SARAH CALLAGHAN

FRIDAY 31ST MARCH – 6:30PM (EARLY SHOW)

Sarah Callaghan is an award-winning comedian and writer. Join her for her work-in-progress of her brand new show. 

The instant she steps on stage you know you’re in the presence of someone new and special
★★★★★ The Mirror

Awards
• Malcolm Hardee ‘Act Most Likely To Make A Million Quid’ 2015: Nominated
• Up The Creek One To Watch 2013: Winner
• Leicester Square New Act Competition 2013: Finalist
• Funny Women 2011: Finalist

BEN VAN DER VELDE & BEC HILL

THURSDAY 30TH MARCH – 8:00PM

Some people are life’s heroes, its leading men and women. They’re full of swash, buckle and daring-do. Others are happy to stand at the side and hold their jackets. For every Fred Flinstone, there is a Barney Rubble. Every Yogi needs a Booboo and all Sherlocks need a patient Watson. This is a show about the men and women who pick up the pieces whilst the main man is busy humping the heroine after the credits have rolled.

“A sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on.an impressively wide range of topics.bringing flair and confidence to them all.” Steve Bennett, Chortle

“Highly promising.an accomplished comic.” Time Out

“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“He must have one of the highest jokes-per-hour counts in Edinburgh this month.” ★★★★★ Reviews Hub

“Turns lazy stereotypes and political messes into biting, personal, satire.” ★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

“On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.” Fest

“Exquisite comic timing.wonderfully clownish physical comedy.” British Theatre Guide

“Brilliantly funny and well-formed set.a likeably bold comedian.” Gigglebeats

PLUS:

BEC HILL Comedian, presenter and professional fool (profoolssional), Bec Hill, brings an hour of new (and old) material, musing on technology, eggs and other awesome subjects. May contain pop-ups.

‘Bec Hill: exuberant, daft and inventive.’ *★★★★ Scotsman

‘There’s something special about Bec Hill’. ★★★★ Times

CHRIS BETTS: BEWILDERBEEST

TUESDAY 28TH MARCH – 8:00PM

Canadian Chris Betts doesn’t so much hate people as finds them inexplicable. This makes life more difficult than it need be. Our pointless disdain for the left handed, people defecating in urinals, police that refuse break dancing competitions. Chris can’t wrap his head around any of it. Combine this with a yak-like hairiness and you’ve got the Bewilderbeest.

 

★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

★★★★ Arts Award Voice

Daily Telegraph Top 20 Jokes of the Fringe

NATYS 2015 Finalist

“An enticing prospect…off-kilter thoughts sharpened by the occasional prod at taboo topics.” The Independent

“A glint of steelier edge” – Chortle “Original and unique perspective” The Edinburgh Reporter 

ED GAMBLE

MONDAY 27TH MARCH – 8:00PM

Ed Gamble (Mock the Week, Drunk History, Almost Royal, Conan) picks up his shovel and goes to work on his fourth solo show. At the time of writing this blurb, the show is for fans of: hair, halloumi and cruise ships.

“he is on irresistible form…a joyous gallop through Gamble’s middle class vexations” ★★★★ Telegraph (2016)

“a master of unlocking the humour in everything” ★★★★ The List (2016)

“Gamble holds the audience in the palm of his hand” ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (2016)

WORKSHOP: COMEDY COMPERING

SATURDAY 25TH MARCH – 1PM

Whether you’re an open mic comic wanting to learn the basics of compering or a more seasoned pro keen to extend your skill set, join accomplished compere Ben Van der Velde for this four-part workshop focussing on the skills of hosting and crowd work. Learn how to keep the audience on their toes and in the palm of your hand with useful shortcuts for effective crowdwork, original methods to warm-up a room, how to deal with hecklers and how to host non-comedy events. All abilities/levels of experience welcome.

Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter who, over the past few years has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.

He is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Stand, Komedia, Just the Tonic, The Backyard, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Outside the Box, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Off the Kerb and The Comedy Café, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He also has experience of performing at RAF Bases, large corporate events, hosting comedy workshops and doing audience warm-up for Deal Or No Deal. On top of that, he has taken commissions to perform a voodoo re-marriage ceremony, founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, walked the entire London Underground network for charity and even took part in experiments at The Royal Society that revealed him to have the most infectious laugh of any human, rat or monkey.

Ben is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has performed three critically-acclaimed shows: Chain Letter, Strudelhead and Barbarians. This summer his show received 5 and 4 star reviews, whilst several of jokes made it into lists of ‘Best Joke at the Fringe’ compiled by The Scotsman, i-News and The Huffington Post.

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR BEN:

“Whipsharp…with an air of mischievous mayhem…his hit rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room…a life-giving compere.” Chortle

“Highly promising…an accomplished comic.” Time Out

“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“Exquisite comic timing…wonderfully clownish physical comedy.” British Theatre Guide

THE RAT PACK PRESENTS

FRIDAY 24TH MARCH – 8:00pm (MAIN SHOW)

A new series of stand-up shows from the people behind critically acclaimed The Rat Pack stand-up comedy. We present the best comedians in distinct and inspiring shows at one of London’s best comedy venues, the Camden Comedy Club.

Time Out Critics Choice

‘Classy stand-up show. Laid-back, cheesy, joyful fun and a wonderfully friendly vibe’ Time Out 

MILO McCABLE: TROY HAWKE

FRIDAY 24TH MARCH – 6:30PM (EARLY SHOW)

Troy Hawke (‘mad comic genius’ – The Scotsman) is finding politics everywhere he goes…in the Poundland, down at the Bingo…in his local nightclub…they are suddenly inescapable…but what to do with them? Which way to swing? Join Troy as he gets right to the pulsing dirty heart of every major issue that faces us in this barbaric dystopian present.

★★★★★  ‘Character comedy that is near perfection’ The New Current ★★★★ ‘Undeniably funny’ Chortle ★★★★ ‘Beautifully written characters’ The List★★★★ ‘Perfectly worded jokes’ Broadway Baby ★★★★ ‘One of the year’s best comedy acts…will outgrow his venue in no time’ Edfest Mag