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Crime Scene Improvisation

An improvised comedy murder mystery.

No one knows who the killer is, not even the cast! Crime Scene Improvisation creates a brand new who-dunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience. Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours, the problem is theirs.

WHY? 'Innovation and top-tier entertainment ★★★★★ The Wee Review

‘Spontaneous mastery’ ★★★★ Fringebiscuit

Studio
£14 (£12 Supporters)

@CrimeSceneImpro
@nordenfarm

Crime Scene Improvisation's website

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Sophie Willan: Branded

Fresh from a total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this multi award winning break out star is heading out on tour!

Sophie Willan has had a lifetime of being branded by others. Now she tells us why with brutal honesty. Expect a raucous hour like no other from this unapologetic young powerhouse. As seen on Dave’s As Yet Untitled and as heard on BBC Radio 4.

WHY? ‘Entertaining and inspiring… perfectly structured with a rare sensitivity and intelligence’ ★★★★ The Times

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

Commissioned by Contact.

@sophiewillan
@nordenfarm

Sophie's website

Read more about Sophie's show in this Guardian article.

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Alice Marshall and Edd Hedges

Rising stars of the comedy world preview their latest material ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Alice Marshall returns with her signature weird and wonderful characters. This time they're transporting you all the way to the fifth dimension.

★★★★ Herald Scotland | ★★★★ Three Weeks | ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

Edd Hedges brings his unique storytelling. A teenager loses control of his car. A Halloween party takes an unexpected turn. There’s a thunderstorm in a village.

‘A joy to watch’ The Scotsman

Studio
£10

@alicemarshall
@Edd_Hedges
@nordenfarm

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Great British Mysteries: 1599?

Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you prefer Thomas More to Roger Moore?

Mystery hunters Olive and Teddy become embroiled with witches, haunted houses, and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience.

WHY? The Woman In Black meets Keystage Two Tudor history. Expect more gags than Henry VIII had wives

Studio
£10

@GBMysteries
@nordenfarm

SOLD OUT
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Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

One of Britain's leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery.

A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary's shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this, his brand new tour for 2018. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.

‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’ ★★★★ Scotsman

‘A master craftsman’ ★★★★ Times

‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner' ★★★★ Chortle

Support act tbc.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£17

  •  21 Sep SOLD OUT
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Gregg Wallace - Doesn't Get Tougher Than This

The star of BBC's MasterChef, Inside The Factory and Eat Well For Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show.

He mixes hilarious behind the scenes tales with demonstrations and audience fun and games. Join Gregg as he answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, shares classic anecdotes and dishes up a sumptuous serving of MasterChef’s juiciest bits.

Complete with a Q&A, this really is a must-see event for any foodie and Gregg fan!

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this 'electrifying' (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017 and Soho Theatre 2017.

The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt is a Sunday Times bestseller – and copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.

WHY? ‘Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs, and some blissfully brilliant wordplay’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Viscerally raw and passionately delivered’ ★★★★ Chortle

Courtyard Theatre
£17 (£15 conc)

Presented by Seabright Productions.

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Dr Phil Hammond - Happy Birthday NHS?

Nye Bevan's beautiful baby is 70 this year, but will she make a ton?

Dr Phil charts the course of the NHS from 1948 to as long as she lasts. Come cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look to the future of robot surgeons, Fitbit nurses and iPhone GPs. Batteries not included.

Dr Phil Hammond has worked in the NHS for 31 years and loves it so much he still does. He is also a broadcaster, journalist, author, campaigner and comic.

WHY? ‘If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre’ ★★★★ The Times

‘One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£12 NHS Staff)

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Ayesha Hazarika - Girl on Girl: The Fight for Feminism

Phew! After Weinstein and #MeToo, women of the world have finally united… Who cares about smashing the patriarchy when you can go full-on Prisoner: Cell-Block H? So, what happened to feminism? Is it too posh? Too white? When did Germaine Greer become Richard Littlejohn? Whose feminism is it anyway?

Ayesha is an ex-political adviser and regular pundit on Sky, BBC, CNN and LBC. She analyses the fight for feminism with humour and honesty, and asks – are sisters doing it to themselves?

WHY? ‘One of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for’ The Metro

‘Hazarika is terrific company - relaxed, mischievous and with a mind like a steel trap… go and see what she has to say’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Extremely funny… sharp and on the money, she is never cruel and manages to create a world I never thought possible. Catch her if you can’ The Guardian

‘Hazarika is an acute observer of the political world’ Arts Desk

‘Insightful, humorous and at times simply ‘hide behind the sofa’ stuff’ ★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter

‘Patently super smart and extremely eloquent, she offers an intriguing insight’
The Herald

‘Hazarika provides a fresh, sharp insight into what it’s really like to be a woman in British politics today… not to be missed’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

‘Genuinely engaging… hers is a story worth hearing’ Chortle

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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Patrick Monahan - #Goals

The multi award winning comedian and Edinburgh Fringe favourite returns to Norden Farm.

We all have life goals – whether it’s to win the lottery or marry up. Make it your goal to come and watch an hour of great comedy from an Irish Iranian smoggy!
For the last three years, Patrick has been listed by comedy website Ents24 as one of the Top 3 hardest working comedians in the UK.

WHY? ‘A definite must see’ ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Patrick’s a Fringe legend and it is easy to see why!’ ★★★★ The Mirror

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)


@PatrickJMonahan
@nordenfarm

Patrick's website

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The Thinking Drinkers – Pub Crawl

A brand new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history.

Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy. You'll learn a lot, you'll laugh a lot and, don't forget, you get five free drinks.

WHY? ‘Pioneers of alcohol based comedy’ ★★★★ Sunday Times

‘A terrific show. The best value for money in town’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£16


@thinkingdrinks
@nordenfarm

Thinking Drinkers' website

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Felicity Ward – Busting A Nut

The multi-award winning comedian is a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast. She is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Appisodes and Netflix’s Live from the BBC. This is Felicity’s second nationwide tour – she’s back and ready to bust a nutful of jokes.

As seen on BBC2’s Mock The Week, BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, BBC2’s Russell Howard’s Good News, The Inbetweeners 2 and as heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

WHY? ‘Tremendous… unrelenting… she’s so bloody funny‘ List

‘A laugh a minute... sharp, upbeat and self-mocking’ The Guardian

‘Thoroughly engaging... Warm and witty’ The Independent

★★★★★ The Mirror | ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Sunday Times | ★★★★ Chortle | ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals | ★★★★ Three Weeks | ★★★★ TV Bomb | ★★★★ The Skinny | ★★★★ Fest Mag

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

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James Mullinger Live - One Night Only

The Maidenhead-born comedian has taken Canada by storm since moving there in 2014.

He has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show. His stand up special Anything Is Possible was performed to over 5000 people, released internationally on Amazon Prime and was a bestseller on Blu Ray in North America.

James twice beat Jerry Seinfeld's sales record with his colossal arena shows. In 2015, James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) played James in a big screen movie about his early years in comedy (starring actors from Twilight, Downton Abbey and Notting Hill and comedians such as Jimmy Carr and Gilbert Gottfried). James works closely with many charities and in the past few years has raised over half a million dollars for children in need and women affected by violence.

He has sold out Norden Farm four times and loves it here so much that has picked this venue for his only UK tour date of 2018!

WHY? ‘Something of a sensation. The anecdotes come thick, fast and raucously funny’ Evening Standard

‘The moment this veteran British comic bounds on to the stage, you are in for an amazing hour of solo comedy’ Montreal Times

‘A great stand up’ Jimmy Carr

‘Fantastic, very talented and very funny. The next big thing’ Michael McIntyre

Supported by Ethan Ash and Andrew Doyle.

Courtyard Theatre
£15 (£13 conc)

@nordenfarm
@jamesmullinger

Click here to visit James's website

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Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe is a regular on BBC2's Mock The Week and BBC1's Live at the Apollo. She is also all over BBC Radio 4, with stints on The News Quiz, Just a Minute and The Now Show.

All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she's doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human?

WHY? 'Confident and razor sharp' The Observer

Courtyard Theatre
£15

'A hugely enjoyable mix of brutal putdowns and richly funny stories, Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd' The Guardian

'Zoe Lyons really cuts the mustard' Scotsman

Zoe Lyons's Website

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Harry and Chris Save the World

The hottest comedy-rap-jazz duo out there.

They might also be the only one. After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour.

Last year they prevented a apocalypse and got a panda pregnant, so they're now drunk on comedy-rap-jazz power, intent on bringing love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

WHY? ‘Amazing, fabulously entertaining’ Jonathan Ross

‘A wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay… Harry and Chris’ family friendly set leaves the audience with a smile on their face and the catchy tunes stuck in their head for the rest of the day’ ★★★★★ The Sunday Post

‘The numbers are upbeat and feel-good, and all of them are about surprising and inventive subjects or points of view’ ★★★★★ Fringe Guru

'The pair are inspiring Instagram posts in human form' Chortle

Studio
£12.50

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Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats

Highly acclaimed stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos hits the road this Autumn with his brand new tour.

As Brexit looms on, Trump reigns rampant and everyone seems pushed to extremes, Stephen’s main aim is to cheer us up.

Forget everything that’s going on in the world and immerse yourself in the warmth of “one of the most likable figures in British Comedy“ (Radio Times). As seen on QI, The People’s History of LGBT, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and What Does The K Stand For? on BBC Radio 4.

WHY? ‘Deliciously deft… we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout… you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times

'Unashamed feel-good entertainment’ The Evening Standard

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

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Hundred Watt Club presents An Evening of Burlesque and Cabaret

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Hundred Watt Club's gift to you is this hot toddy of a show, jam packed full of festive burlesque, cabaret, circus and drag acts.

Always seductive, always sublime, and always that little bit ridiculous. This is an evening of vintage inspired, Christmas themed entertainment. If you like your Winter nights bawdy and a little bit naughty, this is for you!

Starring: Your host, fabulous hostess and angel atop the Christmas tree Eva Von Schnippisch; slinky sugarplum fairy showgirl Lena Mae; circus royalty and her tinselled hula hoops Abi Collins; the queen of 'look-at-me', lametta bedecked Lolo Brow; and the ridiculous, but hairy and hunky Santa Claus, Dave The Bear!

WHY? Perfect for an alternative festive night out with work or friends.

Ages 18+ years only. Adult themes, strong language and partial nudity employed and embraced!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Hal Cruttenden - Chubster

Hal's literally filled our screens recently on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, BBC2’s The Apprentice: You're Fired, Channel 4’s Bake Off: Extra Slice and BBC’s Live at the Apollo.

His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet.

WHY? 'On top form' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'He had the audience in stitches' ★★★★★ Daily Record
'Hilarious' ★★★★ Evening Standard
' Hugely talented' ★★★★ The Times
'Go and see Hal Cruttenden' ★★★★ Daily Mirror

Courtyard Theatre
£18

@Halcruttenden
@nordenfarm

Hal's website

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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 Unwaged)

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Flo and Joan – Alive on Stage

The musical comedy duo and sisters are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs.

Flo and Joan enjoyed a sell out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers. They were winner of Best Musical Act at Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 and winner of Best Music and Variety Act in the 2018 Chortle Awards. Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘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

Studio
£12

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Andrew Maxwell - Showtime

A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos.

Andrew is known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome To Wherever You Are, Public Enemies).
He's been seen on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and BBC2’s Mock the Week. To a whole new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV's Ex On The Beach.
Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘One of the most significant comedians working in the country today’ ★★★★★ The Independent

‘Showtime is a masterclass in mirth, sublime timing, and killer punchlines’ ★★★★★ The Herald

Courtyard Theatre
£14

@andrewismaxwell
@nordenfarm

Andrew's website

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Glenn Wool: Wool's Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

The award winning comedian is now comfortably in his forties and a new dad.

He delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines. Does he still agree with those points of view or has he finally grown up? Plus a little navel gazing tossed in for the arty-farty types. Ages 16+ years.

WHY? ‘Lethally funny’ Metro

‘Absolutely hilarious’ Independent

‘Effortlessly funny… You have to go and see Glenn Wool’ Guardian

‘Why aren't you in a queue somewhere buying a ticket?’ Scotsman

Studio
£14

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Gyles Brandreth - Break a Leg!

They say all political careers end in tears.

In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical.

Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), the BBC Radio 4 Just a Minute regular delivers a dazzling hour of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

WHY? ‘A master raconteur’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

‘Total joy’ ★★★★★ Scotsman

Suitable for ages 12+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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Mark Watson – The Infinite Show

He’s been cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Dave’s Taskmaster and half-killed on Channel 4’s Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island. Now Mark returns to what he's best at: being indoors.

Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world's population is made up of other people: why can't we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK's most beloved and thinnest acts offers some suggestions, with his usual notoriously high joke-and-rant-per-minute rate.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? ‘He sparkles with originality and verve' Chortle

'A kind of unstoppably funny Superhero' Sunday Times

'Hugely entertaining, craftsmanlike, remarkable' Telegraph

Courtyard Theatre
£19

1 day ago Delve into an improvised comedy murder mystery with Crime Scene Improvisation this Saturday 23 June at 8pm --> https://norden.farm/events/crime-scene-improvisation Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours, the problem is theirs...

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