The Peckham warehouse where edgy Royal Court productions alternate with club nights is also home to a regular evening of bite-sized comedy films, the brainchild of London-based short film-maker Adam McNicol, animator Tom Rourke and actor-cum-marketing man Zar Salih. The two-and-a-half-hour event starts with experimental pieces by new writers/directors (including TV presenter Rick Edwards) before moving on to shorts from established film-makers, such as the Blaine Brothers (who edited Bad Education).
“We open submissions [via brainwrapcomedy.com] with a deadline a week ahead of each event and try to select films with that special something. But we also search out things we like that will fit the night,” says McNicol.
Acts such as Joe Wilkinson (Him & Her, Robert’s Webb) and Diane Morgan (Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe), who together add up to sketch group Two Episodes of Mash, have screened their shorts at past events. And comedians can often be spotted watching their films with the crowd, monitoring audience reactions before ideas are pitched for television.
Where? Bussey Building, SE15.
When? Next date is March 21; 8pm; £5 on the door (brainwrapcomedy.com).
There’s a great swathe of south-east London that is something of a decent comedy desert, but a a couple of new nights are trying to do something about that. Next week we’ll hear from the team who are bringing some fresh live comedy to Peckham, but first up we hear from comedy shorts night, Brain Wrap. Once a month at Peckham’s Bussey Building, the team (namecheck o’clock: Adam McNicol, Tom Rourke, Bryony Rumble, Stefan Jakubowski and Zardusht Salih) show works from people like 0507 makers the Blaine Brothers and young guns Turtle Canyon.
They’re many of the sort of things we include in our weekly video round-up (this week’s here) so you know what to expect.
We asked Adam a few questions about what the thinking was behind developing the night.
Last night I dragged my friend O to a comedy shorts night called Brainwrap Comedy Cinema in Peckham (Perfect location, eh, as you need a sense of humour if you’re going to live in Peckham ha ha ha…anyway.) Since being made redundant last month, I have been paying a lot more attention to my love of comedy. I started going to improv classes (Tina Fey started out doing improv, so…) and comedy nights and will be starting a course in comedy sketch writing in January because, at the ripe old age of 27 it’s time that I did something I enjoy: combining my love of writing and comedy. Plus, y’know, YOLO (Ugh, sorry I hate myself for writing that.)