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Waverley Care Comedy Gala: Joel Dommett, Tom Allen, Reginald D Hunter, Tape Face, Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy), Mark Watson, Darren Harriott, Angela Barnes, Chris MacArthur-Boyd, Suzi Ruffell & more
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!
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
I'm A Celebrity...2016 runner-up, international globetrotter, English Comedian of the Year finalist, SKINS contributor and general heart throb, Joel Dommett is known for reducing sell out audiences into bouts of uncontrollable laughter. This five time winner of the Comedy Café competition is not to be missed. He has also appeared on BBC Three's Impractical Jokers, ITV2's Reality Bites, BBC's Russell Howard's Good News and Sky1's Bring The Noise.
'Manically funny act' (Three Weeks)
'Hilarious... delightful tales' (The Scotsman)
'Young, sharp and clever' (Sunday Times).
Joel Dommett was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2017.
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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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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' (http://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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BGT 2018 winner Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy, is disabled but not silent. Born with Cerebral Palsy, complications at birth resulted in Lee losing his ability to speak. Undaunted, Lee started performing stand up comedy in 2012 using an iPad tablet computer, and after an unprecedented meteoric rise and publicity from local and national press, is now headlining comedy clubs across the country.
'A wondeful comedian' (Matt Lucas)
'A very funny guy' (Ross Noble).
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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 andwas 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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Darren Harriott is one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit. Over the last year, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC Radio 4’s Best of the Fest, BBC 4 Extra Stands Up, and he also features in a new series for Comedy Central Online.
2017 saw Darren head to the Edinburgh Festival with his debut hour 'Defiant' at the Pleasance Courtyard, which was a big hit with audiences and critics alike. He was nominated for Best Newcomer.
Originally from Birmingham, and now living in London, Darren Harriott is a regular at clubs such as Comedy Café, Top Secret, Backyard Comedy Club, The Boat Show, Piccadilly and Covent Garden Comedy Club.
A confident performer with a captivating charm, Darren’s comedy deals with everything from subverting stereotypes, to everyday observations, to that juiciest of topics, religion – all with a cutting edge.
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Before becoming a comedian, Angela worked in health and social care. In 2011, she won the BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since then Angela has become a regular on BBC’s The News Quiz, Newsjack and Mock The Week.
She has also appeared on BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.
“Feels like a sure-fire bet the instant she utters her opening lines.” (The Scotsman).
“The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect” (Chortle).
“She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight-talking and extremely funny comic” (The Guardian).
Angela Barnes was #8 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
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'Following in the footsteps of Kevin Bridges' (STV)
A comedian on the ascent' (Skinny)
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Suzi’s innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude. Lauded as ‘a real stand up gem’ by The Guardian, this young independent woman celebrates her working class roots with a sideways look at the world.
Regarded as one of best up and coming acts on the circuit Suzi is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. Fast establishing herself on the live circuit supporting Alan Carr, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges and Romesh Ranganathan all over the country. 2017 saw her take her solo show ‘Common’ on a sell out tour around the UK.
As seen on Channel 4, E4, BBC3, Comedy Central, Dave and heard on BBC Radio4.
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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.
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Tom Lucy is one of the youngest professional comedians in the world who has had a remarkable impact on the scene since his first gig at the tender age of 16. Winner at The Comedy Store King Gong Show and winner at Up The Creek's The Blackout.
'Check out Tom Lucy. This up-and-coming comedian is not to be missed! Hilarious material and a great show. Watch this space!' (SubTV)
'You nailed it tonight, mate. Well done' (Jarred Christmas)
'... the naturally funny and quick-witted Tom Lucy...' (Funhouse Comedy).
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Winner of Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015.
He made the final of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2016, when Chortle compared him to Jon Richardson, and he has also made the final of the Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year, the Leicester Square Theatre Comedian of The Yer and the Comedy Knights Comedian Of The Year.
In March 2017 it was announced that George would present Top Gear spin-off Extra Gear giving him his TV debut just a couple of years after he started in stand-up.
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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.
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Standup Comedian and Writer for 8 Out of 10 Cats and Mock The Week.
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Rosie Jones is a comedian and actress with a penchant for being mischievous. Her cerebral palsy doesn't slow her down in the slightest.
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