Let the laughter battle commence
NOTTINGHAM comedy collective, MistakenWhatnot, will present Kinson's Clash For Cash at The Orange Tree Pub next week, as part of Red Nose Day 2013.
Matt Kinson, 30, comperes this laughter battle which will see ten stand-up comedians play five-a-side funnies in an effort to score donations for their side.
What is Kinson's Clash For Cash?
It's a comedy competition with a difference. The acts will be competing, not as individuals, but joining forces to try and win the crowd's adulation and applause. Two teams of five will each take it in turn to send one of their members into the spotlight and elicit as many laughs as they can in their ten-minute set. Money made on the night will go to Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2013 fundraiser.
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It's free to enter so how will you raise any money?
Once all ten acts have finished, the audience will be invited, cajoled, propositioned and downright bribed to put their hard-earned cash into the team's bucket or online at my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/KCC – adding the team name The Jenklars or Funny Boners to the comments. At the end of the night, the team with the highest total will win the sensationally lacklustre Kinson Clash trophy.
It's an unusual idea...
It'll be stand-up like you've never seen it before. We have a mix of styles, from introverted and in-your-face acts, characters, stories and one-liners that will keep the show flowing for the entire night. The team fundraising and audience challenge elements aim to make the crowd involved with the acts like never before. This night is about comedy and raising as much as we can for the charity and having more laughs than may be medically safe to have. I'm hoping this can become a regular event and will highlight the wealth of talent we have in the midlands.
Who are the comedians taking part? Anyone we know?
Our headline act is the Punosaurus himself, Tony Cowards. A quickfire joke-teller whose one-liners cover a wide spectrum of subjects. He's written for Newsjack on Radio 4 and is providing content for other Radio 4 comedy shows. The acts have all done shows across the Midlands so will be familiar to many. The Jenklars, captained by local legend Francis Jenking are Jason Neale, LuLo, Steph Loftus and Alice Rosenthal. Oliver Sillito is in charge of team Funny Boners with his cohorts Ian Hall, Lisa De'ville, James Billington and Jane Huxley.
Who are the Notts comedians?
Me, Francis Jenking, James Billington and Oliver Sillito.
How long have you been doing comedy?
For about a year now. I've not done as many gigs as I would have liked but family has and will always come first. I decided that when I turned 30, if I was still enjoying and getting as much out of comedy as I did at the start, I would make a real go of becoming a full-time comedian. Staging and promoting this event is part of that almost vertical learning curve.
How much do you think you'll raise?
We have set an initial target of £100 but anything we can raise will help. As we speak, we have £37.50 already donated online and while this may not seem a lot, it costs just £15 to screen ten children in Africa for an eye condition so they can receive the right treatment. £25 could provide exercise books for 25 homeless children in Ghana to help them gain an education. Before we've even opened our mouths, plugged in a microphone or had our first nervous wee of the night, we have already helped more than if we'd done nothing. 100% of the total raised at Clash for Cash will go towards helping people in the UK and abroad to have the chance at what we would consider a happy, normal life. By coming to Clash for Cash and throwing some loose coinage into bucket because someone nearly made you spurt beer through your nose with an expertly crafted piece of silliness you WILL have helped change someone's life for the better. If comedy were any more powerful, we'd all need to perform in lead lined ponchos.
Kinson's Clash For Cash is at The Orange Tree Pub in Shakespeare Street on Thursday, starting at 8pm. Admission is free. You can donate online at my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/KCC.