Summerhall: 18th – 27th August
Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award 2016 – Winner
Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd will be bringing his critically acclaimed show Monkey See Monkey Do back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a limited run following his hugely successful international tour with Show & Tell. He’ll be performing at Summerhall at 11pm from the 18th – 27th August.
Richard Gadd made a name for himself with smash-mouth, off the wall shows entailing drugs, sex, and gratuitous violence. After 2015’s runaway hit Waiting For Gaddot, Gadd decided to come clean about the man behind the public persona, the personal upheavals he had in his life that led to it and a bare-all look at the very real monkey he has had on his back for years. Monkey See Monkey Do is a fresh insight into mental illness in the modern age and what it means to be a man and is hailed as one of the most memorable, genre-busting performances ever seen at the Fringe which saw Richard Gadd take home the prestigious Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Comedy Show of 2016.
In addition, he was also nominated for a Malcolm Hardee Award and a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form and has just won the Comedian’s Comedian Award at the 2017 Chortle Awards as voted for by his peers. He is also nominated for Best Male Performance for Monkey See Monkey Do at the Off West End Awards. The show’s Soho Theatre transfer sold out its first 5 week run so quickly in the Autumn that it was extended for another 5 weeks Downstairs in early 2017. The show has also just been nominated for an equally prestigious Barry Award at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival where Richard has been performing the show for the last 3 weeks. He is also in the middle of his debut tour with Show & Tell and has upcoming dates at the Underbelly Southbank, Amsterdam, the Machynlleth Comedy Festival as well as a limited run at the BAC.
Richard’s last show Waiting for Gaddot became the underground hit of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe winning the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show, as well as being nominated for a Chortle Innovation Award and a Malcolm Hardee Genius Award. It later transferred for a sell-out three week run at London’s Soho Theatre who have worked with Richard since his debut shows Cheese and Crack Whores and Breaking Gadd as well as co-presenting Monkey See, Monkey Do in Edinburgh in 2016 and 2017.
Richard is a hugely talented writer-performer who is currently developing scripted projects with Kudos, Hat Trick Productions, Yellow Door, and Me & You Productions. He will star as the lead role of Eddie McNally in BBC2’s upcoming 90 minute single drama Against the Law opposite Daniel Mays and Mark Gatiss, which will air in June as part of a special season celebrating fifty years since the decriminalisation of homosexual activity in Britain. The film also had its Gala Premiere when it opened the BFI Flare Film Festival earlier this year.
Richard played the regular role of villainous Callum in hit E4 comedy series Tripped. He also appeared in Liam Williams and Daran Johnson’s pantomime Ricky Whittington at Christmas at the New Diaroma Theatre alongside Charlotte Ritchie and Ellie White.
He is also head comedy writer at Britain’s third biggest social media outlet HelloU.
What the press have said about Monkey See Monkey Do:
“The young Scot’s charisma and commitment to his art are extraordinary…Gadd is a true one off with what could well be a glittering future ahead of him” ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
“A finale that is unexpectedly direct and moving. In a city full of comedians addressing their mental health issues, this is the riskiest and oddest and most memorable of the lot” ★★★★ The Times
“Undeniably compelling…it’s strong stuff, and courageous” ★★★★ The Guardian
“Taking the audience to a place most comics would be afraid to go…in a unique, brilliant and hysterically funny way” ★★★★★ The Skinny
“A brave, funny and frankly magnificent piece of work” ★★★★★ Fest
“A thoughtful and highly original examination of masculinity” ★★★★★ The Arts Desk
“The rawness of the story, the overwhelming experience of the multimedia presentation, and Gadd’s exceptional performance mean this is a show that will stay with you” ★★★★ Chortle
“Stunning, boundary-pushing comedy that will leave you exhilarated and a little bit broken”
★★★★★ TV Bomb
“Richard Gadd is the real deal. He’s a comic with vision, and the ability to execute it”
★★★★ London is Funny
Dates: 18th August – 27th August 2017
Show: Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do
Address: 1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Box Office: www.summerhall.co.uk/book-tickets/