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Edinburgh Comedy Preview: Henry Rowley & Elf Lyons

Join Henry Rowley & Elf Lyons for 90 mins of brand new material!

Online comedy sensation Henry Rowley (1.3M TikTok and 400k IG followers) brings his brand new material to Maidenhead Norden Farm Arts Centre!

It’s disappointing enough having a TikToker for a son; can a stand-up show be any more disappointing to Henry’s parents? Yes it can.

Join this Gen Z internet tw*t for fast paced stand up and character comedy.

'TikTok’s comedy darling: Henry Rowley... is breaking the internet' Tatler

The first-ever Comedy show performed entirely by a horse. Made by award winning Elf Lyons, performed by Treacle.

'Beautiful hind legs' Horse & Hound

One of The 50 Funniest Comedians of the 21st Century -'Praise her genius and go' ★★★★★ The Telegraph

'Lyons can’t be accused of treading the conventional career path since none of her shows ever remotely resembles the next' ★★★★ The Guardian

'Elf is funny and wise - and a hero of sanity' Dylan Moran

Age guidance 16+ years

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£10

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Bilal Zafar: Imposter

The comedian is back with a brand-new show about how his usually stress-free house share took a turn and his housemate tried to get him arrested five times.

Bilal Zafar has been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe and is winner of New Act of the Year 2016.

He has appeared on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Radio 4 and built up his own online audience on Twitch as he plays an unhinged football manager in an ongoing improvised series.

'A natural storyteller with a very likeable stage presence' ★★★★★ Shortcom.co.uk

'Endearing, relaxed and naturally funny… hilarious' ★★★★ EdFestMag.com

Age guidance 14+ years

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£15

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Paul Zerdin - Puppetman

The America’s Got Talent winner is back with a brand-new comedy show for 2024.

Join Paul and an array of creations including Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox. He takes to the road with a show which promises that ‘when you are not laughing, you will simply be left in awe’ (Three Weeks).

As seen on ITV's Lost Voice Guy’s Christmas Comedy Club, BBC1's Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, ITV'sThe Royal Variety Performance and ITV's Tonight At The London Palladium

'A ventriloquist at the top of his game, Zerdin is in a league of his own… a show so polished it shines' ★★★★★ The Scotsman

'Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets in apart'
The Guardian

'A ventriloquist for the South Park generation' The Stage

'Funny and sharp-tongued' The Observer

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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The Vinyl Frontier: Forgotten Classics

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

You know when you're asked if you can remember a song by an act you've never heard of and reply 'No'. Then it's played and your reaction is 'Oh, yes THAT one!'.

That's our definition of a forgotten classic. 10 participants will present their forgotten classic and the audience decides it's favourite.

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£10

Other Vinyl Frontier events this season include:
Sat 25 May: Legend - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sat 27 Jul: Singles Championship 2024


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Avalon Edinburgh Preview: Josh Weller and Bella Hull

Josh Weller

Recently hand picked by Fred Armisen to be his opener, Josh Weller is a failed musician turned comedian, viral content maker, comic book author and podcast host. He was born in England, raised in Malaysia and now lives in London.

As seen on ITV2 Stand Up Sketch Show, Weller’s high energy brand of cleverly self-deprecating stand-up landed him on pro bills after just one year on the circuit. In addition to his live comedy work, Josh has developed a loyal fanbase for his viral musical videos and online content, with views in the millions which includes mockumentaries, sketches, professional trolling, animated stand-up comedy shorts, character work, and more. His 2020 mockumentary The U2 Taken Paradox has had over a million views and angered legions of loyal U2 fans. His musical parody videos also have views in the millions on TikTok and Instagram.

He has written for Spitting Image and Alex Edelman’s BBC Radio 4 show Peer Group. He also wrote the jokes on McFly’s guitar plectrums on their 2022 arena tour. His dark comedy graphic novel Die Already was published by CollegeHumor in 2019. In 2020, he
was included in Twitter’s Valentine’s and Valentine’s Campaign, featured globally on billboards. Josh is also a successful broadcaster and presenter, his Dirty Air Formula 1 podcast with Alfie Brown is fast becoming a success. Prior to comedy Weller was signed with Universal Records as a teenager, he went on to tour the world as both a solo artist and the lead singer of popular punk act The Kenneths. He has performed on the Vans Warped Tour and toured with The Offspring, The Descendents, Anti-Flag and Juliette Lewis, has drummed for Ray Davies at the Royal Variety Performance, released a Christmas single with Paloma Faith and has toured with Mumford & Sons, The Maccabees, and more. Black Flag’s Bill Stevenson produced his records.

Bella Hull
Bella Hull is a London-based stand-up comedian and writer and one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians.

In 2022, Bella brought her debut hour, Babycakes, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and subsequently to London’s Soho Theatre to wide acclaim. She regularly plays to sell-out crowds across the UK and her TV appearances include BBC’s Stand Up for Live Comedy, ITV’s The Stand Up Sketch Show and Comedy Central Live. She also co-hosts the Last Night Ever podcast with Jacob Hawley.

As a writer, Bella is working on a script commission with the BBC and her writing has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, Flux Magazine and she is the advice columnist for Quadra magazine.

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£10

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Sukh Ojla - The Aunty Years

Sukh keeps being told that she’s successful. She’s been on telly, had a book published and even been trolled on Twitter. So why does she still feel like a toddler who has lost their Mum in Tesco’s?

Join Sukh as she approaches 40 and figures out middle age, pretending to be a grown up and the joy of a Tupperware set.

Sukh Ojla is a comedian, actor and writer. Her first book Sunny, was released in 2022.

As a comedian, Sukh has performed on many TV shows including, The Big Asian Stand-Up Show (BBC Two), Comedy Guide to Life (Dave), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Comedy Central Live and features in Sky’s Dating No Filter.

In 2019, Sukh took her debut solo show For Sukh’s Sake to Edinburgh, which received rave reviews including 5 stars from Funny Women. Last year, Sukh returned to her nationwide tour of Life Sukhs to critical acclaim.

Television credits include Feel Good (Channel 4), Bridgerton (Netflix), The End of the Fking World (Channel 4), GameFace (Channel 4), Hospital People (BBC1), Black Mirror (Channel 4) and EastEnders (BBC1).

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview: Steve Bugeja and Ania Magliano

Steve Bugeja

Steve Bugeja is one of the circuit’s most exciting comedians, writers and performers. Steve co-created and co-wrote the ITV2 sitcom Buffering with Iain Stirling. A second series of the fresh new comedy showcasing Iain and Steve’s brilliantly funny and razor-sharp millennial voices will air in January 2023.

Steve previously hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles and has made numerous appearances on TV shows including The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Zoe Ball on Saturday (ITV1). A prolific writer, Steve is the head writer for Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility (ITV2) and was a key member of the writing team for The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One). He has contributed material to Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and BBC Radio 4. Making a name for himself internationally, Steve has twice been invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, appearing on Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow (ABC1) and on Comedy Up Late (ABC1). Steve won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013 and has since performed numerous Edinburgh Fringe shows and national tours.

'Bugeja has an eye for original comic detail that’s all his own' The Guardian
'Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling' The Scotsman
★★★★ Sunday Post
★★★★ One4Review

Ania Magliano
Ania is a comedian based in London. She’s a triple threat (bisexual, Gen Z, bad at cooking). Her sharp, wry writing combined with her warm conversational performance style make her a glittering new talent (the i Paper) of the UK comedy scene.

Her 2023 stand up show, I Can’t Believe You’ve Done This, was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show, and sold out its entire Fringe run before the festival began. It received multiple 4 and 5 star reviews, with the Scotsman calling it a beautifully structured show and Ania a truly original voice with an impressive set of skills. The show was included in British Comedy Guide’s Best Reviewed Edinburgh Fringe Shows 2023 list and was the Number 1 pick in Time Out’s The 11 best comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023.

Her debut hour of comedy, Absolutely No Worries If Not, won Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2022, and sold out entire runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre. An extra date was put on at London’s Leicester Square Theatre for one night only. The Times described it as the sort of elegantly amusing, surprising and inspiring debut hour that you come to the Fringe to see, whilst the Guardian listed it as one of 10 Fringe Shows Not To Miss, saying it ‘will have you crying with laughter.

Ania has appeared on multiple podcasts, including picking what was described by Ed as one of the worst menus ever on Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster. You may have heard her on Radio 5 Live with Elis James and John Robins, Brett Goldstein’s Films to be Buried With, Pappy’s Flatshare, Trusty Hogs, Cuddle Club and The Moon Under Water. She has opened for Ed Gamble, Marc Maron and Catherine Cohen. She has also appeared on ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, Dave’s Get Off My Phone and Dave’s The Comedy Guide to Life.

As a writer Ania regularly works with comedian, journalist and viral sensation Amelia Dimoldenberg on Chicken Shop Date and Amelia’s Cooking Show, featuring guests such as Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX and Louis Theroux. She has written for The Emily Atack Show (ITV2), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2), Newsjack (BBC R4) and The Now Show (BBC R4). Recently she’s written and created corporate content for major brands such as BeautyPie and PrimeVideoUK. She has written multiple well received columns for the Metro (UK), and also publishes her own newsletter on Substack to hundreds of readers. Ania has a growing social media following, including 25k followers on Twitter, and over 1 million views on Youtube with over 20k subscribers. She’s recently branched out into TikTok, amassing over 1.8 million likes. You may recognise her from one of her previous hair colours.

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£10

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Simon Evans - Have We Met?

After finally solving the mystery of his existence and true identity in Work of the Devil, Simon finds that he has still not overcome the more daily challenges of remembering what he came upstairs for, who these grown-ups are that live with him (and what they have done with his children?) and how can that footage be from 2009, when he only bought those shoes a few months ago?

In Greek mythology, the Muses were the daughters of Mnemosyne, goddess of memory - though ironically, there is no easy way to remember her name. But Memory was thus clearly regarded by the ancient Greeks as the mother of the arts, wellspring of inspiration, the compost in which imagination takes rooty. Our last defence against tyranny, the consolation of the just and the seat of the soul. Without memory, the illusion of self crumbles. Mine, however, is shot. So where does that leave me?

'A masterclass' ★★★★★ Scotsman

'Outstanding stuff' ★★★★½ Chortle.co.uk

PS What have I forgotten?

Courtyard Theatre
£17

Suitable for ages 14+ years, any ticketholders under 14 years will not be admitted.

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview: Garrett Millerick and Sara Barron

Garrett Millerick

A phenomenal stand-up comic, Garrett’s breakout television performance was on the hit US late night talk show Conan (TBS).His live show Sunflower became one of the best reviewed and most talked about shows of 2018, both at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and subsequently at London’s Soho Theatre. The show saw packed houses for both runs and regularly added shows to cope with demand.

The show was Time Out London’s No.1 Comedy Pick for February 2019, and saw Garrett
receive a nomination for Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Chortle Awards. Garrett has since followed up the show with Smile and Just Trying to Help. The Times called Smile one of the stand out shows of the year and The British Comedy Guide named it one of the best reviewed shows of the year. All three shows transferred to London before touring the UK and have been recorded by 800 Pound Gorilla Records to stream and purchase internationally.

His new show Just Trying to Help was nominated for best show at the Leicester Comedy Festival and also received critical acclaim at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, being described as 'a performance of rare force and intensity that overpowers his audience…It’s a travesty that he’s not much better known outside the comedy cognoscenti' ★★★★ Chortle. The show later transferred to the Soho Theatre and is currently touring across the UK. Garrett is currently working on a new sitcom which previously recorded a pilot for Audible produced by Hat Trick Productions and starring Jack Dee and Meera Syal. He previously created and co hosted hit podcast Laughable with Jayde Adams and Red Richardson which was picked by the Guardian as one of the funniest podcasts to listen to during the pandemic.

Sara Barron
Sara Barron is one of the fastest-rising comedians of her generation. Since her 2018 debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, she’s starred on shows including Live at the Apollo (BBC), Would I Lie to You? (BBC) and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC).

A powerhouse live act, Sara has taken 3 critically acclaimed stand-up hours, For Worse (2018), Enemies Closer (2019), and Hard Feelings (2022) to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and had multiple runs in London’s Soho Theatre. Her shows have received rave reviews from publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Evening Standard and The Scotsman, and she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Sara’s further television credits include 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), Hypothetical (Dave), Richard Osman’s House of Games (BBC), Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled (DAVE), Roast Battle (Comedy Central) and Hello, America (Quibi). On radio, her credits include appearances on The News Quiz, The Now Show, and Woman’s Hour on Radio 4.

Sara also co-created and co-hosts the hit Succession recap podcast Firecrotch and Normcore which has previously featured guests including Jesse Armstrong, elf Esteem, Chris Addison and Lorraine Kelly, as well as The Traitors recap podcast, Laters, Traitors!
As a writer, Sara has published two essay collections, People are Unappealing and The Harm in Asking. Her writing has also featured in Vanity Fair and on This American Life.

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£10

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The Vinyl Frontier: Singles Championship 2024

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Eight challengers play off into find out who will be 2024's Singles Champion. The audience decides the result of each duel to see who progresses.

A regular sold out event, so please book early!

Studio
£10

Other Vinyl Frontier events this season include:
Sat 25 May: Legend - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sat 22 Jun: Forgotten Classics


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Harry Baker: Wonderful

After a sellout Edinburgh Fringe Run and subsequent 40-date UK Tour, World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker is back with a brand-new show celebrating the wonder that is being alive.

Featuring brand new poems about death, postcodes and his favourite German wheat bear Schöfferhofer, The maths-loving, TED-talking, German-speaking, battle-rapping, happy-crying, self-bio-writing unashamed human brings his signature playfulness and poignancy that has made him a fan favourite and reached millions of people all over the world.

'Harry Baker’s intricate, quick-fire rhymes have always been on the impressive side of mind-blowing' The Scotsman
'Spectacularly Witty' ★★★★★ Whatsonstage
'Blistering wordplay' ★★★★★ Threeweeks
'Not one syllable out of place' ★★★★★ The Wee Review
'The Spell Over The Audience Is Tangible' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
'Simply put... The greatest performer on earth' ★★★★★ BBC Radio 1

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Travis Jay - Travisty

The comedian brings his brand new show on his debut tour.

It follows his sell-out show at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, his run at Soho Theatre and a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2019.

Travis Jay is a seasoned performer and this show guarantees to be hilarious! Expect belly laughs!

Going from strength to strength, Travis has had a busy few years writing for the BritBox revival of the classic hit show Spitting Image, with recent TV appearances including Channel 4's Black, British and Funny, ITV2's The Stand Up Sketch Show, Dave's Late Night Mash, Comedy Central's Drunk History and Channel 4's The Artists.

He is the creator and co-presenter of the popular weekly boxing podcast Undefeated, with fellow comedian KG tha Comedian. Travis was nominated for The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2016.

Travis has supported Dave Chappelle on his Sticks & Stones London tour and Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer winner Kojo Anim on his nationwide Taxi tour. He has also performed alongside Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Rob Delaney and Russell Howard.

In 2018 Travis was filmed while performing alongside Dave Chappelle as part of the production Dave Chappelle and Friends directed by Stan Lathan, with the year before closing the year out performing to a sold out crowd at the famous West End Palladium Theatre as part of the U Got Jokes comedy show, with his performance receiving particularly high acclaim.

'Travis Jay shows he is a polished performer with the wit and charm to say important things to the masses without them even noticing' Nooruddean Choudry, JOE

'A triumph of attitude… energetically entertaining' Steve Bennett, Chortle

'He’s amazing' Dave Chappelle

'A confident and engaging performer… plenty of laughs throughout… a fresh and funny perspective that anyone in the audience would be enlightened by' Ross Crae, Sunday Post

'Confident, competent and clear on his comedic voice' Elliot Gonzalez, iTalk Telly

'very funny' Jay Richardson, The Scotsman

'Impeccable impressions… extremely likeable and hilarious' Callum Wilson, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

'Laidback yet cleverly astute… Travis Jay’s finely-tuned set displays his versatile comedic chops, with the warm delivery of an old friend' Aisha Josiah, Fringebiscuit

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Lucy Porter - No Regrets!

The irrepressible Lucy Porter bounces back into action with a show all about regrets.

Frank Sinatra had too few to mention, but Lucy’s got hundreds, and she’s prepared to go into graphic detail about all of them. Disastrous dates, professional calamities, ruined friendships and parenting fails. Lucy describes all the mistakes she’s made, works out why they happened, and ponders how her life would have turned out if she’d acted differently.

Lucy looks at the things we might all collectively regret - not sticking to the work-life balance we strove for during lockdown, not realising that clapping for the NHS wouldn’t be enough to save it, allowing people we thought were quite fun on TV to become politicians.

How does regret tie in with guilt and shame? As a middle-aged, middle-class, left-leaning ex-Catholic, guilt is one of Lucy’s top five hobbies (along with going to the garden centre, doing jigsaws, making bread and watching subtitled foreign dramas on Netflix. She’s also ashamed of all these hobbies.)

It’s not all negative though. If you regret something, you can use it to change your ways: see the thing you regret as your rock bottom, and let it spur you on to become a better person. Lucy looks at how she can use shameful or annoying things from her past to change her future.

Lucy regrets volunteering at the school fete when her kids were younger, because now she’s committed to being the Hook a Duck Lady twice a year for the rest of her life. Maybe she could learn to say No a bit more?

'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes... Genuinely delightful' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'A treat from start to finish' ★★★★★ The Herald

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Schalk Bezuidenhout - Keeping Up

Newly married, Schalk feels older, wiser and much more mature (possibly), but all he wants is to stay "hip with the youth". Can he do it? Can he Keep Up?

As seen on Netflix and Comedy Central and fresh from supporting Trevor Noah on his arena tour.

'Fast-rising talent' Guardian

'Definitely one to watch' Evening Standard

'His joke telling is superb... pure and simple stand up, expertly performed' Chortle

Suitable for ages 15+ years.

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£15

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Baga Chipz: Material Girl - The ‘Much Betta!’ Tour 2024

Join Baga Chipz MBE; actress, singer-songwriter, comedian, ex-Page 3 Model, Ladies Darts Champion, professional shoplifter and MILF, as she embarks on a nationwide theatre tour coming to a town near you!

Due to the success of last year's tour, the Rupaul Drag Race UK star is coming back bigger, MUCH BETTA and very, very harsh!

Expect hilarious outrageous crass blue comedy, live vocals, dazzling costumes, drunken antics and the tale of a single mum from the Black Country who became one of the nation's best loved stars.

Hosted by the fabulous gender bender Mutha Tucka, this is one show not to be missed! Expect various adult themes so don’t bring ya bloody kids!

Strictly for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£25 Standard | £37.50 Including Meet and Greet

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The Scummy Mummies: Greatest Hits

Join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate ten years of scumminess! For a decade now, the Scummy Mummies have been touring their hit comedy show to sold-out audiences around the country.

Now they’re bringing all their most-loved songs, sketches and stand-up together for a night that will make you laugh till you wee. Guaranteed to make you feel normal about your parenting skills, or very smug about being child-free. Bring your gin-in-a-tin, pop a panty liner in and let’s party!

'Highly recommended! 5 stars' One4Review

'Very funny' The Guardian

'Hilarious' Broadway Baby

Courtyard Theatre
£25

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Sarah Keyworth - My Eyes Are Up Here

A brand new, joyous show about family, acceptance and a pair of big (well, not super big) losses.

It’s been a big year for Keys (aka Sarah Keyworth). Sure, they turned thirty, got diagnosed with ADHD and had top surgery, but perhaps the biggest adjustment is to the revelation that maybe their mum was right all along? Not about everything obviously, but they must concede that on teen drinking and being 'forced' to go on holiday, Keyworth Sr probably had some solid points.

On their choice to have surgery, Keys feels lucky in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to the people they have around them. That said, it was a long road and there’s still conversations to be had about their gender identity and what this means in a world that seems increasingly hard on gender non-conforming people.

But as Sarah goes home for the first time post-surgery, to celebrate their mum’s own milestone birthday, it’s the conversations with their nearest and dearest that have them reflecting on their year and asking some big questions.

What does acceptance look like? From whom does it matter? Is it OK to dance around your family kitchen with your new nipples out?

'Achingly funny’ ★★★★★ The Herald
‘Gales of laughter’ ★★★★ The Guardian
'Utterly engaging' ★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Will steal your heart away’ ★★★★ The Scotsman
‘A comic who’s here for keeps’ ★★★★ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Sarah's website
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Russell Hicks - Happy To Be Here

Russell Hicks heads out on his first tour, but not his first rodeo. (Warning: This is a stand up show. NOT a rodeo.)

Russell Hicks is here to stay and he really is happy to be here.
So, why don’t British People believe him?

Hot off the back of a starring role in an Amazon Prime show that nobody watched, and was cancelled immediately, American Stand Up comedian Russell Hicks, lives in the UK where he allegedly performs stand-up comedy. Naturally, his parents still think he makes his money through some kind of illegal activity, so buy some tickets and help prove his legitimacy!

You may have heard Russell as the voice of Sky Comedy, seen him entertain studio audiences at ‘Have I Got News for You’ or caught him opening for the likes of Al Murray or ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Axel Blake. He’s performed up and down this country, picking up three Leicester Festival nominations along the way. He’s even been officially declared a Global Talent by Arts Council England.

Known for his improvised performances, Russell has amassed millions of views online and gained a devoted following of fans who’ve come to know that no two shows will be the same. Considered one of the best improvisers in the country, Russell has appeared on some of the UK’s biggest networks. He has starred in several episodes of ITV’s ‘Stand Up Sketch Show’ and won the Channel 4 competition series ‘Captive Audience’ with his fully improvised comedy, and starred in Prime Video series ‘Lovestruck High’ narrated by Lindsay Lohan as the loveable Texan Coach Hughes.

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£16

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Ian Stone is Keeping It Together

Ian Stone is a 'A masterful exponent of self-mocking Jewish humour' according to The Times, he’s been ranked 'one of the top ten comedians in the UK' by the The Independent and The Guardian said that he’s 'Seriously funny'.

His show at the 2023 Edinburgh fringe Ian Stone will Make it Better played to packed houses and won a Spirit of The Fringe award.

His new show is called Ian Stone is Keeping it Together. In spite of everything. What does it matter that he has all his own hair and teeth and keeps a tight control over his between meal snacking when the Tories are still in power, there’s war in the middle east and Donald Trump could be allowed back (back!!) into the White House? How can there be such terrible pain and suffering in the world even though Ian always rates his WhatsApp call, package delivery and parking experience? And what happens to all the pens he buys? These and other questions will get the answers they deserve.

Ian is a hugely experienced broadcaster, podcaster, writer and a brilliantly funny comedian. He performs at all the major comedy venues/festivals in the UK and around the world. He’s recently begun posting reels on Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook and X and very quickly built up a following of over seventy thousand. His reels have had millions of hits.

When he’s not doing stand up comedy, Ian presents a football chat show on TNTSport. Guests have included Alan Davies and Omid Djalili as well as football legends Lee Dixon and Rob Lee.

He hosts the Handbrake Off Arsenal podcast for The Athletic. They recently did their first live show at a sold out Leicester Square theatre.

He wrote To Be Someone, a book about growing up as a teenager and loving The Jam. It’s had over five hundred four and five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Paul Weller gave him a quote for the front cover.

For five years, he co-hosted the award winning Rock N Roll Football on Absolute Radio with Ian Wright.

Studio
£16

Ian's website
@iandstone
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Omid Djalili - Namaste

The Persian Comedy Powerhouse performs his critically acclaimed new show.

Omid peacefully bows to his inner anger and unleashes a torrent of comedic vitriol upon the current state of this dangerously messed up planet.

No government gets a green card. No tyrant avoids a take down. No audience member leaves the theatre with an ounce of laughter left in them.

You have been warned.

'So hysterically funny and at the same time so poignant and powerful that calling it stand-up barely does it justice' Michael Levin, Huffington Post

With support from Boothby Graffoe.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£28

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Aurie Styla: The Aurator Tour

After a year of performing worldwide, award-winning comedian Aurie Styla is back on tour, with his biggest one to date.

Join him as he talks about this wild world, and his journey to make sense of it, in The Aurator!

As seen on ITVX's Deep Fake Neighbour Wars, Comedy Central Live, ITV's Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club, Sky's Life’s A Pitch, ITV's Don’t Hate The Playaz, ITV's The Stand-Up Sketch Show, Channel 4's Mo Gilligan’s Black British & Funny and more.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Presented by Live Nation in association with Ebdon Management.

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Ed Byrne - Tragedy Plus Time

Attributed to Mark Twain, humour is defined as Tragedy Plus Time. Join Ed as he tests that formula by mining the most tragic event in his life for laughs.

Proudly presented by Phil McIntyre Live Ltd.

'Hilarious, extremely dark, profoundly touching and resolutely unsentimental. Ed Byrne has plumbed the very depths of his soul and found something verging on greatness' ★★★★★ Rolling Stone

'A delicate, sensitive high-wire act of a show, yet Byrne never once stumbles' ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

'This is no misery memoir, Byrne is too talented a comic for that' ★★★★★ The Arts Desk

'Poignant, touching, spiky and laugh-out-loud funny… beautifully written and flawlessly performed' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Reviews

'He has delivered a fantastically funny and moving monologue where there is no doubt that we are seeing the authentic Ed… Byrne has hit new heights' ★★★★★ London Evening Standard

'A full range of human emotions, from rage to dark humour to poignancy and back again, is felt during this magnificent comedy hour' ★★★★★ London Theatre 1

'Side-splitting... Byrne is comedy gold' ★★★★★ Theatre & Arts Reviews

'A fierce tribute... tremendously funny, thoughtful and fond' Fest Mag

Courtyard Theatre
£32

Ages 14+ years.
Content warning - discussions of death.

Ed Byrne's Website
Ed on X
Norden Farm on X

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Eshaan Akbar: Live 2025

Eshaan Akbar is back doing jokes on tour! His previous tour was described by The Times as 'pretty sick' (not an actual quote) so this one is likely to be mad good.

Eshaan has supported some of the biggest acts in the UK, including Micky Flanagan, Jason Manford and Kae Kurd.

He's been seen on Netflix's Sex Education, BBC's Mock The Week, QI and Live At The Apollo, Comedy Central Live and many more. Forthcoming TV includes Channel 4's The Last Leg and BBC's Pilgrimage. He's also been heard on award-winning podcasts Have A Word, Ninetwentynine and Spitting Image, as well as LBC, Times Radio, and BBC Radio 4.

‘An artfully pointed, refreshingly funny hour that suggests a big talent in the making' ★★★★ The Times

'A fine comic entertainer, an intelligent maker of points and a wealth of fascinating facts' ★★★★ The Scotsman

'Genius stand-up comedy' Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

'A story that’s likely to go far' Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£18.50

Eshaan's website
@eshaanakbar
@nordenfarm

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