FRINGE PREVIEW – The Lunchtime Club 2011

The Lunchtime Club 2011

The Lunchtime Club 2011

The Lunchtime Club is something of an institution at the Fringe – a packed box full of new and emerging comedy stars at The Tron.

A popular place for industry scouts to come and find the names of the future, past graduates from the Club include Joe Lycett, Joel Dommett and Tom Rosenthal – all now appearing on a TV near you.

We spoke to two of this year’s club members as they prepare for a month of lunchtime comedy.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on the tradition,” says Sony Award nominee Max Dickins. “It’s a hot show for the industry to spot talent; and I’m looking forward to playing to packed houses.”

“A lot of us in the show haven’t yet settled on a particular style of comedy,” he says. “Mine is observational, but gaggy within that. And I’m also appearing in Dregs, a sketch show this year, so I don’t just do standup.”

“This will be my third year at the Fringe,” says Max. “I treat it a bit like a training camp – you always come out better at the end.”

Suzi Ruffell echoes his words.

“I’m like a child in a sweetshop at the Fringe,” she says. “Last year I saw 12 shows in 4 days; and it’s such a great way to meet people. The city is so beautiful too.”

“I’ve been a stand-up for two and a half years,” Suzi continues. “I’m an observational comedian – I talk about not fitting in, my family – a social commentary on my social ineptitude!”

“And it’s a great time to be a female comedian. The likes of Josie Long and Sarah Millican are fantastic.”

“Though I always seem to end up gigging with the boys!”

You join The Lunchtime Club between Aug 4-28 at 12:30 at The Tron, where you can see Max and Suzi perform with their fellow members Joe Wells, Fin Taylor and John Kearns. More details are on the Fringe website.

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