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In association with Comedy Agency Just Fair Laughs, Northampton's newest and funniest Comedy night out, showing at both Duston Sports Centre and Cripps Recreation Centre throughout the year, generally the first Thursday/Friday of every month.

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Three of the UK's funniest Pro Comedians will perform cutting edge stand up at our great venues. Many of the acts you will recognise from the Television such as Russell Howards Big news, 8 out of 10 Cats & Mock the Week.

Please Note: Over 16s only. Please note some material by comedians may be of an adult nature. Many of our acts are in demand from TV and Radio, so occasionally line-ups may be subject to alteration. Replacements will always be of a similar standard.

Please note some of the links to external videos contain adult content

 

Thursday 6th September

Wes Zaharuk, Chris McCausland & Tony Vino (MC)

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When: Thursday 6th September

Where: Duston Sports Centre, Cotswold Avenue, Northampton,NN5 6EX

Time: 7pm Doors Open, 8pm Start

Tickets: from £4

Box Office: 01604 838333

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For more info on the comedians performing click here.

CHRIS MCCAUSLAND

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“An absolute natural!” – Dave Spikey

Fast rising star, Chris McCausland is the winner of the C4 Creative Diversity Award and appears on Miranda Hart’s Unwrapped on BBC2, ITV4’s Stand Up Hero and on two series of Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store.

In addition to achieving a top three placing in pretty much every national competition within his first year of stand-up, Chris was recently awarded the highly regarded C4 Creative Diversity Award with special commendation for his writing and the diverse range of material.

As an actor Chris plays Rudi the Market Trader on Me Too!, the long-running children’s series on BBC1 and CBeebies;

In his live work this highly acclaimed, multi award-winning comedian performs both nationally and internationally at all the country’s major comedy clubs and as far afield as Mumbai and Dubai.

Chris is the only professional comedian in the UK, and probably even the world, who is blind. This makes his particular brand of observational comedy all the more unique as he chooses to talk about this only moderately; instead, priding himself on the variety and originality of his material.

‘Proper stand-up – Honest straightforward balls-out funny!’
Chortle

SEE MORE OF CHRIS HERE 

 

WES ZAHARUK

Tommy Cooper on acid.Channel 4

Master of mayhem, prop lunatic Wes Zaharuk, takes audience on a joy-ride of frenzy machine-gun anarchic physical comedy routines and maniac physical audience interaction. Wes is easily one of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit. If you like to laugh out loud you won’t want to miss this show.

Canadian Wes appeared across the USA and Canada before basing himself in the UK. As well as North America, he’s brought his eccentric collection of prop tricks to (amongst other countries) Germany, Israel, Cyprus, Denmark, Australia and Singapore. He has a wealth of experience in both the club and corporate worlds across North America and Europe.

Wes Zaharuk credits his comic roots to his parents. They made ‘not listening’ an Olympic event. As a child, his parents dressed him in wool pants that were incredibly itchy. Complain as he would, his words fell on deaf ears. When he developed a skin condition that looked like a large, all-dressed pizza, he was tested for allergies. It was found that he was allergic to wool. Through it all, Wes developed his desire to be heard — if only to reduce rash.

SEE MORE OF WES HERE

Tony Vino (MC)

Preston’s very own funny man. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine" Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

See more of Tony here 

 

 

Thursday 4th October

Henry Parker, Mitch Benn & Tony Vino (MC)

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When: Thursday 4th October

Where: Cripps Recreation Centre, Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville Road, Northampton, NN1 5BD

Time: 7pm Doors Open, 8pm Start

Tickets: from £4

Box Office: 01604 838333

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For more info on the comedians performing click here.

MITCH BENN

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Mitch Benn is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch began his comedy career in Edinburgh in 1994. He moved to London in 1996 and quickly established himself as a comedy club "headliner" as well as a favourite on the university circuit.

Mitch is a regular writer and performer on "The Now Show" for BBC Radio 4 and "It's Been a Bad Week" for BBC Radio 2. Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, "Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music" have been broadcast so far. He also presents "The Mitch Benn Music Show" on BBC Radio 7.

"Although the UK has a fine tradition in producing top- notch musical comedians, we have recently been left in the dust by the arrival of acts like Tim Minchin and Tenacious D, two acts who have found international stardom holding a tune as well as splitting their audience’s sides. This is where Mitch Benn comes in. Not exactly a new name on the comedy circuit, Benn has spent the last few years quietly composing some of the best rib-ticklers you’ll ever hear." Tom Goodwyn, Oxford Times

SEE MORE OF MITCH HERE 

 

HENRY PARKER

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 After a brief career in computer animation Henry Paker decided to give comedy a go. He started out doing stand up in rooms above pubs, then in rooms below pubs and then eventually in the main body of the pub itself. In 2008 he won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and realised he might be onto something. Since then Henry’s many comic talents have seen him carve out a career as a comic writer, stand up, actor and cartoonist.

Henry took his first solo hour of stand up Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and followed it up with his acclaimed show Cabin Fever in 2011 (**** – The Guardian: ‘scales impressive comedy peaks throughout this entertainingly twisty solo hour’) and Classic Paker in 2013 (**** – Chortle: ‘there’s not a spare syllable or hesitation in the whole hour, he is as precise as music and the audience were delighted to follow his tune’). His narrative comedy show, The Golden Lizard, won him and Mike Wozniak the Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2011, and went on to sell out a run at London’s Soho Theatre.

Henry’s TV appearances include Russell Howard’s Good News, Seann Walsh World and Edinburgh and Beyond. Henry also co writes and stars in Radio 4 sketch show Small Scenes, and has also appeared on Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour, Act your Age and Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash.

Henry is one of the most sought after writers in the industry. He has written for shows including Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Stand Up for the Week, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Comic Relief and Seann Walsh World, as well as for Small Scenes and Newsjack.

He has written and illustrated two cartoon books with Dave Skinner, Don’t Arm Wrestle a Pirate, which was made into animations voiced by Steve Coogan and Why Steve Was Late, which was serialised in The Times.

SEE MORE OF HENRY HERE

 

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony Vino

Preston’s very own funny man. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine" Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

See more of Tony here 

 

 

Thursday 1st November 2018

Glenn Wool, James Sherwood & Tony Vino (MC)

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When: Thursday 1st Nov

Where: Duston Sports Centre, Cotswold Avenue, Northampton,NN5 6EX

Time: 7pm Doors Open, 8pm Start

Tickets: from £4

Box Office: 01604 838333

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For more info on the comedians performing click here.

GLENN WOOL

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Glenn began his comedy career in his hometown of Vancouver in 1995. He moved to London in 1998 and quickly became one of the rising stars of the London and international comedy circuit having performed in Australia, New Zealand, The USA, South Africa, Switzerland, France, Croatia and Arabia. Glenn was nominated for Best International Stand Up at The New Zealand Comedy Awards and Best Headliner at the Chortle Awards

In recent years Glenn has hit the International circuit in a big way, performing to huge crowds in Singapore, Holland, Dubai, New York and Los Angeles where he is currently living. He's also a popular addition to many of the great Summer music Festivals in the UK, including Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Bestival, Download and of course Glastonbury. 

Glenn is a regular TV face having made appearances on John Olivers New York COmedy Show (USA), 7DAYS (NZ), Melbourne Comedy Gala (AUS), Funny as Hell (HBO/CAN) Russell Howards Good News (UK), Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The BBC Stand Up Show, The Live Floor Show, 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and The Comic side of Seven Days for the BBC. The World Stands Up,Comedy Blue and Edinburgh and Beyond for Comedy Central,   He continues to be a regular inComedy Cuts, the comedy show from ITV2.   Glenn also wrote and starred in What's The Story?' broadcast on Channel 4 as part of the Comedy Lab season.

Podcasts are familiar to Glenn too having recently been on Marc Marons WTF?, Richard Herrings As It Occurs To Me, Graham Clark & Dave Chumka's STOP PODCASTING YOURSELF and for Radio Political Animal and 28 Acts in 28 Minutesfor BBC Radio 4 as well as headlining 4 at the Store (R4) and The Late Night Comedy Show for Radio 1.  

“Effortlessly funny with an affability that other comics can only dream of – You have to go and see Glenn Wool. ” The Guardian

"Edgy, imaginative, funny and original, Canadian born Wool sets the standards at the fringe” Daily Telegraph

“If Like me, you believe that nobody could be much funnier than a cross between Jack Black and Meat Loaf, then you’ll be pleased to learn that such a man exists”  The Independent on Sunday

“Absolutely hilarious”  Independent

SEEM MORE OF GLENN HERE

 

JAMES SHERWOOD

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“Imaginative musical jokes and beautifully crafted original comedy songs…The material he offers is fresh, contemporary and pin-sharp original.”
Guardian
Like many an Essex boy before him, James Sherwood was raised in Oxford, Bristol, Essex, and London, went to Magdalen College, Oxford and sang in the choir. Early comedy success included being a semi-finalist in ITV’s stand-up talent show Take the Mike, being a runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards and the FHM Holsten Pils Comedy Final.
James has made a name for himself on the live circuit as a musical comedian par excellence, sandwiching topical material amongst his self-penned original comic songs. Although this involves lugging a keyboard around with him, it’s worth it – songs about grammatical inaccuracies and failed nightclub courtships have had audiences literally crying with laughter. He regularly reviews the newspapers on Sky News, writes a regular blog on The Guardian website and spends most Sundays singing in a church choir, despite not actually being religious.
Brilliantly conceived and very funny … Sherwood has phenomenal stage presence
The Scotsman
His debut Edinburgh show ‘I Know What You Did Last Sunday’, was a total sell-out and was followed in similar fashion with ‘James Sherwood’s Somewhat Premature Review Of 2007’. Other Edinburgh shows followed with critical acclaim, whilst his writing career saw him awarded the BBC Radio Comedy Writers Bursary in 2008, before going on to receive a Sony Award in 2009 as part of the Now Show writing team. Other radio writing includes The News Quiz (amongst many others) and as performer he’s been on 4 Stands Up and Loose Ends. in 2010, James won “Best Comedy Show” for At the Piano at Hollywood Fringe Festival and in the same year was nominated for Buxton Festival Fringe Awards as “Best Individual Comedy Performance” for One Man and His Piano.
Worth the ticket price alone … clever, funny and will have fans singing along​

SEE MORE OF JAMES HERE

 

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony Vino

Preston’s very own funny man. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine" Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

See more of Tony here 

 

 

Thursday 6th December 2018

Ian Cognito, Sean Percival & Tony Vino (MC)

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When: Thursday 6th December

Where: Cripps Recreation Centre, Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville Road, Northampton, NN1 5BD

Time: 7pm Doors Open, 8pm Start

Tickets: from £4

Box Office: 01604 838333

Book Tickets Online - Click Here

 
For more info on the comedians performing click here.

IAN COGNITO

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As an Irish Italian Englishman, Ian believes he has the right to have a go at anyone and anything.

Massive portions of anger and self-doubt are the stuff of Cognito’s act. He is one of the best comics of the national circuit; a veteran. He clearly knows what he's doing as he spits his darkly humourous vitriol over an unsuspecting crowd. An outspoken, opinionated yet totally clued up man, Ian's take on the world will have you convinced and convulsed with laughter.

“The mad who does to comedy what Jaws does to swimming. The audience fell about. I wouldn’t like to be his enemy.” The Daily Star

“He’s dangerous, and definitely not for the mainstream, however he made the audience laugh more than anyone else on the night.” The Stage

SEE MORE OF IAN HERE

SEAN PERCIVAL

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Black Country comic Sean Percival is an ex-welder from Dudley (“It’s a lovely place to come from but bloody horrible to go back to”) whose act is steeped in the traditions of the working mens clubs circuit, but bang up to date with its upfront attitude.  Sean’s brand of comedy steers clear of the surreal and confronts realism in an explosively funny way.

A festival favourite, he has performed at the Edinburgh, Glastonbury and Reading Festivals, and as a well established headliner he performs at all major comedy clubs around the UK as well as being a regular host for the Jongleurs comedy clubs.

In demand as a script writer, Sean works regularly with likes of Johnny Vaughan for Capital Radio.  He spent two years writing and performing on Capital fm's drive time radio show in Birmingham and for Heart fm in Birmingham, and provided the voice for "Black Country Bob" on both those shows fronted by Talk Radio's host and impressionist Ian Danter.

"Sean's comedy is the comedy of honesty. His act is the working man's revenge on the safe, middle-class, politically correct humour that has dominated comedy. Sean's humour is not surreal, it's not wacky, it's just bloody funny. This is not smile humour, this is bust your gut rubber underpants stuff"     (Joan Serone Bungalow, What's On)

"…the big gold star of the show must be the long-haired man from Dudley. He came. He spoke. He had us curled up begging for more…Sean Percival was the best heckler worrier I've seen for years…"    (Evening Mail TV)

“Absolutely brilliant – can we book him for our Christmas show please” Red Card Comedy, Norwich

SEE MORE OF SEAN HERE

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony Vino

Preston’s very own funny man. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine" Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

See more of Tony here