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CONSCIOUS COMEDY WITH SAMANTHA PRESSDEE

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Venue:Dropkick Murphy's, 7 Merchant St (Off Candlemaker Row) Edinburgh EH1 2QD ‎
Phone: 0131 225 2002
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Main Room
AUG 2, 8 at 22:30 (60 min)
 
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OMMMM. In a sacred space (Not a safe space!) The comedy gurus await your presence. A compilation of socially conscious comedians, raising awareness of important issues in a funny and accessible way. A third eye opening experience. World Peace!


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August 3, 2018  Mumble Comedy
Conscious Comedy
The emotional bubble fest that is Sam Pressdee might just have found her natural calling. A socio-political & cultural butterfly, her many talents have coalesced into the assembly of exciting comedians like a Catherine the Great making an excellent gazpacho.

"Itís a sacred space, not a safe space. I see comedy as a platform for the truth. Not just another bland form of entertainment. In a way, comedy saved me. I like comedy with depth. I believe that great comedy can inspire change." Read the full interview here

For two nights only this Fringe, our holistic hostess rules the roost for one hour in the surprisingly pleasant-to-be-in, churchlike Ďarenaí that is Dropkick Murphys. Five acts are on the cards & with last night being the first of the Fringe, each was energized with personal enthusiasms, dashing throí their ten minute sets like speedboats on a still Irish loch.

Mags Mchew was up first, a woman who told me & the wife before she went up that she picked up accents by osmosis. Confident, cheeky, quirky as a chipmunk, she was a smart ice-breaking start to what would become some kind of therapeutic comedy session organised by mistress Pressdee. Next up was Dan Collins, a carouseling traditionalist & a gag-merchant of some merit; followed deftly by the anarchic, plunge-in-yer-midriff fun-knives of Becky ĎIíll go with anyone for a nandosĎ Fury. Sheíd hosted the Malcolm Hardy awards last year, & with her piercing eyes, her breasts out, & her dreamy stare she was an enthralling watch.

The penultimate comic was Alex Hylton, a comediansí comedian who opens his psyche up to anyone with cudgeling honesty & invites us all just to chill out & laugh. The final act was a half-Egyptian half-Irish young lady called Zahra Barri; a buzzy fluffball of comedy unafraid to take risks, like a cute lhasapoo puppy with a surprising snarl.

And then it was done. Perfect. Five wicked acts doing cartoon-length time slots, & the wife & were I delighted weíd made the effort to go to town. And it was free, & Sam Pressdee had somehow created that vibe sheíd been imagining for months. Mission accomplished, mílady, & lets hope it goes just as well next week.

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August 3, 2018  The Mumble
The emotional bubble fest that is Sam Pressdee might just have found her natural calling. A socio-political & cultural butterfly, her many talents have coalesced into the assembly of exciting comedians like a Catherine the Great making an excellent gazpacho.

For two nights only this Fringe, our holistic hostess rules the roost for one hour in the surprisingly pleasant-to-be-in, churchlike Ďarenaí that is Dropkick Murphys. Five acts are on the cards & with last night being the first of the Fringe, each was energized with personal enthusiasms, dashing throí their ten minute sets like speedboats on a still Irish loch. Click Here

July 30, 2018 Mumble Comedy
An Interview with Samantha Pressdee
The ultimate Love Muffin, Sam Presdee, is back at the Fringe, & this time sheís bringing her palsÖ

Hello Samantha, & welcome back to the Fringe, howís your comedy going?
Samantha: Thank you! Itís going good. Iím excited to start work on my new big project about mental health, which includes a new stage show. Since last year I have started my own night ĎConscious Comedyí which Iím also bringing to the fringe. Iíve done a few gigs across the country but have had to keep a low profile due to stalking and harassment. Iíve had a lot of grief and trauma the last few years.

Can you tell us about Love Muffin Productions?
Samantha: Itís my social enterprise, baked in 2016 with the help of the new enterprise allowance. Which essentially means, my topless comedy show Sextremist was partly funded thanks to the Tory Government! Our mission statement is to create experiences which bring people together for the purpose of empowerment and the greater good. As well as Sextremist weíve produced Back 2 Basics, The Men, Sex & Feminism Podcast and now Conscious Comedy. My number 2 in this operation is the wonderful Clare Morgan. Sheís been with me since the beginning. Iím Bipolar. So get an access to work grant to pay Clare. Bipolar is a disability, there are things I canít do as well as neurotypical people, like admin! But I also consider it a blessing. I have a deep compassion for humanity and am very creative. Itís a label I share with some of my comedy heroes Alfie Brown, Russell Brand, also Jim Carrey I read is Bipolar.. According to an article in The Guardian from 2014 us comedians are the most likely profession to be diagnosed. I had to show a judge that article when I had to go to court to get the Personal Independence Payments I was entitled too early in my recovery because a paramedic sent from the private company Capita had decided if could do stand up comedy, and didnít take meds Ė I was fine. Cutting off resources which vulnerable individuals need to survive is a human rights abuse!


Well, Sam, lets take a look at the all important question of 2018, on the lips of every comedian, is this: youíve got three famous figures from history coming round for dinner. Who would they be & what would you cook; starter, mains & dessert?
Samantha: First of all, I wouldnít cook. I canít. One of them would have to do the cooking, I will do the washing up. (Or just order a takeaway and pretend I cooked.) I would invite Marilyn Monroe, because she was also Bipolar and we generally donít eat properly anyway. I like nurturing my fellow nutters. Then I would have Joan of Arc, who was psychic, as am I! Then Iíd have the Guru OSHO so I could see for myself if he really is the narcissist he was painted as in Wild Wild Country on Netflix. The starter would be Saganaki, which is greek fried cheese. Then for the main we would have chicken tikka madras with garlic fried rice and keema naan. Dessert weíll have hot chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream.

Last year you brought Back To Basics to Edinburgh, how did it go & what did you take from the experience?
Samantha: Despite 3 massive knocks, as well as all the harrassment, it went well. Iím proud of myself. I got my first 4 star review and the show went on to tour with 3 professional bookings and acceptance into the Bath and Leicester comedy festivals. Heartbreakingly, I found out days before the Edinburgh run that my dear friend and supporter Sarah Munro had passed away. She was only 36. Also, I experienced professional betrayal. On the journey up, my director who I had paid £2250 told me she wouldnít be at the fringe to support me running in the show as she had the year before. I should have had her sign a contract, but she knew what I expected and I trusted her. That really shook my confidence, I felt like sheíd duped me. Then I got struck with the flu. All that and I still completed the run. I think that proves my mental stability.


This year you are involved in two projects, including your solo show, Pulling it Together. Whatís your show about?
Samantha: Itís about my journey back to sanity after a mental breakdown in 2014, following the death of my Dad. I talk about my fight with public institutions to get my basic needs met as a marginalised member of society. The journey starts, and ends Ė with the police. My sanity has been truly tested by recent events. This is a story of resilience. Iím writing it for the one in four and those who love us.

How do you feel when you are telling such deeply personal stories & how do you hope the audience will respond?
Samantha: I hope to provoke compassion and empathy within the audience, which is mostly what happens. There were so many hugs after Back 2 Basics and people would tell me their stories. There was an emotional connection. When people come to see me, I feel connected, empowered and heard. My loneliness goes away. I read somewhere once that expression is the antidote to depression. Expressing myself feels enlightening. Connecting with people on the vibration of truth is deeply comforting.

You are also hosting Conscious Comedy for a couple of dates, can you tell us about the concept?
Samantha: Itís a sacred space, not a safe space. I see comedy as a platform for the truth. Not just another bland form of entertainment. In a way, comedy saved me. I like comedy with depth. I believe that great comedy can inspire change.

Who have you got on the line-up?
Samantha: I have got Zahra Barri doing both nights. Iíve been a fan of her work since 2015 when she did a showcase I hosted at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has a very interesting perspective, eastern meets western. Very well structured jokes and adorable as a person too. Also Alex Hylton, heís very funny and has a warm aura on stage. Iíve seen him on my local circuit, he told me in his show he is talking about gender, identity and social politics. Looking forward to that. Also booked are; Janet Bettesworh, I gigged with her recently on a gig that was originally shut down by censors. She had a very interesting story about Greenham Common. Then thereís Dan Collins, Mags Mchugh, Paul Savage, Pope Lonergan & Alice-India Garwood. If there are any cancellations. Iíve got fellow anarchist Becky Fury on standby. She did a great job hosting the Malcolm Hardy awards last year.



Youíve got 20 seconds to sell both shows to a random on an Edinburgh street. What do you say?
Samantha: For Pulling it Together I will just quote this from my badass bipolar sister, Britney Spears; ďPeople can take everything away from you, but they can never take away your truth but the question is, can you handle mine? They say Iím crazy.Ē For Conscious Comedy, this is more than jokes. Itís a platform for comedians who have something to say. Itís comedy with a conscience.

What will you be doing after the Fringe?
Samantha: I will continue doing my spiritual work, Iíve been a psychic reader and presenter on Psychic Today, Sky channel 560 for over a year now. Iím also going to continue working on my new mental health project. I plan to launch a new podcast next year along with the finished stage show. Then Iíll be looking at publishing a book. Also my husband and I are planning on moving back in together after a long separation. Heís been my saving grace though all this drama. Iíve got some lovely people in my life. Tough times reveal true friends. Silver linings. Click Here

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