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.
Allyson June Smith, Sean Percival, Katie Tracey, Stephen Cookson, Danny Sutcliffe, Tony Basnett
Sunday 27th October
Doors open at 7pm, show starts 8pm
ALLYSON JUNE SMITH
Courageously self-deprecating, Allyson’s comedic gift is making every room, whatever the size, feel like an intimate group therapy session. A self-confessed “over-sharer”, any Allyson June Smith show inevitably serves up a potent observational cocktail of wit, bite and shame. That intimacy – that uncommon bond between audience and performer – is at the heart of everything she does. Allyson has supported top A-listers like Jason Manford and Katherine Ryan on tour, and they do not exactly hold back in their praise for her. Manford describes her as “Simply one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever worked with,” whilst Ryan says that having her on tour was a “a huge mistake” because “not only were her nails and hair shinier than my own, but she had crowds in every city in such fits of hysterics that I was forced to question my career choices.”
Sean has had one of more unusual routes into stand-up comedy. Whilst working as a fabricator/welder after leaving school, he had no interest in the subject whatsoever – had never been to a comedy club and or owned a comedy DVD. But all that changed when he met Steve, the lorry driver at the factory where he worked. Steve, who was also a performance poet and ran creative writing workshops, told him just how funny he was and that he could possibly become a comedian if he wrote down some of the things he said at work. So, Sean decided to give it a go. After making enough money from comedy to quit his job two years’ later, he has performed all around the world. A regular at top UK comedy clubs and major festivals, he is also a prolific radio writer and after-dinner speaker. The incredible energy and enthusiasm that he brings to the stage is something to behold.
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 Sara Pascoe. Furthermore, Katie achieved this feat during her very first year of doing stand-up! Since then she has been 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 tour support act for the legendary Arthur Smith. Her cheeky humour, affable manner and shining ability to make friends with the audience is rapidly making her one of the most sought-after MCs in the North of England. Not only is Katie a funny lady on stage, she is an actor and blessed with script-writing talents, which have seen her write and perform at sold-out plays at The Liverpool Actors Studio Theatre.
Danny Sutcliffe, who started doing stand-up in 2010, performs regularly at major clubs and festivals and has also made frequent appearances on radio. He even had his own radio comedy show called Wednesday Biscuits, which ran from 2012-2015 on Tameside Radio. His set consists of a mixture of clever one liners and slick jokes, and he has provided tour support for Brendon Burns and Jackass star Steve-O. He has also performed his own sell-out solo show ‘An Audience With Danny Sutcliffe.’
Tony Basnett originally started his stand-up career whilst studying at Leeds Met University back in 2008 and made his mark when reaching the finals of a range of prestigious competitions. He is an upbeat and playful comic with a mischievous and positive style that is pretty much guaranteed to get any crowd to warm to his charm. Tony has performed at top comedy clubs across the country and at some major music festivals.
Stephen Cookson, has rapidly been making a name for himself on the North-West comedy circuit since taking up stand-up in 2014, enjoying particular success in the local talent competitions. His one-liners have been creating such an impression that TV comic Gary Delaney says “Frankly I hope he stops doing comedy before he costs me work. He is worryingly funny.” Canalside Comedy is keen to act as a platform for helping outstanding newer acts like Stephen to realise their potential. You saw him here first folks!
Steve Day, Sam Gore, Tom Little, Matt Fong, Becky Heaviside
Sunday 8th December
Doors open at 7pm, show starts 8pm
Sam Gore is a British stand-up comedian who started gigging in 2007. By 2009 he had cemented his position as one of the best new comedians of his generation with five New Act of the Year awards, including the national Laughing Horse competition. Since then he has proven himself as a comic and MC who can keep the laughs rolling anywhere from weekend clubs to music festivals, biker rallies and theatres. With his rapid-fire delivery and unique use of language and imagery, nobody writes a simile quite like Gore. His skills as a writer have landed him work with some of the UK’s top television acts, seeing him write for performances on Mock the Week and Comedy Central’s Roast Battles.
Gore is also the sole writer of the bizarre satirical stories on the hit Facebook page I See You. His Monday updates often reach a quarter of a million people from a core group of 70,000 followers and fans. In Edinburgh 2017 he took I See You - Live to the Edinburgh Fringe, where it received praise from critics and audience members alike.
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2009 (Winner)
Beat the Frog World Series 2008 (Winner)
Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2008 (Winner)
Anything for Laffs New Act of the Year 2008 (Winner)
Hull Comedian of the Year 2008 (Winner)
English Comedian of the Year 2009 (2nd Place)
FHM’s Stand Up Hero (performer, ITV4)
The Tape Face Tapes (actor and writer, BBC3)
Mock the Week (writer for guest appearances)
Comedy Central’s Roast Battles (writer for guest appearances)
Russell Howard’s Good News (contracted writer for five seasons BBC3)
Newsjack (writer, Radio 4)
The Show What You Wrote (writer, Radio 4)
The Tape Face Tapes (BBC3)
Matt Fong is one of the brightest raising stars on the comedy circuit. Having a smashing debut solo show at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His show was picked as one of the best shows in Edinburgh and Matt performed on the “Best of Edinburgh Show case”. Matt started performing in 2011 and he has performed all over the UK and performed abroad in Europe and in the USA.
Matt is currently getting set for his 2020 debut stand up comedy Solo tour which will be in Theatres starting in April. With nearly a decade of experience as a stand up comedian he is sure to have you hysterics. This British Born Chinese comedian is a politically incorrect whimsical story teller that makes the night feel like hearing a good friend telling you about their adventures.
Tom Little once won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, an award previously won by acts including Johnny Vegas, Rhod Gilbert and Jason Manford. He was also a BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist and his last Edinburgh show was nominated for the Amused Moose Comedy Award 2018.
‘The real deal. An instinctive comedian with oodles of charm and a quirky, frenetic intensity… If he cuts his energy levels by 10 per cent he could end up in movies.’ – The Spectator
‘Inventive, unexpected and often very silly…. He surely can’t remain a hidden treasure for long.’ – Chortle.
‘Tom Little is defined by his restless, distracted energy and excellent joke writing.’ – The Scotsman.
Steve Day describes himself as Britain's only deaf comedian, if there are any others he hasn't heard. Actually there are a couple of others who have started since he wrote that joke, but it's only a joke after all.
For the past fourteen years Steve has been performing to huge laughter around the country and abroad, well they tell him the laughter was huge to humour him, he doesn't know either way.
Married with five children, a fact nothing to do with not being able to hear the word 'No', Steve has been described as 'warm and witty' by the Scotsman and has received many other rave reviews whilst performing shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In March 2012 Steve was chosen out of 2000 applicants to be taken on by The BBC as a trainee presenter specialising in sport and comedy shows, part of The Corporation's Presentable search for new talent.
In 2011 Steve returned to The Edinburgh fringe with Run, Deaf Boy, Run. A show about attempting to run The London Marathon. 'A hugely entertaining, cheerfully uplifting treat of a show' said Chortle.com, and The Scotman called it joyful, heart-warming, and funny. Both gave him four stars.
It wasn't a fluke. Chortle.co.uk gave him five stars in 2007 for Deafy's Island Discs, a show The Sunday Times called 'Funny and Moving'. This show toured the UK in 2008, Steve's third national tour of the UK, and has been performed in several countries in Europe and translated into Italian. No-one knows why.
A familiar voice on Radio 4, Steve has appeared many times on You and Yours, was a token man on Woman's Hour, has appeared in two radio dramas, All Fingers and Thumbs with Bill Nighy, whom he punched dramatically, and Sound Barriers with Patricia Routledge and Caroline Quentin, both of whom he was prevented from punching.
A disabled performer, Steve is more concerned with success in the mainstream comedy circuit, but is happy to 'deaf it up' as necessary if the money is ok and there are sandwiches.