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Stand Up & Slam! at Goldsmiths Student Union

  • Goldsmiths Student Union, The Stretch The Sweeps Building, 34 Leather Lane SE14 6 UK (map)

Stand Up & Slam is coming to Goldsmiths!

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let's find out.

Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! Our resident team captains are joined by the most exciting comedy and poetry acts from around the UK. We’re mashing up the two art forms in an epic battle of spoken word. Who wins? You decide... 

Tickets are £5 (£3 for ComSoc members)

★★★★★ The Public Reviews
★★★★★ The Latest
★★★★★ The Argus
★★★★ Three Weeks Magazine
★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

'witty, fast paced, and most importantly funny.' - Fringe Review

'This is a great show, showcasing some real talent.' - Three Weeks

'edgy, energetic comedy at its best. Far funnier than your average prime-time fare' - Sunday Express

'The crowd were in stitches, their roars delivered a 1-0 victory for poetry over stand-up and my preconceptions were suitably challenged.' - Mashable UK


Dan is a poet, performer, and producer. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is popular, smart, and funny. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; geek culture and videogames; people and poetry. 

Dan has performed around the UK including at Glastonbury Festival, Roundhouse Camden, and at the BBC Fringe Slam. He has created four solo stand-up poetry shows for Edinburgh Fringe, and is one half of producing partnership Varjack & Simpson. He also hosts and co-produces comedy vs. poetry gig Stand Up & Slam. He has performed (poetry) at both a hen party and a death metal gig, and is unharmed.

“charmingly geeky” The Scotsman
“His poems were tight and well thought out… clever and creative, consummately performed” Sabotage Reviews
”wordplay alchemy... Simpson wants to show us that poetry can connect with everyone. He takes you by the hand and shines a light into this strange counter-culture that is poetry.” Fringe Review

Clair has been performing spoken word for more than a decade at arts festivals, arts centres, museums, pubs and cafes all around the UK. She writes about things that make her laugh. She's an Apples & Snakes association artist and she's currently touring with her show 'Chopping Chillies' directed by Guy Masterson.
★★★★★ 'extraordinary' Edinburgh Guide
★★★★'Sweeps up the audience' Three Weeks

Gramski is an award winning freestyle rapper, regular, improv comedians and wordsmith. Support act for Hollie McNish and Scroobius Pip. Winner: Hammer & Tongue Poetry Slam. Grams is also an MC for The Spoken Herd, a 10 pete hip hop band who focus on the art of improvisation. 

Having grown up on army barracks around the world, performing wasn’t the obvious route for Tom. It became obvious to his parents around the time started appearing at the foot of the stairs dress head to toe in lycra.

Tom is a social animal and somehow always seems to get himself involved in all sorts of scrapes and japes.

He is one quarter of the premier improv comedy troupe, The Noise Next Door who have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV2, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4 and selling out at the Edingburgh Fringe Festival NINE TIMES.

Tom also does his own stand-up and performs regularly at clubs and festivals across the country, he has written lyrics and composed music for a variety of TV shows, and recently took part in comedians boxing match with stand-up legend Phil Nicol.

(As seen on BBC3's Russell Howard's Good News, BBC's Extras, C4's Celebrity Deal or No Deal) 
★★★★ Chortle
★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★ Three Weeks
'An excellent line in comedy' Guardian
'engaging self deprecation and wry commentary' Chortle
'Like eminem rapping shakespeare' Venue Magazine
'a real master of the comedian's craft' Chortle

★★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★.8 Bouquets and Brickbats
★★★★ TV Bomb
★★★★ Mirror
★★★★ One4Review
'Angry intelligent stand up' Time Out
'Wants to entertain you and does it superbly' Mirror
'We laugh. A lot. He’s really very good. This is definitely one of the best stand-up acts we’ve seen this year' Bouquets and Brickbats
'booming voice and bullet proof confidence...a pretty constant supply of laughs, driven home hard in this cracking yarn' Chortle

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