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The St. James Comedy Club: Ben Van Der Velde, Chris Martin, Chris Cox, Liam Williams
"The St. James Comedy Club brings you the best of Uk Comedy featuring established acts and the most exciting up and coming talent. So Sit back, charge your glass and laugh your way through Thursday nights
Ben Van Der Velde - MC
Winner Comedy Cafe New Act of the Year 2011
"Whipsharp...with an air of mischievous mayhem...his hit-rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room...a life-giving compere."
Steve Bennet, Chortle
The lineup will be.....*
Hal Cruttenden - Headliner
*Subject to availability/change"
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Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who, over the past few years, has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.
He is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Stand, Komedia, The Backyard, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Outside the Box, the Frog & Bucket, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Off the Kerb and The Comedy Café, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He has also founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, walked the entire London Underground network to raise money for The Refugee Council and even took part in experiments at The Royal Society that revealed him to have the most infectious laugh of any human, rat or monkey.
Ben is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has performed four critically-acclaimed shows: Chain Letter, Strudelhead, Barbarians and Sidekick. In 2016 his most recent show received 5 and 4 star reviews, whilst several of jokes made it into lists of ‘Best Joke at the Fringe’ compiled by The Scotsman, i-News and The Huffington Post.
Ben has amassed a few residencies as an MC; most notably at Really Lovely Comedy and the legendary Free Beer Show, where he has featured alongside acts such as Omid Djalili, Reginald D. Hunter, Sarah Millican, Jim Jefferies and Andrew Maxwell . Ben is currently helmsman of the Chortle Award-winning Good Ship Comedy Club in Camden Town, where he can be seen spinning webs of nonsense and good humour every Monday from 8pm. (http://www.goodshipcomedy.com)
“A sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on…an impressively wide range of topics…bringing flair and confidence to them all.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Highly promising…an accomplished comic.” Time Out
“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“The perfect comedy club host – he is a master of audience interaction. The audience weren’t just warmed up, but pretty hysterical even before the first act of the night hit the stage.” Huffington Post
“On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.” Fest
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His wholly original social commentary, observations and anecdotes are his trade mark. He brings intelligent material as well as simple immature jokes to any room. He enjoys gigging all over the country to any audience, whether he is MC or doing a set. Chris Martin is a keen observer and uses his uniquely twisted logic as he often tackles ‘earth shattering’ problems.
'Hilarious... takes this year's Fringe by the scruff of the neck' (Metro)
'Destined for greatness... he's got charm, anecdotes, callbacks and a worrying father' (The Sunday Times)
'One of the UK's best young observationalists' (The Guardian)
'Charming and good looking... Martin looks to me like a late-stage prototype of the genuine article' (Chortle).
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A completely unique and new form of mind reading - even though he says he can't read minds! Chris's astounding skills are self taught and he conceives and designs all of his own tricks and effects. With regular appearances on TV and radio including a recent appearance on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Two's Dick and Dom's Funny Business, Chris has attracted celebrity fans including Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Ross, Tim Minchin, Kelly Osbourne, Agyness Deyn and Dannii Minogue (who even proposed to him!).
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Amused Moose finalist 2010, stand-up, actor, writer and one third of comedy group Sheeps, Liam is one of the most talented new comics working today.
'... the most exciting act from this year's Edinburgh Fringe' (The Guardian)
'A beautifully crafted, downbeat narrative... Every elegiac word has been polished until it sings' (Metro)
'We predicted this debut was going to be a cracker, and it feels good to be proved
right' (Time Out)
'Such mastery of language and economy of wit' (The Scotsman)
'An exceptional talent with language' (Chortle)
'Who knew that melancholy could be so enjoyable?... an assured piece of work
that demonstrates an impressive command of tone' (Fest)
'Liam Williams's exceptional new show, delivered with marvellous moroseness, also fizzes with wit, intelligence and eloquence' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Intelligent and inventive' (The List)
'The voice of a generation’ (The Independent).
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