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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Luke Kempner and Bella Hull

Avalon are the UK's leading comedy agent - they bring two top comedians previewing their material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Luke Kempner has quickly established himself as the UK’s hottest new impressionist for the millennial comedy generation. His contemporary take on pop culture mimicry has amassed over 3 million views online. He's known for his viral sketch videos Alternative Love Island and Alternative Game of Thrones. Luke is part of the new Spitting Image cast, which can be seen on BritBox.

Bella Hull is a London-based comedian and writer. In 2022, she took her debut hour Babycakes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and subsequently to London’s Soho Theatre to wide acclaim. Bella regularly plays to sell-out crowds across the UK. Her TV appearances include BBC’s Stand Up for Live Comedy, ITV’s The Stand Up Sketch Show and Comedy Central Live. She also co-hosts the Last Night Ever podcast with Jacob Hawley.

Studio
£12

@lukekempner
@bellahull
@nordenfarm

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Mark Simmons: Quip Off The Mark

Mark Simmons is master of the one liners.

UK Comics’ Comic 2022 - Best Act

He recently joined Dara O’Brian and Hugh Dennis on BBC2’s Mock The Week as a semi-regular on the show and been appearing on BT Sport’s DIY Pundit and The Rugby’s On.

Mark also hosted News-ish and Film-ish on Fubar Radio alongside co-host Seann Walsh. He is now enjoying further success with his solo podcast Jokes With Mark Simmons. He invites a fellow comic, such as Gary Delaney and Milton Jones, to discuss jokes that they’ve written but simply just haven’t worked.

Quip Off The Mark isn’t your average one-liner show - there is a running theme throughout. This year Mark’s parents have sold the house he grew up in and he has to collect his box of stuff from the loft. Come discover what’s in the box in this top-level one-liner show structured in a way you’ve never seen before.

'One of the UK’s pre-eminent pun merchants… the quickest quipster in showbusiness' Evening Standard

'Master of one-liners… his (show) consist(s) of literally one liner after one liner, with one or two breaks for the audience to catch their breath before another assault on the laughter and muscles with the next segment' ★★★★★ One4Review

'Absolutely hilarious' ★★★★ The Scotsman

'A lot of excellent funny one-liners' Bruce Dessau

'A talented comic with an artisan’s grasp of joke writing' ★★★★ Chortle

RUNNER UP DAVE’s Top 10 Jokes of the Fringe 2022

DAVE’s Top 10 Jokes of the Fringe 2019 (& 2017)

Nominee Amused Moose: Best Show 2017

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Mark Simmons's website
@MarkSimmons
@nordenfarm

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Simon Day is Dave Angel: Eco Warrior

Supported by Billy Bleach and Tommy Cockles.

Dave Angel Eco Warrior - ‘Living The Dream’

The man who invented saving the planet and has dedicated his life to lowering carbon emissions and getting a pound note - Dave Angel reveals in speech and song how he has juggled a remarkable life of petty crime domestic bliss and his early forays into the British porn industry.

WALLOP!

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20
Simon Day's website
@simonday
@nordenfarm

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Sooz Kempner: PlayStation

The Twitter sensation and BBC Radio 4 regular takes to the road in her debut UK tour, following a sold-out Edinburgh Festival residency.

In 1998 Sooz got a PlayStation, the first adult console, and finally felt grown-up. But is she really? Find out in this stand up show for anyone who remembers the 90s or had big dreams as a kid (gamers and non-gamers alike)!

Sooz is an award winning comedy performer, singer, writer, and actor. She has written and performed eight solo stand up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Sooz is a regular collaborator with Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera, Made in Dagenham) and hosts two podcasts - Mystery on the Rocks and QueenPod, the official podcast for the band Queen.

Throughout lockdown she made a variety of online content including livestreams via Twitch and viral political videos which build a huge international following, and received press in The Guardian, The Independent and The Metro, as well as in the LA Times and Chicago Tribune across the Atlantic.

‘Kempner has funny bones and an effortless audience rapport’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Funny, witty and endlessly charming’ ★★★★ Broadway World

'A new wave of comedy' The Guardian

'Incredible... it shouldn't work but it really, really does' Independent

'Kempner is brilliant' LA Times

Part of the Pride Season
This year Norden Farm presents its first pride season featuring comedy, drama and film. We celebrate work from LGBTQ+ artists to demonstrate our support for the community and commitment to a world where no one is discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.

Studio
£15

Sooz Kempner's website
@SoozUK
@nordenfarm

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Rob Auton and Chloe Petts

Avalon are the UK's leading comedy agent - they bring two top comedians previewing their material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Rob Auton has written seven five star rated Edinburgh fringe shows - The Yellow Show, The Sky Show, The Face Show, The Water Show, The Sleep Show, The Hair Show, The Talk Show and The Time Show. He has performed his unique brand of comedy on Sky's The Russell Howard Hour and on Comedy Central's Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central. The latter set went viral on Facebook with 4.7m views and couniting. Rob is also the creator of The Rob Auton Daily Podcast which took home The Best Daily Podcast Award at the 2020 British Podcast Awards.

Chloe Petts is 'one of the most compelling young comics' (The Guardian) and 'clearly a rising star whose name will soon be in lights' (The Evening Standard). She has been a regular on Absolute Radio's The Frank Skinner Show, Sky Sport's World Cup Breakfast and also appeared on ITV's Jonathan Ross’s Comedy Club, ITV2's The Stand-Up Sketch Show and BBC2's Richard Osman’s House of Games. She is a co-founder of The Lol Word, a queer comedy collective that hosts sell-out monthly London nights, boasting the finest female and non-binary queer acts on the circuit.

Studio
£12

@robauton
@chloepetts
@nordenfarm

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Hal Cruttenden: It’s Best You Hear It From Me

After 21 years and 224 days Hal's back being single. But it's all going to be fine.

Instead of getting the therapy he clearly needs, he's made a cracking show about it. He's lost enough weight to almost get his wedding ring off and, while he may be flying solo, he's far from alone. He's got his grown-up daughters, his dogs and his divorce lawyer.

The fickle finger of fate has turned Hal's life upside down but he's sticking a finger right back at it.

‘Go and see Hal Cruttenden, he’s got something to say and he’ll make you laugh a lot!’ ★★★★★ Daily Mirror
'Funniest he’s ever been' ★★★★★ Sunday Times
‘The comedy gift that keeps on giving’ ★★★★ Scotsman
'Reminded me how much I love stand up' ★★★★ Times

Courtyard Theatre
£19

Hal Cruttenden website
@halcruttenden
@nordenfarm

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Laugh Out Proud!

Mark Cram | Kate Martin | Andrew O'Neil

A brand new LGBTQIA+ comedy night. Featuring the best in established and upcoming acts from the community on the UK comedy circuit.

This is night is all about giving acts and audiences alike a fun and friendly place to express themselves, kick back, have a laugh and good time in an inclusive and welcoming comedy club environment.

Whether it's comedy, cabaret or anything in between - Laugh Out Proud is the queer night out you're looking for.

The line up includes:

Mark Cram is quite the all-rounder - with both a killer set and strong MCing chops. For the last few years Mark has been plying his comedy trade across the UK. Constantly evolving, usually unpredictable - he is garnering positive reactions everywhere he goes.

Mark thrills crowds with his tales of dead-end jobs, his family and being the less than grateful winner of Bedford Comedian of the Year.

'A Masterclass in comedy design' Newbury Weekly News

Kate Martin is ‘brilliantly funny and energetic’ (Angela Barnes) and her ‘confident delivery and slick material’ (Chortle) has quickly established her as one of the most exciting new acts on the circuit.

At 6ft 1 and with the longest wingspan in comedy (probably), Kate’s a naturally engaging, energetic performer with effortlessly tight gags to match. Her unique background in mental health has given her a fresh take on the world. She has a completely distinctive voice and fuels her high energy storytelling, whip-smart punchlines and razor-sharp observations of life's quirks through queer eyes.

Kate was a finalist of the Funny Women Stage Awards 2022, runner-up in the finals of the WDCF New Comedian of the Year competition 2021, and in 2021 won the Comedy Store’s King Gong, Up the Creeks Blackout, and the Frog and Bucket’s Beat the Frog.

‘Bulletproof’ Chortle

'Undeniably gifted. Explosive new talent, definitely an act that you will be bragging about seeing early in her career' NDC

Andrew O'Neill is an award winning comedian, musician and best-selling writer. A psychedelic non-binary whirlwind, they combine surrealism, polemic and good old-fashioned stagecraft to produce uniquely counter-cultural stand-up.

Their distinctive voice and alternative credentials have set them apart and allowed them to carve out a unique place in the comedy world.

Andrew has performed in over a dozen different countries, at over a hundred different festivals and is equally at home in rowdy comedy clubs as performing to their own cult following.

'One of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the moment... hitting new heights of comedic brilliance' Timeout

'... talented, intelligent and unique. Bringing the spirit of the alternative '80s back into the comedy circuit' Dazed & Confused

'artistic and unique, their innate confidence and fondness of absurdity leaves their audiences feeling full of glee' Funhouse Comedy

Part of the Pride Season
This year Norden Farm presents its first pride season featuring comedy, drama and film. We celebrate work from LGBTQ+ artists to demonstrate our support for the community and commitment to a world where no one is discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.

Studio
£16

@andrewoneill
@markcram
@ThatKateMartin
@nordenfarm

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Notflix

The 'Spice Girls of improv' return in their five star, sell-out, totally improvised musical comedy.

Inspired by audience suggestions, the all-female cast improvise the musical version of your favourite films, creating movies with 100% more singing, 99% more women and a full live band.

Broadway World Best Comedy nominee and as seen on Sky TV, STV, BBC 5 Live.

'Notflix might very well be the best show you see this year, the year after that and hopefully forever' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

'A little piece of theatrical genius' ★★★★★ North West End

Studio
£16

Notflix website
@nordenfarm

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Tom Houghton: Absolute Shambles

After an incredible sold out debut run, the man who asked us “do you ski?” is leaving his home in the Tower of London (for good).

Catch him as he departs on a second triumphant tour across our nation armed with even more outrageous takes, unbelievable tales and biblical chat to leave you bowled over with laughter.

Having amassed a loyal fan base of over a quarter of a million followers the multi-viral, social media sensation is delving even deeper into his ludicrous life as he tries to smarten up the not so honorable aspects of himself. Take a look at the pitfalls of online celebrity, the perils of post-palace living and find out, that in an age where everyone is so obsessed with the veneer of virtual contentment, maybe it takes crashing back down to reality to discover where happiness truly lies.

As seen on Comedy Central and tour support for Milton Jones.

'Clever, passionate and soulful' ★★★★★ The New European

'A twisted view of the world' ★★★★★ The Sunday Express

'Get your tickets today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born' ★★★★★ One 4 Review

'This unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute' ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

'A crafty idiot' ★★★★ The Daily Mail

'Now that’s class' ★★★★ Fringe Guru

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@HonourableTom
@nordenfarm

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Primary School Assembly Bangers LIVE!

Join James for an evening of pure nostalgia, stepping back in time for some joyous singalong tunes to take you back to your Primary School days.

You won’t have to sit cross legged on the school hall floor, but you will be encouraged to sing along! As well as the assembly bangers, there will be other musical surprises with Top 10 lists and musical mashups.

Studio
£15

James B Partridge website
@jbpartridge
@nordenfarm

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Paul Chowdhry

The multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer.

Paul's latest tour Family-Friendly Comedian (No Children) was extended in 2022 for another 42 dates nationwide after a sell-out first run in 2021.

This follows Live Innit, a record-breaking, thrice-extended tour that saw Paul perform five nights at the Hammersmith Apollo and become the first British-Asian stand-up to sell out Wembley Arena.

The show won Best Live Event 2018 at the ITV Asian Media Awards and the Comedy award at the Eastern Eye’s Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards 2019. Paul won the Comedian of the Year award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards 2019.

Live Innit was subsequently released, in August 2019, as an Amazon Prime original special, and became the second most-watched Special in Amazon’s catalogue.

Courtyard Theatre
£12

This event will go on sale to Patrons and Bronze, Silver and Gold Members on Tuesday 30 May.

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Matt Forde and Huge Davies

Avalon are the UK's leading comedy agent - they bring two top comedians previewing their material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Matt Forde is one of the country’s most in-demand satirists. In his Political Party podcast, he has interviewed guests ranging from Nicola Sturgeon, David Blunkett, Andrew Marr, Jess Phillips, Angela Rayner, Rory Stewart and Sadiq Khan to name a few. The podcast has amassed over 6 million downloads and been nominated for Best Comedy Podcast from the British Podcast Awards and the Internet Award at the Chortle Awards. Matt is also the co-host of Wondery’s flagship podcast British Scandal alongside Alice Levine.

Huge Davies combines his confident on stage presence, dark humour, surreal material with his one-of-kind customised keyboard. He appears regularly on television, including his own Channel 4 sitcom The Artists which he created, wrote and starred in. Huge performs both in the UK and internationally, also supporting Phil Wang and Joe Lycett on their national tours. Huge has worked as a writer for Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Famalam, is a regular performer on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and co-hosts live podcast The Film Quiz with Nick Helm.

Studio
£12

@mattforde
@hughdavies
@nordenfarm

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Avalon Edinburgh Preview - Lou Sanders and Jacob Hawley

Avalon are the UK's leading comedy agent - they bring two top comedians previewing their material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Lou Sanders is one of Britain’s most original comedians. She is the champion of series eight of Taskmaster (Dave), co-hosts Mel Giedroyc’s Unforgivable (Dave) and other recent television appearances include The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS), Live at the Apollo (BBC), QI (BBC2), Travel Man: 48 Hours in… (Channel 4), Would I Lie to You? (BBC1), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Richard Osman’s House of Games (BBC), Hypothetical (Dave), Aisling Bea’s sitcom This Way Up (C4), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky 1), Jon Richardson’s Ultimate Worrier (Dave), Karl Pilkington’s sitcom Sick of It (Sky One), and frequently co-hosts live radio shows filling in for John Robins, Elis James and Ed Gamble.

Lou’s 2018 stand-up show Shame Pig received rave reviews, added extra shows at both the Edinburgh Fringe and sold out three separate runs at London’s Soho Theatre. The show subsequently toured and was named a top show to see by publications including The Guardian, The Scotsman, The List, The Mirror and The Evening Standard. Lou returned to Edinburgh with Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy which again was critically acclaimed, completely sold out, and went on to become Lou’s largest tour to date. She has also taken the show to LA and New York and has recently finished touring her new show One Word: Wow.

Jacob Hawley is the distinctly millennial rising star of the Edinburgh Fringe’ (New Statesman) can be seen on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), Ladhood (BBC3) and is the creator and star of Radio 4’s Class Act and Welcome To Britain.

Jacob is the presenter and creator of BBC Sounds’s Jacob Hawley: On Drugs and Jacob Hawley On Love. The show charted 12th in the Uk Top Podcast charts, was recommended by Great British Podcasts, regularly featured in Apple’s New and Noteworthy list and was highlighted in Cosmopolitan’s Top 55 Podcasts. The podcast earned him an ARIA (Audio & Radio Industry Awards) 2020 Silver Award for Best New Presenter and Bronze for New Voice Award at the Audio Production Awards (APAs), sponsored by Audible.

Jacob has rapidly generated interest as one of the boldest new voices on the circuit with his astute observations and political passion. His live shows have sold out at both The Edinburgh Fringe and at London’s Soho Theatre.

Studio
£12

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WiFi Wars

The live comedy game show where you all play along!

Log in with your smartphone or tablet and compete in a range of games, puzzles and quizzes to win the show - and prizes!

Hosted by comedian Steve McNeil (team captain on UK TV's hit comedy/gaming show "Dara Ó Briain’s Go 8 Bit) and aided by Guinness World-Record-Breaking tech whizz, the award-winning Rob Sedgebeer!

'Not To Be Missed' The Guardian
Time Out - Critic's Choice
The Times - Hot List
Metro - Top Ten London Geek Nights Out

2pm show - suitable for ages 6+ years
8pm show - suitable for 12+ years

There’ll be entirely different games and quizzes at each show - so come to both if you'd like!

Studio
£15 I £12 under 16s

Wifi Wars website
@WifiWars
@nordenfarm

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Markus Birdman: Platinum

June 5th 2021, I had a stroke. It was my second. I found myself in hospital, mid lockdown, with no visitors allowed.

I've permanently lost half my eyesight. One night I went to the toilet and sat down on another naked blind man, already there. I was too blind to see him. He was too blind to stop me!

So it's not ALL doom!

I’d like to tell you about it. Not to create feelings of pity toward me, more a sense of awe & fawning admiration.

I have had a unique experience about a topic, often sniggered over, but I'm keen to make you laugh, but also to raise a little awareness. Well done me! (Ahem!)

Markus Birdman has thundered back into comedy with his Edinburgh Fringe show earning him a nomination for the 2023 Chortle Awards. He has also recently written for Jayde Adams and supported Jason Manford at the Palladium.

★★★★ ½ 'A torrent of formidable gags, skilfully told, and with a gripping story underpinning them all' Chortle

★★★★ 'This soul baring show is a joy. Such weighty material, handled with the utmost respect' The Skinny

Studio
£15.50

@birdmanwatching
@nordenfarm

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Jordan Gray – Is It A Bird?

Fresh off a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, a historic performance at The London Palladium, a game-changing set on Channel 4’s Friday Night Live, and a triumphant season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Jordan returns to the UK to take on babies, boobies, bigots and Batman in this blistering music and comedy show.

After 10 years in the music biz (and a memorable run on The Voice), Jordan Gray has suddenly become one of the UK’s most exciting and celebrated rising comics, recently winning the Channel 4 Comedy Breakthrough Star Award.

Jordan has been featured on the BBC, ITV, Sky and Comedy Central, and recently had ITV commission a pilot alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

‘A gorgeous, accomplished and deeply funny hour’ ★★★★★ Guardian

‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane’ No, it’s the sound of a star taking flight’ ★★★★★ Telegraph

This hilarious, bold show will change lives' ★★★★★ Independent

★★★★★ Scotsman

★★★★★ List

Courtyard Theatre
£25

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Ashley Blaker: Normal Schmormal

A new stand-up show about the joys of raising children with special needs.

From the star of hit Radio 4 series ‘6.5 Children’, and author of book ‘Normal Schmormal’ published this summer. Ashley has six kids, three of whom have a SEN diagnosis. Between endless meetings, countless therapists, public humiliations, failed playdates, horrific hygiene, surreal monologues and occasional violence, it’s certainly not what anyone would call a ‘normal’ household – but would he want it any other way?

Ashley distils the love, madness and chaos of his home life into a brilliant evening of standup for all the family. He's just glad to be out of the house, to be honest.

‘A slickly funny stand-up show’ New York Times

‘Warmth and wit’ ★★★★ Daily Mail

‘A special vein of comic material’ ★★★★ Financial Times

£15

@AshleyBlaker
@nordenfarm

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Pete Firman - TrikTok

With over 175 million online views and countless TV appearances under his belt, Pete is firmly established as the UK's top comedy magician.

You may have seen him on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1's The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Or maybe you have caught one of his massively popular viral videos on social media.

Pete is an award winning performer who is not to be missed live. Expect an evening of jaw dropping magic and laugh-out-loud comedy.

TrikTok takes Pete's magic from the small screen to the stage and gives audiences a chance to see his critically-acclaimed magical skills in the flesh.

★★★★★ The Mirror
★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ Independent
★★★★ Scotsman
★★★★ Metro

'The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century’ The Times
'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ The Telegraph
'Seamless blending of quality magic and stand-up comedy. It is a joy to watch’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
‘The best magic tricks in the Universe’ Independent

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Pete Firman's website
@petefirman
@nordenfarm

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Simon Brodkin: Screwed Up

Fresh from his sold-out, critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run and becoming the most viewed British comedian of all time on TikTok, the world famous prankster and Lee Nelson creator is back with an outrageous new show.

In Screwed Up Simon rips into celebrity culture, social media, the police, Putin, Prince Andrew and Jesus.

Nothing is off limits in this hilarious show, including his own mental health, his family, his five arrests and how he once found himself at an underground sex party.

'No show has made me laugh more than this one… His finest hour on stage' ★★★★ The Times

'Screwed Up is a full-on rat-a-tat gag-fest' ★★★★ Mail On Sunday

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

Simon's website
@SimonBrodkin
@nordenfarm

  •  28 Sep SOLD OUT
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Ria Lina: Riawakening

In the aftermath of a global pandemic, the comedian and scientist has had a Riawakening and sees the world differently.

In this highly anticipated debut tour Ria tackles the issues of coming out of a global pandemic, the new normal, divorce, dating in a new digital world, motherhood and what it really means to be a woman today.

Fearless, provocative, and very funny, Ria Lina is the only Filipina comedian in British stand-up and a hugely admired talent in the comedy industry.

Her extensive list of credits includes Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, Lovestruck High, Richard Hammond’s Brain Reaction, House of Games, The Last Leg and Celebrity Mas-termind.

'I guarantee you will laugh a lot' ★★★★ The Scotsman

Studio
£16

Ria Lina's website
@RiaLina
@nordenfarm

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Alfie Moore: A Face for Radio

Somewhere in a parallel universe little Alfie’s natural comedic performance skills were recognised by his doting parents who encouraged and developed his blossoming talent.

After several years as a stage school brat Alfie’s angelic face was launched onto stage and screen and the rest is history...

Meanwhile, in this universe Alfie Moore was told to stop messing about in class before being 'encouraged' into the grinding, grimy world of an apprenticeship in the Sheffield steelworks.

When recession hit he traded steel for copper by joining Humberside Police.

In his 40s the two universes collided when Alfie made a bid for showbiz success - but unfortunately 30 years of shift-work and being punched in the face quite a lot, had left him with a face for radio!

A face not so much 'lived in' as inhabited by a settlement of squatters with little regard to property maintenance and repair.

This is the true story of Alfie’s big plan to transition from the BBC radio waves to TV star. Could it be done? Or had Father Time decided that his time had passed?

Star of BBC Radio 4's It's a Fair Cop.

'…offbeat, revealing and very funny' Daily Mail
'…thoroughly engaging, endlessly funny. His charisma shines through as bright and colourful as a twirling blue light' Mature Times

Alfie Moore's website
@alfiemoore
@nordenfarm

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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Helen Bauer: Grand Supreme Darling Princess

Star of Live at the Apollo, Late Night Mash and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee.

Helen Bauer brings a show all about the women in her life, from her mother to her best friend and that one girl who was mean in 2008.

Oh, and Disney Princesses, obvs.

Co-host of the smash-hit podcast Trusty Hogs and seen on BBC3, Comedy Central, Dave, ITV and more.

'Sticking out for all the right reasons’ ★★★★ Scotsman

‘Utterly brilliant’ ★★★★ List

Studio
£15

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Rachel Fairburn: Showgirl

Rachel 'Very much the rock’n’roll star of British comedy'- Rolling Stone' - 'Fairburn delivers…with sadistic glee' – Guardian - 'Mouth Almighty' – Her Friends' is back with a brand-new tour for 2023.

She’ll be casting her acerbic eye over everything from your children to her pretentious new alcohol-free life (accurate at time of writing). She’s worried though. Has she mellowed a bit? She carries a lucky crystal now. Catch her before she disappears to the countryside with only joss sticks and taxidermy for company.

Co-host of International smash hit podcast All Killa No Filla and as seen on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), Richard Osman’s House of Games (BBC) and Russell Howard Hour Life Lesson (Sky)

'Huge presence in a pint-sized frame' ★★★★ Chortle

'Bright, brave and bitterly enjoyable' ★★★★ The Skinny

'Gag-heavy, opinionated and smart' ★★★★ Funny Women

@rachelfairburn
@nordenfarm

Studio
£16

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The Greatest Magician: An Evening of Wonders

‘A polished showman and raconteur. An unforgettable evening we can’t stop talking about'.

Following a completely sell out run in 2022 - James Phelan, the magician most infamous for jamming the BBC switchboard after he correctly predicted the lottery presents with an all new show for 2023.

This dazzling, five star rated magic show will leave you aching with laughter and dizzy in disbelief. Directed by the late Paul Daniels in his final theatrical project and Rated 5 stars across the board - you’ll see why The List magazine called this show ‘one to watch in the world of magic’.

'One of the most endearing factors is seeing amazed faces young and old. This
show has many moments like that' ★★★★★ BBC Sounds

'Leaves even the most seasoned magic go-ers flabbergasted' ★★★★★ Fringe Magazine

'Magic is in his bones. Disbelief, flabbergasted, stunned... Quick thinking humour rolls off his tongue’ ★★★★★ Henley Herald

This enigmatic and critically acclaimed, glance at the most engaging of art-forms transports you to a jaw-dropping world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. One night only and a sure sell-out so don’t miss out! James Phelan is The Greatest Magician.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

The Greatest Magician website
@TheGreatestMagician
@nordenfarm

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Alfie Brown: Red Flags Galore!

In his new show, award winning comedian Alfie Brown is showing signs that he probably can't have a healthy relationship and proceeding down the road with him would be emotionally dangerous. But what are these signs? Alfie Brown is the most hated man in an internet forum that he is not even the main subject of. But perhaps reading the worst things about yourself can be an educational experience? Is the digital age turning us bad, or is it merely shining a light on the bad previously unseen?

WINNER: CHORTLE AWARDS 2022 - BEST SHOW - SENSITIVE MAN
NOMINEE: DAVE'S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS MAIN PRIZE - SENSITIVE MAN - 2022

‘It is tricky to write 350 sensible words when you come out a show simply thinking Wow!‘ ★★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Breathtaking... a unique, provocative voice’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

★★★★ The Times

Studio
£16

Alfie Brown's website
@alfiebrown
@nordenfarm

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Geoff Norcott: Basic Bloke

On his sixth UK tour, the comedian tries to make sense of the current cultural and political scene with his playfully provocative brand of humour.

Whether it's the dire blandness of the two main parties or the shamelessly shoe-horned right-on messages in adverts and films, Geoff continues to tread in areas much of comedy leaves well alone.

But this time around he also has a mission. As well as casting his everyman eye over what's happening in wider society, Geoff is trying to unpick what's happening with your average bloke. Remember them?

It’s been a rough couple of years for blokes. Toxic masculinity has grabbed all the headlines and ruined it for communal garden geezers, who have been put under the microscope like never before. At first glance, there’s not much to examine – there’s no Bloke 2.0.

Taking up his own bloke’s-eye-view, Geoff can see that despite the social media vortex, your man in the street, average Joe, man on the Clapham Omnibus and your John Smiths just keep plodding on, fuelled by a diet of football, sheds, super-hero films, sporting autobiographies, wearing socks at all times and strategically burying feelings when necessary.

However, under the paraphernalia of manhood and the sometimes basic, even primal, behaviour of dads and lads, Geoff can see that there is something mysterious and definitely non-toxic going on.

A kindly and funny stock-take of both himself and his fellow man, Geoff unlocks some of the more complicated behaviour of your husbands, dads and brothers.

'He has become one of our most refreshingly funny comedians of any stripe' ★★★★ The Times

'He’s a class act with a mature, sharp take on modern politics' Sunday Times

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

Geoff Norcott's website
@geoffnorcott
@nordenfarm

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Jo Caulfield – Here Comes Trouble

Voted Comedians’ Comedian of The Year 2021/2022, Jo Caulfield is quite simply one of the most consistently funny and creative comics in the country.

Hot on the heels of her sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, Here Comes Trouble is packed with brilliant routines and fantastically embarrassing stories.

Audiences can expect razor-sharp observations and scandalous one liners as Jo gets her claws into everything and everyone. From yelling at strangers on trains (and many other places), to discussing ridiculous sexual fantasies and annoying her neighbours, Jo doesn’t mean to cause trouble; she just has the nerve to say out loud what everyone else thinking!

This is Jo Caulfield doing what she does best: pure Stand-Up. Just Jo, a microphone, and a bad attitude.

'Sharp-witted urban comedy that goes down a treat… like a sociology textbook but with jokes' The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£17

Jo Caulfield's website
@JoCaulfield
@nordenfarm

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Paul Foot: Dissolve

Life is a stress: full of rushed breakfasts, angry people, internal conflict and Jacob Rees-Mogg.

But what happens when everything you thought was important – your
problems, grievances against others, your very identity – simply disappears?

Dissolve is Paul Foot's most personal, surprising and ground-breaking show ever.

In the year 2022 AD something momentous changed for Paul, and in this show he will reveal how he discovered the secret of life on the outskirts of Lancaster.

Inevitably he does get distracted by King Tutankhamun, the House of Lords, Sir Cliff Richard, officious lollipop ladies and what Jesus might have achieved if he’d been a plumber.

As seen on Would I Lie To You?, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

‘Sublime, original, brilliant’ The Independent

To be clear, Paul discovered the secret of life while he was located on the outskirt of Lancaster. Not the secret to living on the outskirts of Lancaster. There isn’t an answer to that.

Presented by Plosive Live.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Paul Foot's website
@paulfoot
@nordenfarm

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Chris McCausland: Yonks!

You might have seen him on Scared of the Dark, Would I Lie to You, Have I Got News for You, The Royal Variety, QI, Blankety Blank, The Last Leg, and tons more as well.

He's been called an 'overnight success' - even though he's been doing stand-up for yonks!

Chris McCausland is hitting the road again with another masterclass in stand-up comedy that has literally been yonks in the making.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

Chris McCausland's website
@chrismccausland
@nordenfarm

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