Sun 31st Mar at 8:00pm
Bath Comedy Festival: Arthur Smith's Comedy Kick-Off
@ Bath Rugby, Bath
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Bath Comedy Festival: Arthur Smith's Comedy Kick-Off: Arthur Smith, Nick Doody, Daliso Chaponda, Janice Phayre, Dan March, Martin Dimery
Veteran performer, Grumpy Old Man and Bath Comedy Fest regularArthur Smith hosts a night of utterly splendid comedy - the biggest show at the Festival and a truly great way to spend your Easter Sunday night, starring a variety of top performers at the Fest's new favourite venue.
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Comedian, compere and playwright. This grumpy old man per excellence presents the BBC Radio 4 show 'Excess Baggage' and has written four plays including 'An Evening With Gary Lineker' and 'Live Bed Show'.
His stand-up topics range from vigorous yodelling to mediaeval literature via death by drink. His delivery is relaxed and sardonic, but his shows are a surprising, dark and witty treat.
He's also one of the many 'Grumpy Old Men' that appear on BBC 2's hit show.
'The funniest and most honest comic of his generation' (The List).
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Comic who uses his physicality as an extra dimension to his show. A finalist on Channel 4's 'So You Think You're Funny?', topical and not afraid to say what he thinks, Nick Doody's brand of political comedy and satire has won fans all over the country. Whilst still a student he supported Bill Hicks on his final tour of the UK, on Bill’s request.
'Some of the best political material I have heard in a while... comic genius' (The Scotsman)
'... darkly hilarious...' (The List)
'... sharp, intelligent and satirical' Chortle).
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Daliso is a versatile African comedian equally comfortable talking politics, romance, filth or religion. As such, he has performed in such diverse venues as churches, casinos, strip clubs and sports bars and was a finalist on Britain's Got Talent 2017. He has lived in countries where the press is not allowed to criticize the government, and in others with no libel laws where they can say anything. He has been both a journalist and a jaded newsreader.
Daliso has appeared at many festivals that have included Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore and Cape Town Festivals. He is also a prolific fiction writer and has had his science fiction, murder mysteries and fantasy fiction published in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also co-wrote a play that aired on BBC Radio 4.
'Full of extravagant gestures and impassioned speeches. He inspires whoops and cheers from his watchers. Highly recommended' (BBC)
'A joy to listen to. Provocative, poignant and ultimately hilarious' (The Guardian)
'I laughed so much I thought I'd pass out!' (The List)
'It takes a special kind of act to work on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as across Africa), but it seems an easy transition as he compels the crowd with his racial and socially insightful comedy' (News and Star, Carlisle)
'Absolutely [took] the roof off the place. Brilliant, brilliant act' (The Frog and Bucket).
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Dan March is one third of The Real MacGuffins, who garnered rave reviews for their Edinburgh show Skitsophrenic at the Pleasance Courtyard.
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Venue: Bath Rugby
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