Fri 24th May at 9:30pm
@ The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
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Comedy Hullabaloo: Ed Byrne, Justin Moorhouse, Sara Pascoe, Matt Forde, Katherine Ryan
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.
“Byrne is at the top of his game” (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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Justin hosts his own show Tea Time With Justin Moorhouse daily on Manchester's Sony Award winning radio station Key 103.
TV credits include playing Young Kenny in the award-winning Phoenix Nights (C4), Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), The Charlotte Church Show (C4), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), The Grumpy Guides (BBCTwo2) and Shameless (E4).
Justin also appeared in the 2009 Ken Loach feature film Looking For Eric.
Writing credits include The 11 O’Clock Show (C4), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4) and critically acclaimed comedy drama An Insurance Inspector Calls (BBC Radio 4).
'Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd' (Sunday Times)
'A comedic tour de force. Excruciatingly funny... brought a tear to a critical eye' (The Herald)
'Quirky and imaginative stories... A brilliant entertainer' (The Stage)
'Simultaneously down-to-earth and out-of-this-world' (The List).
Justin Moorhouse was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians of 2017.
Justin Moorhouse tour dates
Sara Pascoe is a British writer, stand-up comedian and actress. She has appeared in a number of television programmes - Campus, Live At The Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week among others - as well as an all-female sketch show and her own Edinburgh show, and runs comedy club The House Of Mirth.
Sara's stand-up is influenced by her joint favourite heroes, Jodie Marsh and Winston Churchill.
'Always intelligent and occasionally exquisite' (The Independent)
'Pascoe uses erudite references as just one strand of an offbeat worldview, offset by moments of gloriously deliberate dumbness and delivered with nothing less than full-megawatt charisma' (The Guardian)
'... defiantly idiosyncratic and highly accessible' (Evening Standard).
Sara Pascoe was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2017 and 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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The product of a strict Irish father and a glitzy Canadian 'stage mom', Katherine Ryan won neither friends nor pageant titles growing up. Try as she might to shed her questionable perspectives and super sparkly nature, she's not sure we can ever truly escape our childhood indoctrinations. Katherine puts a hilarious spin on many topics including life as a single mum and gender hypocrisy in a laid-back, funny, and downright honest show.
As well as being a writer-performer Katherine is also a talented actress and played the lead role of George in Victoria Pile's Channel 4 series Campus. Katherine also appeared regularly throughout the second series of Episodes as Merc's Assistant.
'She has perfect timing and enough attitude to stop an elephant in its tracks' (Time Out)
'If only every comedian was as acerbic, smart and downright funny as Katherine Ryan' (Eastern Daily Press)
'This entertaining hour... flies by... all the hallmarks of an increasingly assured comic...' (Steve Bennett, Chortle)
'Warped wit... striking presence... killer lines... calm confidence' (The Scotsman)
'Thoughtful, funny and just twisted enough' (The Times).
Katherine Ryan was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
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Venue: The Courtyard Theatre
→ Stratford Upon Avon 9 min walk