After a career in health and social care, Angela Barnes decided to realise a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since 2011, Angela and her witty world view have been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including appearances on BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.
"Like all the best comics, she manages to articulate a singular perspective while making it seem like a universal truth. And then she put jokes in it. Harder than it looks." The Guardian
"Brilliantly funny." Sarah Millican
"A beautifully paced performance that was aided by the consistent quality of her jokes, many of which showed a great skill with self-deprecation." Chortle
Scottish comedian Matt Winning has been performing since 2009 and quickly gained a reputation as an exciting new act after winning the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2011 and appearing in the final of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2012. He also reached the final of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards in 2010, as himself, and again in 2011, as a character.
Matt is also the co-creator of the cult show ‘Bearpit Podcast Podcast’ in which he performs monthly at the Invisible Dot in London with Mat Ewins, John Kearns, Adam Hess, Fin Taylor, Richard Gadd and Lolly Adefope.
He has performed in several mixed-bill shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including The Comedy Zone in 2013 with Lucy Beaumont, Tommy Rowson and Carl Hutchinson. Matt also appeared in BBC Scotland TV show Scot Squad and has written for the Comedy Unit and BBC Radio Scotland.
“Fine and distinctive one-liners in his set, with strange points of reference and clever exposition……an inventive writer.” Chortle
“He has one-liners to rival Tim Vine’s funniest joke awards.” The List
“A more nuanced exploration of youth, half-hearted liberalism, family ties and artistic expression, Jacob Hawley drew immediate and repeated laughs from the crowd. He was dry, perceptive and unexpected. A darn sight more entertaining than the majority of fringe comedians we’ve caught so far.” Arts Award Voice
A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.
Peter has been a finalist in a variety of local and national comedy competitions including the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, as well as winning the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012. He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Show What You Wrote’ and ‘Newsjack’, and supported Arthur Smith during his 2013 tour.
“An imaginative use of language and obtuse angles of thought that produce distinctive and eclectic gags…his best lines are inspired.” Chortle
“Clever and original.” Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
“Yorkshire’s answer to Woody Allen.” Harrogate Advertiser
AND YOUR RESIDENT HOST:
BEN VAN DER VELDE
Standing a statutesque five foot five inches high (not in heels) and weighing in at eleven stone (on a good day) Ben is the current light-middleweight contender for compering champion of Kilburn.
“Sharp and crafty gagsmith.” Chortle
“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
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