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Laughter After The Disaster: James Acaster, Chris Addison, Angela Barnes, John Bishop, Tony Cowards, Rob Deering, Simon Evans
An incredible, star-packed, never-to-be-repeated night of stand up to raise funds in aid of the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan..
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
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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The star of The Thick of It, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You. In his stand up, he blends stories, middle-class angst, and well kept hair. 'Addison is a human firecracker, fizzing with energy and ideas' (The Scotsman).
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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).
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John Bishop has had an incredible career. Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, he was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and also released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.
A strong stage presence and life experience make him a comedian who is not afraid to take chances, and this is reflected in his status as one of the best comics in the country.
What the critics say:
"Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too" Daily Telegraph
"His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic" Daily Mirror
John Bishop was named in Ents24's top 5 biggest selling comedians of 2016.
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Tony Cowards is a quickfire joke teller (described by the List magazine as a 'Pun-osaurus') whose one-liners cover a wide spectrum of subjects, his quick wit has made him sought after by comedy promoters all around the UK both as an act and as a compere.
'Tony is the best joke writer around' (James Mullinger, GQ Magazine)
'Tony Cowards tells silly jokes which are funny' (Ava Vidal).
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Rob Deering performs stand-up comedy with music, using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice to create impressive rock and pop soundscapes – and do jokes, of course.
Along with being one of the most in-demand headliners on the UK circuit, he’s toured nationally and performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe many times since starting out in comedy in the year 2000. His late-night, live-music pop quiz Beat This is a festival institution.
Winner of the Amused Moose Award 2001.
'With his easy charm, chessy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit around Britain' (Pontardawe Arts Centre0
'Truly wonderful stand-up' (The Sunday Times).
'As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army Knife' (The Independent).
'Bruisingly hilarious... brilliant musical comedian' (Time Out).
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One of the most exciting and distinctive talents to emerge on the comedy circuit in recent years. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. 'Absolutely brilliant' according to Caroline Aherne, and he has justified the tag, regularly selling out his shows in Edinburgh and racking up the television and radio credits. Plus, he dresses smartly and uses no bad language whatsoever...!
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