Winner of the Amused Moose Judges Prize for his 2013 Edinburgh show, yet one of the last comics to appear on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (making six more appearances with Jay Leno and five appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman), Al Lubel daringly straddles the worlds of quirky and original material lapped up by critics and TV-ready comedy watched by millions. He’s supported Jerry Seinfeld, who kindly mentioned “Al has one of the best jokes I have ever heard” and recently fellow comic Adam Bloom gave him high praise by saying Al had “the most original first ten minutes of comedy I’ve ever seen.” Al Lubel became a lawyer to satisfy his mother. He then quit the law and became a stand-up comedian to satisfy his need to disappoint her. Al practiced law during the day and comedy at night. Getting stage time is hard for a new comic so Al would suddenly stand up in the middle of restaurants and do his act. And as he says, “I almost always got big laughs because I had everyone’s complete attention because everyone was scared that I might hurt them.” Al gradually began getting work at comedy clubs and within a year he won the $100,000 Comedy Grand Prize on television’s Star Search. Al Lubel takes all of the attributes that gave his 2013 show such cult appeal and does more of them, marrying existential angst, metaphysical enquiry and lexical mischief for a performance quite unlike anyone else at the Fringe. Jay Richardson, Scotsman Doing the Tonight Show was a childhood fantasy, so Al auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny Carson. He went on to make six more appearances with Jay Leno and five appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. Al was the subject of the documentary, A Standup Life, directed by Peter Lydon for the BBC. A documentary about American stand-up comedy, it features Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, Mort Sahl and Joan Rivers. Al has played an attorney on the Blake Clark HBO Comedy Hour. He has also played played Bill Walton’s sidekick in the the ESPN series, Bill Walton’s Long Strange Trip. Unimaginable neuroses, spiralling self-reflection, towering mother issues … all your favourites. But boy does he bring it all together into one truly brilliant comedy show.Paul Fleckney, London Is Funny Al’s solo show, Mentally Al, won the Amused Moose Award Judges Prize as the best one person show in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Two years later he was nominated for best performer of a solo show by the Barry Awards at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. But Al does admit to missing the practice of law. He says, “I’d like to have just one more trial, something serious like a murder trial because right before I give my closing argument and my client’s fate hinges on every word I say I want to see his face when I turn to him and whisper, I’m a comedian!”
"A cult superstar in the making"
Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke/Evening Standard
"Al has one of the best jokes I have ever heard"
"A terrifically funny comedian"
Bennett has performed at all the major comedy clubs around the UK as well as entertaining audiences in Italy, Australia, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, South Africa and Hong Kong. He also supported Ricky Gervais on some of his tour dates.
Bennett wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed BBC Radio Show; BENNETT ARRON IS JEWELSH and 2 series of the BBC Radio Show; BENNETT ARRON WORRIES ABOUT… both of which were nominated for a Celtic Media Award. Bennett is currently playing the role of Morris in the Radio 4 Sitcom ALONE
“Wonderful…note perfect” ****
“Had the room creased up with laughter” ****
“Genuinely original and funny”
“Hilarious… clever wit… razor sharp”
“One of the best on the circuit… a Welsh Seinfeld”
Clinton Baptiste is a comedy character played by Alex Lowe. He is a clairvoyant, medium and psychic best known for his appearances on Peter Kay’s award winning Phoenix Nights. Hundreds of years ago, when man walked the planet, he had no means of communication. In time he developed a phenomenon which has never been fully understood by the psychic community. This phenomenon is Clinton Baptiste…
Neil started his comedy career in Scotland 16 years ago, where he remains a regular act at the highly-regarded Stand Comedy Clubs in Glasgow & Edinburgh. He now performs in locations across the length and breadth of the British Isles, attracting widespread concern, and has also entertained international audiences in places as far-flung as Tenerife, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, the Czech Republic, the two Channel Islands you can actually get to, Florida, California and Kent. Neil reached the Scottish regional final of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2001, so technically that means he's been on the telly (for the 7 people who had BBC CHOICE at the time). If you really want to stretch the point, he's also been on '15 to 1' twice, and has the dubious honour of being the only contestant in the show's history to have been told off by William G. Stewart for slouching. In 2006 Neil came third in the Scottish Comedian of the Year competition and performed his first, sold-out, one-man show, 'Posh Glaswegian', at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, followed by his first full run in the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe; and his first solo show outside Scotland, at the Manchester Comedy Festival. He moved to London to become a full-time comic in 2009, and March 2010 saw his fourth solo show at the Magners' Glasgow Comedy Festival, entitled 'Neil McFarlane is Still in Search of a USP'. In 2013 he performed 'Neil McFarlane's First Period' at the Bath Comedy Festival and the Brighton Fringe. In 2012 Neil was a finalist in Jongleurs Comic Idol competition. He also wrote and performed his solo show "Sightseeing With A Hangover" at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2016
"A sparky self-effacing wit which cannot possibly fail to please."
"A clear ability to craft a gag."
MANCHESTER CITY LIFE