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BALHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL 2021 / 9-18 JULY

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Running Friday, 9th - Sunday, 18th July the 2021 lineup is designed to entice and beguile, and of course to render helpless with laughter. It’s 9 nights of choice standup comedy - celebrity and household name acts, rising stars and comedians’ comedians, first-timers and festival favourites, solo shows and special guest appearances on the Best of Banana Cabaret bills - there are shows to satisfy every comic taste, all wrapped cosily in the round at our beautiful venue.

 

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ABOUT THE 
2021 FESTIVAL

Be excited! Live funny has risen from the ashes of lockdown!

 

With comics, fans and festival team all eager for live shows, the 9th incarnation of Banana Cabaret’s Balham Comedy Festival at The Bedford promises to be extra special.

 

There are solo work-in-progress shows from rising star Dane Baptiste, Godmother of Scottish comedy Janey Godley (the woman Billy Connolly describes as “a fu%king great comedian”), German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn, festival favourite superstars Marcus Brigstocke and Rich Hall, comedian’s comedian the legendary Boothby Graffoe and more. The ever popular Best of Banana Cabaret nights feature Maisie Adam, Kae Kurd, Jen Brister, Ben Norris, Imran Yusuf, Tom Lucy, Yuriko Kotani to name some, with Ed Byrne, unable to stay away, making guest appearances, plus a secret special guest on opening night. Rhod Gilbert, making his Balham Comedy Festival debut with his full-length tour show, is blowing off the cobwebs before going back on the road, and will bring the festival to a splendid close.

Sadly, our esteemed co-producer and compère John Moloney is unable to be with us this year owing to personal commitments. He will be missed! See you next year John!

 

Shows will take place in our home of 38 years The Bedford's beautiful and iconic round Club Room. Festival goers are encouraged to make a night of it and enjoy the menu and drinks , and there are 15 luxury hotel rooms should you wish to spend the night.

FRIDAY 9th JULY

BEST OF BANANA CABARET – Door 7 pm, Show 9-11 pm:  

JEN BRISTER 

From world-weariness, seething frustration and cartoon-like characterisation, Jen Brister is cool, intelligent, feeling and very very funny. A critically-acclaimed stand up comedian and writer, she is hugely in demand on the UK and international comedy circuits, and as tour support with the likes of Romesh Ranganathan. She embarked on her own tour in 2020 with her new show “Under Privilege.” 

You may have caught her on BBC's Live at the Apollo, Frankie Boyle's New World Order, Hypothetical and Sara Pascoe's Comedy Lectures on Dave, and Jen has also written and performed on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Now Show and presented for BBC 6 Music. Her book, "The Other Mother" was published by Square Peg in 2019 and came out in paperback in Spring 2021.

 

"Her energy is explosive. Her use of space and delivery mesmerising.” - THE SUNDAY TIMES

 

“Illuminating and hilarious.” - CHORTLE

 

“Outrageously funny.” - METRO

 

“Bold sketches, surreal ideas and slick banter. Keep an eye out.” - THE SUNDAY TIMES

STEVE HUGHES

Catch the highly-anticipated return of Australian (and adopted Brit) comedy legend and powerhouse Steve Hughes. Back for his first full length UK tour in six years, Steve is known the world over for his hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners stand up.  

He’s recently played to sell-out crowds and great critical acclaim around Australia. Having spent the past 5 years confronting his demons, recovering from a crippling breakdown and severe depression, Steve’s lucky to be alive, let alone funny.  But when your life turns to hell there have to be a few laughs in there somewhere… The man’s been to the abyss and returns better - more lucid than ever before - and offers a hilarious ride through the dark night of the soul, with his inciteful (sic) interpretation of an insane world. 

Free-thinking, intelligent, opinionated; this is Steve doing what he’s always done best; making the uncomfortable acceptable and the horrifying hilarious.

 

“His insights are spot on, his opinions intelligent, his jokes top class.” - THE GUARDIAN

 

“Intelligent, provocative, profound, and topped off with good, solid gags. See him while it’s still legal.” - CHORTLE

 

“Hughes makes Armageddon seem like a proper laugh riot”

- ROLLING STONE

ANDY ASKINS

A full time comedian since 2005, Andy Askins is a distinctive, original talent, a highly sought-after headliner at all the major UK comedy clubs. And comics love him! A diminutive figure exuding vulnerability, he steps up to the mic armed with a guitar and a cheeky grin - an overwhelmingly misleading demeanour which heightens the impact of the killer lines he delivers. 

A talented musician with a captivating voice, Andy has an expertly crafted routine littered with an eclectic mix of tremendously funny offbeat original comic songs and parodies. With impeccable timing, and material as strong as the songs, Andy has audiences in the palm of his hands.

With TV appearances including Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store & The World Stands Up, The John Bishop Show & The John Bishop Christmas Show, Andy has brought the funny to the world over. Andy is also one of a very select group to be awarded the Afghanistan campaign medal for his contributions which included several tours to soldiers operating on the frontline.

 

“His winning persona goes a long way. Packs a wry, cheeky wit…something warmly alluring about him…” - CHORTLE

 

“Dark humour, with faultless timing.” - THE STAGE

 

 

“Brilliant and unique.” - JOHN BISHOP

One of my all-time favourites.” - JASON MANFORD

 

“Totally hilarious.” - ROSS NOBLE

SPECIAL GUEST: Oo! That’s exciting!

BOOK NOW  BEST OF BANANA CABARET FRI 9th

£16 / concessions £13 - plus booking fee

SATURDAY 10th JULY

BEST OF BANANA CABARET – Door 7pm, Show, 9-11pm: 

PAUL TONKINSON

Unique and distinctive, an invincible and highly versatile performer, Paul Tonkinson has long held his esteemed reputation as one of the finest standups in the business. His talent is in great demand in the UK and the world over. Paul has travelled extensively to all the major international comedy festivals, and as Michael McIntyre’s special guest on UK and world tour, playing to millions across the globe. He’s also a regular entertainer for the UK’s Armed Forces, performing to thousands of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in 45 degree heat in the middle of the desert.

Erstwhile presenter of Chanel 4’s Big Breakfast, TV credits also include Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store, and The World Stands-Up, and  most recently won Chanel 4’s hit show Celebrity Come Dine With Me.

 

“Master at working a crowd, infectious vibrancy, lightning-fast comic mind, warmhearted, effortlessly likeable.” - CHORTLE

 

“Charismatic, combines the visual trickery of Lee Evans with the improvisational skills of Paul Merton. Brilliant characterisations, his face, a wonder of contortion.” - THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Excellent, extremely talented, brilliant.” - TIME OUT

KAE KURD

Smart, sharp and brilliantly astute, Kae Kurd is a young British-Kurdish standup recognised as one of the UK’s fastest rising stars, creating and curating content across a range of platforms.

His debut special, “Kurd Your Enthusiasm” was an overwhelming success receiving over 100k views when released on YouTube, and praised for “championing the alternative voice”. His new tour “The Spoken Kurd” opens this autumn, with dates selling out in record time.

Seen on Live at the Apollo (he came direct from quitting his day job to the Banana Cabaret stage the day after it aired!), you may have caught Kae on Don’t Hate the Playaz, The Tez O’Clock Show, Know Your Rights, Comedians Solve World Problems, Three Guys Eat and Big Comedy Night.

Kae is also in huge demand as a writer, notably for Charlie Brooker’s Cunk & Other Humans.

 

“Soon to be a household name.” - EVENING STANDARD

 

“It’s intriguing - and exciting - that a performer with such a slick mainstream swagger is able to weave so many socio-political issues into his act.” - JOE’S CREATIVE

 

“Joke after rapid joke… your stomach will hurt from laughing.” - BROADWAY BABY

MAISIE ADAM

Maisie Adam’s anecdotal material and witty charm have quickly won her praise up and down the country. A Yorkshire lass, Maisie’s comedy career kicked off in 2017 entering the nationwide So You Think You’re Funny? Before she knew it, she’d won, becoming only the 4th woman in the competition’s 30 year history to do so. The following year, Maisie was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut solo show “Vague”, where she also won the Amused Moose National Comic Award. A rising star.

Maisie has since appeared on Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, QI, Roast Battle, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Hypothetical, The Stand-Up Sketch Show and The Last Leg. She also hosts the “That’s A First” podcast alongside fellow comedian Tom Lucy.

 

“Exudes an appealing, quirky energy, and is clearly a natural wit.” - CHORTLE

 

“Incredibly watchable… her effervescence onstage, finding jokes in the minutiae of life, her fantastic physicality.” - THE SKINNY

“Go see Maisie now and have bragging rights for years to come.” - THE HERALD

OLA

Ola is a young, driven and hugely talented artist. Renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour, he is eminently likeable, his calm gravitas beyond his years commanding attention and respect as if by mesmerism. 

Not satisfied with an acclaimed reputation for standup throughout the UK and Europe and beyond, Ola has also built an enviable presence on TV, YouTube and social media platforms. His brilliantly successful “Sunday Sermons with Ola” has won him fans far and wide, and his most recent special “The Comedian and his Future Wife” received 5 stars at the Edinburgh Festival. He’s also a writer and actor with natural ability and magnetic presence, a core cast member and writer on London Live’s pilot “Sniggers with Attitude”.

 

“The difference between a clown and a comedian is one has something to say.” - OLA

 

“A distinctive voice… he’s unusual. Nothing obvious or lazy, consciously smart and testing material.” - CHORTLE

 

“An infectiously playful spirit.” - CHORTLE

BOOK NOW  BEST OF BANANA CABARET SAT 10th

£16 / concessions £13 - plus booking fee

 

MONDAY 12th JULY

SOLO SHOWS

SHAPPI KHORSANDI  Work In Progress 

Door 6.30pm, Show 7.30-8.30pm

 

Comedian, author, columnist, cultural icon, Shappi is a woman of many parts. Brandishing her “spit and sawdust comic” credentials proudly, the live stage is her natural element. You’ll have seen and heard her on countless TV and Radio shows, but it’s on a live stage where Shappi truly shines. Top comedian and all-round delight, She’s a one-woman rollercoaster of irrepressible fun.

 

“Has the crowd in the palm of her hand.” - THE LIST

“Makes live comedy thrilling.” - EVENING STANDARD

 

BOOK NOW SHAPPI KHORSANDI 

£12 - plus booking fee

BOOK NOW COMBO TICKET - SHAPPI KHORSANDI plus MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE

£24 - plus booking fee (limited availability)


MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE - “We’re Back Baby!” 

Door 9pm, Show 9.15-10.15pm

 

Balham resident and Banana Cabaret favourite Marcus Brigstocke has A LOT he wants to talk about. It’s been a while!

Marcus is a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences on tour. BBC Radio 4 has become a second home to him and he has notched up an impressive list of TV credits, as well as treading the boards of the West End to critical acclaim. 

Marcus is the master of satirical comedy and has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics including; climate change, religious extremism, immigration, loans companies, the Special Relationship, compensation culture, women’s magazines, The EU and David Blaine, not to mention his own personal battle against his middle class roots. 

 

“Charming, hilarious and utterly refreshing.” - THE SUNDAY MIRROR

 

“Sharpest one-liner merchant.” - THE SUNDAY TIMES

 

“Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it.” - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

“If you haven’t seen him live, then you haven’t seen him at his very best.” - THE MIRROR

 

BOOK NOW MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE

£16 plus booking fee

BOOK NOW COMBO TICKET - MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE plus SHAPPI KHORSANDI

£24 - plus booking fee (limited availability)

TUESDAY 13th JULY

SOLO SHOWS

PAUL FOOT - “Baby Strikes Back!” 

Door 6.30pm, Show 7.30-8.30pm

 

Paul, now a fully-disqualified swan psychologist, delves deeper to discover the origins of the gay sperms and once again unleashes his bag of Disturbances. Baby has a plan. Baby never lose. Baby bounce back!

Paul Foot is known for his musings, rants, “disturbances” and apparent aversion to pop culture. Likened to “a rare exotic bird” (Daily Express), he has been described as a “comic genius” by no less than 6 national newspapers, and “surreal” by pretty much everybody who has ever seen him. 

He is a multi-award-winner and -nominee, with uncountable appearances on TV and radio, and an international following.

 

“Sublime, original and brilliant.” - THE INDEPENDENT

 

“A deranged genius.” - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

 

“Utterly outlandish, but beneath layers of absurdity is Foot’s sharp eye for satire.” - TIME OUT

 

“Wholly original, a wonderful ear for language and a talent for creating glorious spirals of absurdity out of the simplest starting points.” - THE GUARDIAN

 

“Has the crowd in the palm of her hand.” - THE LIST

“Makes live comedy thrilling.” - EVENING STANDARD

 

BOOK NOW PAUL FOOT 

£12plus booking fee

BOOK NOW COMBO TICKET - PAUL FOOT plus HENNING WEHN 

£24 - plus booking fee (limited availability)

HENNING WEHN - "Das Neuen Materialen Nachten" 

Door 9pm, Show 9.15-10.15pm

 

Join the German Comedy Ambassador for Teutonic jolliness at its best. Expect some old favourites and an unbiased look at everyone's favourite topic of conversation: a certain virus. Some might call it work-in-progress but Henning prefers to describe it as masterpiece-under-construction.

PS: The photo might suggest differently but there will be no magic tricks or attempts at clairvoyance.

Henning's most recent television and radio appearances include "Have I Got News For You" BBC1, "Would I Lie To You" BBC1, "Live At The Apollo" BBC2, "Guessable" Comedy Central, "Question Time" BBC1, "8 Out Of Cats Does Countdown" Channel 4, "Fighting Talk" BBC Radio 5 Live and "The Unbelievable Truth" BBC Radio 4.

 

“A master at using his outsider status. Dazzlingly funny.” - THE TIMES

 

“Wunderbar!” - THE TIMES

 

"Cor blimey!” - THE GUARDIAN

 

“He’s German but he means well.” - SOME BLOKE ON TWITTER

 

BOOK NOW £16 plus booking fee

BOOK NOW COMBO TICKET - HENNING WEHN plus PAUL FOOT

£24 - plus booking fee (limited availability)


 

WEDNESDAY 14th JULY

SOLO SHOWS

DANE BAPTISTE - Work in Progress 

Door 6.30pm, Show 7.30-8.30pm

 

Join Dane Baptiste as he workshops material for his highly anticipated new tour show “The Chocolate Chip”. 

Original, provocative and exceptionally prolific, Dane is now one of the hottest names in British comedy. He made history in 2014 as the first Black British act to be nominated for a comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Dane’s smash hit pilot “Bamous” aired on BBC1 in 2021 to a huge popular response, charting in the Top 10 comedy TV ratings in the week of its release, and profiled by Dawn French and Naomi Campbell.

Dane’s numerous TV credits include Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Black, British and Funny, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Roast Battle, Live from the Comedy Store and more.

 

“Powerful and persuasive.” - FEST MAGAZINE

 

“Equipped with the quiet confidence you only get from knowing that you’ve got gags to reduce any audience to hysterics.” - THE GUARDIAN

 

“Exciting, prescient and overdue.” - JOE’S CREATIVE

“Observational comedy at its finest.” - THE INDEPENDENT

 

BOOK NOW DANE BAPTISTE

£10 early bird plus booking fee

RICH HALL - Live 

Door 9pm, Show 9.15-10.15pm

 

The award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades, quick-fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences. Rich, who has won the Perrier Award (Edinburgh Comedy Festival) and Barry Award, (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) has been described as a transatlantic messenger, lampooning each country he visits with his laser-guided observations.

He has fronted the hugely successful BBC Four documentaries Rich Hall’s Red Menace, Rich Hall’s Working For The American Dream, Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You, Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match, Rich Hall’s California Stars, Rich Hall’s You Can Go To Hell, I’m Going To Texas, and Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian.

In addition, he has appeared on BBC One’s QI, Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You, he wrote and starred in his own reoccurring BBC Radio 4 show Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown and has penned articles for The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

 

“Blissfully funny.” - THE GUARDIAN

 

“As close as it gets to a guaranteed good show.” -

SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

What supercharges all his material is that distinctively growly, grumpy delivery, barking out his observations with a disillusioned incomprehension that no one else has seen through this bullshit. His attitude is like the landscape of his native Montana: unchanging, craggy, impressive.” - CHORTLE

 

BOOK NOW RICH HALL

£16 plus booking fee



 

THURSDAY 15th JULY

SOLO SHOWS

JANEY GODLEY - "Unlocked"

Door 6.30pm, Show 7.30-8.30pm

 

NEWS ALERT……Janey Godley, the Godmother of Scottish comedy is coming to Balham Comedy Festival. So, tell all the Sandra’s, Big Frank and all the lassies fresh from Zumba, get ready for the “Queen of Scottish Comedy” and witness stand up like you’ve never seen before!

Multi-award-winning Scottish comedienne, playwright, award-winning blogger, best-selling author and former Scotsman newspaper columnist Janey Godley has performed her comedy shows and one-woman play around the world, including off-Broadway in New York. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

Hot from her recent appearance’s on BBC’s ‘Have I Got News for You’ and BBC Scotland’s ‘Breaking the News and with over 21 years performing, Janey is excited to bring her hilarious new show to this well respected comedy festival.

With over 40 million hits online and regular sold out shows at Edinburgh and Glasgow comedy festivals, book early to avoid disappointment.

Come see the woman who Billy Connolly called, “A Fu%king great comedian”

 

“The most ribald and refreshing comedy talent to have risen from the slums of Glasgow since Billy Connolly”

- THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“Clever, passionate and lyrical… the whole show is infected with a fierce passion… She is a very rare talent indeed.”

- DAILY MIRROR

 

“One of Scotland’s finest onstage treasure. Compelling, ballsy, a breath of fresh air.” - THE GUARDIAN

 

BOOK NOW JANEY GODLEY

£14 plus booking fee

 

BOOK NOW COMBO TICKET - JANE GODLEY plus BOOTHBY GRAFFOE

£24 - plus booking fee (limited availability)

 

BOOTHBY GRAFFOE - Untitled 

Door 9pm, Show 9.15-10.15pm

 

“This show is an hour of me singing songs and talking nonsense in between. Some people like it. You should come, you might be one of them. I used to be a Knight of the Realm. I’m a commoner now.”

Boothby Graffoe is a surreally funny man and a formidable musician. No comedian quite has his knack for leading an audience up the garden path, or more consistently leaving them literally aching with laughter. No comedian will pass up the chance to watch him in action.

Boothby has written for Omid Djalili’s two award-winning BBC series and toured with him, as well as with superstar guitarist Antonio Forcione. He also frequently tours as support with Canadian supergroup Barenaked Ladies.

 

“Sings songs that are both beautiful and funny.”

-THE GUARDIAN

“He’s made me laugh so much I’ve nearly fainted.”

-OMID DJALILI

“Watching this guy is just a really great way to spend an evening.” - NEW YORK TIMES

“Long after the jokes are revealed, the music continues to captivate.” - STEWART LEE

“Utter shite from beginning to end.” - NORTHAMPTON ECHO

 

BOOK NOW BOOTHBY GRAFFOE

£12 plus booking fee

BOOK NOW COMBO TICKET - BOOTHBY GRAFFOE plus JANE GODLEY

£24 - plus booking fee (limited availability)


 

FRIDAY 16th JULY

BEST OF BANANA CABARET – Door 7 pm, Show 9-11 pm:  

 

ED BYRNE

A regular and much-loved Balham Comedy Festival guest, Ed Byrne previewed his hit Edinburgh show, “If I’m Honest”, for us in 2019. This year he appears as special guest on two of our Best of Banana Cabaret nights.

Ed has become a household name from TV appearances now into a third decade including, The Pilgrimage, Top Gear, QI, Dara & Ed’s Road to Mandalay, Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure, Mock the Week, Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, presenting stints on Comic Relief Bake Off, and most recently as a contestant on BBC One’s Celebrity Best Home Cook. There are radio, stage and film appearances and, with a passion for the outdoors, Ed has recently launched his walking and talking podcast: Ed Venturing on YouTube (also on his website).

But it’s primarily Ed’s live work that has built up legions of fans both in the UK and abroad. Critically acclaimed, he’s widely considered the observational standup to see. Not to be missed.

 

“A masterful display of the comic’s art, seamless and perfectly timed” - SUNDAY TIMES

“At the height of his powers” - THE OBSERVER

“You’ll laugh so much that laughing will become more normal than breathing” - THE STAGE

“Astoundingly polished material” - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

NAOMI COOPER

Naomi Cooper has really hit her comic stride, over the last year becoming a viral sensation with her Yummy Mummy Philippa videos. 

Pre-lockdown she performed across the UK and Europe, appeared at various prestigious comedy festivals, and supported Jeff Garlin, of Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Goldbergs, for the duration of his recent extended sold out Soho Theatre run, and again at the Laugh Factory and the Hollywood Improv in LA.

A multi-talented performer, she’s a seasoned standup comedian, accomplished improviser, and classically-trained actor. Naomi’s star is most definitely in the ascendant.

 

“A comedy badass. Naomi Cooper is funny. Know that.” -

JEFF GARLIN

“A hugely talented rising star.” - JOKES ON US

BEN NORRIS

Renowned for his incredibly relaxed stage persona, Ben is a highly experienced and highly well-respected standup. Ben consistently delivers sharply crafted material, and his innate, exquisite improvisational skills are the envy of his peers - he’s difficult to follow! 

Ben has written and performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival, and acted in the play “The Last Minutes”, broadcast on Radio 4, developed with the Comedians Theatre Company. TV credits include Mock the Week, The Comedy Store, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, They Think It’s All Over. 

"Leaves a stage... torn to shreds in his wake” - GQ MAGAZINE

“A razor sharp edge… it’s hard to think of anyone who works an audience with as much skill and flair” - THE SCOTSMAN

“A cast iron guaranteed headliner” - LONDON IS FUNNY

“Unbelievably brilliant” - JASON MANFORD

“An outstanding improviser” - MILTON JONES

TOM LUCY

With a relaxed and easy stage presence and likeable, chatty style, Tom Lucy has established himself as one of the most exciting new comedians around. 

Starting at 16, he quickly rose through the comedy club circuit to become one of the youngest professional standup comedians in the world. He’s toured internationally, picking up rave reviews and boasting a sell out show at the Leicester Square Theatre during his first headline UK tour in 2019, and supported Jack Whitehall on his enormous UK arena tour.

As seen on Dating No Filter, Stand Up For Live Comedy, Roast Battle, Stand Up Central and many more. 

 

“Believe the hype, this guy is hilarious.” - JACK WHITEHALL

“Easy to see what the fuss is about.”

- BRUCE DESSAU, BEYOND THE JOKE

“Watch him live and you’ll understand the excitement.”

- THE GUARDIAN

 

BOOK NOW BEST OF BANANA CABARET FRI 16th

£16 / concessions £13 - plus booking fee

SATURDAY 17th JULY

BEST OF BANANA CABARET – Door 7 pm, Show 9-11 pm:  

ED BYRNE

A regular and much-loved Balham Comedy Festival guest, Ed Byrne previewed his hit Edinburgh show, “If I’m Honest”, for us in 2019. This year he appears as special guest on two of our Best of Banana Cabaret nights.

Ed has become a household name from TV appearances now into a third decade including, The Pilgrimage, Top Gear, QI, Dara & Ed’s Road to Mandalay, Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure, Mock the Week, Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, presenting stints on Comic Relief Bake Off, and most recently as a contestant on BBC One’s Celebrity Best Home Cook. There are radio, stage and film appearances and, with a passion for the outdoors, Ed has recently launched his walking and talking podcast: Ed Venturing on YouTube (also on his website).

But it’s primarily Ed’s live work that has built up legions of fans both in the UK and abroad. Critically acclaimed, he’s widely considered the observational standup to see. Not to be missed.

 

“A masterful display of the comic’s art, seamless and perfectly timed” - SUNDAY TIMES

“At the height of his powers” - THE OBSERVER

“You’ll laugh so much that laughing will become more normal than breathing” - THE STAGE

“Astoundingly polished material” - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

YURIKO KOTANI

Effortlessly appealing as she steps on stage, Yuriko Kotani is a UK-based Japanese comedian giving a wry take on getting her head around the British, our mannerisms, language, and fondness for the adverb “-ish”.

Yuriko began performing standup in 2014. The following year she was named “One To Watch” by Time Out and won the BBC New Comedy Award.

Soon she was appearing on TV: Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC3’s Please Like It, CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework and Paul Hollywood Eats Japan. 

Radio credits include The Comedy Club, The Arts Hour International New Year Comedy Celebration, The Verb and Loose Ends.

Working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Yuriko made videos giving top tips for fans travelling to Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

 

“The left-field rising star.”- TIME OUT

“A brilliantly performed, well-structured and wonderfully unique set.” - FRINGE BISCUIT

“A must-see full of heart, passion and laughs.”

BROADWAY BABY

ADAM BLOOM

Multi-award-winning Adam Bloom is one of Britain’s most original and inventive comedians, hugely in demand and performing the world over.

With seven sell-out solo runs at The Edinburgh Festival, and a 29-date sell-out tour of the UK, Adam broke box-office records for any comic’s first ever appearance at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He’s Banksy’s go-to comedian and writer on a range of collaborations, and has many TV credits too.

One of the UK’s most prolific comedy writers, Adam has written and performed 3 series of “The Problem with Adam Bloom” for BBC Radio 4, and provided additional material for over 40 comedians, including an Oscar and BAFTA nominee, a Perrier Main Award Winner and Royal Variety Performance acts.

 

“One of my favourite stand-ups. Bloom not only has meticulous, brilliant lines, but also an intense and fragile honesty.” - RICKY GERVASE

“He makes me laugh out loud. See him live!” -

SIR IAN McKELLEN

“A light-speed wit, focussed over years at the pinnacle of stand-up.” - CHORTLE

IMRAN YUSUF

Renowned as a skilful raconteur who can seamlessly weave socio-political satire with heartfelt introspection into his charming and endearing trademark style, Imran Yusuf is a languid, punchy, cheeky and utterly loveable comedian. He has been a pioneering voice in the world of modern British comedy and across the world, racking up one 7 million hits on YouTube!

 

“I came out of the show somewhat in love with him.” -

THE SKINNY

“Sharp, passionate and uplifting.” - THE TELEGRAPH

“One of the most captivating, energetic, and animated standup comedians I’ve ever seen.” - THE NEW CURRENT

“Intelligent, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny.” - TIME OUT

BOOK NOW  BEST OF BANANA CABARET SAT 17th  

£16 / concessions £13 - plus booking fee

SUNDAY 18th JULY

FULL TOUR SHOW -

Door 6.30pm, Show 7.30-9.30pm

 

RHOD GILBERT

“(Blowing the cobwebs off) THE BOOK OF JOHN”

Following a seven-year break from stand-up the multi-award-winning comedian returned to the stage in 2019 with his acclaimed new live show; The Book of John. After a further hiatus (for obvious reasons), Rhod is itching to get back on the road and extra dates have been added to the tour due to phenomenal demand.  Join the Welsh wonder as he takes to the stage to blow the cobwebs off ahead of the national tour resuming. 

A lot has happened to Rhod since he last toured.  Almost all of it s**t. And just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke...called John.

This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before.  Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense.  This is Rhod, but different, the same, but not.  Come along and see for yourself.

As seen on 'Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience', ‘ Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains' ‘'Would I Lie to You?’, 'Taskmaster’, ‘Qi’, 'Live at The Apollo', 'Have I Got News for You?’, and much more…

 

‘Darkly hilarious. Gilbert’s most satisfying show for a decade. It’s good to have him back.” - TIMES

“Britain’s crossest comic roars back in style. Hilarious tour-de-force.” - TELEGRAPH

“Volcanic, high-octane humour. Uproariously funny.” - GUARDIAN

“As devastatingly hilarious as ever.”  - CHORTLE

BOOK NOW RHOD GILBERT

£20 plus booking fee

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