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Joke Thieves: Carl Donnelly, Loretta Maine, Benny Boot, Eric Lampaert, Pierre Novellie, Jason Patterson, Will Mars
A show where established comedians perform a set before the audience decides who steals material from who. Will they copy the material completely or take it in their own direction? Will it be a car crash or could it go down better than the original? Nothing is certain except the fun in finding out.
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Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Carl started performing stand-up regularly in the early part of 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the most exciting new comics climbing the comedy ladder.
His confident, conversational style and childish sense of humour has seen him become a regular at clubs all over the country including various universities as part of the Avalon Comedy Network. He won the 2007 Chortle Award for the best newcomer and the 2007 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year Award.
'Carl Donnelly effortlessly intertwines storytelling and observational humour with honed improvised skills' (http://www.comedy.co.uk)
'A ludicrously funny hour... effortless and utterly captivating' (The Skinny)
'This degree of innate comic talent is a rare and beautiful thing. Not to be missed' (Broadway Baby)
'One of the most engaging and bendy-minded comics on the circuit' (The Guardian)
'He's a remarkable talent – a relaxed, easygoing anecdotalist with an eye for funny details. An hour in his company is a true delight' (Time Out).
Carl Donnelly was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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Psycho-intense singer-songwriter Loretta Maine makes Courtney Love look well-balanced. This pill-popping, booze-abusing, bunny-boiling car-crash of a rock star has been the most memorable creation of talented character comic Pippa Evans to date, and is now promoted to both her own show and her own band, Dog Vagina.
'Funniest show yet, with miserable songs with superbly witty lyrics' (Time Out)
'Murderously funny' (Evening Standard)
'Fabulously talented... Her brilliantly realized comedy shows maturity well beyond her years... Her psychotic yet sexy American singer is a thing of hysterical beauty (Time Out)
'Beautifully bitter lyrics... Truly impressive one-liners... inspired, quotable pearls of wisdom... Fine comic writing underpins her flawless, perfectly timed performance
She's a relative newcomer, but has certainly got the talent for a sustained and stellar career in comedy (Chortle)
'Like Dolly Parton seen through the lens of Mike Leigh... she performs brilliantly
observed songs about love, loss and violent revenge (The Guardian).
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Benny Boot has been performing on the UK stand-up comedy circuit for 6 years. He is considered by many comedians as a wonderful stand-up artist to watch. Boot delivers his jokes in a unique style on a variety of strange topics. His engaging persona and material keeps the laughter rolling through the entire show and is guaranteed to bring any audience undone.
'He's got a keen instinct for the joke, an imaginative turn of phrase and an ability to find an offbeat angle to whatever he chooses to talk about' (Chortle)
'... an arsenal of consistently brilliant gags' (The Guardian).
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Eric is renowned for sweeping up audiences in the sheer energy of his performance. Delightfully weird with a keen eye for the absurd, his scatty character rips like a mini-hurricane.
'Delightfully weird' (Time Out)
'He makes it look so easy but this is a man with very funny bones. Definitely one to catch' (Daily Express)
'Superb banter that was clearly improvised. The sign of a good comedian' (Three Weeks)
'Lampaert is at ease with the performer-punter dynamic, displaying a cool comic ease that grounds the show. Natural comic flair and the knack for a decent hook, action-packed and rapid, exploring the less-traditional delivery style really works for him, and should prove enough comic bite to take him to the next level' (The Skinny)
'Quirky with an eye for the absurd and a couple of near-Izzardian flourishes… energy is such that it's almost osmotic' (The Stage).
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One of Mother Comedy's most exciting recent births, Pierre was born in Johannesburg in South Africa but moved to the Isle of Man when he was a boy. He studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge where he was Vice President of the Cambridge Footlights, touring the United States with their 2012 show 'Perfect Strangers' after a sell-out month at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Amused Moose Laugh Off winner.
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Comedian from MTV Base's comedy funhouse. His strong performances have led to him being nominated for Best Newcomer at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards 2008. Jason covers a range of topics in his material from celebrities and relationships to gang culture and his parents.
'Brilliant observations backed by a perfectly measured delivery' (Comedy Central Live)
'Jason Patterson absolutely sounds the part. He's got a rich, deep voice that oozes confidence, and a perfectly measured delivery that gives him instant authority' (Chortle).
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Brilliantly self-deprecating stand-up, Will Mars, is fast making a name for himself as a down-at-heel, yet lovable international star.
Top 50 Best One-Liners from the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 - The Scotsman
Whilst living in New York for the past few years, the English Comedian of The Year Finalist, has earned notoriety from his peers and audiences alike in both live comedy clubs as well as on air where he made his TV debut on Fox’s Showtime at The Apollo.
"Damn that dude is funny!" Steve Harvey, Showtime at the Apollo (U.S.)
Will is also the creator and producer of the hit show, Joke Thieves. This is the hilariously funny improv-style show whereby Will challenges top comedians to perform their own jokes and then each other’s! This has been made into a pilot for BBC 2 and has toured across the world from the US to Australia.
“See comics deconstructing each other's acts...truly electric" The Scotsman
Television & Radio
· Showtime At The Apollo, Fox
· Trial by Laughter, NBC Comcast
· Joke Thieves (Pilot), BBC 2
· The Comedy Club, BBC Radio 4
· Stand Up For Comic Relief, BBC
Festivals & Tours
· Edinburgh Fringe Festival
· Magner’s International Comedy Festival (Asia)
· Melbourne Comedy Festival
· Adelaide Fringe Festival
· Altitude (Austria)
· Iceland Comedy Festival
· touMAZEing (Norway)
"Punctures an expectation and implies a whole bizarre reality in only 12 words" The Guardian
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