Lucy Beaumont is a prolific and hugely talented writer and comedy actress. She is the writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom To Hull and Back, which aired its third series in early 2018, and also has a slew of other radio credits. Her TV appearances include shows such as BBC2’s QI and Channel 5’s What’s Going To Kill Us.
The accolades she has received as a stand-up comedian are equally numerous. She was winner of The BBC New Comedy Award in 2012 and the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer in 2013. In 2014 she was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival with her debut show, We Can Twerk It Out.
In both her stand-up and broadcasting career, Lucy has become particularly well known for her observational comedy about her home city of Hull, including the local dialect and food. She even presented an episode of Artsnight for BBC 2 when Hull was the UK’s City of Culture for 2017.
Noel James became a household name last year following a series of stupendous appearances on Britain’s Got Talent, which led to judge David Walliams volunteering “You deserve to be one of the biggest stars on British TV, there is no doubt about it.”
The standards Noel demonstrated were of no surprise to anyone involved with the UK comedy industry, where he had already been known as a top act for over 20 years – regularly headlining many of the country’s leading clubs and featuring at major national and international comedy festivals.
This motor-mouthed Welshman, who has also appeared on The BBC's Stand Up Show and Channel 4’s Packing Them In, is unique in the way he manages to combine the surreal with clever wordplay, and is quite simply a ‘must see’.
Nick Doody is probably best known for his regular appearances on radio, where he has featured in a dozen programmes, including: The News Quiz, Political Animal, 60 Acts in 60 Minutes, Dilemma and Radio 4 Extra Comedy Club. But he is also a top stand-up and prolific comic writer.
Having performed comedy ever since the 1990s, he got off to an amazing start by supporting the legendary Bill Hicks, at Bill’s request. A little later, Nick was a finalist in Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny? competition. Since then, he has gigged all over the world, from Germany and The Netherlands to Hong Kong and Thailand.
In 2006, he performed his first solo Edinburgh Festival show, Before He Kills Again, which received rave reviews and sold out, leading to a run at the Soho Theatre. He has subsequently written and performed another six solo hours of stand-up.
TV appearances include Channel 4’s The Mark Thomas Comedy Product and the BBC’s Comedy Map of Great Britain and Edinburgh and Beyond, whilst numerous TV writing credits include Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.
Jon Richardson is quite simply one of the country’s most outstanding comedic talents, and it is a real honour to have him as MC for our first night at Canalside Comedy here at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre.
He is a regular headliner at the major stand-up clubs, and his first solo Edinburgh show about his obsessive-compulsive personality disorder was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival. His 2009 show about his resulting perfectionism was nominated in the Best Show category.
But Jon is best known to many of you as team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Other recent TV credits include: Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Grumpy Young Men.
To say that Kevin Precious has had a long and varied career in show business would be something of an understatement. He made his first tentative foray into it as a teenage bass, playing dirt bag in the working men's clubs in his native city of Hull, and eventually performed at venues as prestigious as Ronnie Scott’s and as far afield as New York and Reykjavik.
Comedy pursuits were originally combined with being a teacher and head of department (Religious Studies), before going full time in 2005. Having featured at many top UK and European gigs, he has more recently taken a one-man show about teaching “Not Appropriate” to a range of arts centres, theatres, festivals and conferences. With some newer material focusing on his experiences as an RE teacher, and his orientation towards Humanism.
Katie Tracey first sprung to prominence in 2012 when she was runner-up in the national Funny Women competition – an honour she shares with acts as celebrated as top TV comics Sarah Millican and Sarah Pascoe. Since then she has never looked back, wowing audiences at many of the leading northern clubs with her honest observations about every-day life and her highly distinctive dead-pan delivery. She has even been a support act the legendary Arthur Smith. Katie made an indelible impression on Edmund Tirbutt, co-founder of Canalside Comedy, during his days as a stand-up comic when he performed alongside her at a charity gig in Liverpool in 2016. Unaware of her impressive credentials, he had gone along quietly confident. But Katie absolutely blew the roof off with her cheeky material about relationships and getting older, and was head and shoulders above anyone else on the bill. Edmund vowed that she would be one of the first acts he booked if he ever became a promoter. Fortunately, she accepted the invitation!
Kiwi Comedian Sully O'Sullivan, who is now UK based, is one of the fastest rising stars of the international comedy circuit. A prolific writer, he is constantly coming up with new, topical and highly original material that has made him the envy of many of his fellow comics and has won him bucketfulls of amazing media reviews from around the world. BSH Magazine has predicted he is “going to be a comedy superstar”, The Australian Times has enthused that “his timing and wit were impeccable,” and the BBC has highlighted “a wicked sense of humour.” Once you have experienced his unique mix of cynicism, intelligence and menace, accompanied by his perfectly crafted punchlines, we are more than confident that you will be telling all your friends that you “saw him here first.” Sully has been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, featured on Australian TV’s 'The Comedy Channel', won Canada’s annual 'Improvaganza' Tournament, and supported cult heavy metal comic Steve Hughes on two UK national tours spanning over 100 shows.
Jonny Pelham began comedy at University and while he was there he achieved runner-up in both the coveted So You Think You’re Funny competition and The Chortle Student Comedy Awards. Since graduating university Jonny has continued to impress and was a finalist and judges choice in the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards, as well as being nominated for Chortle Best Newcomer in 2014.
2016 saw Jonny make the exciting step over to the small screen on Russell Howards Stand Up Central for Comedy Central followed by a support slot on Live At The BBC this year. Jonny has also appeared in the Viceland series, Harriet & Bobby Get Married and Plane Spotting for Turtle Canyon.
With three critically acclaimed solo shows under his belt, Before and After (2015), Fool’s Paradise (2016) and Just Shout Louder (2017), Jonny has a number of up-coming television projects in the pipe-line, including a presenting debut and bookings to write across a number of television projects.
The lovely Lucy Beaumont, who proved such an audience favourite on our first night, is back with different material. A prolific and hugely talented writer and comedy actress, she is the writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom To Hull and Back, which aired its third series in early 2018, and also has a slew of other radio credits. Her TV appearances include shows such as BBC2’s QI and Channel 5’s What’s Going To Kill Us. But the accolades she has received as a stand-up comedian are equally numerous. She was winner of The BBC New Comedy Award in 2012 and the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer in 2013. In 2014 she was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival with her debut show, We Can Twerk It Out. In both her stand-up and broadcasting career, Lucy has become particularly well known for her observational comedy about her home city of Hull, including the local dialect and food. She even presented an episode of Artsnight for BBC 2 when Hull was the UK’s City of Culture for 2017.
Richard Massara is one of the country’s most respected and revered MCs. Ask any comedian who they would most like to host their gig, and you can bank on his name being in the shake-up. Sharp, witty and charming, he has been making audiences laugh across the UK for a decade, as well as filling the all-important “white middle-class man” quota that he feels is so under-represented in comedy today! He also prides himself on being an expert at standing still and smiling, which has seen him grace your TV screens in many a truly embarrassing television commercial. Additionally, Richard is well-known as a podcast host and producer, working with Gary Delaney on the Panelbeaters Podcast. We are confident that once you have sampled his unique brand of self-deprecating and somewhat near-the-knuckle humour you will be bombarding us with requests to book him again.
Last-minute line-up change has resulted in Canalside Comedy securing a massive comedy super-star as a late replacement. PHIL NICHOL replaces his fellow Canadian David Tsonos, who has had to pull out due to personal reasons. Nichol is the 2006 winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award - formerly known as the Perrier comedy awards and If.comedy awards. For those not overly-familiar with the comedy scene, this means he is the equivalent of an Oscar Winner in comedy terms. It is quite simply the highest accolade any comic can land. We are literally pinching ourselves at having someone of this calibre appearing at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, and are pleased to report that there are still a few tickets left for anyone wanting to experience such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
One of Australia’s busiest comedians, Mick Neven also headlines at clubs throughout Asia, the US, Canada and the UK. He’s performed four solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, four at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and three tours of duty to the Middle East to entertain armed forces from a range of nationalities serving overseas. Mick has become renowned for observant, sharp and satirical material that highlights the foibles of modern life in a likeable and relatable fashion, delivered with high-energy and a never-ending stream of punchlines.
A naturally very funny man, Rob Coleman has been performing all around the country for over 10 years, which has seen his car clock up over 300,000 miles – mostly taking late night Highways Agency inspired diversions. Along the way he has learned life lessons like 'never take a first date to watch you perform comedy' and 'there are no 24 hour petrol stations in rural Wales.' His set consists of a mixture of one liners and longer-form material focusing on – amongst other things – politeness, getting old and the joys of long-term relationships. Away from stand up, Rob recently rowed across the Atlantic, becoming a world record holder in the process.
Nicky Wilkinson is an actress and comedian who performs both as a solo act and as one half of the multi-award-winning physical comedy duo The Kagools. After reaching the finals of both the main national new act competitions in 2013, she soon become known for a warm, likeable, down-to-earth style that instantly puts audiences at ease. Described by The Independent as a “must watch”, Nicky is as comfortable on screen and radio as she is on stage, performing a range of characters from Cheryl, South London Minicab Driver, to a picky customer in Channel 5’s fantasy comedy show ‘Zapped’.
Although already highly respected on the stand-up comedy circuit, impressionist Danny Posthill became known to millions when reaching the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2015. He has been making people laugh since the tender age of 16, after being talked into doing impressions at a school talent show in his home town of Hartlepool. His versatile act caters for all walks of life and includes take-offs of the likes of Jimmy Carr, Billy Connolly and Lee Evans, but what really sets him apart from most other impressionists is the incredible quality of the gags he includes with his impressions. Despite his young age, Danny has performed all over the world and has supported Tim Vine, Gary Delaney and Bob Mills on tour. His appearance here is a treat not to be missed.