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 conc)
Virgin Radio presenter and comedian Matt Richardson is trying to navigate the world of adulthood, while feeling like an imposter. Join him for hour of unrestrained, raucous laughs where anything could happen.
As well as being the only comedian to host a show on Virgin Radio, Matt has hosted The Hangover Games (E4), The Xtra Factor (ITV2) and Just Tattoo Of Us (MTV), as well as appearing on Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Drunk History (Comedy Central) and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! (ITV2).
WHY? 'High wattage charisma from a talented young comic whose star is on the rise' The Guardian
★★★★★ Voice Mag | ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
Broken Robot Productions & So Comedy by arrangement with Troika presents.
Griff is back and once again all over the place touring the UK this autumn with his brand new full-length stand-up show.
Following sell out performances of his previous one man entertainments Jones and Smith and Where Was I? and a hugely acclaimed tour of Australia and New Zealand, it's time to join one half of Smith & Jones, one quarter of Not the Nine O'Clock News and one third of Three Men In a Boat as he presents an evening of hilarious true stories, riffs, observations and details of his recent medical procedures.
It’s all guaranteed to be packed with wicked insights into the pains of celebrity, the vicissitudes of parenthood and encounters with the great, the good and even the royal. Yes, Griff is all over the place this year so make sure not to miss him!
WHY? ‘Great comedy’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
'Very funny' The Scotsman
'The jokes come faster than the rapids on the River Tay' The Guardian
Due to popular demand following a sell-out tour in spring 2019, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) - the first comedian ever to win Britain’s Got Talent – is back on the road and coming to a disabled parking space near you this autumn.
The winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2014, Lee has also appeared on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Channel 4’s The Last Leg, The Royal Variety Show, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, ITV’s This Morning, BBC Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show and BBC One’s The One Show and is the star and co-writer of two series of BBC Radio 4’s hugely popular comedy show, Ability.
Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid. His cutting edge material combines the political and personal with razor-sharp observations about disability and daily life. His debut book, I’m Only In It For The Parking, is available now.
He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say - and his comedy will leave you speechless.
WHY? ‘Consistently hilarious’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘Savagely funny… he’s a bloody good comedian’ ★★★★ The Wee Review
‘Laugh-out loud funny’ ★★★★ The Independent
‘Entertaining and thought-provoking’ ★★★★ Three Weeks
‘Incredibly talented’ Simon Cowell
‘Such a naughty sense of humour... genius’ Alesha Dixon
‘Bloody brilliant’ Amanda Holden
With support from 2017 Britain's Got Talent semi finalist – Jonny Awsum.
TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.
At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.
Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.
Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.
WHY? ‘A treat from start to finish’ The Herald
‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ The Telegraph
Age Guidance 14+ years.
£16 (£14 conc)
Stephen K Amos is on a mission to bring about world peace.
Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen is rising above the anger to remind us of what we have in common.
Bringing achingly funny anecdotes, hilarious takes on the everyday and his infectious charm, Stephen K Amos will warm your cold, stiffened hearts. Join together with your fellow man and experience the universal language of laughter.
WHY? 'Comedy at its purest and richest form' ★★★★★ The Advertiser
'Amos has the sort of commanding presence and confidence that could only have come from years of working the circuit' ★★★★ Arts Hub
'One of the most likable figures in British comedy' Radio Times
‘Much loved King of stand-up’ ★★★★ North West End
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
An Avalon Edinburgh Festival preview.
Kai Samra combines an edgy stage presence and a confident delivery, talking frankly about the issues of today from an intelligent and fresh perspective.
‘Slick and confident’ Chortle
Matt Winning is a unique and imaginative stand up and character comedian. His eccentric and idiosyncratic act is a whirlwind of ideas.
'Charming and accomplished' ★★★★ The List
WHY? Two award winning comedians try out their latest material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival
Join paranormal sensation Clinton Baptiste as he takes you on a hilarious yet touching journey through his life, out the other side and beyond the Celestial Curtains.
Clinton Baptiste is the hapless clairvoyant, medium and psychic from Peter Kay’s smash hit Channel 4 TV show Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. Now, some eighteen years after the show aired, he returns to conjure up his extraordinary powers for a new generation.
Clinton will give readings to the audience, offering advice from beyond the grave. He will predict your future, tell you about your past and all manner of spooky stuff an’ that.
But more, he takes you through his demise, his comeback and finally… finally on this special night, he will attempt to pass over to The Other Side and return (before the venue want you all out)… with THE ANSWER!
‘Hundreds of years ago when man walked the planet he had no real means of communication. In time man developed a phenomena which has never been fully understood by the psychic community. This phenomena is… Clinton Baptiste’ Peter Kay (That Phenomena)
WHY? The world-renowned clairvoyant, medium and psychic is back!
Suitable for ages 14+ years.
Starring ALEX LOWE, Clinton Baptiste is the copyright of Goodnight Vienna Productions.
The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, heads on tour.
Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? Sindhu is the host of BBC Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week podcast.
WHY? As seen on QI, Have I Got News for You and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled