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Thu 6th Dec at 8:30pm (doors 7:30pm)
Funhouse Comedy Club
@ The Lyric Rooms, Ashby-De-LaZouch
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Funhouse Comedy Club: Daliso Chaponda, Mark Little, Carly Smallman, Jay Hampson, Spiky Mike
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Daliso is a versatile African comedian equally comfortable talking politics, romance, filth or religion. As such, he has performed in such diverse venues as churches, casinos, strip clubs and sports bars and was a finalist on Britain's Got Talent 2017. He has lived in countries where the press is not allowed to criticize the government, and in others with no libel laws where they can say anything. He has been both a journalist and a jaded newsreader.
Daliso has appeared at many festivals that have included Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore and Cape Town Festivals. He is also a prolific fiction writer and has had his science fiction, murder mysteries and fantasy fiction published in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also co-wrote a play that aired on BBC Radio 4.
'Full of extravagant gestures and impassioned speeches. He inspires whoops and cheers from his watchers. Highly recommended' (BBC)
'A joy to listen to. Provocative, poignant and ultimately hilarious' (The Guardian)
'I laughed so much I thought I'd pass out!' (The List)
'It takes a special kind of act to work on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as across Africa), but it seems an easy transition as he compels the crowd with his racial and socially insightful comedy' (News and Star, Carlisle)
'Absolutely [took] the roof off the place. Brilliant, brilliant act' (The Frog and Bucket).
Daliso Chaponda tour dates
Comedian, actor, musical star, and TV personality. Best known for his role as Joe Mangel in the Australian soap, Neighbours.
Mark Little tour dates
Musical comedian that performs bubbly and silly songs about the most questionable subjects. She has written for BBC Comedy Online and has appeared on several TV and Radio shows including: The Rob Brydon Show on BBC2.
'You leave feeling like you have head a good catch up with an old friend... I laughed non-stop and left with a big smile on my face' (Fresh Fringe)
'... wonderfully filthy songs' (GQ Mag)
'... funny, fresh and endlessly creative' (Time Out)
'Smutty, outspoken jollity' (The Daily Telegraph).
Carly Smallman tour dates
Manchester-based comedian who started out in 2009.
'Confident and natural performer... with good creative material... brought the
audience with him on the journey' (Hull Comedy Festival)
'Jay roofed the gig. Every punchline got a big laugh and a round of applause. Absolutely brilliant. Jay's really come of age as a comic, both in terms of writing and performance. If you run a gig and you're not currently booking him then you really should put that right' (Chris Brooker, Comedy at the Cricketers)
'Whoever said that Jay Hampson was ripping gigs apart lately wasn't lying. He
went on and was absolutely superb. It was a brilliant opening 20 and set the night
up perfectly' (Alex Boardman, Young Guns @ The Frog and Bucket)
'A baby-faced comedic assassin with an impressive vocabulary and a witty line in self-deprecatory cynicism' (http://www.bbc.co.uk).
Jay Hampson tour dates
A friendly and energetic act, whose quality one-liner gags and upbeat persona liven up any night, Spiky Mike is founder of Funhouse Comedy and resident compere at all the clubs, as well as performing paid gigs at clubs around the country for respected promoters such as Agraman and Mirth Control.
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Venue: The Lyric Rooms
Lower Church Street
LE65 1AB 52.747746, -1.468067