Sun 24th Mar at 8:15pm (doors at 7:00pm) - 11:00pm
Work In Progress
@ Frog and Bucket Comedy Club, Manchester
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Work In Progress: Phil Ellis, Chris Brooker, Phil Chapman, Peter Brush, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Rob Rouse
"Every comedian needs a safe place to road test their new material and Work In Progress is just that place! No stag/hen parties, no office parties no heckling.
MC Phil Ellis presents Chris Brooker, Phil Chapman, Peter brush, Kiri Pritchard- Mclean & Rob Rouse (line ups subject to change). Doors 7pm / Show 8.15pm - 11pm"
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Phil Ellis is a comedian and writer known for his chaotic stand-up and live performances. Phil broke onto the comedy scene with his widely acclaimed Funz and Gamez, which won the Panel Prize at the 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He is making his way in TV with The Tapeface Tapes (BBC3) and Phil’s Ill: Comedy Shorts (Dave).
'Ellis sets such a cracking pace. He flits around the audience with his frisky, easy banter spreading a feeling of good humoured fun' (Chortle)
'... delighting both children and (on a rather different level) adults alike' (The Daily Telegraph)
'I cannot imagine the being that would not be blown away by this ridiculously funny, shambolic gigglefest of a show' (The Scotsman)
'Wildly inappropriate... chaotic, gloriously silly' (Time Out).
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A gifted performer, Chris Brooker has taken his unique mix of comedy and improvisation to stages all over the world. After a decade on the UK comedy circuit Chris has forged a fine reputation for himself as a stand-up comedian and compère.
His versatility has seen him play to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds, winning them over with his infectious enthusiasm, swift wit and immense likeability.
Dubbed comedy's ginger Viking by a promoter, he really is a larger than life character!
'Very funny, very quick... On the spot humour' (BBC)
'A fitting finale, had the audience in stitches' (StudentOnline)
'The best act of the night, his quick wit silencing hecklers and getting plenty of laughs' (Manchester Evening News)
'The revelation of the night. Spot on' (Now Toronto)
'Well crafted jokes... Arguably the best routine of the night' (Giggle Beats)
'As fine an ambassador for British comedy as you could ask for. Absolutely brilliant, made it look so easy' (Tommy Nielson, Director
of The Aarhus Comedy Festival)
'A truly touching, inspiring and hilarious show that provided heart felt laughter and moved many in attendance to tears. Absolutely absorbing and thoroughly recommended' (The Oregonian).
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Phil began performing comedy in 2006 at a local Chinese restaurant, he was asked to leave soon into the performance, but such was the reaction of the crowd - a rapturous round of applause (in hindsight, this may have been more for the management although no one can really confirm anything) - he decided to pursue a career via more conventional means. He then found a local comedy venue running beginners nights, and after his first performance, was asked to perform in the final of the new act competition, where he placed second.
He continued performing around the North of England, where he placed second in four more competitions, including the legendary Beat the Frog World Series. Given his consistency, and undeterred by his near brushes with success, he decided to carry on performing and has now established himself as a regular in many clubs around the country, and he is renowned for his ability to win over any audience.
From his carefully crafted gags, to his engaging anecdotes, his material and stage presence ensure he is a big hit wherever he's playing, and he always leaves.
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Peter Brush is a highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes. He unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion. A BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2013 & Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012, he has also written for BBC Radio 4's 'The News Quiz'.
'An imaginative use of language and obtuse angles of thought that produce distinctive and eclectic gags... his best lines are inspired' (Chortle).
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With a charming stage manner coupled with a deft, quick wit it's easy to see why Nottingham Comedy Festival named Welsh comic Kiri Pritchard-McLean their Breakout Act Of The Year.
'She balances affection with an acute eye for the ridiculous to bring you a stand up set of well delivered, increasingly funny anecdotes... definitely one to watch' (Three Weeks)
'Kiri was by far the funniest and most quick witted, one to look out for in the future' (Leicester Mercury).
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An English comedian known for his hyperactive brand of humour. Since winning Channel Four's prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny' Competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998, an award previously won by Phil Kay, Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay, he has been a regular performer at major venues on both the London and National circuit, known and loved for his hugely lively, loveable, honest, frank and seriously funny stand up comedy.
'Immensely talented act who demands to be seen. A star of the future... A man with genuinely funny bones’ (The Sunday Times)
'He is a great storyteller... prepared to go to the bleakest and most uncomfortable places... The tears of laughter came in floods’ (The Scotsman)
'Hilarious’ (The List)
'Belly laugh funny' (The Herald)
'Frankly brilliant' (http://www.SuchSmallPortions.com)
'A carefully weighted hour of comedic storytelling' (Fest)
'Missing This show means missing something wonderful' (Edinburgh Evening News).
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Venue: Frog and Bucket Comedy Club
Phone: 0161 236 9805
→ Manchester Victoria 10 min walk