GREG DAVIES, one-third of if.comeddie-nominated sketch troupe WE ARE KLANG and star of BAFTA-winning show The Inbetweeners, brings his first solo hour of stand-up to the Fringe with Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog. Can a chance encounter with a stray Spanish dog and a bag of crisps lead to an epiphany and a fresh approach to life? No of course it can't, but is that a reason not to build an entire show around it?
Finding himself firing cheeseballs at a dog, GREG reached the entirely sensible conclusion that we will all be a lot happier if we simply ignore difficult emotional issues in favour of a celebration of the pointless. Asking questions that can't be answered is a short cut to unhappiness. GREG has no interest in why we are here, doesn’t know why your boyfriend treats you like that and can’t offer any insight into how to be a good parent, but he does know why that kid got that nickname, what Satan’s genitals look like and why his dad is choosing to act like a mental. This show will be the first ever to attempt to chronicle an entire life without offering even the slightest insight into the human condition, every significant incident forensically removed to leave only the lean meat of the trivial.
Best known for his part as Mr. Gilbert in award-winning comedy The Inbetweeners (E4 and Channel 4), GREG has also appeared in: 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Mock The Week (BBC TWO), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC TWO), and The World Stands Up, Edinburgh and Beyond and The Comedy Store (all Comedy Central). His acting credits include Saxondale (BBC TWO), in which he played opposite STEVE COOGAN, and Katy Brand's Big Ass Show (ITV2). As a stand-up, GREG has won Best Newcomer at the Laughing Horse and Metro Comedy awards, and reached the final of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny contest. WE ARE KLANG made their eponymous debut series for BBC THREE last summer, and have also appeared on Saturday Night Live Again (ITV1). They have performed four critically-acclaimed sell-out Edinburgh shows, and won the Spirit of the Fringe Award for their debut in 2004. In addition to their 2006 if.comeddie nomination, they were nominated for the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2007.
“He seems so natural, but that’s the result of an impressively subtle performance that disguises his extraordinary sense of drama and comic rhythm. Every trick in the textbook this former drama teacher must have once used is brilliantly employed in the service of laughs - but the real talent is that you would never know he is doing it … compelling, memorable and hilarious.”
Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Ultra-dry, wonderfully honed live set.”
James Kettle, The Guardian
Venue: Pleasance Upstairs
Date: 4th - 29th August
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PRAISE FOR WE ARE KLANG LIVE:
“This is stupid comedy done with great intelligence…Buy, borrow or steal to see this uproarious sketch trio in the funniest show on the fringe.”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“I have seen the future of comedy and it is We Are Klang."
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“A chaotic masterclass in physical clowning.”
Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times
“Non-stop boisterous fun delivered with such gloriously effervescent excess that it's impossible to resist. Nowhere on the Fringe will you hear a room ringing with such volume of uncontrollable, guttural laughter as when the Klang gang are in full flow. And they are always in full flow. They are, simply, the best idiots in Britain.”
Steve Bennett, Chortle
“This trio have to be the most enjoyable combination since sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll…breathtaking comic firepower.”
Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
"Delicious touches all through the show... anarchic and hilarious."
Julian Hall, The Independent
“Klangbang [is]…like being walloped on the head with a large inflatable hammer, but in a good way.”
Sharon Lougher, Metro
“The crowd quickly realises that it's in for something special, in all senses of the word…The range of characters is vast…the laughs here are constant and warmly honest.”
Sian Bevan, The List
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