Suspiciously Cheap Comedy: Pre-Fringe Smashfest

Sunday 23 July

Backyard Comedy Club

ft. Adam Riches, Phil Wang + Lolly Adefope


18:30 – 21:30
Backyard Comedy Club231 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 0EL
London's best mixed-bill comedy night returns for the final time before we all go off to seek our fame and fortune at the Edinburgh Fringe. It's gonna be 'uuuuuge.

'Ridiculously good'—TimeOut

FT.

ADAM RICHES
The 'ballsiest audience-interactor on the Fringe' (Telegraph) and 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. One-man whirlwind of rip-roaring faff. 'Brilliantly funny... like playtime on cocaine' ***** (Chortle.co.uk). 'One of the most exciting comedians to be in a room with' (Times). ‘There's no-one else quite like him’ ***** (Independent). ‘A triumph of cunningly crafted, high-energy character comedy’ ***** (Time Out). ‘Will make you laugh yourself silly and what could be better than that?’ ***** (Telegraph). ***** (Scotsman).

PHIL WANG
Phil is a laid-back Eurasian stand-up comic with cerebral charm and a dorky swagger. He has been on Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the short-lived but much-loved BBC Three sitcom Top Coppers. ‘Certain belly laughs’ (Sunday Times). ‘Brilliant... His technique is flawless, his observations astute’ (Chortle.co.uk).

+ LOLLY ADEFOPE
Revolutionary character comedy. The Observer’s Rising Star of Comedy for 2017; The Evening Standard’s Fresh Faces of 2016; The Hospital Club h100 Awards: Winner (Broadcast category) 2016; Chortle Variety and Character Award winner 2017 and Best Newcomer 2016, and Best Character/Improv/Sketch Act Nominee 2016. Star of Sky1’s Rovers, ITV2’s @elevenish, Dave's Taskmaster, Channel 4’s comedy-drama Loaded, QI, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, The Last Leg and The Chris Ramsey Show. ★★★★★ The Daily Mirror, ★★★★ Time Out, ★★★★ Evening Standard, ★★★★ iPaper, ★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★ Chortle.

HOSTED/GAP-FILLED BY: GOOSE
Sweaty one-man cartoons. 'A fabulous, breakneck performer who morphs feverishly between characters and ideas'. (The Independent). **** ‘Brilliant stuff..A niftily constructed, frenetical hour’ (The Guardian). **** ‘Excellently crafted...Quickfire jokes, rich call-backs and expensive stunts rattle past’ (Sunday Times). ***** 'Irrepressibly funny...It's phenomenal. Just go' (Fest).

GEIN’S FAMILY GIFTSHOP
Your new favourite sketch group, you just don’t know it yet. Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2014. Winners: Best New Sketch Act and Audience Choice Award at London Sketchfest 2014. ***** (The Sunday Times, The Skinny, Arts Award Voice, Broadway Baby, Short Com), **** (Mail on Sunday, Time Out, Metro, Fest, Gigglebeats).

AND RESIDENT OUT-OF-OUR-LEAGUE MC...

KIRI PRITCHARD-McLEAN
Leicester Mercury Finalist, Amused Moose finalist and one fourth of the Multi award winning Gein's Family Giftshop. "She balances affection with an acute eye for the ridiculous to bring you a stand up set of well delivered, increasingly funny anecdotes..definitely one to watch" - Three Weeks.