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Justin Moorhouse: Northern Joker

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.

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@justinmoorhouse
@nordenfarm

Justin Moorhouse's website

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Lost Voice Guy: I’m Only In It For The Parking

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 also 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.

Courtyard Theatre
£16


@LostVoiceGuy
@nordenfarm

Lost Voice Guy website

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Harry and Chris - This One's for the Aliens

Harry and Chris (Guardian Pick of the Fringe 2018) are at the top of their field, having invented the field of comedy-rap-jazz.

They’ve sold out three Edinburgh shows, appeared on the Russell Howard Hour and were called ‘fabulously entertaining’ by Jonathan Ross (we didn’t even pay him). From the ridiculous to the sublime, the world’s greatest comedy-rap-jazz duo bring award-winning wordplay, awe-inspiring musicality, eyebrow-raising bromance and unashamed joy to the biggest PR task of all time - spinning planet earth.

'The duo’s best show yet' ★★★★★ Sunday Post

'One thing’s for sure, with Harry and Chris at the helm this planet is in safe hands' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

'Their show is unique, intelligent and very entertaining, that does indeed enlighten the soul' ★★★★★ Deadline News

★★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@harrynchris
@nordenfarm

Harry and Chris' website

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Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

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.

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14 conc)

SOLD OUT
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The Scummy Mummies Show

Join comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA.

Expect stand-up, sketches, songs, and some very scummy stories. Guaranteed to make parents laugh and non-parents happy about their life choices.

Based on the hit Scummy Mummies podcast and best-selling book. As seen in The Sunday Times and heard on Radio 4.

WHY? 'Likeably straight-talking' The Telegraph

'Very funny' The Guardian

'Hilarious' Broadway Baby

Courtyard Theatre
£17

@scummymummies
@nordenfarm

Scummy Mummies website

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Stephen K Amos: Everyman

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.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@stephenkamos
@nordenfarm

Stephen K Amos' website

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Flo & Joan - Before the Screaming Starts

Following last year’s sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, London's Soho Theatre, national UK tour and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan have a new hour of their dark and waggish songs to parade about the place.

“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

Courtyard Theatre
£14

SOLD OUT
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Matt Chorley: This.Is.Not.Normal

By day Matt Chorley works in parliament, trying to explain what is happening in politics for The Times.

By night he admits nobody has a clue, and nothing makes any sense at all. Join him for an hilarious insider's guide to resignations, reshuffles and recriminations, and reassurance that it doesn't have to be this way.

WHY? 'Matt is vying with George Osborne for this year’s hotly-contested ‘Theresa May Sycophant of the Year’ award' Theresa May

'Engaging, funny, entertaining - you’d think he’d done it before. He hasn’t' Rory Bremner

'Get back to work' The Times

Studio
£20

  •   2 Nov SOLD OUT
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Luke Kempner - House of Faces

Comedian and Impressionist Luke Kempner hosts an ultimate reality show where no one is off limits.

Expect celebrities, politicians and even royalty going head to head in Luke’s hit show; House of Faces.

As seen and heard on Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5), The Imitation Game (ITV), The Royal Variety Performance 2018 (ITV), The Week That Wasn’t (Sky One), Murder In Successville (BBC3) and The Now Show (Radio 4).

WHY? 'A remarkable talent for impersonations’ ★★★★ Telegraph

‘Gloriously funny’ Independent

‘Blummin genius’ Dawn French

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@LukeKempner
@nordenfarm

Luke Kempner's website

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