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Fri 3rd May at 8:15pm (doors 7:00pm)
Barrel Of Laughs Preston
@ Frog And Bucket, Preston
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Barrel Of Laughs Preston: Andy Wilkinson (aka Smug Roberts), Phil Ellis, George Egg, Toby Hadoke
"Frog And Bucket's flagship show.
Three top class comics, one of the fantastic Frog comperes and an aftershow disco with one of the resident DJs until late."
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Also known by his stage name Smug Roberts, Andy is one of Manchester's finest comedians and actors.
As seen in 'Phoenix Nights', 'That Peter Kay Thing', 'Mrs Brown's Boys', 'Cold Feet' and the Ken Loach film 'Looking For Eric' Described by Metro as 'an act everyone deserves to see at least once', Smug is a venerated veteran of the British comedy circuit.
He is a headline act all over the U.K and is regarded as something of a cult hero in his native Manchester and is a man with
genuinely funny bones, able to provoke peals of laughter from a quirky colloquialism or a nonplussed expression, but it is the sheer imagination of his storytelling where he really shines.
Anecdotes from his home life as a cuckolded house husband with two teenage kids on hormonal rampage are laced with brilliant punchlines and surreal tangents, including the welcome appearance of a talking dog. He’s also had a minor chart hit with ‘Meat Pie Sausage Roll’ a song that began its life as a comedy routine by Smug on local radio and made it to the heady heights of number 67 in June 1998. Quite the Renaissance man.
In 1995, he tried stand-up comedy for the first time at the Frog and Bucket comedy club, adopting the stage name "Smug Roberts"; the "smug" came from an event in his life where people teased him for being a "smug bastard" and the "Roberts" was adapted from his middle name.
'A comedy maestro... the pace, emphasis and rhythm of his delivery is impeccable. A rock solid act guaranteed to entertain' (City Life).
Andy Wilkinson (aka Smug Roberts) tour dates
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).
Phil Ellis tour dates
An unusual and accomplished stand-up with surreal stories, hilarious observations and a massive array of visual delights. An 'off the wall and away with the fairies' comedian.
George's act has been described as 'the most original, interesting, innovative and whimsical comedic performances you are ever likely to see' (Funhouse Comedy).
'A hugely entertaining variety turn' (The Guardian).
George Egg tour dates
'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).
Toby Hadoke tour dates
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Venue: Frog And Bucket
1 Lords Walk
PR1 1RA 53.759800, -2.696119
→ Preston (Lancs) 10 min walk