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Matt Chorley - Poll Dancer

Phil McIntyre Live Ltd presents

With a general election on the way, Matt Chorley draws on two decades of reporting from Westminster and two centuries of history to deliver his hilarious guide to winning and losing at the polls. The Times Radio presenter and Have I Got News For You regular is back with his third stand-up tour, ready to focus group the audience and compile his own manifesto guaranteed to get him the keys to No10.

‘Great British stand up is alive and well… Matt Chorley with acid wit and music hall timing’ Andrew Marr

‘No politician is spared in this delightful display of disdain’ ★★★★ The Times

‘Engaging, funny, entertaining’ Rory Bremner

Courtyard Theatre
£25

Matt's website
@mattchorley
@nordenfarm

LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Joe Wells - King of the Autistics

There are 700,000 autistic people in the UK but who is their leader?

2 years ago, Joe Wells decided he should be 'King of The Autistics' and it all went horribly wrong.

'One of my favourite comics' Frankie Boyle

'Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian' The Guardian

Over 4.5m views online for his video 'Having a non-autistic brother'.

As seen on Rosie Jones’ Disability Comedy Extravaganza, BBC2’s Ouch! Storytelling Live and Channel 4’s Jokes Only a Neurodivergent Can Tell.

★★★★ Chortle

★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★★ NeurodiverseReview

The follow up to the critically acclaimed, I Am Autistic (available now on YouTube), this is a stand-up show about representation, role models and the fight for autistic rights.

NOTE: There is no unwanted audience interaction in this show.

Studio
£15

Joe's website
@joewellscomic
@nordenfarm

SOLD OUT
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Simon Brodkin - Screwed Up (warm up show)

The world-famous prankster, Lee Nelson creator and the most viewed British stand-up comedian on TikTok.

Simon Brodkin warms up for his huge show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

In Screwed Up Simon rips into celebrity culture, social media, the police, Putin and Prince Andrew.

Nothing is off limits in this hilarious show, including his own mental health, his family, his five arrests and how he once found himself at an underground sex party.

See the same show at Norden Farm for much cheaper than the Apollo!

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

Simon's website
@simonbrodkin
@nordenfarm

  •  15 Mar SOLD OUT
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Alyssa Kyria - The Funny Mummy

Join the Funny Mummy for this hilarious one women comedy show, all about the bonkers world of parenting.

‘Mummy, I love your boobies...they’re so long!’

Join the Funny Mummy for this hilarious one women comedy show, all about the bonkers world of parenting. From pregnancy to playdates, WhatsApp groups to school runs – if you’re a parent, and you need a laugh, then this show is for you!

Alyssa Kyria, aka The Funny Mummy, is the co-creator of Bring Your Own Baby Comedy and performs comedy to audiences across the country. Her comedy, music videos and sketches have gone viral on Netmums and Facebook and she has starred on BBC, ITV and SKY.

'The perfect concoction of parenting and comedy, Alyssa is onto something great’ ★★★★ Voicemag

‘Hysterical!’ Netmums

‘Sensational!’ The Mirror

‘The perfect mum's night out’ Redbridge Drama Centre

Studio
£16

Alyssa's website
@thefunnymummyco
@nordenfarm

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Ray Bradshaw - Doppelginger

Multi award winning comedian Ray Bradshaw is forever being told you look just like my mate wherever he goes. 

It’s been happening for years and he’s worried about it. Either someone is cloning generic bald men or, there’s a ginger bearded bald man out there who’s doing a bad job of stalking Ray. In his brand-new show Doppelginger, Ray is going to use the latest in genetic research (the internet) to try and put an end to this once and for all.  He’s on a quest to find the person who looks most like him.

Doppelginger is a funny heartwarming comedy show about a silly search for a man with an orange beard who’s follicly challenged.  If you have a bald, ginger bearded friend in their 30s (true at time of writing), then bring them along.  You never know – they could be The One.

Ray’s last show Deaf Com One was a huge success and sold out theatres across the world. The show was all about growing up with deaf parents and as a result every show of Doppelginger will have a BSL interpreter. Ray has previously supported John Bishop on his UK arena tour after John described him as one of the best comedians in the country.

'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
£16.50

Ray's website
@comedyray
@nordenfarm

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Clive Anderson's My Seven Wonders

Presented by So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions.

The host of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Talks Back, and Loose Ends takes to the road as the live version of his hit podcast takes to the road for the first time!

Join the legendary comedian and chat show host he invites different guests daily to choose their own personal wonders of the world. Previous guests have included Stephen Fry, Dara O Briain, David Baddiel, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Shappi khorsandi, Greg Proops, Omid Djalili, Reuben Kaye among many others.

‘A complete delight’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

‘Assured and entertaining’ ★★★★ The Times

‘It’s a pleasure to be in an audience as relaxed and entertained as this.. a perfectly judged show’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

Courtyard Theatre
£20

SOLD OUT
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Henning Wehn - Das Neuen Materialen Nachten (work in progress show)

Join the German Comedy Ambassador for Teutonic jolliness at its best.

Join the German Comedy Ambassador for Teutonic jolliness at its best.

Expect some old favourites and plenty of new ideas for his upcoming tour Acid Wehn. Some might call it work-in-progress but Henning prefers to describe it as masterpiece-

Henning's most recent television and radio appearances include BBC1's 'Have I Got News For You' and 'Would I Lie To You', BBC2's 'Live At The Apollo', Comedy Central's 'Guessable', BBC1's 'Question Time', Channel 4's '8 Out Of Cats Does Countdown', BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Fighting Talk' and BBC Radio 4's 'The Unbelievable Truth'

'Wunderbar' The Times

'Cor blimey' The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£18.50

Henning's website
@henningwehn
@nordenfarm

  •   5 Apr SOLD OUT
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Olaf Falafel's Super Stupid Show

Join comedian and children's author Olaf Falafel for an hour of kid's comedy which is now 20% more stupider than ever before.

There will be truth-telling cheese, fishing, ducks, bumbags, sausages and maybe some drawing. Family- friendly frivolity that will leave you feeling a lot less intelligent than when you walked in, from one of the masters of the (stupid) art. Be there or be a dodecahedron. Time Out Top 10 Kids' Shows 2022; Nominated Best Family Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2023. Direct from Edinburgh Fringe.

A sprawling bungalow of blissful belly laughs' ★★★★★ Get Your Coats On

'An absolute treat, as enjoyable for the adults as it is for the children' ★★★★ Broadway World

'This show is disruptive, daft and downright brilliant. Take your kids. Twice' ★★★★ Everything Theatre

'Utterly delighting the children with perfectly pitched humour' ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

'All kinds of weird and wonderful and we are 100% here for it' ★★★★ Edinburgh Festival For Kids

Suitable for ages 3 - 13 years.

Relaxed Performance
The performance at 2pm is Relaxed. Ideal for families with babies or toddlers and children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Olaf's website
@OFalafel
@nordenfarm

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Jessica Fostekew: Mettle

A brand new stand-up show about passion, pace and purpose from the critically acclaimed star of BBC’s QI, Live at the Apollo and C4’s Travel Man.

Jess’ son’s joined a cult AND her cat’s learnt to talk but despite all that she’s fine, actually. In fact she’s hurtling faster and hustling harder than ever for the things that she wants and needs.

Her last show Wench played a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and UK tour and is available now as a special. Her previous show Hench was nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and won Best Show at the Chortle Awards where Jess also won Best Act. It’s available to stream now on Amazon Prime.

Jess is a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist podcast, host and creator of her own podcast about eating, Hoovering, and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s Sturdy Girl
Club. Jess has also appeared in the award-winning sitcom Motherland and most recently hugely-acclaimed feature film Scrapper which won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance festival.

She’s also been on all your favourite panel shows from Celebrity Pointless to House of Games.

‘A loud, lively and vital voice’ ★★★★ Evening Standard
‘She wears her smarts on her sleeve’ ★★★★ Guardian
‘She finds a new fiercely funny strain of comedy that’s her own’ ★★★★ Times

Presented by Plosive Live in association with Ebdon Management

Courtyard Theatre
£17, £15 conc

Jessica's Website
@jessicafostekew
@nordenfarm

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Daliso Chaponda - Feed This Black Man Again

Daliso did his first show Feed This Black Man 20 years ago. The jokes were mediocre, there was a rap about poverty in the middle (which was as offensive as you might imagine) and the big finale involved a sandwich on stage.

20 years later, Daliso has done the Royal Variety Performance, written and performed four series of Citizen of Nowhere on BBC Radio 4, been a Britain's Got Talent finalist, toured nationwide and abroad... all sorts of things the 22-year-old Chaponda would never have imagined possible.

So, Feed This Black Man Again is a do-over, as the now widely-loved comic revisits the themes of that ancient debut show with the considerably enhanced comic talents that two decades' experience brings you.

Along the way he'll examine the huge differences between the way you think life will be at twenty, and the reality. Probably no sandwich at the end this time.

'Full of sharp one-liners and well crafted gags...a real talent' ★★★★ Metro
'Gets laughs out of topics other comedians shun' The Guardian
'Brilliantly bold, thoroughly engaging and provocative' Wee Review

Studio
£16

Daliso's website
@dalisochaponda
@nordenfarm

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Jonny & The Baptists: The Happiness Index/Ten Thankless Years

A double bill of two shows in one night, from cult multi-award winning musical-comedians Jonny & The Baptists.

A brand new hour of songs and stories about why we are (or are not) happy; and a retrospective of our first decade making riotous, satirical (and silly) “work”.

The Happiness Index
Are you happy? We can help! Five Prime Ministers ago, David Cameron started a happiness index to measure how joyful the people of this nation are. Which is ironic, given what he then did. Anyway, we’ve picked up the baton and now are trying to find out what the hell we should do with it. A new personal and political show about our desire, and the country’s struggle, to just be happy.

Ten Thankless Years
The country's absolute best (but not most popular) musical comedians present our greatest hits, from a decade of being wildly under-appreciated. After a sell-out, five-star run at Edinburgh Fringe 2023, we’ve understandably decided to take this cash-cow on the road.

'An hour of glorious chaos. A must-see' ★★★★★ Sunday Post

'A proper belly-laugh show' ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

'Wickedly funny' ★★★★ The Times

'Excellent, irresistible and winningly random' ★★★★ The Guardian

'You'll mainly leave feeling warm and fuzzy.... note perfect' ★★★★ Metro

Suitable for ages 14+ (guidance only)

Studio
£16


Johnny & The Baptists website
@JohnnyBaptists
@nordenfarm

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Rosie Holt: That's Politainment!

The worse the political career, the more lucrative the subsequent entertainment opportunities.

Matt Hancock may have slaughtered millions but now he's making a killing. So can Rosie Holt's viral hit MP follow 'politainers' Dorries, Farage and Rees-Mogg and leap from the pages of Hansard to Heat?

Following a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe season, Rosie takes this brand-new show on the road, to tightrope the thin line between politics and entertainment.

Rosie is an acclaimed comedian, actor and satirist. Her popular videos on social media have achieved more than 6.5 million views.

She is the host of podcast Noncensored, and has been seen / heard on Sky Max's The Russell Howard Hour, and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, DM’s Are Open, and Ashley Blaker 6.5 Children, among many other credits.

'The Thick of It levels of writing and performance applied to a very current flavour of political bullsh*t' The Times

'Beautifully observed and performed' The Guardian

‘A pinpoint portrayal of the personae manifesting our national psyche’ ★★★★ The Observer

'A character comedy treat' ★★★★ Time Out

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Laura Smyth: Living My Best Life

BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS 2023: BEST COMEDY (NOMINEE) FOR ‘BANG ON IT’ FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS 2019: WINNER

Star of Live At The Apollo, Laura Smyth’s brand-new show explores all aspects of modern life. She has fun mugging off all the madness of parenting, childhood, school, marriage, social media, work, and chasing her dreams.

In her own inimitable style, she gets to the truth of the human experience, treading the line between bluntness and warmth throughout.

Ultimately, she is asking how ‘living your best life’ is actually achieved – heads up: it don’t involve Instagram! Fresh from tour support for Jack Whitehall and Michelle de Swarte, this is her at her uncensored and ridiculous best.

'One of the best acts I’ve seen in a long long time' Romesh Ranganathan
'A proper star in the making' Jack Whitehall
'A comic powerhouse' Mo Gilligan
'Laura is a brilliant comedian whipsmart, warm and very very funny' Roisin Conaty
'A force of nature' Chortle
'Naturally funny' Jo Brand

Studio
£15

@thatlaurasmyth
@nordenfarm

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Emmanuel Sonubi – CV

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Emmanuel Sonubi presents a whistle stop tour through the jobs that have led him to become one of the hottest stand-ups on the circuit in the brand-new show, Curriculum Vitae.

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Emmanuel Sonubi presents a whistle stop tour through the jobs that have led him to become one of the hottest stand-ups on the circuit in the brand-new show, Curriculum Vitae.

Emmanuel will take the audience on a hilarious and sometimes poignant journey that explores the professions that he’s had prior to becoming a comedian, discussing how those experiences helped shape his comedic voice. From working in IT to the doors of London's nightlife whilst building up an impressive list of musical theatre credits.

As see on, QI (BBC), Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave), Rhod Gilberts Growing Pains (Comedy Central), Apprentice 'You're Fired' (BBC), Pointless Celebrities (BBC) and headlining Live at the Apollo (BBC).

Emmanuel said today, "I'm thrilled to be back on tour in the UK with 'Curriculum Vitae'. Last year's tour was an amazing experience and selling out most of the shows was incredible! Writing this new show has been a lot more fun than writing an actual CV and, I get to be honest".

London based Emmanuel Sonubi's career in comedy started only a few years ago and quickly grew from strength to strength earning himself a reputation as "one to watch out for". A regular favourite on the comedy circuit, he is one of the most sought-after acts working today. Emmanuel’s credits continue to grow as does his popularity.

Full Clean Driving License
Hobbies include rugby, long walks, the gym and musical theatre.
References on request

'One of my favourite discoveries of the year, was Emmanuel Sonubi. Hilarious, warm and unique. If you don't see him now for a tenner, you won't be able to smugly tell your mates about it when they're paying £50 for a crap seat at the O2' Jason Manford

'The bloke has got funny bones' Romesh Ranganathan

'Side-splittingly funny. Roaring laughs' Independent

'Big laughs, engaging tales, you’re seduced by the easy authority of his storytelling' The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£16.50 (conc) £14.50

@emmanuelstandup
@nordenfarm

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Nick Helm's Super Fun Good Time Show

The man with the golden larynx - and greatest living all-round entertainer - is BACK!

It's been years and years of therapy, pills, personal growth and being a living legend. The nation’s favourite Uncle and International Treasure-in-Waiting returns to the road to mesmerise a new generation of thrill seekers in his all new, brand new, box fresh show.

Come and see your Golden Emperor shake his ass and give you the only thing you’ve ever wanted… the best damn night of your fragile lives.

Since starting stand-up comedy in 2007, Nick quickly gained attention from across the
industry for his unique, powerful and above all hilarious blend of one-liners, stories, poems and songs. His previous shows enjoyed sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe, and he has been twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

He has released two successful albums, played lead roles in hit TV sitcoms Uncle and Loaded, fronted two of his own TV shows Dave's Eat Your Heart Out and BBC's Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment. He was nominated for a BAFTA for short film Elephant, which he co-wrote, directed and starred in.

As also seen on BBC's Live at the Apollo, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Sky's The Reluctant Landlord and many more.

‘Genuinely exciting’ ★★★★★ Telegraph
‘Terrific’ ★★★★ Times
‘A true comedy daredevil’ ★★★★ Time Out

Courtyard Theatre
£16.50 | £15 conc

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Jacob Hawley: SPACE

New stand up show from the award-winning comedian.

Politics for idiots, feminism for lads, love stories for louts and self-care for those who don’t care.

Jacob has been seen on Sky1's The Russell Howard Hour, BBC3's Ladhood, ITV2's The Stand Up Sketch Show and ITVX's Secrets of the Comedy Circuit. He's also had over 4 million views online.

'Intelligent & important, his self-aware set sees him explore themes of class and identity in the modern world expertly' ★★★★ Sunday Post

'A down-to-earth talent who's got it in spades' ★★★★ The List

Age suitability: 14years+

Studio
£14.50

Jacob Hawley's website
@JacobHawley
@nordenfarm

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Anuvab Pal - The Department of Britishness

Anuvab Pal returns on official business. Post-Brexit, the British government want to sell the idea of Britishness to India. It has been done before, with dubious results.

Now, they've set up a Department of Britishness and hired him. He will explain in detail why Indians should embrace Britishness, having done it himself. There is trouble ahead.

'Very clever, very funny' Guardian

'India's most intelligent comedian' New York Times

'One of India's top comedians' ★★★★★ EdFestMag.com

As seen on Amazon Prime, QI and BBC2's Big Asian Stand-Up.

Suitable for ages 15+ years.

Studio
£15.50

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Rich Hall: Shot From Cannons

Fresh on the heels of his critically acclaimed memoirs, Nailing It.

Montana’s transatlantic messenger returns with new rants, knife-edge observations, thrilling musical interludes and an ever-formidable knack for laughs on the fly. You’ll pay for the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge of it.

'Vital and incredulously angry. Hilarious' The Scotsman

'Blissfully funny' Guardian

'One hour of stonking stand-up and another of stomping hoedown mayhem. That’s two top gigs in one' The Mail On Sunday

Courtyard Theatre
£17

Rich Hall's website
@richhall
@nordenfarm

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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

Studio
£15

Bilal Zafar's website
@BilalZafar
@nordenfarm

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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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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.

Studio
£10

Josh's website
@joshweller
@bellahull
@nordenfarm

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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.

Studio
£10

Steve's website
@stevebugeja
Ania's website
@aniamagliano
@nordenfarm

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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

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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.

Studio
£10

Garrett's website
@garrettmillerick
@sarabarron
@nordenfarm

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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

Harry's website
@harrybakerpoet
@nordenfarm

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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.

Studio
£15

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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
@nordenfarm

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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.

Studio
£16

Russell's website

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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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