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Comedy Hullabaloo: Carl Donnelly, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Celia Pacquola
The Comedy Hullabaloo is a brand new comedy festival, taking place in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. A host of the UK's biggest and brightest comedians will be in town for one weekend only, for a jam-packed line-up of shows at The RSC's Courtyard Theatre, The Swan's Nest Hotel, the Idolize Spiegeltent and the Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club.
See www.comedyhullabaloo.com for further information.
The Comedy Hullabaloo is presented by Underbelly in association with the Stratford-upon-Avon Arts Festival and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Carl started performing stand-up regularly in the early part of 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the most exciting new comics climbing the comedy ladder.
His confident, conversational style and childish sense of humour has seen him become a regular at clubs all over the country including various universities as part of the Avalon Comedy Network. He won the 2007 Chortle Award for the best newcomer and the 2007 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year Award.
'Carl Donnelly effortlessly intertwines storytelling and observational humour with honed improvised skills' (http://www.comedy.co.uk)
'A ludicrously funny hour... effortless and utterly captivating' (The Skinny)
'This degree of innate comic talent is a rare and beautiful thing. Not to be missed' (Broadway Baby)
'One of the most engaging and bendy-minded comics on the circuit' (The Guardian)
'He's a remarkable talent – a relaxed, easygoing anecdotalist with an eye for funny details. An hour in his company is a true delight' (Time Out).
Carl Donnelly was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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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 named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
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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 releasing his own three part Netflix special in 2018.
'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.
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Versatile Australian Celia Pacquola began her stand-up career in 2006 and quickly cemented her place as an award winning, and internationally recognised, comedian with regular 4-star reviews, awards and nominations for her performances at comedy festivals around the world.
'Endlessly charming, furiously honest and beautifully written stand-up from the Aussie' (The Independent)
'Celia Pacquola is Adam Hills with ovaries, using her magnetic charisma to draw audiences in to a warmly uplifting show that's as inspiring as it is hilarious. I'd defy anyone not to leave... just a little more in love with life – and with her – than before' (http://www.Chortle.co.uk).
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