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    Join us every Monday from 8pm for the best in stand up comedy and at just £5 (or £4 in advance) entry fee there is not a better value night of Comedy to be had!

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    Monday 22nd December 2014

    PHIL NICHOL
    http://www.philnichol.com/

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    Our Christmas gift to you is one of the most dynamic, garlanded, force-of-nature acts on the circuit: the legendary Phil Nichol. He’s been award best club comic three times by Chortle, won the coveted Perrier prize in Edinburgh for best show and blown the roof of literally every single comedy stage this planet has to offer.

    On the way he’s also starred in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ with Christian Slater, played Terry Gilliam in the brilliant Monty Python biopic ‘Holy Flying Circus’ and wrote the joyous comedy earworm ‘I’m the Only Gay Eskimo’.

    Phil is an energetic and exciting performer with an unquenchable thirst to break boundaries and innovate with his work. His skill as an improvsier whether is be musical, comedy or straight in unparalleled. With a surreal edge to some of his mischievous rantings Nichol always brings something new to the stage, his keen sense of fun and eye for the shocking and absurd has cemented his position as one of the best comedians on the circuit today.

    “You won’t see many comedy shows that actually exert G-force. Exhilarating, incredibly funny and clever.” ***** The Scotsman

    “You could power a small market town from this performance. Add to that storytelling nous, stagecraft surprises and a brazen disregard for personal dignity and you’ve got a shameless shaggy dog story to warm the cockles of the heart.” ***** The Times

    “In the most wonderful possible way, this must be how the inhabitants of Java felt when Krakatoa erupted.” Edinburgh Guide

    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

    TOM CRAINE
    http://www.tomcraine.com/

    Tom Craine is an award-winning stand up comedian, writer, and one third of the critically acclaimed sketch group Jigsaw. He is currently co-writing the forthcoming BBC3 sitcom series “Josh” with Josh Widdicombe (to be broadcast early 2015), while Jigsaw have just finished their second BBC Radio 4 series. He also has his own monthly column for Cosmopolitan Magazine (Sex & The Single Guy), and has written for The Guardian.

    An increasing presence on TV and radio, Tom regularly presents the ‘Trending Trio’ segment on Weekend (Sunday mornings on ITV). He also has been seen on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Live At The Electric (BBC3), Rhod Gilbert’s Jest A Minute (BBC Wales) and presenting the documentary Glastonbury: Jesus to Jay-Z (BBC1) as well as investigative reports on Inside Out (BBC1).

    As a stand up, Tom has gained a raft of 4 and 5 star reviews for his Edinburgh shows (including being chosen in the Top 5 show at the Fringe by The Times, and as the critics choice in The Guardian). He has also supported Rhod Gilbert, Alan Carr and Russell Kane on tour. Similarly, Jigsaw have experienced great success at the Edinburgh festival, with sell out runs in 2011, 2012 and 2013, also gaining countless 4 & 5 star reviews. (Top 15 Best Reviewed shows Edinburgh 2012, Critics Choice New Statesman, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent).

    “Wise, funny, lyrical.” 
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    “Craine keeps the laughs coming regularly and hard but also throws in feeling and sentiment with it. We perceive him to be honest and genuine, and love him all the more for it.” Chortle

    ALISTAIR GREEN
    @GreenAlistair

    “When it comes to buried treasures, Green is one of the most well hidden: a long-standing favourite with acclaimed comics such as Pappy’s and Joe Wilkinson, he’s never had the breakthrough his well-crafted miserabilist stand-up has always merited.” The Guardian

    AND YOUR HOST


    GARY TRO
    http://www.garytro.co.uk/

    Starting stand-up in 2010, Gary quickly established himself as an up-and-coming comedian. He has performed his infectious and self-deprecating observations in many of the UK’s most popular clubs.
    Gary has been a finalist in numerous national competitions and has garnered rave reviews from previous shows taken to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    “Excellent, fresh material with a fresh style.” Comedy Store, Manchester

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

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    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 29th December 2014

    COMEDIAN’S NEW YEAR’S EVEN IN AID OF CENTREPOINT

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    Come and join us for an early New Year’s Eve blowout to raise money for a cracking homelessness charity along with some of our favourite acts from the year who have, in no particular order: supported Doc Brown on tour, had sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on Mock the Week, written for every comedy show of note on Radio 4 and appeared in Boston Legal, Will and Grace and more US TV shows than you can shake a stick at.

    ANGELA BARNES
    http://www.angelabarnescomedy.co.uk/

    Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 2011 Angela Barnes has been on a startlingly brilliant upward trajectory that has included being a regular team member on Stand Up for the Week (Ch4) and Mock the Week, as well as writing for the New Quiz on her beloved Radio 4. This year she debuted her solo hour – ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ – to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, which showcased her chatty, confessional, brutally honest and charmingly hilarious comedy.

    “Brilliantly funny.” Sarah Millican

    “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic.” The Guardian

    “Contemplative, heart-warming and poignant, covering a myriad of topics you’d expect from a comic in her mid-to-late 30s – and some you wouldn’t. The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect.” **** Chortle

    JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS
    @jlukeroberts

    John-Luke has written and performed for a wide range of comedy shows – his sketch show Spats ran for two series on BBC 7, and he spent a year as the BBC Radio Comedy Department’s Writer in Residence.

    John-Luke writes and performs stand-up on the live circuit and appeared on BBC3′s Live from the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011, with a spin-off “Insult Generator” made for the BBC website. He co-runs the hugely popular The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (#ACMS), which currently has a residency at The Soho Theatre in London and is fast becoming a favourite among acts and audiences alike.

    In 2012 John-Luke performed his first solo show at The Edinburgh Festival. John-Luke Roberts Distracts You From A Murder was very well receieved and had a successful London transfer at The Soho Theatre. He is also one half of the sketch group The Behemoth, alongside Nadia Kamil. Together they have performed 4 sketch shows in Edinburgh, first in 2006 and most recently in 2011.

    John-Luke Roberts was invited to join the Royal Court Studio Group for playwrights. His play Vichyssoise Hoo Ha is currently in development with director Clare Lizzimore, and his play Memory Man was shortlisted for the Royal Court’s 2012 Young Writer’s Festival. He has several other original scripts he has written and is currently working on his new one man play Sock Puppet, which he has performed at various venues across London – the show was be performed at the Pleasance as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.

    John-Luke Roberts is a highly sought after writer for Radio. He regularly writes for BBC Radio 4 comedy shows such as The News Quiz, News Jack and Dilemma. He is currently developing a new radio show alongside comedian Tony Law.

    “structurally impressive, constantly inventive and playfully mischievous… A unique, highly accomplished debut hour from a talent to watch.” Time Out

    “a certain touch of theatricality and conceptual thinking… fantastically ornate but deeply silly brand of comedy, dripping with absurd puns and utterly unexpected left turns.” The Guardian

    JOEL DOMMETT
    www.joeldommett.com

    Joel has had a hugely exciting career since starting stand up comedy in 2007. He was the face of MTV in 2012 and presented their daily news bulletins. He also worked on the live new Channel 4 aftershow, Live in Chelsea, How to Survive a Disaster Movie (Channel 5) and the hugely successful Impractical Jokers (BBC3).

    Joel is one of the fastest rising stars on the UK comedy circuit having gained rave reviews for his debut solo Edinburgh show, Neon Hero, in 2011 and second show ‘Nunchuck Silver Medallist 2002‘ in 2012. Joel has since performed stand up on Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC Three and has numerous acting credits to his name, including Popatron on BBC Two and Skins on E4.

    “Hilarious…delightful tales.” ***** The Scotsman

    “Manically funny act.” ***** Three Weeks

    LUKE BENSON
    http://www.lukebenson.co.uk/

    Luke is a Giant, a man & stand-up comedian/low-level sportscaster. He has been at the Comedy since 2007 & been in the finals of many competitions of which he has won not one, which is FINE. It’s the taking part that’s important, isn’t it? ISN’T IT? More than medals, trophies, far higher remuneration & proper accreditation in this meritocracy we live, it’s the taking part.

    He has gigged all over the shop, if by “shop” he means “planet”, including Bahrain, Scandinavia, The Balkans (Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary) & the mighty Belfast. Crowds all round the globe (well, back in the UK and those six other places) have all been bewitched by this Asgardian’s verbal pyrotechnics and inventive gagsmithery.

    “A quirky observational set that earns him lots of applause…He looks the part, he’s got the talent, and it’s easy to imagine him on the telly.” Sunday Times

    “One of the most instantly likeable personalities on the line-up. His punch-lines hit the targets… even more impressive was how he found a clear voice whatever style or subject of comedy he tackled.” The Stage

    BEC HILL
    http://www.bechillcomedian.com/

    Bec Hill possesses a refreshing blend of charm, whimsy and infectious enthusiasm, which has gained a cult-following in Australia and the UK. But what makes her unique is her skilful ability to bring her “arts and craft” imagination to life on stage.

    At the tender age of 19, Hill burst onto the Australian stand up scene reaching the National Final of the Raw Comedy Competition. A writer from The Age singled her out in a review of the Final by boldly predicting, “…if I had to name one who is likely to find fame and fortune, it’s South Australia’s Bec Hill.”

    Her debut solo show in the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, If You Can Read This my Cape Fell Off, taught audiences how to achieve super heroism. The multi-media comedy lecture was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and gathered a plethora of positive reviews. This early praise secured an offer from the Gilded Balloon to co-produce her show at the formidable Edinburgh Fringe in 2009, where it gained 4 star reviews.

    During this time, Bec was also chosen to co- present Balloon TV with Stephen K Amos, which led to a residency as Compère for Paramount Comedy on Tap. Since then Bec has settled in the UK and established herself as a favourite act both on the live circuit and at festivals. Bec has also proved a smash hit on YouTube, gaining global acclaim thanks to her “hand-made” website and viral shorts. Her bi-monthly pun-based comedy night, Pun Run, has already become a sought-after gig for seasoned comics, as well as a hot ticket for punters quick enough to buy them before it sells out.

    “This is a hugely enjoyable show and it’s a performance with enough pizazz and confidence to suggest that Bec Hill is an act to watch out for.” **** Chortle

    “There is more than enough brilliant observational material here to persuade audiences that they spent their ticket money wisely.” The Stage

    MATT CHAMPAGNE
    @remainchampagne

    Matt Champagne is a grown man but his voice cracks like a fourteen-year-old kid’s and he often sounds like he has a cold. Matt Champagne has hair on his back which he hopes will just go away on its own someday. Matt Champagne’s last name is really Champagne but that bothers people who don’t know him very well so they don’t know exactly what to call him sometimes. Matt Champagne could say something accidentally inappropriate at any time. Matt Champagne has been making his living acting in various TV shows, movies and commercials for about twelve years now: TV stuff like “Providence,” “Will and Grace,” “Working,” “The Tick,” “Angel,” “Monk,” “CSI Miami,” “Boston Legal,” “Numbers,” “Medium,” “Reaper,” “‘Til Death,” “Brothers,” “Castle,” “The Ghost Whisperer” and “Miss Match” with Alicia Silverstone who–Matt has convinced himself–had a crush on him. He is also an accomplished stand-up and we’re delighted to welcome him to The Good Ship during his stint in the UK.

    SEAN MCLOUGHLIN
    @seanmcloughling

    Sean is a 26 year-old comedian from Brighton who has really come into his own in 2014, as his critically acclaimed show led to him being signed by Ricky Gervais’ agent and going on to support Doc Brown on tour. His comedy is brutally self-lacerating for his own failings, but all the more hilarious as Sean seeks to find some hope in his disastrously useless everyday life.

    “This guy is an exciting talent. I have no idea why someone hasn’t grabbed him for TV. As comedians with stupid hair go he is one of the best.” The Scotsman

    “Sean McLoughlin is beautifully cynical… and he is not far off being utterly brilliant.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

    “He delivers biting lines with real verve…an interesting and skilful stand-up, with some routines of brilliance.” Chortle

    AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:

    BEN VAN DER VELDE
    www.benvandervelde.com

    Part-man, part-hound, part-satyr, part-party, part-Dolly Parton, part-parcel, part-comedian and part-performing monkey, Ben is your ever-ready host, happy to spill nonsense and laughter around any room going. Just don’t let him mark his territory any other way…

    “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.” Chortle

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

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    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 5th January 2015

    MAX AND IVAN
    http://maxandivan.com/

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    FOSTERS COMEDY EDINBURGH PANEL PRIZE WINNERS FOR ‘THE WRESTLING’

    Critically-feted character comedy duo Max and Ivan are hugely successful, sure. But which of them is which? Well, Max is the taller one, and Ivan generally has a moustache. And also they try and stand in the right order, like Ant and Dec (they actually do this. It’s pathetic).

    Max Olesker

    Height: 5’11”

    Funniness: 8/10

    Catchphrase: “How’s THAT for a sweet patootie?!”

    Strengths: 9th level Freemason.

    Weaknesses: Empathy.

    Comedy hero: Mahatma Ghandi

    Ivan Gonzalez

    Height: 5’7”

    Funniness: 4/10

    Strengths: Fire magic.

    Weaknesses: Funniness.

    Catchphrase: “Get your tits out, matron!”

    Comedy hero: Max Olesker

    “Undeniably superstars of tomorrow. It feels like watching early Walliams and Lucas or Enfield and Whitehouse.” GQ

    “Max and Ivan are the real deal.” The Guardian

    “It’s impossible to stop beaming. A joyous hour.” The Independent

    “A feelgood triumph.” Time Out

    RACHEL PARRIS
    http://rachelparris.wordpress.com/

    Rachel Parris is an award-winning comedian, and also musician, actor and improviser. As a musical comedian she has reached the finals of national competitions including Leicester Square New Comedian and Hackney Empire New Act of The Year as well as being placed runner-up in the Funny Women Awards and the Musical Comedy Awards. She was named in the Independent as their Bright Young Thing for comedy in 2014, nominated for a Chortle award, listed on the Huffington Post as one of their Funniest 50 Women on Twitter, and was TimeOut’s Critics Choice, with her solo comedy show.

    She is also an experienced improviser, and is a founding member of the award-winning improv comedy show Austentatious. She performed her debut solo show The Commission at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, to great acclaim and has recently completed a run at the Soho Theatre. She appeared in the highly anticipated IT Crowd Special on channel 4, which was nominated in the Bafta Awards, and she presented Game of Thrones fanshow, Thronecast, on Sky Atlantic.

    “One sometimes doubts that Britain’s Got Talent, but Parris has it in spades.” The Guardian

    “beguiling…Her songs really score… a gifted performer.” Dominic Maxwell, The Times

    NICK DIXON
    http://www.nickdixoncomedian.com/

    Promising newcomer Nick Dixon is steadily rising on the UK circuit, and is held in high regard by his contemporaries and industry officials alike. He has recently recorded his first televised stand- up performance for the new series of The Comedy Store on Comedy Central.

    Nick’s unique style combines acerbic wit and intelligent, edgy writing with vulnerability and self-deprecation to winning effect. A natural comedian, he reached the final of The Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year after performing stand-up for only three months.

    Within a year, he was one of a select few (chosen from over 800 applicants) to perform in BBC Radio 2’s prized New Comedy Awards. In 2012, truly cementing his status as a dynamic newcomer, Nick reached the final of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? Competition at the Edinburgh festival.

    He continues to hone his material, and go from strength to strength, steadily earning his stripes on the UK stand-up circuit. Having already won the infamous and brutal King Gong show back in May 2012, he now performs regularly at all the top clubs, including The Comedy Store, The Glee Club, and Manford’s.

    “Delightfully offbeat turns of phrase…elegantly constructed writing.” Chortle

    “Well worth looking out for.” Jason Manford

    TOM HOUGHTON
    @PurpleNextDoor

    As one fifth of The Noise Next Door – the finest improv troupe this isle has produced in the twenty-first century – Tom has spent the last decade making up tremendous nonsense on every comedy stage of note, from The Comedy Store’s New Year’s Eve show to sold-out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe. He’s going it alone tonight so expect all sorts of weird and wonderful, daft and silly surprise.

    “Comedy gold… Staggeringly well excecuted.” The Guardian

    “More laughs per show than all the others in Edinburgh combined.” GQ

    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 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)

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

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    Monday 12th January 2015

    JOHN KEARNS
    @Johnsfurcoat

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    FOSTERS COMEDY AWARD WINNER 2014 BEST SHOW

    FOSTERS COMEDY AWARD WINNER 2013 BEST NEWCOMER

    The first act ever to win the Best Show prize at the Edinburgh Festival the year after being crowned best newcomer, John Kearns sits firmly in the absurd comedy lineage started by Spike Milligan and continued by the Pythons, Andy Kaufman, Vic & Bob and The Boosh. If you enjoy comedy where you’re laughing until it hurts but have little to no idea why, then this generations’ oddball king is the act for you.

    “A true comedy original.” ★★★★ Time Out

    “Sidesplittingly funny.” ★★★★ Chortle

    “Kearns could be your new king of comedy.” ★★★★ Evening Standard

    RUSSELL HICKS
    @Russellhickss

    One of the most exciting comics to come out of America, Russell Hicks is branded one of the ‘Top Six Comics to Watch’ by LA’s Stand Up Talk Magazine. He has appeared on LA based panel show Direct TV’s ‘What’s News?’ and is a regular guest on hit podcasts such as Talkin’ Sh*t with Eddie Ifft.
    Headlining the nationally acclaimed student circuit in the United States, Russell regularly takes his hour long solo shows across the country to the biggest universities.

    Since moving to the UK audiences have been amazed by his prolific work rate and ability to consistently deliver quality new work night after night. Fast and loose, no two shows are ever the same

    “Absolutely smashed it last night. What was most impressive is that he somehow managed to completely improvise for the entire 30 minutes, which I have never seen done before. I have worked in numerous different comedy venues and I have also never seen a comedian get a huge round of applause for simply leaving the green room, which Russell did. I believe he has a bright future in comedy with his unique talent to riff so well.Bearcat Comedy Club

    STEVE BUJEGA
    http://www.stevebugeja.com/

    As winner of last year’s BBC New Comedy Award Steve Bujega has a big future ahead of him. A skilled gag writer, his own geekiness and social dislocation are the subject matter for his material, but never impede his ruthlessly good delivery. Since winning the award Steve has supported Russell Kane and Lee Nelson on tour and has written for Mock the Week, The News Quiz and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

    “Bugeja has an eye for original comic detail that’s all his own, he not only mines big laughs from this, but also an unexpected amount of gentle pathos.” The Guardian

    “His social nightmares make for assured comedy, and it’s easy to see why the audience listening at home voted him the BBC New Comedy Award winner of 2013. Greater things surely await.” Chortle

    BISHA K ALI
    http://www.bishakali.com/

    Hailing from West London and ping-ponging between cultures has left her with no choice but to stand up and laugh about her strict and strange upbringing. A storyteller, Bisha touches on topics including race, religion, science and family. Her laid-back charm, along with her ability to surprise and delight audiences took her to the Final of the 2013 Funny Women Awards within a year of her first gig.

    “It’s a rare treat to see a comedian with a unique and instantly defined persona. Bisha already seems to know more about comedy than many veterans of the art form.” Adam Bloom

    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)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 19th January 2015

    WILL FRANKEN
    www.willfranken.com

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    Will Franken is like nothing you have ever seen before or will see again. He occupies a space somewhere inbetween stand-up, one-man character comedy, stream-of-consciousness poetry and genuine psychadelic breakdown. The nearest calling point is probably Robin Williams at his free-wheeling, character-inhabiting best. He really is that good.

    Since joining us in the UK from his native America Will has performed critically-acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Soho Theatre, appeared on BBC America and popped back over the Atlantic to appear at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

    “What elevates Mr. Franken above your garden-variety comedian is an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd.” The New York Times

    “Franken has a bionic ear for hot air. He’ll undercut right-wing jingoism and left-wing piety alike…” The Times

    “The fluidity recalls the Pajama Men, while the darkness of Franken’s imagination is like Chris Morris: this is Blue Jam with a wilder look in its eyes.” The Guardian

    PIPPA EVANS
    http://www.pippaevans.com/

    Pippa first made a splash on the comedy scene with an incredibly successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival where her debut solo show, Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People, was nominated for the if.comedy Best Newcomer Award 2008. The show, in which Pippa played a number of different characters, was a hit with audiences and critics alike, with The Scotsman praising her “searing talent as a comic writer, actor and versatile singer” and The Independent citing Pippa as “probably one of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year.”

    In 2009 Pippa returned to Edinburgh with Pippa Evans: Your Evening’s Entertainment! and more recently with Loretta Maine: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need To Talk To You in which she unleashed her alter-ego Loretta Maine, a sexy and psychotic American country and western singer-songwriter for a full show of her own. Backed by her band and with an arsenal of hilarious yet catchy songs audiences were once again captivated by Pippa’s perfectly realised character comedy. She returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012 with a whole new hour of Loretta entitled Loretta Maine: Bi-Polar.

    Other than her extensive live work, performing around the country as Loretta Maine, Pippa can be found on your television boxes on Live at the Electric, The Morgana Show, The Slammer and The Wrong Door.
    Also an experienced radio performer, Pippa has appeared on The Now Show, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, Bigipedia, Les Kelly’s Britain – all for Radio 4 and is a regular cast member of NewsJack for Radio 4 Extra.

    Pippa has also co-created the exciting and ground-breaking Sunday Assembly, the first Atheist Church organisation dedicated to gathering likeminded people; ‘a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.’ Pippa is currently working with the BBC on her sitcom, Be Our Guest, which was picked to be part of the Salford Sitcom Showcase and recently recorded a character comedy pilot for Radio 4 entitled Pippa Evans is on the Radio.

    “Fabulously talented.” Time Out

    “Murderously funny.” Evening Standard

    MAGNUS BETNER
    http://www.magnusbetner.com/in-english/blog/

    The ‘Bad Boy’ of the Edinburgh Fringe, Swedish Comedy Superstar Magnus Betnér returns to London. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this uncompromising master at work. Challenging the social consensus; honest and unflattering, this son of a pastor delves to the darkest fathoms of comedy. Sometimes uncomfortable to watch, his edgy and gimmick free views are far too interesting and thought provoking to be labelled as simply ‘controversial’.

    “This is honest, taboo-busting, liberal-minded invective, delivered with a leavening, easy charm.” The Independent

    “He’s equally a popular and controversial figure back in his native Sweden… it can’t be long before he begins to break over here”. Chortle

    JARLATH REGAN
    http://www.jigser.com/

    Jarlath Regan is a 33 year old Irish comedian, writer, illustrator and presenter. He has performed at international comedy festivals across the world including the Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal Just For Laughs, Melbourne, New Zealand and Dubai. Today he lives in London and commutes to clubs up and down the UK performing his standup. In August 2013 he created the award winning Irishman Abroad podcast series. The collection of long form interviews with will known Irish emigrants and returning heroes has earned rave reviews from The Guardian, Telegraph and Irish Times, and featured the likes of Chris O’Dowd, Lisa Hannigan and Graham Linehan. It is listened to by more than one million people worldwide and is now the focus of Jarlath’s weekly column in The Irish Post.

    “Side-splitting stuff…causes near hysteria in the room.” Metro ****

    “The sort of comic you want to take home to meet your mum…an unshakeable ability to turn an ordinary anecdote into a winning story…a perfect teatime show.” Chortle

    JENNY COLLIER
    http://www.jennycolliercomedy.com/

    Jenny moved from the Welsh mountains to the Big Smoke in 2010 and has since embarked upon a career in stand up comedy. In that time she’s peppered various finals of new act competitions and appeared on BBC Radio 4 and The Rhod Gilbert Show. A mix of warm filth and inventive wordplay, Jenny’s set is always a winner.

    “Ace… Strong set… Strong persona.” London is Funny

    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)

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Monday 26th January 2015

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

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    FOSTERS COMEDY BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2013

    FOSTERS SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY WINNER? 2012

    Aisling is an Irish actor, award winnning stand-up, writer and solid guest at a dinner party. After graduating from trinity College in Dublin, she she trained in classical acting at LAMDA and has over the years appeared in numerous TV shows and films.

    In 2012, in what was a surprise to scientists everywhere, Aisling became the first woman to win the prestigious new stand-ups So You Think You’re Funny? competition in 20 years. Then, just a year later, her debut solo, stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe, sold out in three days, received four and five star reviews across the board and she was nominated for the Foster’s Best Newcomer Award (formerly The Perrier). She was the first person to win So You Think You’re Funny? and then go on to be nominated for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh within the same year since Peter Kay in 1998. Go team.

    This year she has appeared as both an actor and stand-up on numerous TV shows in including 8 Out of Ten Cats (Ch4), Vodka Diaries (BBC3), The Assets (ABC America), Channel Four’s Comedy Gala, QI.

    She will soon appear on the BBC’s Live At The Apollo, Sky’s Trollied as new character Charlie with Miriam Margoyles, Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2)and Would I Lie To You? (BBC1). She has also just began filming on Green Wing creator Victoria Pile’s new prime time ITV series Delivery Man which airs in the Spring.

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

    “An hour of high-energy comedy that is puppyishly irresistible.” The Independent

    “A born comedian.” Steve Bennett, Chortle

    DEREK RYAN
    @DerekRyanToGo

    Freshly arrived from the Irish circuit, Derek is part stand-up, part sketch comedian, part story-teller and logically unhinged. But he’s not messed-up, he’s eclectic, okay? His meandering mind works in pictures, drawn in the air with wily phrases & flailing limbs. Random everyday observations with little regard for the laws of nature or the fact that he can’t actually talk to animals.

    “Gorgeously Talented.” The Kilkenny People

    BEC HILL
    http://www.bechillcomedian.com/

    Bec Hill possesses a refreshing blend of charm, whimsy and infectious enthusiasm, which has gained a cult-following in Australia and the UK. But what makes her unique is her skilful ability to bring her “arts and craft” imagination to life on stage.

    At the tender age of 19, Hill burst onto the Australian stand up scene reaching the National Final of the Raw Comedy Competition. A writer from The Age singled her out in a review of the Final by boldly predicting, “…if I had to name one who is likely to find fame and fortune, it’s South Australia’s Bec Hill.”

    Her debut solo show in the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, If You Can Read This my Cape Fell Off, taught audiences how to achieve super heroism. The multi-media comedy lecture was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and gathered a plethora of positive reviews. This early praise secured an offer from the Gilded Balloon to co-produce her show at the formidable Edinburgh Fringe in 2009, where it gained 4 star reviews.

    During this time, Bec was also chosen to co- present Balloon TV with Stephen K Amos, which led to a residency as Compère for Paramount Comedy on Tap. Since then Bec has settled in the UK and established herself as a favourite act both on the live circuit and at festivals. Bec has also proved a smash hit on YouTube, gaining global acclaim thanks to her “hand-made” website and viral shorts. Her bi-monthly pun-based comedy night, Pun Run, has already become a sought-after gig for seasoned
    comics, as well as a hot ticket for punters quick enough to buy them before it sells out.

    “This is a hugely enjoyable show and it’s a performance with enough pizazz and confidence to suggest that Bec Hill is an act to watch out for.” **** Chortle

    “There is more than enough brilliant observational material here to persuade audiences that they spent their ticket money wisely.” The Stage

    NABIL ABDULRASHID
    @Nabilu

    In 2010, aged 22, Abdul Rashid became the youngest black comedian to perform stand up at the Hammersmith Apollo. He entered the ‘Which Religion Is Funniest?’ competition. After reaching the Top 10 spot, he was crowned joint winner of the national competition, judged by David Baddiel and Omid Djalili, and he was chosen to perform at the premiere of the film The Infidel.[3 He has performed at Comedy Cafe, Comedy Store, Jongleurs and Choice FM Comedy Club. setting stages ablaze with his own unique brand witty and satirical material and style of delivery that is best described as “smooth”

    MARTIN CROSER
    @M_Croser

    “Many moments of absolute brilliance and several of the best one-liners you will hear. Croser’s writing is first rate.” Kate Copstick, Scotsman

    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)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 2nd February 2015

    BEN NORRIS
    http://www.bennorris.co.uk/

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    Ben is a copper-bottomed circuit legend. Any box that could be ticked in the comedy world, then Ben’s done it. He’s headlined all over the world, appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week, supported Ed Byrne on tour and is the apple of almost every comedian and promoter’s eye. He’s happy to shoot the breeze with audiences and riff an entire 40 minuet set, or bring his own spiky, silly and smart eye to bear on the contradictions of the modern world.

    “Ben Norris may not be a household name, but then very few really good comedians are these days. He has been touring steadily for the past two decades, and he’s developed a razor sharp act in the process; it’s hard to think of anyone on the circuit who works an audience with as much skill and flair.” The Scotsman

    “The term ‘circuit legend’ is overused, but Norris is one of a handful that have been headlining for more than two decades and rarely departs a stage without leaving it torn to shreds in his wake. A master of the craft, this will be an hour of the most polished stand –up you are likely to see.” GQ Magazine

    “A wonderful disgrace of a human being.” Daniel Kitson

    LOST VOICE GUY
    http://lostvoiceguy.com/

    Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy can’t talk but isn’t silent. He is (probably) the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid.He has gigged all over the UK at places like The Stand, Jongleurs, The Frog and Bucket, The Glee Club and The Comedy Store as well as being featured on the BBC, CNN, The Sun and The Mail on Sunday. A recent article about him in The Guardian said that finding humour in strange places was one of his strengths.

    He has also told jokes/given motivational speeches for a range of charities and other similar organisations including Communication Matters, Find A Voice, the Royal College of Nurses, Percy Hedley School and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. He is also a patron of Find A Voice and Communication Matters and a finalist in the 2014 BBC New Comedian of the Year Award.

    “A very funny guy.” Ross Noble

    “An Edinburgh Fringe one-off. Think Stephen Hawking reading the BBC News in the 1950s via a device programmed by the writers of the Viz.”
    The Herald

    “Funny, personal, occasionally shocking and frequently mischievous.”
    The Independent

    ANNA MORRIS
    http://annamorris.co.uk/

    Anna Morris is a multi-talented comedian, writer and actress. She has written for The Paul O’Grady Show, Man Stroke Woman and Newsrevue, as well as writing her own one-woman comedy shows.
    These include ‘Dolly Mixture’, which had sell-out runs in London, Brighton and Glasgow, and her follow-up show ‘Would Like to Thank…’ which received critical acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh fringe.

    Anna has her own YouTube channel, which has had almost 100,000 hits for her web series Georgina’s Wedding Blogs, whilst her other TV credits include BBC One’s Outnumbered and Count Arthur Strong, as well as ITV2′s Bad Bridesmaid.

    “Great comedy…beautifully crafted.” Independent

    “Well constructed and skillfully performed characters…fearless.” ★★★★ The Herald

    THOMAS WARD
    http://www.tomwardvoice.com/comedy/

    A finalist in a many of the most prestigious new act competitions, Thomas is increasingly on the radar of promoters and punters alike for his unique style. You will find him in London and the British beyond taking you sideways, on his search for meaning, through the familiar worlds of carpet adverts, supermarkets, impersonations and tales of teenage love.

    “Fine writing, evoking silly images and ideas, combines with a distinctive look and a deliberate, well-spoken delivery to make him memorable”. Steve Bennett, Chortle

    “Inventive stand-up Thomas Ward; a spaced-out, sometimes poetic comic with a terrifying fringe, and a very funny take on the world.” The Stage

    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)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 9th February 2015

    JOSH HOWIE
    www.joshhowie.com/

    Josh Howie

    Josh is a much in-demand stand-up comic, performing regularly at all the major comedy clubs around the UK, and over the previous few years has taken his distinctive brand of humour to India, Ireland, France, China, Thailand, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia and America. In 2012, he was also invited to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where he filmed for the internationally distributed Just For Laugh’s All Access TV show.

    In addition, he’s written and performed three solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival, before sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre. These include his hugely successful debut solo Fringe stand-up show, entitled Chosen, which played to sell out audiences and received rave reviews at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival, and his August 2010 show Josh Howie: Gran Slam, based on his time living with his grandmother. In 2011, Josh returned with I am a Dick.

    Josh has recorded for two series of the Comedy Central show Comedy Store, and appeared on World Stands Up and Comedy Blue for the same channel. He spent four years as the writer/presenter of The Movie Geek, the Sky Movies show offering all the latest news in the world of cinema. Often praised for his writing talent, Josh is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Mail, has reviewed films for Sky Movies Magazine, and writes the ‘Fears of a Clown’ column for blokely.com.

    “Treads a fine line but he treads it perfectly. Both fascinating and funny.” **** The Scotsman

    “Great things are expected from the abrasive yet strangely lovable Josh Howie.” The Guardian

    “Howie knows how to amuse, shock and move an audience in equal measures.” Time Out

    DARREN WALSH
    http://www.iamagiant.co.uk/

    Winner of the first UK Pun Championships and featured in Timeout’s “One to Watch” section, Darren Walsh’s silly happy-go-lucky style has been compared to Harry Hill, with an act that combines surreal nonsense and snippets of daft songs. You’re never more than six seconds away from a punchline with this rapid-fire king of daftness.

    “He is a genial presence, not manic like Tim Vine, not wonderfully nerdy like Gary Delaney and not deadpan like Jimmy Carr, but very much his own mirthmaker.” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

    “A real crowd-pleaser, with originality and personality by the bucketload.” Chortle

    GRAINNE MAGUIRE
    http://www.grainnemaguire.com/

    Gráinne Maguire is a stand up comedian, comedy writer and columnist. Her excitable charm and original material means she is a popular MC and gigs regularly around the UK and Ireland.

    Her 2012 Edinburgh show “Where are All the Fun Places and are Lots of People There Having Better Fun?” was a critical smash, with two of her jokes appearing in The Independent newspaper’s top ten jokes of The Edinburgh Fringe. She has also appeared as a guest on R4s “Now Show” “An Idiots Guide” “Front Row” and “Women’s Hour” and on R5s “7 Day Sunday” and most importantly on “Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience” on Comedy Central.

    As a politics nerd and pop culture obsessive Gráinne knows as much about the vagaries of Collation government as she does about Cheryl Cole’s relationship choices. Too much. She writes for a wide range of websites and newspapers including “Total Politics” “The Evening Standard” and “The Independent”. She is an excellent topical joke writer and has written for “8 Out of 10 Cats”, “News Quiz”, “The Show What I Wrote” and“The Now Show”.

    “An engaging and natural performer with deep reserves of excitable energy. Can employ understatement with the dry mastery of a Father Ted script.” Chortle

    “Highly promising, delightfully quirky – has a big future ahead of her.” Time Out

    EDD HEDGES
    @Edd_Hedges

    WINNER: SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? 2013

    You’d be forgiven for thinking Edd is in his 30s, he himself admits he looks like a bear. But at just 21 years old, Edd is already making waves on the comedy scene. Amongst everything else Edd has achieved in his short time on the circuit, he can be added to the illustrious list of winners for the UK’s most prestigious new act competition, So You Think You’re Funny.

    The list of impressive feats achieved by this man-child continues, appearing in the final of the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Competition as well as featuring in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2014.

    And what better way to follow up the success of winning the SYTYF final in Edinburgh than to be a part of the renowned Big Value Showcase at Just The Tonic the following year at The Fringe.

    “Supremely affable…a very promising anecdotalist.” Chortle

    “Edd Hedges is a joy to watch.” The Scotsman

    CHRISTIAN O’CONNELL
    http://www.christianoconnell.com/

    Christian O’Connell is a broadcaster, stand up comedian and writer. He’s a record breaking 12 time Sony Gold award winning DJ and hosts his own National Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio. He also the host of ‘Fighting Talk’ for the BBC on BBC Radio 5Live. 2013 saw him return to stand-up comedy with his first full length show This Is 13 at the Edinburgh Festival. He followed that up with Breaking Dad in 2014, with which Christian will embark on his first national comedy tour in Spring 2015. As a TV host he has presented shows for Sky1, C5 and ITV4. He has written a book entitled ‘The Men Commandments’ that you can pick up for 7p on Amazon. He has been a columnist for The Guardian and GQ.

    “Funny, endearing, slightly rude and entertaining with moments of genius interaction.” The List

    “I was stunned how funny his show was. Its a really great show. He’s managed to be as relaxed on the radio as he is on stage.” Frank Skinner

    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)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 16th February 2015

    JAMES ACASTER
    http://www.jamesacaster.com/

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    Returning to our stage after yet another quietly successful Edinburgh Fringe, plus his first UK tour, the bewildering wonder that is James Acaster is here to entertain and beguile. James is a three-time nominee for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, has supported Josie Long and Milton Jones on tour and been all over your tellybox on Mock the Week, Live at the Comedy Store, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Dave’s One Night Stand, as well as hosting his own BBC Radio 4 show ‘Findings’. There is no act on the UK circuit more able to combine his own off-kilter world view and mannerisms with mainstream success and we’re delighted to welcome him back for more fun and silliness.

    “By the end of the hour you’re totally sucked into his minute, quizzical world and it’s a wonderful world to visit.” Time Out

    “Deliciously daft and no slouch in the surprises department.” Evening Standard

    “Beautifully constructed ‘art of stand-up’ stuff…this show will be taught in schools as the perfect how-to example.” Sunday Times

    BETHANY BLACK
    http://www.bethanyblack.co.uk/

    Decidedly dark and deliciously different, an evening with Bethany Black is a one way ticket to a world you never knew existed. Managing to balance being “dark-tinged but magical” (The Guardian) with being warm and chatty, she has built a cult following for her brand of confessional comedy. She has worked alongside some of the greats of the industry and written jokes for acts as diverse as Brendon Burns and Jimmy Cricket.

    Having started performing in 2005 she was initially branded ‘unremarkable’ by a clueless imbecile reviewing her first gig. A few short years later she’s now being told “Bethany Black should prepare for world domination” (Bruce Dessau, British Comedy Awards) and of her style; “the anecdotes are pitched perfectly…very funny.” (Chortle).

    She is a regular at top clubs across the country and has supported acts including Scott Capurro and Rhona Cameron.

    DIANE SPENCER
    http://www.difunny.com/

    Diane Spencer is comedian, actor and writer. Diane is best known as a stand-up comedian on the UK circuit and has performed worldwide, achieving international recognition for her hilarious work. Diane debuted at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2009, as part of the “Big Comedy Breakfast”, then returned with a new hour “Lost in the Mouth Specific” in 2010 performed on the PBH free fringe. This show and her early work on the UK circuit led to Diane winning the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer (2011). Since then she has written a brand new show every year, each receiving critical acclaim for her honest, filthy and insightful stand-up.

    “Between her theatrical facial expressions, on-point character roles and enthralling story-telling ability, Spencer mesmerises the crowd.” ***** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

    “You know that line that people tell you not to cross, as far as boundaries are concerned? I think Diane leapt across it and kept on running. Glitteringly, gob-smackingly outrageous stuff.” Sunday Express

    JAMES VEITCH
    http://veitch.me/

    James Veitch is a musician, comedian, director, writer and performer. In 2014, his first solo comedy show The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection premiered at The Edinburgh Fringe to wide acclaim. Described as “Tears-down-the-face funny” by The Sunday Herald and as a show that “manages to be educational while delivering near-constant belly laughs,” by The Scotsman, it was a sell-out success for the duration of its month-long run at The Gilded Balloon.

    As a writer his work has been published by The New York Times and in various short-fiction journals. He curates the website www.bluffable.com where he publishes comic transcripts of conversations he orchestrates with online email scammers.

    He is founder and artistic director of Pale Fire, producing, directing and writing theatre since 2007. Recent work includes Hostage Song, Finborough Theatre, Room #103, Hotel Chelsea, New York, Keats in Hampstead and Romantics (both Keats House).

    He is currently writing an 8-bit pop musical wherein a child of the 80s, at a loose end, combines the circuits of a Nintendo Entertainment System and a Sega Megadrive and accidentally creates an invisibility machine. It is tentatively entitled: Formerly Visible: a Popsical of Science and Adolescence.

    “Ingenious. One to watch.” Independent

    “A wicked sense of humour.” The New York Times

    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)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Doors 6pm for 8pm start.

    Monday 23rd February 2015

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

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    CREATOR OF WORLDWIDE HIT SHOW “WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO?”

    If you ask anyone in the know about comedy, they will tell you that the most incredible story of the past five years has been that of Luisa’s rise from total obscurity to queen of the Edinburgh Fringe, the West End and even Montreal and Hollywood. Her confessional, inspirational, motivational and hilarational (our made-up word) shows have left audiences laughing, crying and dancing along with her as she bares all in her mission to sort her own life out and drag those of her audience along with her for a great party. Fresh, funny, honest and silly, you will never have seen anything quite like Luisa and will leave the room with a massive smile slapped across your chops!

    “Omielan is a refreshing comic voice, doing something that no-one else is doing…there is no doubt that she will become the megastar she already acts like one day very soon.” The Independent

    “One of the biggest stand-up hits of the decade.” The Guardian

    “She’s so right – and inspirational, and hilarious, and sassy.” Chortle

    ARCHIE MADDOCKS
    http://www.archiemaddocks.co.uk/

    Archie is an exciting new comic, who is armed with a natural stage presence and a winning smile. He possesses an affable and likeable nature that immediately puts people at ease and has impressed both his peers and audiences with his charismatic, conversational style, hilarious observations and quick, acerbic wit. This lethal skills set saw him win Bath Comedy Festival New Act of The Year, come runner-up in the Amused Moose New Act of the Year and have the hive of comedy promoters desperate to get him on their stage.

    He’s also a playwright who has had his work produced by some of the best theatres in the UK (including Orange Tree Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Bush Theatre and The Royal Court) and internationally too ( New Light Theatre in New York!). He currently has several theatre and television projects in development and hopes to make some exciting announcements later in 2014.

    “An impressive set.” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

    “He sells his material with a charismatic and enthusiastic style that stands him in good stead.” Chortle

    AHIR SHAH
    @AhirShah

    Ahir Shah is, at the time of writing, a Funny and Extant comedian. His sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of emotional frankness, poetic language, and jokes. 2013 saw Ahir enjoy a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, where his show Anatomy was described by Fest as being “as thoughtful and compelling a show as you’re likely to come across”. He regularly performs live across the country, earning in the process a fairly consistent combination of acclaim and apathy. Sometimes he acts in things or writes for things or directs things.

    “Destined to be one of the brightest stars in the British comedy firmament.”
    The Scotsman

    “Charismatic and of rewardingly cerebral approach.”
    The Guardian

    VIV GROSKOP
    http://vivgroskop.com/

    A writer, broadcaster, critic (thankfully not for comedy) and comedian, Viv is a multi-talented renaissance woman who brings a joyful spark to any stage she graces with her presence.

    “Inventive and hilarious. My favourite new act.” Lucy Porter

    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)

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    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