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champion of left wing politics TV personality and comedian Award-winning KATE SMURTHWAITE She performs all over the UK and around the world at major clubs She also writes and tours an annual solo show of highbrow left wing comedy under the name The News At Kate which has been a feature of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2009. In 2013 she won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe!Kate is often a guest on news and debate shows and is well known for her forthright opinions and campaigning work. Appearances include the BBC's flagship political debate show Question Time as well as BBC 1's The Big Questions, BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, ITV News, ITV This Morning, Sky News, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show, BBC 5live, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 The Moral Maze. In 2012 Radio 4's Four Thought series included a 15-minute program written and performed entirely by Kate about sexist humour and sexism in comedy. One clip of her setting the world to rights even went super-viral under the name "Athiest B!tchslap".She also writes for publications from Cosmopolitan to both the Guardian and the Independent and is the Vice Chair and Media Spokesperson for campaign group Abortion Rights UK.Kate is a writer for the BBC Three political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised and the UK's leading political satire show Have I Got News For You?
VERY SPECIAL GUEST India’s most intelligent comedian screenwriter of the Bollywood films hilarious stand up comedian Multi Award winning ANUVAB PAL The New York Times calls Anuvab Pal ‘India’s most intelligent comedian’. The BBC calls him India’s answer to British wit. His stand-up comedy special The Nation Wants To Know, has played over 500 sold out shows from Mumbai to Sydney to San Francisco. His current show, Empire, a comedy show based on the history of the British Empire in India, has played in 12 cities worldwide and been called “Spectacular” by CNN and “A laugh riot with brilliant ideas” by NDTV. Anuvab is the only Indian stand-up comedian after Russel Peters to sell out The Gotham Comedy Club in New York in record time. He’s also the only Indian comedian invited to perform at Harvard University. Times of India lists him among India’s top 5 English speaking comedians, having played over 750 shows and sold out houses across India, the Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, South by Southwest Austin Texas, Laugh Boston, New York.Anuvab is turning his attention towards the UK, he has been a regular at the London Comedy Store but is now looking to share his observations on the British influence of India and absurdities thereof to a wider British audience.In 2016,
one of the funniest acts you will ever see MADAM GALINA camp comedy, lots of fun and party games all add up to the outrageous Madame Galina, Prima Ballerina and Ballet Star Galactica.Trained as a classical singer at Southwark Cathedral and Guildhall School of Music and Drama with many classical recitals and broadcasts to his credit, Iestyn came to variety by accident.Whilst studying at the Guildhall, Iestyn Edwards created Madame Galina for the annual rag week revue. Now with his own monthly show at the Leicester Square Theatre, Iestyn has been touring theatres ever since with his shows Anything For A Tenor, Madame Galina Ballet Star Galactica/The New Forces' Sweetheart and Along Came Bill. And in variety cabaret, he is a regular at the Boom Boom Club, Volupte and other such entertaining night spots. Iestyn can be seen doing Anything for a Tenor at this year’s Aldeburgh Festival. Most recently he hosted the Showzam Carnival Ball, at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool, curated by Professor Vanessa Toulmin and produced by Antony Johns at Stageworks International Productions.Television has not passed Iestyn by, he featured in Ruby Wax’s BBC3 series ‘Ruby Does the Business’, profiled by ‘Artsworld’, made ‘Madame Galina’s Whirlwind Guide to Ballet also featuring the George Piper Dancers. His entry in ‘The Rough Guide to Choregraphy’ reads thus: “This oversized mock-Russian ballerina fabricates lovingly tart send-ups of classical technique, diva-style celebrity and all the attendant pretensions".On Trafalgar Day 2005, he was asked by Admiral Sir Alan West, First Sea Lord to sing on the HMS Victory in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. This brought him to the attention of Combined Service Entertainment who took him out to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain troops as Madame Galina. These tours were featured in The Times and the Mail On Sunday; and Woman's Hour, Radio 4, featured Madame Galina in a programme tracing the history of the Forces Sweetheart.
very funny /Intelligent comedy FRED BARBER Fred Barber started shouting jokes into a microphone after leaving school in late 2009. He combines a mix of quick-fire gags, observations and surreal humour. He’s performed all over the country for Off The Kerb, Out of Bounds, and the Green Man Festival. He’s also a regular guest on Men’s Hour on Five Live. Competition wins include King Gong at the Comedy Store, the Comedy Cafe new act competition, and Blackout at Up The Creek multiple times. ‘Very strong talent for writing.’ Jesse Armstrong writer of Peep Show ‘Naturally Funny’. Tim Samuels, Five Live
Britain`s Got Talent star GATIS KANDIS
Exciting funny Award winning AIDEEN McQUEEN Aideen McQueen is one of Ireland’s top standup comedians. She burst onto the circuit seven years ago, making it to the final of the “Funny’s Funny” Competition in the UK just after her third gig. She does regular TV appearances on RTE, TG4, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC RAdio 4. She is one of the resident comperes at the world famous International Comedy Club Dublin and has appeared alongside such acts as Sean Hughs, Reginald D Hunter, Ardal O’ Hanon, Dylan Moran,Hal Cruttenden, Johnny Vegas and Frankie Boyle.In 2019 she performed in two, sell out Edinburgh shows. She has performed at The Vodaphone Comedy Festival, The Electric Picnic Festival, Prague Comedy Festival, to name but a fe