Specs Comedy - July 2017

ALISTAIR BARRIE

Comedian, actor and writer Alistair Barrie has been performing all over the world for nearly an entire century (this one). Much in demand as both a headline act and MC, he has performed throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield in the States, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Estonia, Mumbai, Antibes, Cyprus, Crete, Luxembourg, Bahrain, Qatar, Belgium, Prague, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Hong Kong, Macau, Malta, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Athens as well as at the world's highest gig on a mountain in France and on a boat in the middle of the North Sea.

 

Alistair is a member of The Cutting Edge team at London's Comedy Store and has made numerous radio and television appearances across the world. A regular at corporate events and festivals, he has taken six solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and written on several shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and Radio 4 and for a number of other comedians. He created and compered 'Bye George,' the comedians' farewell to George W. Bush, which sold out the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 2009. He is presently working on 'No Pressure to be Funny,' a monthly topical show and podcast at the Soho Theatre in in London's West End, with LBC's James O'Brien and former Perrier nominee Nick Revell, which was also taken to Edinburgh in 2012 for a Festival special in association with Amnesty International. Alistair also regularly reviews restaurants for his Food Ponce blog.

 

"Excellent"
The Independent

"A class act"
The Scotsman

"Eloquent, slick and dynamic"
Chortle.co.uk

ANDREW LAWRENCE

One of Britain’s most subversive and intelligent comedians, Andrew Lawrence, has been lauded with many awards and nominations for his comedy including winning The BBC New Comedy Award, and being twice nominated for The Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award. On television he has appeared on Live At The Apollo, The Michael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow, Dave’s One Night Stand and as a regular on Stand Up For The Week. The BBC have also since commissioned Andrew to record his fourth BBC Radio 4 series, There Is No Escape. Straight from Edinburgh on his eleventh consecutive year, he is currently on tour with his show THE HATE SPEECH TOUR.


TELEVISION
·         Live At The Comedy Store
·         Live At The Apollo
·         BBC Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live
·         Stand Up for the Week CHANNEL 4
·         Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow BBC ONE
·         Dave’s One Night Stand
RADIO
·         There Is No Escape, BBC RADIO 4
·         How Did We End Up Like This? BBC RADIO 4
·         What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else BBC RADIO 4
TOURS
·         Uncensored
·         Reasons To Kill Yourself
·         There Is No Escape
·         The Too Ugly for Television Tour
·         The Best Kept Secret in Comedy Tour


"He is in a class of his own." 
Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★★

JOSEPH WILSON

Joseph Wilson started his multi talented career at the age of 18 with aplomb and has flourished into a comedic force to be reckoned with. A stand up comedian, actor, voice over artist, a television warm up and a writer, Joseph has carved out an impressive CV. Joseph is a likeable stand up and impressionist who’s energetic, physical and improvised style has been wowing audiences from Britain, Holland, Israel, France & USA. Speaking of travelling, Joseph recorded a special podcast episode 'Cuba, Cubita' whilst he was there. Perfect moment to push the podcast, right? The Social Hand Grenade Podcast interviews comedians, actors and life's live wires about their process including The Morgan Freeman Impression and each guest's 'social hand grenade moment (social faux pas)'. 

 

"Very good...Funny stuff coupled with good impressions "- DON WARD, THE COMEDY STORE

"Fabulous! A great act!"- NOEL FAULKNER, THE COMEDY CAFE

"…original and funny material" - THE DAILY ECHO

"A brilliant impressionist" - TERRY ALDERTON

"Terrific"-BARRY CRYER

HOWARD READ

Howard Read is a comic, writer, animator and actor, in that order. He is best known for being one half (and the other half), of the Big Howard, Little Howard, the world's first human cartoon double-act. He is also an acclaimed stand-up comic, writer, author, illustrator and animator. Howard has just finished making his 13 part series Little Howard's Big Question on CBBC on BBC1, which is now being repeated on the CBBC channel. A sitcom, with facts, LHBQ has appeals to children and adults alike. Described by The Daily Mail as "a joy, with clever scripts that ring true of that magical time of childhood, while, thanks to Big Howard, it's incredibly, achingly funny"..


Howard is a lot like the Kelloggs company in that he never makes cereal for anyone else. He also doesn't generally write or animate for anyone else. He has made two acceptions in the past. Howard has animated four short films for Ross Noble which open his live shows on his world tours. He has also written, briefly for Ricky Gervais in the great man's least well-received TV series Meet Ricky Gervais. Howard headlines comedy clubs all accross the UK, as well as having gigged in New York, Iceland, Dubai, Shanghai and in the French Alps. He's appeared on The World Stands Up on The Paramount Comedy Channel, ABC Australia and BBC America. The was nominated for the 2009 Toburg Musical Comedy Award for his much praised Unpleasant Lullaby. Howard appeared on 100 Greatest Celebrity Melt-downs (Sky One). This is one of his least proud moment, but apparently the one that most people have seen.

 

“One of the highlights of the show… the embodiment of variety in the 21st century” The Stage.

“You stormed that lad”  Jimmy Tarbuck

“Fabulous! Outrageous but Fabulous!” Michael Ball