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Hackney Comedy Experience: Simon Amstell, Tim Key, Fern Brady, Fin Taylor, Rhys James
"The alternative comedy circuit’s biggest and best acts – live at EartH.
Expect household names, cult favourites and fast-rising stars at Hackney’s new all-headline stand-up showcase.
Simon Amstell – Bafta nominee, ‘Grandma’s House’ creator and former ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ host – headlines on 8 December.
Plus Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner and Alan Partridge sidekick Tim Key, ‘Roast Battle’ and ‘Live from the BBC’ star Fern Brady, soon-to-be ‘Live at the Apollo’ hero Fin Taylor and ‘Mock the Week’s Rhys James.
Line-up is subject to availability. Plosive reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute acts at any time and if there is a change of act (headline act or supporting act) no refunds are due."
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Former C4 Popworld presenter, host of The Morning After Show and Mardi Gras comedy competition finalist.
Simon has won an RTS Award for his work on Never Mind The Buzzcocks as well as a Broadcast Award, two British Comedy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2008 which was the year that he left Never Mind The Buzzcocks to concentrate on his live stand-up shows across the country.
'Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous. Highly literate... an endearing mixture of offhanded candour and sharp wit. Such ease and understatement makes him very good company' (The New York Times)
'Existential questions with belly laughs...Comedy is rarely as smart or adventurous as this' (Chortle)
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A former member of the Cambridge Footlights, he first came to the Fringe with the 2001 Edinburgh show Far Too Happy, which also starred Mark Watson and was nominated for the Perrier award for best newcomer.
He also featured in Alex Horne's best-newcomer nominated Making Fish Laugh in 2003, and is part of the four-man sketch troupe Cowards. His solo Edinburgh debut came in 2004, with the tragic one-man comedy play Luke & Stella, which was made into a Radio 4 series called All Bar Luke.
'This is one art house form-buster who can really give you a good time' (Times)
'In any other sphere apart from comedy, we'd probably class this way of looking at the world as certifiable. Here it feels like genius' (The Daily Telegraph)
'As daring and innovative as it is ridiculously funny... He's a genius, plain and simple' (Time Out).
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Former comedy reviewer Fern Brady first tried stand-up after the magazine she worked for suggested she write an article where she 'faked it' as a comedian. She enjoyed it so much that one year on, she embarked on it as a career.
She quit her day job working with male ex convicts after Stewart Lee plucked her from obscurity and put her on The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central). Since then she has performed stand up on a number of TV shows including 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular (BBC3), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and The One Show (BBC1).
Based in London, she has had two sold out critically acclaimed runs at the Fringe with her solo shows “People Are Idiots” (2015) and “Male Comedienne” (2016).
'A great comic sensibility, with moments of sparkling verve' (The Guardian)
'Crackles with fire, has beautiful timing, perfectly pitched delivery and great gags to boot... has the air about her of a woman going places' (The Scotsman).
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London-based stand-up comedian who has warmed up for BBC's Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Pointless, supported Glenn Wool on tour and gigged extensively as an opening act and MC.
His innovative and distinctive material never fails to amuse his audiences.
'Highly rated up-and-comer' (The Guardian)
'Original, distinctive and fresh' (Chortle).
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'Rhys James is a comedian who began performing in 2009 in student competitions such as Comedy Central's Funniest Student in 2010, and Chortle's Student Comedy Award. He made his Edinburgh debut as a performer for The Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2010, and again in 2012 as a performer in AAA- Stand Up. He has also written material for Russell Howard's Good News (http://www.chortle.co.uk).
He’s a super-sharp writer, with a ton of smart, intricately-written jokes and stories where you’re never more than a few seconds away from another punchline.
'Highly amusing' (The Stage).
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