These days Justin’s not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty – Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and that’s before we begin to worry about what’s happening in America…..closer to home he’s starting to feel redundant as a parent. One kid is leaving home, the dog is getting older and doesn’t need much walking, and the youngest kid hits thirteen and cancels the family subscription to The Beano.
On top of this the golden age of the Northern straight white male comedian has gone the way of the dinosaurs. How will he adapt if he wants to survive? What next for this Northern Joker? What can he talk to his daughter about now she cares little for Dennis the Menace and the Bash St Kids?
Hang on. Perhaps nothing has changed that much. When he was thirteen, the Russians were scary, the White House was a madhouse and he’d never been to Europe anyhow. Thinking back this was when his reading habits changed too, more Dark Knight than Desperate Dan, more Catwoman than Minnie the Minx. Perhaps our heroes never went away….they just waited for us to pick them up again. Perhaps she just needs a different type of comic.
WHY? 'Comedic tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye' The Herald
'Simultaneously down-to-earth and out of this world' The List
'The amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his deceptively simple routines is worthy of admiration' Guardian
Age guidance: 14+ years.
£14 (£12 unwaged)
Enjoy a unique show of off the wall, absurd and downright hilarious live comedy from the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner.
From edge of your seat audience participation to masterful character creations - no two shows are alike. Adam has been nominated for The Times South Bank Show Breakthrough award, three Chortle Awards and also named Time Out Comedy’s Person of the Year.
WHY? ★★★★★ Independent | ★★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★★ The Scotsman | ★★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★★ Chortle
Age guidance: 16+ years
They say all political careers end in tears.
In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical.
Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), the BBC Radio 4 Just a Minute regular delivers dazzling wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy and hilarious name-dropping.
WHY? ‘A master raconteur’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Total joy’ ★★★★★ Scotsman
Suitable for ages 11+ years.
The Dave Joke of the Fringe Winner, Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player heads to Maidenhead following a sold out, award nominated run at the Edinburgh Festival.
Born to Chinese immigrants in the UK, Ken never had the most normal upbringing. The show is a tale of his unique childhood, exploring his obsession with toy lambs and his complicated relationship with his parents.
WHY? 'A fiercely accomplished talent' The Scotsman
£14 (£12 conc)
The Talk Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking by award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton.
Following on from his shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk about talking.
Since 2012 Rob has chosen a specific theme for his shows and challenged himself to create an hour of material about each subject. These shows have given rise to sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe as Rob continues to build his audience through his unique use of words and humour.
After his appearances on the Russell Howard Hour, BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and Channel 4’s Random Acts, Rob now looks to talk to as many people as possible with The Talk Show.
The Talk Show was the second best reviewed comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival 2018.
WHY? ‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot’ The Guardian
‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch’ The Independent
‘Funny, poetic, observant and wholly original. Auton’s brilliant use of language and perfect comic timing throws up laugh after laugh after laugh after laugh’ ★★★★★ Beyond the Joke
‘It's both touching and bizarre. A warm and frequently funny hour’
★★★★ The List
‘Inspiring and uplifting. Well worth seeing’ British Comedy Guide
‘A remarkably moving emotional journey. A thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and entertaining hour’ ★★★★★ Entertainment Focus
‘Thought-provoking, heart-warming and heart-breaking’ ★★★★★ Three Weeks
‘Auton cleverly controls the mood to a minute degree. It feels like a new kind of poetry’ ★★★★★ The Peg Review
‘He uses words like a potter uses their wheel’ ★★★★★ Marbles magazine
‘An experience not to be missed’ ★★★★★ The Student Rag
The musical comedy duo and sisters are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs.
Flo and Joan enjoyed a sell out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers. They were winner of Best Musical Act at Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 and winner of Best Music and Variety Act in the 2018 Chortle Awards. Suitable for ages 14+ years.
WHY? ‘These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next' ★★★★ The Telegraph
'Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes' Evening Standard
The UK's leading comedy magician is back on the road with his astonishing new show.
You've seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage!
As seen on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1’s The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme.
Suitable for ages 14+ years.
WHY? 'The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century’ The Times
'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ The Telegraph
'Seamless blending of quality magic and stand-up comedy. It is a joy to watch’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
'Breathtaking illusions’ The List
‘The best magic tricks in the Universe’ Independent
‘Firman is responsible for making it socially acceptable to say that you like magic again’ The Guardian
£16 (£14 conc)
Stu's back with a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares.
Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who've lost touch with all their old friends and can't eat just one pain au chocolat.
Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions.
Host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast (10 million downloads) and as seen on Dave's As Yet Untitled and Comedy Central's Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central.
WHY? 'Truly a comedy masterclass... endlessly inventive' The List
'Expert, charming stand-up' The Sunday Times
'A master of the form' The Independent