Crown The Knave Comedy

at The Bedford, London

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Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith appearing at this event

Comedian, compere and playwright. This grumpy old man per excellence presents the BBC Radio 4 show 'Excess Baggage' and has written four plays including 'An Evening With Gary Lineker' and 'Live Bed Show'. His stand-up topics range from vigorous yodelling to mediaeval literature via death by drink. His delivery is relaxed and sardonic, but his shows are a surprising, dark and witty treat. He's also one of the many 'Grumpy Old Men' that appear on BBC 2's hit show. 'The funniest and most honest comic of his generation' (The List).

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Will Franken

Will Franken appearing at this event

American Will Franken is a critically acclaimed satirist and high-speed, quick-change character comedian. Franken’s humour is rooted in the British sketch comedy tradition, notably Monty Python. Onstage, he portrays an eclectic mix of characters through a series of interconnected vignettes. His skits are often satirical, skewering a range of subcultures and political views, often absurdist. 'Strange, sometimes awkward, often funny and always interesting, Franken’s act is like Marmite – ****ing awesome – and deserves an audience as big as his character roster' (Three Weeks) 'Amidst the anodyne wannabe TV comics who are 40% hair product, 40% ego and 20% talent there is still plenty of the real thing to be found, comedically. Will Franken... is absolutely brilliant. Iron satire in a velvet glove. Clever, creative comedy' (The Scotsman) 'The sharp-clawed satire on US culture and liberal piety, and the constant upending of what it is we think we're watching, make for a unique and compelling hour... You can't take your eyes off these inspired outpourings' (The Guardian) 'Will Franken is an astounding character comedian who makes almost everyone else in his field look like lazy chancers' (Chortle).

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Tim Shishodia

Winner of the Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year 2010.

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Gabby Best

Gabby Best appearing at this event

Winner of the Funny Women Awards 2012 and as seen on BBC3's Live at The Electric. 'Inspired' (The Independent).

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Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle appearing at this event

Andrew is a playwright, sketch writer, comedian and actor from the Black Country. He is co-writer of internet sensation Jonathan Pie and has had several sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including 'Shamlet' in 2003. He appeared in the sketch show, Pop Tarts, at the Pleasence Theatre, Edinburgh during the 2003 Festival. His other writing credits include the the groundbreaking NewsRevue. 'Fantastically funny' (GQ Magazine) 'Andrew Doyle is one of the funniest, sharpest, cruellest comedians out there. Prepare for all your internal organs to burst with laughter' (The Independent) 'One of the funniest stand-ups I've seen at the festival' (Broadway Baby).

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Athena Kugblenu

Athena Kugblenu appearing at this event

Comic, event host and writer with intelligent, thought-provoking jokes that still have an edgy sting. BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2015

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Oliver Noakes

Oliver Noakes appearing at this event

Stand-up comedian specialising in quickfire one-liners and Up The Creek 'One To Watch' finalist. 'He's got good jokes' (Norman Lovett).

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Also Appearing

Chris Douce, Steve Whiteley, Dan Andrews

The Bedford

  • 77 Bedford Hill
  • Balham
  • London
  • SW12 9HD

0208 682 8940

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