Bostonian comedian. Jew. Sweetheart.
Alex Edelman’s first show, Millennial – about very traumatic stock photos and young people - won an Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, the first show by an American to do so since 1997.
The follow-up, Everything Handed to You - about identity and the availability of plug sockets in airports - was even more acclaimed: selling out its entire Edinburgh run and garnering the second-best reviews of any comedy show at the Festival. It was also filmed in its entirety for a special called Live at the BBC, which is currently available on Netflix.
Just For Us is what comes next. Nominated for the Barry award at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, earning the prestigious Herald Angel award as well as being nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show, it’s about gorillas that can-do sign language and tribalism. Come.
WHY? ‘Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman’s comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y’ Guardian
‘I fondly imagined this was what it might have been like to watch Jerry Seinfeld when he was in his early 20s. There is no greater praise than that.’ ★★★★★ Mirror
‘Every story is a precision-engineered Rolls-Royce of a routine, perfectly timed and constructed, each morsel of information released just at the right moment’ Chortle
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Grace Campbell survived a childhood in British politics – her dad is Alastair Campbell.
She is co-founder of feminist group The Pink Protest and wants to tell you why she’ll never consider a career in Westminster. Expect vagina jokes, mental health within Parliament and anecdotes of hanging out with Putin’s kids.
WHY? ‘Articulate, witty and very funny’ ★★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter
Following last year’s sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, London's Soho Theatre, national UK tour and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan have a new hour of their dark and waggish songs to parade about the place.
Age guidance 14+
“These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute,wiping away a tear the next” The Telegraph
‘Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes’ Evening Standard
The critically acclaimed idiot John-Luke Roberts returns to the road with another ridiculously long titled show this autumn.
In a brand-new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, expect to not know why you are laughing once more… even when he gives you the punchline first. Jokes about staring into the Nietzschean void, the stupid decisions of kings and how Pinocchio can save the world all might make appearances in this hour of absolute silliness. But then again, maybe they won't. Who knows what could happen!
WHY? 'Freewheeling escapism... A joy' ★★★★★ Fest Magazine
'A masterpiece... The show is exquisite, with every last element fine-tuned to perform its function' ★★★★★ One4Review
'An impeccably choreographed, giddily inventive, turbo-charged hour' ★★★★ The Telegraph
'A hit' ★★★★ The Times
'Killer gags... glorious idiocy' ★★★★ The Guardian
'Mind warping hour which follows through brilliantly on its own absurd logic... relentlessly funny' ★★★★ The List
Suitable for ages 16+ years
The 2019 Edinburgh Fringe sell-out hit!
Following a sell-out 2018 tour, and fresh from a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run that sold out in advance, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wang is back on tour with his newest show.
Phil has made a name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage with shows that delight in his unique Wang brand of smart and silly. This one is about morality and the modern sense of self. Swell!
WHY? As seen on Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo and Netflix.
‘This is intoxicating stuff’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
’Stand-up dreamland’ ★★★★ The Guardian
One of British comedy's most exciting talents (although she's Danish), winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award, a cult podcaster and now the author of the hugely successful book Happy Fat, Sofie Hagen returns to Maidenhead with a brand new show direct from the Edinburgh Fringe.
A show about the things you forget, the things you remember, and the things you wish you could forget. But also, there's a bit about bums.
An evening of brilliant stand-up from a fast-rising star.
WHY? As seen and heard on BBC3, BBC1, Radio 4, Comedy Central and Channel 4
Age guidance 14+ years.
Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour.
In early 2019, Rhys was asked to go back to his school and inspire the Year 11s. Given that teenagers are a nightmare and there was no fee, he ghosted the teacher who had emailed. Bit of a shame really, given that he's figured out the true circle of life, has solved parenting despite having zero children, and even thinks he can predict the curriculum of schools in 50 years. Maybe he'll inspire some Year 11s in 2069.
As also seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, and heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz.
WHY? ‘On the cusp of greatness’ London Evening Standard
‘Charismatic, clever and self-aware... destined for great things’ Guardian
‘Sickeningly talented… never more than a few seconds away from another punchline’ ★★★★ Time Out
‘A clever wordsmith with great timing... A cut above.’ ★★★★ Independent
‘James is flip your head back, laugh out loud, clap spontaneously, elbow the stranger next to you, snort uncontrollably and pee your pants funny.’ ★★★★★ EdFestMag
Britain's leading political comedian once again promises his last show as an EU citizen (maybe).
As seen on BBC1’s Have I Got News for You, BBC2’s Mock the Week, The Royal Variety Performance and Dave’s Unspun.
WHY? ‘Our foremost satirical stand-up... Whatever your politics, you’ll find excellence here’ ★★★★ The Sunday Times
The stand up comedian shines a light on how hard it is to be a good person these days.
Why don’t we just leave each other alone and get on with the big stuff? Laura takes on society's big issues: social media, mental health, climate change and conceiving... but come for the jokes, not answers.
WHY? ★★★★★ London Theatre | ★★★★ Telegraph | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ Broadway Baby | ★★★★ The Times
Age guidance 14+ years.