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This winter, LOCO is delighted to present a selection of comedy delights to warm the cockles.

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Time Travel with Woody Allen: SLEEPER, Sunday 30th November, JW3, 6pm.

Join us on a comic voyage into the future with Woody Allen’s classic slapstick comedy SLEEPER, followed by sci-fi themed comedy from Helen Keen (star of the award-winning ‘It Is Rocket Science’, on BBC Radio 4) and Shaun Keaveny (6 Music), all served with specially themed Woody Allen cocktails and topped off with live jazz.

“I haven’t seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian. If I’d been going all this time, I’d probably be cured by now.”

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Part of the BFI Sci-Fi season. This event is supported by Film Hub London, managed
by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the
National Lottery. For more information visit bfi.org.uk/scifi

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THE FRISCO KID, Monday 1st December, JW3, 8pm.We present undervalued classic The Frisco Kid, which sees a Polish rabbi wandering through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford are the team of rabbi and rescuer in this rough-’n’-ready romp that rivals Wilder’s earlier Blazing Saddles in Wild West hilarity. Part of the JW3 Jewish Comedy Festival.

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WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, the live script reading, Tuesday 2nd December, JW3, 8pm.

Starring Kerry Shale, Morwenna Banks, Debbie Chazen and a full cast to present an exclusive live read of Nora Ephron’s timeless screenplay. All the classic scenes and characters – yes, including that bit. We’ll also be featuring true love stories from local Jewish couples. Presented with huge thanks to director Rob Reiner and the estate of Nora Ephron.

“I knew the way you know about a good melon”

Part of the JW3 Jewish Comedy Festival

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WOODYSTOCK 2014, Sunday 7th December, 6.30pmWoodystock 2014

Our annual celebration of Woody Allen’s birthday returns for a third year with a rare cinema screening of one of our favourites: 1993’s crime caper Manhattan Murder Mystery which reunited him with his Sleeper, Manhattan and Annie Hall co-star Diane Keaton. Woody and Diane play Larry and Carol Lipton, who become suspicious when their next door neighbour Lilian dies, and turn detective. Also starring Anjelica Huston and Alan Alda, Manhattan Murder Mystery is a delicious blend of The Thin Man and Nancy Drew, as the unlikely sleuths investigate the apparent crime, leading to a dramatic confrontation in an old cinema as all is finally revealed.

After the film we’ll head upstairs to the Hackney Attic — and its excellent bar — for live comedy by some of Britain’s brightest young comics, including John-Luke Roberts, Foster’s Best Newcomer nominee and Channel 4 Babylon star THOM TUCK, Time Out Edinburgh favourite JOZ NORRIS, QI Elf and No Such Thing As A Fish star DAN SCHREIBER and writer, actor (Campus, Twenty Twelve, W1A) and Fosters Award nominee SARA PASCOE.

“Claustrophobia and a dead body. This is a neurotic’s jackpot!”

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‘SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH’ – A TRIBUTE TO DOUGLAS ADAMS & HITCHHIKERS’ GUIDE TO THE GALAXY MARATHON – Part of OUT OF THIS WORLD SCI FI WEEKENDER, 12th – 14th December, The Proud Archivist

“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

As part of the BFI Sci Fi blockbuster, LOCO presents a celebration of the work of Douglas Adams on Sunday 14th December. This forms part of the Out Of This World Sci Fi Weekender – a collaboration with the London Argentine Film Festival and The New Black Film Collective to create a weekend of sci fi-inspired film and music in East London 12th – 14th December 2014.

The programme for Douglas Adams Day on Sunday 14th Dec includes:

Brunch at Milliways, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Unseen Douglas Adams: A journey through rare footage of Adams’ TV work, including Out of the Trees – Adams’ sketch show pilot with Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, that was long-thought to be lost; the Doctor Who episode City of Death co-written by Adams, plus televised interviews, and a panel discussion including Jem Roberts, Douglas Adams’ biographer; James Goss, long time collaborator of Adams and co-writer of Doctor Who: City Of Death, plus more special guests to be announced!

Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy TV series Marathon: Come and join us in reuniting with the incomparable Arthur Dent (a hapless Englishman in a towelling robe),  Zaphod Beeblebrox (an alien from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse), Trillian (a woman Arthur once met at a party in Islington and the only other human survivor of Earth’s destruction) and of course Marvin the Paranoid Android.

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

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Part of the BFI Sci-Fi season. This programme is supported by Film Hub
London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film
Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.For more information visit
bfi.org.uk/scifi

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PREVIOUS EVENTS:

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THE FILMS THAT CHANGED COMEDY SEASON ONE

A season of classic comedies at the new JW3 cinema in Finchley in Autumn 2013

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WOODYSTOCK 2013

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HAROLD AND MAUDE

A wonderful opportunity to screen one of our very favourite comedies at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End as part of their Auteurnative season and Scala Beyond. We also teamed up with London Fields Radio to host an acoustic singing competition, and discovered the talented Jesse Audubey.

TEEN WOLF AT HACKNEY HOUSE

A collaboration with MGMHD to launch a free weekend of classic films.

WHAT’S UP DOC?

A special collaboration with the Open City documentary festival, celebrating humour in documentary film.

MANHATTAN ON LEONARD STREET

We were commissioned by Soda Pictures to launch their Woody Allen documentary with this special live comedy and jazz night at The Book Club in Shoreditch.

LOCO PRESENTS THE LONDON COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 2012

Our first London Comedy Film Festival was at BFI Southbank from January 26th – 29th 2012, in partnership with the BFI, in the officially most miserable week of the year. Our opening film was the first UK public screening of The Muppets, with director James Bobin live on stage and a special introduction from the star of the film:

Other highlights included a preview of delightful French comedy The Fairy, introduced by Steven K Amos, and the world premiere performance of The Day Off, which was written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson for Tony Hancock in 1962 but never filmed. We staged a reading with a full cast including Tom Goodman Hill, Kevin Eldon, Sara Pascoe, Morwenna Banks and Suzy Kane. It was directed by Bill Dare.

A FESTIVAL OF TRANSFORMATIONS AUGUST 2011

A festival of classic bodyswap comedies at the amazing Wilton’s Music Hall.

When? 8th – 12th August 2011

Showing?

Monday

Big

Classic comedy starring the then young Tom Hanks as a boy who wakes up in an man’s body. (1988, 104mins)

With:

Rubber Ritchie

Rubber Ritchie’s act is a display of acrobatic and comedic contortion demonstrating extreme flexibility rarely seen in modern man! Ritchie has toured with The Circus of Horrors and starred in TV and Film – most recently appearing in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire’.

“Is there anything Rubber Ritchie can’t do?” Chris Evans

Matt Hennem’s ‘Liquid Crystal’

A (con)temporary (con)fusion of modern performance art, using juggling, manipulation, dance and magic, Matt breathes mesmerising life into an otherwise inanimate crystal ball. A guaranteed jaw-dropper, currently headlining London’s hottest cabaret venues.

“A triumph. . . He conjures that rare magic that is no less entrancing for being simple.” – The Telegraph

Tuesday

All Of Me

When an operation to save a millionaire ends up with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin sharing one body, you know the consequences are going to be hilarious. (1984, 93mins)

Wednesday

Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to save a flagging career, earning himself a spot on daytime TV, the affection of men and women alike and a lot of confusion along the way. Amazing. (1982, 116mins)

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Audacity Chutzpah

The clown-queen of Burlesque. “…they’ll have to take the biscuit and the tin it came in to match the double-barrelled brazenness that is Audacity Chutzpah, the clown-queen of burlesque…” The Londonist

and special set from Madame Galina

Thursday

Being John Malkovich

Wonderfully weird with expert direction from Spike Jonze. John Malkovich plays himself as an actor subjected to mind control after a puppeteer accidentally discovers a portal that leads directly into his head. (1999, 112mins)

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Effigy Actorum

Effigy Actorum is a theatre and visual arts collective created to introduce classic stories foreign to an international audience as a means of bridging cultural divides.  Limitless possibilities are the most important aspect of their work, embracing a relative position of what works and that which is fundamentally most important: art and audience. Performances have taken place in the US, Europe and the UK with material in development for the Middle East.

Effigy Actorum was formed by Peter Case and others at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York and with the help of Wilton’s Music Hall in London where Peter is the Associate Artist for Puppetry. Recent productions include Death and the Ploughman, Shekinah, Love Suicides at Sonezaki, The Legend of Agilla and Trasimeno, and Visions of Tiriel and Daughters of Albion. “Burning at the Stakes, Laughing at the Flames”

Friday

Teen Wolf

Michael J. Fox discovers he’s a werewolf… (1985, 91mins)

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Live set from PETE AND THE PIRATES!

Compere, DJ & Sideshow Exhibition

The wonderful Madame Galina compered the entire week with an interactive set somewhere between the glory days of Variety and the daring contemporary cabaret scene. Her show “Ballet Star Galactica” has been touring since 2001 and appearances include the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Barbican main stage, The National Theatre, among many others. She hosts her own Variety night at the internationally renowned Volupte Supper Club, and her Channel 4 series “Madame Galina’s Whirlwind Guide to Ballet” has been broadcast worldwide.

“A rare and perfect synthesis of art and larkiness…waspish, retro-Noel Cowardish wit laced with Nancy Mitford…the audience howled with laughter, stamped and cheered”. The Times, London

“It doesn’t come any better than this” Ruby Wax

DJ Silks: an eclectic mix of 80’s gems and guilty pleasures including R’n’B, Electro, and New Wave classics with a few 60’s and 70’s New York Garage Hits thrown in for good measure.

As part of our Transformations theme, and LOCOʼs commitment to original artists (we commission a signed limited edition print for each LOCO event) we were thrilled to bring an exciting new exhibition to Wiltonʼs. Sideshow is an exhibition of drawings and poetry exploring the lives of the people in and around the fairgrounds and penny gaffs of an older England and the transformative effect of the carnival. Artist Jason Butlerʼs drawings present the myriad of personalities to be found in circuses, fairgrounds and carnivals, while Will Burnsʼ poetry gives voice to the faces, creating a dream-like vision of English show-businessʼ colourful and murky past. £3 of every ticket went to Wilton’s building appeal to help save this wonderful space for generations to come.

LOCO PRESENTS SUBMARINE, MARCH 2011

We were commissioned by STUDIOCANAL to work alongside Curzon Cinemas on the launch night of Submarine. You can see the Q&A with Richard Ayoade, Joe Dunthorne and the cast on the DVD.

What? Launch Night of Submarine

When? 18th March 2011

Where?  The Curzon Cinema, Soho, London

Who? Director Richard Ayoade, writer Joe Dunthorne  and actors Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige and Sally Hawkins joined the Curzon for a Q & A session.

Watch cast & crew Q & A

LOCO PRESENTS AIRPLANE! 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING, DECEMBER 2010

For our first ever event we flew writer-directors David and Jerry Zucker and star Robert Hays in from LA for this special 30th Anniversary celebration. Leslie Nielsen sadly died just ten days before the screening, which became a celebration of his life and work, described by The Guardian as “the perfect tribute to an actor who has gone to the great departure lounge in the sky”.

What? Airplane! 30th anniversary screening

When? 9th December 2010

Where? Prince Charles Cinema, London

Who?  Directors David and Jerry Zucker and Airplane! star Robert Hays joined us for a special Q & A hosted by  Heat Magazine’s Boyd Hilton

Watch all-star Q & A.