Gina Yashere at the E4 Udderbelly Fri 3rd June – Sun 5th June

Gina Yashere has a made a lot of changes in her life of late. She’s travelled the world; to Nigeria to discover her ancestral roots, to Thailand to get her zen on, to Malaysia to…get robbed, to Indonesia to get tattooed, and many other places in between.  But she’s ended up in the one place she truly feels at home…Los Angeles.

Not content with being one of the most sought after comedians in the UK, Gina decided 3 years ago to up sticks and move to Hollywood to see if she can get a piece of the American dream.  She’s not done too badly.

Since landing in Los Angeles, she has lost over 5 stone in weight (after all, she is in the Land of the Olsen twins…and Victoria Beckham) and has performed her stand up on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment, as well as being a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, playing a crap psychic. She has also had her own 1 hour stand up special airing on Showtime.

She’s the best and she wants everyone to know it, so she’s gonna keep shouting ‘til you notice her!  Either that, or sleep with Justin Bieber.

For more info, please visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Mark Dolan at the E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre

In his hilarious debut solo stand-up show, the star of Channel 4’s Balls of Steel and the hugely popular World’s… and Me documentary series, Mark Dolan literally shares too much about his life, and gives his unique insights into a whole range of subjects, including politics, married life and why it is that betting shops have those strange little pens. As honest as it is hilarious, this eagerly anticipated show is premiering at the E4 Udderbelly at  Southbank Centre on 24th May 2011, prior to a full run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

With a longstanding background in stand-up, Mark got his first big break in 2000, when he reached the final of Channel 4’s live stand-up competition So You Think You’re Funny, a glittering event at the Edinburgh Festival hosted by Graham Norton and also featuring Matthew Horne and Russell Brand as finalists. A TV career soon beckoned as he went on to launch E4 as host of the brand new comedy show Show Me The Funny. He also launched More 4 as host of late night chat show The Last Word.

His first major comedy opportunity on the box came when he wrote and starred in Channel 4’s hidden camera comedy series The Richard Taylor Interviews (available on 4OD), in which he interviewed members of the public for a series of fictional jobs. He continued in the world of hidden cameras as host of three series of the hit Channel 4 comedy stunt show Balls of Steel, which continues to air nightly on C4’s digital TV channel 4 Music.

More recently, Mark has fronted 12 one hour documentaries for Channel 4, about some of the world’s most extraordinary people, in his hugely popular series “The World’s…and Me”. Among others, he met Yao Defen, a 7ft 9inch woman in China, Mohammed Daad, a father to 84 children and Sheyla Hershey, the woman with the dubious title of having the world’s most enhanced breasts, weighing in at a horrific 4.5 litres per breast.

Mark has written a bestselling and critically acclaimed book about his travels for Harper Collins, entitled “The World’s Most Extraordinary People and Me”. Mark is also the presenter of Sky Movies’ weekly flagship movie show 35mm.

Always keeping his foot in the door of live stand-up, he has been the resident MC of the popular Amused Moose Comedy Club in Soho, London, for the last five years.

‘Consistently funny’ THE INDEPENDENT

‘so funny – Dolan is a master of improvisation and audience interaction – definitely not one to miss’ FEST MAG

Extremely witt’” THE LIST

“Impressive” CHORTLE

For more information, visit: www.udderbelly.co.uk 

Aussie Show Controlled Falling Project

Australia’s acrobatic infused sophisticated circus experiment which opens in the E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre from 29th May – 10th June.

The E4 Udderbelly on Southbank transforms into a laboratory of curious machines and acrobatic impossibilities for this literally experimental production. Old science meets new circus as the highly skilled performers from ThisSideUp attempt to control the uncontrollable in their much-awaited London premiere.

Controlled Falling Project has thrilled international audiences, with sell-out seasons and standing ovations across Australia and Europe, and wowing crowds and critics alike in Edinburgh last summer. Now this audacious circus production makes its London debut at the Southbank Festival, for two weeks only.

Three talented and curious acrobats, under the guidance of an eccentric drumming professor, test the boundaries of physics and the human body. Unnatural feats of gymnastic strength and muscular agility are incorporated with a bold exploratory approach to international circus disciplines such as the exhilarating Teeterboard (giant see-saw), the mesmerising Roue-Cyr (oversized steel hoop) and the formidable Russian Bar (flexible beam).

With an accessible theatricality, sophistication and skill rare in contemporary circus, ThisSideUp’s extreme energy stunts are matched in intensity with gracefully choreographed moments, giving you little chance to draw breath during this gravity-defying hour of entertainment.

‘Intelligence, strength and a significant wow factor…astonishing.’  The Guardian

‘Stunning…graceful…unique, inspiring and hard to tear your eyes from.’  The Scotsman

‘Grace, agility and seemingly super-human strength.’  Whatsonstage

‘Magnificent…brilliant.’  British Theatre Guide

For more information, please visit: www.thissideupacrobatics.com

Events at E4 Udderbelly At Southbank Centre

After the 2009 season, E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre is back for its second year to graze on the banks of the Thames this summer from 13th May to 18th July 2010. In partnership with Southbank Centre, the hugely popular, giant inflatable 410-capacity cow, which established itself as one of the Edinburgh Festival’s most exciting and unique venues in 2006, will return this year with an even bigger and better lineup, nestled comfortably between the famous London Eye and Royal Festival Hall.

Dubbed one of the best programmes of live entertainment in London last year, over 100,000 visitors flocked to the purple cow to see top acts including Joan Rivers, Reginald D Hunter, Tom Tom Crew and Rhona Cameron. This year’s programme is even bigger and better. Highlights include rare appearances by Alexei Sayle, Sandi Toksvig, Ben Fogle and Irish legend Tommy Tiernan. US comedians Michael Winslow (Sergeant Jones from the Police Academy films) and Rob Schneider, Ardal O Hanlon, Arthur Smith and Milton Jones are all set to perform in Udderbelly’s comedy programme alongside Andrew Lawrence, David O’Doherty, Gina Yashere and Dan Clark. Some of the hottest new acts
include Tom Wrigglesworth, Pete Johansson, Carl Donnelly and Jack Whitehall (all Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees 2009).

The headline show is the fantastic Brazil! Brazil!, which opens on 15th June. In World Cup Year, and part of Southbank Centre’s Festival Brazil, sponsored by HSBC, this is 70 minutes of capoeira, street football, acrobatics and live music to entertain all ages. There’s circus from Controlled Falling Project, beat-boxing from Beardyman and Shlomo (BOXED) and cabaret from rising stars Frisky & Mannish. There are over 60 shows to choose from with family shows to suit all ages (including Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, the author of the Gruffalo) and almost all tickets are £20 and under.

But it’s not just the shows this year that will attract thousands of visitors; the Pasture around the Cow is a great place to relax with a jug of Pimms, an ice-cold beer, or a glass of wine and enjoy London’s South Bank. There will be Giant Connect 4 or Jenga games and a selection of the Wimbledon and World Cup matches will be screened live in the Pasture outside the Cow. No wonder that last year it proved to be one of London’s coolest spots to meet friends.

Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood opened the Underbelly doors in Edinburgh in 2000 with two performance spaces and four shows. Last year, Underbelly celebrated its 10th anniversary as one of the UK’s leading entertainment specialists and has hosted some of the most prestigious names in comedy, from Joan Rivers to Bill Bailey, Ross Noble to Flight of the Conchords and Russell Brand to Jimmy Carr, to name but a few. This year will be NO exception…

Jane Beese, Senior Music Programmer (Contemporary) at Southbank Centre said: “We are udderly delighted to be welcoming the Cow back to Southbank Centre for summer 2010. Last year brought a wealth of laughter and pleasure to the thousands of Udderbelly and Southbank Centre visitors who enjoyed the wonderful and varied programme and the delights of the Pasture. This year promises to build on the success of this much-loved and unique venue, adding to the vibrancy across the site”.

Summer 2010 at Southbank Centre:
E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre kicks off a full season of major events and festivals this summer including the Meltdown Festival, directed by Richard Thompson (11th – 20th June), a Festival of Arts + Science to celebrate the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary (25th June – 4th July), the London Literature Festival (1st – 18th July), the culmination of The Bernstein Project (10th and 11th July) and Festival Brazil. Festival Brazil is a major summer festival of music, visual arts, dance literature, debates and free performances, across the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery, E4 Udderbelly and on the riverfront, celebrating the dynamic culture of today’s Brazil, from 19 June to 5 September 2010, presented by Southbank Centre and sponsored by HSBC.

“The capital’s funniest and funkiest live venue” EVENING STANDARD

“Some of the most innovative, inventive comedy shows you’ll see in the capital this summer… With ticket prices mainly in the crowd pleasing £10-£15 range, the cow is the only thing that is inflated. Being part of the herd has never been so much fun” EVENING STANDARD

“Complete and udder genius” LONDON PAPER

“The Udderbelly is surely a portal through which an entire generation can gain access to the arts – on its own terms” SUNDAY HERALD

“The success of the giant, purple, inflatable upside-down cow is testified by the large crowd daily milling around its rubbery teats” THE LIST

For more information, please go visit: www.udderbelly.co.uk