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Thu 13th Dec at 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm)
Funhouse Comedy Club
@ Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
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Funhouse Comedy Club: Shazia Mirza, Brian Damage & Krysstal, Rick Kiesewetter, Jon Wagstaffe, John Woodhouse
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Winner of the London Comedy Festival 2001 and star of Eve Ensler's hit show, The Vagina Monologues. Shazia is lifting the veil on the world of Muslim comedy.
She is well-known for her appearances on BBC's Have I Got News For You, Beautiful People, Muslim Driving School, and The Now Show and Last Comic Standing on NBC.
A practising Muslim, Shazia is known for her deadpan delivery on her observations of her religious world. She works internationally, recently completing a six month tour of England and the United States and has appeared on BBC’s Have I Got News For You, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and CBS’s 60 Minutes.
The only female Muslim stand-up comedian, she has come a long way since starting out in Birmingham in 2000 working as a science teacher and driving up and down the country for a booking for as little as £10.
'Wonderfully life enhancing... Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy' (The Guardian).
'No one can resist - the room erupts' (Elle Magazine).
'Clever, ground-breaking and very funny' (Evening Standard)
'Had the place in stitches' (Independent)
'The Lenny Bruce of female stand-up' (Metro).
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Since meeting at The Edinburgh Festival in 2000 Brian & Krysstal have entertained and delighted all kinds of audiences at comedy clubs, cabaret nights, festivals, corporate and private functions in locations far and wide.
Regular fixtures at The Edinburgh Festival for eight years, the duo have worked all over the UK as well as Germany, South Africa, Gozo, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and of course… Peckham.
Brian is infamously grumpy and deadpan, while his assistant Krysstal is glamorous but ditzy. The combination is unique and very funny. Their timing is exquisite, their humour dry and sometimes bawdy.
'Wonderful silliness, some cute songs, some political incorrectness, some sick vomit and poo jokes and a lot of originality. It is all done with that intangible panache, subtlety and ability to laugh at one's self that is quintessential to British humour' (Peter Bleby, Australian Stage).
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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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Venue: Foxlowe Arts Centre
ST13 6AD 53.106853, -2.025189
Enquiries: 01538 386112