Katie Bradley Bouille’s harp playing would I am sure get the nod from her heroes Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry, with Diane Dunn singing songs straight from her little heart and Lorraine Lucas cheering us up with some lonesome country blues.
His relaxed amiability is defined by a compelling conversational style and absurd guitar posturing. His ¡®songs¡¯ are jokes that rhyme, set to a guitar backbeat, never travelling down the easy route of song parodies. He covers topics from love and hate, to sex and politics with a totally original voice, delivering his material with charm and irrelevance.
"An unsung hero of new comedy. Don¡¯t miss this true professional at work. Bloody funny" - Time Out
This has led to him receiving weekend bookings at the Comedy Store and Jongleurs in London and regular bookings all over the country.
Pete Jonas has been performing stand-up in London since 2001. He moved to London from Melbourne to continue a promising marketing career. Instead, he found himself unable to contain the increasing number of wise cracks in his head and felt compelled to say a thing or two about Britain¡¯s ¡°stunning weather, exquisite cuisine and unquestionable levels of service¡±. Pete is resident compere of London¡¯s Comedy Tree, where he regularly hosts audiences of over one hundred people. He has performed at, and compered, clubs all over London, the UK and in his hometown of Melbourne.
¡°A sleek, professional act¡ the pace, emphasis and rhythm of his delivery is spot-on. A rock-solid act guaranteed to entertain.¡± Chortle
¡°The execution of this work is perfect¡ hilariously insightful¡± The List
Rik won the Comedy Store¡¯s King Gong in October 2005, was a semi-finalist of the 2007 Laughing Horse New Act comp, and was a finalist in the 2007 Best New Acts Showcase at the Comedy Cafe. He also performed at the Channel 4 Media planning awards 2007 and compered the Planet Rock Radio 2007 Christmas Party.
In summer 2007 Rik compered Wednesday Night Fever at Lee Hurst¡¯s Backyard, and made his MCing debut at the Comedy Cafe in July 2008. Currently one of the regular comperes at the Bath House in Soho, Rik is also one half of Fraser & Rik's 80's Movie Marathon.
Mike Manera has been performing comedy for more than six years as a stand up and MC. He is very funny, and frequently rebooked by clubs he has played.
The press have said...
¡°A comedy force¡± ¨C Time Out
¡°If most comedians jokes were as funny as Manera¡¯s real stories, then the world would be a better place¡± ¨C Kate Copstick, The Scotsman.
¡°Amazing stage presence¡± ¨C Chortle
¡°As funny as he is clever. And he is very clever¡± ¨C The Guardian
Ali performs magic with a mischievous and surreal attitude. He has written and performed seven of his own TV series in the last few years.
Star of Channel 4¡¯s Dirty Tricks.
"Funny, sharp and interesting. A real rising star" - Christian O'Connell Virgin Radio
"The next big thing" - The Sunday Times
As soon as he steps on stage the audience quickly realise they are in the company of a natural born performer, his material ranges from storytelling, observations on daily life and killer one liners, he is also faultless at mimicking accents. Due to his impeccable comic timing Kevin is guaranteed to leave crowds wanting more of his top-notch humour and because of this, he was snapped up to perform at the Edinburgh Festival in the sell out Big Value Comedy Late Show 2004 and has recently completed a national tour with 'Joke Machine' Tim Vine. He is also constantly sought after for his acting work, most recently appearing in an advert for Natwest Student Bank Accounts and is currently working on a television project with Perrier Newcomer Will Hodgson.
¡°Sheer talent will win you over in one click of his comedy fingers' Time Out
Erich started doing stand-up here in Britain five years ago and has performed regularly on the London circuit. Originally from Seattle, he was a performer with the sketch group 'Up in Your Grill', and has a degree in acting. He has been resident MC of The Comedy Tree in London for five years.
Erich writes for the weekly satirical ¡®The Comedy Tree News¡¯ which lampoons life in the UK and topical news headlines for the last five years. Erich's writings can be found on The Comedy Tree website.
Comedian and actor, Joe K has his own unique style accompanied by his great stage presence & sharp delivery. Innovative imagination and Eclectic. The winner of King Gong at the Comedy Store and comedy cafe. Recently, Joe has gained experience at the comedy cafe (Stratford East), Comedy Blaze and gigs such as The Comedy Store, Mirth Control, Chuckle Club, Off the Kerb, Jester etc. Previously a semi finalist for the So You Think You're Funny competition.
"Look out for him in the future.... He's going to be Big - Amen" - his Mum!
¡°One of my favourite new acts¡± - Reginald D Hunter
For the past year, stand up comedian Rob Broderick has been delighting and amazing audiences with his music and comedy show. It is a heady combination of stand up comedy, mixed with improvised lyrics based on audience suggestions over guitar licks and folk rhythms.
Time Out ¨C ¡°Very funny, fresh and endlessly creative¡ A star-of-the-future¡±
Metro Newspaper - "Broderick's feverish and intensely funny imagination was hugely entertaining."
British Theatre Guide ¨C ¡°Rob Broderick comes up with perfect off-the-cuff punch lines. A comic of rare inventiveness.¡±
¡°8 Mile meets Flight of the Conchords¡± ¨C Chortle.co.uk
With an infectious mix of irreverence and enthusiastic optimism, Kent Valentine is one of the most dynamic comedians on the Australian comedy landscape ¨C and now he¡¯s arrived on the British comedy scene.
¡°a hugely endearing presence, a natural raconteur with winning stories full of mischief, optimism and warmth. He is so effortlessly charming and likeable, that he could be the next Adam Hills¡± - Chortle
"Momentum and intensity ¡ Kent Valentine is a comedy locomotive with a captivating storytelling style mixed with brutally hilarious honesty" - Triple M
¡°Valentine is in equal parts prepossessing, cavalier, clever and hilarious¡± - State Of The Arts
Kevin moved from his native town of Bognor Regis with a burning ambition to become a successful stand up comic. Once he had conquered his initial fears Kevin quickly became a regular at many clubs. He also got through to The Laughing Horse new act of the Year Final 2002 and came second in the Krater New act of the Year 2002 at the Komedia in Brighton.
"Kevin is a charismatic young man with a sharp wit and cheeky humour" - Bahrain Extra.
"Kevin's friendly face and light touch comedy was a hit with the Knutters. He got hold of the audience and held them to the end, they really listened and laughed." - King Knut's Club
"Cuts a confident and assured figure." - Chortle.
Star of her own Radio 4 show
"Fantastic" - Jonathan Ross
"Meryl O'Rourke can find the disturbing side of everything!" Eastmagazine
Meryl has been storming the UK, Irish, New York and Barcelona comedy circuits for 10 years; thrilling, delighting and disturbing people on the subjects of rice, ovaries, breasts and dead TV chefs. A born and bred South Londoner, Meryl has been described as having a brave confessional style.
Meryl is also an accomplished broadcaster currently appearing monthly on Radio 4 with her comedy series "The Hysterical Method Of Conception". This self written self performed serial appears as part of the Woman's Hour strand and you can hear all the episodes on www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour . Tony Blair is a fan...
Meryl was nominated for a prestigious Sony Radio Academy Award 2003 (along with Johnny Vegas, Jonathan Ross and Mark Lamarr) and was nominated for Best Breakfast Show (against Terry Wogan).
As seen on Nickleodeon
"He's a good mix of stand-up, silly voices, noises and verbal acrobatics" - Time Out
Mark Felgate is a man with unique talents. His startling abilities as a ventriloquist, combined with a wickedly daft sense of humour, have helped him become a sought after act on the stand-up comedy circuit.
Performing without a dummy, Mark throws his voice to create side splitting routines freaking out the audience. His performances include a slew of silly voices, noises and vocal acrobatics. Mark has appeared many times at the Edinburgh Festival and is also an accomplished presenter and actor appearing in numerous short films. Mark also starred in and wrote, "lipsmackin" (a pilot for BBC three), was the winning comedian on gagging for it (Channel 5) and taught and Ant and Dec on the screen how to do ventriloquism for their "Saturday Night Take-Away". Mark has also lent his voice to the radio, playing the character Dewey in two series of the BBC radio 4 sitcom "Elephants to Catch Eels" from the writers of "Dead Ringers".
"A hugely entertaining and accomplished performer, it was hard not to wish he had a whole night to himself" - SkinnyMag
A brief excerpt from Ro's resume...
Winner, J20 Big Tickle Comedy Fest Competition, Derry, Northern Ireland, 2005.
SYTYF Semi-Final, Edinburgh Fringe, 2005.
Final Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2007.
Final Hackney Empire New Act 2009.
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times
Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly afterwards leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials to go full time.
Over the past decade his twisted logic has delighted the nation, helping it through the dark days of the death of HRH The Queen Mother and the uncertainties of 21st century property prices.
As well as playing clubs and universities throughout the UK, Dan has gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show. He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 - Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).
"a quiet confidence and a quick wit," Chortle.co.uk
"very intelligent humour contrasting with his very laid back presence" Christchurch Paper
This young Australian has been impressing audiences with his measured, self-assured stage presence and flat out funny material. Engaging and quick-witted, Aaron's intelligent humour is delivered with an acid tongue but tempered with a playful child-like manner. His relaxed and inviting delivery balances nicely against a sometimes acerbic take on modern life.
Aaron has established himself as a regular act at comedy venues throughout the UK. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival every year since 2003. In 2004 Aaron spent the later part of the year touring in Australia playing Sydney and Melbourne as well as his hometown of Perth. In 2005 he has continued his momentum reaching the Final of the BBC New Comedy Awards and performing throughout the UK and Australia.
Adam Ethan Crow
"The British are coming! and he's funny!" -Greenwich Village Voice
"An entertaining and skilful comedian!" -Time Out
"Cracking Act! " - Dr Fox (Capital Radio)
In the five years Adam has been performing, he has honed his act to perfection due to the diverse venues he has found himself in, be it a festival, a comedy club, or a corporate function, his act storms anywhere on the bill.
Adam is one of the few performers on the British comedy circuit that also works on the other side of the Atlantic. A recent two week run at America's world famous 'New York Comedy Club' earnt him rave reviews and secured him work at other clubs in the USA.
Paddy started Stand-Up in December 2001 only to be interrupted with a couple of comedies at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and a couple of surreal commercials in far off lands, before returning to his new found passion. A natural, warm MC and a comic who's set is rapidly becoming stronger and stronger.
¡°...simply a scream.¡± The Telegraph
¡°comedy the way it should be: a laugh-a-minute which leaves the audience wishing the show was just a little bit longer ... gentle Irish lilt belies a mischievous sense of humour.¡± Fest
"Excellent stand-up, Paddy Lennox, is laid-back and charismatic. Vastly entertaining". Three Weeks.
Jim Smallman has been a comedian for nearly 4 years, and in that time has established himself as one of British comedy¡¯s most intriguing young comics. After reaching the final stages of both the Laughing Horse and Leicester Mercury new act competitions, he is now a regular face and voice on local TV and radio around the East Midlands (for both his comedy career and his sporting affiliation with Leicester City). Jim has in recent times become something of a comedy ambassador for all things Leicester, and is a stalwart of the city¡¯s annual comedy festival. His first solo show, ¡®The Boy Next Door Gone Wrong¡¯, was nominated for Best Debut Show at the 2009 Leicester Comedy Festival, and Jim took that show to Edinburgh this August.
Matt is an energetic and charming act, with surreal but often cutting material told with a friendly cheeky smile. Born to a Glaswegian mother and a Brummie dad, Matt Rudge grew up confused in Somerset.
Matt has appeared numerous times on British TV, including presenting off the wall reports for The Wright Stuff on Channel 5, ITV's Record of the Year. Regularly as a Newspaper reviewer on BBC Breakfast, ITV News and BBC3 News. Matt was the Voice-Over Artist on channel 4¡¯s Kings of Comedy. Strangely, Matt has also died twice on BBC¡¯s hospital drama, Casualty.
Sharp observation and wry wit mingled effortlessly with a gentle and confident rapport ensure this comic is unfailingly funny. Whether he is discussing the senile antics of senior citizens or giving handy hints to aid successful shoplifting, John's gentle and honest delivery makes him one of the most enjoyable comedians on the circuit today.
¡°Complete genius. . . . Brilliant observations¡± Johnny Vaughan - The Big Breakfast
¡°Distinctly amusing, engaging and talented¡± Time Out
¡°One of the funniest people I know¡± Phill Jupitus
Alfie Brown is a comedian and presenter from South-West London. His first stage credit was when he was 15 in Harry Hill's stage show 'Wild Horses' as Eminem chasing Harry round the stage with a hack saw.
At 17, he aimlessly left school and went to work in Topshop for a year but left after getting in trouble for defacing shopping bags by replacing the word 'Top' with 'Sweat'. Realising he was trained for nothing he started performing stand up comedy at the tender age of 18. Starting in August 2006, he has since established himself as one the most exciting people currently rising in the field.
Alfie has performed his stand-up at the 550 seater Lyric Theatre, on the bill with Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Al Murray The Pub Landlord. He is also a favourite at North London club Monkey Business and performs at University's and clubs up and down the country. Alfie recently appeared on the BBC2's The Grumpy Guide to Teenagers a spin off from the Grumpy Old Men Series.
"He's definitely got a comic glint that sets him apart from his peers" Chortle.co.uk
Bryan started his professional stage career at the age of just 13, so its no wonder that Bryan looks at home in front of an audience. Since then Bryan has studied performing arts at Middlesex University giving him the opportunity to focus on his true passions- comedy, performing, playing music and writing songs.
Bryan found his true calling in stand up comedy after a string of jobs. His mixture of slick, well honed material lets you into his world introducing you to some of the strange incidents and people that he seems to attract. Mixing both stand up with catchy, gag filled songs Bryan tops it off with a relaxed yet cheeky delivery making him an audience favourite.
¡®Very, very amusing, the audience is treated to some fine stand-up! Lacey is top notch!¡¯ Three Weeks
¡®Bryans music and material charms the audience¡¯ The Scotsman
¡®A genuinely funny man and a potential comedy star of the future¡¯ BBC 6 Music.
Philberto is a stand-up comedian, presenter and actor with thousands of hours of live presenting experience across many different channels including ITV1, ITV2, Bravo and various Sky Channels. His presenting work is characterized by a laid back sensibility and a strong ability to improvise comedically across the many different situations that arise within live broadcasting.
As well as this, he has performed as a comedian at all the top venues across London including regular weekends at many Jongleurs Venues, The Comedy Store, The Banana Cabaret, and Ha Bloody Ha at Ealing Studios. He has also appeared at these clubs in the guise of ¡®Philberto¡¯, a Portuguese comic creation that gently spoofs both reality TV winners and male misogynistic predatory behaviour. His act is noted for its spontaneity, improvisation and audience interaction, meaning that the performances consistently differ from venue to venue.
He is also a skilled actor with various films, adverts and a significant role in a West End play to his name, has played drums with ex-James singer Tim Booth at many of the music festivals across Europe (including Glastonbury and Benecassim) and is a trainee psychotherapist with over a hundred hours of client experience.
'Brilliant' - The Independent
'Owns the stage...' The Telegraph
As seen in BBC¡¯s Annually Retentive
This bad assed Black Country lass takes no prisoners with her irreverent, close to the knuckle and honest humour. After coming to the circuit five years ago Susan emerged as one of the best female stand ups around. The Artist Previously Known As Harpie won the first ever Jongleurs New Act Competition. Susan has now shed the teenage nickname and has gone on from strength to strength.
Her comedy talents don¡¯t stop there, Susan has performed in the last two Arthur Smith Edinburgh shows one of which was extended to the West End ¡°Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen¡±
¡°She has the mentality of a spiteful 14 year old boy! Very admirable in a young lady¡± Arthur Smith
¡°Full of Energy and scared of nothing, Susan tackles sexuality head on and her frankness is both funny and infectious¡± The Stage
James Mullinger began his stand up career in January 2005. In his first eighteen months he excelled himself, most notably by reaching the final of three major comedy competitions. They were: Jimmy Carr's Comedy Idol (which resulted in a performance alongside Carr at The Comedy Store that appeared on Carr's DVD 'Stand Up'), You Must Be Joking at the Newbury Comedy Festival and Your Comedy Stars at the Edinburgh Festival.
"A dashing comic" - The National Post
¡°Skilful¡± Time Out
¡°Slick, efficient¡ gets the job done.¡± Chortle
"Really funny" - Jimmy Carr
Michael Fabbri quickly stamped his mark on the UK circuit appearing in the 2003 final of Channel 4¡¯s So You Think You¡¯re Funny? and rapidly earned a reputation as one of the most promising up and coming comedians on the circuit. A reputation that he is living up to, regularly performing for the best clubs in the country.
With a dark and honest approach to some of life¡¯s more touchy subjects Fabbri manages to effortlessly slip between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness to make for a refreshingly eclectic and brilliantly funny act.
"exceptionally funny¡extremely sharp¡hugely enjoyable" The Scotsman
"Startlingly insightful" The Guardian
"Hilarious, Clever, sick and completely unrepeatable" BBC Online
"One of the best up-and-coming acts around" Chortle
"intelligence in spades¡consummate idiot savant" The List
Since reaching the final of "So You Think You're Funny?" 2004, Rob has gone on to become a very much in demand act on the UK and Irish circuit as both compere and stand up comedian.
"a faultless compere and all round great comedian" - funny.co.uk
"gives audiences who want their laughs kept straight forward exactly what they want...told with the sort of natural chattiness it's impossible to dislike"- chortle.co.uk
"here's a man who knows how to get the party started...he's a quality M.C."- paramount-comedy.co.uk
"Collins certainly roused the crowd"- The Streatham Guardian
Ben Van Der Velde
Ben has been dizzying himself on the stand-up merry-go-round for the past three years. In that time, this has been said about him:
¡°Whipsharp¡with an air of mischievous mayhem¡his hit-rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room¡a life-giving compere.¡± Steve Bennet, Chortle
¡°highly promising¡accomplished comic.¡± Time Out
¡±left the audience beaming from ear to ear with satirical quips and hilariously sinister tales.¡± BBC 3 Counties
¡°exquisite comic timing... wonderfully clownish physical comedy¡± British Theatre Guide
¡°absolutely fantastic MC.¡± Paul Sinha
Tiffany began standing up in 2005. As an actress she has already worked alongside well known comedy talent such as Ricky Gervais (The Office) Jon Bird (Chambers) Stephen Fry (Absolute Power).
"Tiffany brought glamour and comedy to the evening" The Times
"Had me and the rest of the audience in stitches" What's On Stage
"Very good"¡± British Theatre Guide
"Deadpan Survey Humour" TV Robot
"Stevenson has come on remarkably quickly" Chortle.co.uk
"Authoritative, yet charmingly vulnerable" The Fan Carpet
A genial gagster whose material covers a wide spectrum (mostly observational with a pinch of topicality and a smattering of puns), his quick wit has made him a sought after act and compere by Mirth Control, Christian Knowles Productions and various promoters around the UK; performing opening, middle and headline spots.
"...stupid jokes that are funny" ¨C Ava Vidal, BBC1
"My favourite joke of the Festival so far" ¨C Hardeep Singh Kohli, BBC1
"Tony¡¯s laddish, relaxed story telling style went down a treat" ¨C John Jacklin, Big Jack¡¯s Laughter Club, Reading
Very much in demand, David Ward is a friendly, upbeat comic with a cynicism that gives his comedy a unique gentle bite. Fluid, quick thinking and with an original take on life, David is much sought-after as both a great comedian and compere.
¡° Enjoyable and entertaining¡± Time Out
¡° A really funny set¡± Paul McKenna
¡° guaranteed to be well-received, especially as his material is so universal, making him a reliably funny addition to any bill.¡± Chortle
He's half-comedian, half-rapper, half-impressionist. A high energy performer who presents a devastatingly accurate parody of the violently misogynistic attitudes that pervade the rap scene. He faithfully recreates the lyrics and arrogance of the genre, and uses his superb skills of mimicry to drive home the comedy.
"Norcott is an outstanding act who delivers an eclectic mix of smut, impressions and politics all delivered with a confident smile and boundless energy that keeps you on your toes" Funny.co.uk
"This guy is going to be big" The Stage
Nat was a 2008 Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee after just eight months doing stand-up. She reached the finals of ¡®Funny Women¡¯ and the Laughing Horse¡¯s ¡®New Act of the
Year¡¯ competition, and appeared as part of the Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival. Nat is also an award-winning presenter, interviewing performers on Festival FM in Edinburgh for two years, on the Glastonbury Festival¡¯s radio station for three years, and online for Tiscali¡¯s video coverage of the Edinburgh Fringe. Broadcast voted her one of their ¡®Hotshot Writers¡¯, while the London Paper featured her as one of the ¡®Top 30 under 30¡¯ talents to watch.
Tom Craine is an award winning stand-up comic, MC and writer.
"Wry, intelligent humour effortlessly fuels quip after quirky quip, as this fresh young talent reveals his curious perspective on the world, whilst making it his mission to compliment, rather than ridicule individual spectators. A great pick-me-up." THREEWEEKS 2009
¡°Tom Craine, with this his gangly, adorable festival debut proves he has grown into a very funny man¡± EdFest 2009
¡°Sweetly anxious nonsense sets up dark flashes of brilliance in Tom Craine¡¯s giddily self-conscious show¡± Venue Magazine
"Deluded genius¡± Johnny Vegas
"The saviour of the show...Our tip for the top" - Danny Wallace, BBC Comedy
"Charming comic with excellent material" - City Life
"The island's no.1 export (apart from Kippers)" - Isle of Man Examiner
"This eminently likeable Manxman will liven up any bill...a definite must see"- Steve Bennett, Chortle
After a few years on the comedy trot, Joseph has been a finalist in the Chortle Student Final Competition 2008, Paramount Comedy On Tap Funniest Student Finalist 2009, TV warm-up for Endemol, voice-over artist for adverts such as Orange as well as hosts his award-winning "The Joseph Wilson Show" on Bristol's 1449am "The Hub Radio".
"Delivers with conviction and energy" Chortle
Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2008 Finalist
Amadeus' influences include Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Eddie Izzard, Andrew Dice Clay, and his mentor and cousin The Queen of UK Black Comedy Angie Le Mar.
He has a quick witted, cheeky yet personable style, and his observational humour is direct, energetic, and physical.
"Very Enjoyable!¡± ¡°Lively Comic!" Time Out
¡°One to watch!¡± The London Magazine
"Quick witted, subtle, this guy reeked of confidence!" 24/7
"Possesses the newest, biggest & cheekiest grin on the circuit!" Footloose
"a litany of astute political and topical gags that demonstrate a surprising maturity in outlook...a young comic to keep an eye on" Steve Bennett, Chortle
"Clever material, a great performance style and a gift for sharp comebacks. He's definitely got a bright future" XS Malarkey (Manchester comedy club)
"Excellent. Just got better and better. You get the impression that he could have carried on all night. Great stuff." Grinreaper.co.uk
"He's bloody good, isn't he?" Ricky Gervais
"I agree" Stephen Merchant
'McDonnell's candid and incisive brand of comedy will have you nodding in agreement while at the same time you're trying to hold your sides in. And although you tell yourself you shouldn't be enjoying his non-PC rib-ticklers, just like a car crash you'll be unable to look away.' - The Irish Post