“packed full of belly laughs…impressively well written, perfectly building and building and rich with detail – each topic could be a full show on its own. Novellie delivers it all with real astuteness and skill, at once relaxed and arresting”
★★★★★ Sharon Lougher, Metro
“Hilarious…he will go far”
★★★★ Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“A storming hour of punchy, exceptional stand up”
★★★★ Jay Richardson, The Scotsman
“the laughs keep coming… Novellie is every inch the assured, smart-jacketed storyteller… Novellie might not be a fan of them but this clearly warrants a handful of his dreaded crying laughing emojis”
★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“Style, substance and structure are all present and correct in this stand-up master’s latest ‘fine’ hour… This is a clever, apparently effortless show of solid comedy… structurally brilliant… A masterclass”
★★★★ Marissa Burgess, The List
Award-winning comedian and Fringe regular Pierre Novellie (World’s Most Dangerous Roads, The Mash Report, The Frank Skinner Radio Show) is set to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He will follow up on his critically acclaimed hour from last year’s festival with a brand new stand up show titled ‘Why Are You Laughing?’.
Having found an answer to the title of his 2022 show, ‘Why Can’t I Just Enjoy Things?’, Pierre now turns the question to the audience and asks ‘Why Are You Laughing?’. The celebrated observational comic explains UK drinking culture, why he’s decided to lie to people from now on and how a dog stopped him learning the saxophone.
Pierre’s unique brand of intellectual wit has earned him titles such as “a superior stand up” (Chortle) and his show has been deemed “a masterclass” (The List). His stand up special, ‘Quiet Ones’, has reached over 321,000 views on YouTube and his television writing and performance credits include Mock The Week (BBC2), The Mash Report (BBC2), Spitting Image (ITV/Britbox), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), as well as appearing on World’s Most Dangerous Roads (Dave). Pierre is also regular co-host of The Frank Skinner Show on Absolute Radio and is the co-host of the BudPod podcast with fellow comedian and friend Phil Wang, where they have reached 3.5 million downloads to date. His other audio work includes co-hosting BBC Sounds’ Obsessed With… SAS: Rogue Heroes where he unpacks the BBC drama series with Spencer Matthews.
Having recently sold out his 6 night run at London’s Soho Theatre, he extended his run to 9 nights to meet demand and ultimately had to add a date at Leicester Square Theatre, which he sold out. His autumn tour across the UK and Ireland has already had to add several extra dates and shows. Previously, Pierre has supported Phil Wang on his most recent tour and has supported Frank Skinner on his five-week West End run and national tours. His shows are consistently critically acclaimed, and he has twice placed in the top 20 best-reviewed comedy shows across the entire Edinburgh Fringe festival. He is a past winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off and has previously received nominations for the Amused Moose Comedy Award and The Skinny Awards, as well as receiving three Chortle Award nominations.
Other Things the Press Said About Pierre Novellie:
★★★★ ½ Jay Richardson, Chortle
“I am almost embarrassed by the amount of involuntary noise that came out of my face during Pierre Novellie’s hysterically funny show…A genuinely hilarious comedian”
★★★★★ Gemma Scott, Three Weeks
“His attention to language and imagery is superlative… superior stand-up”
★★★★ Steve Bennett, Chortle
“This is John Kearns level of excellence which Novellie delivers with his own matured, idiosyncratic, mastery…he has joined a pantheon Fringe classics, & comedy greats”
★★★★★ Mumble Comedy
“an hour of sharply crafted and intelligent comedy”
★★★★ Megan McEachern, Sunday Post
“Pierre Novellie is wonderful…A tremendous presence, there’s a timeless sense to this chap. His wit is old school, yet his humour is still fresh. There’s a class to his act which has been missing from a lot of shows this year…The writing of his show is completely natural, flowing incredibly despite its obvious hard work”
★★★★★ Dominic Corr, Edinburgh Festivals
“a blistering hour of outsider observational comedy that is packed with brilliantly nerdy contemplations…His exceptional conversational delivery makes for compelling stand-up”
★★★★ James McColl, The Skinny
“the perfect balance between intellectual thoughtfulness and physical comedy”
★★★★ Hannah Foulds, Londonist
“a slick hour of sharp satire…intelligent and inventive”
★★★★Angela Johnson, Entertainment Focus
★★★★ Graeme Connelly, Fest
“a very sophisticated and intelligent comedic mind… If most things are just middling, Novellie’s comedy is an exception to the rule”
★★★★★ Katerina Partolina Schwartz, BroadwayBaby.com
EDINBURGH FRINGE LISTINGS INFORMATION
Pierre Novellie Why Are You Laughing?
Venue: Monkey Barrel, Three
Date & Time: 2nd – 27th August
Duration: 60 mins
For more information and interview requests, please contact: Jasmine Ruparelia – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07768776081