Comedy Canteen: Stand-up & Silliness, All About Food

27/10/19 15:00

Love comedy? Love food? Then come to Comedy Canteen, where our fare is aimed square at your pie-holes and your funny bones. 

In this autumn special, there’ll be:

- food experiments from the award-winning creators of Robot Chef, Foxdog Studios

- anarchist cooking from Food Programme host George Egg

- the best Brexit Box ever, built by Sooz Kempner and Eleanor Morton

- pumpkin carving, which can’t possibly be a bad idea. Right?

Your capable/incapable hosts will be Cassie Atkinson and Matthew Highton, and you might even catch a glimpse of the Easter Egg *unt (because Easter Eggs aren’t just for Easter).

Together we’ll create comedy umami and feast ‘til we’re sick. (Well you’ll get a few snacks. But you might laugh until you spew.)   


Foxdog Studios created the award-winning show Robot Chef, in which the audience controlled an elaborate cooking rig with their smartphones, preparing a full English Breakfast. Peter and Lloyd are IT consultants who accidentally started making live comedy shows with technology, creating homemade gadgets including a head-mounted sausage cannon. Their comedy is truly interactive, imaginative and joyous. “The most loopily inventive show on the Edinburgh Fringe.” (iNews) @foxdogstudios

George Egg is a fabulously skilled "anarchist cook", who can cook a three-course meal using parts salvaged from a vehicle, or equipment from his shed. Think Moules-Frites, made with a wallpaper steamer. He’s hosted a Food Programme special on food and comedy, and been on Bake Off’s Extra Slice, to make a tiramisu using hotel-room ingredients (UHT milk never tasted so good…) His fans include the Observer, who call him "brilliantly funny" and the Independent, who say he's "genuinely unique". @georgeegg

Sooz Kempner is an award-winning stand-up/singer/writer. Her shows cover topics from gaming to Brexit (she co-starred in Jonny Woo’s Allstar Brexit Cabaret) and she co-hosts the Mystery on the Rocks podcast. Her Twitter thread on being a Christina Aguilera tribute act in Ayia Napa went viral, and her accolades include winning the Funny Women Variety Act Award and a Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer prize. @SoozUK

Eleanor Morton is a Scottish stand-up, writer and actor who has supported acts including Josie Long, Tony Law and Frankie Boyle. She has written for News Quiz, Newsjack, and multiple BBC Scotland productions, and is a board-member of alternative night ACMS. She regularly performs with the Weirdos Comedy Collective and was part of their award-winning comedy-on-ice, The Battle for Icetopia. @EleanorMorton

Your hosts Cassie Atkinson & Matt Highton have won awards for their work with Beano. Matt, a warm and anarchic storyteller and film-maker, co-hosts a radio show with Joz Norris, co-founded the Comedians’ Cinema Club and has hosted ComicCon events internationally. (“Wonderful surrealism”, The Guardian.) Cassie is an awesomely gifted character comic, who has written for BBC3, ITV, E4 and Comedy Central. (“Hilariously dark... Incredibly funny… A true writing talent”, British Comedy Guide.)

 @MattHighton @Cassieiswithyou 

Comedy Canteen is created and organised by Alex Hardy, a writer and producer who is obsessed with food and comedy. She won a Funny Women writing award for scenes from her sitcom Nosh, about being a Deliveroo rider. She writes for Daily Mash, Channel 4’s Mashed, Radio 4’s Dead Ringers and News Quiz. She produces telly with the likes of Dave Gorman, directed Joz Norris’s award-winning Fringe show Joz Norris is Dead: Long Live Mr Fruit Salad, and won a Chortle award as producer of Tony Law’s ice-skating show The Battle for Icetopia. Please be as excited about Comedy Canteen as she is. @alexhardywrites @ComedyCanteen