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Comedian Jessica Fostekew brings her first ever UK tour to the Exeter Bike Shed next Sunday (18th February)


Jessica, who is also an actor and writer, has been performing stand up comedy for 10 years. Her recent achievements include contribution towards major television shows such as Have I Got News For You and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Some of you might recognise Jessica from other television programmes such as Three Girls and National Treasure. Currently, the travelling comedian is in the middle of writing a narrative comedy for television, a one-off drama. She also writes for various other comedians, mainly quick-fire gubbins for telly. 

Radio Exe's Live and Local producer Sam Sterrett found out a little bit more about her. 

Now, your currently undertaking your first ever UK tour, Silence Of The Nans. How are you finding it so far?

So, I'm one date in and it's brilliant fun. 

And you'll be performing at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter next weekend, why have you decided to step foot in this City?

I did a preview at the Boat Shed, the Bike Sheds little sister venue and I loved it. All the people that ran it were lovely and it was on my wish list of places to come back to if I go on tour. I am really please to return to Exeter, I'm a West Country girl and really feel this city is on the up.

For people attending the show, what can they expect? How would you describe your stand up?

The show is one massive story, a story telling style of stand up. I like to hope I bring lots of the characters along the way and make them feel very real for the audience. It's not one liners but I have worked on the show for a long-time. 

Not only are you a comedian, your a writer and actor too. And I understand you currently writing a new televisison show, can you tell us more about this please?

I don't know if it's for radio or television yet. I have now been on three speed awareness courses and they have all been very funny. I would like to develop something to do with that. And I am also looking to develop this show that I am performing on Sunday in a documentary style. Everything is up in the air at the moment but that's what I'm currently working on. 

Finally, your Silence Of The Nans tour marks 10 years as a comedian - quite an amazing accomplishment. Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

Sam, Im not very good at looking that far ahead in life. I have two, two year olds so I tend to take each 10 minutes at a time. But ideally, in a decades time I would have been to Mars in a lift, because they can build those now. I woud have probably met Barack Obama too.

For the full interview, tune into Live and Local this Sunday night from 8pm. Jessica will be performing at the Exeter Bike Shed on the 18th February 2018. More information about the comedian can be found here:

Brennan Reece, comedian review 


Exeter Bike Shed
Monday 28th January 2018 

Written by Josh Crooks.

A life lesson from the perspective of a comedic genius

On Monday evening, comedic stage performer Brennan Reece AKA the "English Comedian of the year" gives "A masterful display of heart-warming comedic story telling"at the Exeter Bike Shed Theatre.

When you attend a place like the Exeter Bike Shed Theatre's evening events hopefully you go there to enjoy yourself for "a treat". But as Reece correctly pointed out last night (Monday the 28th January) people came for "Something we know nothing about." On a personal note, it was indeed something new. Usually when you go to stage performance, you go in expecting a magic show. An alleged wizard does the card trick, you give an awkward stare and say "that not my card." Reece certainly does the expected with a surprise dose of the unexpected. In truth he actually just came to tell people the story about his Nan (a role model for him in so many ways it would be to long to even list them)

The audience were also treated to a brief intro to the evening by another comedian. "Josh Pew" using his stage name. He joked about how the audience came "to see a comedian (Reece)" that they've never heard of, "so (Reece) brought a comedian I've never heard of!" It was difficult to take notes for a review when you kept becoming immersed. In the space of 5 minutes we were taught three important things.

One - however accidental, NEVER friend zone your father.

Two - not going to the toilet before gym could likely result in an involuntary an unfortunate bowl movement halfway through a 10k long treadmill trek.

Three - If you don't stamp out weeds, they be your arch nemesis or the ones that grow in your back garden, they will be problematic in the future.

Coming back to Reece, we learn the story of his ambition, and how his Nan ties into that. Sounds boring right? Wrong. This is as engaging as watching a 5 star rated movie. Somehow this man delivers a rather long life story, with rib tickling laughs that superglue your bum to the seat.  Reece clearly stuck to the usual comedian code of conduct-for example the front row may as well have had a sign that said volunteers only. He also has a clever display of charm with his performances. He did that by flatly acknowledging that 100% honesty isn't the way of the comedian. But beneath the oddly effective jokes about the stars, how his Nan "never took s**t from anyone" and even the dos and don'ts when it comes to simply filling in a form for blood donning, is a message.  Out of all this heartfelt humour Reece cleverly acknowledges that we all aspire to become more, that be fame, success or fortune. Reece then gets his audience asking themselves a question, is what we want the most what we care about the most.

Its only at the end the end of his performance where the young man on a stage is beginning to tie up the threads, you realise this. Reece discovered what his true ambition was with help from his Nan. He set out to achieve that and wins an opportunity that could give him an early jump-start to his career as a stage performer. He makes a choice and goes to Australia for year. On his first week, he gets a call.  His Nan has fallen gravely ill. He makes a choice. The stage was quiet so everyone hears his words. He said quite simply "I don't belong here." He gets the first flight back home, and manages to says his goodbyes before she eventually passes away.  He points out despite aspiring to it all his life, he loves his family more than his life long dream, it being obvious he felt he had in the end made the right choice.

The young nominee is currently completing his 2nd tour of the UK after his successful first year, which saw its sales sold out in both Australia and the UK! He has completed the first leg of his journey and will be performing in Ayton Helmvaart Bier Cafe and Leeds Slunglow Underground Ballroom in February.  For a chance to hear his full story and see local comedic talent near you go and check out the details on this his website:



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