JOHN GORDILLO NEWS
Congratulations to John Gordillo who last night walked away with the award for Best Show at the 2016 Leicester Comedy Festival for Progress in Work, beating 780 rivals including fellow nominees Grain McGuire, Pat Cahill, Andrew O'Neill and Joanna Neary. Previous winners of the award include Romesh Ranganath in 2015. John commented, 'It's the first thing I’ve ever won in comedy. I'm excited they gave it to me for a work in progress. I now fully expect the finished show to win a Nobel.'
That show will be titled LOVE, CAPITALISM x and will run at this year's Edinburgh Festival in August, at 4:50pm at The Stand 2.
Take this unique opportunity to see one of Britain's most fertile comic minds running out brand new material in intimate surroundings. John has appeared on many stand up shows, hosting the BBC Choice RDA and has directed works by everyone from Eddie Izzard to Reginald D Hunter.
'Resolutely acute, relentlessly smart comedy with political hues. A grown up observational comic and all round bright spark' - The Independent
'One of our finest stand ups' - The Evening Standard
'In his own right, he’s a spectacularly creative comic, offering sets that use politics, romance and family relationships as jumping-off points for wildly ambitious social theorising and sparkily funny comedy. He produces shows that genuinely make you think in a whole new way while keeping you laughing throughout' - The Guardian
'A consummate performer with an amazing talent, passion and intellect. Intelligent moving comedy with a point' - Chortle
For tickets to the show on August 17th through 22nd, 9:00pm at Aces & Eights, are available here.
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John Gordillo is a Perrier Award-nominated English director and Comedian who has directed shows by the Comedian Eddie Izzard and was the host and co-creator of The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), a daily late-night topical comedy talk show, which played heavily with the conventions of the genre The show ran for 60 episodes until BBC Choice was rebranded as BBC Three.
In 2003 Gordillo made the final shortlist of two comics being considered by the BBC as a full-time replacement for Angus Deayton as host of Have I Got News For You, although Gordillo has never guest-hosted the show. Gordillo was screentested but the BBC offered the job to the other contender Alexander Armstrong before eventually deciding to employ neither comic and instead continue with the guest presenter format.
Gordillo returned to stand up in 2006, taking three critically successful solo shows to the Edinburgh festival in 07, 08 and 09. He has written and directed extensively for TV and live comedy, including a long partnership with US comedian Reginald D Hunter with whom, according to Gordillo’s website, he is writing and producing an independent film.
‘You may not find a more accomplished Fringe show’ – The Guardian
‘It’s the kind of show that makes you delighted to be at the Fringe’ – Times Online
‘Grown up material with delivery to match. An effortlessly fluid approach’ – Chortle.co.uk
‘Gordillo is an inspiration, a consummate performer with an amazing talent, passion and intellect. If you are after cheap, silly laughs avoid this, but if you want intelligent, moving comedy with a point, then you cannot afford to miss it’ – Chortle