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Thu 9th May at 6:00pm - 10:30pm
The Laughing Pod - Dagenham Opening Night
@ M & B Sports and Social Club, Romford
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The Laughing Pod - Dagenham Opening Night: Ben Norris, Angela Barnes, Nathan Caton, Tom Deacon, Simon King, Pete Cain, Tom Webb, Graeme Mathews
The Laughing Pod is now in Dagenham's May and Bakers Sports Club. Providing the very best stand up comedy in East London on the second Thursday of the month.
Image © Graham Whitmore
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
A stand up comedian working in the UK and abroad.
A popular comic/DJ on MTV, Ben has also performed on the BBC's Stand Up Show and They Think It's All Over.
His routines are a breath of fresh air, and highly original - check out his Shakespearian Porn routine...
'Killer gags' (The Scotsman)
'well-stocked arsenal of sharp lines and the wherewithal to work any crowd make Norris one of the more engaging and enjoyable comics' (Chortle)
'A master of the craft... an hour of the most polished stand-up you are likely to see'
'One of the comedy circuits best improvisers' (The Daily Mirror).
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After a career in health and social care, Angela Barnes decided to realise a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition.
'Angela Barnes is a brilliant new comic with an excellent on stage persona. Her acidic tone of delivery and deftly crafted, punchy material make for a very funny set' (Trevor Lock)
'... brilliantly funny' (Sarah Millican)
'... warm autobiographical material with plenty of strong jokes... She's just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic... Like all the best comics, she manages to articulate a singular perspective while making it seem like a universal truth. And then she put jokes in it. Harder than it looks' (The Guardian)
'Angela Barnes is the best mainstream female comedian I've seen since Sarah Millican... I can't be any clearer than that can I?' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)
'A beautifully paced performance that was aided by the consistent quality of her jokes, many of which showed a great skill with self-deprecation' (Chortle).
Angela Barnes tour dates
Nathan is a young black British comic, gigging on both the mainstream and black comedy circuit. His set is highly obsevational, influenced by his culture and upbringing, and also coming from a young person's outlook on life, from the well-known Nigerian traffic warden and the always-disciplining West-Indian mother, to MTV's Pimp my Ride.
'Excellent story-telling skills keep the crowd easily entertained' (Three Weeks).
‘Caton is probably the most exciting young black comic on the scene’ (Fest Magazine).
'Caton's a slick performer with an unbeatable stage attitude and the confident air of someone much more experienced' (Chortle).
'Compelling, well-observed stand-up... He specialises in laidback, on-the-nose material, chopping down fools of all colours, both in day-to-day life and in the media' (The Guardian).
Nathan Caton was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
Nathan Caton tour dates
The charismatic star of Radio One Sunday nights is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets in UK stand-up. Winner of the 2007 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, Tom made his Edinburgh Festival solo debut in 2009 and can be seen daily on BBC Switch's 5.19 show.
Tom has made guest appearances on BBC2’s The Rob Brydon Show, Dave’s One Night Stand and ITV2’s Fake Reaction and in 2017 performed at The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow in sold-out, 1000-seater theatres.
'Slick stagecraft, bags of energy' (Chortle)
'A mighty fine comic' (The Guardian)
'With looks, confidence, charm and great material, expect other comedians to
lynch him' (The Sunday Times).
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In 2002 Pete qualified for the semi-finals of So You Think You're Funny - with his first ever performance! Since then, he's been spreading mirth up and down the country with his laid back, easy style. good fun.
Pete Cain tour dates
Award winning Comedian, face of Popbitch and star of Dave TV.
'Ingenious and fresh' (Time Out);
'Tom Webb is a cheeky, inventive, damn funny fellow... One of the best MCs around' (London Is Funny);
'Hilarious... A comedy treat' (Edinburgh Evening News).
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Venue: M & B Sports and Social Club
→ Dagenham East 15 min walk