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SARAH KEYWORTH
SARAH KEYWORTH
award-winning stand-up comedian and writer. SARAH KEYWORTH Powerful, poignant and achingly funnyHerald Scotland ★★★★★ You might just find yourself with a new favourite comicYoung Perspective ★★★★★ It’s refreshing to see something so generous and outward-lookingChortle ★★★★1/2 Utterly engagingThe Telegraph ★★★★ A funny and thoughtful show… a comic who’s here for keepsThe Times ★★★★ The most hilarious visual imagesThe Scotsman ★★★★ Her humour is razor sharpThe Skinny ★★★★ A joyous hour… killer routines galoreThe List ★★★★ Sharply written and well delivered hour with some great gagsThe Arts Desk ★★★★
ALAN FRANCIS
  ALAN FRANCIS
Impressive actor/ very funny political comedian Multi Award-winning ALAN FRANCIS ttish comedian ALAN FRANCIS first came to the notice of comedy audiences when he won Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny Award in 1991. Since then his reputation has grown as a writer, stand-up and actor. His diverse acting roles include the award winning play PENETRATOR at the Royal Court and Traverse Theatre. In 1995 he co-wrote and co-starred in JEFFREY DAHMER IS UNWELL at the Edinburgh Festival. The play was critically acclaimed and transferred to the Hampstead Theatre in London. He appeared in MISS CONCEPTIONS at the1996 Edinburgh Festival and has completed successful runs in both THE BEST OF SCOTTISH COMEDY and THE BEST OF SO YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY? In 2002 he presented his one-man show CLOBBERED (a black comedy) at the Edinburgh festival where it received rave reviews. Last year he appeared in TAKE A CHANCE ON ME (A New End Hampstead Theatre Production). On television he continues to work as a writer/performer on ALISTAIR McGOWAN'S BIG IMPRESSION (BBC 1 - 4 series). The show won Best Entertainment Show at the British Comedy Awards 2000. Other television includes SPY TV, FIST OF FUN, BETWEEN THE LINES, the Alan Partridge Christmas Special KNOWING ME, KNOWING YULE, THE ALEXEI SAYLE SHOW, and ALAS SMITH AND JONES (all BBC), FUNNY FARM (STV) and BBC Scotland's PULP VIDEO, COMEDY NATION (BBC), for which he also wrote and LENNY GOES TO TOWN (BBC), THE 11 O'CLOCK SHOW (Ch4) and STAND-UP (BBC). Most recently Alan appeared in THE LAST LAUGH... (BBC). On radio Alan co-starred on THE ALAN DAVIES SHOW (Radio 4), which was nominated for the Best Radio Show at the 1998 British Comedy Awards. He has also contributed to ALAN'S BIG ONE FM (Radio 1), THE TREATMENT (Radio 5), THE BUZZ (Radio 4) and two series of SLICES OF LIFE WITH PHIL JUPITUS (Radio 1). He co-wrote and starred in radio 5's Sony Award nominated COLIN. Alan appeared in the feature film, THE DEBT COLLECTOR (now on general release) and in 2000 he supported RHONA CAMERON on her UK tour. He's just finished co-writing BIG IMPRESSION EURO 2004 with Alistair McGowan and Ronnie Ancona. As an actor he was in ANIMAL HOUSE (on Sky 1) and THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA, directed by Anthony Neilson's. He also wrote and presented a 45 minute factual entertainment show for BBC Radio 4 called STAMP COLLECTING WITH LEGS. What the press said about 'Clobbered' "the beautifully observed performances captures all the manic ambivalence of a Hello Magazine culture." THE TIMES "Acutely observed character monologues…sardonic wit at its best. GO SEE" THE LIST "Some of the most SINISTER and SURREAL comic creations this side of The League of Gentlemen" THE SUNDAY HERALD "A delightfully sour hour, excellently executed" EVENING STANDARD
SARAH CALLAGHAN
SARAH CALLAGHAN
award-winning comedian and writer SARAH CALLAGHAN The instant she steps on stage you know you’re in the presence of someone new and special ★★★★★ The Mirror Armed with bags of attitude, she’s a refreshing working-class comedy voice…reminiscent of a young Kathy Burke ★★★★ The Herald In 2014 she was named as ‘One to Watch’ by Time Out and in 2015 she took her critically-acclaimed debut hour show Elephant to the Edinburgh Fringe. A confessional exploration of escape and ambition, Elephant played to packed houses and received great reviews across the board. Sarah was widely heralded as an exciting new comedic voice, a status cemented by her Malcolm Hardee Award nomination for ‘Act Most Likely To Earn A Million Quid’. She also appeared on E4’s Virtually Famous as a guest on Seann Walsh’s team. Elephant subsequently toured to the prestigious Soho Theatre for a run of shows in 2016, again to acclaim, and then on to the Perth and Sydney Comedy Festivals in Australia. A powerhouse. She’s an utter natural on stage… radiates confidence ★★★★ Chortle In 2016 Sarah wrote and performed sketches on @elevenish (ITV2) and returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with her eagerly-awaited follow-up, 24, followed by 'The Pigeon Dying Under the Bush' in 2017 and 'The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan' in 2018. Since then Sarah has performed all over Europe in places such as Brussels, Norway, Estonia, and Andorra to name a few. In 2018 she took 'The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan' to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival which was well received; along side her first stand up debut on TV in the same country. She continues to take the circuit by storm. Fiercely impressive ★★★★ Scotsman Magnificent performance. An absolute natural, Callaghan is definitely one to catch - Fest Callaghan oozes confidence. This supremely talented comic is ready for the next step. ★★★★ Broadway Baby Awards• Malcolm Hardee ‘Act Most Likely To Make A Million Quid’ 2015: Nominated• Best Show, Brighton Fringe 2015: Nominated•Up The Creek One to Watch 2013: Winner• Leicester Square New Act Competition 2013: Finalist• Funny Women 2011: Finalist
PATRICK MONAHAN
BOB THOMAS
AWARD WINNING VERY FUNNY PATRICK MONAHAN Awards: Winner, Show Me The Funny. Winner, Take the Mike Patrick Monahan started off on the glamourous Irish/Iranian/Geordie circuit in his native home land of the north east of England before being invited to perform all over the world from as far away as the Adelaide Fringe Comedy festival 2011 in Australia, to Dubia, Doha, Abu Dabhi, Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Estonia, Ireland, Germany, to the Edinburgh International Festival and various venues and comedy clubs up and down the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall in London! He was the Winner of the 2011 ITV1 series ‘Show Me The Funny’ which led to the release of his debut DVD ‘Patrick Monahan Live’ (2 Entertain). In 2012 he took part in Let’s Dance for Sports Relief on BBC, won Best Newcomer at the Loaded LAFTA Awards and Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award for his hit show ‘Hug Me I Feel Good’
BOB THOMAS
BOB THOMAS
funny man BOB THOMAS described as surreal and I have predominantly performed in Reading and Oxford
Start time: 
20.00
Doors open: 
19.00