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!
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