PRINCE ABDI & TOM WARD: WORK IN PROGRESSES
Sunday 8th January @ 8:00pm
Come along and watch top comedians Prince Abdi and Tom Ward as they brings their new shows to the stage.
Somalian-born Prince Abdi is a British comedian, actor and writer. Having moved from Somalia to London as a child, Prince draws on his migrant background to create a unique style of storytelling and comedy.
Prince was recently cast in the role of Big Man for the HBO pilot ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’. The pilot, filmed in October 2016, was written and directed by Somali Canadian rapper/ singer K’naan Warsame and executive produced by Warsame, Kathryn Bigelow and Carolyn Strauss.
As well as being a regular on the UK comedy circuit, Prince has performed in various countries overseas including USA, Canada, Turkey, Holland, South Africa, The Emirates, France and Kenya. From January – March 2016, Prince performed as part of the Adelaide and Perth “Best Of The Edinburgh Fest” festivals. Prince has also supported Reginald D Hunter, Stephen K Amos and Dave Chappelle on their national tours, and has performed alongside Chris Rock and Louis CK.
Prince has written and starred in his own television sketches for the BBC, Comedy Central and ITV, as well as comedy and drama features. In 2015, he developed a short for BBC Three, “My First Fast”, as part of their Ramadan season. Other TV credits include Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up, BBC Three’s Laughter Shock, and ITV’s FHM Stand Up Hero,. BBC’s The Wall, Channel 4’s Channel 4 Presents, BBC’s The Jason Lewis Experience and Diary of a Bad Man, Part 10.
“Original” The Guardian
“Refreshingly funny” The Stage
“Pacy, upbeat and infectious” Chortle
Comedian, writer, filmmaker and voice-over artist Tom Ward has made a name for himself in comedy as a finalist in the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014, Leicester Square New Comedian Final 2013 and NATY Final 2014. Tom has forged a successful and unique path in the industry, with his inventive style incorporating his voice-over talents and improvisation, in addition to his innovative writing.
“Equal parts hilarious and bizarre…One of the most impressive, distinctive newish acts around” (Bruce Dessau – Beyond The Joke)
“Unique, unpredictable, and able to carry off jokes about the oddest of things…Definitely someone to look out for.” (London is Funny)
“Fine writing, evoking silly images and ideas, combines with a distinctive look to make him memorable.” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)
During the past year, Tom’s provided tour support for Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney. He also recently recorded a set for the next series of Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central). In August, Tom will be performing his debut hour at the Edinburgh Festival, showcasing his fantastic routines about his evangelical parents and his experiences as a manager of a charity shop. Time Out London have already singled him out as one to watch at the Fringe this year.