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28.01.2015 20:00 to 22:00
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City/Town: ZURICH
Event Type: Concert/Show
Location: Volkshaus, Stauffacherstr. 60, 8004 ZH
Price: Chf 55.-

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Following sold out residencies in New York and London, Simon Amstell embarks on his fourth international stand up tour – ‘to be free’ - with shows in Switzerland.



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Simon Amstell interviewed in The Guardian
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What is the seating like? Can you choose or is it first come first served?

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Scrap that question I just saw on the Eventbrite website, first come first served.
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What is the seating like? Can you choose or is it first come first served?

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Carnage Seating is unreserved. Send t'lass to find some seats while you queue at the bar. It's not been that bad in previous shows unless your relatively late to arrive.
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Re: Simon Amstell - To Be Free - in Zurich

Quick question (don't know, as I never made it before) - is it easy to get tickets on the night or is a reservation essential to get in?
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Quick question (don't know, as I never made it before) - is it easy to get tickets on the night or is a reservation essential to get in?
Pre-purchase isn't essential but a good idea. There is usually an 'Abendkasse' on the night but this is limited to first come, first served. If only we could pre-purchase beers...
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Thanks to the organizer for a good night out - I needed a good laugh and enjoyed both acts!

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Great night. the support act (anyone remember his name?) touched a few raw nerves, but was pretty funny for a Swiss guy .
Amstell was excellent.
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Great night. the support act (anyone remember his name?) touched a few raw nerves, but was pretty funny for a Swiss guy .
Amstell was excellent.
It would have been better if he could do something new. His gay Jewish schtick is a bit stale. There were a few chuckles, I'll give him that.
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It would have been better if he could do something new. His gay Jewish schtick is a bit stale. There were a few chuckles, I'll give him that.
I've never seen him perform before, so it was all new to me.
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I've never seen him perform before, so it was all new to me.
In which case it was a good night out :-)

What impressed me was how welcome both acts must have felt. Normally native crowds in the UK can be quite brutal. I think the Brit crowd are so starved of their type of entertainment here that they showed a lot of love and appreciation. At least that's what I felt.
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In which case it was a good night out :-).
Indeed it was, with a beer at the International before and after to round off a great evening.

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What impressed me was how welcome both acts must have felt. Normally native crowds in the UK can be quite brutal. I think the Brit crowd are so starved of their type of entertainment here that they showed a lot of love and appreciation. At least that's what I felt
It wasn't an exclusively Brit crowd though, many people round us were from the US/Canada judging by their accents and there were a fair few Swiss there too. I agree though, proper comedy is hard to come by over here.
Alan Davies will be there in April according to the posters.
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Re: Simon Amstell - To Be Free - in Zurich

The opening act was Thomas Wiesel - my bf and I had quite differing opinions of him, he did touch some prickly points but I did enjoy the fact that I actually understood his Swiss-culture reference jokes. Simon Amstell was a great laugh though.
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Thomas Wiesel was a bit hit and miss, I thought; typical of a younger comic refining his material (I know he's been around a while, but I don't think he does much in English).

His stuff on Switzerland was well observed and funny, and I guess this is his comfort zone from his French act. His Indian stuff was a bit flat - rape jokes aren't everyone's cup of tea (though the "stop being racist" heckle was quite odd).

The Clutha Vaults joke, aimed at the Scots was ill judged IMO, especially as the payoff wasn't particularly funny anyway. It ended his set on a bit of a down beat, which was a pity.

Overall, though, I liked him. I'd probably watch him again.

Simon Amstell was great. He's a good story teller. Though I was getting a bit fidgety toward the end as it got a bit samey.
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...What impressed me was how welcome both acts must have felt. Normally native crowds in the UK can be quite brutal. I think the Brit crowd are so starved of their type of entertainment here that they showed a lot of love and appreciation. At least that's what I felt.
The International Comedy Club - and in it's earlier guise as the Funny Laundry - have been bringing world class stand up comedy and cabaret to Switzerland since 2006. It's there but you wouldn't know it from the national or local press who tend to mysteriously ignore the success...

The Acts seem to really enjoy coming to Switzerland as a) they're really well looked after; b) the crowds tend not to be so raucous (we're a refined lot, what what) and c) they can try out their material to a new audience who represents an excellent cross section of English speakers, not just Brits or Americans.

Looking forward to Alan Davies and Stephen K. Amos again. Wait! Andrew Maxwell and Rob Deering too..? Ah we're spoilt!
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