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The Best In Stand Up - Early Show: Jimmy McGhie, Sean Collins, Steve Gribbin, Roger Monkhouse, Stephen Grant
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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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Sean honed his unique, storytelling style over 18 years. In 2000, his hard work and determination led to his receiving two prestigious Canadian Comedy Award nominations for 'Best Male Stand Up' and for his half hour 'Comic's Comedy Special' on CBC.
Fuelled by the desire to play to a more international audience, Sean left Canada for the UK and, within the five years that he has resided in Britain, he has written and performed three highly successful Edinburgh Festival shows, receiving rare, five star reviews and one of only a few Best of Fest accolades.
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'The vertically-challenged Scouser with a guitar, savage lyrics and a voice that will break your heart (if not your crockery); topical, incisive, witty and bloody-minded.' (Glee)
His original comedy songs combine razor sharp lyrics with tunes that put their foot in the
door of your mind and refuse to leave. Firmly based in rock 'n' roll and refusing to pull no
punches, these are not the 'oh so witty' ditties of penguin-suited plink plonk piano playing
posh gobs. They are that rarity - comedy songs which are actually funny.
For nine years Steve was the smaller one in the dynamic comedy duo Skint Video, stalwart's of the Edinburgh Festival, appearing on countless television programmes such as Saturday Live, radio such as The Mary Whitehouse Experience, and their own show in 1992/3 Songlines (BBC Radio 1). Skint Video went their different ways in 1993, since when Steve has been storming across the UK and Ireland as a solo artiste.
"A highly refreshing and original comic” (The Scotsman).
“Satirical songs pulled off with real aplomb” (The Independent).
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'Skinhead, intellectual, and specialist compere, Roger Monkhouse employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience' (Glee)
'His laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind' (The Guardian)
'Pulls punchlines, seemingly, out of thin air... Saucy - and uncompromisingly so - sometimes topical, sometimes punny, sometimes clever, sometimes daft... There is, in short, something in this varied comedy menu for every taste... A gifted natural... One of the consummate professionals of the stand-up circuit' (Chortle)
'... one of the most experienced acts in the business. His deadpan style and quick wit make him one of the best acts out there, and he is a regular fixture at top venues all over the country, as well as performing extensively throughout the rest of the world' (Funhouse Comedy).
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Human amphetamine of a comic from Brighton. Compere at the Krater Comedy Club. Grant possesses an energy and intellect which, when combined, make for dynamite comedy. His speed and dynamism create a magical energy which has audiences rapt and hanging on his every word.
'Stephen Grant is nothing if not original. Supremely intelligent yet utterly accessible, his charm lies in the quick-fire speed of his mind' (The Stage)
'An unstoppable, ebullient motormouth... He's famously pedantic, relentlessly logical and with the kind of comedy vision that can see round corners... you're never more than 15 seconds away from a really good laugh' (Chortle)
'Consummate comedian' (Time Out)
'It is not hard to see why Stephen is so popular, he possesses an energy and intellect which, when combined, make for dynamite comedy' (The Comedy Box, Bristol).
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