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The Delivery Room: David Tsonos, Tom Ward, Juliet Myers, Benji Waterstones, Alex Kealy, Faye Tracey, Chris Lynam, David Mills, Phil Nichol, Russell Hicks & more
"Household name headliners give birth to their new ideas alongside the creme de la creme of the UK comedy circuit all in labour trying to breathe life into new ideas, great jokes and those classic routines of the future at the freshest, wildest, most diverse new material night in the UK."
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If you want serious comedy David Tsonos is not your man. His comedy stems from being the youngest of five boys, babysitting his nephews and his cat.
'... Canadian stand-up, writer and actor David Tsonso. With his friendly and confident persona he intrigues the audience with his combination of banter and impulsive comments' (Funhouse Comedy)
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'Thomas Ward is a stand-up comedian. Increasingly on the radar of promoters and punters alike for his unique style, you will find him in London and the British beyond taking you sideways, on his search for meaning, through the familiar worlds of carpet adverts, supermarkets, impersonations and tales of teenage love' (Comedy CV).
'Fine writing, evoking silly images and ideas, combines with a distinctive look to make him memorable" (Steve Bennett, Chortle).
'Inventive stand-up Thomas Ward; a spaced-out, sometimes poetic comic with a terrifying fringe, and a very funny take on the world' (The Stage).
'Intriguing... with an air and a style that was partly conventional but partly bizarre, as if the world had been ever-so-slightly knocked off its axis' (Bruce Dessau).
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A finalist in numerous comedy competitions, Benji Waterstones has been described as 'one to watch'.
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Alex Kealy is a stand-up comedian who mixes political material with self-deprecation and relatable observations. He reached the final of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny competition in his first year of performing and is now a "rising star of the British stand-up scene" (The List).
He has taken three hours of stand-up to the Edinburgh Fringe, the latest being 2018's A Kealy's Heel - "a storming show" (The Sunday Times) which was met with full rooms and critical acclaim.
“This is clever comedy...you’ve done yourself some internal damage from laughing so much” - Shortcom
"Well thought out and insightful...extremely funny...a very enjoyable hour of comedy" - Theatre Weekly
“Fresh, insightful, and original...a great hour of cerebral stand-up & Alex Kealy is a name to watch” - FringeGuru
“A fascinating hour...marvellous stand-up” - The Skinny
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Explaining her act as a mix of clown/physical/musical stand up and use of the audience, Faye brings us a fast-paced energetic performance of popular culture satire and general silliness.
'Give a standing ovation for Faye Tracey, beautiful work, stunning. Oh dear God a miraculous world of vegetables, trombone ghosts... superb stuff... A whole show... How can you stop there… Incredible' (Phil Kay)
'Looks like my transvestite younger brother' (Jimmy Carr)
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The legendary 'anarchic clown'. Chris is a headliner of international standing, a regular on the comedy circuit throughout the globe and at festivals such as Montreal, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Glastonbury as well as making several TV appearances in the UK and abroad.
'Chris Lynam is a brilliantly bizarre antidote to today's truculent society' (New York Times)
'... our most dangerous comic' (The Independent)
'... mahout of the bizarre buffoon extraordinaire to wit... A wild clown in a class of his own' (The Times)
'Surreal unhinged quality which makes for comic greatness' (The Guardian).
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Mills' mix of sharp and hilarious rants and unexpected covers make for an incendiary show that will have you choking back the laughter.
2011 Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year.
'His talent for whip cracking one-liners is audaciously thrilling' (offwestend.com)
'David Mills is heading for the big time. Most definitely one to watch' (Time Out)
'Devilishly charming' (Chortle)
'A legend in the making' (Fringe Review)
'A gifted, bravura performer. His ruthless, cynical bitchiness is hysterically funny' (SF Bay Guardian)
'David Mills is heading for the big time. Most definitely one to watch' (Time Out).
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Phil Nichol is a truly unique performer. An acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician, there is no end to his talent! His skill as an improviser whether it be musical, comedy or straight is unparalleled.
WINNER - Scotsman Fringe First Award 2011
WINNER - IF.COM Eddie Award 2006 (previously The Perrier, now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Award)
WINNER - Time Out Best Comedy Performer 1998
Chortle Best Headliner - Nominee - 2002, 2006 & 2010
As seen on The Graham Norton Show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Altitude Festival , Annually Retentive, The World Stands Up, Comedy Shuffle, and many more.
'Nichol is absolutely born to perform, and the show is brilliant' (The Skinny)
'Attacks his material with all the restraint of a Tasmanian Devil in a foghorn
factory' (The Times)
'Phil Nichol is an extraordinary performer – entrancing and alarming in equal measure' (The Stage)
'Very polished, witty and insightful. It is also extremely funny' (List)
'Seismically powerful award-winning comic force' (The Scotsman).
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'Anyone who has seen Russell Hicks knows that it is never the same show twice. Taking a different approach than most comedians, Russell Hicks weaves improvisation with stream of conscious delivery that has moved many audience members to return for two nights in a row. Nothing in this biography can do his act justice other than to say, you just have to see him live'.
'Russell Hicks is amazing' (Comedy Palace)
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Sarah began performing comedy in 2010, quickly making her mark by becoming a Funny Women finalist the following year. In 2013 she won the Up The Creek ‘One To Watch’ award and was also a finalist in the Leicester Square Theatre New Act Competition. Sarah has since performed at some of the most prestigious comedy venues and festivals in the UK.
'Smart, ballsy and funny – Sarah Callaghan really stands out from other new comics’
(London is Funny)
'Sarah Callaghan ROCKS my comedy world' (Rebecca Papworth Executive Producer and former BBC Comedy Commissioner)
'Sharp and intelligent' (Edinburgh Report)
'Will keep you laughing and begging for more in one of the best free comedy shows I've seen at the Fringe' (Three Weeks 2012).
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John is a comedian, broadcaster and voice over artist based in London. He presents a weekly show on Radio X alongside friend and fellow comedian Elis James. 'The Elis James and John Robins Show' podcast has gained them a devoted following, and is a fixture in the top twenty comedy podcast charts. In 2017 they won The Chortle Award for Best Radio.
John began performing stand-up in 2005 and was an alumni of the legendary 'Bristol Comedy Flat' alongside Russell Howard, Jon Richardson and Mark Olver.
In 2016 Elis and John announced their first major live appearances together. 'The Elis James and John Robins Experience' saw them bring their unique chemistry to venues up and down the country. Demand was unprecedented and tickets for London's Shepherd's Bush Empire sold out in a matter of hours. He is the joint winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2017.
John has appeared on numerous television shows including Mock The Week (BBC2), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Series 1 & 3 (Dave), Stand-Up Central (Comedy Central), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC3), Live at The Comedy Store (Comedy Central and Drunk History (Comedy Central).
'One man, one microphone, one fantastically funny show' (Three Weeks)
'A complete and utter natural' (Russell Howard)
'One of the most consistently pleasing hours on the fringe' (The Independent)
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