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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.
The Perrier Award winner has had huge success as both a writer and performer. He received a BAFTA and a Bronze Rose of Montreux for his Channel 4 sitcom Black Books. His film career has included the smash hit Rom-Com-Zom Shaun Of The Dead, Run Fat Boy Run and A Film With Me In It. His stand up shows have sold out across the world. Throughout the US, Europe and Australasia Monster, Like Totally and What It Is have cemented this unkempt wordsmith's reputation as one of the foremost comics of his generation earning him the label of 'The Oscar Wilde of Comedy'. 'Jokes as sharp as barbed wire and a comedy brain quicker than a steel trap... Rarely have the rafters of the Playhouse shook so dangerously to the sound of laughter' (The Scotsman) 'A supremely confident performer, his timing for delivering punchlines is something special' (The Daily Telegraph) 'It didn't falter for a moment. This is stand-up comedy of the first order... there's scarcely a word wasted... seriously good fun' (The Times).
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A former Cambridge Footlighter, Mark Watson first made an impact on the comedy circuit in 2002 when he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic competition and was a runner-up in So You Think You're Funny? He has become known for his Edinburgh shows (2005's 50 Years Before Death And The Awful Prospect Of Enternity was nominated for the Perrier) and his gruelling shows that last more than 24 hours. Perrier's successor, the if.comeddies, awarded the panel award for best capturing the spirit of the fringe, in 2007. Watson won the Chortle award winner for innovation in 2005, when he was also nominated for best breakthrough act, and was nominated for best compere in 2007. He is also a novelist, with his debut Bullet Points, published in 2003; has written for TV and in 2007 landed his first radio series, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better.
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Comedian, actor, writer from Hull. Nominated for Best Live Show at the National Comedy Awards 2023. ‘Joyous hour… remember Gledhill’s name, because it’s about to be everywhere’ ★★★★★ Independent ‘Could hardly be more endearing… adroit joke-making at work’ ★★★★ Guardian ‘A jaw-droppingly good debut’ ★★★★ Times ★★★★★ The Skinny ★★★★★ Funny Women ★★★★ Telegraph ★★★★ Scotsman ★★★★ The List As seen on; The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV1) Alma's Not Normal (BBC2) The Emily Atack Show (ITV2) Hypothetical (Dave) Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave) Guessable (Comedy Central) Late Night Mash (Dave) Somewhere Boy (Channel 4) Life (BBC1)
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