Ricky Grover is best known for playing Andrew Cotton in Eastenders but he is back to remind us that he is also one of the funniest and well respected acts in comedy with the launch of his new Comedy Shuffle club. In a nod to his East London roots his new club is in London’s only super casino in Stratford.
Comedian Darren Walsh, runner up in the prestigious Hackney New Act of the Year (NATY) and also the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year is bringing his first ever half hour solo show of puns, surreal nonsense and clowning with technology to the Brighton Fringe this year.
Given the UK’s affluent back catalogue of sketch comedies ranging from the great Monty Python through to Morecambe and Wise and, more recently, Little Britain it was only a question of time before someone decided it was time to rediscover said talent. Two such fellows, Adam Dahrouge and Ofer Yatziv, have done just that with London set to play host to the very first Sketchfest from May 24 to May 26, 2013.
Phil Butler joined the the UK comedy circuit in 2001 and can now be found closing shows at many major comedy clubs such as ‘The Comedy Club’, ‘The Glee Club’, ‘Jongleurs Comedy Clubs’, and ‘The Banana Comedy Club’. He has also had the great honour of performing in front of the British troops in Iraq and more recently in Afghanistan.
ComComedy’s Arnie Party will take place on Wednesday, March 13th at The Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London. The night boasts a top line up with Spencer Brown, James Acaster, Holly Burn, Karl Schultz, Paul Harry Allen, This Glorious Monster and MC for the night is Luke Benson.
Most well-known for his work with superstar-comedian and fellow Welshman Rhod Gilbert, stepping out of this man’s shadow would always prove an interesting journey – but Lloyd Langford is going for it, with his first solo stand-up tour.
Jimeoin fans will be well aware of his particularly singular breed of comedy and unwonted skill for turning the seemingly mundane into something of a revelation. His uncanny with has thrust him into the limelight, making him the highly sought comedian he is today all around the world. Boasting a severely long list of TV credits you will more likely than not have seen him on the likes of Just For Laughs, Good News Week, Live at the Apollo and a plethora more. We don’t know how he managed to fit us in but he did and we had a good old chinwag with the chap…
I caught up with broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli to discuss Twitter, Scientology and, of course, his current tour, Indian Takeaway where he races against the clock to cook the audience an Indian meal before the best local takeaway delivers to the venue. I also took the opportunity to try and blog a free curry:
Barry Castagnola has been making waves over the last few years as a highly talented comic performer, writer and actor. Aside from performing as a stand up on both the UK and International comedy circuits, he has devised, appeared in and penned quite an array of television projects. Most recently, Barry created and performed a variety of comedy characters for a number of new television shows – ‘The Secret Interview’ (Channel 5), ’Public Eye’ (Channel 4, to be broadcast later this year) and Dom Joly’s prime time ITV show ‘Fool Britannia’.
Comedian Paul Tonkinson, who you most likely saw win Come Dine With Me is in full force with a massive tour spanning the UK right up until March of next year. Amazingly, after almost 20 years on the comedy circuit, this is his first ever full UK tour. Other recent TV appearances include a spot on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow on BBC1 and Live At The Comedy Store on Comedy Central. Despite being on tour he still has time to develop a sitcom with Baby Cow productions and also writes a monthly column for Runners World given the fact he used to be a Marathon runner. Given the fact that Marathons aren’t held in particularly high esteem thanks to a certain children’s TV presenter (even the New York Marathon has now been cancelled) we got that touchy subject out of the way in the first question in a chat we had with Paul: