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Barnstormers Comedy November 2024

By Richard |

Another installment of our popular comedy club featuring three comedians from the national circuit and our Barnstormer’s compere.

Barnstormers Comedy Oct 2024

By Richard |

Another installment of our popular comedy club featuring three comedians from the national circuit and our Barnstormer’s compere.

Mark Thomas

By Richard |

Phil McIntyre Live Ltd proudly presents:

Mark Thomas: Gaffa Tapes

Jokes, rants, politics, play and the occasional sing song.

If you don’t know what he does ask your parents.

In his time he has won awards (current total is now officially ‘f*ckloads’), forced a politician to resign, changed laws on tax and protest, become Guinness Book of Records world record holder for number of protests in 24 hours, taken the police to court 3 times and won, walked the length of the Israeli Wall in the West Bank and generally mucked about trying to have fun and f*ck the right people off.

This show is more of the above.

“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021

Ian Smith

By Richard |


Ian Smith (as heard on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. The Now Show. Just a Minute and co-hosting the Northern News podcast) presents a show about stress, love and driving a tank with your hairdresser. Three classic and timeless themes. After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ian Smith brings his critically acclaimed and multi-award nominated show on tour.

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2023

Next Up Biggest Award in Comedy Runner-up 2023

Chortle Award Best Show Nominee 2024

 ‘There are few shows as purely funny as this on the fringe’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘Sheer brilliance’ ★★★★.5 Chortle

‘One of our most consistent comedians – properly funny’ ★★★★ Fest

David Eagle: Flying Solo

By Richard |

David Eagle is a comedian and musician and member of three-time BBC Radio 2 folk award-winning band The Young ‘Uns.

In 2018 David branched out into stand-up comedy and was crowned New Comedian Of The Year at Nottingham Comedy Festival, Bath Comedy Festival and Leicester Square Theatre.

Come and enjoy his first full length touring show.

Recently he featured on BBC Radio 4/s flagship comedy ‘The Now Show’

David is blind, and his comedy often explores how his disability means the most ordinary, commonplace events are turned into surreal and convoluted dramas. Occasionally he dons his accordion (often as a spiteful repost to hecklers) and performs one of his comedy songs, such as his George Formby parody, described by the Guardian as “a comic tour de force.”

“David Eagle is a genuine stand up rookie phenomenon! Looking forward to hearing more.” Reginald D Hunter

“just seen the future of stand up comedy and his name is David Eagle” Boothby Graffoe

“constantly hilarious, gag on gag, leaving an audience gasping in admiration, and applause that goes on for minutes.” Bath Echo

John Shuttleworth

By Richard |

RAISE THE OOF 

WORK IN PROGRESS SHOW PRIOR TO UK TOUR

Radio 4 favourite, comedy legend, and ‘the 42nd best reason to love Britain’ (The Telegraph) JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH, is back with more hilarious stories and songs performed on his trusty Yamaha organ (with built-in auto accompaniment!) In RAISE THE OOF John celebrates 40 years in showbiz. Yes, it was 1985 when he met TV’s Clarinet Man – next door neighbour Ken Worthington who came last on New Faces in 73 (Tony Hatch crucified him!) 

“When I met Ken he was eating a CurlyWurly” recalls John, “although initially I thought it was a packet of sparklers, so I gave him a wide berth”, and the rest, as they say, is hysterical! 

“ Actually, I feel rather calm” muses John, “although after forty years and still no chart success, perhaps I should be slightly anxious. My wife Mary says I should get a proper job, but there’s not time – I’m about to retire! Besides, Comet – where I used to demonstrate audio equipment – no longer exists. As for the sweet factory in the Rotherham area where I worked as a security guard in the 1980’s – that’s now an Axe Throwing Centre. Oof!”

But I’m still posting off my songs (on cassette tape with Dolby so it’s not too hissy) to cutting edge pop acts like Chris Rea and the Lighthouse Family, plus I’m still being booked for nostalgic singalongs at the local hospice (for petrol money only) so we have every reason to celebrate my long and illustrious career. Do come along and join me in punching the air, and helping – in an orderly and controlled fashion – to RAISE THE OOF!

“His stand up is second to none, his timing is impeccable, and you can practically warm your hands on his good nature” The Guardian

“The Cole Porter of the antimacassar set”  The Times

“A Ludicrously compelling night out”  Evening Standard

“Sublime character comedy “ – The Guardian

“Totally unmissable”  – NME

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