Elf Lyons & Guest

ELF LYONS: SWAN
The giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is delighted to bring her Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to The Wardrobe Theatre. Think big. Think weird. Matthew Bourne would be proud. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah, let’s throw that word in there too. Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

Best Show Nominee 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards
BBC New Talent Hot List 2017

“A fast-talking, smart-thinking stand-up for whom the adjective “kooky” could have been invented for.”
Guardian

PLUS ONE MORE SHOW TBC

Gein’s Family Giftshop & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

GEIN’S FAMILY GIFTSHOP: VOL 3
Like persistent dandruff, the multi award-winning sketch group are back and they are itching to show you what they’ve come up with. Skin ailments aside, the four strong, five star sketch group can’t wait to hawk out their highly anticipated third hour.

“Would unsettle even the darkest League of Gentlemen fan.”
Sunday Times

“A joy to watch.”
Skinny

“Intense, inventive sketch comedy.”
Mail on Sunday

“Dark and uniquely depraved sketches… tight and impishly inventive.”
Fest

“Their glorious filthy and juvenile punchlines hit the mark.”
Chortle

“The trio’s timing is terrific.”
Guardian

KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN: APPROPRIATE ADULT
Chortle Award nominee Kiri thinks the world revolves around her, but she didn’t let that stop her wishing to mentor vulnerable kids. Consequently, she’s going to be extremely careful what she wishes for in future. An immoral comedian’s morality tale about other people’s lack of morals.

“Passionate, smart and yes, bloody funny. There’s a raw depth of feeling here that you won’t find in many shows.”
Scotsman

“Raucous and good-humoured without stinting on the protest.”
Guardian

“A storming hour.”
Skinny

“Never less than fascinating… an hour that’s as funny as it is purposeful.”
Chortle

Rachel Parris & Sean McLoughlin

RACHEL PARRIS: KEYNOTE
Rachel has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds.

Rachel is an award-winning musical comic whose songs have been played on BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and who was listed in the BBC’s Hot Talent List 2017. She has appeared in Murder in Successville, Plebs, The IT Crowd and most recently, satirical BBC show The Mash Report. She’s also a founder member of smash hit improv show Austentatious.

“Frank and funny… tears of laughter.”
Guardian

“A gifted performer.”
Times

“Brutally funny.”
Skinny

“Absolute genius – I was in tears.”
I Talk Telly

“Brings to mind the late Victoria Wood.”
Whats On London

SEAN MCLOUGHLIN: YOU CAN’T IGNORE ME FOREVER
Come witness the astonishing resurrection of “the best comedian you haven’t heard of yet” (Time Out). As seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and Comedy Central At The Comedy Store. Support act for Ricky Gervais for his 2017 Humanity tour.

“One brilliant punchline after another… staggeringly high success rate.”
List

“At once hilarious and painfully revelatory.”
Chortle

“Blind-sides you out of nowhere.”
Shortcom

“An incredible achievement.”
Broadway Baby

“Stand-out stand-up.”
Evening Standard

“A genuinely fresh and powerful voice… it is wonderful.”
Scotsman

Adam Hess & Glenn Moore

ADAM HESS: CACTUS
Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated chap and star of Tonight at the London Palladium, Live from the BBC and other stuff returns for another smash-hit show. He’s five foot eleven, he hates other families’ plates, and he had his 18th birthday party on a riverboat on the Thames so when people realised how boring it was they couldn’t leave.

“I’ve seen few shows that are funnier.”
Times

“For good quality gags per minute, there is no better comedian on the Fringe.”
Independent

“One of the most out and out hilarious shows on the Fringe.”
★★★★1/2 Chortle

GLENN MOORE: THE VERY BEST OF BELINDA CARLISLE
“Tipped for great things” (GQ), Glenn Moore presents his second “relentlessly silly, gag-laden show” (The List). This time he’s living with his granddad and trying to solve the case of a missing person. As seen as on Mock the Week. As heard on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio, and BBC Radio 4.

★★★★ The List
★★★★ The Herald
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Mat Ewins & Jordan Brookes

MAT EWINS PRESENTS ADVENTUREMAN 7: THE RETURN OF ADVENTUREMAN
Multimedia, Adventure, Jokes! Join Adventureman on another Adventure.
Best Show Nominee 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards

“A cracking hour of nonsense comedy elevated into something else: a declaration of independence from serious-mindedness; a hymn to doodling, daftness and the imagination unplugged. It’s a blast.”
Guardian

JORDAN BROOKES: BODY OF WORK
In August 2015 Jordan’s Nanna, Gwendoline Martha Brookes, passed away. She was 95. This show is a genuine attempt to pay tribute to her. That can’t be the whole thing, can it? I thought Jordan Brookes did absurdist stuff? Like, bits that go on for ages and horrible physical stuff, daft faces, etc? Is he just going to talk about his Nan for an hour? Surely not. Brookes’ third solo hour of high wire stand-up and absurdism started out at a Free Festival venue before transferring to the Pleasance Courtyard to become the word-of-mouth success story of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

Best Show Nominee 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards

“Wildly entertaining stand-up that demolishes the conventions of comedy.”
Guardian

Rhys James

This week features a full show from the fantastic Rhys James ahead of his sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

RHYS JAMES: WISEBOY
Well, well, well. If it isn’t Rhys James. The guy who said comedy shows are for losers and blurbs are for idiots. Unbelievable. He’s 26 now which means he’s officially closer to 30 than he is to his stepdad. This is the critically acclaimed new show from the ‘whip-smart wordsmith’ who still has his wisdom teeth.

As seen on Mock the Week and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and as heard on his own BBC Radio 4 series Rhys James Is…

Chuckle Busters Christmas Special

Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre.

It’s the last show of the year and it’s December, this can mean only one thing – it’s the Chuckle Busters Christmas Special!

What better way to start the festive season than with a selection of our favourite acts performing material with a Yuletide twist plus crackers, mince pies and all the trimmings!

The lineup will include Martin Pilgrim (Top 50 Funniest Bristolians 2017), Alice Taylor-Matthews (“Excellent” Bristol 24/7), Tom Denbigh (“beautiful and insightful poetry” Intermission) and Daniel Nicholas (“a sharp, obtuse wit” Chortle)

Suzi Ruffell: Keeping It Classy

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Suzi Ruffell is taking her critically acclaimed show Keeping It Classy on tour. This thought-provoking and hilarious show has nabbed Ruffell the working-class comedy crown of her generation.

Nominated Best Breakthrough Act at The Chortle Awards 2017 and seen supporting Alan Carr and Josh Widdicombe.

Bisha K Ali, Chris Betts & Louise Leigh

BISHA K ALI
Hailing from West London and ping-ponging between cultures has left her with no choice but to stand up and laugh about her strict and strange upbringing. A storyteller, Bisha touches on topics including race, religion, science and family. Her laid-back charm, along with her ability to surprise and delight audiences took her to the Final of the 2013 Funny Women Awards within a year of her first gig.

“It’s a rare treat to see a comedian with a unique and instantly defined persona. Bisha already seems to know more about comedy than many veterans of the art form.”
Adam Bloom

CHRIS BETTS
Chris Betts’ mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. His shows are a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness. He has a style that is equal parts confident, thoughtful, ridiculous and mischievous.

“An enticing prospect, a Canadian who deals in off-kilter thoughts sharpened by the occasional prod at taboo topics.”
Independent

LOUISE LEIGH
Standing up since 2015, Bristol-based mum Louise is coming to a stage near you, as soon as she’s de-loused her kids (again). She brings well-observed material about the dark side of parenting and navigating the choppy seas of middle age.

“Imaginative, brilliant and ever-so-slightly risqué.”
Scotsman

TOURING TO PLYMOUTH: Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Performed at Theatre Royal Plymouth NOT at The Wardrobe Theatre.

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed ‘bees and honey’ in time and avoid doing porridge?

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is an original alternative comedy, created by The Wardrobe Theatre and written and devised by the company. The show is a madcap merging of the classic porridge-thieving fairy tale with Guy Ritchie’s cult 1998 cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny.

“Really fantastic characters, ingenious gags and wonderful references… hilarious and a thoroughly entertaining evening.”
The Reviews Hub

“This really is a side splitting affair… raucously funny.”
★★★★ The Fix

★★★★ Female Arts
★★★★ StageTalk Magazine

Performed at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR