When you grow up working class you might not get much access to the arts. You might have to fight for it. You might have to fight your way out from whichever rock which society has placed you under. You might get a bit of confidence and realise you’ve got a bit of talent. You might have complex, unique stories about life that the world needs to hear. You might be the funniest voice of your generation. You might not have the time, the money or the social mobility needed to be able to do anything about it. Shame that.Best in Class is a crowd funded, profit sharing show which brings the rich talent of working class comedians to the Edinburgh Fringe.This show was created because/in spite of (but not limited to) the following:Chippy teas, waste grounds, hanging around, knock off trainers, a fella your dad knows, weed, the unions, crap schools, bunking off, electric metres, Brixton, Toxteth, Grenfell, hand me down clothes, the back of a lorry, failed MOT’s, failed GCSE’s, bus stops, pay day loans, Daniel Blake, cheap meat, pubs, pints, tobacco, Margret Fucking Thatcher, cash converters, job seekers allowance, zero hour contracts, gravy, broken glass, broken homes, playing out, white lightening, E, backyards, slums, tenements, The housing, The social, The NHS, grants, grasses, benefits, belts, credit unions, hiding from the milk man, tired dads, fierce mums, dying young, fighting, skin heads, Grime, underdogs, mental health, beans on toast, second hand everything, Brookside, watching the match, endless cups of tea, futility and empowerment.Presented by Sian Davies (“affable manner and sharp wit…an excellent MC” Laughing Cows) and featuring Tom Mayhew (“a fascinating brain...obvious writing talent" Chortle); Cheekykita (“like The Mighty Boosh on crack” Broadway Baby); Jamie Hutchinson (XS Manchester comedian of the year); Nena Edwards ("Wild, utterly ravishing, provoking instant laughter" Lets Laugh); Vince Atta (An unstoppable force! Like an intravenous shot of adrenaline!" Chortle); Lindsey Santoro (semi-finalist BBC New Comedy Award); Drew Taylor (WUSA finalist) and Kathryn Mather (Beat the Frog World Series Champion).
News and Reviews for this Show
|August 26, 2018 Backstage on the Fringe|
|A comedy showcase with a focus on working class performers, delivering a pearl of a show and laughs aplenty……Presented by Sian Davies, Best in Class provides a platform on the Fringe for comedians from working class backgrounds. The premise is based upon the fact that whilst the Fringe may be an uncurated Festival, this does not mean it is open to all. Issues around finance, time and networks can make it almost impossible for a seam of artists to gain a toe hold in the biggest arts festival in the world. The stated intention of this crowd funded and profit sharing show is to tackle this…….Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside is an intimate venue for comedy and the two acts I saw on a wet Sunday lunchtime managed the space and the proximity to the audience deftly. Comedy at lunchtime can be a hard sell but the perfectly pitched compering of Sian Davies enabled the audience to swiftly suspend any concerns and settle in before the two acts took to the stage. ... Click Here|
|August 7, 2018 The Scotsman|
|The line-up changes week to week but the ethos stays the same. This is a crowd-funded comedy venture by working-class comedians.Today, excellent compere and show creator Sian Davies drags the bewildering but strangely entertaining Cheekykita (demonic possession, rebirthing, a singing spider and a wolf’s bumhole) and the eternally unsure Tom Mayhew (one-liners, bisexuality and hypothetical muggings) from the bottom of the societal heap. And a wonderful, shambolic, friendly, fun time is had by all.The gig seems to attract quite a socio-specific audience and we are up for anything. I suspect it will always have a proper club feel to it, which is quite something to create in the mayhem of Edinburgh. Lines blur between stage and audience and Scouse Leanne from the front row is almost the highlight of the hour. A slightly flustered Tom gets the idea she is hitting on him and gently declines. “Good job I’m a lezzer then, innit?” she replies. It is undoubtedly a great way to crack open the can of another Edinburgh day. Click Here|