606 CLUB IN ASSOCIATION WITH TWICE AS NICE COMEDY PRESENTS:
VIKKI STONE
& TOM CAWLEY


Thursday May 8 | 8:30pm | £10

While the relationship between comedy and jazz is perhaps not as well known today, in fact it goes back a long way. In the 1950’s and 60’s, comics of the era including Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Steve Allen & Bill Cosby were huge jazz supporters: the shared language of improvisation, the ability to be in the moment and take artistic risks is common to both mediums. Later, in the American TV variety talk show format (as epitomized by the Tonight Show, hosted by Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson) bandleaders such as Doc Severinsen became a part of the show, interacting with the host and accenting the onstage antics with a well-placed drum roll or cheeky quip. It is this chemistry that is at the heart of the 606 Club comedy and jazz concept.

For our inaugural comedy and jazz night, we are pleased to present Vikki Stone, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music and builds upon this alchemy with a thoroughly modern twist. Her debut Edinburgh Show, “Big Neon Letters”, played to sell-out audiences both in Edinburgh and London’s Soho Theatre, and received critical acclaim including The Observer’s Comedy Top 5 Edinburgh Shows 2011. Stone’s follow up, “Hot Mess”, sold out its entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, adding four extra shows due to phenomenal public demand.

The jazz element will be adroitly managed by Tom Cawley, a former “Young Jazz Musician of the Year” who has appeared on the “Culture Show”, made numerous live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and has been featured on the covers of both Jazz UK and Jazzwise. These impeccable jazz credentials are matched by his onstage wit and charm, which will be put to good use in this context.

Both Tom and Vikki will perform their own sets before sharing the stage for the remainder of the show, where the spirit of improvisation and collaboration will roam free!

“The audience were almost crying with laughter” Guardian;
“Super funny new girl on the block” The Sun;
“Cawley…excellent, fluid, pianist with a deft touch and a superb improviser’s imagination.” Time

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The night is presented in association with Twice as Nice Comedy, an established and successful weekly comedy club in Hammersmith, West London and a monthly Thursday night in Barnes (SW13) plus a run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Previous acts who have recently appeared include Omid Djalili, Danny Bhoy, Isy Suttie, Carl Donnelly, Sara Pascoe, Tom Deacon, Patrick Monahan, Vikki Stone, James Dowdeswell, Tom Rosenthal, Mark Dolan and others. twiceasnicecomedy.com/

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As referenced above, the inspiration for the 606 Club's pairing of comedy and jazz comes from the 1950's and '60's. Here are a few clips that capture the spirit of the era:

Comic Vikki Stone 606 Club Chelsea Live Music Jazz Comedy London

vikkistone.com :: @VikkiStone

facebook.com/VikkiStoneComedy

Pianist Tom Cawley 606 Club Chelsea LIve Music Jazz London

@TomCawley

 

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