Edinburgh Previews - Julian Deane, Naz Osmanoglu, Hayley Ellis, Rob Auton
Julian Deane has been wowing audiences across the country with his genius punch lines and perfect delivery. His witty writing skills have been put to use on Matt Forde’s Unspun (Dave Channel), which he wrote on in 2016.
This year, Julian will support Paul Chowdhry on the highly-anticipated tour Live Innit. 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.
Furthermore, he has proved his talent by winning some of the most prestigious stand-up comedy competitions in the country and is also in big demand as a writer (Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia)
All of this makes him a terrific act with a hugely exciting future ahead of him.
“Deliciously twisted… a stream of seriously good gags… quick, sharply written and endlessly repeatable lines” The Guardian
“It’s just a matter of time before Julian Deane gets a boost up the comedy rankings… His trick is to make you think you’re watching standard stand-up fare, then twisting expectations with sharp, original punchlines” The Independent
“Assured and brilliant… Deane is a class apart… a master of hilarious twists and turns” Chortle
Star of BBC3’s Live at the Electric, winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-off Competition, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2010, and Runner-up in So You Think You’re Funny, Naz 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.
In 2013, Naz appeared on Live at the Electric with WitTank and filmed a Comedy Feed for BBC Online called Flat TV, which was then commissioned for a BBC Three series. Naz was part of the main troupe for the seventh series of Horrible Histories (CBBC). He has also appeared in Drunk History (Comedy Central), Plebs (ITV2) and Bull (UKTV Gold).
Naz was selected to be one of the new stars on Laughtershock for BBC Three, a hybrid of stand up and sketch comedy, and returned to Edinburgh in 2010 as a performer in The Comedy Zone, the fringe’s longest running new talent showcase and with another sellout show with WitTank.
In 2011, Naz took his first solo show 1000% Awesome to the Edinburgh Festival and returned with another show from WitTank. After three more successful years in Edinburgh, WitTank had a pilot commissioned in 2014 for their concept, The School.
“He is a name to remember, however difficult that might be. Very confident, very original and tightly performed” Richard Herring
“Spirited, witty and individual… more energy than a dozen Duracell bunnies” Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Naz is a hard gigging, high performance comedy machine” Tommy Holgate, The Sun
Manchester comedian and former regular contributor to XFM's breakfast show, Hayley Ellis has gone from strength to strength since she began performing in April 2009.
A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley’s natural warmth and girl-next-door charm make her impossible to dislike, something which has become evident in her success in new act competitions throughout the UK.
Hayley has also become a regular sight gag contributor for the Russell Howard’s Good News television programme (Avalon Television) and has appeared on MTV’s “Why aye love Geordie Shore” and “Comedy Set Lists” for Virgin television. She can also sometimes be heard on your wireless (Absolute Radio) and her sketches and jokes have appeared on Newsjack (Radio 4). Last summer, Hayley performed at the Edinburgh Festival with her second solo show “Fomo”.
"Ellis surely has a future in comedy." Steve Bennett, Chortle
"Small in stature and big in energy, Ellis simply makes you laugh." Giggle Beats
"Hayley Ellis is fast becoming Manchester’s Funniest female" Steve Wright, Radio 2
Award winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner, Glastonbury’s ‘Poet In Residence’) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedytheatrespoken word show that explores hair and hairs.
Alongside performing solo, Rob hosts “the best poetry gig in the UK” (The Times) Bang Said The Gun. The spoken-word night’s raucous and anarchic spirit attracts a rich mix of new talent and some of the most established names in poetry/music including KATE TEMPEST, ROGER MCGOUGH and JOHN HEGLEY.
'A genuine original' The Guardian
'One of my absolute favourites' Daniel Kitson
'His absurd brand of stand-up and poetry is exactly what the country needs right now' Huffington Post
‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch’ Independent
'I haven’t seen anything else quite like it, or him' Stage