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Comedy In Progress: James Acaster, Desiree Burch, Kieran Hodgson, Lou Sanders, Jack Barry
Three evenings of brand new material from your favourite comedians: the biggest TV names, the best of the Edinburgh Fringe, and the most exciting newcomers.
Thursday 1 February:
Five time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of four Netflix comedy specials.
'A comedian deservedly on the rise' ???? The Guardian
Two time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of BBC 2's Two Doors Down.
'One of the best innovators in comedy' ???? Fest
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Tour support for Joe Lycett and James Acaster. ???? Sunday Times
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Effortlessly confident, James's appreciation for the whimsy and detail of everyday life are a breath of fresh air. His laid back style, playful wit and appetite for the unconventional make for an evening of mirth and hilarity, and a night in his company is a treat to behold.
Since winning Laughing Boy New Act of the Year, James has gone from strength to strength appearing on Dave's One Night Stand, Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), Mock The Week (BBC Two) and releasing his own three part Netflix special in 2018.
'Curious, original, immensely enjoyable stuff' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Deliciously daft and no slouch in the surprises department... One of comedy’s most original voices' (Evening Standard)
'Reminiscent of Stewart Lee or Richard Herring but suffused with enough of his own personality to sound crisp and fresh' (The Independent)
'Stand-up of the highest most playful order' (The Guardian).
James Acaster was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
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Raised in L.A., developed artistically in NY and currently resides in London. Her brash and energetic comedy style has been seen on NBC and E4, and made her the winner of the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award for stand-up. As a writer and performer, she makes raw and gutsy work. Her critically-acclaimed solo show 52 Man Pickup has toured internationally and her solo piece Tar Baby won a 2015 Fringe First for new writing at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe.
In 2015, Desiree Burch, “a larger than life New Yorker… who brought the roof down” (–The Independent), won the Funny Women stage award for stand-up comedy.
On screen, Desiree has been featured on E4s World’s Greatest Bodyshockers and NBC’s Before the Morning After. Huffington Post has listed her as one of their Favorite Female Comedians.
Live comedy credits include Spank, Angel Comedy, Greg Shapiro Presents, Shaggers, Right Now! with Carolyn Castiglia, Wyatt Cenac’s Night Train, and The Big C Comedy Gala in Edinburgh.
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Stand-up and character comedian and scriptwriter Kieran Hodgson was nominated for Best Show at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2015. Kieran has also played Ian Lavender in BBC Two’s Making Dad’s Army, is the star of What The Future, Newsjack, The Lentil Sorters (BBC Radio 4), and has appeared in Siblings (BBC Three), Count Arthur Strong (BBC Two) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
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Lou Sanders surrealist style and high octane stage presence make her a joy to watch. She has appeared on ‘Alan Davies As Yet Untitled’, and starred in ‘Live from the BBC’. Her TV stand-up includes sets on ABC1’s ‘Comedy Up Late’ and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’. Lou has written for ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Stand Up for the Week’ and ‘Miranda’.
'Utterly delightful and hugely talented... Destined for hugeness' (Time Out)
'When Lou rips a room into hysteria, she really rips it hard' (The Sun)
'... an hour of non-stop entertainment with seriously big laughs, wild and free and very, very funny’ (Chortle)
'... crazy off-beat surrealism' (The Independent).
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Stand-up and sketch comedian and resident compere at Mild Friends Comedy Club, in Oxford, of which he is a co-founder.
'Jack Barry stood out as a performer with a degree of charisma that might offer him hope of a future in comedy' (Chortle)
'... his spontaneous conversational delivery makes his flow seamless and measured... I predict that Barry will be one to look out for in the future…' (Broadway Baby)
'The instantly likeable Jack Barry delivered a strong set of general musings, one-liners and witty anecdotes' (Three Weeks).
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