Sat 10 Oct Award-Winning Variety Show
DARREN WALSH Winner of the first UK Pun Championships and featured in Timeout’s “One to Watch” section, Darren Walsh’s silly happy-go-lucky style has been compared to Harry Hill, with an act that combines surreal nonsense and snippets of daft songs.“He is a genial presence, not manic like Tim Vine, not wonderfully nerdy like Gary Delaney and not deadpan like Jimmy Carr, but very much his own mirthmaker.” – Kate Copstick, The Scotsman.“…undoubtedly a Milton Jones in the making.” – ★★★★ ThreeWeeks“Walsh is all set to become the new ruler of the comedy kingdom” – ★★★★ (Broadway Baby).“…no gentle build up or needless chit-chat, just a full on assault on the funny bones.” –“One To Watch” – TimeOut.“Deliciously weird wordplay and sound effects” – ★★★★ ThreeWeeks.
first class Stand-up comedian PHILEO HUFF Philéo is in opposition of being defined in only elentway. He writes and performs with a surreal approach, telling truthful stories that have made his audiences, laugh, stand up & applaud and even re-think their learned moral positions. Originally from Atlanta, his turbulent personal experiences have enabled countless controversial and hilarious anecdotes, that inform his deeply realist-nihilist comedic style. With a confronting yet upbeat honesty, he unapologetically grapples with topics like sex & sexuality, politics & society, humanity's hypocrisies, death, suicide, drug use, depression, and mental illness. His non-traditional approach has earned him opportunities to perform all over the globe. He's accrued numerous self-produced narrative projects including short films, podcasts, and a developing series.
Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year MATT BRAGG Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year (runner up) Matt is a master of delivery, with timing that keeps you hanging on the edge and then the edge again. Selected for the prestigious Big Value showcase in Edinburgh last year, opening for Harry Hill and Lloyd Griffith, his dry humour and subtle anecdotes leaves the audience listening intently wanting more of the cool calm and collected comedian.
Actress /writer /comedian highly enjoyable HATTY PRESTON Hatty Preston is a London-born comedian, now back in the UK after 2 years in Chicago pursuing stand-up. Whilst in Chicago she was a regular at all major comedy venues: Laugh Factory, Zanies, Comedy Bar and Second City. At The Laugh Factory she was a semi-finalist in their ‘Verified Laughs’ competition and is a regular on their Saturday Night ’Chicago’s Best Stand-Up’ show. She has opened for major US comics such as Mike E Winfield (Zanies, Rosemont), Hunter Hill (Greenhouse Theatre, Chicago) and Eddie Ifft (Zanies Chicago). She has featured at The Virgil, Los Angeles, The Comedy Bar, Nashville as well as at festivals across the US in: Cleveland, Ohio; Iowa City, Iowa; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina. Hatty also headlined the 2018 3rd Annual International Lady Laughs Festival in Madison, Wisconsin with her set filmed for upcoming Glowstix Studios feature 'I Heart Funny Women’. As an actress, Hatty is best known for playing Princess Maribel in Lionsgate’s ‘The Royals’ on E! Entertainment and for originating the role of Minty in Jennifer Saunders’s ‘Viva Forever!’ in London’s West End.
Multi Award-Winning crowd pleasing vintage singer and comedian ALETIA UPSTAIRS “Delivers a potent set with resonant clarity and a biting intent aligned with her stage persona, which is both formidable and wry.” – Ben Walters (The Scotsman)“Aletia gave a great performance full of passion and humour. The audience loved it.” ✭✭✭✭✭ – Patrick Harrington (Counter Culture)“Challenging and courageous. This lady in red shines like a newborn star.” – Kevin Short (International Times)“A Queer Love Of Dix is a quality piece of theatre and performance art…a well-crafted script and beautifully sung songs…a performance of mastery.” ✭✭✭✭✭ – Mark Calvert (Mumble)“Aletia Upstairs, a spectacular performance artist and scholar…masterly construct…skilful intermediary.” ✭✭✭✭✭ – James O’Brien (Edinburgh Festival.org)“Important and inspirational work; The words, and songs,are spoken and sung with such thought-provoking purity and love.” – Kevin Short (International Times)“One of those little Edinburgh Fringe gems — Upstairs is joyful, sulky, sexy and seductive as Mata Hari. Do go and see this if you can.” ✭✭✭✭✭ – Carrie Gooch (ScotsGay)“A strong performance that includes attractive and evocative singing.” ✭✭✭✭ – Theatre Guide London“Strong, melodic and dramatic delivery…Evocatively punctuates the narrative with songs.” – The Stage“She can write, she understands the use of irony.” – BPM Magazine“Knows how to own a stage…her style was refreshing, moody and beautiful.” – The South African“Aletia was mind-blowing.” – Live Jam TV“She has an earthy, raw voice with a lot of potential and honest emotion. Her down-tempo songs are her true strength.” – London Music Blog
Scottish comedian CRAIG KINLOCH BBC New Comedy Award Nominee Craig Kinloch is fast rising up the UK comedy circuit. As heard on both Radio 4 and Union Jack Radio his playful style of observational comedy has seen him play clubs up and down the country, and featured on The Stand’s Best of Red Raw (“A Strong Opener to the Show..Got the audience onside right away”) and as a semi finalist in both the Amused Moose and 2Northdown new act competitions.