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The Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival - Comedy Cabaret: Desmond O'Connor, Ali Cook, Abigail Collins, Sarah-Louise Young, Mat Ricardo
"The evening features the amazing talents of leading comedian/magician Ali Cook and includes the delightful creations of Abigail Collins (with her characters Russian diva Katinka & Terrylene Tetracycline Tru-Love), Mat Ricardo, Sarah-Louise Young of Fascinating Aida fame as her stylish self and her alter edo 'La Poule Plombee' all topped off by your glittering host Desmond O' Connor."
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Not to be confused with the TV chat show host and crooner, this Des is a ukulele-playing comedian! Demonising, hypnotising, mesmerising; Desmond O'Connor is an internationally renowned and award winning writer, producer and performer with over twenty years experience in cabaret, musical comedy and musical theatre. His bittersweet lyrics and insanely catchy melodies never fail to shock, charm and entertain.
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Comedian and magician Ali Cook is the star of the West End show 'Impossible' and countless TV series including: 'Now You See It' BBC1, 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' (ITV1), 'Dirty Tricks' (Ch4), nominated for the British Comedy awards. 'Monkey Magic' (Five), 'Psychic Secrets' with Derren Brown (Five) & the 'Jerry@Trick' sketch show with Jerry Sadowitz (Five).
'Immensely funny' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Jaw Dropping Magic' (Metro)
'A sharp, irreverent magician' (Daily Star).
'One of the most sought after illusionists on the planet' GQ Magazine
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After expelling herself from The Royal Ballet School, pint-sized comedy powerhouse Abigail Collins has become one of the leading lights on the London Cabaret circuit. Whether dancing Swan Lake on traffic cones as her Russian diva Katinka (the last remaining member of Chernobyl State Circus), or hooping up a storm as Angel Rodriguez, Brooklyn's answer to Beyoncé, Abigail's work is skillful, sexy and very, very silly. The physique of an athlete and the mouth of Joan Rivers - what's not to love?!
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Sarah-Louise studied at Bristol University and trained at Mountview before taking her own one-woman show Drag King to the Edinburgh Festival, Bristol New Vic and London. She co-founded Trinity's with Paul L Martin and regularly hosts and performs in cabaret and stand-up venues across London including Jermyn Street, The Old Vic Pit Bar, The Theatre Museum and the Battersea Barge.
'... one of London's Top Ten cabaret performers (Time Out)
'Sarah-Louise Young can sing, act and be funny all at the same time, proving herself a true performer and a force to be reckoned with. Go, sit back and smile' (Three Weeks).
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Mat Ricardo is one of the few jugglers in the World specialising in the almost-lost art of gentleman juggling - the art of performing juggling or balancing tricks with objects found in a restaurant, bar or gentleman's club. Mat delights in working hard to develop completely unique and incredible tricks that leave audiences unsure if they can safely believe their own eyes. Slick, smooth and occasionally very silly - and with enough tricks up his sleeve to stun even the most jaded of audiences.
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