You Must Be Stoking Edinburgh Preview Shows Wed 6th June – 25th July

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You Must Be Stoking Edinburgh Preview Shows Wed 6th June – 25th July

The Stoke Pub & Pizzeria Guildford Edinburgh Fringe Festival Previews June to July 2012 You Must Be Stoking Comedy

Every Wednesday in June and July, You Must Be Stoking is bringing the best of the Edinburgh festival to Guildford, including a whole host of award winners, nominees, and just plain brilliant comedians! We’ve got 8 great evenings of comedy, each featuring preview shows from two performers going to Edinburgh in August. It’s a fantastic way to see some top comic talent without having to travel all the way to Scotland and fight past crowds of tourists. Appearing during the run will be:

Wednesday 6th June:


Matthew is a hugely talented stand-up who started on the circuit in 2002 and went on to win SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY the same year. In 2003 was named CHORTLE BEST NEWCOMER. Since then he has performed on the UK circuit and abroad in France, Belgium and Monaco. As well as supporting HARRY HILL and AL MURRAY and appearing as part of THE COMEDY ZONE at the 2003 Edinburgh festival. He was named English Comedian of the Year 2009.


You may recognise his face from the Pot Noodle TV ads, or his energy from the Ever-Ready Bunny on Red Bull. Jarred Christmas has a unique style that deftly mixes gags with storytelling. He has a dynamic onstage persona and the ability to improvise and roll with anything that’s thrown his way, making his comedy sizzle with originality. Full of passion and charisma, Jarred takes the audience on a hilarious thrill ride of laughs and gasps with an edge of anger that manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives. “Best of the crop… A fabulously boisterous kiwi with a definite future” – Evening Standard

Wednesday 13th June:


Combining off-beat jokes with songs about dying pets and choice fatigue, Cahill’s unpretentiously surreal and absurd outlook has seen him win numerous awards and secured him firmly in the one to
watch category.

“This quirky performer has true star quality and bags of originality, mixing physical humour, gimmicks, wordplay and comedy songs. Imagine a cross between Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard and you might be getting somewhere, but nowhere close.”Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard


As seen on their own Channel 4 sketch show last year, these Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer nominees have been performing for 2 years, and now they bring their fine sketches to Guildford. Their ‘High Renaissance Man’ has been a youtube smash hit with nearly half a million views, and they went to school with Prince Harry.

“Charismatic, likeable, skilled comedians”

Wednesday 20th June:


You may know him from his double act with Stewart Lee (Fist of Fun, This Morning With Richard Not Judy) or his podcasts and radio shows with Andrew Collings, or his solo touring shows like Christ on a Bike or Hitler Moustache, or his radio shows like “Richard Herring’s Objective” or “Banter” or “That Was Then This Is Now,” or maybe you saw one of his plays like “Punk’s Not Dead” or “Excavating Rita,” or read one of his books “How Not To Grow Up” or “Talking Cock”. Now he’s coming to Guildford.


A smart, stupid sketch show from three of the Fringe’s most inventive comedians. DAN ANTOPOLSKI (Triple Perrier Award Nominee, BBC New Comedy Award Winner and Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe
Award Winner 2009), TOM CRAINE (BBC National Student Award Winner 2006) and NAT LUURTSEMA (Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2008) have joined forces to create a hydra-headed sketch monster called

Wednesday 27th June:


Winner of ITV1’s Show Me The Funny and star of his own DVD, Patrick is the UK’s favourite Irish/Iranian/Geordie huggy comedian. You may recognise him from his appearances on ITV1’s Paul O’Grady show, or his previous barnstorming appearance at The Stoke. Patrick not only engages the audience with charming banter about local affairs and universal issues, but also combines animated story telling style that draws on his own experiences of growing up in Teesside of Irish and Iranian Parentage. A comedian with truly global appeal or as the Daily Telegraph puts it, “a one man ethnic melting pot, a star in the making”.

“All energy and bustle, Monahan has it in him to become a perfect circuit comedian and compere”Time Out
“This gifted livewire commands the stage with a mix of wit and force of personality”Evening Standard


In 2008, Pippa Evans enjoyed an incredibly successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival where her debut solo show, Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People, was nominated for the if.comedy Best Newcomer
Award. In ‘Loretta Maine: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need To Talk To You’, she unleashed her alter-ego Loretta Maine, a sexy and psychotic American country and western singer-songwriter for a full show of her own. On top of her live work Pippa is becoming increasingly sought after as a TV and radio performer. In early 2011 she appeared as one of the regular cast members on BBC2’s comedy improv
series Fast and Loose. She has also recently featured in C4’s Morgana Show and on BBC1’s The Slammer.

“Fabulously talented. Her brilliantly realized comedy shows maturity well beyond her years. Her psychotic yet sexy American singer is a thing of hysterical beauty.”Time Out

Wednesday 4th July:


Nominated for Best Club Comic in the 2012 Chortle Awards, Dana is one of Canada’s most outspoken and hilarious performers. The only black female comedian on the circuit in Canada, Dana’s comedic style is both refreshing and irreverent, drawing her material from her diverse lifestyle, her gay friends and her crazy Jamaican family. This will be a lady not to be missed. She was voted in the “Best Discoveries” by Toronto’s renowned Now Magazine in 2006 and has since been included in their “Best Of” issues three years in a row, easily making her one of Canada’s hottest emerging young comedians. Her Canadian TV credits include Halifax Comedy Festival (CBC), Video on Trial (Much Music), women’s only network The Slice Network and The Comedy Channel (XM Satellite Radio) and this past year her national half hour comedy special was aired on CTV.


A sketch show by Sheeps (Daran Johnson, Alastair Roberts & Liam Williams). From skits to sketches, from jokes to gags – there’s something here for all fans of contemporary fringe sketch-comedy. Think The Two Ronnies meets Sheeps, and then The Two Ronnies leave.

“Something quite different and very exciting indeed”Independent
“A winning combination”Guardian
“One of the strongest new acts around”The Times
“One of the most exciting sketch acts to emerge in years”Time Out

Wednesday 11th July:


Runner-up in ITV1’s Show Me The Funny, Tiffany is one of the hottest names in stand-up. From the Comedy Store to Glastonbury Tiffany has since made her presence felt on the club and festival scene, and in 2006 she made her entrance on to the hallowed comedy turf of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Talk Radio directed by Stewart Lee. The critically acclaimed show was ranked first in The Independent’s “Things to do in the summer”.

“Hugely enjoyable class conscious comedy from this engaging young comic, with a nice line in catty putdowns”The Guardian
“Had me and the rest of the audience in stitches”What’s On Stage


Winner of Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2010, Roisin has a natural conversational style which makes her extremely likeable without the audience descending to pity. Her award winning show tells the tale of her being invited back to her school to talk to recent graduates. You may have seen her on TV – now see her in Guildford.

Wednesday 18th July:


Danny Buckler is fast establishing himself as one of the most popular performers in showbiz with a unique style that combines stand-up comedy, improvisation, story-telling, audience participation
and the odd bit of magic. Danny has travelled all over the world as a performer whether it’s entertaining the troops in Bosnia, Belfast, The Falkland Islands and Diego Garcia or performing in comedy clubs in Germany, Austria and Singapore.

“An endearing air of parodic grandeur”METRO
“Puts Houdini to shame”Daily Mail
“Before you knew it he had the whole audience cheering”The Stage
“He stole the show with his excellent impersonations and improvisations”Three Weeks


Ray Peacock (idiot) and Ed Gamble (writes the blurbs) touch down in Guildford for a demonstration of their irresponsible and juvenile double act. Chortle Award Nominees 2011. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News.

“A gloriously silly hour in the company of two overgrown toddlers”
“Childish mischief and stupendous invention”The List
“Unfettered roars of laughter”The Guardian

Wednesday 25th July:


“Sassy, intelligent and thought provoking” Sarah’s Edinburgh shows have previously been Perrier-nominated. One of Australia’s finest comics, she’s written and presented Triple J’s ‘Departure
Lounge’ and several other prime-time shows on Australian terrestrial stations ‘9’ Network and ‘ABCTV’.

“Thoughtful, intelligent, subtle, enlightening and…really funny. Kendall has a dry, subtle British-style sense of humour.”The Observer
“An intelligent, thoughtful and wryly amusing exploration of ideas, passionately presented by a young comic willing to set her aim high rather than follow a lazy route to easy laughs.”


Winner of So You Think You’re Funny 2008 and Guardian’s One to Watch, Daniel Simonsen has perfected his dark, brooding Norwegian persona which packed out his Edinburgh Fringe 2011 venue. Set to support Simon Amstell on his national tour in 2012, Daniel has been making his mark on the comedy circuit since 2007 with praise from the industry and audiences alike.

Line-ups may change, so please contact us on 01483 504296 or check for the latest listings.

Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8:00pm.

Tickets are £5 (+ booking fee) in advance from, or £7 on the door.

Hope to see you here!
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