Doug Segal is one of a new breed of entertainers known as mentalists. He gets compared to Derren Brown a lot but as well as boggling your mind, Doug also has a comedic element to the show which many people find makes it even more enjoyable.
His 2012 Show, How to Read Minds and Influence People, won many awards including Best Cabaret at Brighton Fringe and a Three Weeks Editors Award for being one of the ten best things (out of 2,700) at the Edinburgh Fringe and so I put it to him that his star was on the rise.
Terry Alderton is one of the most original and inventive comedians working today. He had some success in the past with a more traditional comedy style but he was growing ever more frustrated with his lack of what he calls ‘punk’. One night in 2005 it became too much and for no apparent reason he decided to let two voices speak out from inside his head. He took to turning his back on the audience for a while to let his inner voices riff about the gig, his own material and indeed the audience themselves. He would then come back and face the crowd from time to time as himself, before going back to the voices for their blunt analysis of how things were going.
Patrick Monahan prepares to embrace the UK with his all-new, aptly titled show ‘Shooting From The Lip!’
Following his massive sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe Teesside’s favourite comedian returns from his icy cold spell performing in Norway to continue his latest tour of the UK. Outright winner of the ITV1 series ‘Show Me The Funny’ culminating in the release of his debut DVD ‘Patrick Monahan Live’, the ad-lib king also won the 2011 Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award whilst putting in an appearance in ‘The Wrestling’ winner of an Edinburgh 2011 Fringe First Award.
Patrick’s achievements also include Best Newcomer at the 2012 Loaded LAFTA Awards and he got downright sexy for Let’s Dance for Sports Relief on BBC1 last March, dressing up as none other than Rihanna. He was also spotted on the goggle box on programmes such as ‘The Comedy Annual’ (ITV1), ‘Daybreak’ (ITV1), ‘Loose Women’ (ITV1), and ‘The Wright Stuff ‘ (C5).
As he prepares to set off on his latest tour whilst also managing to make time for the Ha Ha Hadrian’s Wall Charity Walk (organised by fellow comedian Nick Banks and featuring a cracking lineup), we had a chat with him over a cherry bakewell. All aboard the hugging train…
Tom Stade is a 42 year old Canadian comedian who came to the UK over ten years ago on the advice of another Canadian comedian, Craig Campbell, who told him that the British would get his humour. Initially living in London, he moved to Wolverhampton for seven years and now resides in Edinburgh. He is just about to embark on another tour so Billy Watson gave him a call to see how his preparations are going and talk about his life and career.
Justin Moorhouse was a 29 year old salesman when he contacted The Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester to perform his first ever comedy spot back in 2000. Within a mere 18 months he had already performed well over 300 gigs and won a competition held at the infamous Comedy Store in Manchester.