Sunday 26th March – 3.00pm
Phil Mann: Nothingism
It’s ruined everything we hold dear. Hot off the heels of “Anything can be art,” is “nothing can be art.” If you liked, “too cool for school,” you’ll love “too cool for literally anything. Is it a twisted satire of modern culture obsessed with box-sets, apps and technology, or is it a show by weirdly prescient Phil Mann? A one-man sketch show that is weird, moving and obsessed with… well… nothing.
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe with his new 2016 show, Nothingism where he was nominated for “Best jokes of the Fringe” by the Independent and The Daily Mail. Phil Mann’s multi-award winning shows have won him 7 five-star reviews and 8 four-star reviews. He has been seen on BBC2 in The Javone Prince Show and heard on Radio 4 Extra, featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Phil’s surreal character comedy is hilarious, strange and a superhuman feat unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
"An insane and beautiful sea of frantic fun" - TPR Magazine
"Packed with surreal characters only the hardest of hearts couldn’t share a smile with" - Gigglebeats
Phil Mann trained at East15 Acting School and is an actor, comedian and writer. His work has been featured on BBC Radio and written about in The Guardian, The New York Times and WhatsOnStage.
Phil learned improv and clown under Uri Roodner, John Wright, Ken Campbell, David Shore (and the rest of the Monkey Toast team), the Red Bastard. He has been performing improv, comedy and theatre professionally for 17 years.
Winner of Sunday Times awards for writing (as himself) and theatrical innovation (As If A Rag), ThreeWeeks award for Best at Edinburgh Fringe (Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid); and, two StageWon Awards for Best at Edinburgh Fringe (Back to School and BattleActs). Theatre includes Uncommon Nonsense (Royal Court), Motivate and Accelerate (BAC), Blast Off (Soho Theatre) and How To Waste Money On Mere Happiness (New Diorama); TV and film includes feature film Night Bus and The Javone Prince Show (BBC2). Comedy includes appearances at the Comedy Store, Manchester, the Camden Roundhouse and Secret Garden Party. Phil's solo shows include Full Mind, Not Funny Haha, Hydrophobia and Nothingism. Phil regularly appears with the Monkey Toast Players and BattleActs.
What are your top three tips to be a good improviser?:
You are great, everything you're doing is great.
Shine as brightly and purely as you can.
Never doubt anything that happens.