The New York Times calls Anuvab Pal “India’s Most intelligent comedian”. The BBC calls him “India’s answer to British wit.” His stand-up comedy special The Nation Wants To Know, has played over 500 sold out shows from Mumbai to Sydney to San Francisco. His current show, Empire, a comedy show based on the history of the British Empire in India, has played in 12 cities worldwide and been called “Spectacular” by CNN and “a laugh riot with brilliant ideas” by NDTV. Clearly, he his a smart, funny man with big ideas and enormous punchlines to match. Probably best known to British audiences via his charming and erudite contributions of Andy Zaltzman’s pan-global satirical podcast The Bugle, he’s right on the verge of breaking into the big time.
Anuvab has been seen on BBC2 as part of the BBC’s Big Asian Stand Up shows, recorded at the iconic Leeds City Varieties Hall. He also featured in this years BBC World Service The New Years Stand Up Comedy Special which was recorded at the legendary BBC’s radio theatre in London. Excitingly, he will be making his TV debut on this season’s QI. If you want a comedian who will make you think as well as laugh and will leave you coming away feeling much more intelligent than when you arrived, you’ll adore Anuvab Pal.
George is that most perfect of comedy acts: a grumpy, crumpled troubadour who wears his heart on his sleeve and sometimes bleeds all over the front row. Anything in the pursuit of a laugh. Taking his comic nods from Bill Bailey and Ricky Gervais, he livens up any bill with his mixture of musicality, deadpan threat and lo-fi charm.
“Disturbing and a little bit heart-breaking, but very funny indeed.” The List
“Rigden’s musical comedy is deliciously dark.” Beyond the Joke
EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE: BEST NEWCOMER 2019
Huge by name, huge and funny by nature, this innovative newcomer brings his own unique take on the DIY musical comedy pioneered by the likes of David O'Doherty. Combining his confident on stage presence, dark humour, surreal material and one-of-a-kind customised keyboard, Huge has quickly risen to become one the most promising unique new acts in the UK. After co-writing and co-performing his musical Bendiana Jones and The Temple of Huge at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Huge is now currently working towards his debut solo hour.
"Jet black, funny and unsettling." Chortle
Zoë Tomalin is a neon pink nihilist who grew up on a small island, and it totally shows. Her comedy combines relatable stories with cosmic dread.
"A great piece of alternative comedy." The Skinny
"Unalloyed joy, full of impish verve." Chortle
The only Orthodox Jewish women currently working on the British comedy circuit, there is a lot more to Rachel than meets the eye. She's a skilled comic storyteller who makes audiences fall in love with her as she welcomes them into the bizarre and hilarious world of her family history and traditions, both past and present.
“Very, very funny.” The Jewish Chronicle
“A confident and charismatic performer.” Funny Women
AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:
BEN VAN DER VELDE
Freshly returned from the Edinburgh Festival, Ben is ready to take the helm at Good Ship once more and steer it through the vast ocean of comedy we have on offer. One of the quickest wits around and a much-loved compere, he always brings a jam-packed back of nonsense, silliness and wisecracks to every gig he hosts.
"Sharp and crafty gagsmith, a life-giving compere." Chortle
"Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue." Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“The perfect comedy club host – he is a master of audience interaction. The audience weren’t just warmed up, but pretty hysterical even before the first act of the night hit the stage.” Huffington Post