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Channel 4 Comedy Showcase: Paul Chowdhry, Angela Barnes, Celia Pacquola, Marlon Davis, Pat Cahill, Rob Beckett, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan, Simon Evans, Tom Craine
Paul Chowdhry is to host the 7th Channel 4 Comedy Showcase featuring the best up and coming talent currently performing on the UK Comedy Circuit.
Featuring on the bill will be Angela Barnes, Celia Pacquola, Marlon Davis, Pat Cahill, Rob Beckett, Roisin Conaty, Romesh Ranganathan and Simon Evans.
Please contact the venue for tickets and further information.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Paul Chowdhry is constantly challenging and relentlessly inventive, his comedy fuels an eclectic set punctuated by impressive feats of mimicry and verbal dexterity. Paul's highly charged dry observational humour taps into the multicultural diversity of contemporary Britain.
Paul is inspired by comedians such as Richard Prior, George Carlin and Sam Kinison.
'One of the finest Asian comics around... A great take on multicultural Britain' (Time Out)
'Dangerous comic genius' (Eastern Eye)
'Revives distant memories of Richard Pryor at his relentless best' (The Times).
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Before becoming a comedian, Angela worked in health and social care. In 2011, she won the BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since then Angela has become a regular on BBC’s The News Quiz, Newsjack and Mock The Week.
She has also appeared on BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.
“Feels like a sure-fire bet the instant she utters her opening lines.” (The Scotsman).
“The pace is fast, the material strong and the delivery perfect” (Chortle).
“She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight-talking and extremely funny comic” (The Guardian).
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Versatile Australian Celia Pacquola began her stand-up career in 2006 and quickly cemented her place as an award winning, and internationally recognised, comedian with regular 4-star reviews, awards and nominations for her performances at comedy festivals around the world.
'Endlessly charming, furiously honest and beautifully written stand-up from the Aussie' (The Independent)
'Celia Pacquola is Adam Hills with ovaries, using her magnetic charisma to draw audiences in to a warmly uplifting show that's as inspiring as it is hilarious. I'd defy anyone not to leave... just a little more in love with life – and with her – than before' (http://www.Chortle.co.uk).
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Marlon Davis is a bright young comedian, improviser and actor who embraces his work with energy and charm, embodying his characters and delivering his acute observational material with aplomb.
His act is inspired from his upbringing, exploring Britain and tackling its social issues with skilful characterisations.
Winner of the FHM Search For A Stand-Up Hero Competition in 2009. In 2006, he was a finalist in both the So You Think You're Funny and Laughing Horse new act competitions.
Still a relative newcomer, Marlon Davis is like a breath of fresh air on stage, with an impish grin, boyish enthusiasm and an effortlessly open, confident style that instantly wins him friends in the audience.
'A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity' (The Scotsman).
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Winner of the amused Moose New Act of the Year 2011.
'Combining off-beat jokes with songs about dying pets and choice fatigue, Cahill’s unpretentiously surreal and absurd outlook has seen him win numerous awards and secured him firmly in the one to watch category' (PBJ)
'This quirky performer has true star quality and bags of originality, mixing physical humour, gimmicks, wordplay and comedy songs. Imagine a cross between Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard and you might be getting somewhere, but nowhere close’ (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)
'... Wonderfully weird’ (The Guardian).
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Rob grew up in south east London in a large extended family of taxi drivers where it was a fight to be heard.
As a middle child desperate for attention he needed to be funny so was in awe of his Grandad's jokes, but only until he saw a Tommy Cooper video and realised Grandad Cook was a massive plagiarist.
'A little short of a revelation (The Scotsman)
'Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience' (The Guardian).
'He already has the confidence of a veteran' (The Times).
'Joyous, cheek aching and touching stand up' (Shortlist).
Rob Beckett was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
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Winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 for Best Newcomer, Roisin Conaty is a multi-talented writer and performer. She brings her distinctive style of stand up to clubs all over the country and is in much demand as an MC.
She has appeared on TV on Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), Victoria Wood's Angina Monologues (Sky One) and Dave's One Night Stand (Dave) and on radio on BBC Radio 4's The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz..
Roisin is also a gifted character comic, who can switch between roles seamlessly.
'Savvy and sassy, Conaty is certainly one to watch' (The Independent)
'A seriously talented rising star' (Time Out).
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Romesh burst onto the comedy circuit in 2010, gigging regularly at top venues all over the country. As well as turning in storming turns on a regular basis, he has also found time to reach the Latitude New Act Final 2010, The So You Think You're Funny? Final 2010 as well as coming runner up in The Amused Moose Laugh Off 2010.
In 2015 Romesh starred in his own show called 'Asian Provocateur' (BBC Three) where he travelled to Sri Lanka to learn about his parents' country. In 2016 the second series 'Mum's American Dream' was commissioned.
He has forged a fearsome reputation with a set that combines cutting one liners with an acerbic take on the world around him.
'Extraordinarily hilarious' (Three Weeks)
'Plenty to enjoy in his ultra sardonic set' (Chortle)
'His ability to write bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd... Ranganathan's punchlines are sharper and funnier than many of his peers' (The Guardian).
Romesh Ranganathan was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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One of the most exciting and distinctive talents to emerge on the comedy circuit in recent years. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. 'Absolutely brilliant' according to Caroline Aherne, and he has justified the tag, regularly selling out his shows in Edinburgh and racking up the television and radio credits. Plus, he dresses smartly and uses no bad language whatsoever...!
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