticket...
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