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SHOWS


DOUBLE BILL: Teacher Jam and Cagematch
Jan
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

DOUBLE BILL: Teacher Jam and Cagematch

ROLL UP FOR THE FA TEACHER JAM

Where some of London’s brightest improv talent will be sharing the stage with FA All-Stars.

Come watch the FA teachers do a special set and stay to see a whole bunch of FA madness, as the students take to the stage with their teachers.

Doors 8:00 - Free

THEN STAY FOR CAGEMATCH!

Join The Free Association for Cagematch! Two teams will enter the improv arena and each perform a set. The audience votes for the winners, who then return next time to defend their title! 

To register your interest in a Cagematch slot, please email us at hello@thefreeassociation.co.uk

 

Doors 9:30pm | Tickets £5

teacher jam, improv, free, comedy, london, show 
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The Petting Zoo present ZooTube
Dec
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Petting Zoo present ZooTube

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The Petting Zoo present... ZooTube

The Petting Zoo (“Improv supergroup” Time Out), in association with The Free Association, present ZooTube, where the good, the bad and the downright bizarre of the world of online videos is merrily ransacked to provide inspiration for hilarious scenes and sketches.

Deadpan “how to” demonstrations, obscure adverts, uninvited Rick Astley music promos, shoddy shopping channels, amateur fan fiction and inevitable cat videos will all be fair game as The Petting Zoo mine the dustier corners of YouTube.

So join improv’s finest purveyors of cutting edge, high-tech, on-stage “content” (they’ve got a laptop and a projector) as they welcome you to Improv 2.0 (whatever that means).
 

8pm start time
Tickets £5

youtube, improv, london, comedy, video, saturday, 
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The Level 3 and 4 Graduation Showcases!
Nov
13
to Nov 15

The Level 3 and 4 Graduation Showcases!

Get ready for a bumper crop of awesome improv, as the FA proudly presents its Level 3 and 4 student showcases!

After another jam-packed term it’s time for our students to show off their new skills! It’s our biggest graduation showcase yet as the shows will take place over three nights, so come and see what they can do and what we’ve been cooking up down at FA HQ. There’s going to be a whole lot of talent on show!

And the best part is, it’s totally FREE! 

SUNDAY 13TH, MONDAY 14TH and TUESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER - 8PM START

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The FA Campfire Halloween Special + our Intensive Harold Class Show!
Oct
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

The FA Campfire Halloween Special + our Intensive Harold Class Show!

The Free Association presents a jam-packed Double Bill!

First up, it's our Intensive Harold Class Show!

After a jam-packed week it’s time for our students to show off their new skills! Come and see what they can do and what we’ve been cooking up down at FA HQ. There’s going to be a whole lot of talent on show!

And the best part is, it’s totally FREE! 

8pm start.

Followed by...

The FA Campfire Halloween Special!

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Come and join the Free AGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHssociation for a night of Halloween-themed improv. It’s the place to be for the funniest scares in town, as the FA unveil a spine-tingling new format, The Campfire! 

9pm start

Tickets £5

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The GAME INTENSIVE Student Showcase!
Oct
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

The GAME INTENSIVE Student Showcase!

Get ready for a bumper crop of awesome improv, as the FA proudly presents its showcase from our brand new GAME course.

After another jam-packed term it’s time for our students to show off their new skills! Come and see what they can do and what we’ve been cooking up down at FA HQ. There’s going to be a whole lot of talent on show!

And the best part is, it’s totally FREE! 

8pm start.

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The Free Association Presents...ZooTube in Edinburgh
Aug
21
to Aug 28

The Free Association Presents...ZooTube in Edinburgh

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The Free Association is heading to Edinburgh!

The Petting Zoo (“Improv supergroup” Time Out), in association with The Free Association, present ZooTube, where the good, the bad and the downright bizarre of the world of online videos is merrily ransacked to provide inspiration for hilarious scenes and sketches.

Deadpan “how to” demonstrations, obscure adverts, uninvited Rick Astley music promos, shoddy shopping channels, amateur fan fiction and inevitable cat videos will all be fair game as The Petting Zoo mine the dustier corners of YouTube.

So join improv’s finest purveyors of cutting edge, high-tech, on-stage “content” (they’ve got a laptop and a projector) as they welcome you to Improv 2.0 (whatever that means).

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The Free Association Presents... The Wunderkammer in Edinburgh
Aug
12
to Aug 20

The Free Association Presents... The Wunderkammer in Edinburgh

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The Free Association is heading to Edinburgh!

Join us from the 12th-20th as we're thrilled to present 'The Wunderkammer' by improv legends DO NOT ADJUST YOUR STAGE!

Hit improv comedy inspired by TED-style talks from daily expert guest enthusiasts, academics and comedians.

For tickets... click here

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The Free Association Presents... DVD Boxset in Edinburgh
Aug
3
to Aug 11

The Free Association Presents... DVD Boxset in Edinburgh

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The Free Association is coming to Edinburgh!

It's back! Our hugely popular DVD Boxset show is hitting Edinburgh in August.

A mix of FA players improvise a brand new TV series on DVD. Box set style! There are multiple episodes and possibly multiple seasons. So come see some of your favourite FA performers create a TV show that America will eventually steal.

Book tickets here

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DVD Boxset and ZooTube- Edinburgh Previews!
Jul
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

DVD Boxset and ZooTube- Edinburgh Previews!

Join us for an EDINBURGH PREVIEW DOUBLE BILL as THE FREE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS...

DVD BOXSET

It's back! Our hugely popular DVD Boxset show and our last show before we head off to Edinburgh in August.  Come and enjoy this hilarious Edinburgh Preview for free!

A mix of FA players improvise a brand new TV series on DVD. Box set style! There are multiple episodes and possibly multiple seasons. So come see some of your favourite FA performers create a TV show that America will eventually steal.

ZOOTUBE

The Petting Zoo (“Improv supergroup” Time Out), in association with The Free Association, present ZooTube, where the good, the bad and the downright bizarre of the world of online videos is merrily ransacked to provide inspiration for hilarious scenes and sketches.

Deadpan “how to” demonstrations, obscure adverts, uninvited Rick Astley music promos, shoddy shopping channels, amateur fan fiction and inevitable cat videos will all be fair game as The Petting Zoo mine the dustier corners of YouTube.

So join improv’s finest purveyors of cutting edge, high-tech, on-stage “content” (they’ve got a laptop and a projector) as they welcome you to Improv 2.0 (whatever that means).

8pm start
FREE

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Rachel Parris and Naomi Petersen: Edinburgh Fringe Previews!
Jul
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Rachel Parris and Naomi Petersen: Edinburgh Fringe Previews!

RACHEL PARRIS: BEST LAID PLANS

Rachel Parris ('Austentatious', 'The IT Crowd', 'Murder In Successville') returns to Brighton Fringe with her new musical comedy show about not having it all. No house, husband, child, wage? No problem. Rachel is an award-winning comic whose songs are played on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music.

"One sometimes doubts that Britain's got talent, but Parris has it in spades" (The Guardian)

"A gifted performer" (The Times)

"Gleefully dark" (Latest 7)

NAOMI PETERSEN: I AM TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING

Naomi is agoraphobic and living in the Camden Comedy Room. But it's a theatre after all, so she’s got to do a show about it. Is today the day she’ll finally pluck up the courage to walk out the door? Hilariously inventive, warm-hearted character comedy.

As seen on E4’s Drifters, and in smash-hit improv supergroup The Free Association.

'Carrying the show is the extraordinary Naomi Petersen’(Independent)

'Naomi Petersen’s performance is so winning that she immediately gets the audience on side.' (Guardian)

‘Downright hilarious... leaves you feeling uplifted'(ViewsFromTheGods.co.uk)

7:30pm start

Tickets £6 online, £4 for FA Students
£8 on the door, £5 for FA Students

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DNAYS present... Stereologues
Jul
15
9:00pm 9:00pm

DNAYS present... Stereologues

The FA is thrilled to welcome back DNAYS for their monthly residency!

STEREOLOGUES is the new improvised character comedy show from Do Not Adjust Your Stage for 2016. Taking inspiration from a single-word suggestion from audience, DNAYS create an intricate and hilarious web of improvised character monologues, scenes and stories, underscored by live electronic music courtesy of DNAYS musicians and a formidable array of vintage and cutting-edge drum machines, synths and samplers.

9:15 pm start

PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE!

Do Not Adjust Your Stage, improv, comedy, stereo, music, london, 
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Character Assassination!
Jul
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Character Assassination!

Character Assassination, the character and sketch night from Gits and Shiggles Comedy (“Consistently excellent” – Time Out).

Gits and Shiggles' Character Assassination is back for its final regular show before the Edinburgh Fringe, and we’ve saved the best of the season for last.  On 1 July we have (drum roll please)…

PAJAMA MEN

What to say about these guys, eh?  Internationally acclaimed sketch duo and one of Gits and Shiggles’ all time favourites, the Pajama Men are dazzlingly original and inventive with a string of five star shows under their belt, and their own sitcom, Brothers in Law, currently in production.  Put simply, their ruddy fantastic

“The Pajama Men create a cartoon of the mind – a shape-shifting world in which anything seems not just possible, but imminent.” ★★★★★  - The Guardian

"I was doubled over in a kind of hysterical agony. I felt as if my lungs had migrated into my throat and that my anatomy would soon be inside out.” - Washington Post

“Every now and again — though all too rarely — a comedy show comes along that casts things in a new light...this American duo ultimately possesses a marvellously unique appeal.” ★★★★★  - Evening Standard

“One of the most dazzling displays of comedy theatre I’ve ever seen. It's weird. And it's wonderful.” ★★★★★  - The Times

  LAZY SUSAN

Another critically acclaimed sketch duo, Lazy Susan were nominated for the Fosters’ Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer and were recently seen on ITV2’s @elevenish

“Brilliant sketch comedy from start to last… This is everything sketch shows should be - odd, inventive, silly and lots of fun” ★★★★★ The Mirror

“The Susans have significantly raised their game” ★★★★ The Sunday Times

“The simple joy of clowning oozes off the stage and the punchlines are hammered home effortlessly… high class inventiveness” ★★★★ Fest

COLIN HOULT

As seen on Harry Hill's TV Burp, Life's Too Short, Russell Howard's Good News and Being Human

"He demands to be seen in the flesh" ★★★★- Festmag

"Hoult’s uncompromising insanity makes for a memorable experience" ★★★★- Three Weeks

HENRY PAKER

As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Small Scenes, Henry is a top stand-up and character comedian.

“He's busy scaling some impressive comedy peaks” ★★★★  - The Guardian

“Tremendous panache that is utterly winning and delights an audience” ★★★★  - Chortle

Plus your usual array of Character Assassins – Ollie Izod, Lola-Rose Maxwell, Brendan Murphy, Simon Lukacs and Alison Thea-Skot

REMEMBER, IT SOLD OUT BEFORE, SO MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY

joseph, morpurgo, character, comedy, awards, funny, laughter, london, quirky, david lynch, oblique, overrated, sexy
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Parky! - CANCELLED
Mar
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Parky! - CANCELLED

Parky - SORRY, THIS SHOW IS CANCELLED. pLEASE JOIN US NEXT MONTH!

Michael Parkinson isn't coping well with retirement, and while wandering the streets of London trying to interview anyone that will give him the time of day, he has stumbled across a theatre above a pub where he can attempt to relive his glory days as the King of the Chat Show

Join "Parky" as he welcomes to the stage the good, the bad and ugly of the world of showbiz, together with guest appearances from top stand-ups and live musical guests

Lady Gaga or the Dalai Lama? Felicity Kendall or Ivan Lendl? Jay Z or Mr T? Tom Hanks or Shabba Ranks? Nick Clegg or Mystic Meg? 
 
It’s up to you in Parky – a new improvised chat and variety show where you decide the guests, brought to you by Gits and Shiggles Comedy (www.gitsnadshigglescomedy.co.uk) and The Free Association.

Line up TBA!
 
8pm start
Tickets £6 online, £8 on the door
£4 online, £5 on the door for FA students

Parky, improv, comedy, standup. sketch, funny, music, london
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Holly Mandel presents... Good Girls Aren't Funny
Mar
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Holly Mandel presents... Good Girls Aren't Funny

The FA is proud to present a 90 minute talk from brilliant US improviser Holly Mandel, of GROUNDLINGS fame. 

Read more about Holly and GOOD GIRLS AREN’T FUNNY at www.goodgirlsarentfunny.com

COGARTSpace, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, 

£7 OR FREE & MANDATORY if you are also taking Holly's workshop on the 16th March

women, funny, good girls, holly mandel, talk, feminist, lecture
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COMING SOON! Oscars Special LIVE Podcast
Feb
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

COMING SOON! Oscars Special LIVE Podcast

Excited about the Oscars? Neither are we. That's why we're making it better...

Everyone's favourite podcast about films that don't exist is thrilled to announce a momentous LIVE event. On Sunday 28th February, or 'Oscars Night' to normal people, COMING SOON! - the podcast that reviews films you won't ever see - brings you the Coming Soon! Oscars Special. It's awards night in Coming Soon! land, so come and see which made-up films will take home some made-up prizes. LIVE! featuring montages, speeches, music and more. Expect Excitement. Expect Comedy. Expect Diversity. Expect everything the real Oscars won't have... 

Tickets only £4 online/£5 door! Book now! 


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Naomi Petersen and Briony Redman
Feb
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Naomi Petersen and Briony Redman

Naomi Petersen and Briony Redman

Join us from 7:30pm for a bumper evening of comedy as FA Players Naomi Petersen and Briony Redman preview their solo shows!

Naomi Petersen: I Am Telling You I'm Not Going!

Rosie isn't a performer: she's living in the venue due to her serious agoraphobia.. But this is a theatre after all, so she has no choice but to put on a show.  Is today the day she'll finally pluck up the courage to walk out the door?

‘Carrying the show is the extraordinary Naomi Petersen (The Independent)’;
‘Naomi Petersen’s performance is so winning that she immediately gets the audience on side (The Guardian)’;
‘downright hilarious…robust writing and running gags… a short show with a wide appeal, which leaves you feeling uplifted (View From The Gods)’

Briony Redman's Secret Show!

Shh, it’s a surprise. An Edinburgh Festival preview otherwise known as ‘a work in progress’ or ‘early treat’.  A wrapped parcel of comedy, sketches, storytelling and with a special guest. From a comedy writer and performer described as “Joyously daft” ****TheList; “Inventive, scrappy, proper Fringe fun” The Times; “Universal charm and wit” **** EdFestMag

7:30pm start
Tickets £6 online, £8 on the door
£4 online and £5 on the door for FA Students

Naomi Petersen, Briony Redman, comedy, one woman show, solo show, preview, work in progress, Edinburgh, character, I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, Secret Show
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The Sketch Class Showcase
Feb
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Sketch Class Showcase

The Sketch Class Showcase

Come and see what our Sketch Class students have been cooking up in their classes with The Free Association and The Dawson Brothers. We're so excited to be showcasing so much amazing comedy talent, and to top it off the whole event will be recorded as a LIVE PODCAST! Plus, the show is FREE.

7:30pm start

FREE show

comedy, sketch, showcase, writing, arts, talent, new talent, dawson brothers, dawson bros, free association
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