Paul Zerdin: Hands Free
Back by popular demand, Paul Zerdin and everyone's favourite puppets are heading your way with a brand new UK tour in Autumn 2021.
Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox have all survived 2020 locked down with Paul....well nearly. They can't wait to see you, so get ready to be involved. As well as his hilarious characters ‘Hands Free' features Paul giving us a glimpse into his own world showing us what it's like to be able to throw your voice in everyday situations where anything and everything can talk back!
Don't miss out on your chance to see the winner of America's Got Talent, the star of London's Palladium Panto and without doubt one of Britain's finest entertainers at a theatre near you.
‘'The best ventriloquist Britain has discovered for many years...'' The Stage
"If you think the words ‘brilliant' and ‘ventriloquist' have no place in the same sentence, go and see Paul Zerdin for some brutal re-education" Evening Standard
"Technically immaculate, it's what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real life double act" The Guardian
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When & Where
BEST BEFORE: the Mark Thomas Comedy Product Vintage Cuts #2
The Mark Thomas Comedy Product rocked the 90's TV world. Challenging corporations, upending politicians and their failures. The show quite literally exposed corruption and stopped arms deals! Small wonder it has never been repeated on Channel 4.
NOW IT'S BACK!
The show's producer Geoff Atkinson and Mark Thomas introduce their favourite stories and clips from the second series of the cult show. This time Mark changes the law on tax relief and inherited wealth! Reveals British Nuclear Fuel radioactive pigeons and causes a clean-up! And catches the Home Secretary hiding behind the war on drugs. Guests will be joining Geoff and Mark, who will be launching a new cunning plan and asking the audience to join in.
Finalist of Britain's Got Talent and star of BBC Radio 4's Citizen of Nowhere Daliso Chaponda is back with a new hour of the slickest, sharpest look at life.
It's fair to say that 2020 didn't go to plan for Daliso, but he's been performing online daily to millions of viewers, and he's beaming his new show to Leicester Comedy Festival via a bespoke online stream - this is your first chance to see what this master of satire has been cooking up!
★★★★ 'Full of sharp one-liners and well crafted gags...a real talent to look out for' Metro
'He is hot property' Evening Standard
From the producers of Wahala Comedy Clash Jamaica Vs Africa, for the first time ever in Leicester, the UK's only X-Rated urban comedy show.
This show has sold out in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham.
If you are easily offended or a little bit prudish don't attend, this one will have you running for the hills.
Nothing is held back and comedians go all out, this one is hot, wet, sticky and hilarious.
Get ready to cry with laughter.
This event is guaranteed to sell out, don't delay, buy your tickets early.
COMEDY FROM :
SLIM - King Of Comedy
KAT - MTV Bass
KAYLEIGH LEWIS - Wahala Clash Undefeated Champion
DEANO MAC - Sweet Boy Of Comedy
KAZEEM JAMAL - Bad Boy Of Comedy
Please note that all comedians are subject to change, if at no fault of the promoter a comedian can no longer make the event the promoter will within reason try to replace that act with a comedian of equal measure, this is not guaranteed.
14+ Parental Advisory
Join Arron as he steps out from behind the camera and onto the stage, along with his partner in crime, ‘The Skills Guy', Joe Charman.Arron has amassed 15 million followers online, and become a staple of British TV. Most recently appearing on ‘Hey Tracey' on ITV2, ‘Celebability' on ITV2 and ‘Celebrity Coach Trip' on E4. Arron has also appeared alongside Russell Kane on BBC Three's show 'Stupid Man, Smart Phone'. Joe Charman is a former stand-up comedian turned social media entertainer with half a billion views and two million followers online, and has supported on stage Romesh Ranganathan, Katherine Ryan, Shaun Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi and Rob Beckett.
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult
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Multi award winning comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, Frankie Boyle's New World Order) is back with her fourth full length show. Previous shows have seen her tackle structural racism, sexism, child grooming, adoption and emotional abuse so what seemingly unfunny subject has she picked to turn into laughs this year? Chernobyl? The shrinking size of creme eggs? No, empathy. Which sounds fine actually but maybe not the way Kiri tackles it.
Kiri thinks that we live in a time where empathy is seen as a weakness like asthma or being first to pull away from a handshake. But why is that? Surely what we need in these divided times is more empathy? So Kiri is off on a search to find a group of people who she struggles to empathise with, what could this mean.....? Well, it means she's spent the last year talking to non offending paedophilles on the internet. Yup, her search history is a disaster. So, come and see her make the impossible hilarious or possibly get arrested.
★★★★★ - The independent
"An impressive comic, making powerhouse standup from the thorniest of subjects" - The Guardian
Age Guidance: 16+ years
Photo credit Kayla Wren
Mr P has been a primary school teacher for over 12 years. He still works part-time in school and leads training in schools all over the UK and beyond. From sharing ideas and funny insights into life in the classroom he has now become the most followed teacher on social media in the UK.
A year ago, alongside his younger brother (who also works in school) he started a podcast - Two Mr Ps in a Podcast. In a year, it has been the number one education podcast and amassed over 350,000 listeners.
Sharing funny stories from the front line of teaching, this live show will see the Two Mr Ps reminiscing on their own school days and looking at the wonderful and hilarious world of education. Anyone who went to school will enjoy and relate to this brilliant new show.
A brand-new show about the hair we want, the friends we have, and living the vast difference between virus and viral.
Expect "outspoken, frank and funny stand-up" (Evening Standard) from this Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee.
As seen on Live At The Apollo, QI, Have I Got News For You and Sex Education and heard on Radio 4's Things My Mother Never Told Me (...About Lockdown) and The Guilty Feminist podcast.
"Acerbic perspective and unapologetic delivery" The List
Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA ‘The Face of Vagisan' confronts a new decade of decrepitude. Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she's filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole?What will her 60's hold for this 1960's babe and is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles?
PS, ‘I'm carrying quite a lot of excess lock down weight, which you can feel free to discuss behind my back during the interval'.
Love Jenny x
Simon Evans' last show, Genius 2.0 ( "A Masterclass" ***** The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.
"A gripping and, ultimately heart-warming tale... rich with Evans' wit and caustic observation." ★★★★ The Scotsman
"When he gets stuck into his show in earnest he guides us to a terrifically tender conclusion that he handles intelligently, informatively, amusingly and unsentimentally... Dynamite" ★★★★ The Times
"You expect a high standard of stand-up from this veteran performer. But in sharing something so deeply personal, he's exceeded what seemed to be his full potential... I'd expect it to get even better when it goes out on tour. Outstanding stuff." ★★★★ ½ Chortle
Simon Evans is the star of Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth & Simon Evans Goes To Market. Simon has made appearances on This Week, Question Time, Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities and Mastermind The Professionals.
‘I Blame the Parents' is the fourth national tour for Geoff Norcott, following on the back of ‘Conswervative', ‘Traditionalism' and ‘Taking Liberties'.
This time Geoff talks less politics (alright, there will probably be a bit), but this brand-new show will mostly explore personal responsibility, parenting and who should take the blame when things go wrong.
'Sets himself apart from the liberal commentariat with a sharp self-knowing wit ****' Dominic Maxwell, The Times
Whatever happened to the idea of personal responsibility? In the age of victimhood, it seems like whatever's wrong with your life it can be blamed on someone else. Governments, employers... some bigot from four hundred years ago.
Where did it go wrong? It has to be the parents. Every generation there's an opportunity for a new set of mums and dads to set their kids straight and make a stand against whatever trendy nonsense is currently doing the rounds. But do we? Or is it easier to give into fear and the pursuit of a quiet life?
Geoff has realised he's also a bag of contradictions. Raised on a south London council estate by two maverick parents, there's plenty he has to sift through. His Dad was a trade union man who obsessed over stocks and shares. His mum was a closet chauvinist and far too frank on the subject of sex.
With a child of his own, Geoff spies a one-off chance for his family to finally get it right and produce a balanced human being, but can he filter out his own bollocks before it gets to his son?
Robert White, that gay autistic keyboard-wielding comedian who you've almost forgotten from Britain's Got Talent 2018, fresh off the heels of his debut tour last year, brings you his unique form of musical stand-up in a laugh packed hour, but this time with a little more edge, a little more personal revelation and a whole new tank top. Just him, some jokes, some songs, a keyboard and maybe a personal trouble or comedic treat, or two.
Robert is probably the only Asperger, dyslexic, cross lateral, gay, quarter-Welsh, webbed-toed comedian on the circuit...probably. This Edfringe White brings you more of the fun you saw on telly.... plus lots of extra naughty bits.
"Pitch-perfect delivery...Just brilliant" ★★★★ Chortle
"Jaw-dropping riot" ★★★★ The List
"Robert White tries hard – and spectacularly succeeds" ★★★★ ThreeWeeks
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee and star of Live At The Apollo returns with a brand new hour of "confessional storytelling at its funniest" (Herald ★★★★★). As seen on Michael McIntyre's Big Show, Mock The Week and Roast Battle. "Destined to become a household name" Telegraph ★★★★
Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show 2018.
Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show 2016.
Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2015.
In his new show 50 Things About Us Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, standup, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.
Mark picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?
It is a show about money, history, songs, gongs, wigs, unicorns, guns, bungs, sods of soil and rich fuckers.
And how we have so much feeling for such a hollow land.
(In the vein of the Manifesto meets a sweary history channel)
50 Things About Us is also a podcast (coming out in September) and a book published by September Publishing in February 2020 and an art exhibition... in Liverpool January 2020.
After his meteoric rise through the ranks, Scottish Comedy Award winner and viral sensation Gary Meikle is back with his second tour show, Surreal! A word that perfectly describes Gary’s last twelve months. He started the year performing in comedy clubs, and ended it selling out big theatres in the UK as well as tours in America, Canada and Europe!
Not one for mincing his words, Gary has been described as“playfully dark”. His cheeky chappie nature and ability to get away with talking about anything will have you laughing at things you probably shouldn’t be! As always, Gary will draw material from his own real-life experiences, including his unique family dynamic and his rapid rise to online fame. Quickly putting his audiences at ease, a night of stand up with Gary feels like a night in the pub chatting with friends!
Having performed to tens of thousands of people over the past year, Gary has found a new confidence and level of openness on stage, meaning he doesn’t hold back on giving his opinions, no matter how warped! The new show will cover topics such as evolution, social media, how to deal with burglars, single mums, bee sex, small man syndrome and much more. Gary is a fast paced, punchy storyteller that finds the funny in anything!
For Ages 16+
Little Wander in association with PBJ Management present
The Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose d'Or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner presents her highly-anticipated brand new show. Join Bridget as she tries to work out who she is and see her tell one of the most expensive and dangerous jokes in the history of stand-up.
Star of BBC Radio 4 series Bridget Christie Minds the Gap and the first British woman to have her own Netflix special.
"10th-best living comedian" (Times)
"A masterclass" ***** (Guardian)
"Superb" **** (Telegraph)
"I absolutely could not have done Nanette without the work that [Bridget Christie] did" – Hannah Gadsby
Age guidance: 14+
Running time: approx 30 minutes first half, interval, 60 minutes second half
photo credit: @tashphotography
Siobhan Phillips recently wowed audiences as the only female finalist in Britain's Got Talent 2019.
Described as "the love child of Peter Kay and Victoria Wood", her hilarious self-penned songs really struck a chord with the nation, who could totally relate to a selection of her observational daft ditties.
Covering subjects from becoming a first-time Mum at 40, tantrum-throwing toddlers and the frustrations of mother-daughter relationships, you'll be treated to an insight to her life presented with exceptional candour and warmth.
This brand new show has variety at its core and features the smash hit songs performed on Britain's Got Talent, along with more daft ditties, comedy and the chance to experience Siobhan's breathtaking vocals in an evening guaranteed to be Live and Unhinged.
As seen and heard on Britain's Got Talent 2019, Operatunity, The Frank Skinner Show, Lorraine, Loose Women, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC Radio, Heart FM and Talk Radio.
‘You always get this massive crowd reaction... you light up the room and you're very funny!' Simon Cowell
‘You're hilariously funny, but more than that, you have this tremendous warmth... we love you!' David Walliams
Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he's ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you're hunting for snark, Gary's got it covered!
★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns' Guardian
★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant' Scotsman
★★★★ ‘A master craftsman' Times
★★★★ ‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner'' Chortle
Iain Stirling (Love Island and Taskmaster) is taking his ‘extremely funny' (Telegraph) comedy back on the road for his biggest ever nationwide tour, following his 2018 sell-out smash U OK HUN? x.
Do you ever wonder how people manage to be normal? Iain does. So much so he's written a brand new stand-up show about it. Join the ‘star of comedy' (The i) as he explores his inability to function in the most basic of public settings, social media's constant pressure to "live your best life" and that one time a man stole his shoes.
Having sold out his Edinburgh fringe run in advance for the second time, Iain can currently be seen on our screens hosting the third series of hit comedy gameshow Iain Stirling's CelebAbility (ITV2). He recently starred in his own Comedy Central Live special which launched the latest series and has also been seen on The Comedy Bus, Drunk History and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central (all Comedy Central), Virtually Famous (E4), Russell Howard's Good News and Sweat the Small Stuff (both BBC Three) and Fake Reaction and Safe Word (both ITV2).
"At his best the Edinburgh native is an unhinged free-form anecdotist"
★ ★ ★ ★
Mail On Sunday
★ ★ ★ ★
"Extremely funny observational and surreal comedy"
"His Love Island commentary is the stuff of legend"
"Unforgiving and hilarious"
The Sunday Express
The brand-new stand-up show from the star of The Tez O'Clock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three).
Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive approach to pit ordinary people against the establishment.
Expect huge laughs, groans and shocks as Tez confronts the state of the world with his cheeky, provocative flair.
★★★★ ‘Radiantly entertaining' The Times.
★★★★ ‘Blackburn's Chris Rock' The Guardian.
★★★★ ‘Tez Ilyas's political stand-up takes serious talent to pull off' The Telegraph.