The Virt Locker
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The Virt Locker - A weekly comedy show featuring the very best comics coming at you through the awesome and terrifying power of the interweb. Each night we will host brilliant acts from around the country, to enjoy in the comfort of your living room/shed/bathroom/bedroom (naughty) using everyone's favourite web-conference application.
Every month we'll be bringing 3 incredible shows (plus a special 4th show exclusive to NextUp members) featuring acts like Desiree Burch, Scott Bennett, Aurie Styla, Joe Thomas, and plenty more.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
Ground-breaking ventriloquist Nina is a star of BBC's Live at the Apollo, QI and HBO's Family Tree. Nina began her career as an actress at the Royal Shakespeare Company, before the genius and anarchic theatre director Ken Campbell inspired her to become a ventriloquist. In 2008 she won the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for her solo show Complete and Utter Conti. In 2010, Talk to the Hand had sell out seasons in Edinburgh, London, Melbourne, the Sydney Opera House and New York. 'Put simply, Nina Conti is a genius' (The Daily Mirror) 'A gem... funny, poignant, novel’ (The Guardian) 'I laughed until I couldn't breathe' (Melbourne Age) 'Uproariously hilarious' (The Scotsman).
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Maisie Adam first tried stand-up comedy in October 2016, in her native North Yorkshire (and unlike most newbie stand-ups, she did a full hour for her first ever gig). A couple of months later, she applied for the UK's largest stand-up competition: So You Think You're Funny. She headed up to Edinburgh for the semi-final, which she won, and the final was held at the end of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Maisie won this too, becoming only the fourth woman to have done so in 30 years. Maisie returned to the Edinburgh Fringe the following year with her debut show Vague, which sold out the Gilded Balloon every day, received rave reviews and earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. She also won the Amused Moose National New Comic whilst up at the Fringe, and Vague was picked up by the Soho Theatre for an extended post-Edinburgh run in January 2019. You may have also seen Maisie Adam on BBC's Mock the Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and ITV’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, and she has appeared on The Stephen K Amos Talk Show (Audible) and Urban Myths (Sky Arts). Other credits include BBC Three’s Period Dramas, and as show support for fellow stand-up Kiri Pritchard-McLean
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Esther is an exciting British-Lebanese comedian who burst onto the stand-up circuit in 2016 and within her first 18 months of performing has already reached the finals rounds of 6 major comedy competitions. As heard on BBC Radio 4, Esther’s observational stand-up reflects on how being a mum can be hard work, how being a woman is challenging, how being Arab is tough at times and how being middle class English is….never tough….(unless Waitrose is out of Avocados). Esther ably proves that being all four, can be hilarious. “An adept and assured performer” - Chortle “Esther Manito has a lot of hair and a lot of talent” - Bruce Dessau So You Think You’re Funny Finalist 2017 Bath Comedian of The Year Finalist 2017 Amused Moose Semi Finalist 2017 Leicester Square Comedian of the Year Semi Finalist 2017 BBC New Comedy Award Nominee 2017 Funny Women 'One to Watch’ 2016
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As seen on ITV's Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club & Funny Women Award Winner 2019.
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A comedian from Toronto who was voted 'Best Newcomer' at the Canadian Comedy Awards and has appeared in the UK on Russell Howard's Good News, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Hour, Sweat the Small Stuff and Virtually Famous. He is also a 3rd cousin of Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber - although he claims that they have never met. 'Mair exudes a kind of effortless, awkwardness and brings to it something fresh and downright disturbing. A bright, dark future surely awaits' (The Stage) 'He's either going to be a huge international comedy star or the funniest homeless man ever' (Jimmy Carr).
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