INTERVIEW: Bespectacle at 2Northdown

Tomorrow night there is something spooky going down in Kings Cross – it may not be Halloween just yet but Chazz Redhead is bringing his horror character show to the stage. I caught up with the award winning comic to find out all about it.

Bespectacle

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Date:Tuesday 22nd October

Location: 2Northdown

Price: £5

Time: 9PM

Ticket Link: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/2-northdown/bespectacle-22102019/?utm_source=2ND%20Twitter


Hello tell us all about who you all are and three unknown facts!

Hello! I’m Chazz Redhead, writer/comedian/improviser

Fact 1 – I was globally ranked in the top 250 at Timesplitters 3

Fact 2 – I was in an art-punk band called Ice, Sea, Dead People

Fact 3 – My Co-Writer/Director Georgia House met at uni. We’ve been friends for 8 years.

How did the show come about?

I’ve always wanted to do character comedy (the closet thing to sketch for one person), so I started working out the things I like and dislike about character comedy. One of my pet peeves is elaborate costume changes which can leave the stage bare for minutes at a time. I settled on different pairs of glasses for different characters, and parsing out the logic of that led to the horror framing device the show has.

Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?

Bespectacle – a horror character comedy show. Whilst clearing out my parents’ attic, I found a mysterious box. Inside was abandoned notes and research from a long forgotten ancestor. His discoveries seem unbelievable, but soon things beyond scientific explanation begin to occur. What is crypto-optometry? Who are these mysterious people? Can evil truly be contained in a pair of Ray-Bans? What risks lie in attempting to find out? They’ll be laughs, frights, and truly terrible people.

Tell us about the writing process when you create a new project?

Collaborating with people is the best. Me and Georgia tend to sit down and we’ll pitch ideas/names/lines/anything that comes to mind. Some moments come easier than others, but the general rule is; if we both laugh at it, it goes in.

How do you warm up before a show?

This show is particularly demanding, so all those warm-ups I learnt doing theatre at uni really pays off. Physical stretching and vocal warmth are a must. Also, I tend to freak out immediately before it starts (less a warm-up, more something that always happens)

What comedians inspire you and why?

The Beta Males – I saw their sketch show in 2010 and I was hooked. During that time I was disillusioned with comedy, and that show taught me the limitless possibilities of the genre.

Tom Neenan – amazing writer, and his craft in his solo shows is impeccable. His show “The Haunting of Lopham House” remains one of my favourite comedy shows ever.

Alice Marshall – incredible character comedian. And the gag-per-minute ratio is awe-inspiring.

Tim Robinson – this is a recent one, but I Think You Should Leave is perfect sketch comedy. I can’t recommend it enough.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

Me – @chazzared (Twitter/Insta) http://www.chazzredhead.com
My genius Co-Writer/Director – @mmechalet

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Spooky Silly Fun

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