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Laughing Around Presents... #5
Thursday 12 September
Dane Baptiste, Bilal Zafar, Aurie Styla, Alex Kealy & More!
Original, provocative and exceptionally prolific – Baptiste is already being hailed as one of the most exciting acts to break in years. The London born stand up made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for a Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
★★★★★ ‘A comical genius’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ ‘Masterfully crafted’ The Herald
★★★★ ‘A striking set’ Guardian
★★★★ ‘Observational comedy at its finest’ The Independent
★★★★ ‘Outstanding’ Scotsman
★★★★ ‘Powerful and persuasive’ Fest Magazine
Bilal Zafar is a Stand up comedian, writer and actor. He was nominated for Best Newcomer for his debut show; CAKES at the Edinburgh fringe 2016. He returned to the fringe in 2017 with a sell out run of his follow up show; BISCUIT which was also very well received. New Act of the Year award winner Bilal joined the company of previous winners such as Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Joe Wilkinson and Linda Smith when he came top of the bill at the 2016 New Act of the Year Awards (previously the Hackney Empire new act of the year award). In 2015 he was the runner up at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year competition. He has appeared on BBC3, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for The Independent and the Guardian.
“witty and absorbing…highly entertaining. I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“Delivers big laughs” Brian Logan, The Guardian
Having started stand-up comedy back in 2010, Aurie has tirelessly honed his craft and his likeable charisma has earned him fans in the thousands. Starting out as a function host, he quickly became a favourite of many universities across the UK for his easy going nature and quick wit. He was a regular master of ceremonies for both club and comedy nights before deciding to turn his attention solely towards stand-up.
Aurie has worked with many notable comedians from around the world, both as a fellow performer and also as a promoter for his phenomenally popular ‘ComedyMania’ events. His consistency and warm persona sees him regularly employed as a warm up comedian for the major broadcasters and on shows such as The Big Narstie show and The Mo Gilligan Show. Alongside his comedy work, he's also worked with the likes of Will.I.Am, Benedict Cumberbatch, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van-Persie as well as corporate work for, amongst others, Facebook and Da Bounce in Holland.
In 2016, Aurie self-produced and toured his first live stand-up comedy special "Working... Hardly!", around the UK, with all dates completely sold out. In 2017, he toured his second "Straight Up!" again with all shows sold out. Due to overwhelming demand, both tours were extended. He’s currently touring his third show ‘Just Like that’ Aurie currently presents on BBC Radio London, every Monday night from 8pm - 10pm. The show is called ‘The Scene’ where Aurie invites guests from all avenues of entertainment to interview, and discuss current affairs, with a comical twist.
Aurie co-star’s to the 2019 horror comedy "Are We Dead Yet?,’ produced and directed by Fredi Nwaka, and also starring Hakkan Hassan, Jessica Stafford, Bradley Turner & Paul Danan.
Alex Kealy is a stand-up comedian who mixes political material with self-deprecation and relatable observations. He reached the final of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny competition in his first year of performing and is now a "rising star of the British stand-up scene" (The List) .
He has taken three hours of stand-up to the Edinburgh Fringe, the latest being 2018's A Kealy's Heel - "a storming show" (The Sunday Times) which was met with full rooms and critical acclaim. Other work includes writing for BBC Two's Mock The Week.
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DOORS 7pm. SHOW STARTS 8pm. Latecomers may not be admitted. 18+. Line up subject to change.
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