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Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS!) Tour Warm Up

Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA 'The Face of Vagisan' confronts a new decade of decrepitude.

Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she’s filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole?

What will her 60’s hold for this 1960s babe and is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles?

Studio
£12

Jenny's website
@jennyeclair
@nordenfarm

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Jessica Fostekew: Wench

A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?).

You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill's Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She's a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4's News Quiz and Now Show.

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

Supported by Helen Bauer.
Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Promoter Credit: Little Wander
Photo Credit: Matt Stronge

Jessica's website
@jessicafostekew
@nordenfarm

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Jen Brister: The Optimist

If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis (unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds).

Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.

'Furiously funny' The Guardian

'Her energy is explosive. Her use of space and delivery, mesmerising' The Sunday Times

'A phenomenal display of sinewy stand up' Chortle

Age guidance 16+ years.

Presented by Little Wander Ltd.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Jen's website

@JenBrister
@nordenfarm

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Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It

We've all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don't worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered.

At 41, he's halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one.

Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the 'Taskmaster' survivor, multi-award-winner and 'No More Jockeys' cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we'll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.

★★★★★ Telegraph

★★★★ Times | Independent | Metro | Time Out | Chortle

'Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe... witty, warm, perfectly judged' ★★★★★ Telegraph

'This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game' ★★★★ Independent

'He always displays an innate understanding of what the audience wants... creating a bespoke experience for every gig, an added flourish to a strong hour of stand-up' ★★★★ Chortle

'A quick-fire hour of fun' ★★★★ Metro

SOLD OUT
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Harry Hill: Experiments in Entertainment 3 – Work In Progress

Join Harry Hill as he test drives his latest idea of what a joke is.

Laugh with him as he succeeds, distance yourself from him as he fails, track him down in the bar and get a selfie, ask him if he’s bringing TV Burp back, phone your mum and get him to wish her a happy birthday. Let’s Mattress!

Age guidance 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Latecomers not admitted.

Harry Hill's website

  •  28 Sep SOLD OUT
  •  29 Sep SOLD OUT
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Les Dawson: Flying High

Jon Culshaw (Dead Ringers, The Impressions Show) stars in this funny, affectionate and poignant celebration of the much-missed comedy legend.

Join Les as he summons forth a wealth of characters and incidents from his eventful life and career, as he travels on Concorde at twice the speed of sound 68,000 feet above the Earth, in this new play from BAFTA and Olivier Award winning writer Tim Whitnall and director Bob Golding.

Courtyard Theatre
£24

Presented by So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions.

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Helen Bauer - Madam Good Tit

2019's Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer nominee and your favourite self-aware stand up.

Helen brings a show about self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care. It’s the year of 'the self' and Helen is trying to be the change she wants you to see.

As seen on BBC's Live at The Apollo and star of ITV2, BBC Three, ITV2, Comedy Central and Radio 4.

'A personality that will fill a stadium... This girl will not be performing in small venues for much longer' ★★★★★ Sunday Express

'Slick, sassy and super satisfying' ★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ Chortle | ★★★★ The Skinny | ★★★★ The List

Presented by Berk's Nest in association with Blue Book Management.

Studio
£14

Helen's website

@HelenBaBauer
@nordenfarm

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Griff Rhys-Jones: Work in Progress

Join the star of Not The Nine O’Clock News, Smith & Jones, and Three Men In A Boat as he returns to the stage with an hour of stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – all in the name of comedy.

Age guidance 16+ years.

Studio
£15

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Nick Helm: What Have We Become?

As the survivors of a global pandemic crawl from their fortified boltholes and begin to rebuild society, what is left of them and who amongst them dares to lead them to the light?

Join critically acclaimed and multi award-winning comedian Nick Helm as he embarks on a show so insightful, so honest, so legitimate that it will fix all of society’s problems and lead the way to a new plane of existence.

This is the future. The future is now.

As seen on Uncle (BBC Three), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment (BBC Three).

Nick is a two time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, British Comedy Award winner, a BAFTA nominee and Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe winner.

‘Terrific’ ★★★★ Times

‘Triumphant’ ★★★★ List

‘A true mastermind’ ★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

‘A true comedy daredevil’ ★★★★ Time Out

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Nick Helm's Website.
@TheNickHelm
@nordenfarm

Presented by Plosive Live in association with Sophie Chapman Talent

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Olga Koch: Just Friends

Star of Mock The Week, QI, Late Night Mash, her Amazon Prime comedy special and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee, Olga Koch brings you the roller coaster romcom you aren't tall enough to ride. Strap in.

Directed by Charlie Dinkin.

£1 from every ticket will go to Stonewall’s Ukraine Projects, in aid of the Ukrainian LGBTQ+ community.

'Uproarious, gleefully obscene comedy' The Guardian

'One of the most charismatic comedians on the circuit' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'A natural storyteller, she will keep you completely hooked' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ Funny Women | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ The Skinny| ★★★★ Fest Mag

Age guidance 16+ years.

Studio
£15

Olga Koch's Website.
@rocknrolga
@nordenfarm

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Harry Baker is Unashamed

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker had a lot of time to think about the important things in life during lockdown(s), and after initially penning reflective poems about missing hugging people he started making German pop bangers and reviewing toilet seats online.

He also very quickly realised how much he missed performing live to people! A show of new poems and realisations celebrating the little things in life that make us who we are, focussing on the connection at the heart of it all and what can happen if we lose that.

Including the story of how a spontaneous decision to run a marathon dressed as a falafel turned into a diss track to Chris Evans that raised £5000 for charity, it is his most playful, heartfelt, uplifting, unashamedly Harry Baker-y show yet.

'Simply put... The greatest performer on Earth' ★★★★★ Scott Mills Show, Radio 1

'The spell over the audience is tangible' ★★★★★ Broadwaybaby

'Spectacularly witty' ★★★★★ Whatsonstage

'Blistering word play' ★★★★★ Three Weeks

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Harry Baker's Website.
@harrybakerpoet
@nordenfarm

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Dyspraxia and Politics: The Two Sides of Don Biswas

Off the back of his debut BBC Radio 4 stand-up special, Neurotopical, gag-filled comedian and social commentator Don Biswas brings an extended version of the show to Norden Farm.

Through a lens of dyspraxia, mild Asperger's (both difficulties that affect social and coordination skills) and disaffection with the status quo, Don takes a firm if uncoordinated stab at life in the 21st century to uncover the truth about austerity, immigration, the farce that is British politics and even modern-day conspiracy theories.

He also explores what it’s been like to grow up with undiagnosed learning difficulties while coming from a traditional middle class Indian family and how it’s come to shape his politics and turned him into an activist.

As seen on BBC Asian Network and regular on BBC Radio 4.

'By the quality of his jokes alone, including a choice one about a corporate gig for the DWP, Biswas is the show’s star turn' The Guardian

Studio
£15

Don Biswas' Website.
@donbiswascomedy
@nordenfarm

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Justin Moorhouse: Stretch and Think

Justin is back: still funny, yet middle aged.

A brand new show that may contain: Yoga, getting older, Madonna, shoplifters, Labradoodles, middle-aged cyclists, The Menopause, running, hating football fans but loving football, not drinking, funerals, is Tapas a rip off?, Captain Tom, Droylsden, the environment, self-improvement, ruining a sexual position, electric car charging spots used by doggers, nursery graduation, horses, Stig look-a-likes, home cooked food in places that aren’t your own home, the odd advantages of fundamental religions, the gym, shop door etiquette. And he’s got a new suit. Come, it’ll be fun.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

'Not a moment without laughter' ★★★★ Chortle

'If joke-telling is your thing, then Justin Moorhouse is your man...very high gag rate' ★★★★ Fest

'Skilful crafting...he keeps the laughs coming' ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

'He charms the pants off the crowd' Sunday Times

'The amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his routines is worthy of admiration' Guardian

'Simultaneously down-to-earth and out of this world' The List

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Mitch Benn: It's About Time

'The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once' Albert Einstein (probably)

If it feels like the past is catching up with us and the future isn’t what it used to be, then fear not!

Mitch Benn, comedian, songwriter and thinker of deep thoughts, (not to mention 'the country's leading musical satirist' The Times) is back, clock in one hand and guitar in the other, to help you look at time in a whole new way.

Studio
£15

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Rob Newman: Live On Stage

Fresh from his BBC Radio 4 series Rob Newman On Air, the award-winning comedian’s new show is a stand up epic that goes from cave paintings to car-free cities to ask: Who are we? Where are we going? And how do spiders fly?

Rob Newman tells a story of how dancing in step saved prehistoric humans and how new scientific discoveries may help us take the right steps to a life after oil.

'He is one amazing comedian' Time Out

'Newman combines proper scientific argument with dazzling shafts of wit' The Times

'The funniest comedian I have ever seen' Sunday Times

'Refreshingly intelligent and hugely entertaining!' The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

Rob Newman's Website.
@mrrobnewman
@nordenfarm

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Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder

Star of the Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You, QI, and Live at the Apollo... One of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour with a stand-up show about life, family, and loads of other nonsense as well!

Tour extended due to exceptional demand!

'A joke heavy show with gags a plenty' The List

'Passionate and rib-tickling. An illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended!' EdFestMagazine

'Proper stand-up, honest, straightforward, balls-out funny' Chortle

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Show Time Duration: 2 hours

Courtyard Theatre
£19 | £17 conc

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Tom Houghton: Absolute Shambles

After an incredible sold out debut run, the man who asked us “do you ski?” is leaving his home in the Tower of London (for good).

Catch him as he departs on a second triumphant tour across our nation armed with even more outrageous takes, unbelievable tales and biblical chat to leave you bowled over with laughter.

Having amassed a loyal fan base of over a quarter of a million followers the multi-viral, social media sensation is delving even deeper into his ludicrous life as he tries to smarten up the not so honorable aspects of himself. Take a look at the pitfalls of online celebrity, the perils of post-palace living and find out, that in an age where everyone is so obsessed with the veneer of virtual contentment, maybe it takes crashing back down to reality to discover where happiness truly lies.

As seen on Comedy Central and tour support for Milton Jones.

'Clever, passionate and soulful' ★★★★★ The New European

'A twisted view of the world' ★★★★★ The Sunday Express

'Get your tickets today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born' ★★★★★ One 4 Review

'This unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute' ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

'A crafty idiot' ★★★★ The Daily Mail

'Now that’s class' ★★★★ Fringe Guru

@HonourableTom
@nordenfarm

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Mike Bubbins: Throwback

Mike Bubbins, star of hit podcast The Socially Distant Sports Bar, and of BBC television comedies Mammoth, Tourist Trap and The Unexplainers, unleashes THROWBACK, his first ever solo UK stand-up tour. And things may never be the same again.

THROWBACK is a powerful, thought-provoking, visceral hour of stand-up comedy, that pushes boundaries, defies neat descriptions and challenges the audience...

AS IF IT IS!

It’s actually an hour and a half of really funny stories, pretty impressive characterisations, possibly a song (he said he’ll see how that goes), a bit of nostalgia about the good old days, a bit of optimism about the good new days, and Mike generally having a laugh about life and not taking himself, or anything else, too seriously. Having said that, he may, at some point in the show, get very annoyed at berks, whether in the past, the present, or the future. Very annoyed.

So basically THROWBACK is a comedy show about Bubbins sharing, and bringing to life, the stuff that he finds funny. As comedy concepts go, it’s a pretty straightforward one, really.

‘They asked me to do a UK comedy tour, called THROWBACK...and so I did.’  Mike Bubbins

Saturday 4 February 2023
Courtyard Theatre
£19.50

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Rob Auton - The Crowd Show

The Crowd Show is a comedy / theatre / spoken word show about crowds by award-winning writer, actor and podcaster Rob Auton.

The Crowd Show is a show suitable for anybody who wants to be in the crowd for this show.

'A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot' The Guardian

'Makes laughter out of wonder and brings us all together. We need him' The Scotsman

'Something that'll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy round the edges' The Herald

'Brilliant' Stewart Lee

Studio
£15

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Robin Morgan: Snip Snip, Bitch

One of the UK’s fastest rising comedy stars Robin Morgan brings a hilarious brand new show on tour for 2023

A lot has happened to Robin since the last tour. He’s moved back to Wales, happily married with two kids. So what happens next? A vasectomy of course.

Robin’s been all over your telly and radio, with appearances on Mock The Week (BBC Two), Richard Hammond’s Brain Reaction (Comedy Central), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

He created the topical panel show What Just Happened? (BBC One) and co-created Ellie Taylor’s Safe Space (BBC Radio 4), and also appeared in both, the greedy boy.

His writing credits include Have I Got News For You (BBC One), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), The Mash Report (BBC Two), The Great Pottery Throwdown (C4) and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), and is the studio warm-up artist for The Graham Norton Show (BBC One).

'Bloody funny. He must surely be on the verge of nationwide fame' Chortle

Studio
£13 | £10 conc

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Michelle de Swarte: Moved

Michelle has been on the move since birth. She's moved country four times, been homeless three times, been a fashion model, a cleaner, a reporter, presenter, writer, cat sitter and actor. Married, divorced, on drugs, off drugs.

In this new show, Michelle breaks down the highs and lows of burning your life to the ground and starting again when forty is around the corner.

Star of the highly acclaimed Sky/HBO’s The Baby, Michelle is an actress, comedian and writer. She can currently be seen in Prime Video’s Backstage with Katherine Ryan. She also starred as a series regular in Katherine Ryan’s Netflix series The Duchess.

Born in South London, Michelle was spotted by a model scout at the age of 19 and moved to New York, where she became heavily involved in the comedy scene. Since moving back to London, she has been busy filming and writing her own semi-autobiographical comedy series with Various Artists Limited and has recently been the tour support on Katherine Ryan’s tour.

'All hail the new Queen of Comedy' Sunday Times Style

'Dry brilliance' iNews

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Ray Bradshaw – Deaf Com 1

Following his groundbreaking 2018 show, Deaf Comedy Fam, Ray's new show covers his recent fatherhood, teaching his young son sign language and a disastrous trip to Bahrain!

Ray is an international award winning comic. He spent 2021/22 touring the UK as John Bishop’s handpicked support act, having previously toured with Frankie Boyle in 2019.

Ray was the first comedian to ever win a Scottish Culture Award and is a regular host of Scotland’s most popular radio show, Breaking The News.

Ray is a CODA (like in the Oscar winning film) and grew up with deaf parents. All of his shows are performed in both BSL and English, with Deaf Comedy Fam becoming the first ever live comedy experience for more than 800 deaf audience members.

Ray’s clever, charming and very funny comedy has received critical acclaim from critics and fans alike.

'Bradshaw is raucously funny … captivating, funny and sharply executed' ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

'Funny and fascinating… one in six of us will lose our sense of hearing. Deaf Comedy Fam proves it doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of humour' ★★★★ The Scotsman

'This years most groundbreaking show' ★★★★ Short.com

'I grinned from ear to ear for the entire hour“ ★★★★ Voice Magazine

'Has a clear comedy gift' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

Studio
£15

Ray Bradshaw's Website.
@comedyray
@nordenfarm

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Eshaan Akbar : The Pretender

Whether it’s you, the person you go on a date with, your boss, or the opinion-makers on TV, we’re all pretending we know what we’re doing.

We don’t. And it’s about time we all had a proper laugh about it.

Eshaan has been seen on BBC1's Mock The Week and QI, and heard on award-winning podcasts Have A Word, Ninetwentynine and Spitting Image. He's also appeared on LBC, Times Radio and BBC Radio 4.

'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

Studio
£15


Eshaan's websitet
@eshaanakbar
@nordenfarm

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Lucy Porter - Wake-Up Call

A brand new stand up show from the TV and radio favourite.

As heard on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show and seen on Would I Lie to You, QI and Live at the Apollo.

Wake-Up Call is a show about revelations, realisations and epiphanies - both large and small. 

Subjects covered include: bin collection schedules, the novels of Jean Rhys, cats, school fair booze tombolas, the Scottish Enlightenment, pressure washers and Huel. It’s an exuberant, silly show with some wisdom sprinkled on top.

'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful' The Telegraph

'A treat from start to finish' The Herald

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Lucy's website

@lucyportercomic
@nordenfarm

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