From: Frances Moran [F_dot_Moran_at_kent_dot_ac_dot_uk]
Sent: 06 November 2007 17:17
Subject: Mitch Benn - Gulbenkian

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Mitch Benn


Friday 16 November 7.45pm

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury


“Every song is a winner.  His vision is truly original!” The Scotsman


Direct from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007, the master of musical comedy from BBC Radio 4’s “The Now Show” and “Crimes Against Music”, BBC Radio 2’s “It’s Been A Bad Week” and BBC Radio 7’s “Mitch Benn Music Show”, comes to the Gulbenkian with his band, The Distractions.


“The parodies are terrifyingly close in style, from the theme song spoofing Sgt Pepper to Duran Duran, via James Blunt, The Smiths and Noel Coward.” Chortle ****


The show will feature many brand new compositions and a handful of old favourites, from the brilliant “Sing Like an Angel”  - examining the state of mind of an X Factor contestant … who let’s just say probably won’t get through – to the evergreen fans’ favourite “Macbeth” – Shakespeare meets Eminem! Mitch will also perform his very own Rock Opera – some three minutes long and based on the book The Hungry Caterpillar – and every evening will write a song in the interval based on suggestions from the audience.


“Is it a gig? Is it a comedy show? So musically adept are Mitch Benn and his band and so droll their parodies you get the best of both worlds.” The Guardian


Tickets £14 Concs £12



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MITCH BENN is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch began his comedy career in Edinburgh in 1994. He moved to London in 1996 and quickly established himself as a comedy club "headliner" as well as a favourite on the university circuit.

Mitch is a regular writer and performer on "The Now Show" for BBC Radio 4 and "It's Been a Bad Week" for BBC Radio 2. Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, "Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music" have been broadcast so far. He also presents "The Mitch Benn Music Show" on BBC Radio 7.

On TV, Mitch appears regularly on BBC1's "The One Show" as the writer and arranger of "The Complaints Choir".  Mitch contributes occasional songs to Channel 4's "Bremner Bird And Fortune".  He has also appeared on "The Last Word" for More4, "Gas" for Channel 4, "Live at Jongleurs", "The Warehouse" and "Today With Des & Mel" for ITV, "The Comedy Store" for Channel 5, "The World Stands Up" for Paramount and "Raymaan Is Laat" for Dutch TV.   He was the presenter of the paranormal discussion show "Out There" for Carlton World.

Mitch's second album "Radio Face" was released through Laughing Stock records in 2002; it's available through all good music stores. His earlier live album, "The Unnecessary Mitch Benn" is still available.

Mitch has toured extensively abroad, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Ireland, Montreal, Holland and South Africa (including a two-week run at the Grahamstown Theatre Festival in 1998). In 1995 Mitch won the Best New Comic award at the Glastonbury Festival and has played there every year since, including an hour-long extended set in 1999 which drew a standing ovation from an audience of 1,500.

In 1998 he won the "Mercury Comedian of the Year" prize at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Mitch has performed many times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including hour-long solo shows in 1997, 98 and 99. He also appeared in the successful revue show "The Bootleg Bootleg Beatles" in 1998 and the showcase "Carlton Comedy Warehouse" in 1999, the subject of a documentary series for Carlton TV.

In 2003 Mitch formed the band Mitch Benn & The Distractions with Kirsty Newton and Tash Baylis; after a successful run at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe they took up a residency at The Bedford in Balham in October 2003. Mitch Benn & The Distractions completed a successful national UK tour in autumn 2004, to coincide with the release of their album "Too Late To Cancel"

Mitch Benn & The Distractions' debut single, Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now, was released on September 5th 2005, ahead of the release of their latest album Crimes Against Music. The video for the single was posted online at, attracting 8,000 hits in one hour. The band completed their second UK tour in December 2005.

Mitch brought a reconvened Mitch Benn And The Distractions back to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007, performing a nightly two-hour show - The Mitch Benn Music Club - at the prestigious Reid Hall concert venue (the "Cow Barn"). A new album and national tour will follow in the autumn.

Frances Moran
Marketing Manager
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent
01227 827956
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