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Ben Norris - Headliner
The term circuit legend is overused, but Norris is one of a handful that have been headlining for more than two decades. Other interesting facts about Ben: he’s the cousin of actor Martin Freeman and also the father of triplets (2 girls and a boy)
Ben has recently seen supporting Ed Byrne on his national tour. Ben’s TV credits include “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”, “They Think It’s All Over” and “Mock The Week”
“a cast iron guaranteed headliner” – Londonisfunny.com
“Killer gags” – The Scotsman
“truly a sight to behold”- Ed Byrne
“A wonderful disgrace of a human being”- Daniel Kitson
Jack Barry - Support
Jack is probably the only stand up on the circuit with a degree in Chinese. What a waste. After working 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 (2012), Lawnmower (2013), and Recognise (2014). He can also be seen on James Acaster’s web series Sweet Home Lahnsteineringa.
“An inventive flourish behind his likeable banter… a distinctive wit that should make him one to watch”
Steve Bennett, Chortle
Jason Simmons - Newcomer
Jason is a Kent based stand up who mixes self deprecating stories with funny observations and sharp one liners. Jasons first gig was in July 2011 closing to a full house at ‘Up the Creek’ as part of the weekly comedy variety night.
Since then he has performed at numerous venues including The Comedy Store, central London; Pearshaped comedy club; central London; The Comedy pub, central London; Comedy at the Hob, Forest Hill; The Scream Lounge, Croydon; The Calstock Festival; Howlers Comedy Club, Cheltenham; Hooga Comedy Club, Chelmsford; Up the Creek and Downstairs at the Kings Head. Jason is also currently performing on various Mirth Control Bills.
‘The audience lapped him up’ – Ellie Taylor (Snog, Marry, Avoid)
Russell Hicks - Compere
Anyone who has seen Russell Hicks knows that it is never the same show twice. Taking a different approach to most comedians, Russell Hicks weaves improvisation with stream of conscious delivery that has moved many audience members to return for two nights in a row. Nothing in this biography can do his act justice other than to say, you just have to see him live.
“Astonishing, astonishing and astonishing. He simply took the roof of the place leaving people talking about his act all night. His entire 20 minutes was totally improvised based entirely on audience interaction. It did help that we had one member of the audience who looked like the twin brother of Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm and provided Russell with so much material to improv on. Based on this one gentlemens comments, Russell created a world where he is doing a West End show about willy-helicopters, the 28th October is now International Toothpaste Day and his performance last night was just a figment of the gentlemans imagination. The audience were at times almost collapsing with laughter on the floor and I was one of them. Watching Russell Hicks last night was reminiscent of watching early Ross Noble on stage. Brilliant” Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club