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Dom Stephens At The Studio / Friday 11 July 7.30pm £5 18+only

The Studio- Press Release

Stand Up At The Studio

Lacey Street Widnes WA8 7SQ
0151 420 8997

Friday 11 July 7.30pm £5 18+only

The coming comedy night is the forth 'Stand Up At The Studio' event, run by local comedian Dominic Stephens. The night gives emerging comedians a platform to explore material and polish their acts.
Appearing on Friday 11 July and celebrating our 1st year of comedy at The Studio will be

Thomas Hurdsfield
John Murfin
Tony Vino

All making return visits to join in our 1st year party.

Host and creator of the comedy night Dominic Stephens says,
'The acts we have had appear up to now have always had a local feel to them, we have had various acts from Widnes, Runcorn, Liverpool, Manchester and the furthest traveling funny man comes from Cambridge. The fact that acts want to travel and return means we have something special in Widnes and long may it continue.

The reason for starting and building a regular comedy night in Widnes was simple, there isn't one and when there are they aren't in a specific area or venue that lends itself to the stand up scene, unlike The Studio which is ideal. There is also a lot of people who want good comedy and cant afford a massive ticket price, that's why The Stand Up @ The Studio night lets you see new and upcoming comics for very little along with a great venue for the evening. Then going forward we would look to have this as a regular fixture on the stand up circuit.'
Tickets are £5 available on the door. Access All Areas Manager Louise Nulty says, ' It is great to have the Stand Up night, The Studio space is so versatile and we want it to be used for more things, we are glad Dominic approached us to be the home of this night which is growing in popularity.'
'Stand Up At The Studio' will return in October when we aim to include a music quiz, panel show to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. The teams will include comedians and local musicians and will be a development with Access All Areas members and staff- the over 18 ones anyway!
Interview with Dominic Stephens

"The was not enough comedy in Widnes, in the surrounding areas, in fact not at all"
"We started at the studio because its a great venue, its the only venue you can have as a venue [...] And everyone that have been or preformed at the standup at the studio have said what a fantastic venue it is, its the best venue in Widnes"

"Its an age old thing of making people laugh , bigger and tougher kids at school and you get out of it [...] You can get out of a lot of things by making people laugh"

"I just think making people laugh its a nice thing to have if you can do it, ive struggled slightly at the stand up nights but the majority of the people I know laugh, I dont know if that's out of pity or genuine comedy value, but it's just a really good thing to do if you can do it"

"I didn't really start as a stand-up, [...] The first performance we do was live sketch shows, so it was all quite scripted but over the time that your doing it the the script find of falls and becomes secondary, you start riffing yourself, doing your own thing and making stuff up, that was a group the four of us down london, that was the first real way into stand up".

"The acts that I've have brought to the studio have been either people who have been referred to me from people in the industry [...] There is an agency where they post the names up and we contact them direct and there is also people finding out about the night and saying " I know some who's great, you should put the on".

"We are trying Northwest comedians, one of the guys that's been here once before is from Cambridge and he is coming back again [...] I think the service we provides, is that we give them an outlet, every comedian wants to do their stuff day in day out, so the more places, the more venues the better".

"Our next stand up at the studio night is on the 17th July and it starts at 7:30 and the first act on at 8:30. Its our 12 month aniversery show, "Its gonna be a big one" and we've got return visits from Thomas hersefields who's the young guy from Runcorn who was on our first night and Jon Murphy from Cambridge who was also on our first show 12 months ago [..] and widnes' favourite stepson Tom Veno, who has been a crowd pleaser. 5 pound, might as well be for nothings, it's that cheap. Its not though its 5 pound, remember that".

"Future ideas for this, I think the next thing for stand up for the studio will be to never do it again and moving to Vegas [...] No, I think what we're going to do is keep pushing it, push the whole idea that it's a local thing, not just for local people, but northwest comedians and just really go for it"

"Who I rated on the comedy scene was les Dawson, but as we all know he's dead and he's not done a show for 20 years, so you won't get a ticket for his show [...] One of my all time favourites or is, Lee Evans, absolutely fantastic [..] and Allen cockron, from Yorkshire, he's brilliant".

"If you could ever get the likes of them at the studio, you would hopefully have a garlour evening where you've got some really big names"

"Who inspired me as a comedian? At the time probably Morecambe and wise, I was always more sketch comedy and setups like that. So Morecambe and wise, the two Ronnies were brilliant, obviously showing my age [...] those kind of things and then les Dawson, Tommy Cooper, that was stand-up what he used to do but in a cabaret kind of thing, but that kind of humour".

"Comedy acting would be the way I would like to go, although stand up kind of a outlet were you can test stuff out [...] hopefully I could get something on the TV and something out there".

On the 28th June Dom Stephens, a comedian who not only features but also helps run the comedy night came in to give us a very candid interview detailing the reasons why he decided to start the stand-up night at the studio.

Highlighting the lack of comedy in widnes, Dom goes on to describe how important the draw of the venue was when deciding on where to base the comedy night, describing the studio as "the best venue in widnes".

Going back to his youth, Dom describes how he first got into comedy by making kids laugh in school, he goes on to suggest how important making people is in getting people onside.

Throughout the interview he details a natural progression from a sketch show artist in a group of four in London, to a solo sand-up artist at the studio in Widnes. 

However not only does he take part in stand-up shows, he also organises the event searching venues such as the Comedy Store in Manchester for performers. Dom has brought the likes of Thomas Hersefield's, Jon Murphy and Widnes' favourite stepson Tom Veno to the studio, amongst others.

Asked about who he rates on the comedy scene, Dom mentions the late Les Dawson, admiting though that it would be very unlikely to see one of his gigs as he is "dead and hasn't toured for twenty-odd years, so you won't get a ticket for his show". 

Talking about more recently comedians, Dom lists Lee Evan and Alun Cockrane amongst many. However he makes it clear that even with comedian's he really likes, it doesn't really lend to what he does as a comedian, as comedian have their own acts and styles.

In terms of influences he cities his main influences as Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnie's as his main influence into Sketch based shows. Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson also influence him but they were more to do in terms of stand-up.

Looking forward Dom mentions that if you could ever get names of that ilk at The Studio one day, in a gallour of some sort it would get the audience going even more. But in terms of his own career Dom is looking to do more comedy acting if the chance becomes available and to hopefully get something on the television one day.

Sean Dyas