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Thu 23rd May at 7:30pm
Comedy Hullabaloo Opening Night
@ The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
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Comedy Hullabaloo Opening Night : Ed Byrne, Danny Bhoy, Miles Jupp, Rob Beckett, Matt Forde
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.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
The master of observational comedy, Ed's many TV appearances over the years have included hosting Live At The Apollo and being a regular panellist on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, as well as various other new comedy shows including Miranda Harts Christmas Unwrapped. A sucker for a quiz, particular highlights for Ed have been taking part in Celebrity Mastermind and being a contestant on Celebrity Pointless. Ed is also a regular contributor to comedy and music shows on both BBC Radio 2 and 4 and 6 Music.
'Comedy's holy grail... Go see!' (The Sunday Times)
'Ed Byrne is on top form' (Time Out London)
'Byrne is at the top of his game' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don't have a chance to get a word in edgeways' (The Times)
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word 'masterful' but in this case it is no
overstatement' (The Scotsman)
'A show full of top-class observational humour... A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' (edinburgh Evening News).
Ed Byrne was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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With his dry, ironic wit and his hilarious observations, Danny Bhoy is a sought-after talent on the comedy scene. Danny has a dark, mysterious edge which is reflected in his humour.
'Like a stand up equivalent of Bill Bryson. Charming and effortlessly funny' (The Herald)
'One of the most sparkling wits in the world' (The Montreal Gazette).
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“Someone you could listen to forever on almost any subject" - British Comedy Guide.
Miles uses his toff persona to great comedic effect, combining superbly patronising remarks with ungainly attempts to laddish. Perrier award nominated Miles discusses, rants about himself, you, domestic imprisonment, fatherhood, having to have opinions, hot drinks, the bloody government, bad balance, housing, ill health, the ageing process, navigation, other people's pants and, inevitably, a number of other things.
Miles started performing stand up in Scotland in 2000 and the following year won both So You Think You’re Funny and The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Since then Miles has performed all over the world with his exasperated style of humour, getting a laugh from all of those everyday things that you get a little irked about.
His many TV credits include Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and BBC2 hit sitcom Rev, whilst on Radio 4 he's known as panel show host of It's Not What You Know along with appearances on Just a Minute, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and sitcom In And Out Of The Kitchen, which was nominated for a Writers' Guild Award and will transfer to BBC television in 2014.
'A master of metaphor, a seignior of similes' (Independent)
'His suitcase gags are cute, but this show goes from strength to strength as Jupp finds subjects worthy of his moral outrage' (The Guardian).
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Rob grew up in south east London in a large extended family of taxi drivers where it was a fight to be heard.
As a middle child desperate for attention he needed to be funny so was in awe of his Grandad's jokes, but only until he saw a Tommy Cooper video and realised Grandad Cook was a massive plagiarist.
'A little short of a revelation (The Scotsman)
'Relentlessly smiley, perpetually grinning Londoner whose unshowy, unpretentious but thoroughly funny shtick has every chance of winning him a big audience' (The Guardian).
'He already has the confidence of a veteran' (The Times).
'Joyous, cheek aching and touching stand up' (Shortlist).
Rob Beckett was placed in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2016.
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Matt is a writer on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Stand-Up for the Week and can also be heard on his own late night phone-in show on the Sony-Award winning talkSPORT.
'A first class comic' (The Guardian)
'Highly engaging, inherently funny... an innate ability to ad lib laughs out of thin air' (Chortle.co.uk)
'Manages to combine infectious enthusiasm with astutely well-informed political opinions' (Three Weeks).
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Venue: The Courtyard Theatre
CV37 6BB 52.189182, -1.706915
→ Stratford Upon Avon 9 min walk