Prepare to have your funny bones well and truly tickled by this lot over the next few weeks.
Weds 2 Nov
The master craftsman of inventive puns, Gary Delaney lives off of writing and performing jokes – a good one, he states, being much akin to a drunk Glaswegian: short and punchy.
Described by BBC Online as “the man Jimmy Carr tries to be”, Delaney’s TV and radio credits include; Celebrity Fifteen to One, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity University Challenge for team LSE and Robert’s Web (Channel 4). A regular on Mock the Week, he has won two Sony Awards, as well as receiving a Chortle Award nomination. He’s also a regular writer for shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live At The Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance, and his jokes have twice appeared in Dave’s Top 10 Funniest Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe.
It’s been a busy few years for Jason Byrne. In addition to his extensive international tour, his Radio 2 show was awarded the UK radio industry’s prestigious Sony Radio Gold Award. He’s also been seen multiple times at Live At The Apollo, The Royal Variety Show, The John Bishop Show, and on Father Figure (of which he is both a creator and star).
And now he’s back, bringing warmth and generous stagecraft with even more silly humour. Propped Up, the brand new show from the highly acclaimed comedian, mixes stand up and audience participation with props galore in a show with more laughs than you can shake a stick at.
A gay-friendly, irreverent night of fun and frolics hosted by the nicest woman in Hove, Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), Bent Double promises the wittiest in gags from some of the best comedians in the industry. Expect to be ‘bent double’ by Jen Brister’s contagious energy and David Jordan’s intellect, all topped off with the wonderful Kerry Godliman (Spoons, Extras, Derek) bringing her hilarious commentaries on daily life.
With its showcase of great comedy and a friendly atmosphere, head down to Bent Double for a night of stand-up at its best – no wonder it won Chortle’s prestigious Best Comedy Club Night in the UK 2015.
Last year, Laura Lexx (Chortle Award 2016 nominee and star of Edinburgh Fringe) evolved into a full-time wife and comedian. It didn’t quite go as planned, so she launched Tyrannosaurus Lexx – her side-splitting show confirming that evolution is tricky (just ask the dinosaurs).
Following her smash debut, Lovely, Lexx aims her trademark comedy kaleidoscope at marriage, feminism, identity and the grinning idiots that built Stonehenge. Indulge in a whirlwind celebration of everything that’s right about slowly turning into your mother and everything that’s wrong with town criers. Sarcastic, sharp and sassy, Lexx’s brand of comedy is incredibly engaging, promising an irresistible ray of sunshine for the wintery weather.
The consistently relevant and imaginative Mark Thomas returns with the third part in a trilogy of multi-award-winning shows (following Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed) – The Red Shed. It’s a story of strikes, dinner ladies, commies, crap beer, great beer, burgers and burger slingers. Pickets, placards, friendship, love, history, dreams and – above all – remembering. We’ll find out what happened when Thomas returned to the first club he performed in – a red wooden shed in Wakefield – to plan celebrations for the Red Shed’s 50th anniversary. Part theatre, stand up, journalism and activism, it’s the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community.
From some noisy street performances to entertaining the planet, it’s been an interesting couple of years for Sam Wills. Now as Tape Face, he’s created a show that everyone is talking about. One of his appearances on America’s Got Talent has notched up over 30 million YouTube views for his comedy with no talking, drama with no acting and punch lines with no words. He’s already enjoyed sell-out shows at Edinburgh for four years in a row, sold-out four UK tours, had a smash hit run in London’s West End and taken his magic around the world. Conjuring an uproarious and moving tableau using only the most everyday of objects and the most popular of songs, he now creates a bigger, brighter and more spectacular re-imagining of his unique and special brand of silent comedy. It’s visually stunning, heart-stopping, and hilarious…
Due to popular demand that curly-haired guy on all those TV comedy shows makes his return to stand up. Widdicombe has been working hard, but in his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about. Now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes). A world-class observational comedian, he’s grumbled his way into the upper echelons of the scene with some perfectly crafted gags and well-timed punchlines. If you have seen him before live or on TV and enjoyed yourself then this is the show for you. If you didn’t like him then it probably isn’t. Astonishingly petty, yet strangely relatable, the master is here.
After stellar performances on Live At The Apollo and Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing, he’s been winning the hearts of comedy club audiences up and down the UK. Now Caton is getting ready to unleash his new show on everyone – Straight Outta Middlesex. An upbeat and friendly blend of charming, charismatic and intelligent on-point jokes, he again brings out the captivating and laid-back style which has seen him become regarded as one of the UK’s best young comics. So get ready for a handsome mix of the utterly topical and deeply personal. He’s got plenty of truly funny and well-structured anecdotes, and enough charm to keep his audience hanging on every word. What’s not to love?
We all know the story: a whole city falls in love with a pub, when out of nowhere a cataclysmic series of events lead to its shutdown and speedy replacement with something shinier and newer in the name of gentrification. We’re still not over the closure of the much-loved Blind Tiger and neither, it seems, is Boogaloo Stu, who’s back to present a work-in-progress showing of a new comedy musical. It circles the topic of our cities and communities being hollowed out and left for dead by developers driven by greed.
Faced with imminent closure, Kev and Babs from the Dog & Dumplings plan to take on the big boys in this musical tale of a boozer in decline, dodgy developers and dogging, supported by Arts Council England.
The undisputed king of great titles, Kumar whips out Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud – a comedy show about history, democracy and capitalism. In a work that sees him graciously defend hipsters (at least in part) he gets his claws out for gentrification, social division and Britain’s cultural shame. We’ve somehow ended up in a political landscape where facts have eschewed for insinuation, and this has understandably made him a little angry. There are some really big issues abounding, and somehow it’s fallen to him to explain in simple terms. Whilst he is remarkably well-read, and eager to hold the guts of our collective failings before us, he is also devastatingly funny. Being serious and humorous is a tough dynamic to negotiate, but he’s establishing himself as the master.
It’s a good time to see the German Comedy Ambassador in full flow, before he gets deported back to a devolving Europe. But this will certainly be an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best, as Wehn presents us with his Westphalia is Not an Option show. It’ll take an unbiased look at immigration and explore if, generally speaking, people are competent. Luckily in his case this doesn’t matter as either he’s funny or he lives up to a national stereotype. It’s a win-win situation. Come along. Or else. But what is that accent? Seriously?
The comedic oddball returns with his first new show in two years, ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Piglet, in which Professor Ketchup and his Camembert Piglet tackle the big issues such as terrorism, immigration and… breakfast?
Those who have seen the multi-award winning Paul Foot at work before will know his sharp eye for satire, utter absurdity and unique expressions, which have led to appearances on numerous TV and radio programmes such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World, Russell Howard’s Good News and The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4. If you haven’t? Well, you’re certainly in for a treat.