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Nick Helm: What Have We Become?

As the survivors of a global pandemic crawl from their fortified boltholes and begin to rebuild society, what is left of them and who amongst them dares to lead them to the light?

Join critically acclaimed and multi award-winning comedian Nick Helm as he embarks on a show so insightful, so honest, so legitimate that it will fix all of society’s problems and lead the way to a new plane of existence.

This is the future. The future is now.

As seen on Uncle (BBC Three), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment (BBC Three).

Nick is a two time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, British Comedy Award winner, a BAFTA nominee and Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe winner.

‘Terrific’ ★★★★ Times

‘Triumphant’ ★★★★ List

‘A true mastermind’ ★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

‘A true comedy daredevil’ ★★★★ Time Out

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Nick Helm's Website.
@TheNickHelm
@nordenfarm

Presented by Plosive Live in association with Sophie Chapman Talent

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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.

Supported by Helen Bauer.
Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Promoter Credit: Little Wander
Photo Credit: Matt Stronge

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Jen Brister: The Optimist

If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis (unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds).

Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.

'Furiously funny' The Guardian

'Her energy is explosive. Her use of space and delivery, mesmerising' The Sunday Times

'A phenomenal display of sinewy stand up' Chortle

Age guidance 16+ years.

Presented by Little Wander Ltd.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Jen's website

@JenBrister
@nordenfarm

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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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Helen Bauer - Madam Good Tit

2019's Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer nominee and your favourite self-aware stand up.

Helen brings a show about self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care. It’s the year of 'the self' and Helen is trying to be the change she wants you to see.

As seen on BBC's Live at The Apollo and star of ITV2, BBC Three, ITV2, Comedy Central and Radio 4.

'A personality that will fill a stadium... This girl will not be performing in small venues for much longer' ★★★★★ Sunday Express

'Slick, sassy and super satisfying' ★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ Chortle | ★★★★ The Skinny | ★★★★ The List

Presented by Berk's Nest in association with Blue Book Management.

Studio
£14

Helen's website

@HelenBaBauer
@nordenfarm

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Olga Koch: Just Friends

Star of Mock The Week, QI, Late Night Mash, her Amazon Prime comedy special and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee, Olga Koch brings you the roller coaster romcom you aren't tall enough to ride. Strap in.

Directed by Charlie Dinkin.

£1 from every ticket will go to Stonewall’s Ukraine Projects, in aid of the Ukrainian LGBTQ+ community.

'Uproarious, gleefully obscene comedy' The Guardian

'One of the most charismatic comedians on the circuit' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'A natural storyteller, she will keep you completely hooked' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ Funny Women | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ The Skinny| ★★★★ Fest Mag

Age guidance 16+ years.

Studio
£15

Olga Koch's Website.
@rocknrolga
@nordenfarm

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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.

Studio
£15

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Robin Morgan: Snip Snip, Bitch

One of the UK’s fastest rising comedy stars Robin Morgan brings a hilarious brand new show on tour for 2023

A lot has happened to Robin since the last tour. He’s moved back to Wales, happily married with two kids. So what happens next? A vasectomy of course.

Robin’s been all over your telly and radio, with appearances on Mock The Week (BBC Two), Richard Hammond’s Brain Reaction (Comedy Central), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

He created the topical panel show What Just Happened? (BBC One) and co-created Ellie Taylor’s Safe Space (BBC Radio 4), and also appeared in both, the greedy boy.

His writing credits include Have I Got News For You (BBC One), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), The Mash Report (BBC Two), The Great Pottery Throwdown (C4) and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), and is the studio warm-up artist for The Graham Norton Show (BBC One).

'Bloody funny. He must surely be on the verge of nationwide fame' Chortle

Studio
£13 | £10 conc

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Michelle de Swarte: Moved

Michelle De Swarte is an actress, comedian and writer. Born in South London, Michelle was spotted by a model scout at the age of 19 and moved to New York, where she became heavily involved in the comedy scene.

Since moving back to London she has starred as a series regular in Katherine Ryan’s Netflix series The Duchess, has filmed the lead role of Natasha in HBO/Sister Pictures series The Baby due for release Summer 2022, and will soon be seen in Amazon’s Backstage with Katherine Ryan.

Michelle is also writing her own semi autobiographical comedy series with Various Artists Limited and has recently been the tour support on Katherine Ryan’s tour.

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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