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‘Free until famous’: humour from New York

Similar to some of the great comedians in stand-up (live comedy) such as Woody Allen, Larry David or Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Schaffer comes from the heart of the Big Apple.

However, more unusual and unlike others, Lewis Schaffer brought New York humour to the British Isles saying it is free because he is not famous.

At least, this is the title of his latest show, ‘Free until famous’ with which he was on tour for a long time in the Scottish city of Edinburgh, and where he won the Malcolm Hardee Cunning Stunt Award prize in 2009.

Lewis Schaffer has returned to London, the city where he presents every Tuesday and Wednesday and will continue to do so until July of this year.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lewis Schaffer decided to bring his humour to the British Isles 11 years ago and settle in Nunhead, London where he produces and presents a weekly radio programme called ‘Voice of Americans with Lewis Schaffer of Nunhead’. Praised by British critics, Schaffer’s performances are unpredictable and different from each other.

One of the characteristics of Schaffer’s humour is that sometimes, his thoughts deviate from the script and degenerate into an improvised shambles. By pre-booking, entrance into his show is free and there is a voluntary collection at the end of the performance.  As stated by the club The Source Below, the club where Schaffer performs, you only pay if you have laughed.

Information: ‘Free until famous’ by Lewis Schaffer.  The Source Below, 11 Lower John Street, Soho, W1F 9TY

(Translated by Louise Jefferson –

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