Underbelly Cowgate: Belly Button
3rd – 27th August
Foster’s Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2014 – Nominee
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award 2015 – Nominee
Improv maestro and leading Australian comedy performer Steen Raskopoulos returns to Edinburgh with his latest high-energy, lightning-paced one-man sketch show. With his impressive versatility as a comedic actor, chameleon-like character creations and genius improvisation, Steen’s performances are simply breath-taking.
Last year’s You Know the Drill amassed five star reviews and critical acclaim – and cemented Steen as a must-see comedy star both in the UK and Australia. The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess builds on Steen’s previous hit shows – and brings a thrilling conclusion to the beloved character, ‘Timmy’ (who audiences first fell in love with in the Fosters Best Newcomer nominated show I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business) …
At 18, Steen was crowned the youngest ever Theatresports National Champion of Australia and his innate talent for improvisation has not only been the basis for his award-winning live shows but has also lead to Steen starring in the Australian series of Whose Line is it Anyway (both as core performer and consultant). Steen’s other notable TV credits include starring in Top Coppers (BBC) as the lead – John Mahagony, writing/ starring in his own Halloween Sky Short, Scare BnB, and the character-sketch special for ABC TV The Record. As an actor, Steen has appeared in a series regular role in the acclaimed political drama The Code (ABC/BBC4/ Netflx) and Utopia (ABC). He is currently developing lead projects both for UK and Australian television.
Awards & Nominations:
2013 : Steen’s debut solo sketch show bruce springSTEEN LIVE IN CONCERT! received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and won the same category at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
2014 : I’m Wearing Two Suits Because I Mean Business sold out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney, London and Edinburgh and was nominated for the Foster’s Comedy Awards Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2015 : Character Assassin earned Steen a Barry Award nomination for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and he performed it in both the Melbourne All Stars Gala and the Just For Laughs Gala at the Sydney Opera House.
What the press have said about Steen Raskopoulous:
“An astonishing tour de force of sketch comedy and inspired improv” ★★★★★ The List
“Triple threat of performance, material and charisma. A flawless hour of comedy” ★★★★★ The Herald
“Like witnessing a talent explosion” ★★★★ The Times
“A true star of improvised comedy” ★★★★ Ed Fest Mag
“A superstar in the making” ★★★★ The Independent
“An energising, charismatic presence from the get-go” ★★★★ The Scotsman
What the Australian press have said about The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess (from MICF):
“There’s no one else on the Australian comedy scene quite like Steen Raskopoulos… this could be the highlight of your Festival” ★★★★ ½ The Age
“The rising star of the comedy scene…damn clever” ★★★★ The Herald Sun
“Immersive, expertly crafted, insanely brilliant” ★★★★★ The Funny Tonne
Dates: 3 – 27 August 2017
Show: Steen Raskopoulos: The Coolest Kid In Competitive Chess
Venue: Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Button)
Address: 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JX
Price: Previews – £7 / Weekdays – £11.50 (£10.50) / Weekend £12.50 (£11.50)
Box office: 03333 444761 / underbellyedinburgh.co.uk