An Avalon Edinburgh Festival preview.
Matt Ford is one of the country’s most in-demand satirists. He has appeared on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats and BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News.
James Loveridge is one of the most exciting young talents in recent years. He is an entertaining storyteller with a cheeky and charming personality that can warm any room.
WHY? Matt is a familiar face on TV and radio, while James has already had a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe
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An Avalon Edinburgh Festival preview.
Richard Herring previews his brand new Edinburgh show - Oh Frig, I’m 50! He makes a triumphant return to this year’s festival celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first Fringe
Flo & Joan are aToronto-based musical comedy duo. Their 2016 Edinburgh show was announced as one of the Top 10 shows at the Fringe in the Amused Moose Comedy Awards.
WHY? Flo & Joan have played to sold-out audiences across North America and Richard returns to Norden Farm having had numerous sell out shows
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My Family: Not the Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats.
A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!
‘Baddiel launches himself into the Louis CK league of no-holds-barred comedy’ Metro
‘This is a rare production that boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears’ Evening Standard
‘Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection’ The Guardian
‘Hugely funny…If you’re going to disrespect the dead and the incapacitated, do it like this: truthfully, inventively and, finally, lovingly’ The Times
‘Universally joyful… I wish this show long life’ Chortle
‘Rare to see one that draws its subject as honestly, vividly and humorously as this’ The i
‘A show that bubbles with love and unexpected joie de vivre’ The Telegraph
‘An exceptional piece of comedy’ Den of the Geek
★★★★★ Metro | ★★★★★ Jewish Chronicle | ★★★★★ Heat | ★★★★★ Den of Geek |
★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ Sunday Times Culture | ★★★★ Evening Standard | ★★★★ The i | ★★★★ WhatsOnStage | ★★★★ Mail On Sunday, Event Magazine | ★★★★ City A.M. | ★★★★ The Arts Desk | ★★★★ London Theatre
An Avalon Edinburgh Festival Preview.
Steve Bugeja is an award winning comedian who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and his own sketch for BBC3 - 10 Things You Should Know as an Adult.
Alex Smith is known for his trademark mix of laser sharp stand-up observations and cleverly crafted comedy songs.
WHY? Both Steve and Alex have previously supported Russell Kane on national tours.
£10 (£8 conc)
Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour but unfortunately it isn’t quite ready yet.
Don’t panic though he’s a professional, it’s the guy with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4.
‘Absurdist one-line masterpieces’ The Times
‘He’s fast absurd and very funny’ Radio Times
‘The best one-liner merchant in british comedy’ Chortle
‘No-one can touch jones when he hits his stride’ The Guardian
An evening in the company of an idiot. Or is he? Yes he is. Only come if you like jokes though. If not you’ll be cross.
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Adam Hess is known for his unique brand of comedy on Twitter. In 2013 one of his tweets was voted funniest of the year by The Telegraph.
Jack Barry has performed in the prestigious Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has also performed as one half of sketch duo Twins.
WHY? Adam won the Chortle Student Comedy Award while Jack has supported James Acaster on tour
£10 (£8 conc)
You’ve seen Lee sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live, on stage, at his hilarious best. A rare opportunity to see Lee perform in such an intimate venue ahead of his return to the Edinburgh Festival.
All profits from the show will be going to Lee.
‘Comedy legend’ The Sun
‘You should be ashamed of yourself’ Sepp Blatter
‘Comedy genius’ The Mirror
‘GET HIM OUT!’ Donald Trump
Greg Davies, BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years.
Join 'undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy' (Evening Standard) on his biggest ever tour. Come witness the magnificent beast that is Greg Davies.
'One of this country’s best comedians' The Times
Join Olive Bacon (Supernaturalist) and Dr Teddy Tyrell (Scorpio), in this adventure into the unknown.
A live mockumentary investigating monsters, myths and Noel Edmonds. Prepare to be mildly unnerved. This is the first show by Rose Robinson and Will Close as The Cloak & Dagger Club.
WHY? Will and Rose make up one half of award winning sketch act Mixed Doubles, as heard on BBC Radio 4
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Hundred Watt Club return with a glittering, sublime and ridiculous evening of good old fashioned burlesque and cabaret entertainment.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of award winning burlesque artists, nail biting vaudeville thrills, rib tickling comedy and our soul soothing chanteuse.
Ages 18+ years.
WHY? A real ‘dress up and sit down’ evening of vintage inspired entertainment
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The Handlebards are the world’s first cycling theatre company.
They present an all female bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s classic play. Rosalind and Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust, love and mistaken identity.
WHY? Expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter
£14 (£12 conc)
In preparation for next series of his hit TV show Modern Life is Goodish (Dave), Dave Gorman is back on the road armed with brand new material.
Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop.
WHY? 'Has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria’ Metro
James Phelan presents a night of light hearted, prank focused magic: utilising audience participation to comic effect.
Described by the Radio Times as having ‘a cheeky charm’, join James for an evening of entertainment that is both jaw-dropping and laugh-out-loud funny.
WHY? James is nephew of the late Paul Daniels and has recently headlined for The Magic Circle
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Join the UK’s leading comedian/magician for a night of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic.
Recently seen on Tonight at The London Palladium (ITV1) The Next Great Magician (ITV1) and Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1) and star of BBC1’s The Magicians, expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic.
He has guested on countless TV shows, including BBC2’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme, BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, BBC1’s Celebrity Mastermind and BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live.
'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic' The Telegraph
'The best magic tricks in the universe' The Independent
'The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century' The Times
A lot has happened to Matt Richardson since his last tour in 2013. A lot of it is quite strange.
Most comedians hope to win accolades and make people laugh, very few end up with Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush trophy.
From interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone nicked by Kate Moss - it’s been an odd, but fun, few years.
Now Matt can finally tell people about it, as well as talking about everything else on his mind.
WHY? The host of Virgin Radio's Drive-time show, ITV2’s The Xtra Factor and Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live!
After the huge success of his 2016 tour, that gobby little toerag Ed Gamble is back with a brand new lumbering beast of a comedy show.
Ed has appeared on BBC2's Mock the Week, Comedy Central's Drunk History, E4's Almost Royal, Comedy Central's Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC3's Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Channel 4's Man Down as well as countless other things (3 other things).
WHY? ★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Politics, power and how we lost the plot.
Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.
Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.
Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one woman show Tales from the Pink Bus was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh festival and she's been in huge demand on TV and radio recently starring as a guest on Matt Forde’s Unspun for Dave.
Further credits include regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme (BBC Radio4).
Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what's next for British politics.
The State of the Nation is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time.
WHY? 'Hazarika’s return to stand up is also public service, never less than entertaining' The Guardian
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In an age of global socio-political turmoil, Shah presents a show about freedom, fascism, history, hope, resistance and milk.
Ahir's last show enjoyed packed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Soho Theatre, and a national tour. In it, he theorised that we were being tugged in contradictory directions by a potential brighter future and resurgent worst of the past. He's currently trying to work out how to build that future in a time when the past appears to be winning. He's got loads of jokes about it.
'Burning passion at his fingertips and the gags to back up his fire' ★★★★★ List
'Excellent' ★★★★ Guardian
Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival season and 2016 tour, Ellie presents an unmissable new stand-up show discussing whether or not she should breed.
Ellie has starred on BBC1's Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show presents
WHY? 'Radiates charisma... blessed with great flair' The Guardian
Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked about comics of the moment.
A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, Shimmer Shatter, was a second total sell out.
She’s spoken to millions as former host of Guilty Feminist and current host of Made of Human podcasts, and appeared on The One Show, The Now Show and Live From The BBC.
This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument, and jokes. Also: one parable.
Age guidance: 14+ years
Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards - Best Newcomer 2015
Chortle Awards - Best Newcomer 2014
‘Eye-catchingly odd and disarmingly honest’ Independent
‘Compelling, beautifully constructed’ Guardian
‘Today’s stand up comedy fan kids are lucky to have her. She makes the world a less scary place’ Beyond The Joke
‘Consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show’ Chortle
Phil is a 27-year old stand-up comedian on his first tour of the UK.
He has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You? He is very excited to be performing here, in [INSERT TOWN NAME] - a place he often calls his second home.
‘Certain belly laughs’ ★★★★ Sunday Times
‘Talented up-and-comer’ The Guardian
'One of the more appealing – and cerebral – stand-ups to have emerged in recent years’ The Telegraph
Austentatious are saddling the horses for a Grand Tour of the United Kingdom!
Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.
Austentatious are fresh from six sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a monthly residency in London’s Leicester Square and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death. Now their show will be appearing at two dozen theatres across the country to entertain and astonish audiences in equal measure.
Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark, and no two shows are ever the same. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.
Age guidance 12+ years.
'Ridiculously silly… wickedly funny' ★★★★★ The Times
'A joy to behold' ★★★★ The Guardian
'Supersmart and terrifically funny' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A bravura slab of improvisation' Independent
Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy embarks on his maiden tour of his brand new show.
Don’t miss this internationally renowned and critically acclaimed comedian who regularly sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational storytelling.
'He creates a remarkable intimacy with his audience. A must see' The Age
'His routines have the mark of those which are quoted from for years to come' The Herald
'This is a show you could see time and time again. Exceptional' The Sunday Mail
Jan Ravens is set to delight audiences with her spot on impressions and political stamp on the world as she takes to the road with her brand new tour.
Difficult Woman reflects the current political climate and the huge part women have to play in it with views on Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, and also lots of people who aren't Scottish.
The star of BBC Radio 4's Dead Ringers, where favourites include Theresa May, Diane Abbott, Lyse Doucet and Fiona Bruce, Jan has been seen on, and contributed across the satirical spectrum on shows such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Mock the Week, QI, Question Time, Today and PM.
This is the age of the powerful woman…
‘A consummate impressionist’ The Times
‘Modern, topical, with a fresh satirical twist’ The Telegraph
'A brilliantly funny woman in her prime' Kirsty Wark
After selling out an often-extended Off-Broadway run, an Australian tour and a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon presents The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales.
Throughout the 1920’s husband and wife performers Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow – instantly freezing them alive.
But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs, performing their music as originally composed. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.
‘As funny as it is chair-dancing-inducing.’ Time Out
‘The laughs are jam-packed and the musicianship is flawless.’ Time Out Melbourne
‘Straight or gay, everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter.’ New York 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.
‘Deliciously deft…we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout… you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times
‘The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend’ Perth Now
‘Laughs came thick and fast throughout… don’t miss it’ The Age Melbourne
‘A note perfect hour’ ★★★★★ Metro
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.
This is political satire at its finest and Pie is ’the Most exciting satirical creation since partridge’ Rory Bremner.
Age guidance 16+ years.
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.