Here’s Why You Should Go To Queer Comedy Duo Shelf’s Awesome New Night

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Together Rachel Watkeys Dowie and Ruby Clyde make up Shelf, our very favourite comedy double act. Since their first gig in 2015, they've performed all over the country at Bestival, Brighton Fringe, Oxford Pride and more. They even hosted the London Pride women’s stage last year. The Skinny called them “cool and relevant” and ScotsGay called them “lesbians”. Their brand, spanking new show, The Shelf Word, is on every month at The White Bear Theatre in Kennington. Unlike most comedy gigs, their representation of female acts, and especially queer female acts, is brilliant. They had our DIVA 250 Awards Rising Star nominee Sarah Keyworth on recently.

We caught up with Shelf to find out more.

DIVA: What can DIVA readers expect from the night?

SHELF: DIVA readers can expect a whole bunch of queer and female comedians! We are comedy double act Shelf (Rachel and Ruby). We host the night and book our favourite comedians each month, and since we’re often the only queer act when we do other gigs, and sometimes the only women, we don’t let that happen here. In a lovely little theatre above The White Bear pub in Kennington, The Shelf Word is always a friendly and inviting show and is fast becoming a social event as well as a comedy night.

Sounds amazing! What's the craziest thing that has ever happened to you at a gig?

We did a gig at a festival and opened by asking the crowd which one of us they thought they were more similar to. A woman on the front row thought she was more similar to me (Rachel) because she thought I'd had sex with Ruby. I tried to explain to her that I hadn't, but she just repeatedly declared throughout our 45 minute set how much she wanted to have sex with Ruby. Spoiler: Ruby did not have sex with her.

Describe Shelf in 5 words.

Best Friends Having A Laugh.

The next Shelf Word is this Sunday at The White Bear Theatre in Kennington.

For more deets and dates check out @shelfcomedy and and if you fancy having a go behind the mic yourself, make sure you get in touch.

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