23 June 2017
Join a hand-picked collection of nocturnal singers, joke-makers and storytellers at our next Griffin UP LATE – a post-show jam of music and chortles.
Stick around (or rock up) for 9.30pm on Friday 23 June, as following Sunset Strip we’ll be keeping the lights on and making some (very entertaining) noise until late (well, 10.30pm, so pretty early actually, but you get it).
The line-up welcomes comedians Susie Youssef, Nitin Vengurlekar, Benny Davis (Axis of Awesome), songstress Matilda Abraham and talky talker Phil Spencer (Story Club).
Friday 23 June, 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Matilda Abraham performs her original music both solo and in various lineups that include laptop, guitar, piano, synth and drums. Matilda’s debut release New Balloon came out in October, 2016. Days after it’s release Matilda flew to Canada to participate in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy. This rare opportunity saw her collaborate with Grammy award winning producer Chilly Gonzales and 4 other participants for a sold out show in Montreal. Matilda’s singing brings a bright and vibrant sound to her diverse material. Her approach is honest, combining a rich musicality with stark vulnerability and warmth. It is this common element that runs through each song. From feminist dance numbers to intricate and layered arrangements it is this element that makes Matilda’s music unique to her.
Benny Davis is a comedian, singer, pianist, composer, songwriter and music producer. A classically trained musician, Benny brings some class to the Axis of Awesome group. And a portable keyboard. The Axis of Awesome have performed at clubs, theatres and in festivals on every continent on earth except Antarctica. They have played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival five years running, each time to full houses in consecutive sold out seasons. Benny enjoys Super Mario Galaxy on Nintendo Wii and the music of Billy Joel. He’s currently working on a solo album and creating a web series, Better Than It Sounds. With musical genius supporting clever humour and acerbic parody, Benny Davis is a talent not to be overlooked. Though it is quite easy to do, he’s only 5’2”.Follow him on his YouTube channel, “BennyTheJukebox.”
Phil is a writer & performer. Originally from the UK, he grew up in semi-rural South Oxfordshire (the rough bit) and spent many years living and working in the city of Glasgow (the posh bit). He now lives in Sydney where he makes comedy, theatre and stories for radio. Phil is the 2017 Studio Artist at Griffin. He was the recipient of Peggy Ramsey Foundation Award for Writers and has been shortlisted for the Philip Parsons Playwright Award not once, not twice, but thrice (but still hasn’t won it – he’s pretty sure it’s rigged). Phil has performed in lounge rooms across Sydney, arts festivals across Australia and in shitty rooms above pubs the world over. His most recent show credits include: Hooting & Howling (NSW Tour, Lorne Arts Festival, Sydney Theatre Company Rough Draft) Glorious Pomegranate (Sydney Fringe), All Lost in the Supermarket (Sydney Writers Festival), Destroyer of Worlds by Caleb Lewis (Adelaide Fringe), You And Whose Army? (UK tour).
“Spencer’s charm and winning on-stage charisma is simply delightful” – ✮✮✮✮ The Brag
“Phil Spencer, the Dave Allen of modern storytelling, sans the scotch and half finger” – ABC 702
Nitin Vengurlekar is a performer, writer, vagabond, compulsive liar and ignoramus. He has created a number of short works of nonsensical prose and performance exploring themes of abject failure and redemption. Most recently, Nitin has written a series of pieces for Westside Publications (forthcoming, 2012) and performed some of his poetry as part of the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival. His work is underpinned by an interest in the intersection of absurdist drama and children’s literature, and their mutual investment in questions of morality. Nitin is currently completing a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies/Film Studies at the University of New South Wales.
Susie Youssef is a comedian, actor, writer and improviser. Susie is a regular cast member on Whose Line is it Anyway and guest stars in ABC comedy series, Rosehaven, and season 2 of No Activity on Stan. She is a regular guest on radio and TV and has appeared on ABC TV’s How Not To Behave, The Chaser’s Media Circus and The Checkout. She has written, performed and produced comedy for stage, radio and television in Australia and around the world. In 2014, she played the lead role in the Hayloft Project’s award-winning play The Boat People. She is a regular performer at the Sydney Comedy Store and Giant Dwarf Theatre and has performed at Splendour in the Grass, Secret Garden Festival and Homebake. Susie has performed internationally as a guest at Improvaganza in Edmonton, Dad’s Garage in Atlanta and The Del Close Marathon in New York. Susie studied at the iO Theatre in Chicago and ate all the burgers. Following a sold-out run at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2014, Susie made her solo debut at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals in her sketch comedy show Sketchual Chocolate. She returned to the comedy festival circuit in 2015 with Owl Eyes On You and in 2016, Susie made her Edinburgh Fringe and London debut in Check Youssef Before You Wreck Youssef. In 2017, Susie continues to test the limit of her anxiety with a new show Behave Youssef.