Line-up

Previews

Josie Long: Tender

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very hard to pin down indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a new show for the first time in five years. It's about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy. All in all, the edgiest thing you will see this Fringe. The aim is for you to come out of it feeling optimistic about the future, although that's a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices, and that’s not nothing.

“Brilliantly evocative, an original and unflagging spirit” ★★★★ Times

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Nish Kumar: It's In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is bringing his brand new show to ARGComFest! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He’s the host of the Mash Report which you might have seen on BBC 2, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t spoken to in a while.

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Taskmaster (Dave), Live From the BBC (Netflix), QI (BBC2) Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Joel & Nish Vs The World (Netflix/Comedy Central).

“One of the best young comedians we have” Times
“A masterclass by a no-frills stand-up at the height of his powers” Guardian
“Intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes” Time Out
Rose d’Or winner – Best Radio Comedy
“A very clever boy” Nish Kumar

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Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

Loulie AKA The face that launched a thousand dicks examines conduct (in the media, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality, and giving everyone some much unwanted advice.

As seen / heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth, Ultimate Worrier and more.

“A comedian who leaves you wanting more” ★★★★ Times
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Chortle

Photo by Meg Gisborne.

Nick Helm: Phoenix From The Flames

Holy f*ck! After 6 years away from Edinburgh and ahead of his National Tour, Helm is back at the fucking Fringe with a full Edinburgh run of his new show to remind the world what they’ve been missing out on. Resurrected from the ashes, come and witness two time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and International Treasure In Waiting shaking his ass, singing songs and righting wrongs. You don’t deserve this…

“The man is brutal, but by AC/DC he's talented with it.” ★★★★★ The Latest
“Pretty f*cking amazing. A true comedy daredevil” ★★★★ Time Out

Photo by Edward Moore.

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing

A show about the things you know you have forgotten, the things you remember and the things you wish you could forget.

Winner of 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Awards best newcomer, Sofie’s assured, informed and deeply personal comedy has made her a star in the UK and throughout Europe.

“Hilarious… clever, touching and funny” Mirror
“Hagen is hilarious” Skinny

Photo by Matt Crockett.

Ahir Shah: Dots

Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah presents DOTS, a new hour of stand-up. Featuring Shah's signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and real fun jokes, DOTS explores love, politics, culture, depression, and faith in an effort to examine the necessity, utility, and absence of certainty. Probably.

As seen on Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, and The Mash Report.

“Intricately crafted, profoundly moving, howlingly funny ... a blazing talent firing on all cylinders” ★★★★★ Telegraph

Photo by The Other Richard.

Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone’s Watching

Suzi has made a name for herself turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs. This year she is happy. This show answers the question, Are all stand ups at their best when they are miserable? Fingers crossed no.

The last twelve months have been massive for Ruffell, a smash hit UK tour, heaps of television appearances including Live At The Apollo and she’s learnt how to make the perfect lemon cake. Come and see what all the fuss is about!

“Electrifying Stand Up” Evening Standard
“A Natural Stand Up” List

Colin Hoult as Anna Mann WIP

Colin Hoult’s critically acclaimed alter-ego Anna Mann returns in the workings of a brand new show, joined by some brand new friends.

“Funnier than almost all other shows at this year’s Fringe.” ★★★★ Telegraph “A masterclass in character comedy” ★★★★ TimeOut “Hugely enjoyable” ★★★★ Times “Smart, absurd, and unpredictable” ★★★★ Chortle “Sheer comic gold” ★★★★ Metro
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Catherine Bohart

Fresh from “the sort of perfectly structured Edinburgh debut you always hope for and rarely get to see” (★★★★ Times), Catherine Bohart has some new jokes she'd like to try.

As seen on BBC2's The Mash Report and Comedy Central's Roast Battle. Writer for BBC's The News Quiz, The Now Show & Frankie Boyle's New World Order.

The Times “Comedy Face To Watch” 2019
The Guardian’s Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018
Nominee: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018
BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017

Photo by Matt Crockett.

John-Luke Roberts: After Me Comes the Flood (But in French) drip splosh splash drip BLUBBP BLUBBP BLUBBPBLUBBPBLUBBP!!

Blam blam! The critically acclaimed idiot returns with a brand new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, following a complete sell out at last years Fringe.

“Freewheeling escapism...a joy” ★★★★★ Fest
“A hit” ★★★★ Times
“Impeccably choreographed, giddily inventive, turbo-charged hour” ★★★★ Telegraph
“Killer gags...glorious idiocy” ★★★★ Guardian

Photo by Natasha Pszenicki.

Eleanor Morton: Post Morton

A dissection of one of comedy’s rising stars. Razor-sharp humour from someone who doesn’t want to be the voice of her own opinions, let alone her generation. Morton’s uniquely surreal and witty comedy takes on everything between life and death, as she panics that other grownups have left her behind, and wonders if she’s too young for a midlife crisis.

Eleanor Morton is an award-nominated Scottish comedian who has written for The Newsquiz and Newjack. As heard on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4.
★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag
“A thoroughly enjoyable hour of accomplished and skilful stand-up” Skinny

Photo by Edward Moore.

Adam Riches: The Beakington Town Hall Murders

Last night, ten tortoises were massacred in a tombola-related prank gone wrong. So tonight, all members of the Beakington Council… aka YOU… will be hauled before an independent adjudicator… aka ME… to find out what happened. An interactive comedy whodunnit from the mind of an absolute (Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning) twonk.

As seen recently on BBC4’s Detectorists, C4’s 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown and C4’s The Last Leg. Featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee and ‘Maverick physical comedian’ (Guardian), Ben Target.

“Will make you laugh yourself silly and what could be better than that?” ★★★★★ Telegraph
“Quite simply one of the best character comedians in the country” ★★★★★ Chortle
“There's no-one quite like him” ★★★★★ Independent

Photo by Matt Crockett.

Gráinne Maguire: Guys...It's Problematic

Award-winning comedian Gráinne Maguire (Dave's UnSpun, BBC One's This Week, RTE's Cutting Edge and Radio 4's Now Show) returns with a sparkling, exhilarating and life-affirming show about why we should all be Team Titanic. Writer for 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Last Leg.

“A must-see from a comedian at the top of her game” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“A self-assured performance from a woman who has mastered her craft” Skinny
“Sarcastically and scabrously hilarious” Chortle
“Original and unpredictable – a delightful, incisive hour of truth and madness” FringeGuru

Photo by Idil Sukan.

Will Adamsdale: Facetime

He won the 2004 Perrier Award in 2004 but, lets face it, he’s hardly kicked on has he? This show will be about failures, really (his, generally). And time. And the 3-year-old son who recently said, ‘let’s leave him in the woods’. Expect stories of staggering technical incompetence! Songs of the quiet hell of the gentrifier! Poor attempts to pass off his flaws as his generation’s fault! Expect a tussle between the personal and the public that could comfortably sit on the pages of one of Arthur Miller’s early teenage plays!

Olga Koch: If/Then

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Olga Koch is back! Ahead of her BBC Radio 4 special, the acclaimed stand-up tells a love story through the medium of computer programming (which she studied at university, and, like, barely ever brings up). In her feminist investigation into what happens when we can't separate love and technology, Olga will teach you how to code and explore what happens when our expectations for love, happiness and Michael Bublé no longer compute.

Directed by Charlie Dinkin.

★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ Skinny
★★★★ List
★★★★ The Arts Desk

Photo by James Deacon.

Larry Dean

Fresh from an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination, “unexpected and excellent” (Sunday Times) Larry Dean is here to try out some brand-new jokes.

As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week.

“Destined to become a household name.” ★★★★ Telegraph

Photo by Matt Crockett.

Lucy Pearman: Baggage

Pearman, an Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Leicester Comedy Awards Best Show nominee, “star in the making” (★★★★ Telegraph) and co-star of BBC Two's Mister Winner and BAFTA-nominated Herbert Clunkerdunk, just needs to check if the bag is a bit heavy before we can go.

“Stunned by her inventiveness” Harry Hill
“Welcoming charm and infectious commitment” ★★★★ Chortle
“Breathtakingly inventive… Blooming marvellous” ★★★★ Fest
“She is everything that so many shows aspire to be” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby

Photo by Edward Moore.

Arnab Chanda: Boy From Earth

After an eight-year break from stand-up, Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard's Good News, BBC’s Pls Like, 2018 Writers Guild Nominee), presents his long-awaited debut hour, in a show that explores his thoughts on life, death, Abrahamic religions, feminism, and other topics he is fairly unknowledgeable about.

“Star of tomorrow… he’s a rare talent on the U.K. circuit” Herald
“Arnab Chanda is the funniest person on earth.” Simon Amstell

Photo by Ben Meadows.

Gabby Best: 10,432 Sheep

Best hasn’t slept properly in years, which is why she feels like a ghost and looks like a shoe... A whip-smart, animated hour for anyone who’s ever stared wild-eyed at a ceiling or stood very still in their kitchen... A work in progress show from Funny Women Award winner.

As seen on BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Sky Arts and Radio 4.

“Hilarious” Huffington Post
“Inspired” Telegraph

Photo by Bex Day.

Glenn Moore: Love Don't Live Here Glenny Moore

“Glenn Moore” (The List) follows up last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination with a new hour of “brilliantly original, (Chortle) “blissfully silly (The Guardian) jokes. He used to have a very different job to this, and now he's finally brave enough to spill the beans about it.

As seen on Mock The Week, Stand Up Central, The Stand Up Sketch Show, and as heard on Absolute Radio.

★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Chortle
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ List

Photo by Natasha Pszenicki.

Sarah Keyworth: Pacific

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Newcomer and winner of the Herald Angel Award returns with a brand-new hour of comedy about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love.

“Powerful, poignant and achingly funny stuff” ★★★★★ Herald
“It's refreshing to see something so generous and outward-looking” Chortle
“The most hilarious visual images” ★★★★ Scotsman
“An absolute gem” ★★★★ Evening Standard

Photo by Matt Crockett.

Mat Ewins: Actually Can I Have Eight Tickets Please?

“I reiterate my request for a full refund and look forward to your theatre’s explanation [for] why you chose to market this show as suitable for 16-year-olds” (Audience review).

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Sara Barron: Enemies Closer

2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee. Sara returns to the Fringe following her 5* debut hour and two sell-out runs at London’s Soho Theatre. Her stunning new show examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, current husbands, all four of her remaining friends, and two of her twelve enemies.

As heard on The Guilty Feminist and BBC Radio 4.

“Destined for major stardom …simply unmissable” Times
“An excellent line in cynicism about sex, life and friendship.” Evening Standard
“Filthy and fearless.” **** Telegraph
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ Funny Women
★★★★★ Wee Review
★★★★★ Skinny

Photo by Karla Gowlett.

Tom Parry: Parryoke!

Fresh from his Best Newcomer Nomination in 2015 Parry is back with a brand new hour celebrating life, love and going tops off!

Join the largest (girth, height) third of the legendary sketch team Pappy's as he sweats, shouts and explains everything he loves about a wedding. There will be stuff, there will be nonsense, there might even be a bit of karaoke.

IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A MUSICAL SHOW.

  “A show that believes in the SOUL NOURISHING quality of SILLINESS” ★★★★ Guardian
“A PUERILE yet PROFOUND celebration of being ALIVE” ★★★★ Evening Standard
“A thoroughly JOYOUS ROMP” ★★★★ Chortle

Photo by Pauline Blanchet.

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos

Following sellout runs at both Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals, Fern is back with her fourth solo show about sexual politics, identity, power dynamics and jizz.

As seen on Live at the Apollo, Roast Battle, Viceland, New World Order & The Russell Howard Hour. As heard on Radio 4's The News Quiz, the Now Show, blah blah blah more credits more pointless little achievements as a clown, I'm successful now but will anything really fill the emptiness?

“A thoroughly enjoyable hour” ★★★★ Herald Sun

Photo by Matt Crockett.

Ivo Graham: The Game Of Life

The time for faff is over: has Big Daddy Graham got the skillz (anecdotes / banter / topical asides) to pay da billz (gas / water / electric)? More hilariously anxious blather from one of the most hilariously anxious blatherers in the business.

As spotted on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Live From The BBC, Cats Does Countdown, Richard Osman's House of Games, Roast Battle, Hypothetical, The Stand Up Sketch Show, The Now Show, Fighting Talk.

“A hugely enjoyable hour of stand-up comedy” ★★★★ Times
“On the brink of comedy's Premier League” ★★★★ Evening Standard

Photo by Matt Stronge.

Rosie Jones: Backward

After a sell-out debut hour Rosie 'triple threat' Jones returns to the Fringe with a big question, “Am I backwards, or are they?”. She explores the hilarious difficulties of navigating the world whilst being the only disabled, gay, northern comedian with quite the penchant for sexual aggression.

Heralded as one of 'The Best-Reviewed Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Shows of 2018’, Rosie’s second hour is certain to be a hit.

“Smart, mischievous, laugh-out-loud funny” Chortle
“Genuinely masterful” Skinny

Photo by Aemen Sukkar.

Jack Rooke: Love Letters

Dear Reader, you may know me from such tragedies as ‘dead dad’ (Radio 4’s Good Grief) and ‘dead friend’ (BBC Three’s Happy Man) but this year I’m dead chuffed to perform comedy about shagging blokes! No one dies & it’s set to a beautiful live harp. Straight people welcome so long as they don’t fidget. PS: Your dad reckons you’ll love it (he’s just in my shower, says he’ll call in the week!).

Top 10 Best Reviewed Comedy Shows, Edinburgh 2017.

“Cleverly-written, awfully funny!” ★★★★★ Gay Times
“Rooke rides laughter like a seasoned stand-up.” ★★★★ Scotsman

Photo by Lewis Simpson.

Annie McGrath: Shepherd

Deadpan comic Annie McGrath returns with her third stand-up show. Dark and charmingly offbeat, Annie tackles issues of male toxicity, consent and sheep herding. The big three! Dry jokes, silly anecdotes and some potentially serious underlying themes, from a young (ish) comedian cynical beyond her years.

As seen on ITV2, BBC3, Channel 4 and Sky Sports.

Directed by Steve Hall (We Are Klang, The Russell Howard Hour).

“Smart and smutty” Evening Standard
“Hilarious” Edfringe Review ★★★★★
“Spot on comic timing... delightfully dark” Three Weeks ★★★★
“Ridiculously funny” Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★
Funny Women Awards Finalist 2018.

Photo by Edward Moore.

Jordan Brookes: I've Got Nothing

No tricks. No gimmicks. No plan. Just an hour in my company. Things will be over soon. We’re nearly there, everyone! Great work. But before we go, I’m making one last attempt to find human connection in the here and now, to snuffle out what remaining joy there is in a rapidly crumbling world, before it’s too late. It’ll be loose, playful and raw.

Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2017
Chortle Comedian’s Comedian Award Winner 2018

“Majestic and challenging” ★★★★★ List
“Impressively brutal and self-lacerating physical comedy” ★★★★★ Skinny
“Digressive, deeply unsettling and very funny” ★★★★ Guardian
“Brookes is a startingly talented comedian” ★★★★ Scotsman

Photo by Edward Moore.

Sophie Duker: Venus

Sophie Duker is your Venus, she’s your fire, your desire. Or is she? Silly, sexy, savage stand-up from a girl who’s definitely not a goddess. In her hotly anticipated full-fat woke debut hour Sophie takes her audience on an unconventional journey of self-discovery. Strap in.

Sophie co-hosts GrownUpLand on BBC Radio 4 and is the creator and host of the Evening Standard recommended comedy night Wacky Racists. As seen on Channel 4’s Riot Girls, E4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, Comedy Central and BBC Three.

“Laugh out-loud funny” ★★★★ Telegraph

Photo by David Sell.

Jack Barry: Alien

Your best friend (and acclaimed stand-up) Jack Barry is worried about you. The world’s turned to shit and you haven’t been laughing enough. He’s going to roughly slap you around the face with his jokes and tell you to get a hold of yourself. Don’t worry – everything is going to be okay.

As seen on The Russell Howard Hour and in Catastrophe, Cuckoo, Netflix’s Turn Up Charlie. Writer for Mock the Week.

“The finest of British comedy… effortlessly endearing” ★★★★★ EdFestMag
★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★ List
★★★★ Skinny

Photo by James Deacon.

Lola and Jo: Escape

Clock’s ticking. We’re all heading for the grave. Don’t panic, character comedians Lola & Jo (“Bloody brilliant” ★★★★ Chortle) will find answers to the big questions before time’s up. Is this a low-budget escape room run by a dysfunctional duo? Is this a comedy show jumping on the zeitgeist of escape rooms to grab your attention? Or is this just an excuse for Lola & Jo to lock you in a room for 60 minutes and freak out?

“Pitch-perfect” ★★★★ Fest
“Masterful” ★★★★ List
“Duos taking risks” Guardian
“Comedy duos you need to see” Independent

Photo by James Deacon.

Garrett Millerick: Smile

The critically-acclaimed, ‘Breakthrough Act 2019’ Award Nominee returns with a defiant battlecry against the gloom; Smile.

Critics Choice: The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The iPaper, The Metro, Chortle and Time Out.

“Fast becoming one of the best there is” Manchester Wire
“Wickedly funny” Scotsman
“a virtuoso display of unforgivingly grumpy stand up delivered with fire in his soul” Chortle
“a big hitting stand up set” The Guardian
“This brave and winning hour certainly pulls no punches” The Times

Photo by Matthew Hall.

Laura Davis

Dark, bold and razor sharp Australian comedian Laura Davis is internationally critically acclaimed as one of the most unique comedic voices around. Unconventional, cathartic and exhilaratingly hilarious, this is her brand-new hour.

“A different kind of provocative… smart, challenging, ambitious, playful and funny.” Chortle
“An hour with Laura Davis leaves you uplifted, somewhat bewildered and utterly amazed by such blistering talent.” Time Out

Photo by James Penlidis.

Matt Winning: It's The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine (But Not All The Time))

A storytelling lecture about how we cope with climate change from the 'attractively impish' (Guardian) Dr Matt Winning.

As seen as the Environmental Correspondent on Unspun with Matt Forde on Dave, BBC Three and BBC Radio 2.

“Everything a Fringe show should be: hilarious, personal, inventive, and something that will stay with you for some time to come” ★★★★★ EdFestMag
“Winning’s sharp wit and intelligence allows him to educate as he entertains” ★★★★½ Sunday Post

Photo by Jessica McDermott.

Grace Campbell: Why I’m Never Going Into Politics

Grace Campbell survived a childhood in British politics. Her Dad, Alastair Campbell, started working closely with Tony Blair weeks after Grace was born.

Now, at 24, a very feisty Grace, who co-founded feminist group The Pink Protest, wants to tell you why she’ll never consider a career in Westminster.

Expect talk about her vagina, stories of hanging out with Putin’s kids plus trying, and failing, to bring the Labour party back together… Grace is laugh out loud funny, wildly outspoken with a compassion for the world that might make you hopeful for the future.

“A bold, political feminist voice for our times.” Glamour
“Grace is hilarious... much funnier than her Dad.” Ed Miliband

Photo by Amelia Allen.

Stuart Laws is All In

Acclaimed stand-up (and the UK’s foremost gilet apologist) Stuart Laws reflects on the day his life changed forever when he risked everything in a Vegas poker tournament. A show about making difficult decisions, choosing different paths and gettin’ jiggy wit it.

Stuart has appeared on BBC Radio 4, produced James Acaster’s Netflix specials and his live reporting of a dirty plates war became one of the most talked about Twitter threads of the year.

“You’ll struggle to find a comedian with a better jokes per minute rate… A one-man episode of Arrested Development” ★★★★ Fest

Photo by Edward Moore.

Helen Bauer: Little Miss Baby Angel Face

Helen enjoys a drama. She is her mother’s daughter, taking a small situation, blowing it up and then getting upset that it’s out of her control. Just like all the best reality TV. At the same time she dreams of being a sweet angel who handles any drama with grace. Who doesn't overthink everything and plan for how she will have all eyes on her at the right moment.

Highly anticipated debut hour from the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award Finalist.

As seen and heard on BBC Three, Comedy Central and Radio 4.

Photo by James Deacon.

Tarot

The twisted minds of Gein's Family Giftshop (“Brilliant” Reece Shearsmith) and sweaty bodies of Goose (“Brilliant” Guardian) combine to bring you something brand new: Tarot. In the basement of an old town hall, a live tarot reading is held. Sketches spin out of the cards and, as the show nears midnight, the significance of the reading as a whole begins to come into focus. Come to have your faith restored in a dying art. Sketch, not Tarot. An interactive, fast-paced sketch show inspired by and based on a love of tarot reading. What will the cards hold for you?

Photo by Kayla Wren.

Rachel Fairburn: The People's Princess

Rachel’s been described by some losers as obnoxious, rude and contrary. However, she thinks she’s absolutely adorable and the natural choice for the dormant title of The People's Princess.

★★★★ ThreeWeeks
★★★★ Skinny
★★★★ One4Review

Photo by Kayla Wren.

Moon: We Cannot Get Out

Two provincial louts perform grotty comedy sketches. There's something wrong with their venue though: it keeps trying to kill them. An immersive comedy-horror experience that's “wonderfully warped” (Scotsman).

Last year's debut hour was declared “one of 2018's best-reviewed Fringe shows” (Comedy.co.uk) and “the start of a cult comedy career, maybe more” ★★★★ Chortle.

“Moon are no ordinary sketch duo. Magical stuff” ★★★★ List

Directed by Jordan Brookes (2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee)

Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

Georgie Morrell: Eyecon

Join award-nominated comedian and one-eyed legend Georgie Morrell as she explores disability and celebrity. Ever wanted to be an icon and have everyone look up to you? Georgie didn't but she is now and doesn't remember agreeing to this. Or did she? Has she totally sacrificed who she is to be the poster girl of disability? As seen and heard on BBC Two, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. Show commissioned by New Theatre Wolsey (Ipswich).

“Riotous and side-splittingly funny, sets disability taboos alight” Disability Arts
“Ballsy and uncompromising” ★★★★1/2 Reviews Hub
“Burns with fire and light” Whatsonstage

Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad.

Joz Norris has retired or possibly died, who cares? All that matters is Mr Fruit Salad, a fictional chimaera he created as a form of self-care, has developed autonomy and is putting on a solo show. Absurdist meditation on anxiety and grief performed by an idiot from Pontefract who doesn't exist. Sell-out show at VAULT Festival and Leicester Comedy Festival 2019.

As seen/heard on BBC3, Channel 4, ITV2, Dave and BBC Radio 4.

“An absolute idiot... Simple, silly and screamingly funny” Fest
“A comedy legend” ToDoList.org.uk

Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

Siân Docksey: Canary

Child-turned-retired-child Siân Docksey tells you all the things she’s had to explain to her parents. A new stand-up show about being a rubbish oldest sibling, capitalism, queer stuff, and Cher.

Featured in The Telegraph's Funniest One-Liners of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

“Joy and bewilderment in equal measure” ★★★★ Skinny
“Siân Docksey has got her weird in order.” ★★★★ Funny Women
“I ain't ever seen anything quite like that!” ★★★★ Mumble Comedy
“Silly, nonsensical, political, feminist and weird” One4Review

Alex Kealy: Rationale

Political comedian and “rising star of the British stand-up scene” (List) Alex Kealy explores the emotional roots of our rational thoughts. But funny, though.

“A storming show from the whimsical funnyman” Sunday Times
“This is clever comedy...you've done yourself some internal damage from laughing so much” ★★★★ Shortcom
“Hilarious...fresh, insightful, and original...great hour of cerebral stand-up” ★★★★ Fringe Guru
“Well thought out and insightful...a very enjoyable hour of comedy” ★★★★ TheatreWeekly
“Ferociously quick-witted” ★★★★ EdFringeReview
“An hour of self-aware and intelligent comedy” ★★★★ Bunbury Magazine
“This is intelligent, informative, funny stuff from an important voice” Three Weeks
“Marvellous stand-up” (The Skinny)

Photo by Edward Moore.

Flora Anderson: Romantic

Ridiculously self-aware middle-class dreamer Flora does a show about trying and failing to be creative in the big city. Is she an epic Romantic vagabond or just an entitled absolute pr*ck? She's chasing a dream, but the chase might be much, much funnier.

Debut hour from the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year finalist.

“A promising comedian” (Guardian) with a “well-tuned political antennae” (Chortle).

Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

Crybabies: Danger Brigade

Join Michael Clarke (“nothing short of genius” ★★★★★ Three Weeks), Ed Jones (“ripe with wit” ★★★★ The Skinny) and James for Crybabies' debut hour of surreal comedy, action, singing and dancing, rats, crisps and concerns of the heart. Buckle up for an absurdist adventure through the seductive waters of World War II, truly the Godfather Part II of world wars.

“Bursting with artistic invention” Chortle

As seen on BBC3, and heard on Radio 4 Extra.

Photo by Greta Mitchell.


Hosts

This year's hosts are:

  • Sy Thomas: “a beguiling mix of the weird and the vulnerable” Chortle
  • Helen Duff: “Bold, subversive and very funny” ★★★★ Scotsman
  • Tom Mayhew: “fantastic alternative comic mind” Broadway Baby
  • Rose Johnson: one-third of sketch group Birthday Girls
  • Nat Metcalfe: “delightfully silly” Time Out
  • Sarah Bennetto: “Self-depreciating, dark, honest and genuinely funny” Advertiser, Adelaide
  • Richard Sandling: “brilliantly geeky” Time Out
  • Kat Sadler: “A joy to spend time with” Skinny
  • Sian Brett: “sunlit stories, beautifully observed and delivered with charm” Objectively Funny
  • Robyn Perkins: “wicked banter, relatable stories, and a presence that fills the room” Great Scott
  • Tom Webb: “ingenious and fresh” Time Out
  • Liberty Hodes: co-host of cult favourite A Comedy Night That Passes the Bechdel Test.