Sat 6th Apr at 8:45pm (doors 7:30pm)
Monkey Business Comedy Club
@ Sir Richard Steele, London
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Monkey Business Comedy Club: Martin Besserman, Carl Donnelly, Ola, Alex Maple, Abi Roberts
Please visit www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk for further information and tickets
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Stand up comedian and regular compere at Monkey Business Comedy Club in Camden.
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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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A young, driven and hugely talented stand up comedian, writer and actor with natural originality and enviable stage presence. Ola is renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour.
Renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour, Ola has appeared on The Comedy Store on Comedy Central, and he writes for Radio 4's The Now Show, The News Quiz and Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing where he also played various roles.
'A confident, laid-back performer with a refreshing honesty and an interesting story to tell. He has some really smart jokes' (The Scotsman).
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Award winning stand up comic and writer. In 2004 Tony Burgess was nominated for best stand up and writer at the North West Comedy awards. This led to a prolific period of writing on a wide range of shows such as the award winning BBC 3 comedy Ideal (where he also played Troy, a mad DJ who lived in Moz’s cupboard) to the play Doorway, which premiered at The Royal Exchange Studio Theatre in Manchester, to the film Wallace and Gromit and The Curse Of The Were-rabbit. Tony has also written for a wide variety of comedians including Lily Savage, Brian Conley, Steve Coogan (Paul and Pauline Calf’s Cheese and Ham Sandwich) and Johnny Vegas.
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Abi Roberts and her big hair exploded onto the stand-up comedy scene in 2012. She was a Finalist and Runner-Up in the London Comedy Store's Costa Light Comedy Competition in 2012, a Finalist and Runner-Up In the 2012 Harrogate Theatre's Comedian of the Year and took the Audience Award at the same festival.
She is a regular weekend act at comedy clubs such as The Glee Clubs, Bearcat Comedy and Backyard Comedy Club, as well as the major independent clubs, such as Bracknell Comedy Cellar, Banana Cabaret, Gag House Comedy and The Kings Head. Abi gigs all over the UK.
She also regularly appears as a Guest Comedian on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Midweek, Weekend and Outlook, as well as on comedy radio stations Talk Radio, FuBar Radio, Moscow Comedy FM (Russia) and Wildfire Radio (US) and she has just filmed her first sitcom pilot for Sky One playing a Russian woman Irina in Cameron Gordon’s Bucketless, as well as a major role in Square Cat Films Comedy Short, One Under. She recently became the first UK comic to perform in Russia, in Russian, completing three nights of shows to packed-out houses at Moscow Comedy Club.
In her five years in professional stand-up comedy, Abi has the accolade of having supported major league performers such as Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and Tom Stade.
TV, Radio and other Projects
Abi is also one half of character act Frankly On Tuesday, playing Radio 4 presenter Ginny Frankly alongside Brenda Gilhooly's character Gayle Tuesday (Harry Hill's TV Burp, Harry Hill's Fruit Fancies, Jack Dee Show, The Paul O'Grady Show, Saturday Night Live) which premiered at this year's Guernsey Comedy Festival. More recently, Abi has presented the Edinburgh Live! TV show for Sky TV.
Nominated: Best Comedy Show, Funny Women Awards 2016
Nominated: Best Comedy Show, Buxton Comedy Festival 2016
Nominated: Best Comedy Performance, Buxton Comedy Festival 2016
What the press say:
Abi has been dubbed by critics as "an incredible stand-up…unstoppable charisma, dominating the stage all through the hour with a wide range of insightful observations...She's a true talent, with her boisterous, laugh-out-loud humour that never once fails to gain laughs from the audience, she's an entertaining and one-of-a-kind stand-up.” - Edinburgh Festival Magazine.
"Brilliant, funny and charming. True comedy genius..one of GQ’s Top Ten New Stand-ups to see in 2016", GQ Magazine;
"Dangerous and the very opposite of consensus comedy...she cleverly disguises some hard-hitting stuff working on several levels at the same time, whilst she wraps up these subliminal messages with some Vaudvillian schtick …she's rapid-fire, infectious humour... unstoppable and triumphant...and she takes down target after target" - New Statesman;
"She breaks new comedy ground. She is a fantastic live act and one the best female acts on the circuit today... one of those comedians you tell your friends that "you must see" - Independent;
"Raucous and incredibly funny" - Daily Telegraph;
"Fast-paced, high-octane comedy with brilliant routines...entertaining throughout and leaves everybody wanting more" - Gigglebeats.co.uk;
"A master impersonator and a gifted comedy performer standing way out from the herd. Abi Roberts has huge stage presence, commanding the room from the moment she steps on stage.. a wonderful blend of funny stories and audience interaction. Not to be missed. Steal a ticket if you have to." - Edinburgh’s Three Weeks
"Roberts is packing them in (at the Voodoo Rooms)...she is truly and hysterically funny and has definitely got the comedy moves. She does it all with genuine charm and character, with big laughs. She has an imposing range of talents and her impressions are, well, impressive. She really is more than just a stand-up". UK Comedy website Chortle.
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