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Luisa Omielan - 'What Would Beyonce Do?' Tour
Support - Chris Turner
13th July 2013
Doors open 8.00pm - 9.00pm Start. Ticket Price £12.00
ALL MY SINGLE LADIES, you know when you spotted your BABY’S FATHER FATHER, and you fall CRAZY IN LOVE but it all goes tits up and you’re all ME, MYSELF AND I, then you GET ME BODIED, and you’re like hold up, he’s the BEST THING I NEVER HAD, I must have bumped my head because WHO RUNS THE WORLD?
Well, if like me you’re an INDEPENDENT WOMAN who still lives with your mumma, come check out WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO?!
I want you to say HELLO and let’s get this party JUMPIN’ JUMPIN’!
Smash hit runs in Edinburgh and London, with every performance full to bursting!
Write Up from The Telegraph -
What would Beyoncé do if she found herself playing a free show in a tiny, sweltering room above a pub? She'd put on her best sequins, turn the volume up and give it her booty-shaking all, of course. And that's just what Luisa Omielan, bold, brash, beautiful and comedy's newest diva, does in her show, What Would Beyoncé Do?
Part stand-up, part Single Ladies' dance-off, fully uplifting, the show was one of the hottest late-night tickets on the Free Fringe in Edinburgh. "I was turning away up to 50 people a night," she says. "Pure word of mouth." In it Omielan (30), compares her life – single, struggling starlet, still living with her Mum – to that of her idol, Beyoncé (31). "I'd sit around with friends saying 'Why aren't we famous yet? Or millionaires? Or married?'," she says. "And I made it into a show with a positive message."
The show is a rough-and-ready waltz through family, relationships, ambition and depression broken up with Beyoncé's greatest hits played on an iPod but danced to as if it's The 02. "I get bored watching stand-up for an hour," she says. "I wanted to create a party atmosphere, get people involved."
Omielan studied comedy at Salford University and The Second City in Chicago, where Tina Fey honed her improv skills. WWBD was her 10th show at the Fringe in five years, but her first solo outing. She now hopes to tour it next year. "I think of this show as my Adele's 21. So I'm in no rush to bring out a new album yet." Fierce, as Queen B would say.
Since starting stand-up in 2009, Chris’s sharply written gags, assured stage presence and commanding delivery have established him as one of the best up-and-coming one-liner comics on the circuit. Intelligent wordplay and deliciously dark jokes nestle amongst a set rich with puns and oblique observations, all coupled with a talent for improvisation and physical comedy honed from three years with Edinburgh Festival favourites The Oxford Imps (Sell-Out Show 2009, **** – Fest, Three Weeks, Hairline).
“Absolute gold-plated bankers, brilliantly inspired lines even the most experienced punslinger would be proud of”.
- Steve Bennett, Chortle; August 2010
“His youthful appearance belies his ability; he seems to have the experience of years which, paired with his enthusiasm and brace-laden smile, makes for a very exciting performance…a great show”
- The Skinny; August 2011
BBC New Comedy Award 2011 – Finalist
Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2012 - Nominee
So You Think You’re Funny 2010 – Finalist
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2011 - Runner-Up
Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2011 – Runner-Up
Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2010 – Finalist