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Mon 4th Feb at 7:30pm
Queer Contact 2013: Comedy Playground
@ Contact Theatre, Manchester
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Queer Contact 2013: Comedy Playground: Jonathan Mayor, Paul Sinha, Debra-Jane Appleby, Tom Allen, Heena Patel
This is a special edition of Contact’s infamous comedy lab.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
'A self-obsessed, glittery queen with a larger-than-life personality who arrives on stage in a bamboozling mix of innuendo' (Manchester Evening News)
'An incredible presence on the stage. Mesmerising to watch and an extremely articulate improviser. Fantastic' (XS Malarkey).
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Paul Sinha is a qualified GP and international stand up comic of many years standing, having performed in all major comedy clubs in the UK, as well as China, Auckland, Singapore, the Middle East, South Africa, Netherlands and Germany.
Paul's second full length solo show 'Saint or Sinha' received widespread critical acclaim at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was nominated for the if.comedy award (formerly the Perrier).
Since then Paul has been in great demand, whether on TV shows such as Edinburgh and Beyond, World Stands up, Comedy Shuffle and Comedy Cuts, on Radio 4's Loose Ends and the Now Show, or his numerous contributions to Radio 5 Live and Talksport, as well as having recorded for Shane Warne's Ashes podcasts.
'Wonderfully inventive and intelligent’ (Evening Standard)
'One-liners are delivered with the crisp clarity of cut glass. Highly original' (Metro)
'Universal anecdotes as warmly delivered as you would find anywhere... it's a
pleasure listening to him... Opinionated, witty and smart – Sinha is the certainly one of the comics Fringe goers should be flocking to' (Chortle)
'His confidence on stage was excellent and his talent for adlibbing and summoning gags off the cuff were very funny' (BBC Online).
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One of the most popular comedians on the London circuit with her skewed observations that are sometimes dark, sometimes political, hopefully relevant, but usually just bizarre.
'Her strength is in performance, confident, punchy' (Chortle).
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Tom Allen is a comedian, writer and actor. He started as a stand up at the age of 22 and went on to win both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year. Since then he has honed his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling by performing to audiences all over the UK and around the world.
Tom Allen is a wonderfully laconic anecdotalist, and bears an uncanny stage presence to what might be described as the love child of Kenneth Williams and Stephen Fry. He has a genius for digression and an ear for hilariously mundane comments and platitudes. A rare talent, indeed.
'I urge, nay demand – that you see him perform' (Three Weeks)
'Riotous entertainment... Allen is one of life's true eccentrics' (The Guardian)
'Tom Allen makes me reach for old-fashioned words like debonair and urbane. Blessed with crystalline enunciation and velvety, vocal warmth, he sounds as though he was born at the BBC' (Chortle).
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Venue: Contact Theatre
M15 6JA 53.463364, -2.232627
Enquiries: 0161 274 0600
→ Oxford Road 16 min walk
→ Manchester Piccadilly 17 min walk