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Five stand-out stand-up comedians will be on the bill of a fundraiser at Bath's The Forum on 22nd January which aims to make it possible of the UK's biggest celebration of silent screen and classic comedy - Slapstick - to begin hosting events in the city.
Slapstick's Rolling Funder event - starring Omid Djalili, Jon Richardson, Count Arthur Strong, Lucy Porter and Angela Barnes - will be the first that the Bristol-based festival has held in neighbouring Bath and is set to fund a new partnership with The Forum - an Art Deco former cinema opened in 1934.
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Before becoming a comedian, Angela worked in health and social care. In 2011, she won the BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since then Angela has become a regular on BBC’s The News Quiz, Newsjack and Mock The Week. She has also appeared on BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. “Feels like a sure-fire bet the instant she utters her opening lines.” (The Scotsman). “The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect” (Chortle). “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight-talking and extremely funny comic” (The Guardian). Angela Barnes was #8 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
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One of Britain's freshest and most original comics, this British-born Iranian hams the accent and underlines the cliches before pulling the Persian rug from under the audience. With a career in comedy spanning across three decades, Omid Djalili's legendary performances on stage and screen have won him fans and plaudits the world over. Renowned for his razor sharp wit, boundless energy and expertly crafted cultural observations, his original material continues to explore the diversity of modern Britain and he remains one of the most exciting entertainers on the circuit. A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival, Omid's stand-up awards include the Time Out Award for Best Stand Up and the EMMA Award. He's also been a nominee for a Perrier Award and the South Bank Award. Omid was also awarded a Best Actor award at the Turin Film Festival for his lead performance in The Infidel. 'To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person's Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both... Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle' (The Sunday Times) Omid Djalili was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2017.
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Diminutive stand-up comedian making a big name for herself. She has written for many top comedians, including Johnny Vaughan, Gail Porter and Griff Rhys Jones, and starred on many TV stand-up comedy shows. Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show. 'Fizzing with inventive one-liners... a treat from start to finish' (The Herald) 'Clever, chatty and charming' (Three Weeks) 'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes of the everyday... genuinely delightful' (The Daily Telegraph) 'Deliciously cutting' (The Independent) 'She is like your witty friend who's always brilliant company down the pub. Many stand-ups would give their non-drinking arms to be able to transfer that kind of sparkling bar-room bonhomie to the stage and Porter does it effortlessly' (The Scotsman).
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The critically acclaimed comedian is currently a team captain on Channel 4's panel show '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'. He has been an Edinburgh If comedy nominee, and was the 2008 winner for best breakthrough act in the Chortle Awards. 'He's a gentle and ever-smiling anecdotalist who sees the world in a rather skewed way... consistently funny about life and its foibles... We leave the theatre feeling full of the joys of life' (The Arts Desk) 'So good he actually bends time' (Chortle) 'Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss' (Daily Mirror) 'One of our most individual and interesting stand-ups' (The Times) 'Sublimely brilliant, stunning' (Time Out). Jon Richardson was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2017.
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Count Arthur Strong
This poor misguided fool is possibly the funniest, most pathetic character since that hapless reject, Alan Partridge disgraced our screens. Then again, maybe funnier. Steve Delaney first created the character that would go on to become Count Arthur Strong whilst studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 1980’s. In the 90’s he resurrected the character for an outing on the comedy circuit at the King’s Head, Crouch End and on the following day retired from acting to focus his career on Arthur. Arthur’s first outing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1997 saw Delaney win a commendation from the Perrier Panel and the character quickly attracted a cult following. In 2002 Count Arthur Strong returned to Edinburgh with Komedia Entertainment and then entered an intensive period of production, with five Edinburgh Fringe runs and eleven national tours. This ranged from 2002’s ‘Forgotten Egypt!’ to 2017’s ‘Sound of Mucus’ national tour. Over the years Count Arthur Strong has acquired a dedicated fan-base of fellow performers with Ross Noble, Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan being vocal supporters in the early days. The likes of Jennifer Saunders, Martin Clunes and Paul Merton quickly followed suit with Paul McCartney and Billy Connolly recently adding their weight to the list of celebrity fans. In 2008 Delaney started to develop the character for TV with Graham Linehan. In 2012 a sitcom titled ‘Count Arthur Strong’, produced by Retort TV and Komedia Entertainment, was broadcast on BBC2. The series was nominated for several British Comedy and BAFTA awards, including listing for Best Sitcom by both judging panels. The second series of the sitcom was produced in 2014 and transferred to BBC1. A third series of the sitcom is planned to air on BBC1 in early 2017. 'One of the greatest comic creations of this century' (The Mirror). '...an immaculate performance' (Mail on Sunday). 'An evening of inspired lunacy’ (Brighton Argus).
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