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The Best In Stand Up - Early Show: Nathan Caton, Eleanor Tiernan, Rob Rouse, Phil Wang, Jimmy McGhie
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Nathan is a young black British comic, gigging on both the mainstream and black comedy circuit. His set is highly observational, influenced by his culture and upbringing, and also coming from a young person's outlook on life, from the well-known Nigerian traffic warden and the always-disciplining West-Indian mother, to MTV's Pimp my Ride.
'Excellent story-telling skills keep the crowd easily entertained' (Three Weeks).
‘Caton is probably the most exciting young black comic on the scene’ (Fest Magazine).
'Caton's a slick performer with an unbeatable stage attitude and the confident air of someone much more experienced' (Chortle).
'Compelling, well-observed stand-up... He specialises in laidback, on-the-nose material, chopping down fools of all colours, both in day-to-day life and in the media' (The Guardian).
Nathan Caton was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
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Eleanor Tiernan abandoned her civil engineering training to become a stand-up in 2004 – and within her first year appeared on RTE’s The Liffey Laughs and BBC’s One Night Stand.
In 2007, she starred in the Edinburgh Fringe play Help!, and made her solo show debut the following year. She then played to more than 120,000 people as the support act for her cousin, Tommy Tiernan, on his Bovinity tour,
She also played the ditzy waitress, Emer, on RTE2’s youth-orientated chat show The Cafe.
'The fastest-rising comedy talent in the country' (Irish Times)
'Her laid back delivery and engaging stories are both interesting and unique' (Finhouse Comedy)
'Eleanor Tiernan is far and away the best comic actress I have seen on stage' (Hot
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An English comedian known for his hyperactive brand of humour. Since winning Channel Four's prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny' Competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998, an award previously won by Phil Kay, Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay, he has been a regular performer at major venues on both the London and National circuit.
With more energy than a hyperactive six-year-old sucking on a lollipop while bouncing on a space-hopper, he is a veteran of several critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival shows, three sold out national theatre tours and a New Zealand tour, firmly establishing him as one of comedy's most lively, amenable and dynamic performers.
'He is a great storyteller... prepared to go to the bleakest and most uncomfortable places... The tears of laughter came in floods’ (The Scotsman).
'Frankly brilliant' (http://www.SuchSmallPortions.com)
'A carefully weighted hour of comedic storytelling' (Fest)
'Missing This show means missing something wonderful' (Edinburgh Evening News).
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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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Jimmy McGhie is a highly regarded young stand-up and comic performer, appearing on the UK and international comedy circuit to great acclaim. A finalist in
the BBC New Talent competition, Jimmy is one of Britain's hottest comedy talents.
Having already built up a solid fan base, his 2009 and 2010 Edinburgh solo shows were complete sell-outs. Having appeared on Russell Howard's Good News, Jimmy's comedy stock is set to go into the stratosphere.
'A performance that demonstrates he meets all the requirements needed to
become a TV star' (British Comedy Guide)
'There are few comics I can think of who have the sheer star quality of Jimmy McGhie. He is the perfect little comedy package' (The Scotsman)
'Hilarious and lovable... A fantastic storyteller' (Three Weeks).
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