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You Must Be Stoking – the finest stand-ups, hand-picked for Guildford comedygoers @ The Stoke pub, 103 Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4JN
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
March was another jam-packed show, and we’re keeping the ball rolling with a stellar April lineup, including…
A brilliant and hilarious youngster with a penchant for psychedelic drugs, Franken fled his native Sedalia, Missouri, after receiving a Masters in Literature (with a focus on Restoration and 18th Century British) to seek his fame and fortune in New York City. Instead, he found bagels and the Mets. The Mets had fame and fortune already; but that wasn’t enough for Franken, who wanted his own. Moving to San Francisco, he established himself as a cult figure and, instead of making his fans and followers kill themselves, he elected to let them live and was consequently selected “Best Comedian” by SF Weekly. His solo show Good Luck With It debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival to rave reviews by the New York Times. He’s since appeared on BBC America and at HBO’s Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Just For Laughs in Montreal and the Edinburgh Festival.
“An erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd” – The New York Times
“Astounding…makes almost everyone else in his field look like lazy chancers” – Chortle
“Franken is not to be missed” – San Francisco Bay Guardian
Sean McLoughlin arrived on the comedy scene in 2007 and quickly established himself on the Northern circuit playing weekends at The Stand, XS Malarkey and The Frog & Bucket. Sean can charm and surprise audiences with his self deprecating humour and personal subject matter. Highly original yet hugely accessible material is made all the more impressive with Sean’s immaculate sense of timing.
“Interesting and skillful” – Chortle
“One of the best” – The Scotsman
Allan is a pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church who after taking a “Funny Business” course run by Liverpool’s Comedy Trust, proved a natural comedian and has gone on to delight crowds across the North West with his self-deprecating humour and references to his day job.
Diane is a comedian, actor and writer. She first performed stand-up in 2006 when living in New Zealand, and has since gone on to perform in various locations across the world, from Bahrain to Belfast. She debuted at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2009, as part of the “Big Comedy Breakfast”, then returned with a solo hour in 2010. This show and her early work on the UK circuit led to Diane winning the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer in 2011. Since then she has written a brand new show every year, each receiving critical acclaim.
“An honesty and humility that makes her abject embarrassment riotously hilarious” – Chortle
“A staggering storyteller” – Sunday Express
“Wonderful turns of phrase, killer punchlines and a gleeful delight in continually over-stepping the taste barrier” – The List
Compere Kevin Shepherd
Kevin was a finalist in The Laughing Horse new act of the Year 2002 and came second in the Krater New act of the Year 2002 at the Komedia in Brighton. In 2006 he did his first and very well received Edinburgh show Kevin Shepherd: Comics Die in Hot Cars. As well as performing live stand up he has been a regular co-host on Sports Tonight Live, has a regular Formula One Podcast with fellow Comic Terry Saunders and has written for BBC television and radio. Most recently after three years of writing, directing and editing Edinburgh shows with Tom Binns, Kevin has worked with Radio 2 and Tom on his new radio series “Ian D Montford is Unbelievable”.
“Left us eager for more” – BBC Lincolnshire.
“Funny, confident and assured” – Chortle
“Brilliantly observed” – The Skinny
Tickets are £8 (+ 80p booking fee) in advance from www.youmustbestoking.com/tickets, or £10 on the door.