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March 8th Dark Show

March 8th posterOur March 8th; Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! show will be dark & unforgettable! Our last ‘Dark Show’ was a SELL OUT and one of our most talked about shows of all time. As our January and February shows have sold out in record time we decided to offer something totally different for March. The line-up is full of quality with AWARD WINNERS, AS SEEN ON TV ACTS and INTERNATIONAL PERFORMERS. This line-up is not for the faint of heart or easily offended.

Line-up

JOE HEENAN: Joe is a regular MC at The Stand, finalist in ‘So You Think Your Funny’, writter for Chewing the Fat and has the most contagious laugh in the business.

DAMIEN CROW: 4 Star Reviews of his Edinburgh Fringe Show. This is the character of the extremely talented Comedian and actor Chris Forbes. Damien explains the struggles of being a middleclass Goth in modern Glasgow culture. This act is very enterteasement!!

BEN HART: Former Magic Circle ‘Young Magician Of The Year’. Ben has an incredible CV including several TV Appearances; 5 Star reviews; performances in London, Monaco and Vegas.

GARY MEIKLE: Burst onto the scene in 2013 and made it to Scottish Comedian Of The Year Semi-Finals on his first attempt. Gary’s one of the hardest working and fastest improving comedians in Scotland so we’re delighted to have this mini muscle man on the bill.

LOTTIE KIXX: World Burlesque Games Star. Lottie has been one of our most talked about acts since performing for us in 2012 when she blew the roof off the place! Finally got her back on the bill – “An unmissable performer”

MAGENTA LUST: Magenta is an International alternative burlesque performer. Her playful combination of burlesque and grotesque saw her climb the ranks of Scottish burlesque and recently headlined The Berlin Burlesque Festival.

LUST & WRATH: Magenta Lust and General Victor Draco team up to perform one of our all time favourite burlesque acts – it was so good it won our ‘Act Of The Night’.. It’s dark, sexy, powerful and has a comedy element – everything a burlesque act should have!

TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT

February 8th – SOLD OUT & other wee updates

Sold Out February PosterHi guy, just to let you know our February 8th show has sold out.  It was our quickest sell out for a full show. (we had a January comedy show sell out in five days, two days before the event;but, that was a comedy show not a full enterteasement show) This show sold out in eight days and two weeks before the actual show.  Our previous record for selling out was eight days before a show so we are delighted that so many of you are coming back and spreading the word to others thank you!

Is it really sold out or can I still get tickets?

ALL THE TICKETS ARE GONE! Please read www.enterteasement.com/sold-out before you think about contacting us asking for tickets – we love the word ‘yes’ and hate the word ‘no’ so we hate saying, “I’m sorry we have no tickets left”

March 8th – Dark Show

Our next show is on March 8th and will be a little bit darker than normal.  Four of the performers on the bill will be making a comeback having nor appeared for over a year and we have two new perfomers as well so this show will be very fresh!

Cupake has returned!

Cupcake the manager

Who is Cupcake?  Cupcake is one of the luckiest things to ever happen to Enterteasement.   When we started we had no idea how to run events or the whole burlesque side of things – we just knew people wanted

something different.   Cupcake (she’s called this because she’s small and everyone loves her – just like Cupcakes) had ran several variety night and burlesque shows in London and was a Godsend.  She started off as an assistant but it quickly became apparent that she was running the night and she was promoted to Manager.

 

The Dream Team: Cupake & Star

Having trained up several assistants.  She discovered Star and immediately Cupca

2 Managers Cupcake & Star

ke said “She’s got it” Cupcake was then offered a great job in New Zealand or Thailand (I always get it wrong) and she couldn’t turn it down.  It was a sad day but I was happy Star was there because at least I knew Enterteasement was in safe hands.  However, we’ve never ran as smoothly as when Star & Cupcake worked together.

We received a wee email from Cupcake informing us that after a year of being away she was missing Paisley (don’t ask) and she was returning and looking forward to seeing the show.  We offered her job back and not wanting to rock the boat as Star was doing such a good job.  But with a little arm twisting, begging and threatening to ban her from shows she has decided to bring the cupcakeness back!  So we no longer have manager & assistant, just two joint managers.  Feeling very lucky to have my dream team back 🙂
2014 just got exciting!

February 8th | Headliner Raymond Mearns

Enterteasement’s first Comedy, Magic, Burlesque show of 2014!!! We’re excited are you? We have 3 returning comedians including two of whom have been among the top 10 funniest comedians in Scotland for the last 10 years!! We’re bringing in some new burlesque stars, some boylesque and our ever popular muscle man as well.

Eventbrite - Enterteasement: Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! February 8th

poster February 8thRAYMOND MEARNS: The comedian regarded by many as the funniest comedian in Scotland. A regular at The Stand and has featured on The Limmy Show and Rab C Nesbit.
“A Genuine Improvisational Genius” Frankie Boyle

SCOTT AGNEW: Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2008, Scott has been one of the most in demand compere’s all over the UK for the last 10 years. Exceptionally friendly & Funny.
“Master Storyteller, truly unmissable”. Chortle

JULIA SUTHERLAND: Very flirty, high energy family fun from the glamorous Julia (formerly of the BBC) – compere’d for us in 2012 and did a great job so it’s good to have her back.
“Very funny… an astute outsider observer” – Scotsman

TOM HARLOW: The dirtiest Showboy in town , glamour and filth in equal measures!” Tom won ‘Boylesque Idol’ at Madame JoJo’s in London. One of our best performers in 2013.

KIM KHAOS: “The animal of Scottish burlesque”. With stunning big eyes & lips Kim mixes classic tease with a hint of modern madness!

THE SHAKEWELL TARTS: A new duo to Scottish Burlesque and their act is just fun, fun, fun!

RACHEL RENEGADE + CHARLIE ATLAS: International Sideshow performers. Sideshow is a branch of magic with a hint of carnival performance. Rachel is the Blonde beauty doing the magic and Charlie is the Big Strong man demonstrating feats of strength.

Venue:  The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street Glasgow ( 2 minutes from Central Station)

Doors: 7:15pm
Show: 8pm – 10:30pm

Don’t leave it too late as we sell out nearly every month and this show has had a lot of interest.

New booking system coming next month.

The new ticket system will come into play next month.

Duck hitting PCI’ll not go into the reasons why – it’s a great system – it does about 100 things really well, unfortunately selling tickets isn’t one of them.  So we’ll use eventbrite for the time being and might swap it over between now and February but more likely after the February gig.

When it’s live it’ll be a easier for you guys to use and you’ll be able to purchase tickets months in advance rather than the current, month by month way of working at the moment.  Plus, I believe it’s easier to take credit card payment, rather than taking the card payment via paypal which has confused a few people.

If we do swap systems there won’t be any problems with using the eventbrite ticket – in the past we’ve ran 5 different systems simultaneously for one show without a any difficulty for the guests.

We’ve never had any problems with Eventbrite, it’s just that it costs us £700 in booking fees each year and this other system is just a one off cost for the year.  So it keeps prices down, allowing us to keep the ticket prices lower than our main competitors.

Sorry for the hold-up.

System nearly live

Just a wee update.  The new system is installed and we’re experimenting with the settings  trying to figure out how to order more than 1 ticket at a time without having to go through 4 screens.

The way the system is set up it’s like Mrs Doyle asking if you want a cuppa tea, “Are you sure? But are  you really sure? But are you really, really really sure?”

Reading through the documentation at the moment and getting the hang of things so certainly getting there.

95% sure the tickets will be live on Wednesday so thanks for your patience

In other news – we have a meeting Wednesday night with the lovely people from The Glasgow Comedy Festival so we will figure out how to run events soon enough.

New Booking System

Hi Guys, Been receiving a lot of phone calls regarding February 8th.

Firstly, Thanks for the interest – we are 100% having a show and love how you’re all interested in us 🙂
Secondly, It’s a great line-up.  Scott Agnew, Raymond Mearns, Julia Sutherland, Kim Khaos, Tom Harlow, Shakewell Tarts, Rachel Renegade & Charlie Atlas.

So why aren’t the tickets on sale?

We’ve been using a system that some people have been having problems with and it costs us about £700 a year to use so we’re implementing a new system rated to be the best one and it’s actually a wee bit cheaper as well.  The support for this system is in USA so we’re just waiting to hear back before we do the full launch.  It was the plan to do this last week but the Comedy show took up a lot of time to get us.

Sorry for wait but it’ll make things much easier in the future.

January 11th review

What a cracking night at Enterteasement

We normally take January off because it’s cold, everyone’s skint and after a long year, it’s good to take a month off to recharge. However, The Admiral was available and there were too many good acts not working so we decided that with only eight days notice we would have a show. On Saturday we booked the acts, got the artwork complete, updated the website and boom the tickets started selling almost instantly.

If you were there Click here to take survey

Be warned I’m about to use an industry term for the first time ever!

When I did the …”Casting Call” aka “Who wants a gig?” We had so many responses it was hard to choose.  So in an attempt to put bums on seats, we went for a varied line-up  picking 2 Enterteasement all time favourites in Gary Little & Billy Kirkwood. Also on the bill were four  Enterteasement debuts.  Patrick Rolink is a big name on the circuit, Nancy Clench being a drag comedian has a big following, Ryan Dooley was the new kid on the block so has lots of people wanting to see him for the first time and Kavita is a very popular girl who always brings a crowd.

So with this line-up when it’s freezing, everyone’s skint, and with only seven days notice – could we sell forty tickets? I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure but we gave it our best shot.

Tickets

Sold Out Poster January 11thAlmost instantly two booths were purchased by our regulars, then Ryan’s Dad bought a booth and then one of one of our acts purchased one – always love when this happens as the acts are showing an interest in the night.

Next thing Ryan Dooley says he’ll be bringing at least seven people, Kavita says she’ll be bringing twelve and our regulars started snapping them up as well. I genuinely couldn’t believe how fast they went. Eventually Ryan sold over thirty tickets including three to random people in a pub.  Next up was The Admiral Bar, they posted about the event and one of the partners, Dave Ross, even made our poster his cover photo and profile picture – considering we started out a bit iffy – this really show how far we’ve come on and it’s nice to feel appreciated.

So did we sell out the 120 tickets in time for the show? Unfortunately not…we sold 130 in 5 days!!! Now we know Robbie Williams etc sell out thousand seater venues in half a second; but in the comedy world fifty tickets, in three months, is about average.

The Show

Confession: I never sleep the night before a show, I worry about too many things – we’ve set such a high standard and we’ve been really lucky with so many things that I’m convinced our luck will run out eventually and we’ll have a bad show and that will be the end of us. I’m not an event organiser and in fact…I’m probably one of the most unorganised people you’ll ever meet – so trying to organise a group of people stresses me out. To make matters worse for this show – we had a reviewer in from The Skinny.( A magazine for events). In two and a half years we’ve never had anyone and this isn’t a proper Enterteasement show, this is a comedy show and we don’t have our regular door person, sound guy, photographer or a full team in place – so stress levels were sitting high.
So I get to the venue, meet everyone and I’m aware that I’ve forgotten a few items and will have to go home grr. So we set-up the doors open and I vanish for half an hour. When I returned we were packed – our busiest show ever. Normally I cut the ticket sales at 120 to allow the room to be more manageable as we’re a £14 a ticket show but see for £5, It’s acceptable for more people to be standing / view to be a little restricted.

Showtime

I, Woody go on stage and inform the audience what we’re about, and give them the rules and by rules I mean one simple rule “Don’t talk during the acts”. You’d think this would be a simple rule but in the early days before we introduced this pre-gig house rules we used to have lots of chatting from people who would say, “But I didn’t know I wasn’t allowed to talk during the acts”. So rules done and I’m thinking, “For this room being packed, they’re very subdued” I even started to worry but then I remembered something, Billy Kirkwood is the compere!

Billy Kirkwood ComedianBilly Kirkwood

Billy is just bags of fun, Mr Energy, he’s the type of guy that everyone wants to be sat next to at a wedding as he’s just got so much positive energy and you can tell that he loves what he does. There are certain comedians that you know if they were given 24 hours left to live they would start planning a 24 hour comedy marathon and Billy is one of these guys – he’d probably do an encore! So Billy took to the stage got the audience from cold to warm and warm to boiling! I think the problem is that so many people are scared to be near the front in case the comedians pick on them. Now – I book the comedians and I don’t book those ones. So after a few minutes they all settled in and thought – “we like this guy!”

Patrick RolinkPatrick Rolink

One of the main acts over at Jongleurs (Biggest Comedy Chain in UK). Patrick mixed a combination of old fashioned jokes with the more standard story telling we normally book. He got off to a great start with his self deprecating stuff as he’s one of the…cuddlier comedians on tour. All jokes and stories went well especially the tourist board joke comparing Scotland to Disney Land.   We were off to a good start!

 

 

Kavita

Kavita comediianIn the comedy world you’re still considered a new act if you’ve been going for less than three years and Kavita is still in her first year (I think) If she’s not on stage she’s great to have in a room as she’s naturally one of these funny people with high energy who’s a bit mad! When she took to the stage she was nervous which is a shame because normally she performs her best when she just goes for it and has fun. So she started slowly then had some of her friends/fans shout stuff out which is really difficult to deal with when you’re trying to remember your set. However, she dealt with it well and when she relaxed a wee bit she really started to get into her stride and you could see she was starting to enjoy herself and become more natural. As this continued the laughter increased throughout her set and she finished very strong with some big laughs. A real pleasure to work with!

Ryan Dooley

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Remember this guy’s name. I first heard it in December when one of our other acts said, “I’ve just worked with a guy who’s only done 8 gigs and he’s amazing!” As the girl who said this recently got married…to her girlfriend, I was pretty certain this was a genuine compliment and not just trying to get her pal a gig. Also, she knows we don’t book inexperienced acts for our regular shows so it was unlikely I was ever going to book Ryan in the next 2 years. (it’s amazing how things work out!)

So Ryan took to the stage and immediately I thought, “This guy must be a drama student”  There was no hint of nerves and he has more stage presence than acts that have been going for years.  His set was very authentic, he’s not trying to be anyone else just on there telling funny stories about his view of the world and sharing life experiences. What he’s done in about 15 gigs would normally take about 18 months. So here’s our wee Enterteasement tip. This guy’s gonna be really good. I’ve spoken to him and he works really hard and he’s doing all the right things.

2 predictions:
1) He’ll be in the Scottish Comedian Of The Year Final if not this year then next year.
2) He’ll be headlining in 2015.

NancyNancy Clench

A Comedy Drag act – Come on!! This is Enterteasement, we can’t have a normal night of comedians, that would be boring! So Nancy takes to stage – all 7 foot tall of her and starts some crowd interaction. As the crowd hadn’t seen a drag act before, nor had they seen anyone stand at over 7 feet tall it was a bit weird at first but the thought going through everyone’s mind was, “Is her head going to touch the roof?” After a couple of minutes though it was apparent that Nancy did indeed fit on stage and the crowd enjoyed her unique set

Gary Little

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Great news, Gary just sold out his Glasgow International Comedy Festival Show for March 2014 (2 months early Gary – nobody likes a show off!)

So he took to the stage and did his Glasgow Stuff, dogs, and some new bits and bobs I hadn’t heard before. It’s hard to write about Gary to be honest as he always does really well. He’s an act that when he talks everyone thinks “That’s my park he’s talking about”. Always good to have Gary on board and he had yet another really strong gig for us.

Bad Suff

Reserving chairs. This is a curse of Enterteasement. If we say to people the seats are first come first serve they arrive in plenty of time and when the show is about to start they have a drink in hand and are ready to go. When people have reserved booths they often turn up, just as we’re about to start and with reserved seats it’s exactly the same – people think, “well I know my seats safe so I don’t have to be there on time.” We rarely reserve seats for anyone but when we do there’s about an 80% chance they’ll be late or just not show up. Mental.

Talking

The big ugly creature of talking during the show. There are people who do not understand that comedy is not like karaoke – you cannot pick and chose who you want to listen to and sit and chat during the other acts. Why buy a ticket and talk among your friends when you could go to any pub and do that for free?

Last night we had a crowd of four guys and one woman who wouldn’t shut up. At first they were screaming and waving a camera phone about with “OMG Look at this selfie of me”
Me: “Guy’s can you keep it down please all that noise is travelling on stage”
Guys: “No probs – sorry won’t happen again”

“OMG LOOK AT THIS SELFIE – DO YOUR REMEMBER WHEN WE TOOK THAT IT WAS”

Me: “Guys, it’s been 20 seconds since I was last here, there’s no talking during the acts – if you want to chat – go upstairs, if you want to watch the acts then watch the acts.”

Guys: “Sorry”

5 minutes later I get a complaint from an audience member, then 10 minutes later I get a complaint from another audience member. I inform these guys about this to which they respond,

“We’re not talking, we’re whispering”

They were being quieter but not quiet enough.

And so the saga continues until it was time for them to leave. So jacket off, door man at the ready and my back-ups ready

Me: “Guys…”
Guys: “Do you know what, we’re sick of being told to be quiet and we’re leaving”

Well it was the first thing they’d said I liked the sound of and they took their drinks upstairs where they were refused service for being obnoxious upstairs as well.

Bottle of water Gary Little

I like to take care of my acts and I ask them what they’d like before the show. Gary wanted some sparking water so I brought him a bottle. Although the bottle had been sitting on a table for 30 minutes when he opened it the whole thing exploded. Once that had calmed down he tried to put the lid on it and the lid flew across the room. Only I could pick a bottle that heckles the acts 😉

Good Stuff

Back in the early days of Enterteasement we used to be more of a new act night. The new acts used to keep things like merchandise from the show – well tonight our 3 newer acts stole the posters. We like that – it means they want to remember they’re time with us.

Thanks:

The Audience: Amazing, in a crammed room they were so good. Some of the comedians commented about how attentive and receptive they were. Some of them stood for 3 hours watching the show! Apart from the 4 people – exceptionally well behaved crowd.

Star: My lovely manager who puts up with me when I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown and still manages to make my smile and do amazing at her job.

Chris Matthews: DJ & Friend – one of the best people at doing what he does that I’ve ever met. I’m a man known for my high standards and if we were in the same industry – he would crush me! Yip, he’s not that good, he’s better. Vow Nominated Wedding DJ http://www.1stdance.co.uk/ and mood lighting specialist

Wullie Marr: Our photographer who at 2am put up the first batch of photos as a teaser – typical Enterteasement style https://www.facebook.com/wulliemarrphotography

Gary Meikle: Our door person, comedian and good friend of mine.

Edward Reid from BGT: One of the greatest entertainers I’ve ever seen live for his words of wisdom afterwards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVkURlcF63Q

Joey Dixon: For celebrating her birthday with us. She lied so that she wouldn’t get any special treatment – awww – how nice 🙂 Spoke to her afterwards and she says she’ll be coming back, I get a nice vibe off her and her friends.

Lottie for coming through from Edinburgh for the show – We love it when our performers become guests – means a lot to us

The Admiral for their support – if you’ve ever launched events you’ll know how difficult venues make it for the organiser but the Admiral has been really helpful and supportive for us. They put up our posters, set the venue up and plug the gig and offer advice when needed. Thanks guys.

AND….if you’ve read all that…you need a night out – so come to Enterteasement next month on February 8th Tickets go on sale soon.

Photographs on www.facebook.com/enterteasement

January 11th – sold out

Hi Guys, we would like to inform you that in absolute record timing we sold out the show for January 11th.

FAQ

Q) What time does the show start?
A)The Admiral is an upstairs downstairs bar. The Upstairs bar is open from 11am. You can go into the upstairs bar at any time. Our venue (Downstairs) will open at 7:30pm, She show will start at 8:30pm prompt. Real time not cinema time. Please ensure you are seated for the start of the show.

Q) What time does the show finish?
A) The show should finish at 11pm,  This might run over or under by 5 minutes or so.

Q) Does the Bar sell food?
A) Yes, some yummy pizza’s and burgers among other things.

Q) Is the venue fully seated downstairs
A) No, we have about 100 chairs and we have about 120 at each show. This is 83% seated which is considerably higher than several other well established comedy clubs in Glasgow. If you are unable to get seated, please feel free to rest your feet upstairs and you can bring your drinks upstairs and downstairs with you.

Waiting List – the only possible solution

If you would like to add your name to the waiting list then please do below.  If any tickets become available we will email you.

SOLD OUT

This unfortunately for us means that we have to spend the next 2 days answering the questions;

1) I know it says sold out, but has it sold out?
2) Are there tickets available on the bar?
3) Are there tickets available on the door?
4) We have already purchased a group of tickets and now we need one more, is there anyway you could squeeze another person in?

Even the best reason in the world does not extend the room.  The more people we have in the room the more money we make and the more money the bar makes, so if there was the remote possibility we could squeeze another person in we would do that.  However, to we sadly can not.

1) It is Sold out
2) There are no tickets behind the bar, please do not phone the bar they will only look on the website, they do not have any access to tickets or ticket information.
3) There are no tickets available at the door
4) No, full means full.

We’re really sorry guys but we have shows on every month and sometimes 2 or 3 a month.

Comedy Glasgow January 11th 2014

Poster for show on January 11thHappy New Year everyone,  We normally take January off but as luck would have it The Admiral was vacant and potentially our favourite Headliner & MC were free so we’ve decided to put on a January Sale Comedy Show (No magic or Burlesque this time) So you’re getting a show that should be £14 but it’s reduced to £5.  Now you won’t be able to see any of these acts for less than £10 this year anywhere in the UK and we’ve got 4 top hedliners and we’re giving some stage time to some newbies as well – so you might get to see the next Kevin Bridges!

THIS SHOW HAS SOLD OUT

Saturday December 11th
The Admiral Bar
Doors 7:30 – Show 8:30 – 11.
£5 (Was £14)
Booths £30 (was £100)

GARY LITTLE:  In 2013 Gary sold out all 4 shows at The Glasgow comedy Festival.  He’s headlined for us 3 times at Enterteasement and has always blown the roof off the place.  Regular at the Stand & Jongleurs.

BILLY KIRKWOOD:  Our favourite compere returns!  Billy is Mr Fun and his comedy is so infectious that we get constant requests for him to come back…oh he’s also a Bafta Winner.

PATRICK ROLINK: Finalist in So You Think Your funny Back in 2003 Patrick is a regular on The Jongleurs Tour and travels the world with his comedy.

NANCY CLENCH:  5 star reviews at her Edinburgh fringe show.  Nancy has burst onto the comedy scene in Scotland.

KAVITA BHARDWAI:  Kavita is relatively new to the Scottish scene but when people say “That funny /mad asian glaswegian lassy”  We know they’re talking about Kavita.

RYAN DOOLEY:  Ryan’s very new to the Comedy world and he’s doing great so he’s needing lots of stage time perhaps the next Kevin Bridges?

THIS SHOW HAS SOLD OUT

Christmas 2013

December NewsYour Christmas night out is one of your last chances to celebrate 2013 so why not celebrate in style?

Enterteasement is a premier night of Comedy Magic and Burlesque.  We’re known for having sell out shows and are very proud of our 4.6 star average customer rating.  As our December 14th show had so much interest we decided to add a second show so for the first time ever, we’re having 2 shows in the same month! Exciting times.  As Christmas is a time of giving things you wouldn’t normally receive we’ve decided to give you a magic show…without any magicians. eh? We’ve not gone mad we’re just spicing things up a little. December 14th presents “Side Show” (a  cousin of magic)  From international performer Rachel Renegade and December 21st presents Mind-Reading from Colin Cloud from Britain’s Got Talent.

DECEMBER 14th: Chris henry, JoJo Sutherland, Graham Mackie, Daiquiri Dusk, Dolly Tartan, Rachel Renegade.    THIS SHOW HAS SOLD OUT!  THERE ARE NO TICKETS REMAINING

DECEMBER 21st: Gary Little, Davey Connor, Chris Henry, Colin Cloud Daiquiri Dusk, Hell’s Belle, Diner Dollies (less than 10  tickets remaining – 2 booths available)

Both shows at The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G27DA (3 minutes from Central Station)

There are also after parties available at The Admiral with excellent nightclubs

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