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Wed 23rd Jan at 7:30pm
Specialist Subject 3: Where No Joke Is Too Niche
@ The Black Heart, London
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Specialist Subject 3: Where No Joke Is Too Niche: Sara Pascoe, Elis James, Sam Fletcher, Ben Target, Dan Schreiber, Matthew Highton, Aisling Bea, John Kearns, Jack De'Ath
Specialist Subject is the night when comedians get to crack out all the material they always thought was too niche, too specific and too close to their hearts to ever share in public.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Sara Pascoe is a British writer, stand-up comedian and actress. She has appeared in a number of television programmes - Campus, Live At The Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week among others - as well as an all-female sketch show and her own Edinburgh show, and runs comedy club The House Of Mirth.
Sara's stand-up is influenced by her joint favourite heroes, Jodie Marsh and Winston Churchill.
'Always intelligent and occasionally exquisite' (The Independent)
'Pascoe uses erudite references as just one strand of an offbeat worldview, offset by moments of gloriously deliberate dumbness and delivered with nothing less than full-megawatt charisma' (The Guardian)
'... defiantly idiosyncratic and highly accessible' (Evening Standard).
Sara Pascoe was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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Cardiff-based stand-up comedian. A versatile comic actor whose character creation 'Rex' is a regular feature on Rhod Gilbert's BBC Radio Wales show, Elis' profile has been boosted with frequent appearances on BBC Radio One Wales, two critically acclaimed Edinburgh solo shows (The Most Cautious Little Boy in Wales – 2009, and Daytripper – 2010) plus numerous appearances on the UK comedy circuit including tour support act for Rhod Gilbert.
For Elis's 2009 Edinburgh Fringe offering, The Most Cautious Little Boy In Wales, he was subsequently selected for the Best Of The Edinburgh Fest Australian tour, an honour that has been bestowed in previous years to the likes of Dylan Moran, Ross Noble, Simon Pegg and Ardal O'Hanlon. He has also extensively toured Daytripper at the Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane comedy festivals.
'He hypnotises the audience into loving him. There's also a laugh every ten seconds or so which overall makes it a complete joy' (Time Out)
'An intensely likable performer, he manages to get the audience to share in the heat of his unlikely passion, and you'll be rooting for him throughout his various misadventures' (The Guardian).
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Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Nominee & all-purpose idiot, Sam Fletcher "...mixes gags with lo-fi flipchart drawings, inventions and magic tricks...a true indie comic" - Time Out.
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Ben target is perfect. Bathe in his glory. Turn as he weeps. Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee. Winner, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. "Staggeringly inventive and sometimes unnerving, this highly physical performer is a true original and a legend in the making" Guardian, "impressively funny" Scotsman
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A comedian, radio producer and writer. He was born in Hong Kong, and moved to Australia aged 12, before settling in the UK at 19. He has worked as a researcher for QI, and co-created the Radio 4 panel show The Museum of Curiosity.
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'Inspired, ridiculous, interconnected comedy gloriousness' (ThreeWeeks)
'Highton is a star on the rise' (FringeGuru.com)
'An engaging storyteller with a head for witty fantasy' (Steve Bennett, Chortle)
'Wonderful surrealism' (The Guardian)
'Warm, intelligent and beautifully written' (The List)
Disorienting, bizarre and rather brilliant.” **** Broadway Baby
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Irish born, London residing, Aisling's name is pronounced Ash-ling Bee. She was named Irish Tatler's Entertainment Woman of the Year 2013 and winner of So You Think You're Funny 2013, the first woman to do so in 20 years, and only the second woman to do so in the competition's 25 year history. Expect hilarious hip-hop moves and wonderfully silly stories.
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The most original, odd, off-beat and hilarious alternative comic to arise this decade, John Kearns is an act who has forged his own raggedy path all the way to success.
London-based comedian and Winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award, Best Newcomer 2013.
'Tremendous originality... a jumpy and unpredictable raconteur... a shot of nervous energy, an elastic band about to snap... I can't see him waiting in reserve for long' (Broadyway Baby)
'... brilliantly bonkers' (Time Out)
'Now THIS is how you do absurd comedy' (http://www.Chortle.co.uk).
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