Comedian John Whale and singer-songwriter Kieran Rafferty bring their outlandish comedy routine ‘Psychopomps’ to The Stand in Newcastle this month.
‘Psychopomps’ in Greek mythology means: ‘a guide of souls to the place of the dead.’ Whale and Rafferty bring this meaning to life, blending comedy and music to form their own narratives.
In this narrative, the pair must go back in time to search for a lost book with no real clue as to which century they have left it in. Along the way, the duo helps people transition from the land of the living to either ‘Pearlies’ or down ‘to the hot stuff.’
Whale started his stand up-career whilst studying at Edinburgh University where he was a regular on the Edinburgh and Glasgow circuit. In his first year at University, the comic reached the semi-finals of ‘So You Think You’re Funny’…he also performed twice for BBC ‘Comedy Presents’ with the second time being at Edinburgh Festival.
“‘Psychopomps’ in Greek mythology means: ‘a guide of souls to the place of the dead”
The comic is joined on stage by London-Irish singer-songwriter, Kieran Rafferty. The musician’s music is often produced on a range of instruments including a modified electric guitar, an old zoom drum machine and effects pedal. His most recent songs cover a variety of outrageous topics including hot zombies, Victorian spite, polytechnic flings, paranoia at the Dundee publisher DC Thomson and the Lilt brand soft drink.
The pair worked together in September last year on a hilarious set called ‘Call me Ishwhale’ which was also performed at The Stand in Newcastle. Reflecting on life at sea, free from the shackles inflicted on them by man (or female partners), they’re now able to produce their own inimitable pirate radio.
John Whale and Kieran Rafferty return to The Stand, Newcastle on Tuesday 5th June. Tickets, priced at £6.00 in advance, are available from thestand.co.uk.