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    Monday 25th May 2015

    TOM ALLEN
    www.tomindeed.com

    In 2005 Tom Allen won the competition So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award later that same year. Since then he has performed at Montreal festival Just For Laughs, on tour in the US with Eugene Mirman and Reggie Watts and in the last two years has made his debut at Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He has also performed his own show at the Edinburgh Festival for the past six years and supported Sarah Millican and Josie Long on tour.

    As an actor he has performed in Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich, Starter for Ten with James McEvoy and the Stephen Frears film, Tamara Drewe. Tom plays Pip in the Sony Award winning Bleak Expectations. He grew up in Bromley. As a teenager he was the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society.

    He responds well to strong women and deadlines.

    “Tom Allen, a great storyteller whose ability to provide riotous entertainment deserves to net him a wider audience…his live work sees him telling outlandish tales from his seemingly very eventful life. Allen is one of life’s true eccentrics, a being who exists at an angle to the rest of us.” The Guardian

    “One of the funniest acts on the circuit…he has continued to storm every gig he does.”
    GQ Magazine

    PHIL WANG
    http://www.philwang.co.uk/

    Confident nerd and feminist creep Phil Wang brings his wry outlook and laid-back style to talk about Chinese people, “the ladies”, and Batman at one point. Phil continues to cement his reputation as ‘an intelligent, attuned observer’ (The Scotsman), with his thoughts on love, race, and yum-yums.

    As seen on Radio 4’s Fresh From the Fringe and as heard on Radio 1’s Comedy Live Lounge.

    “Certain belly laughs.” ★★★★ Sunday Times

    FELICITY WARD
    http://felicityward.com/

    CHORTLE BEST CLUB ACT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE 2014

    First seen on the Australian comedy scene in 2005 in Ten Network’s popular sketch show The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, Felicity has since gone on to become one of Down-Under’s favourite funny people, appearing in ABC’s prominent music comedy quiz show Spicks and Specks, Thank God You’re Here (Channel 7), Good News Week (Channel Ten) and has her own stand-up comedy special as part of ABC2′s Warehouse Comedy. In 2008, she won Best Newcomer for the Melbourne Airport Award and has since been reeling in awards and nominations. 2012 was her year, with The Hedgehog Dilemma receiving a nomination, if not the award, at every major Australian festival.

    In her brief time in the UK she has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, performed several shows at the Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim, one of which – ‘The Hedgehog Dilemma – went on to be performed at The Hollywood Improv in LA. A true original, Felicity’s shows have involved everything from confessional storytelling to sampling the audience’s laughter and playing it back to them whilst performing half her set hiding behind a curtain.

    “The established Australian television sketch show star and stand-up Felicity Ward is one of the most charismatic performers you are likely to see at the Fringe this year.” The Independent

    “Full of exuberant, unexpected moments.” **** The List

    **** The Sunday Times

    JACK CAMPBELL
    @yourboyjc

    JACK CAMPBELL is a hardworking and hilarious comedian who reached new heights in 2014 when he was outright winner of the English Comedian of the Year Competition. Not that Jack is any stranger to taking home the trophy – the Nottingham Comedy Festival Best Newcomer of 2012 sits on his mantlepiece already. As well as his high profile competition wins he has also been runner up in both the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2014 & Tickled Pig Student Competition Runner 2012.

    “Jack Campbell secured the English Comedian Of The Year title by offering up the most original take on things, even though by wider standards he’s still a fairly traditional act. As a former teacher, he too had run-ins with streetwise youth, and the childishness of their banter is entertainingly described.” Chortle

    “Gets Hearty Laughs, 100% Funny.” Broadway Baby

    CANDI GIGI
    @Candy_gigi

    Candy Gigi is a Hackney new act of the year finalist and won the 2014 Malcom Hardee award for most comic originality.

    “For doing the insane well, you need look no further than the unforgettable Candy Gigi. Her intensity, commitment and full-on originality make for an experience of hilarious, raw insanity that’s rarely matched.” Steve Bennett, Chortle

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    www.benvandervelde.com

    Small, hairy, opinionated, enthusiastic, friendly, Madagascan and daft. 85.7% of these adjectives can be applied to your host Whether compering the comedy stage at Bestival, gigging at one of the nation’s favourite comedy clubs or just displaying his trademark total lack of hand-to-eye co-ordination, Ben is an ever-popular and quick-witted ringmaster.

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

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    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 1st June 2015

    LUISA OMIELAN
    http://www.iloveluisa.com/

    Luisa Omielan is the woman behind one of the biggest stand-up hits of the decade. Her debut solo show ‘What Would Beyonce Do?!’ proved unbelievably popular and has so far had 5 sell out runs at London’s Soho Theatre: 2 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Estonia, LA, New York and Singapore.

    She is a high-energy, enthusiastic performer capable of engaging any audience, improving the atmosphere and putting the entire room in a great mood. Luisa has been featured in Grazia, Stylist, Womens Hour, BBC Radio 1, Gaydio, Handbag.com, Vogue.com, Fabulous Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and The New York Times. She can currently be heard on BBC Radio 2 with her own show ‘Luisa Omielan’s Party’ and gigging around the country with her current show ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ another 5-star follow-up to WWBD?

    “Omielan is crystal-clearly a mainstream star in the making.” The Guardian

    “Omielan is fierce and fabulously funny in equal measure.” METRO *****

    “Fresh, frank and fearless, a gutsy new star is born.” The Daily Telegraph

    “Intense, funny and manic soul-baring comedy.” Chortle ****

    A VERY SPECIAL, SUPER-SURPRISE GUEST!

    BRITISH COMEDY WINNER, BAFTA NOMINEE, STAR OF LIVE AT THE APOLLO…

    OLAF FALAFEL
    http://www.olaffalafel.com/

    A unique mixture of one-liners and Scandinavian-tinged stories has earned Olaf the purely fictitious title of ‘Sweden’s eighth funniest comedian’. His recent exploits include coming second in the 2014 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, beating the Comedy Store’s infamous Gong Show (twice just to show off!) being crowned the 2013 Golden Jester and also being named Last Minute Comedy Club’s New Act of 2013.

    “A mixture of audience interaction and jokes worthy of Milton Jones. His easy confidence and a sense of performance endeared him to the crowd.” Chortle

    “He’s like Thor but way funnier and with a smaller hammer.” Tony Law

    TOM GOODLIFFE
    http://tomgoodliffecomedy.wordpress.com/

    Emerging from the renowned comedy hotbed of accountancy, award-winning comedian Tom Goodliffe has quickly made a name for himself with his unique blend of smart gags, charming storytelling and a hugely likeable stage persona.

    Tom quickly established himself on the stand-up scene with appearances in the finals of three new act competition, winning the annual Beat The Frog World Series in 2009. He is also a two-time winner of both the weekly Beat The Frog and Comedy Cafe new act night, and was selected for the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010.

    Since then he has supported The Boy With Tape On His Face on tour, starred in a multiple 5-star reviewed kids show ‘Bec and Tom’s Awesome Laundry’ and performed at some of the biggest comedy clubs in the land.

    “Clever gags and bumbling charm… you have to admire the ambition and intelligence.” The Scotsman

    “Gets whoops and applause in all the right places.” Chortle

    CAROLINE MABEY
    http://www.carolinemabey.com/

    Caroline is the perfect mix of total fruitloop and mean gag-writer – always beguiling and regularly side-splitting. She has worked as an animator on the warped BBC2 cult show ‘Monkey Dust’ and was part of the team behind the popular London comedy film night Popcorn Comedy.

    “The slightly deranged offspring of a menage a trois between Vic Reeves, Harry Hill and Floella Benjamin.” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

    “Fabulous off the wall lines… will endure in the memory long after you’ve forgotten every word from the big-name stand-ups.” Steve Bennett, Chortle

    “Kooky, quirky and delicious.” Time Out

    AND YOUR GUEST HOST:

    LAURA LEXX
    http://lauralexx.blogspot.co.uk/

    Laura is a comedian who presents fast, funny, warm and witty work in a loveable confessional style. With a unique, joyous take on life and musings on the funny world we live, Laura relishes in all things interesting, entertaining and above all: happy. Currently developing her new show Lovely Laura was a finalist for the Chortle Student Comedy Awards in 2009 and has since performed at venues and Fringe festivals around the UK.

    “One of the most delightful performers you’re ever likely to see.” GQ Magazine

    “It’s understated but well-realised stuff, and don’t mistake the gentleness of her approach for a lack of real comedic steel.” The Guardian

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

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    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 8th June 2015

    MICHAEL FABBRI
    http://www.michaelfabbri.com/gigs/

    CHORTLE AWARD NOMINEE 2012 – BEST CLUB COMIC

    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.

    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.

    “Fabbri’s distinctively off-kilter views and easy shifting of gears between bewilderment and acute perception is effective…An entertaining hour.” Chortle

    “He is an amiable and engaging storyteller and his tales from various points in his life are liberally peppered with excellent punchlines.” **** The List

    JEN BRISTER
    http://www.jenbrister.co.uk/

    After performing in front of the legendary Spike Milligan and receiving the luminous and prestigious title of having ‘a great pair of Bristols,’ Jen knew that comedy was the way forward. So with the help of two jokes and a push up bra she was on her way…

    Since that heady day Jen has performed stand up in clubs all over the country (literally), taken numerous critically acclaimed shows up to the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals and presented for BBC 6 Music.

    “Outrageously Funny.” Metro

    “Gorgeously talented.” Time Out

    JAMES LOVERIDGE
    http://www.jamesloveridgecomedy.co.uk/

    Drawing on the most embarrassing recesses of his own life James is a hilarious story teller who captivates and entertains audiences with his cheeky yet charming personality. Having performed all over the country as well in Sydney and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, James has established himself as one to watch on the London comedy circuit.

    “He had us in stitches throughout a polished yet ever-evolving act, with asides and quips just as strong his actual jokes.” The Skinny

    RICHARD SOAMES
    @richardsoames

    Richard Soames is an actor, writer, comedian and improviser in critically acclaimed sketch group The Beta Males, who were nominated for Best Sketch or Character Act at the Chortle Awards 2012. The Betas have just completed their third sell out, 5 star Edinburgh run The Space Race. Richard has also studied Chicago-style long-form improv under Second City alumnus David Shore, is a main UK cast member of the multi-award winning improv show Monkey Toast and guests on Chortle award nominated smash Austentatious and Grand Theft Impro.

    “A slick, hilarious sketch show… Genius.” The Sunday Times

    “Highly inventive… one of the most exciting, gloriously funny acts out there.” Time Out

    ALEXANDER BENNETT
    @AlexyBennett

    Alexander Bennett has been performing comedy from the age of 15, and is a rising star on the British alternative comedy scene. He has performed with the popular and acclaimed comedy groups ACMS and Weirdos, and will be taking a solo show and a game show set in hell to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.

    “Witty, weird and dark, the one to watch out for: at the spearhead of a wave of great new comics. All hail Alexander Bennett!” Harry Hill

    “Touched with madness…choice laughs… I don’t think I can begin to do him justice; a producer and performer of some refreshingly different material.” Chortle

    “Warm, insane and very funny.” The Guardian

    AND YOUR GUEST HOST:

    YIANNI
    http://www.ycomedian.com/

    Yianni is a headliner all around the world with a mind as sharp as a ginsu blade. His ability to deliver smart but accessible laugh packed material and also to improvise skilfully with whatever a room throws at him combine to create a truly unique experience. He regularly performs hour long shows at the Edinburgh and Melbourne comedy festivals.

    “Stunningly good.” The Scotsman

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

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    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 15th June 2015

    DAVID TRENT
    http://www.davidtrent.co.uk/

    EDINBURGH FESTIVAL BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE

    David Trent is a phenomenon. David Trent singlehandedly failed to make any impression whatsoever on the UK comedy scene since August 2006 until he went to Edinburgh in 2012 and smashed the living shit out of it with his total sell out, Edinburgh Comedy award nominated show “Spontaneous Comedian”.

    David Trent would like to repeat the fact that his Edinburgh Show, “Spontaneous Comedian” TOTALLY SOLD OUT IT’S ENTIRE RUN IN THE WORST YEAR FOR EDINBURGH SALES EVER. David Trent is aware that the venue only held 56 seats. David Trent failed to win the award. It did not kill him. It only made him stronger, made him stand a little taller, made him a fighter.

    David Trent was a 2011 finalist in the historic ‘Hackney Empire New Act of The Year’ competition. This was the year that the prestigious competition moved from the Hackney Empire to the Barbican and became known as ‘The Barbican New Act Of The Year (Formerly Known As The Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year Competition) Competition’ – a name with absolutely no cachet whatsoever within the comedy industry.

    David Trent has never been on the television in any capacity as a comedian. This terrible omission will finally be rectified in 2013 when he appears on Channel 4’s “THE 50 FUNNIEST MOMENTS OF 2012” – a show that is almost certainly going to change the face of comedy in the UK if not the entire world. David Trent wrote this himself.

    “A double act with a Dell Studio 17 that will live long in the random-access memory.” The Guardian

    “His use of video, animation and repetition is brilliant and unique…genuine originality.” Chortle

    “The sort of bold, upfront attitude that usually heralds a major Fringe talent.” Scotsman

    “A creator of bold, category-defying comedy.” Stage

    CARLY SMALLMAN
    http://www.carlysmallman.com/

    Purveyor of frank, hilarious and musical filth Carly Smallman has been leaving audience in stitches since she hit the comedy circuit in 2009. Since then she’s appeared on ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ (BBC2) and will soon be performing at the GQ Comedy Gala at the Hammersmith Apollo.

    “Smallman already has the presence of a 20-year comedy veteran. Her delightful appearance and cheery persona juxtaposed with wonderfully filthy songs make her the most exciting female act in the country right now.” GQ Magazine

    “Delightfull ebullient.” Time Out

    TOM PARRY
    @tomosp

    DOUBLE EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE

    One third of legendary boisterous sketch heroes Pappy’s, Tom joins us as he works through some new material in preparation for his much-anticipated and probably very silly solo Edinburgh Fringe debut.

    “Masterful comic invention.” ★★★★★ The Guardian

    “A beautifully constructed pyramid of lunacy in which physical and verbal gags fly around at a dizzying pace.” ★★★★★ Chortle

    ★★★★★ The Scotsman

    ★★★★★ The Mirror

    ★★★★★ The Telegraph

    JOSHUA ROSS
    @joshyross

    Josh hit the ground running when he started comedy, winning or placing in just about every new act final in his first couple of years. And the trophies keep on coming as the North London comedy wunderkind was crowned Jewish Comedian of 2014, as well as Leicester Square Theatre New Act. His set combines self-deprecating one-liners and more personal stories influenced by comedians like Emo Philips, Dan Antopolski and Harry Hill.

    “Impressively distinctive and unpredictable… flashes of inspiration in short, sharp one liners.” Chortle

    AMY HOWERSKA
    @howerska

    A co-host of legendary Edinburgh late night show Spank, Amy has been honing her stand-up trade for the past few years, sharing erudite tales of her own daft life as the daughter of daredevil parachute instructors.

    “A charming Welsh live wire.” London Is funny

    “Superb set, gnarly, gutsy, like ski jumping in the nude.” Phil Kay

    AND YOUR GUEST HOST:

    PAUL DUNCAN MCGARRITY
    http://paulduncanmcgarrity.co.uk/

    Archaeologist by day, comedian (and occasional crime-fighter) by night, Paul is a charming, eloquent and big-hearted storyteller, whose tales of awkwardness at school, on worksites and when eyeball-to-eyeball with a Ugandan rebel leader have left audiences in delighted bit and pieces the nation over. He is also co-presenter on ‘The Tangentlemen’ podcast along with our resident host Ben.

    “Like a very tall, funny, excited child.” The Scotsman

    “Practically bursting with energy… a hard act to follow.” Three Weeks

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

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    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 22nd June 2015

    CARL DONNELLY
    http://www.carldonnelly.co.uk/carldonnelly/hello.html

    EDINBURGH FESTIVAL BEST SHOW NOMINEE

    Carl started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. His conversational, silly sense of humour saw him win a host of awards (Chortle Best Newcomer 2007, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 among others) and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.

    In 2009, Carl performed his debut solo show ‘Relax Everyone, it’s Carl Donnelly!’ at the Edinburgh Fringe for which he was nominated for the ‘Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer’. Since then, Carl has returned to Edinburgh with two further solo shows and was nominated in 2013 for the Fosters Comedy Award.

    Recently, Carl has been developing as an international act, with a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and a second coming up this year, as well as performing at the biggest comedy festivals in the world (Montreal Just for Laughs, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs etc).

    Carl has also appeared on various TV shows including Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Stand Up for the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Store. He is also a regular on radio appearing as a guest on such shows as BBC 5live’s ‘The Back End of Next Week’, Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘Act Your Age’ as well as being a regular guest on talkSPORT. He has also recently started co-hosting a radio show for the Fubar Radio app after his acclaimed podcast which he recorded with Chris Martin.

    “Excellent, fast-rising comic with pacy anecdotal routines” Sunday Times

    “Donnelly has developed a style that is the antithesis of the loud, sweaty, manic comic so prevalent on the telly and live tours at the moment. This is stand up with valium: near horizontal levels of louche that take the mundane stories of everyday life and turns them into stretches of self deprecating silliness” The Guardian

    TIM RENKOW
    @timrenkowcomedy

    AMUSED MOOSE LAUGH OFF 2014 WINNER

    Last year, Tim Renkow won the title of Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year, this year he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards and won the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off Award. He has also been awarded severe Cerebral Palsy, by God.

    Hailing from Memphis Tennessee, Tim has a unique viewpoint as a disabled American immigrant living in Great Britain. He is brutally honest, shockingly sharp and has a dark, cutting yet cheerful sense of humour. No subject is off limits for Tim.

    In August, he took his debut solo show ‘At Least Hell Has Ramps’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As well as features in The Guardian, The British Comedy Guide and London Is Funny, he gained 4 star reviews from the likes of Kate Copstick (Scotsman), Chortle and Broadway Baby.

    “One of the UK’s most promising new stand ups.” ★★★★ Chortle

    “Renkow is an engaging performer, all sparkling eyes and enormous smile, so when he takes someone down or kicks the comedy doodoo out of some serious subjects, it is all done with an engaging and glorious glee.” ★★★★ Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

    “Renkow offers some genuinely funny and edgy insights into some of the bigger issues of the day; religion, racism and homophobia.” ★★★★ Broadway Baby

    IVO GRAHAM
    www.ivograham.com

    In his first year of performing Ivo was awarded the acclaimed So You Think You’re Funny New Act competition at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards. While still at university in Oxford he began doing professional gigs around the country and also performed abroad at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival and the Hollywood Fringe. Since graduating in 2012, he has aced two Edinburgh Fringes with critically acclaimed solo shows.

    “A very convincing set from this erudite comedian.” **** The Independent

    “Beautifully constructed comedy.” The Scotsman

    JOZ NORRIS
    http://www.joznorris.co.uk/

    Joz Norris is a stand-up comedian, character comic, writer and actor based in London. He started working on the stand-up circuit in 2011 and has since become an acclaimed figure on the alternative comedy, character and clowning circuits, as well as working prolifically in other media and collaborating frequently with some of the best alternative comics.

    He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe three times, with a short run of “Joz Norris is Matt Fisher: Uberperson” in 2012, a full character show, “Joz Norris Has Gone Missing” in 2013 and a non-character-based stand-up show, “Awkward Prophet” in 2014, which played at the Underbelly. All his shows have been enthusiastically received by critics, comics and audiences alike and have appeared in Pick of the Fringe lists by publications including Time Out, Laugh Out London, Fringe Review and others.

    He is a frequent collaborator with other comics, being a part of the Chortle Award-nominated Weirdos Collective, with whom he performs regularly both in their annual Christmas shows and their monthly night Blueprint. In other media, he was one half of the popular online What Not Comedy Podcast with Karl Schultz and is a prolific writer, performer and producer of online sketches, as well as performing in sketches, webseries and short films by other producers including Turtle Canyon Comedy, Off Key Creatives and M4 West Media, among others. He was also featured as a guest of Tom Wrigglesworth for BBC Radio 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club Interviews in July 2012.

    “He is a born entertainer, but also a great comedy writer…Norris is clearly a young comic going places.” Chortle

    “Norris is uber-confident, but he has the material to back up his tenacity.” Time Out

    STEVEN SCOTT
    @sscott1991

    A sharp, riddlesome one-liner merchant, Steven is an intriguing and deft new comic voice.

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Returning from his honeymoon a fully-fledged member of the adult race, Ben will be doing his best to look pleased to see you considering the audience is very unlikely to contain magical safari, sparkling waterfalls or refreshing cocktails. If, however, you want to see a man dangling on the precipice of fifty or so years of potentially terrifying marital doings, you’ll enjoy what he has to rattle on about.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

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    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 29th June 2015

    ZOE LYONS
    http://www.zoelyons.co.uk/

    EDINBURGH FESTIVAL BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE

    AS SEEN ON ‘MICHAEL MACINTYRE’S ROADSHOW’, ‘MOCK THE WEEK’ & ‘DAVE’S ONE NIGHT STAND’

    Zoe took her first steps down the comedy path in 2003 after training as an actress at the Poor School in London. She went on to win the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and her debut Edinburgh show was nominated for the if.comedy newcomer award. In 2008 she won the Dave, Funniest Joke of The Fringe Award and since then she has firmly established herself as one of the most talented, original and likeable headliners on the circuit. Whether talking about her own life or her observations about the world at large, Zoe is always a sure fire punchline machine.

    “Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd.” The Guardian

    “Zoe Lyons really cuts the mustard.” The Scotsman

    “Confident and razor sharp.” Observer Magazine

    “Quick fire observational gags delivered with utter conviction and unfailing professionalism.” Chortle

    ERICH MCELROY
    http://www.erichmcelroy.com/

    Originally from Seattle, Erich joined ranks and became a British citizen and is highly regarded for his humourous and insightful take on living in the UK. As well as writing for The Independent and the Huffington Post, Erich wrote for the weekly satirical ‘The Comedy Tree News’ which lampoons life in the UK and topical news headlines, which was published in the South African Times, Australian Times and New Zealand Times.

    Previously invited to take part in the AAA Show in Edinburgh, Erich was spotted as one to watch after receiving 4 star reviews along with a Total Fringe Sellout Award for his 2006 Edinburgh show Brokeback Britain,which was praised for its “great gags” (The Stage), and described by The List as “hilariously insightful”.

    “At ease with the audience, making them feel comfortable in return… it’s this geniality that will ensure his place on the circuit.” Chortle

    “A welcome breeze of conciliatory good humour in the independence debate.” The List

    JOHN HASTINGS
    http://www.johnhastingscomedy.com/

    A regular Good Ship favourite, John has been performing standup since 2006.He has won the Montreal Comedy Festival Home-grown Comedy Competition, has been called “one to watch” by the Comedy Network and was the only Canadian Finalist of the 2011 San Francisco Comedy Competition. In 2012 John moved to London England which gave him the opportunity to be featured on BBC radio 4, BBC.com as a comedy correspondent and be selected to appear in the Comedy Reserve Showcase at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2013. He was also nominated twice for a Canadian Comedy Award.

    Since then he has been going from strength to strength entertaining audiences across the country engaging them with his sharp punchlines delivered through his observational storytelling style.

    “A strong calling card from a thoughtful and observant comic with enjoyably wry sensibilities…we’re in the hands of an appealing consummate pro.” Chortle

    KAT RADLEY
    http://katradley.com/

    Visiting us from the US Kat is already a well-established name over the pond. She made her stand up debut by competing in Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition, where the public voted her into the Final Four, landing her a spot in the prestigious Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival. Since then she has made multiple appearances in the Out of Bounds, Laughing Skull, and the Women in Comedy Festival. She was a finalist in the Magners Comedy Festival and the World Series of Comedy.

    Kat was personally invited to perform in Tom Arnold’s Laughing with the Stars and has graced the stage of the world renowned Caroline’s on Broadway in New York. Her talents extend beyond stand up into improv and sketch, which she performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Westside Comedy Theaters in Los Angeles. Kat earned the attention of media and audience alike at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston where she took home the Friars Club Audience Award and was named a “Comic to Watch” by Time Out New York. She currently hosts her own Internet talk show, “A Chat With Kat.” She has just made her television debut on Fox’s Laughs.

    JOSEPH JACOBS
    @jesterjacobs

    Joseph has performed stand up comedy for the last 3 years. Not only has it aided a life time ambition of eating in every UK service station, he likes to think it has made him a sharper writer. He was a Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year 2014 finalist and the Jewish Comedian Of The Year 2014 finalist, plus was lucky enough to share the stage with Bill Burr at The Comedy Store, Hollywood. He has also won Up The Creek’s Beat the Blackout in July 2014, the Comedy Cafe New Act night in January 2014 and beat the infamous King Gong at London’s Comedy Store three times, last winning in October 2013.

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Returning from his honeymoon a fully-fledged member of the adult race, Ben will be doing his best to look pleased to see you considering the audience is very unlikely to contain magical safari, sparkling waterfalls or refreshing cocktails. If, however, you want to see a man dangling on the precipice of fifty or so years of potentially terrifying marital doings, you’ll enjoy what he has to rattle on about.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    EDINBURGH PREVIEW SEASON – SHOWS EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY

    Thursday 2nd July 2015

    STUART GOLDSMITH – AN HOUR
    http://www.stuartgoldsmith.co.uk/

    All show no pony. All spit no polish. Goldsmith goes back to the source. New Zealand International Comedy Festival Award winner 2013/14, Quadruple Chortle Award nominee and podsmith returns with some more made-up stuff that at the time of writing is still just happy molecules. By the time you see it though, oh boy will it be three fifths ready to fly!

    “Expert stand-up.” Sunday Times

    “Sets up and knocks down gag after gag, garnering huge laughs.” Chortle

    “Wonderfully funny.” Time Out

    “Not one single dull moment.” Scotsman

    BEC HILL – CAUGHT ON TAPE
    http://www.bechillcomedian.com/

    WINNER: THE BARRY’S PERFORMER’S CHOICE AWARD, BEST SHOW EDINBURGH FRINGE 2014

    What do you regret? Bec only has one life regret and it haunts her. But now it’s time to change that…

    “There’s something special about Bec Hill.” The Times

    “Brilliantly conceived.” ***** Sunday Herald

    “Bec Hill: exuberant, daft and inventive.” **** Scotsman

    SUZY BENNETT – GUMPTION!
    @funnysuzyb

    FUNNY WOMEN AWARD WINNER

    Suzy loves movies, but has realised she was playing the part of best friend in her own life instead of the leading lady. Now she’s rewriting her own story and finally discovering that little thing called gumption!

    “Suzy is my support act for a reason. She’s a charm bomb that I like to detonate as often as possible.” Russell Kane

    “Suzy Bennett is delightful company.” Metro

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 6th July 2015

    DANE BAPTISTE -REASONABLE DOUBTS
    http://danebaptiste.co.uk/

    EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2014

    Dane Baptiste returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new show about doubt. His doubts. Your doubts. Our doubts. Expect fresh perspectives from this original and provocative rising star. The Independent’s ‘Face to Watch in 2015’. As seen on Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3), Virtually Famous (E4) & Live at The Comedy Store (Comedy Central). As heard on BBC Radio 2 & Radio 4.

    “Observational comedy at its finest.” The Independent

    “Baptiste is a comical genius.” **** Edinburgh Festival Magazine

    “A thunderingly charismatic comic.” The Guardian

    TEZ ILYAS – TEZ TALKS
    @tezilyas

    AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4′S ‘THE NOW SHOW’

    The highly anticipated debut show from Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year nominee & BBC New Comedy Award finalist. With his sharp wit and charmingly cheeky onstage persona, Tez Ilyas is one of the hottest rising stars on the circuit. Join Tez as he leads you on a truly unique journey through his silly, smart and subversive take on life in his Britain.

    “Sartorially stylish and winningly cheeky.” Chortle

    “The hilarious Tez had the crowd in stitches.” ***** What’sOnStage

    MARK SIMMONS – LAUGH YOURSELF THIN
    @MarkSimmonshaha

    SEANN WALSH TOUR SUPPORT

    Simmons returns with a brand new show packed full of delightfully daft but carefully crafted one-liners, punctuated by absurdly self-aware set pieces. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year runner-up

    “A talented comic with an artisan’s grasp of joke-writing.” Chortle

    “Simmons’s hit rate is remarkably high, and he’s charmingly goofy.” Time Out

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Thursday 9th July 2015

    AISLING BEA – PLAN BEA
    http://www.aislingbea.com/

    BRITISH COMEDY AWARD WINNER – BEST FEMALE TV COMIC 2015

    FOSTER’S BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2013

    Award-winning comic and avid avocado enthusiast Aisling Bea debuts her new show which, in March, was loosely supposed to be about childhood dreams, death, confidence and success. As seen on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of Ten Cats, Channel 4 Comedy Gala, QI, Would I Lie To You, Delivery Man and Cardinal Burns.

    “She’s got being funny in the bag.” **** Guardian

    “A masterclass in high impact entertainment.” ***** Evening Standard

    JONNY PELHAM – BEFORE AND AFTER
    @jonnypelham22

    When he was 16 The NHS asked Jonny if he wanted cosmetic surgery to improve his appearance. Having been happy with how he looked this came as a shock. Come and hear what happened next in this hotly anticipated debut show. So You Think You’re Funny runner-up, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee and Judges Choice in the BBC New Comedy Awards.

    “The laughs are explosive.” Chortle

    “Jonny Pelham has a big future.” Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke

    JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS
    @jlukeroberts

    An idiotic comedy show about having and then not having a father, and how stupid you need to make yourself look to get away with speaking ill of the dead. A brand new, incredibly silly show from the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society co-host and Radio 4 News Quiz writer, who’s currently training with Philippe Gaulier.

    “Intelligent, precise and deadly funny.” Chortle

    “A comic who’s prepared to push both himself and his audience in the pursuit of new laughs, of unorthodox, never-been-tried-before routes to the funny.” The Guardian

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 13th July 2015

    JOE LYCETT – THAT’S THE WAY, A-HA A-HA, JOE LYCETT
    http://joelycett.weebly.com/

    BRITISH COMEDY AWARD WINNER – BEST FEMALE TV COMIC 2015

    FOSTER’S BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2012

    The self-proclaimed absolute lad returns, following appearances on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and a wine tour of the French Riviera. There’s a good chance you’ll Lycett.

    “Cheeky, warm and super-funny.” Time Out

    “A growing force on the UK stand-up circuit … left the audience wanting more.” Telegraph

    “Guaranteed to be a huge star.” Time Out

    “Entertainingly mischievous.” Guardian

    “Finds brilliance in what could be merely workaday.” Chortle

    JESSICA FOSTEKEW – IMAGINARY COLIN
    http://www.jessicafostekew.com/

    Jessica’s fourth hour looks at what the future drops. Lets hope its not a baby. Especially not one called Colin. Maybe it would it better for it? It was called Colin. Memories aren’t real and plans are ridiculous. AGHHHHH.

    “Intelligent humour and sharp, insightful stand up.” The Evening Standard

    “There are plenty of comedians willing to dumb themselves down in order to win audience approval, but that’s not a game Jessica Fostekew is prepared to play…great fun, if not the sort of thing that’s likely to win over fans of Paddy McGuinness.” The Guardian

    JACK BARRY
    @jbazzler

    Part-time comedian Jack Barry gears up for his debut hour, an introduction to the inner workings of his confused brain. It’s mainstream, observational stand up, written by a man too strange to have observed anything relatable.
    In the past he has performed in Edinburgh as part of the prestigious Comedy Reserve in 2013 and Comedy Zone in 2014. He has also supported James Acaster on his last 3 UK tours and is one half of sketch duo Twins. He really hopes you come along and enjoy the show, he’s writing this in the third person.

    “Jack Barry stood out as a performer with a degree of charisma that might offer him hope of a future in comedy.” Chortle

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Thursday 16th July 2015

    NISH KUMAR – LONG WORD… LONG WORD… BLAH BLAH BLAH… I’M SO CLEVER
    http://www.nishkumar.co.uk/

    DOUBLE CHORTLE AWARD NOMINEE 2015

    Stand-up comedy from a clever boy. As heard on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and host of Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra). Featured on The Alternative Comedy Experience and Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central). Double Chortle Award nominee. Sell-out show 2014.

    “Intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking… A truly impressive stand-up.” ***** Time Out

    “Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver.” **** Chortle

    “A laughter-filled hour… You’ll leave both thinking hard and having had a cracking good time.” **** Daily Telegraph

    **** Guardian, Sunday Times, Scotsman

    CARL HUTCHINSON – LEARNING THE ROPES
    http://www.carlhutchinson.net/

    If the world ended today, how would you be remembered? In this show, Carl contemplates what exactly he’s brought to the table of life and why he’s even asking such questions at the age of 27. Between his job as a comedian & being a lifelong fan of wrestling he hasn’t really done that much.

    Carl explains his love of wrestling and how it’s remained the one constant from his child-to-adulthood.
    Attempting to escape the strict parameters of stand-up & wrestling, how can he improve upon his sheltered existence?

    “Hutchinson’s trump card is the way he interacts with the audience, rolling with every ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ his material generated, giving a dynamism and spontaneity to his performance.” Chortle

    “Big laughs.” Time Out

    TOM ALLEN – BOTH WORLDS
    http://www.tomindeed.com/

    The thrillingly “erudite raconteur” List takes you on a whirlwind journey. Tales of being in/out, upstairs/downstairs, happy/other emotions.

    “Beguiling.” Telegraph

    “Gives the tradition of camp comedy a firmly 21st century twist.” Guardian

    “One of the funniest acts on the circuit…he has continued to storm every gig he does.” GQ Magazine

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 20th July 2015

    GEIN’S FAMILY GIFTSHOP – VOL.2
    http://www.geinsfamilygiftshop.co.uk/

    EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2014

    Chortle Award winners Gein’s Family Giftshop are thinking of going back to the Edinburgh Fringe. Ed, Kath, Jim and the one you never see are darker, faster and funnier than ever before, probably, and they have an hour of brand new sketches that aren’t shit.

    “Would unsettle even the darker League of Gentlemen fan.” ***** Sunday Times

    “Theirs is a dark and sinister comic world.” The Guardian

    LARRY DEAN – OUT NOW!
    http://www.larrydeancomedy.co.uk/larrydean.html

    Scottish Comedian Of The Year Award winner returns to the Fringe with his debut hour. Expect tales and tomfoolery from this personable Glaswegian and self-proclaimed ‘bender’. Join Larry as he struggles with shame and stereotypes, ‘pride’ and prejudice…not the book. As seen on BBC Presents: Edinburgh 2014. Tour support for Stephen K Amos and Eddie Izzard.

    “Sharp and unexpected lines … an irresistible chutzpah.” Chortle

    “Fascinatingly funny … I’m sure Dean will be winning other awards in the future.” Evening Standard

    “Wholly unique, funny comedy show … A fantastic comic.” Adelaide Fringe 2015

    KATIA KVINGE
    http://katiakvinge.com/

    Scottish BAFTA Nominated character comedian Katia Kvinge (As seen on BBC MTV & Channel 4) Hits London, with her fast paced, multi-character comedy show fresh from performing at the Second City, Groundlings & UCB theatre Los Angeles.

    “So good.” Edinburgh Evening News

    “Naturally funny.” The Skinny

    “Highly entertaining and fabulously versatile.” EdFringe Review

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Thursday 23rd July 2015

    PAUL SINHA – POSTCARDS FROM THE Z LIST
    http://www.paulsinha.com/

    EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE

    Critically acclaimed Edinburgh favourite Paul Sinha returns to this year’s Festival after a self-imposed exile during which real life took over. Looking back, life as a travelling single gaysian delivering lefty liberal jokes was quite straightforward. Now he has to juggle the responsibilities of being an uncle, being in an actual relationship for the first time in twenty years, and being that bloke, from that quiz, in that poorly fitting white suit. It’s not easy.

    “One of the most technically gifted comics on the British circuit.” Scotsman

    “Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate.” Chortle

    “Honest, heartfelt, uplifting and intelligent.” List

    ALI COOK – THE ART OF ASTONISHMENT
    http://www.alicook.com/

    Star of ITV1′s Penn and Teller: Fool Us, BBC One’s Now You See It, Channel 4′s Dirty Tricks and Five’s Monkey Magic, witness breathtaking trickery from a master of his craft.

    “Ali Cook delivers mischief of the slickest kind.” Telegraph

    “Supremely talented.” Time Out

    “You blew us way.” Penn and Teller

    “Astoundingly good.” Mail on Sunday

    “Tricks the like of which you’ve never seen before.” Chortle

    DIANE SPENCER – POWER TOOL
    http://www.difunny.co.uk/

    Award-winning comedian Diane Spencer’s sixth hour-long stand-up show is based on her real life experiences of 2014, when she was trying to find/make a dream house, despite being unable to afford it, and being absolutely crap at DIY. She also got a surprise phone call from a media celebrity asking to write a biographical play to produce at the Fringe, and this show covers the good, bad and weird things that happened along the way. Diane’s story unfolds with her typical charm, sparkling wit and dark humour.

    “Enthralling storytelling ability.” ***** EdFestMag

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 27th July 2015

    ANGELA BARNES – COME AS YOU ARE
    http://www.angelabarnescomedy.co.uk/

    Following 2014′s sell-out debut, the star of Stand Up for the Week, Mock the Week and BBC Radio 4′s News Quiz is back and has decided to embrace who she is. You are cordially invited to join her, just Come As You Are. Star of BBC Three’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Russell Howard’s Good News, Channel 4′s Stand Up for the Week and BBC Two’s Mock the Week.

    “A gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic.” Guardian

    “The best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican.” Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke

    THE STORYBEAST
    @thestorybeast

    John Henry Falle (of Radio 4, Chortle-nominated sketch idiots, The Beta Males) hath now become The Story Beast. Behold his rattle-bag of demented tales, terrifying ritual and unrelenting Anglo-Saxon lolz…

    “A bearded force of nature.” Guardian

    “One of the most exciting, gloriously funny acts out there.” Time Out

    MATTHEW CROSBY – SMALLER THAN LIFE
    @matthewcrosby

    Matthew Crosby (one of Pappy’s, co-star/co-writer of BBC3′s Badults) returns to Edinburgh with another lovely little show. Come along, have a chuckle or two, leave, never really think about it again. Matthew has appeared on 8 out of 10 Cats; Never Mind the Buzzcocks; Celebrity 15-1; and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. And let’s not forget that he appeared as a news-reading dog on BBC 1’s Animal Antics.

    “Fabulously funny… a close to perfect show.” Chortle

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Thursday 30th July 2015

    LIAM WILLIAMS
    http://liamwilliamscomedy.blogspot.co.uk/

    DOUBLE EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE

    British comedy’s brightest young thinker, Williams’ comedy is a down-beat promenade through casted optimisms, and personal shortcomings. Following two sold-out London runs, a UK tour, critical acclaim, an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer and Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, we thought it was about bloody time Liam came to play at the Good Ship, as he concots his third solo show.

    If you like television he’s done a few things for that: Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, something for Channel 4. And if you’re old, he’s been on BBC Radio 4, like, three times.

    “Extraordinary, a shatteringly funny set from a comic who’s not ashamed to take the business of being alive seriously.” ✭✭✭✭✭ THE GUARDIAN

    “Williams now sounds like the voice of a generation.” ✭✭✭✭ THE INDEPENDENT

    “Liam Williams’s exceptional new show, delivered with marvellous moroseness, also fizzes with wit, intelligence and eloquence.” ✭✭✭✭ THE TELEGRAPH

    “A clever and unique performer.” ✭✭✭✭ TIME OUT

    “His is a captivating worldview which confronts his audience and the whole notion of stand-up.” ✭✭✭✭ THE LIST

    “A beautifully crafted, downbeat narrative… Every elegiac word has been polished until it sings.” ✭✭✭✭✭ METRO

    RHYS JAMES – REMAINS
    @rhysjamesy

    There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is Rhys James is back with another classic hour of stand-up comedy and (definitely cool and not pretentious) poetry to smash your jaws to the floor once again. The bad news is you’re going to struggle to get a ticket.

    “Destined for great things… Charismatic, clever and self-aware.” Guardian

    “Outstanding and seriously funny.” Edinburgh Evening News

    “Sickeningly talented young stand-up.” Time Out

    “James’s gags are 24-carat zingers, among the best at the Fringe.” Metro

    **** Independent **** Chortle **** Scotsman

    JOHN HASTINGS – MARKED FROM THE START
    http://www.johnhastingscomedy.com/

    John is a premature born, twitchy, nervous yet confident, agnostic, coddled, only grandson in his family. After years of being protected from any sort of responsibility he recently became his nephew’s godfather. Come see how this brought John and his father closer together, and discover why the NHS isn’t really that bad. Nominated for Martin Sims Award for Best Comedy Show, Perth’s Fringe World 2015, and as seen on BBC Three’s Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular.

    ***** Mirror ***** BroadwayBaby.com **** Fest

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    http://benvandervelde.com/

    Consisting of 60% belly button hair and 40% stupid comments about whatever’s in front of his nose, Ben has been entertaining crowds nationwide for years and galaxy-wide for centuries, using a contraption that the CIA would bloody love to get their hands on.

    “A life-giving compere.” Chortle

    Amazingly just £5 entry (or £4 in advance online)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    HISTORY & INFORMATION The award winning The Good Ship Comedy Club is set in the heart of Kilburn. It’s not only become the go-to venue for comedy for the locals of Kilburn, Queens Park, Maida Vale, Willesden and Cricklewood but its amazing line ups also draw in the crowds from much further afield as audiences come to see some of the top national and international acts the comedy circuit has to offer.

      From hot new ‘up and comers’ to the familiar faces of the televisions biggest comedy shows The Good Ship Comedy Club has seen the who’s who of comedy come and play this wonderful north west London venue. Special guest have previously included Omid Djalili, Reg D Hunter, Richard Herring, Josie Long, Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee and many many more!

    2008……

        A&B Aaron Counter Adam Bloom Adam Tempest Alfie Brown Amadeus Martin Andi Osho Andrew Lawrence Andrew O’Neill Andrew Watts Andy Zaltzman Asli Akbay Ben Van Der Velde Benny Boot Brett Goldstein Broderick Chow Carl Donnelly Charlie Baker Chris Martin Chris Mayo Christina Martin Claire Stroud Colin Owen Craig Campbell Dan Antopolski Dan Evans Dan Thompson Darshan Sanghrajka David Meech David Whitney Del Strain Dizzy Bryan Donald Mack Duncan Bolt Dylan Bray Erich McElroy Gareth Beliner Gary Colman Gary Delaney Gerry Howell Grainne Maguire Hal Cruttenden Hannah Dunleavy Helen Arney Henning Wehn Hils Barker Holly Burn Holly Walsh Iain Lee Ian Cognito Ilan Elson Schwab Imran Yusef James Mullinger James Sherwood Jane Bostock Jane Hill Janey Godley Jarred Christmas Jason John Whitehead Jason Rouse Jessica Fostekew Jim Grant Jimmy McGhie Jo Caufield Jo Romero Jody Kamali Joe Bor Joe Wilkinson Joey Page Jon Richardson Jonathan Elston Josh Howie Juliet Meyers Kate Smurthwaite Kevin Precious Kevin Shepherd Lee ’Nelsy’ Nelson Lewis Shaeffer Lou Sanders Lucy Porter Luke Toulson Mark Allen Mark Restuccia Martin Davies Matt Crosby Matt Green Matt Kirshen Matthew Earley Matthew Osbourne Maureen Younger Meryl O’Rourke Michael Fabbri Michael Legge Mike Belgrave Mike Manera Mike O’Donovan Milton Jones Nat Luurtsema Nathan Caton Nick Cowen Nick Doody Nick Page Nick Pettigrew Norman Lovett Paddy Lennox Pat Burtscher Patrick Monahan Paul F Taylor Paul Harry Alan Paul Ricketts Paul T Eyres Pippa Evans Prince Abdi Rachel Anderson Reginald D Hunter Richard Coughlan Richard Herring Richard Sandler Rob Coleman Rob Deering Robin Ince Roddy Fraser Ronnie Rigsby Rosie Wilby Ross Ashcroft Sajeela Kershi Sara Pascoe Scott Capurro Shazia Mirza Simon Fielder Simon Munnery Sion James Sol Bernstein Stephen Carlin Stephen Merchant Steve Day Steve Hall Steve Parry Steve Weiner Stewart Lee Stuart McCure Sully O’Sullivan Suzy Bennett Terry Saunders Terry The Odd Job Man The Dog Eared Collective Tiernan Douieb Tiffany Stevenson Tom Goodliffe Tom Wrigglesworth Tomi Walamies Tommy Mack Tony Cowards Tony Law Trevor Lock Wez Zaharuk Will Hodgson Wilson DixonZoe Lyons

    2009…..

      Aaron Counter Adam Bloom Adam Tempest Al Pitcher Albion Gray Alex Maple Alyssa Kyria Amy Button Andrew Lawrence Andrew Stanley Andrew Wallace Ava Vidal Ben Norris Benny Boot Bob Mills Bobby Slayer Brendon Burns Brett Goldstein Brett Sharpe Brian Gittins Broderick Chow Broken Biscuits Cardinal Burns Carl Donnelly Catie Wilkins Chris Addison Chris Martin Chris Mayo Chris Molineux Christian Lee Craig Murray Crispin Flintoff Daniel Hoy Daniel Rigby Danielle Ward Darren Ruddell Dave Thompson David Meech David Mulholland David Whitney Del Strain Doc Brown Eric Lampaert Fergus Craig Gary Coleman George Ryegold Gerry Howell Grainne McGuire Helen Arney Henning Wehn Henry Ginsberg Henry Paker Hils Barker Holly Burn Holly Walsh Howard Read Ian Cognito Ian Stone Imran Yusuf Inder Mancoha Isy Suttie Jack Whitehall James Acaster James Kettle James Mullinger Jane Hill Janice Phayre Jessica Fostekew Jim Grant Joanna Neary Joanne Lau Joe Bor Joe Lycett Joe Rowntree Joe Wilkinson John Gordillo John Kearns Joleed Farah Jon Brittain Jon Kudlick Jon Richardson Josh Howie Josh Widdicombe Josie Long Julian Dean Juliet Meyers Kevin Dewsbury Lee ‘Nelsy’ Nelson Lenny Beige Lenny Peters Liam Mullone Liz Carr Luke Benson Luke McQueen Luke Roberts Luke Stephen Luke Toulson Maff Brown Magnus Betner Mark Dandy Mark Restuccia Martin Davies Matt Green Matt Kirshen Matt Rudge Matthew Crosby Meryl O’Rourke Mike O Donovan Mike Wilmot Milton Jones Miriam Elia Moonfish Rhumba Nathaniel Metcalfe Nick Helm Nick Rado Papa CJ Pappy’s Fun Club Pat Burtscher Pat Monahan Paul Foot Paul Harry Allen Paul McCaffrey Paul T Eyres Pete Firman Phil Kay Phil Nichol Pippa Evans Prince Abdi Quincy Rachel Stubbings Reg D Hunter Richard Herring Richard Sandling Rob Coleman Rob Deering Rob Rouse Robert White Robin Ince Roddy Fraser Roland Gent Rowena Hayley Ryan McDonnell Sajeela Kershi Sanderson Jones Sara Pascoe Scott Capurro Seann Walsh Shappi Khorsandi Shazia Mirza Simon Donald Simon Munnery Stuart Black Stuart McCure Stuckey and Muray Susan Murray Tania Edwards The Roaring Boys Tim Clark Tom Basden Tom Goodliffe Tom Rosenthal Tommy Campbell Tony Law Trevor Lock Vikki Stone Wes Zaharuk Wouter Meijs Yari Perelmuter Zoe Lyons

    2010…..

      Abandoman Adam Bloom Adam Tempest Addy Van De Borgh Adeel Amini Al Pitcher Alex Maple Alex Mariony Alex Perry Alexsis Dubus Andrew Doyle Andrew Lawrence Andrew O’Neil Ashley Frieze Ava Vidal Bobby Carroll Broderick Chow Bryan Lacey Bryan Walsh Carey Marx Carl Donnelly Catie Wilkins Celia Paquola Chris Mayo Chris Norton Walker Chris Stokes Christian Manley Christian Reilly Chuquai Billy Claire Stroud Colin Owens Damian Kingsley Damion Larkin Dan Antopolski Dan Louw Dan Wright Daniel Rigby Daniel Smith Danny Hurst Danny Steele Darrin Rose Darshan Sanghrajka Dave Twentyman David Baker David Bibby David Whitney Del Strain Diane Morgan Doc Brown Dougie Dunlop Ed O’Meara Edward Aczel Eric Lampaert Erich McElroy Gareth Morinan George Ryegold Gerry Howell Gordon Southern Hannah Warman Henning When Henry Ginsberg Hils Barker Holly Burnk Holly Walsh Ian Stone Imran Yusuf Ione Harding Isy Suttie Iszi Lawrence James Sherwood James W Smith Jamie Glassman Jen Brister Jessica Fostekew Joe Bor Joe Rowntree John Kearns Johnny Armstrong Jonathan Elston Josh Howie Josie Long Julian Deane Kate Smurthwaite Keith Platt Kishore Nayar Lenny Peters Liam Mullone Liam Speirs Lindsay Sharman Liz Carr Loretta Maine Lou Sanders Luke Graves Luke Stephen Magnus Betner Marcel Lucont Mark Restuccia Mark Simmons Martin Hill Matt Green Matt Hatdock Michael Mooney Mickey Anderson Mike Manera Mike O Donovan Mike Wozniak Milton Jones Naz Ozmanoglu Neil Cole Neil McFarlane Nick Helm Nick Revell Ninia Benjamin Nishant Kumar Nobbo Johnson Patrick Monohan Paul Harry Allen Paul Ricketts Paul Sinha Paul T Eyres Pete Teckman Peter Firman Phil Nichol Philberto Pippa Evans Rayguns are Real Enough Rhys Jones Ro Campbell Rob Deering Roland Gent Rosie Wilby Sanderson Jones Scott Capurro Shazia Mirza Simon Feilder Simon Munnery Stephen Grant Steve Hall Susan Murray Suzi Ruffell Sy Thomas Taff Khaliq Tania Edwards Toby Muresianu Tom Allen Tom Rosenthal Tommy Etlling Tony Law Trevor Lock Luke Benson Wes Zaharuk William Andrews Yariv Perelmuter Zoe Lyons

    2011…..

      Abandoman Adam Buxton Adrian Poynton Alex Maple Alex Marion Alfie Brown Andi Osho Andrew Bird Andrew Lawrence Arnab Chanda Asher Treleaven Ben Crellin Ben Target Benny Boot Bethany Black Bobby Carroll Bobby Mair Brett Goldstein Bridget Christie Bryan Walsh Carey Marx Carly Smallman Chris Martin Dan And Dan Dan Antopolski Dane Baptiste Daniel Smith Danielle Ward Darrin Rose Darshan Sanghrajka Dave Hill David Mills David Shore David Whitney Dylan Bray Eddie Kadi Ellie Taylor Elliott Tiney Fredrick Andersson Gareth Morinan Gary Tro Gavin Inskip Gordon Southern Grainne Maguire Hannah Warman Helen Arney Henry Ginsberg Holly Burn Holly Walsh Horse and Louis Ian Smith Imran Yusuf Inder Manocha Inel Tomlinson Iona Dudley-Ward James Acaster James W Smith Javier Jarquin Jay Cowle Jay Foreman Jen Brister Jess Fostekew Jigsaw Joe Bor Joe Wells Joe Wilkinson Joel Dommett Jonny Awsum Joseph Wilson Josh Howie Josh Widdicombe Josie Long Julia Clark Juliet Meyers Kelly Kingham Kishore Nayar Lateef Lovejoy Laura Carr Lou Sanders Lucy Porter Luke Benson Luke Graves Mae Martin Marcel Lucont Mark Restuccia Mark Stephenson Markus Birman Martin Croser Matt Green Matt Richardson Matthew Crosby Matthew Highton Max Dickens Meryl O’Rourke Michael Fabbri Miles Lloyd Milton Jones Mitch Benn Mr. Cee Nathan Cassidy Nick Helm Nick Sun Ninia Benjamin Nishant Kumar Pappy’s Pat Burtscher Paul Harry Allen Paul Ricketts Paul Sinha Paul Sweeney Pete Firman Peter Buckley Hill Phil O’Shea Phil Wang Rayguns Look Real Enough Rhys Jones Rob Deering Robert White Rosie Wilby Sal Stevens Scott Capurro Simon Feilder Steve Aruni & Henry the Hoover Steve Day Steve Furst Stuart Goldsmith Suzi Ruffell Tez Ilyas The Beta Males Tiernan Douieb Toby Muresianu Toju Dagreat Tom Allen Tom Craine Tom Goodliffe Tom Toal Tom Webb Tommy Ettling Tommy Rowson Tony Law Trevor Lock Vahid Jahangard

    2012…….

        Aatif Nawaz Abandoman Adam Bloom Adam Hess Aidan Goatley Alex Holland Alex Maple Alfie Brown Alistair Barrie Andrea Hubert Andrew Doyle Andrew Lawrence Andrew O’Neill Andrew Watts Andy Davies Andy Zaltzman Angela Barnes Asher Treleaven Ava Vidal Barnaby Slater Bec Hill Ben Target Brett Goldstein Bryan Walsh Bush McCluskey Carey MarxCariad Lloyd Carly Smallman Celia Pacquola Chris Coltrane Dan and Dan Dan Antopolski Dana Alexander Dane Baptiste Danny Ward Darius Davies David Mills David Whitney Doc Brown Ed Aczel Elis James Ellie Taylor Elliot Tiney Eric Lampaert Gareth Morinan Gary Tro Gerry Howell Giada Garofalo Grainne Maguire Cruttenden Helen Arney Imran Yusuf Inel Tomlinson Iszi Lawrence James Acaster James Mullinger James Redmond James W Smith Javier Jarquin Jay Foreman Jessica Fostekew Joe Bor Joe Lycett Joel Dommett John Hastings John-Luke Roberts Jonny Awsum Johnny and the Baptists Josh Howie Joe Lycett Juliet Meyers Katerina Vrana Katie Mulgrew Kishore Nayar Lateef Lovejoy Lenny Peters Lloyd Griffiths Lucy Porter Luisa Omielan Luke Benson Luke Stephen Mae Martin Marc Burrows Marcel Lucont Marcus Brigstocke Mark Restuccia Mark Smith Marlon Davis Martin Croser Matt Forde Matt Green

    2013……

        Abandoman Andy Zaltzman Aidan Goatley Andi Osho Andrea Hubert Archie Maddocks Barry Castagnola Bobby Mair Ben Van Der Velde Benny Boot Bob Mills Brian Gittins Bryan Lacey Carey Marx Chris Martin Chris Turner Dane Baptiste Darren Walsh David Jesudason Elliot Steel Fin Taylor Funmbi Omotayo Harriet Kemsley Hal Cruttenden Iain Stirling Ian Stone Isy Suttie Ivo Graham Jack Barry Jack Rooke Jack Samuel Warner Jarred Christmas Jim Tavare Jo Caulfield Joe Bor Joe Rowntree Joe Wells John Hastings John Thomson Jonny & The Baptists Josh Widdecombe Juliet Stephens Katie Mulgrew Keith Farnan Kwame Asante Larry Dean Liam Speirs Lucy Frederick Lucy Porter Luke Graves Mark Restuccia Matt Forde Matt Rees Matt Richardson Mike Wozniak Milo McCabe Mitch Benn Moataz Hamdi Nathan Caton Neil McFarlane Nick Helm Patrick Monahan Patrick Morris Paul Tonkinson Norman Lovett Paul Chowdry Paul F Taylor Paul Thorne Pete Firman Philip Simon Pierre Novellie Piff The Magic Dragon Ria Lina Rhys James Rob Deering Robert White Romesh Ranganathan Rosie Wilby Sam Savage Sam Wong Sara Pascoe Sean McLoughlin Simon Munnery Simon Donald Sol Bernstein Sopie Hagen Stephen Carlin Terry Alderton Tom Davis Tom Deacon Tom Hayward Tom Toal Tom Wrigglesworth Tony Law Vikki Stone Zoe Lyons

    2014……

      Jim Campbell Holly Walsh David Jesudason Darren Walsh Ed Aczel Matthew Highton Amy Howerska Abandoman Andrew O’Neill Nish Kumar Allyson J Smith Evelyn Mok Chris Coltrane Marcel Lucont Andrea Hubert Amir Khoshokhan The Storybeast Zoe Lyons, Paul F Taylor Sofie Hagen Tez Ilyas Keith Farnan Tom Toal Lee Nelson Olaf Falafel Sir Ian Bowler Joel Dommet Inel Tomlinson Ava Vidal Archie Maddocks Hill & Wheedon Harriet Kemsley Gary Tro Dave Green Ed Gamble Daniel Simonsen Lindsay Sharman Stu Richards Stuart Goldsmith Paul Duncan McGarrity Mat Ewins Derek Ryan Matthew Crosby Andy Zaltzman Angela Barnes James Brann Rob Heeney Mike Wozniak Damian Clark Alfie Brown Ingrid Dahle Richard Todd Chris Martin Tom Deacon Aisling Bea Stella Graham Barry Ferns Ian Stirling Tom Allen Tim Renkow Will Duggan Jimmy Bird Ivo Graham Luke Benson Paul Mcaffrey David Mills Scott Capurro Bec Hill Tommy Rowson Alex Smith Lee Nelson Celia Pacquola Pete Otway Brennan Reece Mark Silcox Richard Soames Hal Cruttenden Matt Rees Ean Luckhurst Adam Rushton John Hastings Pete Johansson Paul McMullan Kishore Nayar Andrew Bird Max Dickens Edd Hedges Mae Martin David Morgan Eleanor Curry Phillip Simon Al Lubel Marcus Olaire Ash Frith Ryan Cull Yacine Bellhouse Tom Rosenthal Garret Millerick Ellie Jane Taylor Jake Lambert Adam Blampied Pierre Novellie Sean McLoughlin Tony Law Jarlath Regan Katie Mulgrew Bobby Mair Josh Howie Alex Edelman Lucy Porter Fin Taylor Stephen Carlin Loretta Maine Peter Brush Sara Pascoe Danny Bhoy Damian Kingsley Carl Donnelly Pat Cahill Jared Christmas Laura Lexx Mark Cram Gary Tro Tony Cowards Tiernan Douieb Joshua Ross Robin Morgan Peter White Sarah Iles Tony Marrese Matt Richardson Juliet Myers Chris Purchase Katherine Ryan Adam Hess Dan Schreiber Johnny Cochrane Romesh Ranganathan Allyson June Smith Fern Brady Alistair Beckett-King Phil Ellis Jonny Pelham Phil Jerrod Richard Sandling John Robins Tony Jameson Tommy Tiernan Elliot Steel Ray Peacock Kiri Pritchard-McClean Alex Perry Toby Hadoke Harriet Dyer Luke Graves Ari Shaffir Jonny Lennard Jessica Fostekew Chris Betts Jamali Maddix Russell Kane Simon Munnery Max Davis Sarah Callaghan Nathan Caton Suzi Ruffell Paul Jones Evelyn Mok Tiffany Stevenson Robert White Caroline Mabey Aidan Goatley Brett Goldstein Masud Milas Mark Smith Joe Lycett Diane Spencer Tom Hayward Milo McCabe Felicity Ward Tez Ilyas Steven Scott Stephanie Laing Chris Stokes Foil Arms & Hog Rory O’Hanlon Don Tran Tom Goodliffe