Nicola (or Nicky, as she's known on the comedy circuit) Wilkinson is an actress and comedian. She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and went on to take up acting professionally. Always having had a passion for comedy and a flair for comic roles, over the years she has been involved in sketch and improvisational comedy, alongside a vast array of more traditional acting roles.
Having made her first forays into stand-up comedy as a resident compere at the award-winning Funny Side Comedy clubs, she's now gigging all over the country as an act in her own right.
A bright and quick-witted Hullonian, her warm, likeable, down-to-earth style instantly puts audiences at ease; as ready and eager to laugh as they would be sharing a great joke with a friend. Her comedy mixes charming, real-life anecdotes with just the right dose of self-deprecation and often brilliantly funny improvised riffs with the crowd.
Nicky's impressive stage presence, great comic timing and considerable comedy performance experience are ensuring she's moving quickly through the stand-up comedy ranks, definitely making her one to watch!
At 18.45 daily she hosts #NickysHappyHour on Twitter & Facebook. This year she'll be bringing a live version of The Happy Hour to the Edinburgh Fringe, also at 18.45, nightly, at Just The Tonic at The Caves.
FINALIST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR 2013
FINALIST SO YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY 2013
Claire Ford is an actress and character comedian. She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and since graduating has enjoyed a wide variety of work, everything from straight theatre to presenting.
It's comedic and character roles though in which she really excels. Having appeared in a range of scripted comedy roles, she's also created a vast array of alter egos including; anthropology student and poet: Natasha, B&B manager and Carer: Ange, Life Coach: Verity and Holistic Therapist & Psychic, Brightness.
Also an accomplished film-maker, several of her characters have made appearances online, most notably comedy creation 'Terri Skyler' (wannabe celebrity) whose web series CelebriTerri', recently caught the attention BBC producers who cast her in their internet-themed TV comedy pilot, 'Fat Pipes'.
In 2010 she was commissioned to present a self-shot behind the scenes documentary 'The Awards Diaries' for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award.
As comfortable live as on film, Claire has a real flair for improvisation and audience interaction.
In addition to The Kagools, Claire will be bringing her second solo clowning show 'Box' to the Edinburgh Fringe this year which promises more ‘Brilliant, unique and boundary bending comedy’ (Adelaide TalkFringe).
MOMENTUM ARTIST MANAGEMENT PRESENTS…
The Kagools: 'The Kagools'
EDINBURGH FRINGE 2015
6th - 30th August inclusive (not 18th) @ 3.20pm
Just the Tonic at The Mash House
Venue 288, 37 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JG
Physical comedy duo The Kagools bring their unique show to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
"Kids & adults alike will love this excellent & interactive show...utterly delightful & thoroughly silly. ★★★★" – BroadwayBaby
Their debut show, 'Kagoolio', delighted audiences at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Since then, they’ve been performing far and wide, at Festivals including: Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe, Bath Comedy Festival, Happy Channel Islands and TouMAZEing in Stavanger.
"2015 has been amazing so far for The Kagools. Following last year’s Edinburgh show, we’ve been lucky enough to be invited to perform all over the UK and even in Norway."
On seeing their performance in Leicester, Festival Director Geoff Rowe was so impressed that he personally invited them to perform at the DLCF closing gala (at the 800-seater Curve Theatre). Comedian John Moloney also invited them to perform at this year’s Balham Comedy Festival having seen them only once, calling them 'stars of the future'.
This August, they return to Edinburgh with an eponymously titled show, and the duo have opted to use the ‘Pay What You Want’ ticketing model, to enable as many people as possible to enjoy it.
"The show already had no language or age barriers, so we wanted to remove the cost barrier too. We're really excited about our return to Edinburgh this year and sharing the show with new audiences"
THE KAGOOLS IS ENCHANTING, BOLD, HIGH-ENERGY FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY.
"Following in the hallowed tradition of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean" (Broadway Baby), 'The Kagools' is a physical comedy show featuring two silent and strange, but friendly, characters. Through mimed sketches, audience participation and using interactive multimedia, we follow them on their adventures through space and time.
The show is a glimpse into the enchanting, playful and hilarious world of The Kagools, who live both in this realm (live on stage) and in an alternate reality, which they interact with and the audience can see (via an on-stage screen).
The Kagools is universally appealing as the entire story is told physically. It has been designed to appeal to young and old alike and to speakers of all languages.
ABOUT THE KAGOOLS:
The Kagools are: Nicola Wilkinson (actress and stand-up comedian – Finalist in both New Act of the Year and So You Think You’re Funny 2013) and Claire Ford (comedy character actress and film-maker - Creator of internet sensation Terri Skyler of BBC Pilot ‘Fat Pipes’ fame).
TITLE: The Kagools: 'The Kagools'
DATES: 6th to 30th August (not 18th)
TIMING: 15.20 (55 mins)
VENUE: Just the Tonic @ The Mash House (The Cask Room)
(Venue 288), 37 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JG
TICKETS: Pay What You Want at the venue (or £5 in advance)
IMAGE: Print resolution image: http://is.gd/thekagoolsimage
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION/PRESS ENQUIRIES:
Zoe Mauduit or Liane-Rose Bunce @ Momentum Artist Management
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