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.
'A class act'
'Eloquent, slick and dynamic'
With Nigerian heritage but married to a Jamaican, he’s become known for authentically drawing comedy from experiences which perfectly reflect the richness of modern day life, in all its diversity. Passionate about being the all-out family man, his stand up presents a hilariously fresh perspective on his newfound life. Each powerhouse performance oozes charisma and showcases impeccable stagecraft and comic timing. Whilst regularly performing for thousands at iconic venues such as the O2 and Hackney Empire, Babatunde has also already authored provocative factual content drawing his own powerful story of growing up poor in inner city London (Trap Town, London Live). An experienced actor, he has appeared in an extensive list of TV shows including Waking the Dead and films including Pelican Blood and The Naked Poet, alongside cutting-edge theatre such as Iya Ilé (Soho Theatre) and Requiem for Tomorrow (Shaw Theatre). Most recently he was selected to appear on Dave Chapelle’s live showcase The Process, solidifying his place as one of stand up’s most exciting breakout talents.
WINNER: BEST NEWCOMER | BLACK ENTERTAINMENT COMEDY AWARDS
FINALIST: UP THE CREEK’S ONE TO WATCH COMPETITION
Fast rising young star Babatunde Aléshé is already one of the biggest names on the Black British comedy circuit.
Bob Mills burst on to the London Comedy scene in 1985, turning the faltering "Alternative" establishment on it's head with his unique, challenging brand of laddish irreverent stand-up. Over the next ten years he established himself as one of the most successful live acts in the country, as well as putting together a string of acclaimed TV and radio credits. His performances as host of ITV's flagship daytime game show 'Win Lose Or Draw', treading the fine line between pensioners favourite, and students cult hero, and his weird and wonderful late night 'In Bed With MeDinner', are still remembered fondly wherever intelligent TV fans meet. He also hosted, 'There's Only One Brian Moore', and 'Dial Midnight' for LWT, 'Not A Lot Of People Know That' for BBC1, as well as over 200 shows for VH1, including major documentary/interviews with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Cher. He's recently appeared on The Weakest Link Comedian's Special. In 1995 he starred in what he regards as his finest work, to date, Channel 4's 'The Show'. These eight one hour programmes featuring fly-on-the-wall film of the making of a real chat show, are widely regarded as the template for much of the reality TV that continues to dominate the schedules today. On radio Bob has presented his own shows on BBC London and he still regularly covers for Danny Baker. He's also a popular guest on 'Fighting Talk' (BBC Radio 5) & Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4). Since 1996 Bob has combined his TV, radio & live performances, with his role as writer and producer. He was responsible for two series of ITV's award winning, critically acclaimed 'Bob Martin', giving Michael Barrymore his acting debut. On his debut as a film producer he helped Julie Walters to a Best Actress BAFTA in 'My Beautiful Son', also receiving his own coveted nomination from the Academy. Bob co-wrote and produced 'Stan The Man' which starred John Thomson & Gaynor Faye, the six-part comedy-drama 'Northern Lights' which starred Mark Benton & Robson Green, as well as an episode of Shameless and the feature length film 'Pierrepoint' that starred Timothy Spall & Juliet Stevenson and premiered in 2006.
"Bob Mills was fantastic. i hope he had just as good time as the Welsh Guards"
The Welsh Guards
Paul Savage 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. In 2013, he did a tour of English speaking venues in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. In the 10 years he’s been going, he has performed over 1700 gigs, including six runs at the Edinburgh Festival, starting with the the Free Tea and Biscuits Show, which set a record for having the most genuinely homeless people in one audience front row (7). He also performed his debut hour “Cheerful Shambles” in 2013 which was well received by audiences and critics and had no homeless people in (as far as he’s aware). Since then, he’s performed the critically acclaimed fringe shows “All The Jokes In The Bible” (2014, and 2016) and “Tired and Emotional” (2015). He is also the co-wrote and starred in the profane, blasphemous game show Hell to Play (2015) which returned to the Edinburgh fringe in 2016 with an all new script. It was not, despite his best efforts, called 2 Hell 2 Play.
“A wonderful way with words”
“Genuinely brilliant. Writes a good joke, draws a good cartoon: an all round hoot”
“Paul Savage was fantastic”
STEVE BENNETT, CHORTLE
“Brave enough to be offensive, with a number of insane anecdotes. Shades of brilliance lurk here”
“An engaging and affable labour of love from a man determined to find comedy in the unlikeliest of places”