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Dara O Briain
One of Ireland's funniest comedians, who produces laughs like a magician produces rabbits from a hat. With a reputation as a stand-up around the world, including an appearance at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, he originally made a name for himself in Ireland on the satirical panel show Don't Feed the Gondolas and then stepped into the mainstream limelight with the hit show It's A Family Affair. Currently to be seen presenting the BBC's topical panel show Mock The Week. 'One of the most dependably entertaining stand-up comics in the land' (The Times) 'Worked the stalls like a puppet master' (Evening Standard) 'O Briain has a laser eye for the absurd and the spurious' (The Guardian).
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The Eurasian stand-up’s cerebral charm has seen him become established on the airwaves. In 2016 and 2017 Phil appeared on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Would I Lie to You? (BBC1), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4), Dave’s Unspun With Matt Forde (as the show’s regular Asian Correspondent), Jack Dee’s Inauguration Helpdesk (BBC2) and Drunk History (Comedy Central). He has also written and starred in two series for BBC Radio 4 with his 2015 Foster’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award nominated sketch group Daphne. Winner of the 2010 Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year Award and Comedy Central Live Funniest Student Award 2011. 'Very promising up-and-comer' (The Independent) 'Slick, distinctive, and funny... A well-rounded young comic headed for greater things' (Chortle) 'Master of the intellectual dick joke' (Time Out) 'Certain belly laughs... astonishingly assured debut' (The Sunday Times) 'He's an intelligent, attuned observer and his thoughts reward attentive listening' (The Scotsman).
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Luisa Omielan is a diva in training. She's got the sass, she's got the earrings, now she's ready for the lifestyle! Her debut one-woman show "What Would Beyonce Do?" earned five star reviews and was named "one of the top UK comedy shows of the last decade" by the Guardian. WWBD started off on the Edinburgh Fringe and went on to to become one of the most successful stand-up shows to come out of Edinburgh with sell-out performances all over the world. Luisa's follow-up show, ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ continued her success, with sell-out runs across the country. 'Omielan could find the humour in a brown paper bag' (Vogue) 'Fresh, frank and fearless – a gutsy new star is born' (The Daily Telegraph) 'Watching a raw, natural talent doing something surprising and clever and hugely enjoyable, and knowing that you've just witnessed a star being born' (Skinny) 'Omielan’s energy is infectious... a star in her own right' (Three Weeks) 'An intense, funny and manic hour of soul-baring comedy... You'll have the time of your life and you'll owe it all to her' (Chortle).
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With an assured stage presence and considered material that comes from a fresh perspective, he already has the aura of a successful comic well beyond his years. He is known for his 'Hate Thy Neighbour' documentary series about the rise of the far right on Viceland TV. His natural confidence and charm allow him to tread gracefully across more sensitive topics leaving many of his contemporaries behind. He has won the Comedy Café New act of the Year Competition and the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year award in 2014. Big things await this natural talent.
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Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian and standup who has appeared in The IT Crowd, Murder In Successville, The Mash Report and Austentatious. Her songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4 (The Now Show), BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 6 Music. Her solo shows have found critical acclaim, and have earned her a Chortle Award nomination, a Funny Women Best Show nomination and a win for What’s On London’s Best Musical Comedy Show. “It’s startling quite how talented Parris is...hilarious” - Shortcom **** “Very easy to relate to and naturally funny” - Three Weeks **** "Tears of laughter, endearingly frank and funny" - Guardian "A gifted performer - her songs really score" - Times "Brutally funny" - Skinny "Classy, clever comedy...uproarious" - Scotsman
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Guz Khan is an Actor, Writer and Stand-up Comedian from the notoriously gangster city that is Coventry. Originally a secondary school teacher, Guz has become an unstoppable comedy talent who has taken the industry by storm. He first came to prominence through his online videos which are performed in the guise of Guzzy Bear and included a variety of characters including Mobeen. Guz stars in Mindy Kaling’s Hulu show Four Weddings and a Funeral and also plays opposite Idris Elba in Turn Up Charlie and Sky’s TV drama Curfew with Sean Bean and Billy Zane. Alongside Mo Amer, Guz performed their Persons of Interest national tour in sold out venues and has performed on Live at The Apollo.
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Ellie Taylor is an actress, writer, presenter and stand-up comedian. She has appeared on ITV's Show Me The Funny, Channel 4's 8 out of 10 Cats, The Mash Report (BBC Two) and presented BBC3's Snog, Marry, Avoid. 'Snappy, relatable and downright funny' (Broadway Baby) 'Charismatic, personable and bright' (Chortle) 'Smart, self-mocking and telegenic, it's hard to see what else is going to stand in Taylor's way' (The Scotsman) 'Radiates natural charisma... blessed with great flair' (The Guardian) 'Sparkling and energetic company... the potential to go on to really great things' (Three Weeks) 'Ellie Taylor is sharp, sassy and extremely funny which definitely makes her one to watch for the future!' (2Entertain).
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Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is best known as the host of three series of BBC3's Live At The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1's Live At Apollo, BBC3's Unzipped, ITV2's Celebrity Juice and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now! Russell was nominated four times for prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards before winning Best Show in 2010. He then went onto make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival's Barry Award in one year. 'An exceptional comedian, his pace is relentless and his material beautifully observed and exquisitely crafted... inspiring and brilliant' (Chortle). 'A seriously good comedian' (The Times) 'Russell Kane delivers magic in spades' (The Scotsman) 'A smart, probing brain lurks below the vertiginous quiff' (The Evening Standard). Russell Kane was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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