30th of May at 7.30pm

Sean Percival

Closing Act

Sean was born and raised in Dudley. When he left school he became a Fabricator/Welder, which meant early mornings, that didn’t fit in with his late night lifestyle. At this point, Sean had no interest in comedy whatsoever. He didn’t own a single comedy DVD and he’d never been to a comedy club, but when Steve (the lorry driver at the factory where he worked, who was also a performance poet and ran creative writing workshops) told him that he was funny and that if he wrote down some of the things he said at work he could possibly be a comedian, Sean decided to give it a go.

Steve took Sean to a comedy club. Sean then wrote some stuff and Steve helped him edit it. Sean started doing open mic spots and a couple of years later he gave up work and became a comedian.

Since then Sean has had a fantastic time performing all over the world. It’s a great way to make a living.

Kirk Fontaine

Opening Act

Kirk Fontaine performs inventive musical, comedy and stand up, gleefully entertaining audiences with a fun mixture of smart and silly material. He performs regularly at comedy clubs all over the UK and his written work has appeared on BBC Radio 4.

‘Just terrific!’ Crackers Comedy

‘Brilliant, clever and hilarious’ A Rich Comic Life Blog

Yazz Fetto

MC

Yazz Fetto is an up-coming comedian, comedy writer and director. He has written comedy material for BBC Radio 4s ‘Dead Ringers’ and also has sitcoms in development for BBC Radio, BBC TV and Sky. He was a producer on the cult hit comedy horror film ‘Freak Out’ which was released on DVD in the UK and USA. He has directed many online videos as well as a pilot for Sky Digital.

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Marcus Beeby

Josh Faulkner

27th of June at 7.30pm

Alan Francis

Closing Act

Since winning Channel 4’s So you Think You’re Funny at the 1991 Edinburgh Festival, Alan has been a regular on the UK and International Comedy Circuit.

He has appeared in numerous TV shows including Psychoville, Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge, Knowing Me Knowing Yule, Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression, Ancona and Co, Alas Smith and Jones, The BBC Stand-Up Show, the Alan Davies Show, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, Between the Lines and Taggart.

He has acted in the West End and at The Royal Court Theatre, for The National Theatre of Scotland and at the RSC.

Last year Alan 's show Inside Alan Francis was broadcast on Radio 4 Extra as was his comedy drama Eking which was on Radio 4.

A brilliant Observational Stand-Up.... **** The Scotsman

Brazen, dark and clever…. **** The List.

Dave Wilder

Opening Act

Dave Wilder is a fast-rising stand-up comedian, based in Brighton, who is gigging for clubs, promoters and festivals all over the UK.

Alongside his comedy, he is also a bestselling, award-winning author.

Aaron Levene

MC

Aaron Levene has performed in professional clubs around the country, as well as in Berlin, Barcelona, and Paris. Praised for his likeability, honesty, and joke telling, he utilises his strange but true-life story and transforms it into laughter.

The woefully self-deprecating comic Aaron Levene was next. He was the highlight of the set, letting the audience into his love life. The Uncle Fester lookalike confessed to struggling in the dating world, being more into M&Ms than S&M, and provided the best one-liner of the afternoon; there’s orange Jews and lemon Jews, some people find them a little Hassidic. **** Jewish Chronicle.

Acidic Wit **** Edinburgh Reporter

Aaron is a pro....very funny expertly crafted material coupled with an endearing and engaging performance Comedy Knights

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Tarik Badwan

Flora Anderson

11th July at 7.30pm

Dave Thompson

Closing Act

Dave has performed his stand-up comedy act in forty-seven countries. Known for his one-liners and absurd persona, Dave has written material for many other comics, including Harry Hill, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Omid Djalili, and Stewart Lee. He's best-known for having been the actor in the Tinky Winky costume in the world famous TV show 'Teletubbies’.

Dave has done five feature films. In the last year he’s had speaking parts in a Hollywood feature film that will be released soon, two episodes of ’The Last Kingdom’ season five, on Netflix, and one episode of ‘The Continental’, an American drama series starring Mel Gibson and Ian McShane.

“Dave Thompson is very funny and unique.” Harry Hill.

“One of the best comedians on the comedy circuit.” Stewart Lee.

"Mad comic brilliance." Ben Elton.

Serena Smart

Opening Act

After briefly dipping her toe into the student comedy scene in 2019 while at Durham Uni, Serena took a hiatus from comedy during Covid and only started gigging again in late 2021. Since then, Serena has thrown herself into the London comedy scene, beating the gong at Up The Creek and Vauxhall Comedy Club, winning 2 tiny plastic gold trophies at the Cavendish Arms and making it to the finals of the Comedy Virgin’s New Act competition in the Summer of 2022.

Very much the new kid on the block, Serena has been described as a ‘likeable storyteller’ by some, and an ‘alright to sub-par comedian‘ by others (her brother). You be the judge.

Lyle Barke

MC

Lyle was selected to MC the prestigious Bound & Gagged AAA show at The Gilded Balloon for the 2023 Edinburgh Festival.

He is currently doing paid MC and 20's for the likes of Crack Comedy, Outside The Box, The Bearcat, Gag House Comedy Clubs, Mock Tudor Comedy, & Mirth Control, and recently support for the likes of Andy Parsons and Harry Hill, and Live at the Marylebone with Tim Key.

Very likeable, sardonic, and with enough great lines to make other comics jealous.....Rhys James

A delightful host. Lyle's golden comedy, more like.....Ivo Graham

Warm, engaging, charming, funny. Nice hair too.....Ahir Shah

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Jo Frank

Bilal Rashid