The Comedians Cinema Club tonight present Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, the epic beginning of the universally loved franchise that is Harry Potter. The Comedians Cinema Club brings together the cream of the UK’s comedy scene to produce an improvised and hilarious version of the film.
The company have already put on a multitude of blockbusters, including Jaws, When Harry Met Sally, The Shining, The Lion King and Silence of the Lambs. Comedians Cinema Club was nominated as Best Music & Variety Show 2016 by Chortle and has been Time Out Critics Choice every month since February 2015. The show was born out of its creators’ (Eric Lampaert and Matthew Highton) knowledge and love of great films.
The event begins with a podcast discussing the film that welcomes audience participation and employs the ‘Alternative Movie Database’ (AMDb). Often fake film facts are flung in and an expert guest is brought out to talk around the film’s theme. There is then an interval for drinks, and the show’s finale is an improvised version of the film in under one hour, “with a lot more booze, fluffed lines & nudity” – Time Out
Regular club members include Will Seaward, Joz Norris, Amy Howerska, Laura Lexx, Simon Feilder, Paul Duncan McGarrity, Katia Kvinge, Eleanor Morton, Olaf Falafel. The performances often feature various other comics and surprise celebrity guests.
“One of the best audience-participation comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival: In Indiana Jones, punters became elephants to ride the cast through India; in Jaws they were cast as the ocean, beach dwellers, underwater corpses and John Williams. In Pulp Fiction, one man who was chosen to chip in as Harvey Keitel took over the show, after it became apparent he knew every line of the film.” – The Guardian
“One of London’s best improv comedy nights” – London Evening Standard
“The CCC’s movies are chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny indeed” – Time Out
“Blockbusters uniquely reimagined over an outrageously uplifting, haphazard hour” – Nine More Than On
“The comic timing of some of these was hilarious and often nonsensical. I would definitely go again” – Broadway Baby
Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UN
Event starts at 8pm, doors at 7:30pm – 16+ years only
Wednesday January 31st