Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Book Of Ruth all coloured

It's taken me a while, in between other work, but I've finally got The Book Of Esther's 12 pages coloured. Now I just need to colour Rahab and I've got a whole book good to go. I do hope it's going to go somewhere soon.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Award coverage on Beyond The Joke


More nice coverage, this time on Bruce Dessau's Beyond The Joke.

News: Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Wins Joke Award

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre has won the inaugural Lovehoney Innuendo Best Joke Award at the Bath Comedy Festival.
They are pictured here with their award - or maybe it's Donald Trump and the Queen? No, it's the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.
Here is the joke that won it for them:
"Do you know what? I love nursery rhymes?" "Cock Robin?" "No, it's just the way I'm standing."
They are previewing their latest show Superheroes, which they will be taking to the Edinburgh Fringe, in London on April 27 at the Canvas Cafe in Hanbury Street, E1 after Juliette Burton's Happy Hour. More info here.


The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

Previews:

April 27 - The Canvas, London E1
May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One
 - with more preview dates to be announced

Cracking pair win innuendo prize - Chortle


Lovely coverage of our award win on Chortle.

Cracking pair win innuendo prize







Socks clean up
Two sock puppets have won an award for the best innuendo at the Bath comedy festival.
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – the creation of comic Kev Sutherland – won the accolade for the exchange: ‘Ooh, I do love a nursery rhyme’ ‘Cock Robin?’ ‘No, it’s just the way I’m standing’.
Their award was presented by Lovehoney, the online sex toy shop that sponsors the festival.
Here’s a video of the joke:
Published: 15 Apr 2018

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

Previews:

April 27 - The Canvas, London E1
May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One

 - with more preview dates to be announced

Socks Win Best Joke Award!


Wow! Well here's a pleasant surprise. The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Thetre just won Bath Comedy Festival's inaugural Lovehoney Innuendo Best Joke Award. Here's us, with special guests Donald Trump and The Queen, and our award which is shaped like... well, it looks like the Christmas trees from The Louvre to us. (Thanks to Louisa Gummer for the photo)

Lovehoney have been the major sponsors of this year's Bath Comedy Festival, and the Socks' got some great laughs by managing to keep them going as a running gag during their Edinburgh Preview last week. Which is probably what impressed them enough to make our gag the winner. They wanted a gag with innuendo in and, let's be honest, it's not our greatest joke ever. But it gets a laugh and, much more importantly, it just won us a flipping prize! Shaped like a butt plug.



I say shaped like. I'm reliably informed that it is in fact an actual butt plug from Lovehoney's factory, painted gold. Blimey. All I can say is, if you've got the trots that bad, you're going to be better off with Immodium. (Which is just the sort of gag I wish I'd thought of on the podium when I picked up the trophy at the end of Saturday night's Gala show, rather than just delivering my winning gag very badly, as myself rather than as a Sock).

Donald Trump, in the photo above, is played by the brilliant Lewis Macleod, who I found myself working with for the first time since 1998 when he was part of the cast of my BBC Radio Theatre studio audience pilot Meanwhile, co-starring Ronnie Ancona and Geoff McGivern. There, names succesfully dropped. The Queen is played by one of the theatre company Rare Species, who seem to do sterling work all over the country.

So, what was this joke of ours? Brace yourselves...

"I love nursery rhymes"
"Cock Robin?"
"No, it's just the way I'm standing"

The winner, ladies and gentlemen, of the inaugural Bath Comedy Festival Lovehoney Innuendo Joke Award.



The runners up came from a pretty illustrious list of contenders: Nick Doody, Christian Talbot, Drew Taylor, David Luck, Konstantin Kisin, Iona Fortune and Drew Taylor. Here are my two favourite runners up...



Thanks again Bath Comedy Festival and Lovehoney, the award takes pride of place in our trophy cabinet alongside... the sides of our trophy cabinet. Next stop the Edinburgh Fringe's Best Joke Award (unless, of course, that's already been decided).


The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

Previews:

April 27 - The Canvas, London E1
May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One

 - with more preview dates to be announced

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Devil Who Farted Rainbows - new comics by kids


We haven't had  Donald Trump title suggested by the kids in my Comic Art Masterclasses for a while, so this one from the library in Potters Bar was a treat to draw. It's the second week of the Easter hols, so these classes were once more extra-scholasticular (if it's not a word, it should be).


My second day of holiday classes in Walthamstow and Chingford was fun, made all the more entertaining by me having, first, to pick up a flipchart pad in the town centre before the first class. Then I had to zoom from a school in Walthamstow to a school in Chingford. Not a long journey but, as I realised when I punched it into satnav, one that was going to take me all of lunchtime. I had, you see, pre-programmed the postcodes for my destination into satnav in advance, to save time. So when it came to heading for Chingford, I simply hit the pre-installed postcode (which appears in "history" as a pre-visited address) and off I went. Don't worry I didn't get caught out by accidentally going back to the town centre where I'd been earlier to buy a flipchart, I skipped that.

It was only when I was a good few miles up the Chingford Road and starting to turn into the M25 that I realised I'd skipped an address too far. Instead of going to Chingford, I was going back to Potters Bar, where I'd been two days earlier. Long story short, I arrived 20 minutes late, but the class was excellent. Phew.




I'm doing a series of classes with CLAPA - the Cleft Lip and Palate Association - and couldn't avoid the obvious pun, on the flipchart above. Sue me.



The celebrities these five groups chose to appear in my demonstration strip were Kim Jong Un, Roald Dahl, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and, most original suggestion for a while, Gilbert O'Sullivan (chosen because one of the kids' Dads is a friend of Gilbert, or Ray as they know him, and stay with him in his house in Jersey).

Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here

Friday, 13 April 2018

Avengers Reel - new from the Socks


Brand new from the Socks, the Avengers Reel. Enjoy.

It's a song that's been in the last three previews (Glasgow and Bath) and may stay in the show with a bit of a rewrite. Or it might hit the cutting room floor and end up being part of the audience-in music, we're at that stage of development at the moment.



What's that you say? You want to read all the words? Oh go on then since you asked so nicely...

AVENGERS REEL

Summon The Hulk, Black Widow & Ant Man, Iron Man and Hawkeye
Captain America, Thor & Nick Fury – he’s only got one eye
Get em on board the Helicarrier – it floats up in the sky
The Agents Of Shield are waiting to greet you, then we’ll beat Loki

You talk to Iron Man, and I’ll talk to Loki,
And I’ll talk to Captain America
About how come the women don’t get fillums of their own
So they wait to hear Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble tada tada
With Rober-ut Downey Juni-ah
And Scarlet Johanssen uh huh uh huh
And Mark Ruffalo with his shirt off

Samuel L Jackson plays this bloke with a patch on
He’s Nick Fury the super techno spy
Meanwhile Thor is a Viking who’s much more to your liking
Also Hawkeye’s here, but we don’t know why

You’ll get a romance and a bromance
Then some fighting in 3D
You’ll always get some in jokes
And a cameo by Stan Lee
Marvel universe movies
Are all made by Dis-a-nee
And they all have a scene at the end when you are going

There is a Solder, a Winter Soldier
We bring him into things, though he’s not interesting
He is quite plucky, his name is Bucky,
And no-one here has heard of him

There’s a wee man here and his name is Bruce
And he wouldnae say boo to a goose
Make him angry he’s big as a hoose
But the Hulk won’t rip his troosers
   Let the wind blow slow, let the wind blow fast,
But it won’t blow up his incredible ass
His shirt and his socks they may not last
But the Hulk won’t rip his troosers

Sequels abound like a rash on your bum
With these Marvel franchises
If you don’t like the last one there’s lots more to come / And also TV series
    Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones,
Luke Cage and Iron Fist
And the Inhumans and the Defenders
And several more that we’ve missed

So
If it wisnae fer the Avengers where would you be
You’d be watching superheroes made by DC
Though Wonder Woman wisnae bad the rest you neednae see

Cos you know you can trust the Avengers



The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are Superheroes at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe from August 1st to 26th - ON SALE NOW! 

Previews:

April 27 - The Canvas, London E1
May 26 3.45pm & May 27 5pm Komedia Brighton
June 16 - Zion, Bristol
June 20 - Ludlow Fringe
July 11 - Neath
July 19 - Bedford Fringe
July 29 - Derby Bar One

 - with more preview dates to be announced

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Alan to Chucky - new comics by kids


Aha! It's the Easter holidays, so this week's Comic Art Masterclasses have been in some unusual extra-scholastic settings. The above pair of comics were produced with kids in the Swansgate shopping centre in Wellingborough. I'm pretty sure the kid who wrote the title "Alan" on a bit of paper, and ended up having it chosen as the group's favourite, didn't have this particular Alan in mind. (In fact I suspect he was trying to write, and misspelled, the word Alien).


On Friday I did Easter holiday classes in Chingford and Walthamstow, both of which had a slight impromptu nature about them, with kids wandering in and out. Regardless of which we managed to produce a couple of good looking comics. I was particularly pleased with Spiderball Vs Chucky once I got home and coloured it up.



Another pair of comics from the Swansgate in Wellingborough. We were very lucky in having access to the photocopier, which meant I was able to send all the kids away with their A5 comic containing a strip by every one of them, and all of their caricatures.


Given the chance, that is if I arrive early enough in the day, I like the draw a flipchart to leave them with. Some of these find a good home in the schools I visit, and occasionally, when they've not found a more deserving claimant, a lucky kid gets to take one home. One of the above from Wellingborough is now in a child's collection somewhere.


The celebrities these six groups chose to appear in my demonstration strip were Simon Cowell, Kevin Hart, Michael Jackson (twice), Donald Trump, and The Queen.

Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here
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