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Allyson June Smith, Sean Percival, Katie Tracey, Stephen Cookson, Danny Sutcliffe, Tony Basnett
Sunday 27th October
Doors open at 7pm, show starts 8pm


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)

TV/Radio Credits:

  • 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)


Marcel Lucont
Friday 17th January
Doors open at 7pm, show starts 8pm




The nation's favourite Frenchman returns to the UK for his tenth year with an exquisite new show and a live band to abuse. 

Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. 

Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase. 

As seen on BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, Sky Atlantic’s Set List, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC3’s Live At The Electric and Comedy Central At The Comedy Store.

“Fresh, accessible and hilarious” - The Guardian. 

“Excellently dry” - The Times.

 “Wonderful French wit… Superb stuff” - Time Out