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Dave’s Best Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 in Awards PR,Celebrity PR,Comedy PR,Event PR,Television Industry PR.

Edinburgh, 23rd August 2016: Award-winning entertainment channel Dave has announced the winner of the ninth annual award for Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe.

In a brand new show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, West Bromwich-based comic Masai Graham produced the joke which 27% of the respondents voted their funniest joke of the Fringe; ‘My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart.’

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The announcement is the ninth year for the coveted award whose previous winners include Tim Vine, Rob Auton, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm.

In its mission to find the most hilarious one-liners, Dave enlisted the help of an expert panel of ten judges, consisting of the UK’s foremost comedy critics.  They scoured venues at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe over a week-long period to nominate their five favourite jokes. The shortlisted gags were then put to 2,000 Brits, with no reference to the comedians who told them, who then voted for the jokes they found the funniest.

Dave’s Top 15 Funniest Jokes from the Fringe Festival 2016

 “My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card.  He’s a man after my own heart.” – Masai Graham– 27%

“Why is it old people say “there’s no place like home”, yet when you put them in one…” – Stuart Mitchell – 25%

“I’ve been happily married for four years – out of a total of 10.” – Mark Watson – 21%

“Apparently 1 in 3 Britons are conceived in an IKEA bed which is mad because those places are really well lit.” – Mark Smith – 21%

“I went to a pub quiz in Liverpool, had a few drinks so wasn’t much use.  Just for a laugh I wrote The Beatles or Steven Gerrard for every answer… came second.” – Will Duggan – 20%

“Brexit is a terrible name, sounds like cereal you eat when you are constipated.” – Tiff Stevenson – 20%

“I often confuse Americans and Canadians.  By using long words.” – Gary Delaney – 18%

“Why is Henry’s wife covered in tooth marks?  Because he’s Tudor.” – Adele Cliff – 16%

“Don’t you hate it when people assume you’re rich because you sound posh and went to private school and have loads of money?” – Annie McGrath – 15%

“Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy, I hear you ask.” – Jordan Brookes – 15%

“Hilary Clinton has shown that any woman can be President, as long as your husband did it first.” – Michelle Wolf – 15%

“I spotted a marmite van on the motorway. It was heading yeastbound.” – Roger Swift – 14%

“Back in the day, Instagram just meant a really efficient drug dealer.” – Arthur Smith – 13%

“I’ll tell you what’s unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses.” – Zoe Lyons – 13%

“Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soya seems to be the hardest word.” – Phil Nicol – 12%

 On being awarded the top spot, Masai Graham, self-proclaimed “General Punochet”, said I’m proud and honoured to win Joke of the Fringe. The funny thing is that it was Dave’s Joke of The Fringe that inspired me to become a comic. I remember picking up the paper years ago, reading the top 10 gags and wondering if I could write a decent one myself, so it feels fantastic to have actually won!”

In order to compile the shortlist, each of the judges sat through an average of 60 different comedy performances and sifted through more than 3,600 minutes of material. This meant they each had a potential pool of around 7,200* different jokes to choose from.

The Dave award, which is open to both established and up-and-coming comedians, pays homage to the wealth of talent on offer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe whilst shining a spotlight on the individual jokes, not just the performances. In fact, so as to ensure the jokes are ranked fairly, the comedian’s name or show are not revealed during the voting process – it is purely down to the jokes themselves.

Steve North, General Manager of Dave commented: “The Fringe is renowned for being the best place to spot new and emerging comedy talent, and although there are some returning contenders in our top 10 this year, there is a high volume of new talent which is very exciting to see.”

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is widely acknowledged to be the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Starting in 1947, it was seen as a post-war initiative to reunite Europe through culture, and was so successful that it inspired more performers than there was room for.

2016 marks the ninth year of Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe. You can also follow Dave on Twitter at @join_dave and Facebook at facebook.com/davewittybanter.

 

 

Fans join Biffy Clyro inside new virtual reality music video

Posted on August 10th, 2016 in Celebrity PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Event PR,VR PR Agency.

A new futuristic experience created by Samsung will tour UK music festivals this summer

  • Fans are plunged into the heart of the action inside the band’s video in a ground-breaking rock and roll first
  • The VR promo, screened within the Samsung Hypercube, will be experienced by tens of thousands as it tours UK festivals
  • Rock favourites Biffy Clyro have helped to devise the pioneering audio-visual first
  • Music fans taste the excitement of being up close to the band for a truly immersive experience

Rock superstars Biffy Clyro have created the UK’s first immersive music video using virtual reality technology to allow viewers into the midst of the action, thanks to tech giant Samsung.

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The VR video for their new track Flammable, allows fans to be at the heart of an action packed, epic performance. All set to take place within a giant experiential structure, the specially-created “Hypercube”, touring festivals this summer.

Visiting Boardmasters, Glasgow Summer Sessions and Bestival, the three and a half storey high Samsung Hypercube studio allows festivalgoers to feel so incredibly close, they will expect to feel the sweat flying off the trio as they step inside a moment of music history.

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Samsung used the latest in VR technology, 360-degree cameras and the Galaxy S7 smartphone to create the ultimate audio-visual VR experience. It is a music video concept which has never been seen before in the UK.

Once inside the Hypercube, up to 50 festival goers at a time can use the Samsung Gear VR headset and instantly find themselves beside frontman/guitarist Simon Neil and his bandmates James Johnston (bass) and drummer Ben Johnston, suspended in a Perspex box above an abandoned warehouse.

As the band begins to play, viewers can experience the explosive buzz as the pyrotechnics and the laser lighting erupt around them and mercilessly target the box from all directions, complementing the rousing riffs and weighty lyrics of the song to get hearts racing and give users the ultimate all round experience.

Simon Neil, lead singer of Biffy Clyro said, “We’ve worked with Ross before and knew he was the right person to capture us live and we’ve always wanted to get involved in VR so we’re really pleased to Samsung have given us this opportunity. It’s great to create such an amazing experience for our fans – the result is awesome.”

Creative Director, Ross Cairns, comments, “This project was born out of a desire to bring the best parts of live music to an audience so people can feel closer to the band than ever before. Biffy were the perfect partners for this. From inception we focussed on marrying music and technology to appear effortlessly synchronised. We’re delighted to bring the wonders of virtual reality to a generation of music fans in this way and demonstrate how we are empowering people to use technology in a way that allow them to experience the extraordinary. As a brand, we will continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible, merging virtual reality with the real world.”

Bob Workman, SVP Brand Partnerships, Warner Music UK commented, “We’re really excited to bring together Samsung, who are leaders in technology and innovation, with Biffy Clyro who are one of the most exciting and dynamic bands from the UK. Together they’ve created a stunning, immersive and memorable experience that’s sure to delight fans.”

The Samsung Hypercube experience not only gives users an unprecedented first-hand experience of VR, but also gives them an exclusive look at Biffy Clyro’s new video. It is not due to launch publicly until later in the year.

Samsung Hypercube VR Experience tour dates:

:: Boardmasters Festival – 10 to 14 August, Newquay, Cornwall

:: Glasgow Summer Sessions – 26/27 August, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

:: Bestival – 8 to 11 September, Robin Hill Park, Isle of Wight

Contact Taylor Herring for more details 

 

NOW TV open Naked Sun Terrace In Central London

Posted on August 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

With forecasts of a heatwave and celebrities shedding their clothes like they are going out of fashion…London’s first nudist roof terrace encourages people to embrace total freedom by going ‘clothes-free’

  • Terrace includes open-air bar, relaxing sun-bathing areas and even the opportunity to enjoy a bounce on a trampoline or a round of swing-ball
  • Stunning views include Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and The London Eye
  • NOW TV trialled the ‘clothes-free’ sun terrace to mark launch of their new contract-free Combo

A naked rooftop haven with spectacular views overlooking Parliament Square in Westminster has opened to coincide with the forecast of a mid-August heatwave.

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The incredible new ‘pop up’ venue boasts an open-air bar, relaxing sun-bathing areas and even the chance for a quick work-out with a bounce on a trampoline or a round of swing-ball – and no need for any annoying clothes!

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The rooftop is the brainchild of NOW TV, who are encouraging Brits to try out being ‘clothes-free’ as well as contract-free, by opening the naked sun terrace to mark the launch of the NOW TV Combo – the UK’s first contract-free TV, broadband and calls bundle.

Gidon Katz, Managing Director of NOW TV, saysAs a nation, it seems we’re increasingly avoiding being ‘tied down’ in life – which is exactly what NOW TV is all about.  With the NOW TV Combo we’re offering people the freedom to get the latest and best TV, broadband and calls, all without a contract. And we’re not stopping there. We’re going to keep breaking away from traditional conventions; firstly contracts, and now clothes, with the NOW TV nudist terrace. We think the naked sun deck is a great way to promote our new “package”!”

The nudist terrace was opened following new research from NOW TV which revealed that young Brits today are truly the ‘No Strings’ generation, as they avoid being ‘tied down’ in life compared to their parents. On average, today’s under 30s are revealed to have had 38% less serious relationships, lived in 28% more countries and worked for 15% more organisations than those 30 years ago.

The naked roof terrace first opened in August and NOW TV is looking to open again on further dates this summer to encourage more people to embrace their contract-free ‘Now You Can’ outlook. The public can get ahead of the crowd and pre-register their interest now at nowtv.uk/comboterrace

The NOW TV nudist roof terrace is part of a series of ‘Now You Can’ activities taking place this week, including radio and social media competitions to win a ‘Now You Can’ experiences.

The NOW TV Combo offers the latest and best TV, broadband and calls without a contract – visit nowtv.com/combo for more details.

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