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Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win

In 2017, Mark Watson - a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem - was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

It really wasn’t for him at all because his favourite things include safety, comfort, food and not being scared and miserable. But the experience changed the shambolic comedian for the better, and now he's written a sort of motivational talk about what it taught him. But still with jokes.

WHY? '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

Age guidance 14+ years

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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100% Simon Brodkin

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

Fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Simon takes his debut stand-up show 100% Simon Brodkin on a nationwide tour.

WHY? Listed as one of The Guardian’s Top Shows At The Fringe and The Evening Standard’s Best Comedy Shows at The Fringe

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

'A sublime piece of comedy' The List

'Sky-high gag rate' Metro

'Hilarious' The Scotsman

Courtyard Theatre
£20

@simonbrodkin
@nordenfarm

Simon Brodkin's Website

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Adam Rowe: Pinnacle

Pinnacle is a brand new hour of brutally honest, opinionated, no holds barred stand-up from DAVE’s Best Joke Of The Edinburgh Fringe Winner, Liverpool Comedian Of The Year Winner, and English Comedian Of The Year Finalist; Adam Rowe.

His online stand-up clips have amassed over 50 million views, he’s appeared on various TV shows and Adam was hand-picked as tour support for Jason Manford as well as huge American stars Andrew Schulz and Bill Burr.

At 27 years of age, Adam is supposed to be in the prime of his life, which is a truly terrifying thought. Is this really as good as it’s going to get? It’s all down hill from here? Not if he’s got anything to do with it.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Studio
£12

@adamrowecomedy
@nordenfarm

Adam Rowe's website

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Jack Tucker

Hailing from the historic New York City, Jack Tucker is the ultimate comedian's comedian.

He’s a well respected journeyman on the comedy circuit. Jack is a bonafide legend in the Upstate New York regional stand up comedy scene. He’s sold out all over the world – from New York to Manhattan to Brooklyn.

WHY? ‘A hugely entertaining spectacle’ ★★★★ Fest

Age guidance 14+ years.

Studio
£12

@jacktuckerfunny
@nordenfarm

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Jarlath Regan - Notions 11

Since bursting onto the scene in 2013 Jarlath has won unanimous rave reviews for his stand up and online content.

His new show is no different. Expect an expertly crafted hour of interlocking stand up and stories about the world we live in.

WHY? ‘Downright hilarious... his own brand of comedy genius’ The Irish Times

'Skilfully seeded stand-up that confirms Regan’s abilities to move with belly laughs and tears in a single routine' ★★★★ The Scotsman

'More laughs in the first 15 minutes than most comedians can muster in a whole hour' Metro

'Regan is an expert storyteller and this is a beautifully constructed show that I could have happily listened to for twice its length' The Arts Desk

Age guidance 14+ years.

Studio
£12


@Jarlath
@nordenfarm

Jarlath's website

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Any Suggestions, Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody

The Improvised Doctor Who Parody is landing near you!

Travel anywhere in time and space with a live radiophonic workshop, incredible props & set and a collection of hilarious improv comedy performers. Travel on an adventure everyone can enjoy made entirely from your suggestions. Allons-y!

'Laughter so hard the seating shook' ★★★★★ One4Review

'A must see' ★★★★★ Scottish Field

'The Doctor would approve' ★★★★ BroadwayBaby

'A talented cast, sharp improv skills and a slick live soundscape' Recommended by the British Comedy Guide

'A splendid, inventive contagiously funny show [...] I’ll go again!' Jon Culshaw (Dead Ringers)

Courtyard Theatre
£13 (£11 conc)

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Rob Newman: Philosophy Show - Work in Progress

Catch Rob Newman as he tries out new material for the next series of his BBC Radio 4 stand-up philosophy show Total Eclipse of Descartes.

WHY? ‘Hugely entertaining, gleefully jaunty and refreshingly intelligent… I loved it’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘He is one amazing comedian’ Time Out

‘Intellectually charged and adorably ambitious…a delightfully digestible dose of brain food’ The Times

Winner: Best Scripted Comedy – BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019

Winner: Best Comedy with a live audience – BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019.

Age guidance 14+ years.

Studio
£14

@mrrobnewman
@nordenfarm

Rob Newman's Website

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