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Next Level Sketch

Next Level Sketch

By Next Level Sketch
Brand spanking new sketches from Next Level Sketch, a London comedy collective who usually put on nights at Hoopla Impro but can’t at the moment for fairly obvious reasons. So instead we’ve put all of our fetid lockdown energies into making this instead. These sketches are best taken aurally.

Sketch is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of Next Level Sketch. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us, take a free sketch crash course with Gemma Arrowsmith, and get involved with Fringe of Colour.
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Season 1, Episode 10: Town Planners vs. The Goths
The season finale! It might seem arbitrary, but it was time to put season one of the Next Level Sketch podcast out of its misery, as if it were a Radio 1 DJ still playing Dire Straits in 1993. The first episode of Season 2 will be along next month, so think of this as a gloriously renewal, not a bitter and terrible end. Episode 10 contains many lovely sketches and some frankly odd jingles and songs, but that’s not what this episode description is about. No indeed. Instead, it’s to thank all you loyal listeners out there for sticking with us throughout this mysterious year, during which we had to stop doing live shows and instead learn how to put together a professional quality sketch comedy podcast in double quick time while also occasionally remembering to do our day jobs. We’re so honoured and slightly teary-eyed by all the work put in by the burgeoning Next Level Sketch collective, from the crucial Zoom meeting sketch read through and feedback to the writing, performance and production effort going in to the finished episodes. For the latter, we offer all our thanks to podcast producer Paul, who has given up a lot of his weekends to put the past ten episodes together. As a reward, he will also be made to direct our first live show since February, scheduled for 27th October at The Miller in London Bridge. Come along!?
20:34
October 5, 2020
Season 1, Episode 9: Prêt a Pompeii
In this, the ninth episode of our awesome sketch comedy podcast, we are finally confident and established enough to welcome a recurring character: The Handyman, who you may remember from the episode specifically named after The Handyman. This episode packs in King Kong and his penchant for slightly over-fussy atriums; ancient Tories encouraging you back to work (politicians so ancient that by the time you hear this they may - heavens! - be encouraging the opposite); the kind of phone conversations you just love to overhear on the 73 bus (again, if buses still exist when you read this); terrifying baking and relaxation tips, and a song so jaunty you’ll want to wear it as a hat. Episode 9 of the Next Level Sketch podcast featured sketches written by James Walsh, Vic Dry, Paul Creasy, Ben Fortescue, Euan Brown, Greg Davies, Roderick Millar, Avalina Kreska and Muireann Kelly.  The sketches were also performed by Nadine Bailey, Rebecca Diez, Matthew Lawson and Sarit Wilson Chen. Jingles were written and performed by James Walsh and Avalina Kreska. The theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez. Sound effects from Zapsplat.com, purple-planet.com and Freesound.org.
14:53
September 21, 2020
Season 1, Episode 8: Billionaires In Space
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Elon Musk and Richard Branson starred in a 1950s style sitcom together while trapped in a moon penal colony? We have, apparently. Elsewhere in this very, utterly eighth episode of sketch comedy, we have balding werewolves, some Tories, a nuclear submarine, a very serious news organisation, and, back by popular demand: horses. This episode features sound effects from Zapsplat.com, Freesound.org, and our own mouths. Episode 8 of the Next Level Sketch podcast featured sketches written by Zoe Browne, James Walsh, Paul Creasy, Jess Carrivick, James Turner, Daniel Smith, Greg Davies, Ben Fortescue and Nadine Bailey. The sketches were also performed by Rachel Cader, Jimmy Jameson, Euan Brown, Jenna Cole, Vic Dry and Muireann Kelly. Jingles were written and performed by James Walsh and Avalina Kreska. The theme tune was written by James Walsh and performed by James Walsh and Rebecca Diez.
20:26
September 7, 2020
Season 1, Episode 7: The Handyman Chronicles
Episode 7 introduces the hero we need right now, but probably don’t deserve: the Handyman, fighting against darkness, entropy, and mild engine issues. Elsewhere in this week’s deeply soggy episode, Kylie Minogue opens a novelty food franchise, Dracula is frustrated with the monster classifieds service, and a mother from Stevenage attempts to win some kind of horrific and cruel game show. Warning: this episode features an esteemed nature documentarian getting sexually excited by rhinos, and also Black Lace; as such it may not be appropriate for younger listeners.
20:23
August 24, 2020
Season 1, Episode 6: Horton Hughes Investigates
We’ve made it to six episodes, which means we are officially a classic radio comedy series, and you can never take that away from us. We are bursting with content this week: choirs, letters from listeners, detectives, radio stations, robotic algorithms, pirates, and trust exercises. We are fairly certain you will have an enjoyable time.
16:01
August 10, 2020
Series 1, Episode 5: Naked And Afraid And Ghosts
This week’s episode of funny, new sketch comedy comes with a special “I’ll eat my hat” guarantee, whereby if you feel unsatisfied with our sketches about giant chickens, traffic updates for bees, and slightly suspicious medical professionals, simply email nextlevelsketch@gmail.com and we will eat our hats after a short wait.
17:23
July 27, 2020
Series 1, Episode 4: The World Mixed Metaphor Championships
We made another episode of wonderful fresh sketch comedy! This one is packed with starving and furious dinosaurs, avian divas, underpaid robots, bombs, and preposterously dangerous quests; so do be careful as you make your way through. Keep your limbs inside the podcast car at all times. We here at Next Level Sketch think sketch comedy is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of our gang. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us.
20:35
July 13, 2020
Series 1, Episode 3: Britain’s Next Top Model Railway
A lot of sketch comedy podcasts split up after that difficult second episode, with various members going solo to varying levels of success. But we at Next Level are stronger than ever, and we’re not even slightly worried that one of our writers or performers is going to do a Robbie, or a Geri, or a the entirety of the Sugababes. This week’s journey through the sketches that emerged from our minds includes some Very Specific Horoscopes, a trip to Club Med and other questionable holiday destinations, and some time with a sharp toothed vlogging sensation. We here at Next Level Sketch think sketch comedy is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of our gang. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us.
20:53
June 29, 2020
Series 1, Episode 2: Grondelkemmer
We did it! We made a second episode of sketch comedy! Join us for horse holidays, frothy coffee, important information from the Skegness tourist board, and the tale of the terrifying Grondelkemmer. Sketch is for everyone, and we invite writers and performers from all backgrounds to be part of Next Level Sketch. Check out our diversity page at www.nextlevelsketch.com on how you can join us, take a free sketch crash course with Gemma Arrowsmith, and get involved with Fringe of Colour.
22:12
June 15, 2020
Series 1, Episode 1: The Covid-19 Pence Coin Memorial Edition
It lives! Our debut sketch podcast episode is definitely a real thing that you’re about to listen to. Close your eyes (unless you’re operating heavy machinery) and enjoy deliveries to space stations, hard hitting reporting on Britain’s Toughest School, disturbing fairy stories, and an unexpected endorsement from The Human League’s Phil Oakey.
18:22
May 28, 2020