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Night of stand-up to raise funds for Acorn Recovery with MC Mandy Knight, Jon Richardson, Matt Forde, Mike Newall, Harriet Dyer, Chris Washington and Josh Pugh.
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The critically acclaimed comedian is currently a team captain on Channel 4's panel show '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown'. He has been an Edinburgh If comedy nominee, and was the 2008 winner for best breakthrough act in the Chortle Awards. 'He's a gentle and ever-smiling anecdotalist who sees the world in a rather skewed way... consistently funny about life and its foibles... We leave the theatre feeling full of the joys of life' (The Arts Desk) 'So good he actually bends time' (Chortle) 'Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss' (Daily Mirror) 'One of our most individual and interesting stand-ups' (The Times) 'Sublimely brilliant, stunning' (Time Out). Jon Richardson was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2017.
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Matt is a writer on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Stand-Up for the Week and can also be heard on his own late night phone-in show on the Sony-Award winning talkSPORT. 'A first class comic' (The Guardian) 'Highly engaging, inherently funny... an innate ability to ad lib laughs out of thin air' (Chortle.co.uk) 'Manages to combine infectious enthusiasm with astutely well-informed political opinions' (Three Weeks).
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Once described as “as frisky as a terrier on heat”, Mandy Knight is a true dame of British stand-up comedy. The first female comedian to compere that bastion of old-school stand-up The Comedy Store, Mandy has been breaking down barriers all her life. After a traumatic childhood of abuse and social uncare, she attended the famous Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. After becoming fully-trained as a classical actress, and then using her diploma to spend four years in the traditional acting alternative career as a waitress, Mandy Knight decided to ditch the period frocks and the pinafore and enter the world of stand up comedy. When asked why, Mandy said it was due to an irrational fear of a life in fringe theatre, exploring her inner child by pretending to be an oak tree, a fridge or a tambourine. 'Winner of the prestigious Time Out Award for Best Comedian. Razor sharp tongue, prone to shock but some of the best material on the circuit, excellent comic.' (Glee)
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Josh Pugh won a Funhouse Comedy gong show, which was his first ever gig, and then six months later was named Best New Act at the 2014 Midlands Comedy Awards. He has gained a proven track record of being a winner. That is why he does well in competitions, with confident and clever writing that takes you off on glorious tangents. Josh has a unique, interesting and funny voice with a very exciting future. Josh Pugh also won English Comedian of the Year 2016 and Chortle Comedian To Watch 2017,
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Laughter Lounge Award winner Harriet is described by The Guardian as 'definitely one to watch'. 'She’s got funny bones' (Kevin Bridges) 'Exploring the thin line between eccentric and the mental’ is perfect comedy ground for Harriet Dyer, who seems to have lived her entire life on that interface. Her instinctively funny stand-up is packed full of weird and wonderful incidents from her strange life so far – yet however outlandish the tales, they all have an absolute ring of truth' (Steve Bennett, Chortle at the Leicester Comedy Festival) 'A bundle of whimsical hilarity… a breath of fresh air... will have you in stitches' (Broadway Baby) 'Dyer made the audience feel at home and managed to wow the crowd… Loveable and delightful' (Three Weeks).
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'Chris began performing stand up comedy in July 2012, 14 months later he has over 200 gigs under his belt for a host of reputable promoters up and down the country and is fast becoming one of the most sought after new acts on the circuit. With a cheeky Northern charm and hilarious tales it's clear to see why Chris is flying up the comedy ladder' (www.comedycv.co.uk) 'Mark my words, he will be a big name' (Love Comedy) 'Hilarious stories' (Hull Daily Mail) 'Worth the entrance fee alone. Look out for this man!' (Otley Town Post) 'Chris has oodles of warmth and likeability, and an assurance which belies his tender years. This young man could well go all the way!' (Golf Comedy) 'Hilarious' (Yahoo Festival Review) '... the immediately likeable Chris Washington, who uses his Northern charm along with his hilarious tales to entertain the crowds...' (Funhouse Comedy).
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Frog and Bucket Comedy Club
- 102 Oldham Street
- M4 1LJ