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Sat 8th Jul at 4:00pm
@ Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The Comedy Crate Festival: James Acaster, Abandoman, Pippa Evans, Ahir Shah, President Obonjo
"We are proud to announce that the first ever Comedy Crate Festival will be happening on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017. There will be 30 acts on over two days in three venues: The Lab, The Charles Bradlaugh and The Black Prince. As well as being great venues, they are all within a five minute walk of each other, meaning that festival goers can see the acts that they want to see rather than being tied to a venue. Entry will be by a wristband purchased prior to the weekend.
The shows will be preview shows for the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Consequently, they will be ‘Work In Progress' Shows. The acts will be performing in one hour time slots with a 30 minute gap in between for you to do whatever you need to do to be ready for the next act. On the Saturday we start at 4pm and finish at 11pm, on the Sunday we’re running from 3pm to 10pm."
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Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Effortlessly confident, James's appreciation for the whimsy and detail of everyday life are a breath of fresh air. His laid back style, playful wit and appetite for the unconventional make for an evening of mirth and hilarity, and a night in his company is a treat to behold.
Since winning Laughing Boy New Act of the Year, James has gone from strength to strength appearing on Dave's One Night Stand, Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three), Mock The Week (BBC Two) and Show & Tell (E4) whilst also playing to over 100,000 people on tour with Milton Jones.
'Curious, original, immensely enjoyable stuff' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Deliciously daft and no slouch in the surprises department... One of comedy’s most original voices' (Evening Standard)
'Reminiscent of Stewart Lee or Richard Herring but suffused with enough of his own personality to sound crisp and fresh' (The Independent)
'Stand-up of the highest most playful order' (The Guardian).
James Acaster was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
James Acaster tour dates
Abandoman create hilarious musical sketches at lightning speed live in front of their audience. No two gigs are ever the same. The project sees frontman Rob and multi-instrumentalist James Hancox reinventing hip hop in a way that appeals to even its most ardent detractors.
They sold out the Edinburgh Fringe for 3 weeks in a row and were winners of the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year 2010.
'Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile. Nothing short of genius' (http://www.Chortle.co.uk)
'Truly innovative' (The Guardian)
'Killer punchlines. Note-perfect, lyrically mind-blowing hip-hop improv. Genius!' (The Stage)
'A star of the future!' (Time Out)
'For the whole hour we were enthralled by a comedic mastermind at work' (Broadway Baby)
'A proper party. raucous, expansive and relentlessly hilarious' (The Times).
Abandoman tour dates
British comedienne and one of the founding members of the touring improv team behind Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Pippa first emerged on the comedy scene with an incredibly successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival where her debut solo
show, Pippa Evans And Other Lonely People, was nominated for the if.comedy Best Newcomer Award 2008.
In 2009 she unleashed her alter-ego, psychotic American country and western singer Loretta Maine.
'Delightfully deranged' (Metro)
'... searing talent as a comic writer, actor and versatile singer' (The Scotsman)
'... probably one of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year' (The Independent, 2009).
Pippa Evans tour dates
Ahir Shah is one of comedy's brightest new talents, whose sharp brand of stand-up features a blend of socio-political awareness, energetic delivery and jokes.
'Destined to be one of the brightest stars in the British comedy firmament... a frighteningly intelligent gagsmith' (The Scotsman)
'An intense, exciting performer whose act crackles with wit, his energy holding the audience captive until lights out' (FringeGuru)
'A sophisticated comedian with an elegant, eloquent style that probes beyond the superficial' (Chortle)
'Charismatic and of rewardingly cerebral approach' (The Guardian)
'Catch him now... he's going stellar' (The List).
Ahir Shah tour dates
'President Obonjo has become a successful comedian because of his innovative use of the internet to engage with Lafta addicts online. The internet was part of an overall digital strategy that has turned thousands of supporters to embrace obonjomania.
'Now thousands are hooked on a daily dosage of Lafta and Obonjomania pill. You are guaranteed no side effects but you might be seen laughing out loud on your own after watching a clip or reading a note this could make people think you are going looney, Kolo or MAD.
'Obonjo has really shaped intellectual comedy and brought it to a home near you by phone, laptop, blackberry, TV and on stage' (http://www.comedycv.co.uk).
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Venue: Charles Bradlaugh
1-7 Earl Street
NN1 3AU 52.241619, -0.892375
Phone: 01604 473225
→ Northampton 13 min walk