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Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival 2018

Dan Nightingale

Line up Compere

Dan Nightingale is widely regarded as one of the best performers working on the comedy circuit today. Mixing fiendishly accurate observation with energetic characterisations and killer punch lines, his comedy is original, playful, intelligent, poignant and exciting; sometimes ridiculous… but always hilarious.

Buy Tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/festival-jesters

Lost Voice Guy

Line up Performer

Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy can't talk but isn’t silent. He is (probably) the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid.He won the BBC New Comedy Award 2014 and has been commissioned to write a sitcom for BBC Radio 4, which is titled 'Ability'.

Since making his first stand up performance in February 2012, Ridley has already gained quite a reputation for being both very funny and very unique. He has been described as “a wonderful comedian” by Little Britain’s Matt Lucas and has warmed up for the likes of Ross Noble, Patrick Kielty, Jason Manford and Jason Cook.

He has gigged all over the UK at places like The Stand, Manford’s Comedy Club, Jongleurs, The Frog and Bucket, The Glee Club, The Comedy Store as well as many independent clubs. He has featured on the BBC, CNN, The Independent, The Sun and The Mail on Sunday. An article about him in The Guardian said that finding humour in strange places was one of his strengths. His first comedy sketch premièred in December 2012. In 2013, he took his first ever solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has performed a show there every year since. He has also acted and appeared on many television and radio programmes including BBC One’s The One Show, The One Show’s Edinburgh showcase, and Scot Squad. Buy Tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/festival-jesters

Rob Deering

Line up Performer

Rob Deering performs stand-up comedy with music, using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice to create impressive rock and pop soundscapes – and do jokes, of course. Along with being one of the most in-demand headliners on the UK circuit, he’s toured nationally and performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe many times since starting out in comedy in the year 2000. His late-night, live-music comedy pop quiz Beat This is a festival institution, on London’s South Bank, at Wales’ Green Man and many more besides Edinburgh.

Rob has performed throughout the world, in shows from the Middle East to Melbourne, Shanghai to the South of France, and he has appeared on any number of Radio and TV shows, often using his extensive knowledge of film, popular music and… well, ‘general’; he has won Celebrity Mastermind and a comedians’ special of the Weakest Link on BBC One, for example.

He also recently ran all over Britain for BBC 6 Music. Yes, Rob runs, presenting the podcast Running Commentary with fellow running comic Paul Tonkinson, and fundraising for his favoured charity Parkinson’s UK; he has run seven marathons. He produces and hosts Parkinson’s UK’s annual gig Shake With Laughter at London’s Comedy Store, where he is also a regular member of the Cutting Edge topical comedy team. Buy Tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/festival-jesters

Rob Kemp

The Elvis Dead

Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods via Graceland, to witness: Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley.

Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. This loving tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror… and the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an idea.

Brilliantly executed. Buy tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/the-elvis-dead

Russell Kane

Gala Show Compere

Multi-award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter RUSSELL KANE is best known for BBC3's Stupid Man, Smart Phone and the host of Live At The Electric. Other TV appearances include BBC1's Live At The Apollo, ITV2's Celebrity Juice and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here Now.

Winner of Best Show in 2010 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Russell went on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year.

He has recently finished his sell-out UK Tour, Right Man, Wrong Age, and is breaking new ground by launching Facebook's first broadcast ready show The Kaneing Live.

Jason Byrne

Gala Show Performer

He may well be the host of the madcap gameshow, Don't Say It, Bring It on Dave, and a judge on Ireland's Got Talent, but he'll always be at the height of his powers when performing live on stage.

A veteran (and twice Perrier nominated) of the Edinburgh, Perth, Melbourne and Montreal Comedy Festivals, we are delighted to welcome this comedic tour de force to Shrewsbury. Expect the Unexpected.

Nish Kumar

Gala Show Performer

After more than a decade in the business, Nish finally became an overnight sensation and now features regularly on TV & Radio...hosting satirical shows such as The Mash Report on BBC2 and Newsjack on Radio 4 Extra.

His solo shows have consistently had sold out runs at the Edinburgh Festival, and he was nominated for the Comedy Award in 2015.

He's also, to date, probably the worst contestant to have appeared on Taskmaster (Dave). "A highly polished, subtly innovative stand up" Guardian

Carl Donnelly

Gala Show Performer

Nominated for best comedy show for the first time in the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Now That's What I Carl Donnelly Vol 5. He started his career scooping awards, taking the 2006 Laughing Horse new act competition, the 2007 Chortle Award for best newcomer and the 2007 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year.

He has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award twice, won a bunch of other awards, appeared on a selection of TV shows (Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News etc) and travelled the world having performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The New Zealand Comedy Festival and pretty much every other comedy festival there is.

Glenn Wool

Work in Progress

"AN HOUR WITH WOOL IS WORTH ABOUT 10 HOURS WITH MANY OTHER COMICS" Scotsman

"ONE OF THE BEST COMICS IN THE BUSINESS, GO AND SEE HIM NOW!" Chortle

"RAILING AGAINST POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN A SHARP AND INTELLIGENT MANNER" Skinny

John Lynn

Addiction Diction

JOHN LYNN is not a drug fiend. He doesn't have a (serious) gambling problem. He's not even that fond of coffee. However, like all of us, John has many addictions in his life.

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, considered so because drugs alter the brain. This is also true of music, dancing, a walk in the park, sex, sobriety, religion, meditation, booze, exercise, smoking, playing the victim, gossiping, social media, Netflix, making money, losing money. Perhaps happiness is becoming friends with your addictions? We all have vices, but John likes his.

"ABSOLUTELY COMPELLING… AN EASY DELIVERY THAT LIKE THE LATE, GREAT DAVE ALLEN, CAN EXPLODE WITH ANGRY EYEBALL POPPING INTENSITY. HUGELY ENTERTAINING… SHADES OF DYLAN MORAN, BUT STILL COMPLETELY JOHN LYNN" Chortle

Late & Lively

Line up show

Winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and the Adelaide Fringe Festival “Best Comedy – Newcomer” award, Abandoman create musical songs and sketches at lightening speed based on audience interaction. Come to the show, drop your suggestions in the ring and watch as Abandoman make musical magic. No two shows will ever be the same.The last four years have seen Abandoman tour with multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran, headline comedy stages at every major UK music festival (including Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Leeds & Reading), host London’s St Patrick’s Day event to over 15,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square, and be named out of over 2000 acts as the Sunday Times’ “Best Musical Act” of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

Abandoman perform extensively in both the UK and abroad. They have sold out runs at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and this year will perform in Hong Kong, America, and numerous destinations in Europe. Their most recent show, “Hot Desk” sold out two years in a row to a capacity audience at one of the Edinburgh Festival’s largest venues, and has since toured all over the world. They have appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Al Porter Show (RTE), The Ray D’Arcy Show (RTE), BBC3′s Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BBC2′s The Stephen K Amos Show, on Sky Arts as part of their Latitude coverage and many radio shows, including BBC Radio 1′s Fun And Filth Cabaret, alongside Paloma Faith and Nick Grimshaw.

Abandoman are a favourite on the comedy, music and corporate circuits on account of their ability to interact with an audience in an unparalleled fashion. Watch your guests be turned into heroes, and watch the astonished faces of their peers as never-to-be-repeated songs captivate and enthral the crowd.

Scott Bennett

Shirk Life Balance

Tipped by industry magazine Chortle as one of the acts to watch in 2018, Rob Brydon tour support, BBC News Quiz writer and English Comedian of the year finalist, SCOTT BENNETT returns to the fringe with a brand new stand up show.

Scott has made a decision, a big one, it's changed his life and the lives of those around him. What does it mean to follow your dreams when you feel like you have too much to lose? This is a show about sacrifice, support, love and learning to celebrate who we are.

"CLEARLY HAS A BIG FUTURE, FLASHES OF PETER KAY, JASON MANFORD AND JOHN BISHOP" Bruce Dessau "FABULOUS TURNS OF PHRASE AND PUNGENT EXPRESSIONS, SUPERB CHARACTER CREATIONS" Chortle

Anil Desai

Last Night at the Movies

The UK's fastest and funniest globe-trotting Comedy Impressionist arrives in Shrewsbury, for the first time, with his LAST NIGHT AT THE MOVIES show. Anil has been doing impressions since he was knee high to Clint Eastwood. Left to his own devices and with the TV as his baby sitter, the years spent watching movies have helped make him the man (and the men) he is today.

"All I ever wanted as a boy was to be in the movies, now as a man, I have all the movie stars in my own show" Anil Desai Watch as Anil twists, turns and transforms himself in and out of our favourite movie stars from Austin Powers to Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Simpsons to Star Wars, and many many more in this fast paced comedy stand up show filled with more voices than you’ll find at your local cinema.

"HIGHLY ENTERTAINING... MUST BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED" Herald Sun "A TOUR DE FORCE OF IMPRESSIONS... SIDE-SPLITTINGLY FUNNY... STARDOM IS BECKONING" Edinburgh Guide

Rob Rouse

Are you sitting comfortably?

As seen on BBC2's Upstart Crow. Rob's comedic storytelling hits a career high in this irresistibly hilarious journey of enforced introspection.

"HE'S A MAN WITH GENUINELY FUNNY BONES" Sunday Times

"BRILLIANT, UPLIFTING FUN" Chortle

Chris Washington

YouBeauty

Join Chris as he talks about the best year of his life, after receiving a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Edinburgh fringe (imagine when Leicester won the world cup, but bigger/ more unexpected) and leaving his job as a postman after a glittering 10-year career. Tour support for Jason Manford & Tom Stade.

"A REVELATION" Chortle

"A TIMELESS STORYTELLING JOKESMITH" Beyond the Joke

Rik Carranza

I'm a fan

A STORY ABOUT LOVE, LIFE, DEATH AND STAR TREK.

Nick Doody

PG

Nick Doody has been performing comedy since the 90s when, as a student, he got off to a pretty good start by supporting the legendary Bill Hicks, at Bill's request. A little later, Nick was a finalist in Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny? competition. Since then he has performed all over the world: Ireland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Estonia... You get the idea. He was the first British comedian to perform in Croatia.

Nick has appeared on various radio and TV shows (listed below), and is also much in demand as a writer. He has penned jokes for Joan Rivers, Lenny Henry, Dame Edna Everage and an uncomfortable number of Mock The Week regulars. He was also the creator and head writer of Bigipedia, a critically acclaimed Radio 4 show that broadcast in 2009 and 2011.

In 2006, Nick performed his first solo Edinburgh Festival show, Before He Kills Again. The show received rave reviews and sold out for the whole festival, leading to a run at the Soho Theatre. Since then, Nick has written and performed another six solo hours of stand-up, including the most honest title ever to appear on a poster, Look At This Massive Picture Of My Face.

Tony Law

The Rememberer

A mix of award winning funny out loud talking and internal truths. Tony shares some memories and is inspiring to you. 1970’s trampolining and new shouty comedy b*ll*cks combine to make him the best in history. You love him. Go to him.

Milo McCabe

1001 moments with Troy Hawke

TROY HAWKE returns to the Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival with another riotous hour of stand up, examining the oddities of human interaction, navigating the detritus of everyday life and the divine properties of Scrabble Values. As seen on Benidorm (ITV), Live at the Electric (BBC3) and Blue Go Mad in Ibiza (C5). British Fringe Comedy Guide Top Recommended Shows of 2017

'CHARACTER COMEDY THAT IS NEAR PERFECTION' The New Current

'RAZOR SHARP WIT LACED WITH A TOUCH OF THE SURREAL' Fest

Rob Broderick

Pirate Radio

Ireland's finest hip hop musical comedian is back in Shrewsbury with his biggest show to date. Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Rob will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience's likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales. "CLEVER, QUICK-WITTED AND AUDACIOUS" Scotsman

"WILDLY FUNNY AND TECHNICALLY INCREDIBLE" The Age (AU)

"FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS MEETS 8 MILE" Chortle

Catherine Bohart

Work in Progress

Catherine is the bisexual, OCD daughter of a Catholic Deacon and she’s got a hell of a lot to say about it. An hour of new material from a rising comedy star. BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017 BBC New Comedy Award Finalist Writer for BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, The News Quiz and Frankie Boyle's New World Order for BBC2 Pleasance Comedy Reserve 2017 Nominee, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018

'A COMIC WITH DISTINCTIVE VOICE AND A STORY YOU'D LIKE TO HEAR' Chortle 'PRETTY MUCH THE PERFECT COMEDY PACKAGE' Beyond The Joke

Geoff Norcott

Age of Outrage

Norcott was previously an English Literature teacher and employs this in developing his routine. He has written comedy sketches for MTV, BBC Radio 2 & 4 and in 2007 and 2008. He was a commissioned writer for Nuts TV. He was also involved with developing the football documentary Football Hurts. On radio, Norcott has appeared on Yes It's the Ashes BBC Radio 5 Live, Jon Richardson's Show on BBC Radio 6 Music and has had frequent guest spots on Hawksby & Jacobs Show for Talksport.

In 2009, Norcott had his second solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Shocking Truth about Men and Women at the Pleasance. Norcott is a supporter of the Conservative Party. His 2016 Edinburgh show, Conswervative, focused on his rarity as a pro-Brexit Conservative voter on the comedy circuit.

In October 2017, the conservative commentator Iain Dale listed Norcott at Number 91 on the list of the '100 most influential on the Right'. As of January 2018, Norcott stars on BBC2's The Mash Report.

Carl Donnelly

Strictly Carl Donnelly

I've been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award twice, won a bunch of other awards, appeared on a selection of TV shows (Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News etc) and travelled the world having performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The New Zealand Comedy Festival and pretty much every other comedy festival there is.

Steve Day

Adventures in Dementia

"I need to celebrate my dad, and shout loudly and laugh at an affliction we daren't discuss openly."

Steve's dad has Alzheimers. There's nothing he can do about it except remember the way he was. Steve has also been deaf since his teens but has new hearing aids so now he's going through all the music he's missed since then. It reminds him of his dad. If you like bittersweet comedy about deafness and dementia then this is a show not to be missed.

Comedy Cruise

Line up show

Artists

Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival 2017

Greg Davies

Local Hero and Top Comedian

Greg Davies is a Welsh stand-up comedian and actor known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang, Mr. Gilbert in The Inbetweeners and Ken Thompson in Cuckoo, as well as for his guest appearances in Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You? and Fast and Loose. He has performed on the BBC's Live at the Apollo series.

In 2005 Davies played a caricature of cricketer W. G. Grace in a series of adverts for Channel 4's television coverage of The Ashes. In 2007 Davies was nominated three times in the Chortle Awards, in the categories "Breakthrough Act" (for his solo stand-up act), "Best Sketch, Variety or Character Act", and "Best Full-Length Show" (both as part of sketch team We Are Klang). In 2010 Davies' first solo stand-up show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog was nominated for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival. The show was subsequently taken on his first ever tour the following autumn. He was also nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe's Malcolm Hardee "Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid" Award.

From October 2013 Davies starred in Channel 4's sitcom Man Down, as Dan, a man who hates his job as a teacher, with Rik Mayall as his father. Channel 4 commissioned an additional 25-minute Christmas special before the first series aired, and a second series was announced during Davies's live tour "The Back of My Mum's Head", although this was before Rik Mayall's death in June 2014. Following Mayall's death, Davies met with Channel 4 to discuss the future of the show. Mayall had been intended to have a more a prominent role in the second series. Channel 4 later announced that Man Down would return for a second series in 2015. The classroom used in the show is the same classroom in which Davies taught at Sandhurst School. In December 2015 Davies starred in BBC Two's comedy drama A Gert Lush Christmas where he played Tony, the uncle of Russell and Kerry Howard's characters. On Christmas Day he played King Hydroflax in the 2015 Doctor Who Special "The Husbands of River Song" In July 2015 Davies was the host of the Dave show Taskmaster, referred to as the Taskmaster himself.

Joe Lycett

Gala Show performer and WIP Performer

Joe Lycett is a British comedian. He has appeared on TV shows including Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win.

Lycett was the 2009 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, the runner-up in the 2009 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, and a finalist in the 2011 BBC New Comedy Awards. In 2012, his debut stand-up show Some Lycett Hot was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Lycett has appeared on television on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Spicks and Specks and Virtually Famous, and was a regular panellist on the E4 show Dirty Digest. He has also co-written narration on ITV2 show The Magaluf Weekender. Lycett featured on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Christmas Special with Jason Manford, Rev Richard Coles and Jo Joyner. Lycett also starred as one of the contestants in the fourth series of Taskmaster.

On the radio he has been a guest on Scott Mills, Greg James and Nick Grimshaw's programmes on BBC Radio 1 and on Richard Bacon's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. In August 2011 he wrote and performed the short story Spooky and the Van which was broadcast in the Afternoon Reading slot on BBC Radio 4. In August 2013 he made his debut on Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4. In September 2016 he took over from Miles Jupp as the host of "It's Not What You Know (radio series)", also on BBC Radio 4. Lycett was also known as "the resident news hound" on Josh Widdicombe's XFM radio show, which was broadcast on Saturday (and later Sunday) mornings.

Terry Alderton

Gala Show Performer

Terry Alderton is an English comedian who had acting and presenting roles in the early 2000s before returning to stand-up comedy a decade later.

Alderton began his career as a goalkeeper with Southend United. Later he moved on to comedy. In 2004 the club re-signed him after injuries weakened their squad, following his performance in goal for the Celebrities team in the Sky One reality television series, The Match. In 1999, Alderton was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award. Later that year, television producer Johnny Finch himself attempted to launch his own BBC TV show dedicated to video games titled Bleeding Thumbs. The series would have run between 1999 and 2000, and had hoped to emulate the success the 1990s Channel 4 show GamesMaster achieved, which Finch was on the production team of as well as being a co-commentator. Two pilots were created hosted by Dermot O'Leary and Kate Thornton, and then Alderton accompanying Thornton, the commissioning editor decommissioned the show claiming that "People want to play games, not watch them".

Alderton went on to present the National Lottery show Red Alert with Lulu later that year. In 2001, he hosted The Joy of Text with Ulrika Jonsson. He has also presented his own show on Capital Radio called Terry's Turnstiles. He was also confirmed as a presenter on Setanta Sports News channel. He also appeared on the Comedy Central show Comedy Store.

Abandoman

Gala Show Performers

Winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and the Adelaide Fringe Festival “Best Comedy – Newcomer” award, Abandoman create musical songs and sketches at lightening speed based on audience interaction. Come to the show, drop your suggestions in the ring and watch as Abandoman make musical magic. No two shows will ever be the same.The last four years have seen Abandoman tour with multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran, headline comedy stages at every major UK music festival (including Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Leeds & Reading), host London’s St Patrick’s Day event to over 15,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square, and be named out of over 2000 acts as the Sunday Times’ “Best Musical Act” of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

Abandoman perform extensively in both the UK and abroad. They have sold out runs at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and this year will perform in Hong Kong, America, and numerous destinations in Europe. Their most recent show, “Hot Desk” sold out two years in a row to a capacity audience at one of the Edinburgh Festival’s largest venues, and has since toured all over the world. They have appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Al Porter Show (RTE), The Ray D’Arcy Show (RTE), BBC3′s Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BBC2′s The Stephen K Amos Show, on Sky Arts as part of their Latitude coverage and many radio shows, including BBC Radio 1′s Fun And Filth Cabaret, alongside Paloma Faith and Nick Grimshaw.

Abandoman are a favourite on the comedy, music and corporate circuits on account of their ability to interact with an audience in an unparalleled fashion. Watch your guests be turned into heroes, and watch the astonished faces of their peers as never-to-be-repeated songs captivate and enthral the crowd.

Spencer Jones

Gala Show Performer

Spencer Jones is an English actor, comedian and writer. Jones has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the UK with his one-man show. He was co-creator and co-star of the CBBC comedy Big Babies, and has a regular role in the sitcom Upstart Crow.

Jones co-created with Jon Riche and co-starred in Big Babies for CBBC in 2010. The series was nominated for the BAFTA award for best children's comedy that year. In 2011 he appeared in the play Wedding Band at the Edinburgh Fringe. Jones first performed his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe in Bob Slayer's Bookshop in 2014, performing as his character, The Herbert. In 2015 he came joint second (with Jenny Collier) in the New Act of the Year final. He won the Comedian's Choice award (also known as The Barry Award) for both "best show" and "best performer" the same year for his Edinburgh, The Herbert In Proper Job at Heroes of Fringe venue, TheHive. In 2015 Jones wrote and starred in the comedy short Spencer Jones's Christmas for Sky TV's on demand service, which won the 2016 Broadcast Digital Award for Best Scripted Online Short. Jones performed his comedy act on British television for the first time in Live from the BBC, which was broadcast on BBC Two in March 2016. In 2016 he was nominated for "breakthrough act" and "music and variety award" in the Chortle Awards. However, these categories were won by Joseph Morpurgo and Pippa Evans, respectively.

Jones plays Shakespearean actor William Kempe in the sitcom Upstart Crow, which was broadcast on BBC Two beginning in May 2016. Jones plays the character as a parody of Ricky Gervais using his manner and speech patterns. He was asked to play the character this way to draw a comparison between Kempe, a popular comic actor of the 16th century, and Gervais in the present day; according to the show's producer Gareth Evans, "what we tried to show was that every era has its own maverick comedy guy who's slightly ahead of his time and is following the beat of a slightly different drum".

Mrs Barbara Nice

Gala Show Performer

'Barbara Nice - ordinary housewife extraodinaire - has given up the domestic bliss of Tupperware and Poundstretcher shops for the unpredictability of the comedy circuit (her husband thinks she's at the bingo). No audience is too rowdy for her to handle - she's already raised five teenagers. She believes in bargains, Take a Break magazine, getting the most from life. Oh and Stage-diving! This well observed comedy character is so likeable that she draws even the most cynical of audiences and takes them along for a ride. 'A hybrid between Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton' - The Times.

Adam Rowe

Unbearable - Old Post Office - 9.30PM

Adam Rowe is unbearable. Self indulgent, arrogant, and prides himself on an ability to make absolutely anything about himself. When bad stuff happens in his life and the life of people around him, his immediate reaction is to write a joke about it. But just how far can he take that? This show is where we'll find out. Join Adam for a brand new hour of his trademark: no holds barred, heavily opinionated and brutally honest, soul bearing stand-up.

Paul 'Silky' White

Live Out Loud [Family Show]- Old Market Hall - 1PM

A regular with Comedy Club 4 Kids, PAUL 'SILKY' WHITE looks like a grown up, but is not. He sounds like a gerbil, looks like a boiled egg and has been making people laugh since before your Mum and Dad were interested in beer/wine/tidying things up. Contains songs (not rubbish) and talking down to adults. Bring one, if you can find one. He sold-out his show, not shoe, at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and picked up a 2016 British Comedy Guide Top Tip of the Fringe. Always playful, often musical, each and every show is different with this veteran of the international comedy circuit.

Joe Lycett

WIP - St. Nicholas Bar - 4pm

Joe Lycett is a British comedian. He has appeared on TV shows including Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win.

Lycett was the 2009 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, the runner-up in the 2009 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, and a finalist in the 2011 BBC New Comedy Awards. In 2012, his debut stand-up show Some Lycett Hot was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Lycett has appeared on television on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Spicks and Specks and Virtually Famous, and was a regular panellist on the E4 show Dirty Digest. He has also co-written narration on ITV2 show The Magaluf Weekender. Lycett featured on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Christmas Special with Jason Manford, Rev Richard Coles and Jo Joyner. Lycett also starred as one of the contestants in the fourth series of Taskmaster.

On the radio he has been a guest on Scott Mills, Greg James and Nick Grimshaw's programmes on BBC Radio 1 and on Richard Bacon's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. In August 2011 he wrote and performed the short story Spooky and the Van which was broadcast in the Afternoon Reading slot on BBC Radio 4. In August 2013 he made his debut on Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4. In September 2016 he took over from Miles Jupp as the host of "It's Not What You Know (radio series)", also on BBC Radio 4. Lycett was also known as "the resident news hound" on Josh Widdicombe's XFM radio show, which was broadcast on Saturday (and later Sunday) mornings.

Phil Nichol

Phil Nichol - Old Post Office - 2.30pm

Brexit - Your wrong. Trump - Your wrong. Twitter- Your wrong. Tinder - Your wrong. Grammar - Your wrong. Edinburgh Award Winner PHIL NICHOL has made mistakes and so have you. Not coming to this show would be another one for both of you.

Pippa Evans

Joy Provision - Old Market Hall - 4.15pm

Olivier Award winner (as part of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Chortle Award winner PIPPA EVANS comes to Shrewsbury to try out some new jokes and songs. Come have your fun levels optimised by "a comic genius" (Telegraph) and Radio 4 regular. As seen on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Drunk History.

Matt Richardson

Slash - Old Market Hall - 8pm

A lot has happened to MATT RICHARDSON since his last tour over four years ago. A lot of it is quite strange. Most comedians hope to win accolades, very few end up with Heat Magazines Weird Crush trophy. The show isn't going to change your political world view, but an hour of fast paced, quite rude stand-up and "High Wattage Charisma" (Guardian) from the "Hilarious and Charming" (The Mirror) host of Virgin Radio's Drive-time show, The Xtra Factor and Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live! and seen on Big Brother's Bit on the Side, Celebrity Juice, Nevermind The Buzzcocks, and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!

Abandoman's Rob Broderick

The musical in my mind - Old Market Hall - 4.30pm

Rob Broderick is a man with a dream - to write the world's biggest hip hop musical. Join him for a beautiful combination of hip hop, comedy and animation, in a show that's two parts Drake, one part Disney. With poetic flourish, Rob dances between playing the part of introspective rapper, pop culture commentator and all-out musical surrealist. "Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile" chortle.co.uk

Tom Wrigglesworth

New Bits & Greatest Hits - Old Post Office - 6.45pm

Tom Wrigglesworth is an established Stand-Up comedian, Radio and TV presenter and voice-over artist from Sheffield, England. He is best known for his live storytelling shows and BBC Radio comedy programmes which take a comical and emotional look at family relationships.

Alongside his comedy work, he’s used his engineering background to become a natural and engaging presenter for BBC Television and The Discovery Channel.

He is also known for his uncanny resemblance to record breaking Quarter-Back Aaron Rodgers. Tom visited Green Bay to meet his doppleganger and a short movie by NFL Films covering his trip became a viral Youtube hit.

About the Event

Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival

Be they Edinburgh Festival bound or preparing for tours, all performers at SIC Festival are at the top of their craft. In the space of a couple of hours you may see one of the circuit’s best known acts working & moulding their material ‘on the hoof’ then you may just be watching the next big thing before they hit the big time. The Gala Show on Sunday will be, without doubt, the strongest line up of comedians ever assembled in Shrewsbury, with some of the country’s BIGGEST names on board..

Schedule

Comedy Festival Schedule

Day 1 July 19th
7.30 PM
Festival Jesters
Festival Jesters

The Walker Theatre

10 PM
The Elvis Dead
Rob Kemp - The Elvis Dead

Walker Theatre

Day 2 July 20th
7 PM
Dan Nightingale
Dan Nightingale - Sex, Drugs & my Nanna's Bungalow

Henry Tudor House.

8.15 PM
Glenn Wool
Glenn Wool - Work in Progress

Henry Tudor House.

9.30 PM
John Lynn
John Lynn - Addiction Diction

The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

11 PM
Late & Lively
Late and Lively

Havana Republic

Day-3 July-21st
12.15 PM
Keith Farnan
Anil Desai - Last Night at the Movies

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury.

1.30 PM
Glenn Wool
Scott Bennett - Leap Year

Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

2.45 PM
Tony Cowards
Rob Rouse - Are you sitting Comfortably?

Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury

4.00 PM
Adam Rowe
Milo McCabe - 1001 Moments with Troy Hawke

Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

5.15 PM
Tony Cowards
Geoff Norwood - Age of Outrage

Stop! Cafe ast The Museum, Shrewsbury

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Theatre Severn

Address: Frankwell Quay, SY3 8FT

Phone: 01743 281281

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Old Post Office

Address: 1, Milk Street, SY1 1SZ

Phone: 01743 236019

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Old Market Hall

Address: The Square, SY1 1LH

Phone: 01743 281281

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Henry Tudor House

Address: Barracks Passage, SY1 1XA

Phone: 01743 361666

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Stop. cafe bar

Address: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury | SY1 1LH

Phone: 07834 718176

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Havana Republic

Address: 18-21, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AE

Phone: 01743 361666

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Sabrina Boat

Address: Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Shrewsbury, SY1 1HH

Phone: 01743 369741

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