- Posted by thestoke 18 Nov
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Join us for the final installment for 2011, of Guildford’s most popular Comedy night; You Must Be Stoking… A Christmas/Advent comedy special! (ie. the comedians may be wearing Santa hats).
Line-ups may change, so contact us on 01483 504296 or check the You Must Be Stoking website for the latest listings.
Doors open 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm.
Tickets are £7 in advance from The Stoke Pub & Pizzeria (credit card bookings on 01483 504296 or contact us to reserve your tickets), or £9 on the door.
Performances on the night come from Comedy heroes:
Stephen Grant was a finalist for Best Compere at the Chortle Awards 2009, finalist for Best Comedy Writer at the MIPTV Cannes Awards 2009, winner of Best Compere at the Chortle Awards 2008, and winner of Best Comedian at the Juicy Awards 2003.
Along with his clutch of awards and critical acclaim Stephen Grant must surely have right to the title of hardest working comedian in the UK. Regular compere of Krater Comedy Club at Komedia, which has won Best Comedy Venue in the South for an unprecedented 7 years. Stephen still finds the time to headline and MC gigs all over the country as well as being a regular guest on The Cutting Edge, deputizing presenter on BBC Southern Counties Radio, warming up and performing on some of the biggest comedy shows on TV and MCing for numerous corporate events.
It is not hard to see why Stephen is so popular, he possesses an energy and intellect which combined make for dynamite comedy. His speed and dynamism create a magical energy which has audiences rapt and hanging on his every word.
“He’s famously pedantic, relentlessly logical and with the kind of comedy vision that can see round corners… you’re never more than 15 seconds away from a really good laugh” ***** Chortle
“engaging…warm and likable” Scotland on Sunday
“Classic stand-up of the highest order…solid, very funny and deeply incisive” **** Skinny Fest
“Unique and hilarious” **** Broadway Baby
“an unstoppable, ebullient motormouth…that kind of hard-to-fake passion and cheeriness is what makes comedy-goers warm to him, and what is his greatest strength” Chortle
Adrian stumbled across stand up comedy in mid 1999. Already an accomplished actor Adrian started to experiment with this new medium. Within months he was a finalist in the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award and the Jongleurs best new act Award. This was followed by the Hackney Empire Best New act Award and an appearance on BBC1’s Football Focus (to this day he is still not sure how it happened because what Adrian knows about football could be written on the back of a stamp).
Adrian has now carved a name for himself as a much sort after live performer, performing at all of the countries major comedy venues including The Comedy Store, The Glee Club and Up the Creek. His engaging and fun style mixes freeform spontaneity with a writer’s eye for detail in original and hilarious storytelling.
It is this off the cuff style backed up with well honed material that has made Adrian such a hit in clubs across the country. His is frequently used for 20min and extended sets in all major clubs but is truly in his element as a compere bring infectious warmth and laughter to even the most stone faced of crowds.
Adrian is also an award winning writer. In 2000 he won the ‘Fuji Film New Writers Award’ for his short film ‘The Voice of God’ and in 2003 a Fringe First award for his play ‘A Very Naughty Boy’. Working for Disney UK Adrian wrote several episodes of the shows ‘The Spooky Sisters’, ‘Good Morning Raoul’ and ‘Raoul Summer Camp’. He now has several projects including a sitcom in development with ‘Tiger Aspect Productions’.
In 2003 Adrian took the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm with a total sell out run of his play ‘A Very Naughty Boy’. The play followed the roller coaster life of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. The play was supported by many of Chapman’s colleges. Adrian performed the play (in the role of Graham) and gained glowing reviews for his performance and script. A hugely successful national theatre tour of ‘A Very Naughty Boy’ followed concluding with a run at the Soho Theatre, in London’s West End. The rights were bought and Adrian is currently turning the play into a film. Adrian returned to Edinburgh in 2004 with his play ‘Success’.
The nearest Joe’s been to Guildford were his years at Reigate Grammar School, but since then he’s embraced the world of stand-up, making Chortle’s Student Comedy Award finals, and drawing on his Catholic/Jewish mix to great acclaim on the national comedy circuit.
A stand-up comedian with 6 kids? There’s got to be some material there…
Matthew is a comedian and promoter of comedy. Although a relative newcomer Matthew has appeared at over 100 venues around the country from Truro to Tunbridge Wells including spots at The Bearcat, The Comedy Store and as a guest at The Edinburgh Festival. He is also a frequent comedy performer and music compere at festivals throughout the summer months and is regular host at the Central Studio in Basingstoke.
With regular compere Paul Kerensa:
Paul’s writing can be seen on Monday nights on BBC2 with the hit sitcom ‘Miranda’, and also with the forthcoming 4th series of BBC1’s ‘Not Going Out’. The Guildford resident is fresh back from the Edinburgh Festival, where his 5th solo show was called “dazzlingly funny” by The Spectator, with full houses the entire run. He won ITV’s Take The Mike award back in 2002, was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards and The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award the same year. Now Paul is a regular at the major comedy clubs up and down the country. He’s been running The Stoke’s comedy night for three years.