TWONKEY'S CHRISTMAS IN THE JUNGLE REVIEWS ROUND UP EDINBURGH FRINGE 2017 HEROES @DRAGONFLY VENUE 414 **** THE SCOTSMAN BY KATE COPSTICKAs I listen to a song asking the intriguing question “What’s In My Marmalade?” while watching two Spandex Tree Hoppers being dangled by the Flying Tailor over our heads, I have a moment of clarity. We have made it out of the hallucinogenic jungle, met Sue Selfish the Christmas Pudding Spider, swayed along to the catchy title song Christmas in the Jungle, aquiesced in the chloroforming of an elf and enjoyed a Transylvanian Finger Fantasy – which doesn’t even touch the sides of this crazy, wonderful show, by a crazy, wonderful performer – and I realise that the show is actually a concept album. This fumble in the jungle is particularly strong musically and if the opening number, Santa Claus Is Eating Human Flesh, does not become a Christmas No.1, I will be very upset. Twonkey has listened to criticisms of his lack of narrative thread. So this time he has brought one along. It wraps around him and a woman in the front row yanks the end if she thinks he is digressing from the plot too much. Fans will be thrilled that all the favourites have made it into the jungle, even the wheel of psychic knickers, but Twonkey’s febrile imagination is unstoppable and this show is packed with magnificent new madness. Who but Twonkey could imagine making “a soft monkey Nicola Sturgeon and fill her with almonds”? And among the surreality, never forget to listen out for Twonkey’s little chunks of observational comedy, his glorious asides and mutterings as things go wrong and this year, a bit of genuinely naughty talk. However well you think your Fringe is going, it will be better for a bit of Twonking.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Saturday, 29 April 2017
The new Twonkey show (Twonkey's Christmas in the Jungle) coming to the Brighton, Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe this summer (more info below after this fun little story I found behind a fake bookcase).Enter the Twonkeyverse coughing up stories since 1876:
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Remember only cool people see something early on UPCOMING GIGS TWONKEY'S CHRISTMAS IN THE JUNGLE IS COMING TO THE FOLLOWING VENUES: Avant Kinema @ Mac Arts Centre 18:30 hours 5th of March 2017 Mac Arts Centre Bridge St, Galashiels TD1 1SP The Glasgow Comedy Festival at the Hug and Pint 19:00 hours 25th of March 2017 the Hug and Pint 171 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9AW Museum of Comedy London 19:00 hours 15th of April 2017 Museum of Comedy ,The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR Brighton Fringe @ Sweet Dukebox 20:30 hours 3rd and the 4th of June 2017 Sweet Dukebox 3 Waterloo Street Hove East Sussex BN3 1AQ Edinburgh Fringe Heroes @ Dragonfly 19:20 hours 3rd to the 27th of August (not the 15th) 2017 Heroes @ Dragonfly, 52 West Port, EH1 2LD
Created for a special purpose:Paul Vickers AKA Mr. Twonkey Favourite British Sit-com's Q AND A: 1.What are your favourite British TV sitcoms? Please choose up to three and feel free to give reasons 1.Catterick Best thing Vic and Bob have ever done a northeastern Twin Peaks with a real story and everything. 2.The Strange World of Gurney Slade Anthony Newley’s bold surreal comedy is unlike anything before or since. 3.Clarence starring Ronnie Barker I think I had chickenpox when I first watched this so it may have sent me mad but I do recall it been a bit like an English Mr.Magoo. 2.What are your favourite British TV sitcom scenes? 1. Vic and Bob’s Weekenders Pilot was such a great sitcom it’s a shame a full series was not commissioned. The best scene is when they go down to the local pub (The Farting Dashboard with Electric Russell playing) and discover in the newspaper that there is a meat festival-taking place (at St. Prontaprint-in-Arndale). They decide to visit the festival, which consists of two tables in an open field. Jim buys a "speciality meat product" from Phil Oakey with consequences I.E the Geordie Aliens want it back to feed their queen.
2. Father Ted’s Fun Fair a haunting scene including The Pond Of Terror, Spinning Cat, The Crane Of Death, Duck Startling and The Tunnel Of Goats. 3. Patrick Stewarts film ideas in Extra’s, which always end with everyone clothes falling off. 3.Who are your favourite British TV comedy characters? 1.Papa Lazarou (The League of Gentlemen) The demonic circus ringmaster and door-to-door salesman who’s after your wife if she’s called Dave which she will be. 2.Father Jack (Father Ted) Feck,Arse,Girls and Drink need I say more. 3. Ed Howzer-Black Toast of London’s landlord Forever in his dressing gown so mild mannered but funny with it. 4. Which is your favourite comedy actor or actress in a British sitcom? 1. Miranda Richardson’s childish Queen Elizabeth the 1st in Blackadder. 2.Andrew Sachs as Manuel in Fawlty Towers a classic. 3.Dave Spikey in Phoenix Nights low key but perfect. 5.What is your favourite British TV sitcom one liner or catchphrase? 1.Officer Crabtree’s pigeon English in Allo Allo “I was pissing by the door” or “Good Moaning”. 2. “You’re my wife now, Dave” from Papa Lazarou also stands out. 3. "Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango" Toast of London.
NEWSFLASH......!!!!!I also got squeezed onto this lovely London bill before my big night at the Museum:
Sunday, 1 January 2017
PLUS I am on the following bills in LONDON this JanuaryKNOCK2BAG AT RICH MIX @ RICH MIX, LONDON BRIAN GITTINS + TONY LAW + MR TWONKEY + STEVE HALL + THE DEATH HILARIOUS + ANDY BARR + JAYDE ADAMS RICH MIX, LONDON 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA Saturday 21 January 2017 19:00 £10 online offer/£14 on the door Entry Requirements: 18+ ALSO.....The first CON FU SE of 2017!in a space invaders cafe Thursday, January 19 free at 8:30 PM Come down and see us at our lovely home at Four Quarters. 187 Rye Lane, SE15 4TP London, United Kingdom Headlining the show we have the musical madness of Mr Twonkey As well as some other very funny odd people like Dan Lees President Obonjo Julia Malsi Robert Copland Sian Clarke NEWS FLASH-Welcome to the Twonkey Sanctuary!!! Paul Vickers brings his absurdist brand of comedy to the Mac Arts Centre in Galashiels on Sunday 5th March 2017 - 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Only £3 to get in! Dubbed MOON MOTHS at the MAC ARTS CHURCH, the event promises to be an experimental smorgasbord of flavours from across the Globe, with underground films by Allan Brown (Canada), Dagie Brundert (Germany), Duncan Reekie (England), Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian (Scotland) and Walter Ungerer (USA) + the 2012 feature "Savage Witches" by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais (England/Portugal) xxMAIN IMAGE PHOTO EXPRESS EDINBURGH/Sandy the duck from Chris Hutchinson's holiday snaps.
Friday, 9 September 2016
TWONKEY'S EDINBURGH FRINGE UPDATE 2016!
So 2016 was a vintage year for Twonkey at the Edinburgh Fringe….WHY? well as Bruce Dessau from Beyond The Joke put's it:
He also loved Twonkey's Drive In : Jennifer's Robot Arm :Twonkey (Paul Vickers) is an Edinburgh regular and somewhat of a hidden institution. His shows at Sweet Venues each year are like a Last Of The Summer Absinthe. Surprisingly, there is a plot – albeit somewhat absurdist. Jennifer is convinced that, like Pinocchio, she is made of wood. The nasty boy next door, Patrick Promise (who may well be an imaginery friend/fiend), tells Jennifer to cut off her arm with a circular saw to prove it. She does. She’s not. After attempts to fit a prosthetic arm fail, a mysterious inventor arrives with a fully-functioning robot arm for Jennifer. Everyone is delighted with it, but he wants far more money than they can afford. He chooses – with mutual agreement – to take payment in a quite different manner from Jennifer’s mother, Pam. Being a nymphomaniac, she is only too happy to accept. However, when it comes for the first installment to be paid, she is so disgusted by The Inventor’s appendage that she refuses to go along with it. He leaves, taking the Robot Arm AND their savings which were kept in a rare antique bowl. It’s only when it’s too late that they realise the value of the bowl (millions of pounds… it had something to do with Lord Nelson). The play has a happy ending – or as happy an ending such a twisted piece of insane Gothic could have.
Ben Walters popped in and had a look for his blog Not Television and he enjoyed himself too:There was more delectable poetic lunacy from Paul Vickers in Twonkey’s Mumbo Jumbo Hotel, the latest in the Twonkey cycle of peculiar puppetry, song, storytelling and bizarre prop work. The Wheel of Psychic Knickers remains in place along with challenges such as whether he can feed a coconut frog enough of Peggy’s raspberry spaghetti to turn a lump of wood into Pinocchio, the squeezebox ballerina. A drunk, violent baby, the zinc tears of Jesus and a turkey dinner on top of a wardrobe in an alley are also involved. Apart from the singular sensibility, Vickers’s rich, reedy vocals, and his palpable pleasure in performance, one of the main pleasures of a Twonkey show is always seeing who is convulsed in hysterics and who remains stony-faced throughout.
So all in all a good crazy old year ...Oh i'm fainting.
My award goes to Mary Trodden for putting up with me and making such wonderful sets.Rachael Forbes amazing Robot Arm for Jennifer was another cracking treat.Not forgetting the pow wow of musicians that bring the songs to life each year and Sweet Venues for giving me support and a home.Live Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel Snaps by Lika Gavrish from the Prague Fringe 2016.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Twonkey’s Double Bill 2016: Edinburgh Fringe
DOUBLE BILL EDINBURGH 2016 DOUBLE BILL:
Plus get your hands on a U.S.B LIGHT BULD DRIVE available at all shows. Contents List: The Album – Peggy’s Raspberry Spaghetti By Paul Vickers and Friends.
E.P – Demos for Jennifer’s Robot Arm. By Pete Harvey and Paul Vickers. 1. Jennifer’s Robot Arm 2. Nest of the Platypus 3. Love on Tap 4. This Is Showbiz 5. The Magic of the Black Forest 6. Jennetics Recorded by Pete Harvey at Pumpkin Field recording studios 2015/2016.
Jennifer Painting,Set and Screen:Mary Trodden.
Thursday, 24 March 2016
So Mr. Twonkey tell us about the new show and why so stupid? There are some people locked in the hoax bathroom of the bullshit hotel. I have developed an action and I come over a miniature theatre-in the hotel lobby, naked. I am the microscope and the show is the paper, so it works pretty well. Here's the new fancy tour poster by Super Allan: