Exploring the evolution of the utter moron, Zoe shares her encounters with the many entry level humans on this earth. From domestic life and technology to pop culture and politics, Zoe has an exceptional knack for nailing those crack you up call backs and cleverly crafted observations.
Tommy Tiernan: Under the Influence
The 1998 Perrier winner shows Tommy Tiernan is still one of the best in this autobiographical and irreverent collection of musings on all things sex, drugs and religion. Brilliantly peppered with some truly brilliant animal impersonations, settle down and enjoy a near perfect hour of gripping comedy from a top comic on top form.
A truly joyous showFest
A wide-eyed philosopher of love and life who performs as if appalled by the idea of being blandThe Guardian
Tom Stade: I Swear To
Old age, social media, the generation gap and having adult children all feature in this marvelously entertaining special from Canadian Fringe veteran Tom Stade.
An accomplished performer.The Wee Review
A mischievous, high-spirited hour of no-nonsense stand-up from an expertly skilled pro.
Chortle Tom is regular on UK television, appearing on shows such as BBC One’s The John Bishop Show, BBC One’s Live at the Apollo and comedy stalwart Mock The Week.
Tiernan Douieb: This Isn’t For You
In his first full-length live show Tiernan thinks the internet is just too loud. As always, there’s some politics in the mix too, and musings on ethereal Icelandic music thrown in for good measure. This all makes for a wonderfully memorable special from the likeable comic who defies the stereotype of the grumpy 30 something comedian. Razor-sharp and infectiously charming observational comedy; contrary to the title, this show definitely IS for you. ‘Cheeky, affable and politicised’ – The Metro ‘Travels at lightning speed yet doesn’t leave anyone behind and is an enjoyable, frequently funny ride.’ – **** Broadway Baby
President Obonjo: Goodbye Mr President
African dictator President Obonjo (who is currently in exile in Britain) continues on his campaign to be the first President to take the UK comedy scene by storm. ‘Goodbye Mr President’ tells the tale of an unlikely friendship between the dictator and an Englishman. The man behind the construct, Benjamin Bello, brings his third show as the Dear Leader to Edinburgh with great success, not one to be missed. “There is only one comedy African dictator” – The Wee Review “A fascinating, bewildering and painfully funny experience” – FringeGuru.com
Njambi McGrath: African In New York – Almost Famous
Kenyan Njambi Mcgrath delights with hilarious accounts of experiences of moving from Kenya to New York City to attend university and her experiences of race relations in America. The show is a delightful combination of light observational comedy and an exploration of more serious topics such as racial prejudice and FGM. Winner of NATYS 2019, Njambi was voted 1 of 5 top female comedians to watch by Fabulous Magazine 2012. ‘A show that deserves to be seen’ – Fringe Review
Laura Davis: Live at the Easey Street Concert Hall
Multi-award winning Australian comedian Laura Davis is a newcomer to the NextUp family with her show Live at Easey Street. Smart, original and full of black humour, Davis brings it all to the table with a combination of well crafted jokes, dark, observational story-telling and provocative themes. Laura won both the Comedy Channel Moosehead Award in 2016 and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Golden Gibbo Winner in 2015. A different kind of provocative… Smart, challenging, ambitious, playful and funny – Chortle.co.uk ★★★★ An hour with Laura Davis leaves you feeling uplifted, somewhat bewildered and utterly amazed by such blistering talent – Time Out ★★★★
Jeff Leeson: Grandma Used To Heckle Me
A masterful blend of traditional stand-up comedy and long form improv taking the audience on a journey while they witness the show being created right in front of their eyes as Canadian comedian Jeff Leeson delights us with his off the cuff, freewheeling style of stand-up. Leeson began his journey into comedy at the tender age of 14. Over the past couple of decades, his stand-up has been featured on Sirius/XM radio, The Bob & Tom Show (WGN), MTV, and the iChannel. One of those true talents that come along only so often in this business’ – Kevin O’Keefe, iChannel ‘Jeff does an amazing job. I’ve never seen someone do an hour of crowd work and make me cry all the way through’ Neil Griffin, Crack Me Up Comedy
Garrett Millerick: Devil’s Advocate
This highly charged hour of stand-up explores what Millerick describes as ‘the discrepancy between what I thought being an adult would be like and what it’s actually like’. Chuckle worthy musings on why we shouldn’t be so hard on Scientologists, what he thinks of a university’s safe-space policy, and a hilarious routine about how a more ethnically diverse Friends could potentially be more offensive than the current lack of cultural representation all make for a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging show. Garrett’s sitcom Do Gooders recently recorded a pilot for Audible produced by Hat Trick Productions and starring Jack Dee and Meera Syal and is currently being developed for television.
Millerick gives you far more than most comedians manage in an hour’ – Chortle ‘Angry, Intelligent Stand Up’ – Time Out ‘It’s delivered exquisitely and is beautifully funnyTVbomb.co.uk
Funmbi Omotayo: NextUp Special
Instantly likeable, Funmbi Omotayo’s observational humour takes us through Hackney and his Nigerian roots in his wonderfully calm and charismatic style. His gently paced stories and anecdotes will won’t fail to tickle and charm. Funmbi won Leicester Square New Act of the Year competition in 2012; shortly after becoming joint winner of Amused Moose’s Laugh Off Competition in the same year. ‘His good nature is a delight’ – Chortle ‘A classy young stand-up and, a headliner in the making’ – London is funny
Danny McLoughlin: Phillip Was Right
Opening with a Larkin poem is a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd. Join confident and likeable Chester comedian Danny McLoughlin who instantly puts you at ease with his easy delivery and pitch perfect anecdotes. Hilarious tales of his parent’s divorce, Catholic communion and McLoughlin’s escapades with his MA writing class will keep you interested right to the end – an hour well spent. Finalist – Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2008 ‘ McLoughlin kills it’ – The Wee Review **** – One4Review
Danny McGinlay: The Complete First Season
Cheeky Aussie funnyman offers up an hour of slick delivery and a winning smile featuring hilarious anecdotes on the highs and lows of wedding night sex, burning his balls on a Hawaiian honeymoon and why watching soccer with your Ukrainian wife might not be the best idea… Danny McGinlay has been a touriung headline act for over a decade, and has performed on four continents, gigged for Royalty, Prime Ministers and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Jam packed full of fun, thoroughly enjoyable!”★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser “A slick and entertaining performance” The Age “Genius… ball shatteringly funny!Inpress
Becky Brunning: Bloom
Funny Women finalist and Broadchurch Actor Becky delights with her new show Bloom. A tale of two halves, the show focuses on her relationship with her parents as a child, and her future as she considers starting a family with her wife. Acutely observed and perfectly pitched Bloom is a show from a comedian with the world very much at her feet. “Her comedy insinuates itself, forcing its way inexorably through the cracks in her audience’s defences and flourishing there” Broadway Baby “Original, inventive and exciting” Sara Pascoe ★★★★ Australia Times
Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins
A thoughtful and hilarious exploration of racial, social, and musical identity, join Maddocks for his 2016 debut solo show where he explores heritage, the collision of two separate worlds and his journey towards ‘fitting in’. Archie was a finalist in 2014 for The New Act of the Year, English Comedian of the Year, and the Amused Moose Laugh Off. ‘Terrifically clever’ – BrodwayBaby ‘Surely destined to rise through the ranks in the next few years’ – The Evening Standard ‘A treat’ – Edfestmag.com
Andy Parsons: Live & Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious
One of the UK’s best known comedians and star of BBC 2’s Mock the Week returns with his fifth UK tour, delivering more of his famously acerbic wit and razor sharp satire. With four sell out national tours, three DVD releases and a special for Comedy Central already under his belt, Parsons has also won multiple awards including the Time Out Comedy Award, the New Zealand International Comedy Award and the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Award. ‘Hysterical live show. Andy Parsons is on fire’ – The Mirror ‘A merciless, Swiftian dissection. Bubbling over with righteous and very funny indignation’ – The Times
Andy Field: The Andy Field Experience
The Andy Field Experience is probably the only comedy show out there to use a handwritten PowerPoint, and certainly the only one that uses it to pitch perfect comedic effect. Surreal on the surface but at its heart a traditional, gag-lead stand-up show, enjoy an hour revelling in Field’s puns, anecdotes and hilarious tales of misadventure. Andy won the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2015 and was a finalist 2014 Leicester Square New Act of the Year. **** – Broadway Baby ‘Brilliant, classless humour’ – Voice Mag
Alexis Dubus: A Ruddy Brief History of Swearing
Alexis Dubus treats his viewers to a comedy show come lecture in this breezy, casually delivered special. A mixture of fascinating trivia and charming autobiographical details, A R*ddy Brief History of Swearing gallops along, with Alexis appearing to get as much of a kick from the informative as he does the humorous. Want to know the top 25 swear words according to the BBC and the Welsh word for jellyfish? This is the show for you. Alexis started his career as a sketch writer and performer and since joining the UK comedy circuit has made TV and radio appearances all over the world. ‘A sort of live profanisaurus’ – Chortle ‘One to watch’ The Guardian
Twins: Pret A Comedy
Not exactly identical twins Annie McGrath and Jack Barry delight in this hour of charming and laid back absurdity. Jack is dying and has an hour left for the two of them to bumble their way through his bucket list. They have the length of the show to tick off everything, including visiting the northern lights and learning a foreign language. Dive in for haphazard and delightful sketches a plenty from one of the most exciting double acts on the circuit. ‘Original and funny… Ones to watch’ ShortCom.co.uk ‘A unique and exciting prospect’ **** Whats-On-London.co.uk
The Delightful Sausage: Cold Hard Cache
Surreal sketch comedy from Yorkshire’s finest meat-themed comedy duo, The Delightful Sausage. In this tightly-packed hour of nonsense, Chris and Amy teach an audience of know nowt Southerners all about the World Wide Internet. Cult comedy, ideal for those who have sold all their Earthly possessions to follow the teachings of the Insane Clown Posse.
Mark Steel: Mark Steel’s In Town
Filmed in South London’s Blackheath Halls, writer and comic creator of the hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show Mark Steel’s In Town brings us this recording from one of the stops on his UK tour. After researching the history, heritage and culture of his audience’s home town, Mark performs a bespoke evening of clever, creative comedy for the local residents. Now in it’s 8th series, In Town went onto to win the 2018 BBC Radio Awards Best Comedy Show. ‘A feelgood rallying cry celebrating what makes Britain great – even when it’s a bit sh*t. Especially when it’s a bit sh*t’ – Chortle