- Posted by thestoke 19 May
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Edinburgh preview season is upon us! You Must Be Stoking has previews of the shows some amazing comedians are taking up to the Edinburgh Festival – every fortnight we’ll have works in progress from excellent acts, for just £6 in advance or £8 on the door – a fraction of what they’ll cost in August! Get tickets from www.youmustbestoking.com/tickets. The lineups are:
Wednesday 5th June 2013
ITV’s Show Me The Funny winner & champion hugger brings his trademark hyperactive and freewheeling charm back to Guildford. The Irish/Iranian/Geordie is a powerhouse of upbeat fun and frolics, and has been a hit at the Edinburgh Festival for nearly a decade. We sold out last time he was down, so book early!
“Without doubt a man who can do funny” – The Mirror
“Engaging and genuinely enlightening” – The Scotsman
The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2010 is probably best known for his two years of co-hosting the Sony Gold Award winning Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show. He’s appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and was placed in the Top 10 of Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe. He was also nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award, and his offbeat gags and songs make him one of the circuit’s most popular musical comics.
“A delightful hour of comedy” – The Guardian
“An effortlessly assured act… exceptionally inspired and truly memorable” – Steve Bennett, Chortle
Wednesday 19th June 2013
A rare chance to hear from one of Britain’s leading radio voices, away from his studio desk, and not in the morning… The star of Absolute Radio’s breakfast show has eight prestigious Gold Sony Radio Awards to his name, and his voice gets millions of people out of bed every morning. Before his shows on Absolute, XFM, Fighting Talk on BBC Radio 5 Live, and TV programmes on Sky and ITV, Christian began in stand-up comedy, and now he returns to the stage for his debut Edinburgh show. See it first here.
“Everything he has to say about manliness is witty and true” – David Tennant
“I have a new hero and his name is Christian O’Connell” – The Observer
A headline comedian for two decades, Simon is a Perrier Award Nominee and former Time Out Comedy Award Winner. He works all over the UK and has toured to Australia, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Chile, the Falkland Isles, The USA, Afghanistan, and recently he has been performing at the Comedy Store Mumbai.
On TV you may have seen him on “Friday Night Live” ITV1, “The Comedy Store” Channel 5, “Live at Jongleurs” Channel 5 or even on “The Harry Enfield Show” BBC 1 in the old days…
“A reliable pleasure, delivering well-honed, flannel free gags with a distinctive hyperactive approach” – The Guardian
“A very funny man” – Alan Davies
Wednesday 3rd July 2013
A welcome return visit to The Stoke from this veteran genius of the stand-up circuit: John has been a comedian since 1996, as well as directing touring comedy shows for everyone from Eddie Izzard to Reginald D Hunter. He’s one of alternative comedy’s true masters, and is currently working on his first feature film, as well as this stand-up show: Cheap Shots At The Defenceless.
“Brilliant. Poignantly funny” – The Scotsman
“One of the UK’s best stand-ups. A truly original voice whose shows take you on a journey rich in narrative, pathos and laughs, full of characters with real depth” – The Fix
We should clarify that this is a specific mystery guest, not just a “to be determined”! However, we’ve been asked to maintain secrecy. Regardless of who it is though a) they’ll be funny, and b) they’re sharing the bill with John Gordillo, who’s worth the ticket all by himself! Mystery Guest has excelled in the comedy world for, ooh, years now. He or she has won countless awards, as well as appearing on TV shows like that thing, you know that one, oh and that one on that channel, along with panel shows like that one you saw the other night. “Brilliant”, “Hysterical” and “Bewildering” are just three of the words that he/she knows.
“A great quote” – A newspaper
Wednesday 17th July 2013
With a comedic voice heavily influenced by the likes of Bill Cosby & Jerry Seinfeld, Mark’s ability to blend a theme or topic with one of today’s funniest comedy routines is unparalleled. Mark has been performing and honing his skills for over 9 years and he is now one of today’s most sought after comedians, and provides Good Clean Fun.
“Clean, classy, clever” – Argus Tonight
The Noise Next Door
The UK’s premier comedy improv troupe consists of five guys from Brighton, with bags of energy and a ton of punchlines for whatever you, the audience, get them to do. The Daily Telegraph called them “hilarious”, Chortle called them “sublime”, USA Weekly called them “world class”. They’re one of the most exciting acts on the circuit today, five time veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe and winners of the USA Weekly 100 Star Award.
“Pure genius” – Fringe Review
“A multi-talented behemoth of improv comedy” – Fringe Guru
Wednesday 31st July 2013
Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Stand Up For The Week, Andi has been performing since 2003, and coupled her stand-up career with appearances as a police officer in Waking The Dead, a doctor in Footballer’s Wives and four appearances in Eastenders as a nurse (a different one each time, which technically makes her a qualified medical practitioner).
Andi is now well established as a regular contributor on TV and Radio as well as her continued live work on the stand up circuit including three live solo stand up tours.
Andi’s favourite things include shoes, her mum and cats. Not in that order… actually a little bit in that order.
“Blazing a trail” – The Telegraph
“Perfect delivery” – The Guardian
An imaginative storytelling comedian who combines deft stand-up with daft stories, his comedy has travelled as far as Shanghai, Dubai, Doha, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Australia and Singapore. Dowdeswell has recently appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4) and Olympics Greatest Moments (BBC). He also played The Count in Ricky Gervais’ Extras. He is currently filming in his own comedy show about wine called “James Dowdeswell – Black Belt In Wine.”
“James Dowdeswell is a real master of the comedian’s craft” – Chortle
Line-ups may change, so please check www.youmustbestoking.com for the latest listings.
Tickets are £6 in advance from www.youmustbestoking.com/tickets,, or £8 on the door.