New Shorts: Sketch Night
Thursday, 20 January 2022
Image: MAMILS, Ben Marshall, 2021
We welcome the return of our classic variety show. Prepare to be tickled by a circus of shorts focusing on raging hormones, deadly semen allergies, human CAPTCHA tests, zombie apocalypses, and the widespread traumatic effects of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP.
Compèred once again by Sketch Night cornerstone, Gem Carmella (Short Sighted Cinema), presenting a line up of comedy shorts and live stand up sets from Rinkoo Barpaga (The Life and Signs of a Deaf Comedian) and Liz Guterbock (2019 BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Award Nominee, 2019 Funny Women Finalist).
This event will have BSL interpretation.
Liz Guterbock is a native Californian and London-based comedian. In her wry, story-driven stand up, Liz will give you a good picture of what happens when a Type-A personality moves to Britain, and things don't exactly go to plan. Liz is a 2021 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee, 2020 British Comedy Guide Pro Performance Award Nominee, 2019 BBC Radio 4 New Comedy Award Nominee and 2019 Funny Women Finalist.
"Punchy, slick and accomplished...Liz Guterbock['s] zippy performance - including a solid English accent - is refreshing, and the gags breezily amusing. A club ready act, for sure." 2019 Chortle Review by Steve Bennett
Rinkoo Barpaga is a working class man born to Punjabi parents, raised in Birmingham in the Thatcher era. Rinkoo enjoyed many years with ITV, working with experts in linguistics and homing his vast visual language skills, but unfortunately racist issues and pay inequality became too great for him to ignore, eventually forcing him to leave. Through his transient lifestyle, and his ability to silently observe from the sidelines, Rinkoo became captivated by the world of comedy and performance. As a keen ethnic minority member, Rinkoo believes it's his duty to hold a mirror up to social and political injustices through performance, comedy, documentary and written story telling. Rinkoo's innovative, truth telling film making career led him to develop his 2015 Double Discrimination documentary, shown on Film4, uncovering the oppression experienced by Deaf ethnic minorities members within the Deaf community.
Two bozos dissecting the concept of currency and trade with the vocabulary of seagulls. Their peer scrolls through endless TikTok streams of pig hunts, motocross highlights and human sacrifices. Odd characters are littered around the grounds, vaping and skulling taurine and finding the perfect image for their next upload.
You could say it’s about money, or the immaterial truth of currency, or grifting, or the fading Australian archetype of the larrikin. All good topics for banter.
MAMILS (Middle Aged Men In Lycra)
MAMILS (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) is a short comedy that captures an intense rivalry between two amateur cyclists as they eagerly try and one up each other in increasingly ridiculous ways.
Inspired by the director’s failed attempts at becoming a serious cyclist during lockdown (he has the scars to prove it) MAMILS pokes lighthearted fun at being one of those blokes with all the gear and no idea. Exploring the unspoken competitiveness within hobby sports gave Ben the license to be fun and over the top, whilst also revealing something a little more human, that no matter the brand of lycra we wear, we’re all searching for a genuine human connection.