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The Humble Quest For Universal Genius: Mark Allen, Eli Silverman, Alex Horne, Elis James
The cult comedy quiz show that sees Mark Allen and his ‘glamorous’ assistant Eli Silverman pit two top stand-up comedians against each other in a bid to find a modern-day Universal Genius – somebody who excels in every single facet of human understanding.
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Mark Allen has been writing and performing comedy for over ten years. As a stand-up comedian, he regularly performed gigs for promoters including Off the Kerb and Mirth Control, and played in some of the country’s most prestigious venues including The Comedy Store in London, The Stand in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and The Belfast Empire.
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A hugely talented, diverse young comedian whose shows are cerebral, witty and meticulously researched, full of quirky ideas and cracking puns. His solo show, Making Fish Laugh, at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival earned him a Perrier Award nomination and has brought him a much deserved higher profile on the comedy circuit.
'Horne has superb timing and fascinating delivery... Pure comedy gold’ (Metro)
A beguiling blend of the smart and the stupid... a real delight' (Sunday Times)
'Certainly the most charming and probably the funniest half-hour of the radio week'
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Cardiff-based stand-up comedian. A versatile comic actor whose character creation 'Rex' is a regular feature on Rhod Gilbert's BBC Radio Wales show, Elis' profile has been boosted with frequent appearances on BBC Radio One Wales, two critically acclaimed Edinburgh solo shows (The Most Cautious Little Boy in Wales – 2009, and Daytripper – 2010) plus numerous appearances on the UK comedy circuit including tour support act for Rhod Gilbert.
For Elis's 2009 Edinburgh Fringe offering, The Most Cautious Little Boy In Wales, he was subsequently selected for the Best Of The Edinburgh Fest Australian tour, an honour that has been bestowed in previous years to the likes of Dylan Moran, Ross Noble, Simon Pegg and Ardal O'Hanlon. He has also extensively toured Daytripper at the Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane comedy festivals.
'He hypnotises the audience into loving him. There's also a laugh every ten seconds or so which overall makes it a complete joy' (Time Out)
'An intensely likable performer, he manages to get the audience to share in the heat of his unlikely passion, and you'll be rooting for him throughout his various misadventures' (The Guardian).
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