An Avalon Edinburgh Festival preview.
Ahir Shah was an Edinburgh Comedy Award 2017 Best Show nominee. He brings his sharp, intellectual brand of stand up.
‘One of his generation’s most eloquent comic voices’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
Garrett Millerick is an acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and director. In 2018 his show Sunflower became one of the best reviewed shows of the Edinburgh Festival.
‘Wickedly funny’ ★★★★ The Scotsman
WHY? Two critically acclaimed comedians preview their latest work
Hundred Watt Club return to Norden Farm with their ravishing, risque and ridiculous evening of burlesque, comedy and cabaret!
Prepare to be teased by the cream of the glittering UK burlesque scene, to roll in the aisles at riotous comedy and be awestruck by incredible circus stunts. There’s no dress code but dressing up to the nines is encouraged!
Your dazzling cast for the evening are; glittering effervescent showgirl Athena Beauvoir, award winning comedy magician Christian Lee, neo-drag burlesque Queen Lilly Snatchdragon, and obscene vodka-addled acrobat Velma Von Bon Bon. Hosting your evening is the outrageously funny Chastity Belt!
Age Suitability 18+ years.
WHY? A good old fashioned, bawdy and champagne soaked variety show!
'Harking back to the gin drenched halcyon days of a grimy Berlin nightclub in the 1930s, Hundred Watt Club sparkles, fizzles and shines brightly on a dark night' Fringe Review
Presented by Hundred Watt Club
Author of online sensation Peter and Jane, Gill Sims is the number one best-selling author behind Why Mummy Drinks, its follow up Why Mummy Swears and the recently announced Why Mummy Doesn't Give a...
Join Gill as she is interviewed about her blog, books, character and much more! There will be readings from her books and also a chance to ask Gill questions from the audience. Books will be available to purchase and sign as well.
Why Mummy Drinks spent over six months in the Sunday Times bestsellers Top Ten and was the number one bestselling debut hardback novel of 2017. Gill's second book Why Mummy Swears, published in early 2018, was a Number One Sunday Times bestseller for seven consecutive weeks and has spent a total of 18 weeks in the Top Ten. Since publication of her first book just over a year ago Gill has sold over half a million books.
Mummy has an idea... when she can get away from all the other ideas, that the world is full of mums who go to advanced yoga classes, get tiddly on a half glass of white wine, and attend polite book clubs.
Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night, of women with sensible haircuts who live only for their family and stand in the playground trying to trump each other by bragging about their offspring's academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and their latest overseas holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large and full glass of wine, muttering 'FML' over and over again, until she remembers that great idea...
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
Join Jack Dee as he takes to the road trying out new material for his forthcoming UK tour.
'In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in' says Jack.
Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh as well as chair of the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
Other credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two and being the star of C4’s, The Jack Dee Show, Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. 'In fact' explains Jack, 'I’ve appeared in every single TV show with my name in the title'.
A RBM Edinburgh Comedy preview.
Mark Simmons is a one-liner comedian. He has supported the likes of Rob Brydon and Rob Beckett their national tours.
‘A talented comic with an artisan’s grasp of joke-writing’ ★★★★ Chortle
Alice Marshall is the winner of Best Comedy Show at Brighton Fringe 2017. Alice combines her own brand of clowning and storytelling to bring her weird and wonderful characters to life.
‘Character comedy at its rawest’ ★★★★ The Wee Review
WHY? Two comedians preview their latest material ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe
£10 (£8 conc)
An Avalon Edinburgh Festival preview.
Kai Samra combines an edgy stage presence and a confident delivery, talking frankly about the issues of today from an intelligent and fresh perspective.
‘Slick and confident’ Chortle
Matt Winning is a unique and imaginative stand up and character comedian. His eccentric and idiosyncratic act is a whirlwind of ideas.
'Charming and accomplished' ★★★★ The List
WHY? Two award winning comedians try out their latest material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival
Virgin Radio presenter and comedian Matt Richardson is trying to navigate the world of adulthood, while feeling like an imposter. Join him for hour of unrestrained, raucous laughs where anything could happen.
As well as being the only comedian to host a show on Virgin Radio, Matt has hosted The Hangover Games (E4), The Xtra Factor (ITV2) and Just Tattoo Of Us (MTV), as well as appearing on Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Drunk History (Comedy Central) and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! (ITV2).
WHY? 'High wattage charisma from a talented young comic whose star is on the rise' The Guardian
★★★★★ Voice Mag | ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
Join paranormal sensation Clinton Baptiste as he takes you on a hilarious yet touching journey through his life, out the other side and beyond the Celestial Curtains.
Clinton Baptiste is the hapless clairvoyant, medium and psychic from Peter Kay’s smash hit Channel 4 TV show Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. Now, some eighteen years after the show aired, he returns to conjure up his extraordinary powers for a new generation.
Clinton will give readings to the audience, offering advice from beyond the grave. He will predict your future, tell you about your past and all manner of spooky stuff an’ that.
But more, he takes you through his demise, his comeback and finally… finally on this special night, he will attempt to pass over to The Other Side and return (before the venue want you all out)… with THE ANSWER!
‘Hundreds of years ago when man walked the planet he had no real means of communication. In time man developed a phenomena which has never been fully understood by the psychic community. This phenomena is… Clinton Baptiste’ Peter Kay (That Phenomena)
WHY? The world-renowned clairvoyant, medium and psychic is back!
Suitable for ages 14+ years.
Starring ALEX LOWE, Clinton Baptiste is the copyright of Goodnight Vienna Productions.
The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, heads on tour.
Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? Sindhu is the host of BBC Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week podcast.
WHY? As seen on QI, Have I Got News for You and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled
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Let the beaky boy from Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4) and Plebs (ITV2) tell you the story of how he spent his life trying to avenge the theft of his foreskin.
Previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and nominated for Best Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards.
As seen as the drunkest guy on Drunk History (Comedy Central), sassing Chris Ramsey on Roast Battle (Comedy Central) and getting overly competitive in the pub quiz (The Alwyne Castle)
WHY? 'High energy, impressive and precociously smart' The Guardian
'Like a young Mark Watson, he packs in a very high degree of laughs per minute' List
£17.50 (£15 conc)
She's a myriad of paradoxes. A hardcore yoga bunny with surprisingly squishy thighs. A boring heteronormative disguised as a luscious lady lover.
She grew up in the conservative Midwest of America to become an unabashedly liberal UK-based comic. Nothing is what it seems. Especially Abigoliah Schamaun.
Join the critically acclaimed stand-up as she takes to the road for her debut nationwide tour, on the back of a sell out Edinburgh Festival season and appearances on the top rated The Guilty Feminist and Global Pillage podcasts.
WHY? ‘Damningly perceptive and very funny… she has a tightrope-treading ability the match of anything by Chris Rock or Bill Burr’ The Scotsman
'Confident and brilliantly funny with a knack for a turn of phrase that turns the simplest comment into a solid laugh' ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Broken Robot Productions & So Comedy by arrangement with Troika presents.
Griff is back and once again all over the place touring the UK this autumn with his brand new full-length stand-up show.
Following sell out performances of his previous one man entertainments Jones and Smith and Where Was I? and a hugely acclaimed tour of Australia and New Zealand, it's time to join one half of Smith & Jones, one quarter of Not the Nine O'Clock News and one third of Three Men In a Boat as he presents an evening of hilarious true stories, riffs, observations and details of his recent medical procedures.
It’s all guaranteed to be packed with wicked insights into the pains of celebrity, the vicissitudes of parenthood and encounters with the great, the good and even the royal. Yes, Griff is all over the place this year so make sure not to miss him!
WHY? ‘Great comedy’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
'Very funny' The Scotsman
'The jokes come faster than the rapids on the River Tay' The Guardian
Presented by Broken Robot Productions & So Comedy by arrangement with Curtis Brown.
From The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, and ITV’s The Imitation Game, the girl with thousand voices returns to the UK with a brand new show for this nationwide tour. Through her uncanny impressions and musical mash-ups, this ‘comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice’ (Time Out) will celebrate the stars who’ve made lasting impressions on us all.
WHY? ‘A Tour De Force!’ New York Times
‘It's likely anyone observing this vocal obstacle course will spend many dazzled moments wondering how Bianco does it. Well, she does it with heart-stopping facility.’ Huffington Post
‘There’s no doubt – she’s a star’ Playbill
Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain's leading one-liner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019.
He 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 highly acclaimed show. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.
WHY? ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ ★★★★ The 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
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
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.
£14 (£12 conc)
Join comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA.
Expect stand-up, sketches, songs, and some very scummy stories. Guaranteed to make parents laugh and non-parents happy about their life choices.
Based on the hit Scummy Mummies podcast and best-selling book. As seen in The Sunday Times and heard on Radio 4.
WHY? 'Likeably straight-talking' The Telegraph
'Very funny' The Guardian
'Hilarious' Broadway Baby
By day Matt Chorley works in parliament, trying to explain what is happening in politics for The Times.
By night he admits nobody has a clue, and nothing makes any sense at all. Join him for an hilarious insider's guide to resignations, reshuffles and recriminations, and reassurance that it doesn't have to be this way.
WHY? 'Matt is vying with George Osborne for this year’s hotly-contested ‘Theresa May Sycophant of the Year’ award' Theresa May
'Engaging, funny, entertaining - you’d think he’d done it before. He hasn’t' Rory Bremner
'Get back to work' The Times
Due to popular demand following a sell-out tour in spring 2019, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) - the first comedian ever to win Britain’s Got Talent – is back on the road and coming to a disabled parking space near you this autumn.
The winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2014, Lee has also appeared on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Channel 4’s The Last Leg, The Royal Variety Show, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, ITV’s This Morning, BBC Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show and BBC One’s The One Show and is the star and co-writer of two series of BBC Radio 4’s hugely popular comedy show, Ability.
Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid. His cutting edge material combines the political and personal with razor-sharp observations about disability and daily life. His debut book, I’m Only In It For The Parking, is available now.
He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say - and his comedy will leave you speechless.
WHY? ‘Consistently hilarious’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘Savagely funny… he’s a bloody good comedian’ ★★★★ The Wee Review
‘Laugh-out loud funny’ ★★★★ The Independent
‘Entertaining and thought-provoking’ ★★★★ Three Weeks
‘Incredibly talented’ Simon Cowell
‘Such a naughty sense of humour... genius’ Alesha Dixon
‘Bloody brilliant’ Amanda Holden
With support from 2017 Britain's Got Talent semi finalist – Jonny Awsum.
Comedian and Impressionist Luke Kempner hosts an ultimate reality show where no one is off limits.
Expect celebrities, politicians and even royalty going head to head in Luke’s hit show; House of Faces.
As seen and heard on Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5), The Imitation Game (ITV), The Royal Variety Performance 2018 (ITV), The Week That Wasn’t (Sky One), Murder In Successville (BBC3) and The Now Show (Radio 4).
WHY? 'A remarkable talent for impersonations’ ★★★★ Telegraph
‘Gloriously funny’ Independent
‘Blummin genius’ Dawn French
Suitable for ages 14+ years.
Brand new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage.
In this show he’s on the road! It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals.
George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing.
WHY? 'Brilliantly funny' The Guardian
'Trust us, you won’t believe how good the food tastes' The Scotsman
Suitable for age 14+ years.
£14 (£12 conc )
After a sellout national tour in 2017, Ed Gamble is back with another bracing flurry of idiocy.
He’s been seen on BBC2’s Mock the Week, Sky’s The Russell Howard Hour, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, BBC2’s The Apprentice You’re Fired and more.
WHY? ‘A comic who may be about to become more of a force in the game’ Chortle
Best Newcomer Nominee Darren considers himself a good person.
Now he's 30 and he's never been in love. It can't always be someone else's fault?
Learning more about himself and realising maybe he's never actually been happy with who is, join Darren for his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out.
WHY? From Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Don't Hate The Playaz, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Comedy Central's The Comedy Bus and Roast Battle
The Thinking Drinkers return with a brand-new show, a hilarious and intoxicating look at history’s greatest drinkers.
Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians and painters in equal measure, from Plato and Picasso, to Nelson, Napoleon and Norm from Cheers. You'll learn a lot, 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
★★★★★ Deadline | ★★★★★ British Theatre | ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Suitable for ages 18+ years.
Stephen K Amos is on a mission to bring about world peace.
Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen is rising above the anger to remind us of what we have in common.
Bringing achingly funny anecdotes, hilarious takes on the everyday and his infectious charm, Stephen K Amos will warm your cold, stiffened hearts. Join together with your fellow man and experience the universal language of laughter.
WHY? 'Comedy at its purest and richest form' ★★★★★ The Advertiser
'Amos has the sort of commanding presence and confidence that could only have come from years of working the circuit' ★★★★ Arts Hub
'One of the most likable figures in British comedy' Radio Times
‘Much loved King of stand-up’ ★★★★ North West End
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour.
In early 2019, Rhys was asked to go back to his school and inspire the Year 11s. Given that teenagers are a nightmare and there was no fee, he ghosted the teacher who had emailed. Bit of a shame really, given that he's figured out the true circle of life, has solved parenting despite having zero children, and even thinks he can predict the curriculum of schools in 50 years. Maybe he'll inspire some Year 11s in 2069.
As also seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, and heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz.
WHY? ‘On the cusp of greatness’ London Evening Standard
‘Charismatic, clever and self-aware... destined for great things’ Guardian
‘Sickeningly talented… never more than a few seconds away from another punchline’ ★★★★ Time Out
‘A clever wordsmith with great timing... A cut above.’ ★★★★ Independent
‘James is flip your head back, laugh out loud, clap spontaneously, elbow the stranger next to you, snort uncontrollably and pee your pants funny.’ ★★★★★ EdFestMag
TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.
At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.
Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.
Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.
WHY? ‘A treat from start to finish’ The Herald
‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ The Telegraph
Age Guidance 14+ years.
£16 (£14 conc)