We've heard a lot about the perils of Brexit — aka Britain's exit from the European Union — aka the EU. We've witnessed the market's response and watched as the U.K. bubbled over with nearly instant buyer's remorse. But there are other Brexit consequences nobody's talking about. Like how the word Brexit kicks open the door for buzzy portmanteaus that might someday rival annoying acronyms. To address Brexit's impact on Memphis comedy in ways the MSM can't or won't, the Bluff City's own Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma Comedians have created the Brexit Show, a free comedy event at Midtown Crossing Grill.
Punctuation- and pop-culture-inspired comics Mark Brimble, Sammy Anzer, Will Loden, and Hunter Sandlin are bringing together funny folk of both British and American extraction for competition and debate. An audience survey at the end of the night may very well determine the fate of English comedy in Memphis.
Brimble says there are two British comics in Memphis. "John Simmons and I," he says. "We're both very distressed about the whole Brexit situation so we thought we'd make light of it with our friends in the Memphis comedy scene."
The show will include lectern speeches, a British football club cheer competition, and Brimble saying things like, "Barnes and Noble managed to close Borders, it's time for British comics to do the same!"
Debate moderator Will Loden promises impartiality. "Think of a redneck Wolf Blitzer with better suspenders," he's been quoted as saying.
Entry is free, but Brimble keeps a Gofundme account for St. Jude and turns his comedy performances into donation opportunities.
The Brexit Show at Midtown Crossing Grill Thursday, July 7th, 7:30 p.m. Free.