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The southwest's biggest comedy festival returns to Queen Square with a big top bursting with comedy's best acts!
The five-night comedy extravaganza is a city favourite. Each year a series of mixed-bill shows, featuring the absolute best names in comedy combine with quality bars and street food from the leading lights of the local scene.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
English comedian, writer and actor, best known for starring in the mystery series Jonathan Creek and the panel show QI. Alan began his career in stand-up comedy in 1988 and was runner-up in the City Limits New Act of the Year contest 1989. He was named Time Out Best Young Comic in 1991 and made his network television debut on Tonight with Jonathan Ross in 1992. In 1993 he was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Newcomer. Since then, Alan has gone on to appear on TV and on the stage, winning Best Actor in a Drama at the Monte Carlo Television Awards for his 2001 role of Bob in Russel T Davies’ Bob And Rose. After returning from Australia following a successful tour of QI Live, Alan went back to his stand-up roots in 2012 with 'Life Is Pain', and is back on the road in 2013 with his highly anticipated follow up show, 'Little Victories'. 'Had the audience in stitches... hilarious' (The Age) 'Alan Davies has lost none of his appeal... heart-tugging and deeply funny' (Big Issue) 'One of the best stand-up comics out there... packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation' (The Guardian).
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Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian and standup who has appeared in The IT Crowd, Murder In Successville, The Mash Report and Austentatious. Her songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4 (The Now Show), BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 6 Music. Her solo shows have found critical acclaim, and have earned her a Chortle Award nomination, a Funny Women Best Show nomination and a win for What’s On London’s Best Musical Comedy Show. “It’s startling quite how talented Parris is...hilarious” - Shortcom **** “Very easy to relate to and naturally funny” - Three Weeks **** "Tears of laughter, endearingly frank and funny" - Guardian "A gifted performer - her songs really score" - Times "Brutally funny" - Skinny "Classy, clever comedy...uproarious" - Scotsman
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Since appearing in the guise of his redneck alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw in 1998, award-winning Rich has won critical acclaim across the Globe by performing to sell-out audiences each year at the Edinburgh Fringe, throughout sell-out UK tours and at comedy festivals worldwide. His grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. Rich has also become well known for his television and radio work. Notable UK appearances include regular appearances on 'Stand Up For The Week' (Channel 4), 'QI' (BBC1/2), 'Live At The Apollo' (BBC1), 'Channel 4's Comedy Gala Live At The O2', 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC1), 'Rich Hall's Cattle Drive' (BBC4), 'Rich Hall's Gone Fishing' (BBC4), 'Otis Lee Crenshaw – London Not Tennessee' (BBC2) and 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' (BBC2). 'Creeps up on you and ambushes your funny bone like no one else' (The Scotsman) 'As close as it gets to a guaranteed good show' (Scotland On Sunday) 'Top drawer stuff from a comedian who just seems to get better and better' (STV) 'Immaculate wordplay imbued with a genuine passion for the songwriter's craft' (The Times) 'Hall's genius, on the spot lyrical rhyming is raucously entertaining and very clever' (Spears magazine) Rich Hall was #10 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
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