The Bronx-born American stand up comedian, writer and television producer Susan ‘Susie’ Essman was back by popular demand at London’s Soho Theatre following her smash hit sell out run in 2013.
She is no shrinking violet and is liberal with the vernacular invectives on stage and screen. The LA Times said Susie is “The most lyrical purveyor of profanity on television. She makes the entire cast of The Sopranos look like rank amateurs. It is really a gift.”
Susie is best known for her role as the Sassy Susie Green on the groundbreaking critically acclaimed HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm and the character’s hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults, including her catchphrase, “you fat f*ck!”
British critic Dominic Cavendish said Susie is “funny, frank and fearless”. She described Downton Abbey as “a piece of sh*t”.
It was great to meet Susie and her husband Jim after the first of her three night gigs at the Soho Theatre where she signed this sketch. I am pleased to say that in person she is the exact opposite of her TV namesake and stand up persona.
English broadcaster and writer Caitlin Moran is the bestselling author of How To Be A Woman. She’s an award winning columnist and critic for The Times in London and was named the Observer’s Young Reporter of the Year aged 15.
Caitlin’s upbringing in Wolverhampton inspired her TV drama comedy series Raised By Wolves, which she wrote with her sister Caroline. The main character is Germaine – a “gobby, vaginally-focussed, horny, 16 year old extrovert”.
I met Caitlin at the stage door (or as they call it, The Artist’s Entrance) of the Royal Festival Hall last week when she joined Bridget Christie and Shazia Mirza as the “Three titans of comedy and thinking” for the WOW – Women of the World Festival and she signed my sketch.
Fresh from her nomination for the top award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the irresistible Lucy Beaumont returned to London’s Soho Theatre this week for a three night stint with her show WE CAN TWERK IT OUT.
Lucy’s unique blend of surreal, off beat humour relating to her observations of the strange working class culture in her native Hull has won her an increasing number of fans, the BBC New Comedy Award and a starring role in BBC 3’s Live at the Electric.
I originally drew this sketch in October 2014, when Lucy debuted the show, but missed getting her to graph it. With six different shows on it’s three stages during the course of the evening, the Soho Theatre can be a lot like the Tube during rush hour and often takes a bit of navigating to find people. But, this time I managed to catch up with her in the crowed bar after her final performance and she was more than happy to inscribe this sketch.
Luisa Omielan is a fresh and frank new female comic, in fact the Telegraph called her “Fresh, frank and fearless – a gutsy new star is born!” Vogue used the other ‘f’ words, “so fresh, so funny, so original prepare for a full on rearrangement of your insides.”
She scored a sleeper hit with What Would Beyonce Do?, which completed a sell-out, twice extended Edinburgh Festival Fringe run and four sell out shows at London’s Soho Theatre in 2012.
WhatsOnStage said, “uplifting, intense and fearless… The Queen B of comedy.”
Her follow up is Am I Right, Ladies? which she performed at the Soho before taking it to the Edinburgh festival where she is currently in residence at the Laughing Horse @ the Counting House until the end of this week, playing once again to packed houses. She will be returning to the Soho in September, so Londoneres, watch out!