Gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo writes, "Last week I got booked to travel to China and appear on their big world records TV show to pull the biggest tablecloth ever. Here's how none of that happened and I ended up literally fleeing to the airport." Read the rest
Mat Ricardo writes, "My award-winning and critically acclaimed ('Breaktaking' - Evening Standard - see!) one man show has only one more date in London in 2015, but it's a big one - on the 3rd of June I'll be performing it in the beautiful spiegeltent on the banks of the Thames at the London Wonderground." Read the rest
Mat Ricardo sez, "Completely thrilled to announce that, in what must surely be some kind of administrative error, my one man show 'Showman' will have a three night run at The Purcell Room in London's South Bank Centre on the 19th, 20th & 21st of January." Read the rest
Mat Ricardo improves on his signature tablecloth trick (in which he puts the tablecloth back under the place-settings) with a new trick that's quite a stunner! Read the rest
Showman Mat Ricardo sends us "a little clip of one of the new tricks in the 2014 tour of my one man show 'Showman.' We've been touring it around the world over the last year, and can't wait to return for a limited run at the Edinburgh Fringe in August." Read the rest
Mat Ricardo writes, "After a sold-out London West End run of my one man show 'Showman,' earlier this year, I'm spending most of the rest of 2014 touring around the world; I've managed to squeeze in only one UK date, and its this coming Saturday, at the lovely Dorchester Arts Centre. It's a great intimate venue, exactly the kind of space where my stuff works best, and I'm really looking forward to it.
"I'll be heading to Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia, Canada and Finland - ridiculous, and obviously I'm very excited that people seem to be really getting into what I do! And if that's not enough, I've also got the hilarious Sarah Benetto as a special guest. It's going to be a hell of a night - Stories! Danger! Stupid tricks! Come!" Read the rest
Mat Ricardo writes, "Very happy to announce that my new one man show 'Showman' is running for a week in London's West End as part of the London International Mime Festival. I've been a fan (and customer) of the Mime Fest for more than a decade, so I'm really happy to be involved this year - in spite of not being a mime artist, and having a show that sees me talk pretty much from beginning to end!" Read the rest
Mat Ricardo sez, "Here's the Web TV version of show 5 of the London Varieties. Want to see a man play classical music while juggling ping pong balls with his mouth? OF COURSE YOU DO! Enjoy the show, and then come to the last ever live show, this coming Wednesday at 9.30pm, at the Leicester Square Theatre, featuring DAVE GORMAN, PAUL ZENON, MAT RICARDO and a packed show of circus, variety, comedy, music, and - as it's the last show - lots of secret special guests! Get your tickets here.
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Mat Ricardo writes in with news of his next London Varieties show:
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It's the latest episode of Mat Ricardo's London Varieties – featuring Eddie Izzard, Piff the Magic Dragon, Original Street Dance and octogenarian one-liner king Michael Pearse! Enjoy and share till it hurts!
The next live show (only two more this year..) happens next Thursday, 27th June at the Leicester Square Theatre at 9.30pm. As always, it mixes the best of past, current and future generations of variety and comedy stars in one show. Next week I'll be hosting brilliant comedian Jenny Eclair, Legendary comic Jimmy Cricket, Amazing acrobats So & So Circus and astonishing mouth-juggler Rod Laver, plus all the usual surpises. Fun is guaranteed!
The live shows help to support the creation of the web TV shows, so come along and help support the project – I promise you'll see some things you've never seen before!
Book tickets for the next show here.
Find out more about the show here.
And you can listen to the complete, 40 minute long interview with Eddie Izzard, here.
London impressario Mat Ricardo writes in with news of the next London Varieties show:
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We had a ball last month at London's Leicester Square Theatre with a show that featured the very silly JOHANN LIPPOVITZ, very naughty EASTEND CABARET, very incredible LISA LOTTIE and the very legendary PAUL DANIELS - plus I risk my life! And you can watch it all right here, for free!
The next show happens on May 30th, and it's going to be a doozy. We've got the astonishing hip-hop improvisor ABANDOMAN, One of the UK's hottest stars of magic PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON, ORIGINAL STREET DANCE, and veteran variety performer MICHAEL PEARSE, and I'll be debuting one of the most complicated juggling routines I've ever attempted!
There are only three more shows in this limited season, and they're all one time only line-ups. You can book tickets at http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873489348/events
And find out more about the next show here. You can find out some of the surprises we have in store for upcoming shows, by following me on twitter @MatRicardo.
Mat Ricardo's London Varieties Episode Two is now up online for anyone to watch, enjoy and share - for free to course!
The first episode of the 2013 season of Mat Ricardo's London Varieties is now up, online, for anyone to watch, completely free!
Juggler and impresario Mat Ricardo sez,
After six months of sell-out shows and fun times in London, we've arrived at the Edinburgh Fringe where Mat Ricardo's London Varieties has become The Voodoo Varieties! We're all very excited - we have a completely different line-up of the best cabaret, variety, circus and comedy acts every single night - and we've got some amazing guests in the next few days, including professional wrestling superstar MICK FOLEY, Scary genius RICHARD WISEMAN, comedy star THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE, PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON and lots and lots more.
Every night is going to be a one-off, unique show, and we're adding more names all the time. I am, if you can't tell already, giddy like a schoolgirl about some of the people I'm going to get the chance to host. The show is running at The Ballroom, The Voodoo Rooms at 8.15 every night except Mondays, and my new one man show "Vaudeville Schmuck" is at the same venue at 5.45pm every night.
Boing Boing readers have been so supportive of the Varieties project, so I wanted to make sure that any of you that are around the fringe this month knew what fun would be going on over at the Voodoo Rooms. You can book tickets for the Varieties here and for Vaudeville Schmuck here.
Voodoo Varieties with Mat Ricardo
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Juggling happy mutant conjurer Mat Ricardo is throwing his last "London Varieties" show of 2012. He writes:
What started as an odd little idea I wanted to try has, over the course of the last 6 months, become a bit of a bona-fide hit, and this jaded old circus monkey couldn't be happier!
It's the last London Varieties of 2012, but we're going out with a bang!
July 12th, at the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, featuring...
* The undisputed heavyweight champion of chap-hop MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER
* Scintillating tap dancing craziness from JOSEPHINE SHAKER
* Insane stunts from Canada with MIKE WOOD..
* From New York City, the astonishing and hilarious MAGIC BRIAN.
and.. in conversation live on stage, the godfather of alternative comedy ARTHUR SMITH
Plus all the usual surprises, special guests, rare archive footage and new material from your genial host!
Plus! We have the venue until 1am, so we're throwing an end of season party - stay and play with us after the show!
It's going to be emotional! And it's already over half sold out, so get your tickets quick.
Mat Ricardo's Last London Varieties of 2012
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