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Thu 22nd Aug at 7:30pm
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Comedy Gala 2013
@ Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
Featuring: Andrew Lawrence, Stephen K Amos, Jason Byrne, Romesh Ranganathan, Hal Cruttenden, Tom Stade, Ivo Graham, Neil Delamere, Seann Walsh, Simon Evans, Marlon Davis, Charlie Baker, Phill Jupitus, Des Clarke, Gary Delaney, Joe Wilkinson, Russell Kane, Roisin Conaty, Lee Nelson
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Comedy Gala 2013: Andrew Lawrence, Stephen K Amos, Jason Byrne, Romesh Ranganathan, Hal Cruttenden, Tom Stade, Ivo Graham, Neil Delamere, Seann Walsh, Simon Evans, Marlon Davis, Charlie Baker, Phill Jupitus, Des Clarke, Gary Delaney, Joe Wilkinson, Russell Kane, Roisin Conaty, Lee Nelson
Edinburgh's biggest comedy event featuring an all-star cast, hosted by Kevin Bridges and Adam Hills.
The Comedy Gala 2013 in aid of Waverley Care will feature the cream of the comedy crop at this year’s Fringe and, as previous years, will also be recorded for television, meaning that even if you can’t make it to the Festival you won’t be missing out on all of the fun.
Set to be the Edinburgh’s biggest comedy event this August, the Edinburgh Comedy Gala 2013 will showcase some of the finest comedic talent at the Fringe in aid of and support to people living with HIV and Hepatitis C.
The show is being recorded for television.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Described as the 'Leonard Cohen of comedy', Andrew Lawrence is the master of his game. As seen on BBC1's 'Michael Mcintyre's Roadshow' and Channel 4's 'Best of The Brighton Comedy Festival', Andrew is also a double 'If' comedy award nominee.
'... a hard act to follow' (Chortle)
'Anyone who gives this spikily inventive performer the time of day will realise they're in the presence of an A-list talent' (The Guardian)
'Few people have caught the irritated, misanthropic mood of the moment better than this supreme misfit; the only wonder is that it's taking Lawrence so long to become a national institution' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Lawrence rips the cynical heart from his chest and wears it defiantly on his sleeve' (Metro)
'Powerful, sad, angry, true stuff' (The Scotsman)
'... you owe it to yourself to see him' (The Daily Mirror)
'This show is a must see without a doubt' (Edinburgh Reporter).
Andrew Lawrence tour dates
Stephen K Amos has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material. Amos is filled with an almost child-like joy and exuberance and can find the funny in some of the most unexpected places.
'As his autobiographical sitcom plays out on Radio 4, Amos is officially becoming a national treasure. Expect more warm insight and spiky charm here' (The Sunday Times)
'It was all fabulous. But it was when riffing with the audience that Amos truly excelled. With a packed venue ready on his side, Amos drew people into his routines; his finely honed sensibility turned innocent remarks into comedy gold' (Herald Sun)
'Uplifting stand-up from a charming performer' (Time Out).
Stephen K Amos tour dates
Jason Byrne's style is a free-wheeling, high energy brand of lunacy that takes the audience on a helter-skelter tour of his offbeat mind, helped along by his curious array of bizarre props. He has performed all over the world and has a ever-growing international following.
'The outright king of live comedy' (The Times).
Jason Byrne tour dates
Romesh burst onto the comedy circuit in 2010, gigging regularly at top venues all over the country. As well as turning in storming turns on a regular basis, he has also found time to reach the Latitude New Act Final 2010, The So You Think You're Funny? Final 2010 as well as coming runner up in The Amused Moose Laugh Off 2010.
He has forged a fearsome reputation with a set that combines cutting one liners with an acerbic take on the world around him.
'Extraordinarily hilarious' (Three Weeks)
'Plenty to enjoy in his ultra sardonic set' (Chortle)
'his ability to write bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd... Ranganathan's punchlines are sharper and funnier than many of his peers' (The Guardian).
Romesh Ranganathan tour dates
Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Let's Dance For Comic Relief (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) and Mock The Week (BBC2), Hal is being strongly tipped as the next big thing.
Hal's comedy is simultaneously warm and catty, straight and camp - it's a lovely mix that has made him a regular guest on John Bishops's Only Joking (Sky1) and led to not one, but two sitcoms being produced this year.
'An absolute joy to watch... fabulous' (The Scotsman)
'Best solo stand-up show to date' (The Daily Telegraph)
'He had the audience eating out of his hands' (Chortle)
'On the edge of great fame' (Fest).
Hal Cruttenden tour dates
Since coming to the UK, the Canadian has built up a reputation as a popular and highly recommended comedian. He is willing to tackle a huge range of topics, from the obscure to the familiar, from a simple gag to quirky, inventive, rambling anecdotes with unexpected punchlines. Even if he occasionally seems to lose sight of where he's going, at least you know he's taking the audience with him.
'Wonderfully imaginative, original and hilarious' (Rhod Gilbert)
'So cool he could well be the answer to global warming. Gloriously funny silly and smart' (The Scotsman)
'UnmissablE' (Edinburgh Evening News)
'Rock 'n' roll comedian. Absolutely boxfresh; nothing is staid about Stade' (Evening Standard)
'One of the best practitioners of stand-up we've got... stand-up elite' (Chortle)
'An insider's tip for comedy greatness... comic riffs of monumental proportions'
Tom Stade tour dates
Winner of the 2009 So You Think You're Funny New Act Competition, at the age of 18, Eton and Oxford-educated Ivo Graham was nominated for best newcomer in the 2010 Chortle Awards.
'... calm and articulate... with a natural gift for telling stories, his perceptive material is both fascinating and entertaining, leaving his audiences wishing for more' (Funhouse Comedy)
'Beautifully constructed comedy' (The Scotsman)
'Cleverly constructed comic timing' (Edinburgh Evening News)
'A very convincing set from this erudite comedian' (The Independent).
Ivo Graham tour dates
Neil Delamere is one of the most in-demand comedians on Irish television, and well on track to repeat his success here in the UK. He is best known to UK audiences for a storming appearance on the first series of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow on BBC1, and has also appeared on The World Stand Ups and Live At The Comedy Store, both on Comedy Central. Neil is one of a handful of performers to consistently receive five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe year-after-year. For his 2009 Edinburgh show, 'Creme Delamere', he won five star rave reviews from the likes of Chortle, the Scotsman, the Herald and Three Weeks Magazine. He has also released two platinum-selling DVDs and has performed all over the world, including at the prestigious Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Comedy Festival.
Neil Delamere tour dates
Star of Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week, BBC1's Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntryre's Comedy Roadshow, and Dave's Argumental, Seann is a charming and
charismatic natural born observational storyteller.
With confidence and material that belies his tender years Seann has already supported Stephen K Amos on his national tour and appeared on many TV shows. Charming, accessible and laugh out loud funny.
'See him now, before the stadium tour' (The Sunday Times)
'Slick, funny observational comedy' (http://www.Chortle.co.uk).
Seann Walsh tour dates
One of the most exciting and distinctive talents to emerge on the comedy circuit in recent years. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. 'Absolutely brilliant' according to Caroline Aherne, and he has justified the tag, regularly selling out his shows in Edinburgh and racking up the television and radio credits. Plus, he dresses smartly and uses no bad language whatsoever...!
Simon Evans tour dates
Winner of the FHM Search For A Stand-Up Hero Competition in 2009. In 2006, he was a finalist in both the So You Think You're Funny and Laughing Horse new act competitions.
Still a relative newcomer, Marlon Davis is like a breath of fresh air on stage, with an impish grin, boyish enthusiasm and an effortlessly open, confident style that instantly wins him friends in the audience.
'A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity' (The Scotsman).
Marlon Davis tour dates
Imagine if Jack Black, Frank Sinatra and Jethro had a son...
'Let's Dance for Comic Relief' winner Charlie Baker brings his incredible mix of jokes, song and dance to the stage. Charlie was a regular on the 2010 series of Richard Bacon's Beer and Pizza Club, starred in The Comedy Store, which aired in January 2011.
The Guardian has described the hyperactive funnyman as 'a superior take on the modern showman' and 'Devon's answer to Frank Sinatra'.
Charlie Baker tour dates
This popular stand-up and TV comedian is well-known for his appearances on the pop music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His career as a performer began in 1984 when he quit his job as a civil servant to follow a new direction as a performance poet on the alternative comedy circuit and supporting bands such as The Style Council and The Housemartins. During the late '80s he worked with Billy Bragg, directing videos for both Bragg and Kirsty MacColl. Phill has an abiding love and in-depth knowledge of popular music, particularly ska, bluebeat and rhythm & blues. His hugely successful standup tours have included Jedi, Steady, Go and Quadrophobia, and he has worked extensively on radio, variously as a contributor, panellist and presenter. He has also toured as part of The Blockheads line-up.
Phill Jupitus tour dates
Hyperactive Scottish comedian with a rapid fire delivery and unrelenting style who has been swiftly gaining recognition, including finishing runner up in both the BBC's New Comedy Awards 2001 and the Daily Telegraph New Comedy Awards 20001.
Des Clarke tour dates
Gary Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. The high quantity of stand out gags leaves the audience struggling to remember them all. He regularly plays all the big clubs including The Comedy Store, Highlight, Jongleurs, Komedia, Glee, Rawhide, The Frog and Bucket, Hyena, Baby Blue, The Stand, Comedy Café, Lee Hurst's Backyard, Banana Cabaret and headlines at clubs throughout the UK.
Gary is a regular guest on Mock The Week and has also recently appeared on Dave's 'One Night Stand', Comedy Central's 'Comedy Blue' and on Channel 4's 'Robert's Web' as well as Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' and Radio 2's 'Russell Kane's Whistle-Stop Tour'. His debut show 'Purist' was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, selling out every night and receiving many four and five star reviews.
'Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in this hour than many comics have in their entire careers… Quite brilliant' (The Scotsman).
'I laughed and I laughed and I laughed! A master craftsman' (The Times)
'Taut, brilliant one-liners. Delaney was worth the price of admission alone' (Chortle)
'... Razor sharp one-liners' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Quickfire material of the very highest quality is pretty much guaranteed from the
fast-thinking Delaney, a master of the deadpan one-liner... Expect a cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns' (The Guardian).
Gary Delaney tour dates
Winner of the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year 2006, Joe is a critically acclaimed standup and comedy talent, most recently portraying the wonderfully creepy Dan in the smash hit new BBC Three sitcom Him And Her. Joe has also made star appearances on Russell Howard's Good News and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
'An absolute natural, marrying Stewart Lee style joke deconstruction to scathing one-liners worthy of Jack Dee... undoubtedly destined for greatness' - Evening Standard.
'A natural gag-smith who looks so comfortable behind a mic stand you'd be forgiven for thinking he'd been doing stand up for a decade' - The Guardian.
Joe Wilkinson tour dates
Russell Kane was nominated for the main prize at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 and 2009 - a brilliant comedy talent.
'An exceptional comedian, his pace is relentless and his material beautifully observed and exquisitely crafted... inspiring and brilliant' (Chortle).
'A seriously good comedian' (The Times)
'Russell Kane delivers magic in spades' (The Scotsman)
'A smart, probing brain lurks below the vertiginous quiff' (The Evening Standard).
Russell Kane tour dates
Winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 for Best Newcomer, Roisin Conaty is a multi-talented writer and performer. She brings her distinctive style of stand up to clubs all over the country and is in much demand as an MC.
She has appeared on TV on Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), Victoria Wood's Angina Monologues (Sky One) and Dave's One Night Stand (Dave) and on radio on BBC Radio 4's The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz..
Roisin is also a gifted character comic, who can switch between roles seamlessly.
'Savvy and sassy, Conaty is certainly one to watch' (The Independent)
'A seriously talented rising star' (Time Out).
Roisin Conaty tour dates
Clad from baseball cap to white trainer in sportswear logos and cheap-and-chunky bling, fag behind the ear, can of Stella in hand this is the loveable rogue with his heart in the right place.
The alter ego of Simon Brodkin.
'The funniest act I've seen in years' (Harry Hill)
'Never less than ingenious... a seamlessly entertaining touring show' (The Times)
'Comedy Genius' (Daily Mirror).
Lee Nelson tour dates
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Venue: Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
Bookings: 0844 871 3014
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