• CIAO ROMA, 64 South Bridge, venue number 283
• 8.20pm (Ends 9.20pm) FREE
• 6th – 29th AUGUST 2011 (not 16th)

Political comic, Kate Smurthwaite is back at the fringe with her new show The News at Kate 2011 all about this year’s news and views and all the political shenanigans she has been involved in this year.   So left wing it hurts, political campaigner, ardent feminist and hard core do-gooder, Kate casts her satirical eye over all things political and gives her brilliant, witty, hilarious take on them, including her on-going fallings out with Daily Mail writer Angela Epstein and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries and her leading of the Nope Pope march last year protesting the Pope’s state visit.

Kate is the MC at Soho Comedy Club and gigs all over the UK and internationally, particularly in Scandinavia having supported Sweden’s favourite comic Magnus Betner,  and also in America in LA and NY, France, Italy, Switzerland, Uganda and the Canary Islands.  As well as performing stand-up, Kate is a regular Radio and TV political commentator.  More than 100 appearances on BBC Radio Five Live (Stephen Nolan show, Richard Bacon show, Tony Livesey show, more than 20 appearances on BBC Radio Two’s Jeremy Vine show, four appearances on Sky Travel’s Where In The World panel show, ten appearances on BBC Breakfast News on BBC One, six appearances on BBC One’s The Big Questions.  Kate is a guest presenter on Leith FM throughout the festival.

Kate is the lead writer on critically acclaimed live political comedy show The Comedy Manifesto which is on every afternoon during the fringe, (15.40 – 16.40 3rd – 29th, not 16th, Voodoo Rooms) where she will also be hosting.  She also writes the Cruella-blog website www.cruellablog.blogspot.com

Last year Kate hit the headlines by getting onto the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square by “borrowing” someone’s identity, making her the world’s first living art forgery.

Kate has just completed a tour of the UK as support act for Shazia Mirza and is on the board of The Edinburgh Fringe Society.

 “A power house of observational wit” The Spectator

“There is very little for me to write here. Honestly. Nothing at all.  It really was that good.” ***** Broadway Baby

 “A brilliant comedian” ***** ScotsGay

“Comedy that cuts through the crap”  **** Three Weeks

 “Charming, witty and with just a hint of a wicked glint in her eye, Kate Smurthwaite’s exuberant and affable personality is a little reminiscent of an excitable, slightly irresponsible head girl luring impressionable fourth formers into some illicit fun. You’d have to be made of granite not to warm to her” **** The National Student

 Further Information: CLAIRE WALKER @ Claire Walker PR 01279 850111 mobile: 07884 181 776 email: claire@clairewalkerpr.com or CHRIS ROBINSON 07727 440250 Publicity photography to download www.clairewalkerpr.com   www.thenewsatkate.blogspot.com

Kate Smurthwaite in The News at Kate 2011
CIAO ROMA, 64 South Bridge, venue 283

Dates: 6th  – 29th August at 8.20pm (ends 9.20pm, not 16th).

FREE  (Excellent ice cream available!)

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