After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, 'I'm Not Here', and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he's not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether.
It's hard to be everywhere at once, so he's narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places beginning with M or W, his initials - as they've already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place. A few of these will be favourite old haunts like Winchester or Manchester, but quite a few of them are the result of Googling and quite a number are so remote that we won't know they definitely exist until we get there. Also, some aren't actually towns so much as trains (from Marylebone to Wycombe), or ferries (across the Mersey), or a helicopter museum (in the double-point-scoring Middle Wallop).
The material will be a mixture of the classic and the never-before-seen. And in some cases a fair bit of it will be about being on a train.
Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is known for his legendary stand up performances.
Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, expect a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. Omid has recently starred in BBC1’s Dickensian, Sky1’s Lucky Man and BBC4’s Going Forward with Jo Brand.
WHY? ‘Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle’ Sunday Times
Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it?
Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.
After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment – ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.
WHY? ‘Deliciously deft… we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout… you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times
Age guidance 16+ years.
Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in early 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell out tour ending at The London Palladium, A show that was described as 'electrifying' Chortle, 'Blistering' Evening standard and 'desperately misjudged’ The Times.
The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.
WHY? 'This is political satire at its finest and Pie is ’the Most exciting satirical creation since partridge’ Rory Bremner
Age guidance 15+ years.
What is Christmas all about? It's about telling bad jokes, singing badly, drinking lots and, despite all these, having the best time together.
So who better to spend Christmas with than The Horne Section? In this festive fiesta they will do everything in their power to make your Christmas dreams come true with a night of comedy gold, frankincense frolics and musical myrrh.
WHY? ‘An absolute blast’ ★★★★★ Metro
The critically-acclaimed sketch duo bring their 4nd hour of gag-laden comedy. Filled with their trademark off-beat jokes, fast-paced sketches and overwhelming politeness.
With a potent combination of heartfelt absurdity, high-concept silliness and sweat-drenched toil, Thünderbards will stop at nothing to make your day great again. Stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.
WHY? ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ Broadway Baby | ★★★★ ThreeWeeks
Lou’s ground breaking show about her experiences with baby loss.
Imagine visiting your favourite friend/aunty/spinster. She's a touch eccentric but always ‘alright’. Until last year. With a bit of self-discovery and some painful yet funny situations, this is a story about life and, ultimately, death.
WHY? ‘That she can spin between the happy and sad so quickly is testament to her abilities as an innately strong storyteller… she has the room rapt’ ★★★★ Chortle
£12 (Supporters £10)