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Always Be Comedy: James Acaster, Gemma Whelan, Phil Wang, Matt Winning, Funmbi Omotayo, James Gill
James has been performing all over the UK since 2008 firmly establishing himself as one of the most hotly-tipped young comedians in Britain and was also awarded 'Off The Kerb's Laughing Boy New Act of the year' in 2010.
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Effortlessly confident, James's appreciation for the whimsy and detail of everyday life are a breath of fresh air. His laid back style, playful wit and appetite for the unconventional make for an evening of mirth and hilarity, and a night in his company is a treat to behold.
Since winning Laughing Boy New Act of the Year, James has gone from strength to strength appearing on Dave's One Night Stand, Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), Mock The Week (BBC Two) and releasing his own three part Netflix special in 2018.
'Curious, original, immensely enjoyable stuff' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Deliciously daft and no slouch in the surprises department... One of comedy’s most original voices' (Evening Standard)
'Reminiscent of Stewart Lee or Richard Herring but suffused with enough of his own personality to sound crisp and fresh' (The Independent)
'Stand-up of the highest most playful order' (The Guardian).
James Acaster was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
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Gemma is a comedian and actress from London. She often appears as character Chastity Butterworth, a prim, buttoned-down, well-spoken, schoolma'amish spinster from another era. She is also known for playing Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.
'A female Tim Vine with a persona akin to emotionally frigid posh boy comic Will Smith... most impressive' (Chortle)
Funny Women Variety Act Award 2010.
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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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The Paisley boy is steadily making a name for himself in between studying for a PhD in the Economics of Renewable Energy.
Mattis the co-creator (along with Lolly Adefope, Mat Ewins, Richard Gadd, Adam Hess and John Kearns) of the cult hit Bearpit Podcast (Podcast), which is available to download from no good retailers. Matt first appeared at the Fringe as part of renowned showcase The Comedy Zone in 2013, returning in 2015 with his debut solo show Mugabe and Me (3D), followed in 2016 by Ragnarok, which was recently recorded for comedy VoD platform NextUp.
Finalist in the Chortle Student Comedy Awards, Matt's brand of humour is both intelligent and compelling.
Winner Hilarity Bites New Act 2011.
'Distinctive one-liners... an inventive writer' (Chortle)
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'Funmbi Omotayo's friendly, instantly likeable style won him the award for Best Newcomer at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards. He has since gone on to win the prestigious Leicester Square New Act of the Year competition in 2012; shortly after becoming joint winner of Amused Moose's Laugh Off Competition in the same year. Gently paced stories and anecdotes are delivered warmly and confidently from this relative newcomer. Funmbi is creating a huge storm on the comedy circuit with tales of living in Hackney, his Nigerian roots and his hilarious day to day observations'.
'A charming young comic... he's got the jokes to back up his charm. Soon, he could be playing to thousands' (Time Out)
'Plenty of original insights and honest home-truths to enjoy' (Chortle)
'A classy young stand-up and, a headliner in the making' (London Is funny).
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MC at the likes of Always Be Comedy, The 99 Club, Scoundrels, Ginglik and many more.
“I would go to the ends of the earth to share a stage with James Gill. He’s a sharp & energetic hero of club comedy and a face we’ll undoubtedly be seeing all over TV very soon” - Katherine Ryan
"One of the most imaginative MCs on the circuit. The crowd love him” - Rob Beckett
“The most impressive live presenter I have ever seen" - Romesh Ranganathan
“One of the country’s best hosts. There is no one like him” - Seann Walsh
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