Comedy takes many forms. Some comedians throw slick, short puns at you by the dozen. Some weave tales of derring do and experience, embellished and fantastic. And others observe us, and remind us of how frail, desperate or silly we all are. Tom Binns, on the other hand, has become famous for simply being someone else. The actor, broadcaster and stand-up comedian became best known in the early naughties as the hapless radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury. In 2010 he made the comedy headlines for the right reasons as a new character, Ian D’Montfort, the spirit medium, and his show ‘Touching . . .
Sitcom buffoon Count Arthur Strong hits Tiverton on 27 February on a new UK tour for 2015. The ‘Somebody Up There Licks Me!’ tour started at the Norwich Playhouse on February 5 and finishes with two nights at the Bloomsbury Theatre on May 1 & 2. Trilby hat-wearing mangler of words and variety entertainer, the Count (the character creation of Steve Delaney) hits the road on his first live tour since his hugely successful BBC Two series. In fact his tour follows close on the heals of the transmission of his second series of Count Arthur Strong which moved to . . .
One of the leading lights in female stand-up is taking her comedy tour to Tiverton on Friday 13 February. Shappi Khorsandi has carved a niche place for herself on the UK comedy scene, not for her femininity or race, but through sharp wit and effortless story-telling that gives the very best in British comedy talent a run for its money. Her tour “Because I’m Shappi” sold out both at the Edinburgh Fringe last year and on her Autumn tour of the UK. So she’s squeezing a new UK tour of the show into her hectic schedule that has seen her . . .
Any comedian that has performed in front of royalty at the Royal Variety performance should be in your bucket list of comics to see before you die. Stephen K Amos is no exception. As well as performing in front of the Queen and Prince Philip in 2007 – alongside names like Jon Bon Jovi, Russell Brand, James Blunt and the late, great Mel Smith – he has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material. In “Welcome to my world” which is now touring the country, the maestro of feel-good . . .
UK based Canadian Tom Stade ponders life’s timeless questions in his hilarious new show ‘Decisions Decisions…’, part of his UK tour stopping off at Comedy Hall on 26th September 2014. It’s anything but a gentle head-scratching… Stade’s dark and edgy material, generally delivered with a faux-innocent ‘What did I say?’ air, typically ranges from the filthy to the trivial − with subjects such as anal sex and his crippling addiction to Groupon. If you’ve only seen a TV friendly version of him on ‘Live At The Apollo’ or ‘Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow’ (BBC One) be prepared. Staid this isn’t – but . . .
Comedy Hall is offering an incredible double header from Lee Kern and Trevor Lock − who will do an hour long set each on 29th August. Save £5 per ticket – read on! Kern is famous for his side-splitting pranks on Celebrity Bedlam (Channel 4), which Viz described as “quite possibly the funniest thing that’s ever been on the telly”. (See a sample here as Brian Belo and David van Day from Dollar get pranked – http://youtu.be/YLXoPhxH_d4). These included making David Van Day believe he’d been cloned and Katie from X-Factor believe that she was modelling a coat made of . . .
Canadian Tom Stade ponders life’s timeless questions in his hilarious new show ‘Decisions Decisions…’ at Comedy Hall on 26th September. Nevertheless, the evening will be anything but a gentle head-scratching… From looking like a sleek, shaved hearthrob to a gnarly bearded bit of rough, Stade’s dark and edgy material, generally delivered with a faux-innocent ‘What did I say?’ air, typically ranges from the filthy to the trivial − with subjects such as anal sex and his crippling addiction to Groupon. If you’ve only seen a TV friendly version of him on ‘Live At The Apollo’ or ‘Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow’ (BBC . . .
‘Thoughtful, funny and just twisted enough: we’ll be seeing a lot more of her’ Alex Hardy, THE TIMES April 2014 **** “Warped wit…striking presence…killer lines…calm confidence” – THE SCOTSMAN “Smart and acridly funny” – THE SUNDAY TIMES Following a totally sold out run recently at London’s Soho Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival, Katherine Ryan hits the road with her new, critically acclaimed show Glam Role Model. She arrives at Comedy Hall in Tiverton on Saturday 8th November. In Katherine Ryan’s homeland of Canada, it isn’t unheard of for women to expose their breasts in public. To her amusement, however, here . . .
Craig Campbell, exuberant and larger-than-life Canadian, has extended his 50-date ‘Thrilling Mic Hunt’ tour and brings his belly-achingly hilarious show to Comedy Hall on 7th June. The long-haired and bearded ‘Grizzly Adams of stand-up’ describes his show as: “An hour of tall tales in a small dark room with l’il ol’ moi! Tolstoy this is not, it’s vintage Campbell, bold and brash with a dash of sass.” And Craig can’t wait to return. He told us: “Looking forward to returning to the TCAT in June as it’s always nice to perform 12 miles from my feathery bed (well, it has . . .
All right you bunch of legends i got some qwaliteeeee news… Lee Nelson is comin’ to you on 23 April – leaving his south London estate to do Comedy Hall. But tickets is selling, like, well good already. So hurry! www.comedyhall.lan
On Saturday March 1st 2014, Tom Wrigglesworth brings his hugely successful Edinburgh Fring show to Tiverton’s Comedy Hall. Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle Award winner and Star of Radio 4 and BBC2, Tom returns with an exquisite new show. You’ll know him from: • Tom Wriggleswrth’s Open letters – Radio 4 • Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang Ups – Radio 4 • ‘The Unbelievable Truth’, ‘It’s Not What You Know’ and ‘It’s Your Round’ – Radio 4 • Electric Dreams series – BBC2 • Engineering Giants series host – BBC2 Tom takes a poignant, hilarious and emotional journey . . .
For BBC Radio 4 listeners Tony Hawks will need no introduction. His wry observations have made him a hit on Just A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, as well as a plethora of other shows. Now, following Tony’s popular 2010 Random Fun tour, he is back performing another one man show. Called Fridges, Frolics and Films, it combines storytelling, stand up, musical comedy and film clips to create 2 hours of fun. And you can see him in Tiverton on February 1st. Tony will recount the amusing and sometimes fraught story of how he went from being . . .
Jeremy Hardy is one of our most quietly treasured and well established stand-ups − an ‘avuncular Leftie, to follow in the pipe-smoke of Tony Benn’. Witty, intelligent and self-effacing, his unshowy delivery is the perfect foil for his humorous, beautifully observed and insightful quips on the sad state of the world. Most well known as a veteran of Radio 4 being a regular on ‘I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue’, ‘The News Quiz’ and with his own show ‘Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation’, his well read and well-informed humour makes him a perfect contributor on ‘QI’ and ‘Mock the . . .
You simply don’t expect a ventriloquist to be as funny as Conti. But her side-splitting appearances on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC 3) and Live at the Apollo (BBC1) prove that this richly intelligent, technically perfect and utterly engaging performer – a sort of ‘alternative vent’ – is a master at subverting expectations and re-inventing her genre. Conti has a fascination for exploring the split psyche of the ventriloquist and sharing it with the audience. Exuberant and playful, she’s not afraid of the dark side. In theory, love, life and death are on the menu when the BAFTA nominated filmmaker . . .
Featuring killer one-liners delivered at break neck speed from a rake-thin ginger haired misfit in a myriad of voices, Andrew Lawrence, fresh from BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, and his own BBC Radio 4 series How Did We End Up Like This?, brings a whole new show to the Comedy Hall in Tiverton for the start of his ‘There’s No Escape’ tour. The suited and booted Lawrence, who plays on his ‘creepy’ looks (he’s not really creepy looking, just charmingly self-deprecating with an instantly recognisable face) seems not even to pause for breath as he works himself into a rage . . .