In 2015, Rachel and Ruby started being Shelf, a comedy double act. A lot has changed since then - namely, Ruby cut her hair and came out (not necessarily in that order). Shelf offer a “winning hybrid of sketch show and standup” (Edfringe Review) that has been said to “find belly laughs in heavyweight topics such as gender, sexuality and mental health” (Diva Magazine).
In this work in progress show, Straight, you can expect to find all of these things as Shelf look back over their beloved and largely unknown career as a double act.
Since their formation, Shelf have performed at Bestival, London Pride, and been nominated for Sketchfest’s Best New Act award. Their work has appeared on BBC3 and LADBible. They are founding members of sell out monthly night The LOL Word, which showcases queer women and non-binary comedians from across the London comedy circuit. They are board members of the cult hit Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, with whom they regularly perform in London and Edinburgh.Book Now
Shelf are a comedy double act from South London.
Shelf is made up of Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde, lifelong friends and members of Shelf since 2015. Shelf started out at open mic nights, honing a style that is “a winning hybrid of sketch show and standup” (Edfringe Review).
Since their formation, Shelf have performed at Bestival, London Pride, been nominated for Sketchfest’s Best New Act award and been finalists in the Funny Women 2019 Stage Awards. Their work has appeared on BBC3 and LADBible. They are founding members of sell out monthly night The LOL Word, which showcases queer women and non binary comedians from across the London comedy circuit. They are board members of the cult hit Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, with whom they regularly perform in London and Edinburgh.Book Now
Reviews for our Edinburgh Fringe productions 2015 to present.
"A winning hybrid of sketch show and standup" Edfringe Review
“Cool and relevant” The Skinny
“What makes their show really stand out is the crackling chemistry between their on stage personae” The Broad UK
“Everything they do is organic and fresh... the audience is given permission to join in with their friendship: they let us in to their lives, flaunting their flaws and thus showcasing their qualities. Their honesty encourages laughing along and their comic timing ensures it” DailyInfo
“The chemistry between Rachel and Ruby absolutely sparkled, from the writing to the performance, page to stage, everything feeds into each other perfectly. I will repeat, Shelf are going to be huge” Bunbury Publishing
Founders of The LOL Word, as featured in The Evening Standard, TimeOut, The Guardian, and The Independent.
As seen on BBC3.
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