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Marek & Alice are experienced performers, comedians, workshop leaders and public speakers. One of the only married couples with this particular skill-
Graduate of widely renowned Drama School (East 15).
Professional actress -
Comedienne & Drama/Comedy Workshop Coach
Winner of national TV comedy competition "Take The Mike".
National TV appearances e.g. on Ruby Wax show with Paul McKenna.
Alice's website www.alicebenson.com
Trainer and Public Speaker at corporate diversity events
Performing comedy & running comedy clubs/workshops since 1996
National TV appearances for performing workshops (Inside Out)
B.Sc. Psychology, NLP Practitioner.
Accredited Performance Coach (Sheffield Hallam University)
30 years blue chip experience, recognised as a specialist on delivering presentations with impact
Alice B trained as a dancer at Italia Conti Stage School before gaining the School Scholarship at EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL where she was nominated for a BBC Award. After she made the leap from acting to standup, Alice B started gigging for GEOFF WHITING . This led to entering ITV's Take The Mic Competition (which she won!)...and that led to a 10 minute spot at Manchesters COMEDY STORE... and also her first gig at the EDINBURGH drinking FESTIVAL with BARBARA NICE (who really WAS NICE and hilariously funny !!!) (So Thanks Geoff !)
Alice was well delighted (excuse the grammar she is from South London) to MC for HARRY HILL at the Hampstead Comedy Club...
Her first time in front of a television studio audience was on THE RUBY WAX Show on BBC1 ( two episodes ) Ruby Wax was really encouraging and more importantly she is also a big fan of bright red lippy !...Alice also appeared in conversation on the BBC Ruby Wax Headroom series...
Alice is a big fan of IVOR DEMBINA who gave her her first ever proper gig at his Brixton Comedy Club, MIKE WILMOT was headlining that night and was inspirational... She went on to perform at The Red Rose comedy club where she was excited to be on the bill with TV Favourites LEE MACK and JIM TAVARÉ (not name dropping or anything) and also at the Hampstead Comedy Club...Alice has also attended a comedy workshop run by IVOR and learnt bloody loads from him e.g. that she is quite quirky and bitchy ha ha! Go and see his Think Before You Laugh show !)
Alice has attended a workshop at The Comedy School run by RUDI LICKWOOD (what a cool dude!)..Alice recommends LOGAN MURRAY's book BE A GREAT STANDUP and loves his character act RONNIE RIGSBY...it's genius !
When Alice did her first ever student gig, she didn't know quite what to expect (not being an academic kinda gal) and SHAPPI KHORSANDI who was performing at the gig gave Alice some very good advice 'cos Alice thought that as it was a 'University' that her material would have to be all intellectual and clever and basically completely different to her usual stuff... Shappi kindly told Alice just to do her usual filthy material and it went well after all phew (Thanks Shappi!)...
Alice is quite good at putting her foot in it, which is good training for being able to blag on stage when things go wrong...She once did a promotion job for the switching on of the Christmas lights in London, with various other comedians all in panto costumes. Comedian and writer ARTHUR SMITH was in full dame gear and looked amazing with a big wig and his front tooth blacked out... Alice, dressed like Pocahontas and slightly merry on free champagne, decided to go and compliment Arthur on his outfit... She proceeded to tell him that he looked fabulous, really funny, especially his blacked out front tooth... He then told her that his tooth was not in fact blacked out but that it was actually missing ! (I can't remember why now, as it was so embarrassing although... maybe he was just winding me up hee hee ?*! Must ask him someday)
Alice also appears on the standup circuit as Alice B doing various characters, talking about her crazy drama school experiences and also about having OCD. Alice also appears on radio, presenting topical comedy slots. Hear samples at www.alicebenson.com
Marek is delighted to see how well RUSSELL HOWARD has done since Marek & Russell came equal second in a BBC COMEDY AWARDS SEMI-
Marek was privileged to spend a little time backstage with OMID DJALILI after they gigged at the Comedy Box (you are one of the very best!)...and the 2 hour talk Marek had with REGINALD D HUNTER after their gig in Plymouth was an real eye opener (you told me we are all preachers). Next time Marek shared a stage with Reg was at Reading Uni along with DANIEL KITSON (Daniel -
Marek really rates his gigs at KOMEDIA BRIGHTON with ADAM BLOOM (your smallest mobile gag is legendary)...and every gig Marek's had with MITCH BENN (you really liked one of my gags)...but Marek's favourite MC with total class in the DAILY TELEGRAPH SEMI FINAL has to be ROSS NOBLE (our cafe lunch in Bristol was a hoot)..and a real comedian with energy who liked Marek's spot in Bath was IAN COGNITO...can't miss out Marek's gig in Worcester with TIM VINE.
Marek's VIRGINMIRTH COMEDY CLUB which has allowed Marek to perform with many great acts such as JUSTIN MOORHOUSE, KEVIN PRECIOUS, but sadly not STEPHEN MERCHANT (he was definitely on Marek's list of local Bristol acts to invite)... MICHAEL McINTYRE's support act CHRIS McCAUSLAND was a graduate of Marek's VIRGINMIRTH COMEDY WORKSHOP as was ALICE B now my lovely wife and MALICE Comedy partner.