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The Comedy Box: David Whitney, Allyson June Smith, Mark Smith, John Robins
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Winner of the 2007 Hackney Empire new act of the year and BAFTA winner for Fonejacker. David Whitney's material is a fine blend of political satire and pure filth, making him the thinking person's comic. So long as that person is thinking of something satirically filthy at the time. His posh-accented delivery comes dunked in a tongue-in-cheek laddishness.
'... you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him' (Reg D Hunter)
'His trajectory is perfect. He squeezes the laughter out of audiences. He is the squeeze person' (Eddie Izzard)
'David Whitney, a stand-up comedian with sharp cavalier observations, his CV reads: actor involved in the BAFTA wining comedy Fonejaker and bagpipe player, who has piped at many events including the Royal Tournament and Gwen Stefani’s wedding, a very witty man of many talents' (Funhouse Comedy).
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Since 2000, Allyson June Smith has been tickling Canada’s comedy scene from the moment she put down the chalk brush and picked up a mic. Playing to packed rooms has become like another day in the classroom for this former school teacher.
A multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee for Best Female Stand-Up. Allyson's credits include her own hour long Comedy Now special, appearances on CBC Radio’s hit show The Debaters, and the Winnipeg, Halifax and Just For Laughs Festivals, to name just a few.
After working her way across Canada, Allyson is now taking the UK by storm with her sassy blend of in-your-face stand-up and hilariously insightful comedy.
"Book her, see her, just do whatever you can to be near her; she’s gonna be a huge star!” Jason Manford
"Ultra likeable and versatile" Now Magazine, Toronto
"Wasn’t afraid to be shocking and explicit… hilarious" – **** Three Weeks
"Yet another hilarious Canadian with great hair" Stewart Francis
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Mark has been performing stand-up regularly since mid 2008 and has rapidly established himself as one of the most interesting and exciting young comics on the circuit.
Aside from regular gigs, he also runs and comperes his own night in Leeds, Gag Hole, which has quickly become one of the best alternative comedy events in the city. He has just returned from directing Leeds Tealights at the Edinburgh Fringe (Best Student Sketch Show 2010).
He is also half of double act Dregs with Max Dickens
So You Think You’re Funny Finalist 2009
Magners Best Newcomer 2008 - Nomination
'Obvious talent... a keen eye for untapped sources of funny' (Chortle)
'Consistently sharp' (The List)
'Sharp, quick, well delivered... something rather special' (Three Weeks)
'Excellent stage presence... very good' (Tim Vine).
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John is a comedian, broadcaster and voice over artist based in London. He presents a weekly show on Radio X alongside friend and fellow comedian Elis James. 'The Elis James and John Robins Show' podcast has gained them a devoted following, and is a fixture in the top twenty comedy podcast charts. In 2017 they won The Chortle Award for Best Radio.
John began performing stand-up in 2005 and was an alumni of the legendary 'Bristol Comedy Flat' alongside Russell Howard, Jon Richardson and Mark Olver.
In 2016 Elis and John announced their first major live appearances together. 'The Elis James and John Robins Experience' saw them bring their unique chemistry to venues up and down the country. Demand was unprecedented and tickets for London's Shepherd's Bush Empire sold out in a matter of hours. He is the joint winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2017.
John has appeared on numerous television shows including Mock The Week (BBC2), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Series 1 & 3 (Dave), Stand-Up Central (Comedy Central), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC3), Live at The Comedy Store (Comedy Central and Drunk History (Comedy Central).
'One man, one microphone, one fantastically funny show' (Three Weeks)
'A complete and utter natural' (Russell Howard)
'One of the most consistently pleasing hours on the fringe' (The Independent)
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