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The Distraction Club - Christmas Special 2013: Jay Foreman, Bec Hill, Carly Smallman, Rob Carter, Jonny And The Baptists, Steve Pretty, Sarah-Louise Young, Marcel Lucont, Nick Doody, Ronnie Golden, Rayguns Look Real Enough, The Segue Sisters
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Jay Foreman is a guitarist and comedian whose unique repertoire falls almost exactly halfway between live music and sit down comedy. Flitting violently between subtle humour, catchy singalongs and mindless bad taste.
'A Victoria Wood for the Spotify generation' (Chortle).
“With dark humour and wordplay reminiscent of Roald Dahl, he should more often than not grab the attention of even the most reluctant child..” (BroadwayBaby.com)
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Australian-born and now London-based, Bec has gained a cult following in Australia, the UK and Ireland thanks to her award-winning solo shows. She has a talent for incorporating arts and crafts into her stand-up routines, creating a unique and unforgettable comedy style that she calls “paper-puppetry”.
Her one-liners regularly feature in “best joke” lists by “reputable” sources like The Telegraph, Dave, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Record and Buzzfeed, which isn’t surprising, as she is the creator of the UK’s only pun-based comedy night, Pun Run.
‘Bec Hill and her side-splittingly funny stand-up routine are a joy to behold… you’ll fall in love with Bec’s excitable attitude and her witty optimism. Definitely a name to remember with a smile’ (Three Weeks Edinburgh).
‘Multi-talented with brilliant observational material’ (The Stage).
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Musical comedian that performs bubbly and silly songs about the most questionable subjects. She has written for BBC Comedy Online and has appeared on several TV and Radio shows including: The Rob Brydon Show on BBC2.
'You leave feeling like you have head a good catch up with an old friend... I laughed non-stop and left with a big smile on my face' (Fresh Fringe)
'... wonderfully filthy songs' (GQ Mag)
'... funny, fresh and endlessly creative' (Time Out)
'Smutty, outspoken jollity' (The Daily Telegraph).
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Rob is a musical comedian who started in the Cambridge Footlights and has been gigging in London since 2009.
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Comedy band 'Jonny & The Baptists' make riotous music, biting satire and anthemic hilarity.. Nominated for the 'Amused Moose Laughter Awards', the '2013 New Act of the Year Awards' and the 'Musical Comedy Awards'. Many TV & Radio appearances including 'The Now Show' (BBC Radio 4), 'The Infinite Monkey Cage' (BBC Radio 4), 'The Gadget Show' (Channel 5) and 'Sketchorama' (BBC Radio 4).
'A triumph' (Chortle)
'The enthusiasm, avidity and passion of the band radiate well after the gig has finished' (The List)
'... musical comedy's rising stars' (The Times).
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Sarah-Louise studied at Bristol University and trained at Mountview before taking her own one-woman show Drag King to the Edinburgh Festival, Bristol New Vic and London. She co-founded Trinity's with Paul L Martin and regularly hosts and performs in cabaret and stand-up venues across London including Jermyn Street, The Old Vic Pit Bar, The Theatre Museum and the Battersea Barge.
'... one of London's Top Ten cabaret performers (Time Out)
'Sarah-Louise Young can sing, act and be funny all at the same time, proving herself a true performer and a force to be reckoned with. Go, sit back and smile' (Three Weeks).
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Marcel Lucont is a flâneur, raconteur, and bon-viveur. France's premier misanthropist and lover with his unique blend of sardonic wit and Gallic charm. Alter ego of Alexis Dubus. Winner of multiple awards including Chortle, Best Fringe show and Best comedy show at the Edinburgh festival.
'A must-see... In his own words, he is fantastic' (Herald Sun)
'Wonderful French wit... superb stuff... His elegant, sardonic turns of phrase are an utter joy' (Time Out)
'Fresh, accessible and hilarious' (The Guardian).
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Comic who uses his physicality as an extra dimension to his show. A finalist on Channel 4's 'So You Think You're Funny?', topical and not afraid to say what he thinks, Nick Doody's brand of political comedy and satire has won fans all over the country. Whilst still a student he supported Bill Hicks on his final tour of the UK, on Bill’s request.
'Some of the best political material I have heard in a while... comic genius' (The Scotsman)
“Very impressive...unfailingly good punchlines...intelligent and funny...comes with the chortle seal of approval” - (Chortle) *****
“A refreshing change...Sharp witted, but never sharp-tongued” (THREE WEEKS) *****
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Veteran rock 'n' roller, stand-up chameleon, leader of 70s mind-mangling punk rock comedy combo The Fabulous Poodles plus Club Senseless' own Ronnie And The Rex. Widely respected as both a musician and a stand-up, his unique mix of guitar parodies and keenly observed humour have made him one of the top headline acts in the country.
Ronnie has opened for Tom Jones, The Ramones & Engelbert Humperdinck!
Ronnie has performed several hit Edinburgh shows with Barry Cryer and is a regular circuit
headliner. Rock n Roll Comedian known as The Swiss Army Knife of Entertainment
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One of the most unique double acts in the UK, combining high quality musicality and insane mash ups to deliver an unrivalled entertainment experience which brings together cabaret, comedy and rock n roll.
Rayguns Look Real Enough are a rock band on the edge. But on the edge of what exactly? If only they knew. Band memebers Ray Gunn and Luke Reel each have something to prove as rock and roll stars but their methods may not exactly be in the same book, let alone on the same
page. Will they ever achieve their goal to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?
"They rock the house! We Love them!" - Time Out
"Insanely funny!" - This Is Cabaret
"Gloriously entertaining!" - Chortle
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