Hi. We're StraightUp Productions, or Will Penswick, Mark Bittlestone and Other Will, as we're known to our friends, enemies, and Track and Trace administrators. We run comedy nights - and bloody good ones - in areas of London that are in desperate need of guaranteed laughs and in venues so lovely you'd happily introduce them to your parents. We're also comedians ourselves, if this electrically funny prose hadn't already given that away.
Mark Bittlestone, when not collaborating with Haydn Jenkins on acclaimed sketch shows, is also gay and is frequently to be found standing up and cracking wise about his own internalised homophobia. He and Other Will formerly performed together as gay comedy double act 'Gaylords' (previously 'Pity Laughs'), the gayest thing since sliced Elton John, until a horribly acrimonious split.
From the mind of Will Penswick comes a fearsome duet of comic creations: eye-scratchingly bad poet, eye-catchingly dressed Scandi detective. If his previous performances are anything to go by, you're in safe hands with Penswick (though you're not safe if you're sat on the front row).
Other Will specialises in jokes about being gay. He's asked that his bio be toned down because he's applying to work in the public sector and is afraid the harrowing material he's been proudly churning out for years will scupper his chances of being employed. Hence why he's asked his surname be removed.
We want to 'make it' as comedians, of course we do - telly, the 02, the lot - but we also want comedy to be worth making it in. Aiming high doesn't always work out - our post-rave archery is testament to that - but here, we hope, it will.