Henry Paker: Man Alive

Star of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, Josh (BBC3) and co-writer and star of Radio 4’s Small Scenes, Henry’s latest show is a unique mixture of stand up comedy and illustration which took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm.

A delightfully twisty and turny hour in which Henry uses cartoons to tell a story about a lonely man who lives in a forest in a house full of clocks, alongside delivering stand up routines about marriage, commuting and dark chocolate. Somewhere between a graphic novel, a stand up show and a fairy tale.

“An introvert’s fantasia….Paker exceeds your expectations in a wonderfully ingenious way.”
★★★★ The Times

“A quirky, touching piece of comedy, clever enough to work on a number of levels which leave audience members each with a different favourite moment.”
★★★★ The Skinny

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“A natural born comedian.”
Michael McIntyre

Aftermirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents

The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one so what better way to cope with it than through stand up comedy! Aftermirth is an adult comedy club that you can bring your baby to. Each show we’ll have 3 top circuit comedians delivering their usual club routines so the material is mature and sweary with the odd birth story flash back…. The only difference is it’s during the day. Babies under 18 months are welcome, but please don’t bring older toddlers because they tend to heckle!

This special afternoon gig has reduced amplification and a dimmed room so no one will notice those red eyes from sleepless nights. You’re encouraged to bottle, breast or Haribo feed and you can walk about or shake Mittens the Special Rabbit in order to soothe your offspring and no one will moan or mutter if your little one cries or screams.

There’s snacks and drinks available in The Old Market Assembly cafe/bar too so treat yerself to cake and a Prosecco, you deserve it!

The gig is also open to parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grans, carers, in fact anyone who needs some afternoon comedy and doesn’t mind some cute babies in attendance.

This January your headliner is……
JON WAGSTAFFE

“A naturally sharp & funny comedian.”
Patrick Monahan

“Listening to Jon Wagstaffe was like listening to your slightly over-clocked mate in the pub regaling you with stories of his weekend, complete with raucous detours, unfinished sentences and inappropriately mixed metaphors.”
One4review

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Keep (work-in-progress)

Daniel Kitson is doing work in progress for his latest theatre show, “Keep”. He will either be reading out stuff he’s written but not yet learned or talking about stuff he’s thought of but not yet written.

The Not So Late Show with Ross Brierley

The Not So Late Show present a selection of their favourite acts.

Join your host Ross Brierley and two of the UK’s best comedians as they share their finest jokes and their daftest secrets.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Steamed – A Dickensian Improvised Christmas Tale

BUY TICKETS – AT BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN

Hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans, steam ships, steam trains, figgy puddings and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number! This Christmas join Closer Each Day Company aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain for something festive, Dickensian and entirely improvised, created on the spot from YOUR suggestions!

Closer Each Day Company, creators of Bristol’s cult comedy, Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, bring their dynamic and addictive brand of theatre to this new Christmas show, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre. Come along for a right old knees up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

Tickets include a chance to look around Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
There is a full bar available on the night.

Photos: Chelsey Cliff
Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Nick Doody and Jordan Brookes

NICK DOODY
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. 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.

As well as making appearances on Radio 4’s The Now Show and The News Quiz, Nick has also written for Joan Rivers, Lenny Henry and Dame Edna Everage.

“Some of the best political material I have heard in a while…comic genius.”
The Scotsman

“Like a drunken, gagged-up Richard Dawkins, brilliantly shooting down superstitions with songs and sucker-punchlines.”
The Independent

JORDAN BROOKES
Critically acclaimed and adored by his peers, Jordan is riding high. There’s been so much buzz about him. I’ve heard he does absurd stuff on stage? Yeah sort of, but it’s also very accessible. Apparently, he’s a really nice guy in real life too. Yeah he is. Very charming. Yes, very charming. Got a lot of time for him. Shall we give him a go then?

2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee

“Digressive, deeply unsettling and very funny.”
The Guardian

“Brookes is a startlingly talented comedian.”
The Scotsman

plus WILL DUGGAN (MC)

Christmas Comedy with Bobby Mair and Harriet Kemsley

BOBBY MAIR
A UK-based Canadian with a uniquely bizarre outlook, Bobby Mair has supported Bill Burr and Doug Stanhope on tour, won numerous competitions and is the third cousin of Justin Bieber. Bobby also starred alongside his fiance (then wife) Harriet Kemsley in Viceland’s Bobby and Harriet Get Married and Comedy Central’s Roast Battles. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

“A real expert at the venting game.”
The Scotsman

HARRIET KEMSLEY
Harriet Kemsley is just beginning to break through into the comedy big time, with her 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show Slutty Joan receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses daily. Harriet also starred alongside her fiance (then husband) Bobby Mair in Viceland’s Bobby and Harriet Get Married and Comedy Central’s Roast Battles. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store.

“You can feel the funny bubbling up inside her.”
The Scotsman

plus PHIL COOPER (MC)

Harriet Kemsley: Slutty Joan

Multi award-winning comic Harriet Kemsley pulls her skirt out of her pants and shames slut shaming. In a Cornell University study women rated fictional female peer, Joan, as emotionally unstable and less competent because she was sexually promiscuous. If Joan wasn’t fictional her name would be Harriet Kemsley and in this deeply personal and hilarious show Harriet delves into her sexual history.

Star of Bobby and Harriet Get Married, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and Live at The Comedy Store.

“A quirky, refreshingly charming comedian at the dawn of her TV career.”
Radio Times

“Joyful.”
★★★★ Scotsman

“Effervescent.”
★★★★ EdFest

★★★★★ Deadline
★★★★ The List
★★★★ The National Student
★★★★ Fest
★★★★ The Skinny
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Treehouse Of Horror – Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera

CLOSER EACH DAY – OTHER PERFORMANCES HERE

Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera is the world’s longest improvised narrative having run at The Wardrobe Theatre fortnightly for over 7 years and nearly 150 episodes.

The show is a live, spontaneous and unique theatrical experience performed fortnightly by Closer Each Day Company and co-produced by The Wardrobe Theatre. Think Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Eastenders; a soap opera packed with drama, comedy, romance and farce – hilarious and uplifting and the cult hit of Bristol.

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery. ”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“Funny, inventive, fast-paced and sparkling. Loved it!”
David Lloyd, BBC Screenwriter (Doctors, Eastenders)

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

“Crackling wit… Its unscripted nature gives it a raw, exciting edge missing from rehearsed theatre.”
Bristol 24/7

“I left with aching cheeks from uncontrollable laughter induced by the cast’s impressive, and always comical, ability to improvise.”
Inter:Mission Bristol

Andrew Lawrence: Clean

Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun.

RECOMMENDED SHOW – British Comedy Guide 2018

“Master of dark humour and a political provocateur in recent years, Clean sees stand-up Andrew Lawrence remind audiences of his ability to write and deliver clean, non-partisan humour just as well any other comic.”
British Comedy Guide

“Superbly intelligent, highly articulate and deeply sour.”
The Spectator

“His show is funny. Lawrence’s material is dark and deeply self-deprecating, bitter and somehow managing to be both biting and tongue in cheek, which is difficult to do without drawing blood. He has, he tells us, always regarded comedy as a barometer for freedom of speech. If it is then we are heading into a deep depression. He is a wonderful technician and if you cannot appreciate what he does up there on his comedy tightrope, juggling shock, disgust, outrage and laughter, then I am truly sorry for you.”
The Scotsman

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)