An award-winning Black Country lighting designer and programmer is taking a well earned rest after being part of the team praised for the fantastic lighting at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games.
“Oh to be a fly on the wall when the trio were planning this show. When sketch groups find success on the live stage but not in the hearts of TV commissioners, the elephant in the room is: how long can they feasibly stay together? With this show, Pappy’s don’t so much address the elephant, as put it in a silly hat and ride it around singing My Way.”
The £10,000 best comedy show award went to Phil Burgers from Los Angeles, appearing as Dr Brown.
New Zealander Sam Wills took the panel prize for performances over three weeks and Daniel Simonsen, from Norway, took the best newcomer award.
Pappy’s appeared at the festival in 2006, as part of the Free Fringe and in February 2007, were nominated for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards by the website Chortle.co.uk
In August 2007 they returned to the Fringe with their second show and were nominated for the 2007 if.comedy award (formerly the Perrier Comedy Award. In November of that year they appeared on the BBC Three’s Comedy Shuffle.
The following year they team recorded a pilot for BBC Radio 4 which was broadcast 12 May 2008 and followed this up in March 2008 with a ComedyLab for Channel 4 TV, broadcast in August 2008.
Pappyy’s will continue with their ‘Last Show Ever’ at the Saltaire Festival on the 12th September and tour from the 28th September with local dates including the Stafford Met on the 5th October, Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms on the 28th October, Bromsgrove’s Greatrix on the 10th November and Birmingham’s Glee Club on the 23rd November.
The full tour list is available at www.pappyscomedy.com/tour.php
CYT Director Jane Ward says of Tim Routledge’s work at the Olympics: “It was so exciting for current Central Youth Theatre members to watch the ceremonies on TV and know that the incredible lighting was being operated by a former member of their group.
“Lots of our young members were buzzing with it on Twitter and Facebook – saying how proud they were of him.
“Our own Cultural Olympiad funded festival – Everybody Dance Now which was successfully staged across Wolverhampton in the summer of last year, is also receiving it’s own accolade as the project is being named on a commemorative Inspire Legacy plaque which is going to be unveiled at the Olympic Park later this year”.