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Wed 19th Dec at 7:00pm
You Must Be Stoking Comedy & Buffet
@ The Stoke, Guildford
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You Must Be Stoking Comedy & Buffet : Ben Norris, Rick Kiesewetter, Abi Roberts, Taff, Paul Kerensa
A Christmas comedy and buffet night. Enjoy live music as you and your gang tuck into The Stoke's legendary festive buffet, then when your stomach's split, it's your sides' turn as the laughter starts.
All this plus lots of festive treats, carols, Santa hats and general yuletide nonsense. It's Guildford's best party.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
A stand up comedian working in the UK and abroad.
A popular comic/DJ on MTV, Ben has also performed on the BBC's Stand Up Show and They Think It's All Over.
His routines are a breath of fresh air, and highly original - check out his Shakespearian Porn routine...
'Killer gags' (The Scotsman)
'well-stocked arsenal of sharp lines and the wherewithal to work any crowd make Norris one of the more engaging and enjoyable comics' (Chortle)
'A master of the craft... an hour of the most polished stand-up you are likely to see'
'One of the comedy circuits best improvisers' (The Daily Mirror).
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An Asian American who was adopted in Japan and raised in New Jersey, USA, Rick has been living and working in the UK since 1993.
'Kiesewetter has plenty of national stereotypes to play on, but he soon steers clear of nationality cliches to deliver punchy observational gags about the little things that annoy everyone' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)
'... hugely enjoyable hour of comedy (Three Weeks)
'Subversive observations by this UK-based Asian-American comedian...' (The List).
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Abi Roberts and her big hair exploded onto the stand-up comedy scene in 2011. She was a Finalist and Runner-Up in the London Comedy Store's Costa Light Comedy Competition in 2012, a Finalist and Runner-Up In the 2012 Harrogate Theatre's Comedian of the Year and took the Audience Award at the same festival. She is a regular weekend act at comedy clubs such as The Glee Clubs, Jongleurs, The Stand, Bearcat Comedy and Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club, Jason Manford’s Comedy Clubs, as well as the major independent clubs, such as The Kings Head, Bearcat Comedy, Comedy Central at Baby Blue and The Frog and Bucket, Manchester.
Abi trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and gained prominence in comedy and sketch shows, including the satirical comedy Newsrevue, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues and Jonathan Harvey’s stage show, Taking Charlie. She has also appeared as a Guest contributor on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Weekend and Outlook, as well as on comedy radio stations FubBar Radio, Moscow Comedy FM (Russia) and Wildfire Radio (US) and she has just filmed her first sitcom pilot for Sky playing a Russian woman Irina in Cameron Gordon’s Bucketless. She recently became the first UK comic to perform in Russia, in Russian, completing three nights of shows to packed-out houses at Moscow Comedy Club.
Abi is also one half of character act Frankly On Tuesday, playing Radio 4 presenter Ginny Frankly alongside Brenda Gilhooly's character Gayle Tuesday (Harry Hill's TV Burp, Harry Hill's Fruit Fancies, Jack Dee Show, The Paul O'Grady Show, Saturday Night Live) which premiered at this year's Guernsey Comedy Festival and which is destined for a TV airing in 2017.
Abi has been dubbed by critics as "Brilliant, funny and charming. True comedy genius..one of GQ’s Top Ten New Stand-ups to see in 2016" - James Mullinger, Comedy Editor, GQ Magazine; "Very funny, rapid-fire, infectious humour...unstoppable and triumphant… takes down target after target – Arts Editor, New Statesman; "Raucous and incredibly funny" - Daily Telegraph; as "Fast-paced, high-octane comedy with brilliant routines...entertaining throughout and leaves everybody wanting more" - Gigglebeats.co.uk; "A master impersonator and a gifted comedy performer standing way out from the herd" - Edinburgh’s Three Weeks) and by UK Comedy website Chortle as "Roberts is packing them in (at the Voodoo Rooms)...she is truly and hysterically funny and has definitely got the comedy moves. She does it all with genuine charm and character, with big laughs. She has an imposing range of talents and her impressions are, well, impressive. She really is more than just a stand-up".
In her four years in professional stand-up comedy, Abi has the accolade of having supported major league performers such as Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and Tom Stade and is to be found opening the show at many of the UK’s leading comedy clubs, such as The Glee Club, Jongleurs, Komedia and The Stand. Abi also became the first UK comic to perform stand-up in Russia in Russian when she performed her show Anglichanka to sell-out houses at Moscow Comedy Club.
Abi has been dubbed by critics as:
"Dangerous and the very opposite of consensus comedy...she cleverly disguises some hard-hitting stuff working on several levels at the same time, whilst she wraps up these subliminal messages with some Vaudvillian schtick …she's rapid-fire, infectious humour... unstoppable and triumphant...and she takes down target after target" (New Statesman);
'Raucously and incredibly funny' (The Daily Telegraph);
‘…more than just a stand-up…delivers big laughs and her impressions are well, very impressive’ (Chortle); 'Fast-paced, high-octane comedy with brilliant routines... entertaining throughout and leaves everybody wanting more' (Giggle Beats).
"Roberts is brilliant, funny and charming. She's a true comedy genius and one of GQ's Top Ten newer stand-ups you must see' (GQ Magazine)
"She breaks new comedy ground. She is a fantastic live act and one the best female acts on the circuit today. (Roberts) is one of those comedians you tell your friends that "you must see" - (Independent)
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Recent winner of the Gong Show at the Comedy Store: a kind of comedy survival show which includes Ben Elton and Rik Mayall amongst its former winners. He was voted winner of the ITV Take The Mic 2002 competition and has been finalist in at least four other national comedy competitions. His confident, unconfrontational manner is reminiscent of Dave Gorman. A performer with inventive material and a bright future.
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Venue: The Stoke
103a Stoke Road
GU1 4JN 51.242546, -0.571529
→ London Road 6 min walk