Joel Dommett, Tom Allen (1), Reginald D Hunter, Tape Face, Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy), Mark Watson, Darren Harriott, Angela Barnes (2), Chris MacArthur-Boyd, Suzi Ruffell, Neil Delamere, Tom Lucy, George Lewis, Ivo Graham, Jake Lambert, Rosie Jones, Joanne McNally
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Waverley Care Comedy Gala
2018 marks the 11th year of partnership between Off The Kerb Productions and Waverley Care, Scotland’s biggest charity providing care and support to those living with HIV and Hepatitis C, and they are delighted to announce that the annual Edinburgh Comedy Gala is back once again in 2018!
Hosted by two of comedy’s hottest commodities, Joel Dommett and Tom Allen, and joined by a supreme line up of comedy talent to be announced, this year is sure to be one of the biggest and best comedy events of the Edinburgh Festival!
Tom Allen is a comedian, writer and actor. He started as a stand up at the age of 22 and went on to win both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year. Since then he has honed his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling by performing to audiences all over the UK and around the world. Tom Allen is a wonderfully laconic anecdotalist, and bears an uncanny stage presence to what might be described as the love child of Kenneth Williams and Stephen Fry. He has a genius for digression and an ear for hilariously mundane comments and platitudes. A rare talent, indeed. 'I urge, nay demand – that you see him perform' (Three Weeks) 'Riotous entertainment... Allen is one of life's true eccentrics' (The Guardian) 'Tom Allen makes me reach for old-fashioned words like debonair and urbane. Blessed with crystalline enunciation and velvety, vocal warmth, he sounds as though he was born at the BBC' (Chortle). Tom Allen was #2 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
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Joel Dommett has become a regular face on TV, from being a finalist in 2016's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, to then hosting I'm a Celebrity Extra Camp alongside Scarlett Moffatt and Joe Swash. He starred in two series of the critically acclaimed Comedy Central Show Joel and Nish Vs the World, is the co-host of ITV2's new dating show Singletown, and he's the presenter of the soon to be aired international smash The Masked Singer. The start of 2019 saw Joel release a thirty minute stand-up special for Netflix as part of a global comedy event Comedians of the World. He has also achieved a place on the Sunday Times Bestseller list with his book It's Not Me It's Them, which was recently released in paperback.
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Reginald D Hunter
Originally from the Deep South of the USA, and now one of the North West's favourite comics. Reg is one of the good guys of comedy. A hypnotic, smooth-talking, very human comedian who hits your funny bone with tales of love, hate, death and all that is in between. Reginald has been in the UK for just under two decades and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality. His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs. Reg has had a hugely successful career and has become a well-known face of primetime television shows such as Live At The Apollo, and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. 'Searing social commentary, deep south wisdom and juicy punchlines' (The Independent) 'One of the comedy scene's leading players and a figure of rare authority' (The Daily Telegraph). “Stand-up comedy’s coolest customer” (Telegraph). “Reginald D Hunter joins the top rank of stand-up comedians working today…A comedian going for broke flying in the face of received opinion in a way that is simply exhilarating...this is comedy of a rare scope” (Times).
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Tape Face accesses the inner child in everyone. Through simple, clever and charming humour, he has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen. Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, he is a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend – or plaything. Since Tape Face’s ‘birth’ his shows have sold out around the world during which time he has become a critically acclaimed silent sensation with Simon Cowell comparing him to a modern Charlie Chaplin. Award-winning Chaplinesque New Zealander who has been compared to Buster Keaton, Harpo Marx and Mr Bean.. 'The Boy With Tape on His Face is utterly spectacular! Endlessly inventive, hysterically funny. Fight for a ticket' (Time Out). 'A truly magical experience' (www.chortle.co.uk) 'Wills makes a big noise by saying nothing at all' (The Evening Standard) 'Everyone should see The Boy with Tape on His Face' (The Daily Telegraph).
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