16th May: Julian Deane, Jack Barry, Ahir Shah
17th May: Phil Wang, Harry & Chris
19th May: Naz Osmanoglu, Kieran Boyd, James Loveridge
20th May: Matt Richardson, Glenn Moore
Julian Deane has been wowing audiences across the country with his genius punch lines and perfect delivery. Having first performed stand up in 2005, Julian’s brilliant, utterly original and hilarious routines have earned him appreciation, recognition and praise from audiences across the country as well as prominent figures in the comedy industry.
Jack is probably the only stand up on the circuit with a degree in Chinese. What a waste. After excitedly stumbling his way around the stand up and sketch circuits, performing at nights for CKP, Knock 2 Bag, the Invisible Dot and the BBC Comedy Tent in Edinburgh, Jack then went on to support James Acaster on the UK tours of Edinburgh Award-nominated shows Prompt and Lawnmower.
Winner of the 2014 award for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Ahir Shah is, at the time of writing, a funny and extant comedian. His sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of emotional frankness, poetic language, and jokes. In August 2015, Ahir debuted his new show, Distant, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which saw huge critical success and packed houses, and will now play the Soho Theatre for a week in October. A show about the importance of faraway things, Ahir turns his incisive brand of comedy to topics spanning World War One, cigarettes, vegetarianism, Islamism, capitalism, politics, climate change, love, and pirates.
Phil Wang is rapidly making a name for himself both in the UK and internationally with clever lines and a trademark laid-back style. As well as a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, he also performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival that year, and performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015.
Harry & Chris
Harry and Chris : Edinburgh Preview 2017 Having played together in various forms for over 10 years, World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker teams up with BFF/Jazz Musician Chris Read as the imaginatively titled Harry and Chris. After a debut sell-out run of The Harry and Chris Show at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, they are bringing their brand of poetry, music, love and laughter all around the country.
Star of BBC3’s Live at the Electric, winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-off Competition, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2010 Naz Osmanoglu has hit the London comedy circuit running. Already a fringe veteran with acclaimed, irreverent sketch trio WitTank, he is now diverting his angry Anglo-Turkish energy to stand-up as well as sketch comedy. WitTank will be shooting a pilot of "TheSchool" forE4.
Semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny? (2009), Amused Moose Laugh-Off (2010), and part of Fringe favourites WitTank, Kieran has been performing his inventive, high-energy stand up across the country for five years. He gigs for Avalon, CKP, The Stand, Komedia, and Highlight amongst others as well as numerous shows at the Edinburgh Festival.
ames Loveridge is one of the most exciting young talents in recent years; in demand as an act and an MC at the biggest comedy clubs across the UK. James is not only an entertaining storyteller, but his cheeky and charming personality mean he can warm any room and endear himself to practically any crowd. He performed his debut hour show ‘ Funny Because It’ s True’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, a sold out run, it was loved by both audience and critics alike. His previous Edinburgh show ‘ James Loveridge And Other Losers’ was also met with rave reviews.
Matt is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian and one of the most exciting names on the circuit currently rising through the ranks. Having started stand-up in 2009 at 18 years old, Matt became one of the youngest comedians on the circuit and soon made it through to the finals of two national stand-up competitions – the prestigious So You Think You're Funny and the Chortle Student Comedy Award – as well as coming runner up in the Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year and winning the Newbury and Bath Comedy Festival new act competitions – all while still in his teens. He quickly established himself in all of the major comedy club chains in the UK and has gigged overseas on countless occasions.
Within his first 10 gigs, Glenn was a finalist in So You Think You’re Funny? and a runner-up in the Chortle Student Comedy Awards. Since then, he’s gone on to regularly perform across the UK, for the likes of Jongleurs, Off The Kerb and Komedia. At the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, he was part of the prestigious AAA Stand-Up Late showcase show. In 2016 Glenn took his debut hour Glengarry Glen Glenn to the Edinburgh Festival. The show sold out and garnered great reviews.