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Bristol Comedy Garden: Nish Kumar, Ivo Graham, Lou Sanders, John Robins
The mighty Bristol Comedy Garden returns to Queen Square this July 3-7th with stand-up luminaries Stewart Lee and Sean Lock leading yet another outrageously good line-up performing at the Southwest’s favourite comedy extravaganza.
Kicking this year off in hilariously surreal style is the 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown team captain Sean Lock with the legendary Stewart Lee headlining a fantastic festival finale in the Big Top on the Sunday night, with a whole lot more enlightening entertainment in between. Don’t miss US stand-up sensation and star of Channel 4’s ‘Catastrophe’ Rob Delaney, the multi award-winning talents of Sara Pascoe, Mash Report host and Mock The Week regular Nish Kumar, the riotous storytelling of Royal Variety Performance star Tom Allen, and the raucously funny British Comedy Award winner Aisling Bea, Taskmaster stars Phil Wang and Lolly Adefope, observational master Ed Byrne, Alan Partridge star Tim Key, 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo and fast-rising newcomers including Rosie Jones and Sarah Keyworth plus many more blisteringly good comedians.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Since beginning his comedy career in 2006, Nish has achieved global success on the stand-up circuit with his rave-reviewed solo stand-up shows receiving huge recognition from industry and fans alike.
Nish is a double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, panel show regular, and hosts The Mash Report (BBC Two) with comics Ellie Taylor, Steve N Allen, Jason Forbes, Tom Neenan and Rachel Parris. He has also hosted BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical comedy show Newsjack.
"Critically acclaimed comic, internationally famed meme & wonderfully nice gentleman, Nish Kumar is a comedian, and a bloody good one at that." (Time Out).
"The affable comic expertly blends comedy and commentary in a routine that snipes unpityingly at Britain’s political class." (The Guardian).
'Impressive and accomplished... full of confidently delivered, wryly witty tales that delight in the quirks and possibilities of language' (The Scotsman)
Nish Kumar was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
Nish Kumar tour dates
Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus, Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18, and 8 months later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Now a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK circuit, his gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on multiple TV and radio shows including Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, As Yet Untitled, Live From the BBC and Fighting Talk.
Ivo Graham featured in Ents24's 20 Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
Ivo Graham tour dates
Lou Sanders surrealist style and high octane stage presence make her a joy to watch. She has appeared on ‘Alan Davies As Yet Untitled’, and starred in ‘Live from the BBC’. Her TV stand-up includes sets on ABC1’s ‘Comedy Up Late’ and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’. Lou has written for ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Stand Up for the Week’ and ‘Miranda’.
'Utterly delightful and hugely talented... Destined for hugeness' (Time Out)
'When Lou rips a room into hysteria, she really rips it hard' (The Sun)
'... an hour of non-stop entertainment with seriously big laughs, wild and free and very, very funny’ (Chortle)
'... crazy off-beat surrealism' (The Independent).
Lou Sanders tour dates
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)
John Robins tour dates