Edinburgh Previews - Pierre Novellie, Jack Barry, Flo & Joan, Matt Winning
Pierre Novellie is one of the best up-and-coming comedians in the United Kingdom.
Pierre is a regular correspondent in BBC2’s The Mash Report hosted by Nish Kumar and performed on the most recent series of Stand Up Central on Comedy Central. He had a regular role in the three-part Channel 4 Comedy Blap, Outsiders, as well as appearing in the Joke Thieves pilot for BBC2 opposite Marcus Brigstocke, BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and 4OD’s comedy series Taxi Gags and a guest on Frank Skinner’s Radio 4 panel show The Rest is History.
An acclaimed live act, Pierre has supported Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney on their national tours and was nominated for Best Club Comic at the 2017 Chortle Awards for two years running. His previous Edinburgh shows have been well received by both audience and critics alike, with his latest show being announced as the seventh best reviewed comedy show across the entire Edinburgh Festival in 2017, and receiving five-star reviews from The Metro and EdFestMag, and four-star reviews from The Scotsman.
Previous Edinburgh shows have received five-star reviews from ThreeWeeks, One4Review and four-star reviews in The Times, Chortle and The List. He is a past winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off and has previously received nominations for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards, the Amused Moose Comedy Award, and Best Debutant at The Skinny Awards.
As a writer, Pierre’s credits include ITV’s Newzoids, Adam Buxton’s Shed of Christmas and Mock the Week.
Pierre also hosts a regular podcast called My Favourite Podcast which is available on iTunes and Soundcloud.
Dawn of a major talent Guardian
A show packed full of belly laughs…impressively well written, perfectly building and building and rich with detail…Novellie delivers it all with real astuteness and skill ★★★★★ The Metro
A big presence…He will go far. ★★★★ The Times
Pierre Novellie is wonderful…A tremendous presence ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Wry, confident observational comedy…hilarious. The Sunday Times
Slick and slightly offbeat… sometimes redolent of Eddie Izzard Chortle
A genuinely hilarious comedian ★★★★★ Three Weeks
Jack Barry 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.
In 2014 Jack performed in the prestigious Comedy Zone, as well as performing on the Free Fringe as one half of sketch duo Twins. Jack had previously performed as part of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve and in double-header Your New Mild Friends. Jack first appeared at the Festival as part of critically acclaimed student sketch group Leeds Tealights named Best Student Sketch Group in 2010.
An inventive flourish behind his likeable banter… a distinctive wit that should make him one to watch Steve Bennett, Chortle
I predict that Barry will be one to look out for in the future Broadway Baby
Instantly likeable Three Weeks
Flo and Joan are the British musical comedy duo, and sisters, Nicola and Rosie Dempsey. The piano/percussion pair have headlined and played to sold-out audiences across North America and the UK including Montreal Sketchfest (Best of the Fest Selection 2017), Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (Now Magazine Audience Choice Award and Best of the Fest Selection 2017) SheDot, Reading and Latitude Festival. They had a viral hit with their 2016 Song, which to date has received 46 million views across social media. They have appeared on Canadian TV comedy programme This Hour Has 22 Minutes and on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From the Fringe, as well as recording four songs for CBC Digital in Canada. They took their debut show Victory Flaps to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 for a limited run, where it was announced as one of the Top 10 shows at the Fringe in the Amused Moose Comedy Awards. The show has since been released as an album available on Spotify and iTunes.
Intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next **** The Telegraph
A night that I won’t soon forget…an absolute must see. ***** AYoungerTheatre.com
Winner of the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2011, Matt Winning is one of the most exciting, unique and imaginative new stand-up and character comedians in the UK. The Scottish comic’s eccentric and idiosyncratic act is a whirlwind of ideas, combining an original approach to one-liners, acute observations and shouting loudly. Matt was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards 2012. Matt is a co-creator of the Bearpit Podcast Podcast which is a “Cultish” (The Independent) character-improv show. In 2016, he became one of the first comedians to appear on the new subscription video-on-demand site Next Up Comedy. He has appeared on BBC3 Comedy Marathon, Hardeep at the Stand (BBC Scotland), regularly performs on live shows and has also written sketches for BBC Radio Scotland and The Comedy Unit.
Fine and distinctive one-liners in his set, with strange points of reference and clever exposition……an inventive writer Steve Bennett, Chortle
Winning’s sharp wit and intelligence allows him to educate as he entertains in this excellent stand-up seminar Ross Crae, Sunday Post
An attractively impish spirit The Guardian