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Mitch Benn: It's About Time

'The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once' Albert Einstein (probably)

If it feels like the past is catching up with us and the future isn’t what it used to be, then fear not!

Mitch Benn, comedian, songwriter and thinker of deep thoughts, (not to mention 'the country's leading musical satirist' The Times) is back, clock in one hand and guitar in the other, to help you look at time in a whole new way.

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Geoff Norcott - I Blame the Parents

The fourth national tour for Geoff Norcott, following on the back of Conswervative, Traditionalism and Taking Liberties.

This time Geoff talks less politics (alright, there will probably be a bit), but this brand-new show will mostly explore personal responsibility, parenting and who should take the blame when things go wrong.

Whatever happened to the idea of personal responsibility? In the age of victimhood, it seems like whatever’s wrong with your life it can be blamed on someone else. Governments, employers… some bigot from four hundred years ago.

Where did it go wrong? It has to be the parents. Every generation there’s an opportunity for a new set of mums and dads to set their kids straight and make a stand against whatever trendy nonsense is currently doing the rounds. But do we? Or is it easier to give into fear and the pursuit of a quiet life?

Geoff has realised he’s also a bag of contradictions. Raised on a south London council estate by two maverick parents, there’s plenty he has to sift through. His Dad was a trade union man who obsessed over stocks and shares. His mum was a closet chauvinist and far too frank on the subject of sex.

With a child of his own, Geoff spies a one-off chance for his family to finally get it right and produce a balanced human being, but can he filter out his own bollocks before it gets to his son?

WHY? 'Sets himself apart from the liberal commentariat with a sharp self-knowing wit ★★★★ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Patrick Monahan: Started from the Bottom, Now l’m Here

Smart and funny observations on a new found, middle class lifestyle with ski holidays, through the prism of poor, immigrant, living-in-a-caravan roots.

Multi award winning comedian and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Patrick Monahan returns on Tour with a brand new stand up show which premiered with a highly successful run at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh.

As seen on BBC's The One Show, ITV's Fake Reaction and Celebrity Squares.

‘Delightful, impressive and very funny’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

'Patrick is a Fringe legend and it's easy to see why' ★★★★ Daily Mirror

'Rip roaringly funny… fun! Another hour would have suited everyone' ★★★★★ One4Review

'Hilarious' ★★★★★ Three Weeks

Studio
£15

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Flo & Joan - Sweet Release

Multi-award winning musical comedy duo (and sisters) Flo & Joan are climbing out of their pits, armed with a piano and percussion section to bring you a brand new show of their critically acclaimed songs and comedy.

Their unique, sharp-tongued style has taken them around the world with multiple sell-out tours and appearances at the Just For Laughs Festival Montreal and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Now they are back with their biggest ever UK national tour, poking around all the classic topics of the day: over-thinking, alien lovers and fringes.

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), online with over 50 million views of their viral songs, in your personal nightmares, and in ‘Alive on Stage’, their own special available worldwide on Amazon Prime.

'Musical comedy hasn’t been in such safe hands for years' The List

'It’s the harmonies of Frankie Valli with the sensibilities of Frankie Boyle' Chortle

★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ Sunday Times

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Rich Hall's Hoedown Deluxe

Rich Hall’s comedy/music locomotive keeps on rollin’.

Ever-evolving, ever-changing, Rich’s combination of keen acerbic stand-up combined with spit and sawdust alt-country lyricism is a 'win-win' (Guardian), as sold out crowds across the UK have attested. Fans keep returning because this show goes where other comedians wouldn’t dare: Barrow-in-Furness for example.

Rich’s acclaimed BBC4 documentaries (most recently Rich Hall’s Red Menace) and his Radio 4 series Election Breakdown have established a whole new legion of followers. He’s also a stalwart of QI and Have I Got News For You. But seeing the Hoedown is a whole different experience. Gut-busting, rib-tickling, toe-tapping, and shit-kicking, Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe covers the full anatomical spectrum.

'Vital and incredulously angry. Hilarious' The Scotsman

Courtyard Theatre
£17

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Terry Alderton - It's Terry!

'Unstable and deliciously unexpected' The Guardian

It’s Terry is a brand new knock about show introduced by the world famous character performer ‘Richie Raganoo’. By his own omission, is Terry's 'weakest character he does. But his most successful!'.

It’s Terry has narrative, it’s a throw it up and see where it lands kind of show. So those that Know, Know, and those who don’t… will!

It’s Terry!!!

'He’s proved himself as a comedian of dizzying inventiveness' ★★★★★ The Times

Terry is one of the most exciting comedians around, regularly performing all over the globe and picking up the odd award. He has played the Melbourne Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, India, Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Canadas Just For Laughs, Dublin and Galway Comedy Festivals and many more. He is also recognisable to fans as character ‘Terry Spraggan’ in BBC EastEnders and ‘Charlie Mead’ in London’s Burning.

'A fantastic comedy mind' Eddie Izzard (Lost Python, Runner)

His TV stand up credits include, Live At The Apollo (BBC), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Comedy Road Show (BBC), The Stand Up Show (BBC), Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Just For Laughs Comedy Gala (Montreal), All Stars Comedy Gala (Melbourne), All Stars Gala (New Zealand), and The Waverley Gala (Edinburgh).

Terry has also written and performed in three series of his BBC Radio 4 show Terry Alderton’s All Crazy Now.

'The feeling that you get in a room when the comedy is this good is unique. The audience becomes a single entity, bound by laughter and enjoyment. It is a powerful and rarely felt effect and you really must experience it. Thank you, Terry Alderton, for giving me the comedy thrill of a lifetime' Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

Courtyard Theatre
£17

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The Greatest Magician

A dazzling new magic show - presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboards after he correctly predicted the lottery. This astonishing, enigmatic, five star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief.

’There’s a moment you will remember for the rest of your life’ Chortle Magazine

Directed by the late Paul Daniels, this mind-blowing magic show comes to the stage for the first time - you’ll be transported to a jaw-dropping world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery.

'Leaves even the most seasoned magic goers dumbfounded' ★★★★★ Fringe Magazine

Focusing on mind-bending feats of illusion, from making people forget their own names to vanishing them from the auditorium entirely - this sensational show is a sure sell-out and showing in Maidenhead for one night only.

Presented by host of BBC’s Trickster: Live, ‘the most anticipated magician in a generation’ - James Phelan is The Greatest Magician.

‘The magic was great... there was the right level of pzaz. With huge laughs and stunning tricks’ ★★★★★ Voice Magazine

‘Will leave even the most seasoned magic goers flabbergasted’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Fringe Magazine

‘He barely skips a beat... one to watch in the World of magic’ ★★★★ The List

‘James has stage presence by the bucket load’ ★★★★ One4Review blog

‘You’re funny, you look good, all your tricks work, if you were anyone else I’d hate you’ Paul Daniels

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

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Jessica Fostekew: Wench

A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?).

You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill's Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She's a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4's News Quiz and Now Show.

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Promoter Credit: Little Wander
Photo Credit: Matt Stronge

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Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It

We've all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don't worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered.

At 41, he's halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one.

Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the 'Taskmaster' survivor, multi-award-winner and 'No More Jockeys' cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we'll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.

★★★★★ Telegraph

★★★★ Times | Independent | Metro | Time Out | Chortle

'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

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