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Nine Lessons And Carols For Godless People: Robin Ince, Joanna Neary, George Egg, Josie Long, Grace Petrie, Steve Pretty, Howard Read, Sophie Scott, Philip Jeays, Mitch Benn, Sara Pascoe, Stuart Black, Tiffany Stevenson, Helen Keen, Ian Stone, Chris Neill, Marcus Brigstocke
A sell out every year since it started in 2008, the smash-hit rational Christmas celebration curated by Robin Ince returns for a sixth year of science-infected comedy, song and rationalist repartee.
Line-ups for all shows subject to change.
A benefit for the Rationalist Association.
Image © Steve Ullathorne
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
This versatile comedy veteran delivers a highly improvised set which can cover a vast range of subjects and material. As seen on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.
Chortle Award Winner 2009 and Winner of the Time Out Outstanding Comedy Achievement Award.
'Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny' (The Times)
'When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince' (The Guardian).
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Known for her observational comedy and songs, Joanna is established as one of the country's top character comediennes.
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George Egg is a stand-up comedian who cooks food, surprisingly good food, live on stage using
unconventional methods and unexpected equipment. He makes you laugh too.
George won the Spirit Of The Fringe Award for his 'Anarchist Cook' show and he toured extensively on a 60 plus date tour throughout the UK as well as abroad at festivals in New Zealand, Estonia, Norway and Holland. Sell out runs at the Soho Theatre and numerous festivals, arts centres and theatres lead to appearances cooking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ and Radio 4 Extra’s ‘The Comedy Club’.
He is currently touring his second food-centric show 'GEORGE GG: DIY CHEF', in which he cooks food using power tools.
As a professional and sought-after comedian for the last two decades George has performed internationally taking his absurd brand of far-reaching humour from countries like German to India, both on stage and on the television. He has also been the support act for Lee Mack, Micky Flanagan and Jack Dee.
“Trust us, you won’t believe how good the food is” (The Scotsman).
'A hugely entertaining variety turn' (The Guardian).
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Claiming her first BBC Comedy Award by the age of 17, Josie returned to performing after finishing University, notably at the Edinburgh Fringe, where she carried on winning awards for 'Kindness and Exuberance' (Best Newcomer) and later in 2007/8 for 'Trying Is Good'.
She regularly writes for The Guardian and has appeared on The Island (Channel 4), The Superhuman’s Show (Channel 4), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit.
The Telegraph have described her as 'one of the most exciting female comics around'. Josie's humour is warm, optimistic and endearing, filled with rambling daft tales and all the things she likes in the world and which cheer her up.
'An original and unflagging spirit, oozing enthusiasm and intellect… Long builds delightful comedy worlds' (The Times)
'An absolute delight' (Time Out)
'An original and unflagging spirit... A passion for ideas and creativity... this is a lovely show' (The Guardian).
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A great Leicester acoustic singer-songwriter, counting Billy Bragg amongst her fan base. She writes indie folk rock songs (a couple with an acoustic punk twist), plays the guitar and sings with a voice that has been described by listeners as similar to Laura Marling, Kate Nash and nothing you’ve ever heard before.
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Explosive comedian from London who is very tall and very silly, with his homages to lesser known fruit and vegetables and snippets of subverted classic hits.
He is also an award-winning animator and often uses his talents to great effect in his comedy performances, performing as the Big Howard Little Howard Show for kids.
'... one of the highlights of the show... the embodiment of variety in
the 21st Century' (The Stage)
' Delivering his material with appeal and modesty he keeps the audiences under his charm...' (Funhouse Comedy).
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Described as 'a Jacques Brel for the '90s', Philip Jeays is a critically acclaimed singer / songwriter / pianist / showman.
Jeays carries the influence of Jacques Brel and the Gallic chanson tradition, all bound by a dry English wit.
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Previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Travels the UK with his guitar, creating laughter wherever he goes, and is also a writer, performer and the resident musician on Radio 4's 'The Now Show'.
'The country's leading musical satirist' (The Times)
'Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny' (The Guardian)
'Less of him could really turn out to be more than he ever was' (The Scotsman)
'Mitch is a highly intelligent comic who fires out funny material at the speed of a machine gun. You really do have to pay attention to him, but do so because the content does deserve to be heard and appreciated' (One4Review)
'Mitch Benn has the audience mesmerised. Song after song of ingenious satire hits the spot with pinpoint accuracy' (Three Weeks).
Mitch Benn was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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Sara Pascoe is a British writer, stand-up comedian and actress. She has appeared in a number of television programmes - Campus, Live At The Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week among others - as well as an all-female sketch show and her own Edinburgh show, and runs comedy club The House Of Mirth.
Sara's stand-up is influenced by her joint favourite heroes, Jodie Marsh and Winston Churchill.
'Always intelligent and occasionally exquisite' (The Independent)
'Pascoe uses erudite references as just one strand of an offbeat worldview, offset by moments of gloriously deliberate dumbness and delivered with nothing less than full-megawatt charisma' (The Guardian)
'... defiantly idiosyncratic and highly accessible' (Evening Standard).
Sara Pascoe was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2017 and 2016.
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Stuart Black's comedy is intelligent, twisted, dark, and very funny. Exploring life's mysteries and frustrations using language to paint colourful and memorable images.
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Tiffany Stevenson is an actress and stand up comic based in London. Her thought provoking and engaging style have seen her consistently play to packed audiences. She sometimes does magic and has appeared in Footballer's Wives and The Office amongst other things.
Finalist 'Show Me The Funny', winner Edinburgh Festival 'Spirit of the Fringe Award'.
'Hilarious observations and beautifully written. A touching call to arms for 30 somethings' (The Metro)
'Mouthy, cynical and sexually frank, she left us wanting more' (The Guardian)
'She extracts comedy gold' (Evening Standard).
***** - One4Review
***** - New European
***** - Fringe Review
**** - Arts Desk
**** - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
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Helen has contributed to Radio 1's 'The Milk Run', Channel 4's 'Friday Night Project', Radio 4's 'The Now Show' and more! She won Channel 4's New Comedy Writing Award in 2005 and her first full-length stage show, 'It Is Rocket Science!', won her the Best Individual Performer award at the 2008 Buxton Festival Fringe. At the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, 'It Is Rocket Science!' gained three 4 star reviews and at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe 'The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival' won four 4 star reviews.
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Ranked amongst the top ten stand-ups in Britain by The Independent, Ian Stone is one of the most talented topical acts and comperes in the country. Edgy and provocative, with an easy-going manner and self-depreciating style, Ian is at great ease bantering with an audience. He's a member of the Comedy Store's critically acclaimed 'Cutting Edge' team.
Ian also received a nomination in 2012 for the Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival Awards. He has performed all over the world including Comedy Festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Holland, France, Ireland and Germany. He’s entertained the troops in Kuwait, Bosnia,Kosovo, Cyprus and Afghanistan. He was the first British stand-up to perform in Moscow and the first performer to appear for The Comedy Store in Mumbai.
'Seriously funny' (The Guardian).
'One of the top comedians in the country' (The Independent).
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Comedian who has regularly guested on BBC Radio 4's 'Just A Minute'. "An expert storyteller with split-second comic timing" - Independent on Sunday. Described by the Evening Standard as 'the natural successor to Kenneth Williams', Chris Neill's acidic wit is regularly demonstrated on BBC radio programmes including the legendary 'Just a Minute'. A polished raconteur, his style of stand-up is warm and engaging; his rapier wit tempered by his disarmingly sweet, middle-class camp persona.
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Marcus began his comedy career in Bristol whilst studying drama at University and soon won the BBC New Comedian of 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences both on tour and on the well trodden comedy circuit. The master of satirical comedy, Marcus has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics.
'If you haven't seen him live, then you haven't seen him at his very best' (The Daily Mirror)
'Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it' (The Daily Telegraph).
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