The Distraction Club Xmas Extravaganza

at The Phoenix, London

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It's That Time Again!

Every year at the start of December, The Distraction Club (London's best musical comedy night) presents a musical comedy show like no other... Inviting back as many of the best of the best as we can get our hands on, witness a gathering of acts larger than you'll find anywhere else, taking it in turns to perform one of their personal favourites for you in rapid succession before amassing together for one big grand finale

An outstanding show year after year and unofficially the annual musical comedy Xmas party, it's an event you'll never forget and the best way to kick off your Christmas season.

Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.


Dan Antopolski

Dan Antopolski appearing at this event

Dave Award winner, triple Perrier Award nominee and BBC New Comedy award winner, Dan Antopolski is one of the fastest rising stars in comedy. With his latest Edinburgh show Silent But Deadly receiving massive praise from The Guardian, The Observer, Chortle and many more, his surreal comic mind, coupled with a mastery of the English language, is dazzling audiences across the UK.

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Nick Doody

Nick Doody appearing at this event

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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Andy Davies

'Andy is an English comedian, gigging throughout London for the last 18 months. Loud, brash, cheeky and charming, with an anecdotal style and a love of audience banter. Andy also compere's regularly at the Mixt Nutz nights and Stand Up and Coming. 'Venues played include The Comedy Cafe, Comedy Tree, Soho Comedy Club, Downstairs at the Kings Head and a whole heap of others!' ( '.

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Jay Foreman

Jay Foreman appearing at this event

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..” (

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Ronnie Golden

Ronnie Golden appearing at this event

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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Peter Buckley Hill

Folk with a comic twist from this one-time Dr Who candidate. Songs of urban love and small furry animals, including stoats, fried chickens, wheelclampers, sex education, Vlad the Impaler and Alfonso the flying haddock.

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Joe Jacobs

Joe Jacobs appearing at this event

Joe Jacobs is a London based comedian, rapper and writer. Since 2012, he has performed nationally and internationally, sharing bills with acts including Bill Burr, Stewart Lee and Mr. Motivator. His live shows effortlessly flit between hip hop and comedy and he’s been seen/heard on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, Radio 1XTRA, plus gained millions of viral video views online. In addition to stand up, as solo artist Jester Jacobs, he’s released regular music since his debut Mental Disorder in 2008.

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Ria Lina

Ria Lina appearing at this event

Once described as a Filipina Sarah Silverman... She intermingles her refreshingly funny songs with a dry wit ... Winner of the London Comedy Festival New Comedian Of The Year 2002 and the EMMA Best Comedian Award 2003. '... electrified the audience with her relaxed yet biting wit' (ThreeWeeks) 'Lina is a musical comic with a brilliant line in bawdy songs... storming set!' (Evening Standard) 'I have no doubt she will hold her own so easily that she'll have a hand free to hold someone else's too' (The Guardian) 'engaging, endearing and eye-opening' (Time Out) ''Fearless, provocative and very funny... wonderfully on-the-edge stuff... There isn't a comedy venue in the country that shouldn't be fighting for her' (The Scotsman) '... slickly done - the girl's got talent' (Chortle).

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Kate Lucas

Kate Lucas appearing at this event

'Kate Lucas is a unique act who combines a warm, self-deprecating persona with a dark dry wit that that runs through her songs. She combines catchy, original melodies with sophisticated lyrics and a fresh delivery style to present her playfully bitter musings on life' (Careys) 'Stole the whole evening with her musical comedy... had some of the crowd at the back of the room crying with tears' (Fringe Report) 'Combines deft lyrics with a lovely sense of progression' (Chortle) 'Hugely talented musical funny girl' (Monkey Business Comedy).

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Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris appearing at this event

Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian and standup who has appeared in The IT Crowd, Murder In Successville, The Mash Report and Austentatious. Her songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4 (The Now Show), BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 6 Music. Her solo shows have found critical acclaim, and have earned her a Chortle Award nomination, a Funny Women Best Show nomination and a win for What’s On London’s Best Musical Comedy Show. “It’s startling quite how talented Parris is...hilarious” - Shortcom **** “Very easy to relate to and naturally funny” - Three Weeks **** "Tears of laughter, endearingly frank and funny" - Guardian "A gifted performer - her songs really score" - Times "Brutally funny" - Skinny "Classy, clever comedy...uproarious" - Scotsman

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Chris Turner

Chris Turner appearing at this event

Leicester mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee and BBC New Comwedy Award Finalist. Since starting stand-up in 2009, Chris's sharply written gags, assured stage presence and commanding delivery have established him as one of the best young comics on the circuit. 'An exemplary writer of quotable gags' (Chortle).

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Richard Vranch

Richard Vranch appearing at this event

Richard Vranch is a Comedy Store Player. He improvises and writes comedy, and does voiceovers, animations and panel shows. He's appeared on Radio 4's Just a Minute, and toured the world from Mexico to Palestine acting in sketch shows. He has a PhD and presented a Channel 4 science show.

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Also Appearing

Carol Cates, Paddy Gervers

The Phoenix

  • 37 Cavendish Square
  • London
  • W1G 0PP

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