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HAAGS COMEDY FESTIVAL 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HAAGS COMEDY FESTIVAL 2015

THE HAGUE, October 26th 2015

updated 13 December 2015

The 2015 Haags Comedy Festival, organized by the Haags Comedy Festival Foundation, has announced the semi-finalists of its competition from 11th to 13th December at O‘Casey’s Irish Pub. The third edition of the Haags Comedy Festival starts on 28th October and runs through to 13th December 2015. The semi-finalists of the international comedy competition represent six comedy clubs from six European cities:

First semi-finals - 11 December 2015:

- Davey Reilly (Comedy Crunch, Dublin).

- Danny Boy-Rivera (La Chocita del Loro, Madrid).

- Luca Cupani (Angel Comedy Club, London).

Second semi-finals - 12 December 2015:

- Xavier Castells (Funny Eventos, Barcelona.)

- Dharmander Singh (Baum Haus Comedy Club, Berlin).

- Pedja Bajović (Komedjia s nogu, Zagreb).

The six semi-finalists will battle for three awards: Personality Award, Public Award and Jury Award. The winner of the Jury Award will win a ticket to New York, where he will take part in a comedy tour of the city. For background on selected semi-finalists and comedians, please check out the website: www.haagscomedyfestival.com.

This year’s festival includes 14 workshops, two stand-up comedy talent nights and an international stand-up comedy competition.

“We are proud to honour international comedians in The Hague, city of Peace and Justice,” said Sharda Dewie, Haags Comedy Festival chairwoman. “Their amazing talent inspires all of us, and our audiences. We thank them for taking part in the Haags Comedy Festival 2015 and helping spread the laughter.”

Haags Comedy Festival 2015

This year’s festival kicks off on Wednesday 28th October at Haags Pop Centrum. The kickoff has been timed to coincide with the Haagse Pop Maand. International comedy talents Danny Lobell (USA), Rökkvi Vésteinsson (Iceland) and up-and-coming local comedians will entertain the crowd. Comedians who want to fine-tune their sets in English are welcome to join. Free entry.

Friday 27th November sees more up-and-coming talent perform at the Kroepoekfabriek, Vlaardingen. Once again, comedians wishing to fine-tune their English sets are welcome to join. Entry €5.

It’s always best to start young. That’s why we’re organizing 10 workshops (in Dutch) for children, hosted by comedian Roel C. Verburg. Free Entry. For dates, see: www.haagscomedyfestival.com.

We are also organizing two “Comedy Monkey” workshops (in Dutch), in cooperation with Judith Sluijter (I & ART), where children can tell their funniest jokes to camera. Free Entry. For dates, see: www.haagscomedyfestival.com.

Comedy starts with improvisation. So why not come to one of the festival’s two Improv for All workshops (in English), hosted by Wouter Hollander (Improv The Hague). Entry €20, which includes entry to the semi-final on 11th December.

The culmination of this year’s festival is the international comedy competition, with rounds taking place on the evenings of 11th, 12th and 13th December at O’Casey’s Irish Pub. Bob Maclaren (Comedy Café Amsterdam) will be MC, with international comedians Johnny Kats, Christian Steel and David Tsonos headlining each night. With an international jury comprising Bob Maclaren (Comedy Cafe Amsterdam), Ray Addison (Dubai Laughs) and Roel C. Verburg (comedian), it promises to be a competition like no other. Online tickets sales start on 1st November. Entry 15 euro per event (students €12.50).

For times, ticketing information and sales, go to www.haagscomedyfestival.com.

To register for the workshops or talent nights please mail us at: [email protected].

About Haags Comedy Festival

Haags Comedy Festival is an annual festival organized by the Haags Comedy Festival Foundation. The festival helps comedians raise their profiles, gain valuable experience and perform to a broad range of audiences. It’s all about enabling the international community and general public to experience the power of stand-up. Now in its third year, the festival has gained a well-deserved reputation as a diverse international comedy festival that supports both emerging and established comedians.

About the Haags Comedy Festival Foundation’s aims

Through all its activities, the Haags Comedy Festival Foundation aims to bring the community of The Hague together through the art of stand-up comedy. The foundation promotes smiles, laughter, and an all-round good time through comedy in Dutch and English. It is the perfect way to showcase our international city, foster a sense of community among performers from the Netherlands and abroad, and lastly, to have a great time making high-quality comedic theatre. We want to enable the creation of a strong comedy infrastructure in The Hague and the surrounding metropolitan region.

About Haags Comedy Festival 2015 sponsors and partners

The Haags Comedy Festival Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting talent development and the art of stand-up comedy by improving access and promoting innovation. The foundation aims to make Haags Comedy Festival the Netherlands’ premier international comedy festival, where visitors young and old can experience comedy in ways they never imagined.

Haags Comedy Festival 2015 is pleased to announce its sponsors and partners:

Signature sponsors: Fullreason Design, Roam Advies, Oneman, FotoYpenburg, HaagseFiets Chic, VSB Fonds, Fonds 1818, HaagseBrug, EasyHotels.

Location partners: O’Casey’s Irish Pub, Haags Pop Centrum and Kroepoekfabriek.

Creative partners: AIGHT foundation, I & ART, Improv The Hague.

Media Partners: The Hague Online, The Underground, Den Haag FM, Young Agga FM, Den Haag Direct, Regio TV.

PRESS CONTACTS

Communications:

Sharda Dewie, Chairwoman.

Tel.: +31 (0)6 4620 8047

Email: [email protected]

Martita Pons, Communication manager.

Email: [email protected]

CONNECT WITH HAAGS COMEDY FESTIVAL

To keep up with Haags Comedy Festival, visit www.haagscomedyfestival.com and like the Haags Comedy Festival Facebook page at facebook.com/haagscomedyfestival.

You can also follow us on Twitter @Haagscomedyfest and on Instagram @haagscomedyfest - join the conversation by using the hashtag #HCF2015.

FOR EDITORS:

Stand-up Comedy Talent Night:

28th October 2015.

Showtime: 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm.

Location: Haags Pop Centrum.

Entry: Free.

Headliner: Danny Lobell (USA).

Up-and-coming talents.

Rökkvi Vésteinsson (Iceland).

Carly Baker (USA).

Michael Lis (Poland).

Mourat Farahat (Egypt).

Felix Henry (Germany).

MC: Sharda Dewie (Dutch).

Stand-up Comedy Talent Night:

27th November 2015.

Location: Kroepoekfabriek.

Showtime: 9.00 pm – 10.45 pm.

Entry: € 5.

Up-and-coming talents:

Michel van der Sanden (The Netherlands)

Michael Lis (Poland).

MC: Victor Luis van Es (The Netherlands).

HL: Katja Remmerswaal (The Netherlands).

Workshops:

Slechtste Rapper van de Straat - Roel C. Verburg

11th November 2015.

Location: Haags Pop Centrum

Burgemeester Hovylaan 12,

2552 AW The Hague.

Time: 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm.

14th November 2015.

Location: Clubhuis De Wigwam

Daal en Bergselaan 9,

The Hague.

Time: 9.30 am – 12.00 am.

25th November 2015.

Location: Bibliotheek Scheveningen

A Scheveningseweg 333

2584 AA The Hague.

Time: 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm.

27th November 2015.

Location: Laaktheater

Ferrandweg 4t,

2523 XT The Hague.

Time: 11.00 am – 12.30 am.


27th November 2015.

Location: Laaktheater

Ferrandweg 4t,

2523 XT The Hague.

Time: 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm.

(This workshop is already full).


2nd December 2015.

Location: Bibliotheek Transvaal

Hobbemaplein 30

2526 JB The Hague.

Time: 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm.


9th December 2015.

Location: Buurthuis Bario

Kockstraat 175

2571 TD The Hague.

Time: 3.15 pm – 4.45 pm.


15th December 2015.

Location: Centrum Cromvlietplein

Cromvlietplein 120

2516 KV The Hague.

Time: 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm.


16th December 2015.

Location: Musicon

Soestdijksekade 345,

2574 AL The Hague.

Time: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm.


16th December 2015.

Location: Musicon

Soestdijksekade 345,

2574 AL The Hague.

Time: 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm.

Comedy Monkeys - Judith Sluijter (I&ART)

7th December 2015.

Location: Van Hoogstratenschool

Spaarwaterstraat 21

2593 RM The Hague.

Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.


18 January 2016. (extra planning)

Location: Bibliotheek Schilderswijk

Koningstraat 439

2515 The Hague.

Time: 4.30 pm – 5.00 pm.


Improv For All in English - Wouter Hollander (Improv The Hague)

Entry: 20 euro inclusive free entry HCF International Competition Semi-finals.

15th November 2015.

Location: O’Caseys Irish Pub

Noordeinde 140

2514 GP The Hague.

Time: 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm.

Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm.

For more information, see www.haagscomedyfestival.com

Improvisation for children in Dutch - Arjen Roosenboom (extra planning)

4th December 2015.

Location: Bibliotheek Schilderswijk

Koningstraat 439

2515 The Hague.

Time: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm.


2015 Haags Comedy Festival International Stand-up Comedy Competition:

11 December 2015 - 1st Semi-finals @ O’Casey’s Irish Pub.

MC Bob Maclaren, 3 semi-finalists Davey Reilly, Danny Boy-Rivera, Luca Cupani and headliner Johnny Kats.

Showtime : 8.30 pm – 10.45 pm

Entry €15 euro (students €12.50).


12 December 2015 - 2nd Semi-finals @ O’Casey’s Irish Pub.

MC Bob Maclaren, 3 semi-finalists Dharmander Singh, PedjaBajović, Xavier Castells and Headliner Christian Steel.

Showtime : 8.30 pm – 10.45 pm

Entry €15 euro (students €12.50).


13 December 2015 - Haags Comedy Festival Grand Finale @ O’Casey’s Irish Pub.

MC Bob Maclaren, 3 finalists and headliner Davis Tsonos.

Showtime : 8.30 pm – 10.45 pm

Entry €15 euro (students €12.50).


2015 Haags Comedy Festival Headliners (HL)

Johnny Kats.

Christian Steel.

David Tsonos.

Master of Ceremonies (MC): Bob Maclaren (Comedy Café Amsterdam).


Jury

Bob Maclaren (Comedy Cafe Amsterdam)

Ray Addison (Dubai Laughs)

Roel C. Verburg (Stand-up Comedian).


Semi-finalists, up-and-coming international comedians

Baum Haus Comedy Club (Berlin, Germany) presents Dharmander Singh.

Comedy Crunch (Dublin, Ireland) presents Davey Reilly.

Angel Comedy Club (London, United Kingdom) presents Luca Cupani.

Funny Eventos (Barcelona, Spain) presents Xavier Castells.

La Chocita del Loro (Madrid, Spain) presents Danny Boy-Rivera.

Komedjia s nogu (Zagreb, Croatia) presents Pedja Bajović.


2015 Haags Comedy Festival The Finalists

Comedy Crunch (Dublin, Ireland) presents Davey Reilly.

Angel Comedy Club (London, United Kingdom) presents Luca Cupani.

Funny Eventos (Barcelona, Spain) presents Xavier Castells.


2015 Haags Comedy Festival Awards

Jury Award and Audience Award: Xavier Castells ( Barcelona )

Personlaity Award: Luca Cupani (London)