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XS Malarkey: Joe Lycett, Sophie Willan, Rod Shepherd, Thomas Rackham, Toby Hadoke
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Joe Lycett is a hugely talented comedian with an unaffected, relaxed and effortless stage presence. An appealing, engaging and natural performer. His comedy career started off at Manchester University, winning the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2009.
'Imaginative and cheekily subversive comedy... entertainingly mischievous... An intensely charming and talented young comic' (The Guardian)
'Joe Lycett is one of the strongest emerging comedy talents we've seen in a long time. This young man has a huge future' (Time Out)
'A delightfully natural style that builds a real connection with the audience... an accomplished storyteller... Finds brilliance in what could be merely workaday' (Chortle)
'Rising talent Joe Lycett already possesses the confidence and relaxed, homely charm of an old campaigner' (The Times).
Joe Lycett was #7 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
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Both brutally honest and gloriously unpredictable, Sophie Willan takes inspiration from her unusual life experiences, to make bold, unapologetic and political work. A force to be reckoned with, she exudes confidence and northern charm.
“Victoria Wood with an attitude problem.” BBC Comedy
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Birmingham based Stand Up Comedian
"A box ready comic" - Chortle
The NATYS 2016 – Finalist
Moseley Comedy Festival New Act Award 2016 – Judges Prize
Nottingham Comedy Festival New Comedian of the Year 2015 – Runner Up
Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2015 – Nominee
Best New Act, Midlands Comedy Awards 2015 – Nominee
So You Think You’re Funny 2015 – Semi-Finalist
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'Toby is an actor, writer and comedian, who has a stupid name that no-one can pronounce or spell. He was born in a small cottage in Ludlow, Shropshire at the turn of the century, and even as a baby, sported a rather manly collection of facial hair.'
Manchester comedy Legend and host of XS Malarkey. Toby was the inaugural winner of The Les Dawson Award, beating a shortlist including Peter Kay, Daniel Kitson, Dave Spikey, Ken Dodd, Caroline Ahearne, Craig Cash and Steve Coogan. He works regularly in TV and Radio having appeared in shows ranging from Coronation Street to Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.
'Superior stand-up skills – very, very funny' (The Guardian)
'A comedy genius' (Metro).
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