Politics, power and how we lost the plot.
Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.
Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.
Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one woman show Tales from the Pink Bus was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh festival and she's been in huge demand on TV and radio recently starring as a guest on Matt Forde’s Unspun for Dave.
Further credits include regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme (BBC Radio4).
Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what's next for British politics.
The State of the Nation is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time.
WHY? 'Hazarika’s return to stand up is also public service, never less than entertaining' The Guardian
£14 (£12 conc)
Greg Davies, BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years.
Join 'undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy' (Evening Standard) on his biggest ever tour. Come witness the magnificent beast that is Greg Davies.
'One of this country’s best comedians' The Times
Join multi award-winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4 musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins as they bring you the wit and wordplay of ingenious comedy songsmiths, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.
The duo breathe new life into their much-loved music. Expect all the classics, from The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud) to The Gas Man Cometh – plus a few hidden gems along the way!
WHY? ‘Impressive, suave… a delight!’ The Times
At some performances Simon Townley or Jordan Clark will appear in place of Duncan Walsh Atkins.
£15 (£13 conc)
A brand new stand-up show from former Detective Sergeant Alfie Moore, star of BBC Radio 4 comedy It’s A Fair Cop.
Alfie takes you on a thrilling and interactive journey through the art and science of murder investigation. Everything you need to know from choosing a murder weapon to disposing of the body.
WHY? Experience first-hand how it feels to be part of planning ‘The Perfect Murder’ with this unique evening of comedy
Hold on to your socks and enjoy stand up comedy for kids.
James Campbell is founder of Comedy 4 Kids, author of Boyface and has appeared on CBBC’s Blue Peter. He will be making fun of everything from couscous to penguins to Nintendo Wii. James' jokes are written and performed to get children and parents laughing out loud.
WHY? ‘A hit not to be missed’ ★★★★★ Three Weeks
Age guidance: 6+ years
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32
Presented by RBM Comedy.
Alice Marshall is a critically acclaimed character comedian. She will be previewing her latest show Blood, the follow-up to her smash-hit 2016 debut Vicious.
‘She’s the one you’ll be glad you saw before she got big. See this show’ ★★★★★ Short Com
Edd Hedges is winner of So You Think You’re Funny and has toured with Sofie Hagen. He brings an intriguing hour of hilarious anecdotes delivered in his unique affable style.
WHY? Two rising stars of the comedy world preview their latest material ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Festival
£10 (£8 conc)
After stellar performances on BBC One's Live at the Apollo, Radio 4's Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothin and wowing audiences in comedy clubs up and down the UK, this rising star is back with his unique blend of charming, charismatic and intelligent on-point comedy in a show not to be missed.
Caton’s captivating and laidback style of stand-up has seen him quickly establish himself on the comedy circuit and regarded as one of the best young comics in the UK.
Following on from his 2014 sold out Edinburgh run Nathan landed a coveted spot on BBC1’s Live at Apollo. Nathan’s award winning combination of personal and topical anecdotes has also led to appearances on BBC2′s Mock The Week, BBC3′s Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC Radio 4′s Now Show and News Quiz, as well as having his very own BBC Radio 4 sitcom Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing commissioned for three series.
WHY? 'Laidback, on-the-nose material’ The Guardian
£14 (£12 conc)