Hello all we are are back. With our best season ever!
A mix of top TV names, established acts on the London circuit and the up and coming acts of the future so you can boast to your mates….”I remember seeing them in Devizes” as they walk on stage at “Live at the Apollo” So come out and support your local comedy club. With the energy fatcats not dropping your heating bills until April it will actually work out cheaper to turn off all your heating and purchase a couple of tickets. *Honest! (*this may not actually be true) And now petrol is so cheap you could actually drive to see us! So “who have you got?” I hear you ask. (unless the “voices” have returned. Well……………..
OPENING: LUKE HONNORATY.
North Devon Stand Up and Comedy Store King Gong Winner, Comedian Luke Honnoraty, is a confident, engaging performer whose skilled story telling is sure to captivate any crowd and he handles dark topics with a charismatic delicacy, performed with a cheeky, personable delivery. With his stories on life and embarrassing moments combined with his infectious personality, his brand of comedy is easily identifiable, which leaves you feeling like you've known him for years. A truly natural and gifted comedian who makes you feel most comfortable talking about the most uncomfortable subjects; the way in which he communicates such topics whilst making you fall further in love with his boyish charm is all part of the Honnoraty experience. ''I won’t be surprised if I'm writing for this guy’s own TV show in the next 5 years!'' Gary Delaney
HEADLINING: PATRICK MONAHAN
Patrick started off on the glamorous Irish/Iranian/Geordie stand-up circuit where he developed his warm, friendly, lively story telling style. He is a comedy festival regular and has performed his solo shows in cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester and Manchester and also at most major venues throughout the UK, year round. He has appeared on numerous Television shows from BBC1, 2, 3 to ITV1 and 2, C4, Channel 5, Sky 1 and UKTV, as a presenter, guest interviewee, panel member and performer. Currently much sought after as a regular TV & studio warm up - on shows such as: BBC 1's Bafta award winning 'Friday Night Jonathan Ross', "The Catherine Tate Show", and "The Kumars at No.42". Monahan's humour travels well. He not only engages the audience with charming banter about local affairs and universal issues, but also combines animated story telling style that draws on his own experiences of growing up in Teesside, (North East of England) of Irish and Iranian Parentage! A comedian with truly global appeal or as the Daily Telegraph puts it, "a one man ethnic melting pot, a star in the making"
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OPENING: BEN VAN DER VELDE.
Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who over the past few years has spread joy and nonsense around the country. Ben can be seen in most clubs across the UK and has done paid work for the likes of The Stand, Komedia, Just the Tonic, The Backyard Comedy Club, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Off the Kerb and The Comedy Café, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He also has experience of performing at RAF Bases, at large corporates and doing audience warm-up for Deal Or No Deal. On top of that, he also took part in experiments at The Royal Society that revealed him to have the most infectious laugh of any human, rat or monkey. "a sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on...an impressively wide range of topics...bringing flair and confidence to them all. " Steve Bennett, Chortle (November 2011)
HEADLINING: RICHARD MORTON:
Stand up comedian, singer, songwriter and winner of the Time Out Comedy Award, Richard Morton is now a regular on Channel 5. You can see him on The Comedy Store Show and on the retro quiz show WowFab Groovy. He's also had his own half hour special Richard Morton Live At The Comedy Store. Guest appearances on other Channel 5 shows include The Jack Docherty Chat Show, Tibs & Fibs, Night Fever and Live & Dangerous. ITV appearances include Jack Dee's Saturday Night, Funny Business (both Granada), Good Stuff (Carlton) and The Richard Morton Christmas Special (Tyne Tees Yorkshire). BBC TV appearances include Gag Tag, The Stand Up Show as well as an acting role in the BAFTA nominated Our Friends In The North. Richard also had several acting roles in Channel 4's Jack and Jeremy's Real Lives series. He's a frequent contributor to Loose Ends and The Locker Room and played alongside Caroline
Quentin in Cross Questioned. He has also appeared on Radio 1's Comedy Network, Loose Talk and Radio 4's classic Just A Minute. Richard has built up a formidable reputation as a live stand up, having completed several UK tours with Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Lily Savage and Phill Jupitus. A big favourite at the Edinburgh Festival, Richard has completed several sell-out runs at the Assembly Rooms. Other festivals have included the Montreal Comedy Festival, Kilkenny, and The Reading and Leeds Music Festivals.
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THU 2ND APR
OPENING: TONY COWARDS.
Tony is a rapidfire gag merchant with an arsenal full of one-liners, for laughs-per-minute he's a tough act to beat! His quick wit has made him a sought after act and compere by comedy clubs and promoters across the UK and even for gigs worldwide. Something of a Twitter sensation, Tony's jokes turn up in all sorts of places, from greetings cards to The Times newspaper, even if you've never heard of him there's a good chance that you'll have laughed at one of his gags.
Tony’s likable ‘everyman’ character and wide ranging humour (mostly clean) means he is comfortable in front of any audience and is regularly booked to host comedy nights for the military (from the Irish Guards to the Royal Army Dental Corps to top brass at Norwood HQ), universities, football, rugby, golf and cricket clubs, festivals and for corporate and after dinner work. Tony is also an accomplished MC and has had residencies at several clubs in London, Essex and the
South-West, he expertly warms up audiences and sets up rooms so that everyone has a great night. In 2013, Tony supported Billy Pearce on tour at London's Bloomsbury Theatre and won the AudioGo Comedy Competition. In July 2014, he won third place in the prestigious 'English Comedian of the Year' competition.
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MIDDLE SPOT: TOM GLOVER.
Following in the footsteps of the West Country’s finest comedy talent, Tom has been growing in the dark depths of the south west where he is a regular MC and headliner for those rooms no-one else can afford to drive to. Gigging to everyone from students to the ladies of the WI this plucky 27-year-old has developed a
knack of winning over any crowd with his tales of life on the outside and his observations on the minutiae of the everyday. And if that’s not your thing he also does funny accents and pulls silly faces.
OPENING: BEN VAN DER VELDE.
Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who over the past few years has spread joy and nonsense around the country.
Ben can be seen in most clubs across the UK and has done paid work for the likes of The Stand, Komedia, Just the Tonic, The Backyard Comedy Club, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Off the Kerb and The Comedy Café, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He also has experience of performing at RAF Bases, at large corporates and doing audience warm-up for Deal Or No Deal. On top of that, he also took part in experiments at The Royal Society that revealed him to have the most infectious laugh of any human, rat or monkey. "a sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on...an impressively wide range of topics...bringing flair and confidence to them all. " Steve Bennett, Chortle (November 2011)
HEADLINER: MIKE GUNN.
Mike Gunn’s history is as interesting and entertaining as his comedy. A misspent youth and a series of grim jobs cultivated his cynical outlook on life and a perverse desire led him to the world of stand-up. A self-confessed pessimist, he describes himself as “not a natural choice for a career in laughter”. He has a rare ability to walk close to the line of what audiences find acceptable and yet still remain likable and funny. His reputation for being a bit unfriendly, a touch dark and even morose is really not true. In real life he’s loving, warm and philanthropic. Just a bit misunderstood. Early in his career Mike was supporting the likes of Jo Brand and Alan Davies. He now headlines at all the top comedy venues in the UK and is rapidly reaching cult status on the circuit. He has performed
internationally, taking his talent to Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia and to Australia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where he completed a five-week sell-out season. He also had the dubious honour of being the first comic to ever play in Kuantan, East Malaysia and has entertained the troops in the Falkland Islands. Mike has also taken two solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival. His first performance saw him adopt the character of a funeral director in his show ‘Good Grief’ for which he received rave reviews. His follow up show at the festival was the provocative show: “Uncut”. A departure from straight stand-up, this took a comedic look at drug addiction and recovery. In 2012 Mike and his touring partner Sean
Collins completed a 35 date sell out UK tour. Television appearances include Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Celebrity Deal or no Deal (CH 4), Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV), Al Murray’s sit-com ‘Time Gentlemen Please’ (Sky), Soccer AM (Sky 1), The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Live At Jongleurs (CH5), and The Gas (CH4) He recently supported Lee Mack on his UK Tour and appeared on Live at the Apollo.
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OPENER: JON WAGSTAFFE.
His take on modern life will have any audience in fits of laughter. He is also devilishly good-looking and has beautiful hair. A simple country lad from Tewkesbury Jon Wagstaffe burst onto the scene in May 2011 and has propelled himself quickly into being a well known act on the comedy circuit. His mix of high energy and clever writing make audiences warm to him instantly . Now experienced in playing to stag & hen parties to corporate nights, pubs to festivals, comedy clubs and competitions Jon is comfortable in any room. His take on modern life will have any audience in fits of laughter. He is also devilishly good-looking and has beautiful hair. “Listening to Jon Wagstaffe was like listening to your slightly over-clocked mate in the pub regaling you with stories of his weekend, complete with raucous detours, unfinished sentences (not that it meant you couldn’t follow) and inappropriately mixed metaphors.” - One4review
MIDDLE: NJAMBI MCGRATH.
Njambi has been described as "the hottest thing to come out of Africa since the Sahara". She performs regularly on the London circuit including the Comedy Store, Comedy Café, Leicester Square Theatre, Drayton Arms, Top Secret Comedy, Downstairs at the Kings Head, Up the Creek, Mirth Control, Soho Comedy Club, Monkey Business Kentish Town, Charing Cross Comedy, She is the promoter and resident MC for The Big N Comedy Nights and Heavenly comedy nights.
Born and educated in Kenya she attended university in London and State University of New York. She holds an IT degree. Worked in IT before retraining to work in higher education, a precursor to venturing into the world of stand-up comedy. Fluent in 3 languages : English, Swahili and Kikuyu. Her unique voice makes her an interesting choice for voice over work.
HEADLINER: HAL CRUTTENDEN.
Hal Cruttenden is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. Over the last year he’s made his second appearances on ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV) and ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1), which this time he hosted. He’s also been seen on ’Would I Lie To You’ (BBC1), ‘Kevin Bridges: Live at the Referendum’ (BBC1), ’Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV), ’The Great British Bake Off – Extra Slice’ (BBC 2), ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC2), ‘Celebrity Squares’ (ITV), Pointless Celebrities (BBC1), and his radio sitcom ‘Hal’ is currently broadcasting on Radio 4. Over the past few years he’s been nominated for ‘Best Club Act’ at the prestigious Chortle Awards, and his stand up show ‘Tough Luvvie’ is completing a year long tour of the country after selling out at the Edinburgh Festival. This is his third national tour following ‘The Tiny Rage Tour 2011’ and ‘Lively’ (2010). Other television appearances include ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1),’Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ (BBC1), ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ (BBC1), ’Comedy Rocks’ (ITV), ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky One), ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ (BBC2) and ‘The Omid Djalili Show’ (BBC1), for which he wrote numerous sketches; ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’ (Channel 4); ‘Tonight’ (ITV); ‘BBC Breakfast’ (BBC1); ‘Comedy Central at the Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central); ‘Just For Laughs Gala’ (CBC Canada); ‘Funny as Hell” (BBC America) ‘George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight’ (CBC Canada); ‘Brain Candy’ (BBC3); ‘Live at Jongleurs’ (UK Gold/Paramount); ‘The Comedy Store’ (Paramount); ‘The World Stands Up’ (Paramount Comedy Channel UK, The Comedy Channel Australia, and Comedy Central
and BBC America); ‘The Warehouse’ (Carlton TV); ‘Carlton Comedy Warehouse’ (Carlton/STV); ‘Most Annoying Couples’ (BBC); ‘The Deputy Prime Minister’ (BBC2); ‘Hoot’ (Bravo). Apart from the sitcom ‘Hal’ on Radio 4, he can frequently be heard on the radio with appearances on 5 Live with Richard Bacon, Nicky Campbell, Nick Hancock, Victoria Derbyshire and Stephen Nolan. On Radio 4 he’s been on ‘Act Your Age’, ‘Four at the Store’, ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘Chat Show Roulette’. He is a team captain on Radio 4’s panel show, ‘Britain Versus The World’.
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