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Helen Arney is a musical comedian based in London, performing original and unusually funny songs on ukulele and piano.
**** "Charming, witty and warm, with great one-liners" (The List)
**** "Harnesses the spirit of Ben Folds and the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon... delightful" (Chortle)
**** "High-class musical comedy with soul, intelligence and wit (Broadway Baby)
"A combination of the literal and whimsical; she has a gift for writing clever lyrics" (British Comedy Guide)
"Irreverent and heartfelt" (British Theatre Guide)
"Rising star of 2010" (spoonfed.co.uk)
"Geeky" (Time Out)
August 2009 saw Helen perform her first solo Edinburgh Fringe show, on the Five Pound Fringe. It was a 45-minute extravaganza of piano, ukulele, miniature accordion and stand-up called 8+1/2 songs about love (and other myths). At the 2008 Fringe, Helen was one quarter of Homework for Heroes, a stand-up show celebrating tiny acts of heroism, with Nat Luurtsema, Broderick Chow and Tom Goodliffe. The same year, Helen reached the semi-finals of Funny Women and So You Think You're Funny, was selected as an Amused Moose Hot Starlet, and bought her first ukulele.
Helen hosts a boutique comedy night called The London Air-Accordion Society in central London, with brilliant headliners and the best new acts on the circuit. She also comperes other stand-up comedy nights and album launches for the likes of retro-Victorian alt-folkers Sunday Driver and turntable soul combo Belleruche.
In 2010, Helen has appeared at Latitude, End Of The Road and Geek Pop music festivals, Machynlleth and Cambridge comedy festivals, Cheltenham Science Festival and (via Skype) an online gig in Galway.
Helen’s current projects include writing a new show about a time travelling coffee shop, a collection of science-inspired songs called Geek Party and more musical collaborations with comedians including Comedy Club 4 Kids founder James Campbell.