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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 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July, 16th July, 30th July
It’s preview season! As the biggest names in comedy prepare to head up to the Edinburgh Festival and
around the country on tour, we’ve managed to secure some of the best to give us a sneak peek at
their new shows every other Wednesday in June and July, starting from the 4th June. Works in progress, so slightly cheaper than normal, but all headline acts that would cost several times more at the festival itself. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the shows start at 8:00pm. Tickets are just £6 (+60p booking fee) in advance from www.youmustbestoking.com/tickets, or £8 on the door.
Here’s the full line-up:
Wednesday 4th June
Geoff was nominated for ‘Best New Show’ at Dave’s Leicester Comedy festival, has written for ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’ and had rave reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Festival. He has worked as both a presenter and actor on TV, and continues to regularly headline the top clubs, including The Comedy Store, Glee clubs, Komedia and many more. In the last 12 months he has performed in Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Egypt and Jersey.
“Stand up at its very best” – Broadway Baby
“Master of anecdotal story telling” – Edinburgh Festival Magazine
With his likeable style and trusty guitar, Jonny’s musings include everything from the white lies he tells his girlfriend to his new home town of Croydon and the memory of his first love at eight years old. Jonny’s feel-good set has captivated audiences at every kind of venue from pub back rooms to 700 seat theatres to a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe with his hit show ‘Playtime’. He has played all the UK’s top comedy venues including The Glee Club, Jongleurs and The Comedy Store and has performed internationally everywhere from Cyprus to Slovakia. Along the way he has won The Magners Funhouse Comedy Gongshow and The Comedy Cafe New Acts Night.
“Exudes great charm” – Laughter House
“Couldn’t take the smile off my face” – Glee Club
Wednesday 18th June
Zoe took her first steps down the comedy path in 2003 after training as an actress at the Poor School in London. She went on to win the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and her debut Edinburgh show was nominated for the if.comedy newcomer award. In 2008 she won the Dave, Funniest Joke of The Fringe Award. She’s since been a regular at comedy festivals around the world, and on many TV shows including Mock the Week, The Wright Stuff, and The Michael McIntyre Roadshow.
“Achingly funny…A cracking show” – The Melbourne Age
“Brilliantly acerbic” – The Guardian
Jim co-wrote and starred in ITV’s “The Sketch Show”, which won a BAFTA and was syndicated worldwide. To date, “The Sketch Show” has been remade for audiences in seven different countries. Following three appearances at The Royal Variety Performance, Jim performed at several private functions for the British Royal Family, including a private Christmas party for HRH Prince Charles and a Gala held at Highgrove in front of Her Majesty the Queen and thirteen Crowned Heads of State. Jim is renowned for being Prince Charles’ favourite comedian. He went on to appear at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, and holds the distinction of being the only overseas act ever to reach the final of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. His major film debut came when he played Tom the Innkeeper in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, and he’s since made several film and television appearances, including roles on “Californication” and “Chuck”.
“An enormously talented individual” – The Independent
“A modern-day Tommy Cooper” – Chortle
Wednesday 2nd July
Lucy was 2012’s winner of The BBC New Comedy Award and she has also won the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer. She was a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013, and in August 2011 she was ranked joint third in the Gilded Balloon’s nationwide stand-up comedy competition “So You Think You’re Funny?”. She has appeared in series 2 of Live At The Electric on BBC Three, and has performed her own show for BBC Radio 4 titled “To Hull and Back”.
“Devastating comic timing” – The Stage
“Beaumont is a riot” – The Scotsman
Iain was a finalist in both the Paramount Funniest Student and Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year competitions, and is a regular on the UK comedy circuit. Having been dubbed one of Scotland’s ‘Hottest Newcomers’ by The Scotsman, he now gigs all over the UK including The Stand, The Comedy Store, and Off The Kerb. Iain has written and presented several TV shows, has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News Extra, and has toured with Russell Kane.
“One of the best joke writers on the circuit” – GQ
“Hugely talented” – Time Out
Wednesday 16th July
Vikki is a multi-talented comedian, actress, singer and musician, and winner of The Soho Theatre One Night Stand Up Award. She performs regularly across the country at major clubs, festivals and theatres as well as appearing regularly on television. Vikki’s debut Edinburgh Show, Big Neon Letters, played to sell-out audiences both in Edinburgh and London’s Soho Theatre, and receivedcritical acclaim including The Observer’s Comedy Top 5 Edinburgh Shows 2011. Her follow up show, Hot Mess, sold out its entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, adding four extra shows due to phenomenal public demand. Her TV appearances include “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” “That Sunday Night Show” and “This Morning”.
“Hilarious and brilliant” – Heat
“Audience were almost crying with laughter” – The Guardian
Rob exploded on to the comedy scene in 2000, reaching the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award semi-finals, the finals of the BBC New Comedy Award and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Competition, as well as winning the prestigious Amused Moose New Talent Award. 2001 brought further success with Rob hosting the legendary Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival; this led to a personal request from Emo Phillips to support him for his festival run. With his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the London circuit and has played at all the major comedy clubs nationwide. He slayed audiences as a headliner on The Comedy Network and has been commissioned by Channel 4 to write and host the comedy series “Lesser-Spotted Britain”.
“As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army Knife” – The Independent
“Ingenious and hilarious” – The Guardian
Wednesday 30th July
Shappi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country. She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. She has notched up numerous high profile television appearances including Live At The Apollo, The Channel 4 Comedy Gala, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Graham Norton Show, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News For You and her own Comedy Store Special for Comedy Central. She also had the honour of being nominated at the prestigious 2010 British Comedy Awards in the Best Female Comic category, up against fellow nominees Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.
“Makes live comedy thrilling” – The Evening Standard
“Consistent laughter from start to finish” – Huffington Post
Paul started performing comedy in 2007. Since then he has performed all over Britain, from the highlands of Scotland to the bottom tip of Cornwall, and hundreds of places in between, including three runs at the Edinburgh Festival. He also performed his debut hour “Cheerful Shambles” in 2013 which was well recieved by audiences and critics. He was also nominated for best full length debut show at the 2009 Leicester festival, was Juice Comedy club’s Performer of the Year 2009, and won West Midlands Comedy Awards Best Joke 2009. His joke writing has been used on the world’s largest comedy website cracked.com, by several ad agencies, on BBC Three, and in national publications.
“Has a wonderful way with words” – BBC
“Genuinely brilliant” – The Guardian
Tickets are £8 (+ 80p booking fee) in advance from www.youmustbestoking.com/tickets, or £10 on the door.