Bristol-based comedy group The VA have re-emerged as Up The Antics, and are taking the city by storm
Characterized by their bizarre take on popular culture, social conventions and ‘nerd nostalgia’, Up The Antics have had their hands full following their rebrand in October, with local collaborations, brand new sketches and the development of their eccentric podcasts all in the pipelines.
Established in 2014 as The VA by graduates from Bath Spa University, the comedy collective have performed in and hosted a variety of live performances all over the country, including Bath Comedy Festival, the Southampton Comedy Fridge, and in various venues across London and Bristol.
The group release regular episodes of their original sketch radio show ‘Pipped at the Podcast’, and have worked in association with Wilbee Productions to create ‘Frack Off’; an original YouTube sitcom series with echoes of thoroughly British comedies such as Black Books and Spaced.
This November Up The Antics are celebrating their relaunch with a blockbuster showcase full of sketches, improv and stand-up from comedians across Bristol. Taking place at Café Kino on 6 November, The Antics Joke Show will be a raucous romp starring Stuart Goldsmith, Rosalind Beeson and The Inheritance.
“We decided on the relaunch as we felt we needed a fresh look”, says events coordinator Luke Mallison. “Up The Antics denotes a sense of dynamism from the group which will hopefully come out in our sketches and work.
“The reason we’re combining sketches, stand-up and improv in our “Antics Joke Show” evening is because we wanted to showcase the huge amount of talent Bristol’s amateur comedy scene has to offer. We decided to mix variety with comedy, and continue the innovation shown in Bristol by places like the BIT and the Wardrobe Theatre.”
The Antics Joke Show takes place at Café Kino, 6 November at 7pm. Tickets cost £4 – £5 and can be purchased on the door.