Carl Donnelly

Posted on 21 June 2019

Carl started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. His conversational sense of humour saw him win a host of awards (Chortle Best Newcomer 2007, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 among others) and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.

In 2009, Carl performed his debut solo show Relax Everyone, it’s Carl Donnelly! at the Edinburgh Fringe for which he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Carl has returned to Edinburgh with three further solo shows and will return with another in 2015, after his nomination in 2013 for the Fosters Comedy Award.

Recently, Carl has been developing as an international act, with a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and a second in 2015, as well as performing at the biggest comedy festivals in the world (Montreal Just for Laughs, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs etc).

Carl has also appeared on various TV shows including Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Stand Up for the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, Follow The Football, Comedy Store and, most recently, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. He is also a regular on radio appearing as a guest on such shows as BBC 5live’s The Back End of Next Week, Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Act Your Age as well as being a regular guest on talkSPORT. He has also co-hosted a radio show for the Fubar Radio app after his acclaimed podcast which he recorded with Chris Martin.

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“It went really well, Carl is brilliant! And great to work with, our Editor is very happy.” International Drama Awards

Donnelly has developed a style that is the antithesis of the loud, sweaty, manic comic so prevalent on the telly and live tours at the moment.The Guardian

Carl Hutchinson

Posted on 20 June 2019

Undeniably hilarious, brilliant characterisations and expert timing. Geordie comic Carl Hutchinson has reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny? and been nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award.

Carl’s debut Edinburgh Fringe Festival solo show Acceptable? made the Top 10 shows of the Amused Moose Laughter Awards 2012.

His relentless live work has led him to be named ‘One to watch’ by Chortle and ‘One of the hardest working comedians of 2018’. This year he played to an audience of 1100 at Newcastle Tyne Theatre, selling out the venue 3 months in advance as part of his sold out 2019/2018 tour  I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This…

Over the past two years, Carl has appeared on Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show (Comedy Central). He also supported Chris Ramsey on his tours The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television and most recently, Chris Ramsey Live 2018: The Just Happy To Get Out of the House Tour

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“Please pass on our thanks to Carl, as always he was hilarious. Really top bloke” The Bradley Lowery Foundation Gala Ball

“Everything went fantastic thanks, Carl was great.” Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors

“Hutchinson’s trump card is the way he interacts with the audience, rolling with every ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ his material generated, giving a dynamism and spontaneity to his performance” Chortle

Chloe Petts

Posted on 19 June 2019

Chris Addison

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Chris Addison is a critically acclaimed, Perrier Award-nominated stand-up, celebrated for his versatility, his pacey, energetic routines and faultless delivery. He is also a renowned actor, most notably for his role as Oliver Reeder in The Thick of It and as Toby Wright in the subsequent feature, In The Loop. In recent years, he has proved himself as a director, with nine episodes of the Emmy-award winning Veep (HBO) under his belt, following his successful direction of an episode of The Thick of It. In 2015, Chris won an Emmy for his role as Co-Exec Producer on the fourth series. Furthermore, in 2016, he won the Director’s Guild Award for director of a comedy series for the finale episode of Series 4 of Veep. He also has an impressive array of writing credits to his name.

Chris has worked on Veep since the second series, as both producer and director. Autumn 2015 saw Chris embark on the fifth series of the multi-award winning show as Supervising Producer as well as director. At the end of 2014, Chris appeared in three episodes, including the finale, of Doctor Who (BBC 1), alongside Peter Capaldi in his debut series as the Twelfth Doctor. In the spring of the same year, Chris starred in new comedy Trying Again (Sky Living), which he co-created with Simon Blackwell. Chris played the lead role opposite Jo Joyner in this charming sitcom about a couple trying to mend their relationship after an affair.

The previous year saw Chris starring in Michael Winterbottom’s film The Look of Love, alongside Steve Coogan and Anna Friel, which is an impressive biopic about the life of porn and property baron Paul Raymond, released in April 2013. During the summer of the same year, he also reprised his role for a third series as a regular panellist on Mock The Week (BBC 2).

Chris returned to our screens as Olly for a fourth series of The Thick of It (BBC 2) in 2012, for which he received a British Comedy Award nomination for Best Newcomer. This was followed by his big screen debut in Academy Award nominated In The Loop, an exciting, fast paced political comedy that looks at what happens when the people in power realise their careers are on the line. Chris also featured in the fifth and sixth series of Skins (E4) as headmaster David Blood.

In 2011 Chris hosted an episode of Dave’s One Night Stand and authored an episode of My Funniest Year for Channel 4. Chris released his first DVD Chris Addison LIVE in Autumn 2011 before going on tour with his new live show The Time is Now, Again, the second leg of which extended into 2012. His previous live shows in Edinburgh were sell-out successes, with Perrier Award nominations for his 2004 and 2005 shows.

Chris has made various other TV appearances, including Live at the Apollo (BBC 1), Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC1), QI (BBC 2), Would I Lie To You (BBC 1) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4). He has also appeared frequently as a panellist, and as a host, on Have I Got News For You (BBC 1). He also hosted the comedy chat show Show and Tell (E4) in 2011.

Chris’ radio experience is also extensive, hosting 7 Day Sunday until 2011 on Radio 5 Live. He also hosted The Sunday Night Show on Absolute while covering for usual presenter Iain Lee. He also appears regularly on shows such as Quote UnquoteThe Unbelievable TruthJust a Minute and Armando Ianucci’s Charm Offensive.

Chris’ talent as a writer was fully established by his sitcom Lab Rats for BBC 2, which he wrote and starred in. He has also written two books: Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups and It Wasn’t Me. His further television writing credits include: Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1) and TFI Friday (Channel 4). He won a Sony Radio Academy Award in 2006 for his radio show The Ape That Got Lucky (Radio 4) and enjoyed critical acclaim as one third of comedy show The Department (Radio 4).

“The best stand-up I’ve seen”
The Observer

“Chris Addison is a gifted comic, a terrific technician whom you would trust to win over pretty much any room.”
The Times

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Chris Ramsey

Posted on 18 June 2019

Chris is one of the most exciting comedy acts today. With two series of The Chris Ramsey Show (Comedy Central UK) firmly under his belt, his high-energy delivery, hugely engaging manner and off-the-cuff style have cemented him a place as regular face on entertainment shows such as Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3) and Virtually Famous (E4). As well as these, Chris has hosted Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and appeared on Drunk History (Comedy Central), Celebrity Squares (ITV) Benchmark (C4) & Time Crashers (C4). Chris has also starred in two series of the popular BBC Two sitcom Hebburn.

As a stand-up he is in demand on television with appearances on Live at The Apollo (BBC), The John Bishop Show (BBC), Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and most recently The Royal Variety Performance (ITV).

Following sell-out runs of his last four UK tours The Most Dangerous Man on Sat Morning Television, Feeling Lucky and the critically acclaimed 2011 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-Nominated show Offermation and All Growed Up, Chris is currently touring the UK with his brand new 106 date stand-up tour Chris Ramsey Live 2018: The Just Happy To Get Out of the House Tour, which encompasses some of the greatest life advice ever to be recorded in the history of the world (hopefully), as Chris sets out the rules of modern existence for his infant son.

“Just wanted to say that Chris was absolutely fantastic last night. His set was spot on and he did a brilliant job hosting the awards part with Honest John. I couldn’t have asked for better – he was worth every penny. Thoroughly nice chap as well. I did say a big thank you to him, but wanted to let you know how delighted I was as well.” Honest John Awards

“Chris was great last week! He went down a storm with the client and all of the guests! Both Chris and Rhys are lovely guys and they were happy to stick around for a while after wards for photos and chatting to the guests, which is really appreciated.” Vodafone Annual Business Update

“I LOVE HIM!!!! He went down amazingly well, he tailored his act to the crowd and they loved it!” EMAP, Retail Week Rising Star Awards


Dave Gorman

Posted on 16 June 2019

With a distinctive style of storytelling, Dave is one of the most unique, original and exciting comedy minds that the UK has produced. Not only is he one of the biggest contemporary comedians and sharpest raconteurs but he is also a hugely successful author.

The 5th series of his show Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish (Dave) finished airing in December 2017 and was yet another spectacular ratings success. The series takes a mischievous look at modern life with Dave sharing his observations and venting his frustrations using his own blend of stand up, visual story-telling and real-world experimentation.

In Autumn 2014, Dave Gorman set off on his latest live tour, Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The Powerpoint), with a second leg in Autumn 2015.

In 2011, he returned to Edinburgh with his show Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation, and toured the country with the same show in the autumn. Dave also spent autumn 2009 touring the country with his show Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop, and Stand Up, which was extended into 2010 due to popular demand and recorded for DVD. Dave’s tales of travelling the world in his one man shows, Are You Dave Gorman? (which later became the television series The Dave Gorman Collection) and Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure have dazzled live audiences and broken box office records across the globe, establishing Dave as one of the hottest live international performers. His achievements include a three month run off Broadway in New York, plus sell-out seasons at The Edinburgh Fringe, The Sydney Opera House, The Melbourne Comedy Festival and at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, where he won the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival One Man Show Award in both 2001 and 2004.

Dave has also had a phenomenal track record with his books Are You Dave Gorman? and Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure, that climbed to number one in the Sunday Times non-fiction Bestsellers List in 2004. He released his third book America Unchained in 2008 and in 2011, he brought out his fourth Dave Gorman vs the Rest of the World. His fifth book, Too Much Information, was released in 2014.

In 2006, Dave appeared as a team captain on the second series of Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive (BBC Three) and has appeared on The Daily Show, filming six segments with Jon Stewart (More 4). His 90 minute documentary, Dave Gorman in America Unchained broadcast on More 4 in 2008 delivering more than six times the channel’s average viewing figures for the slot. The film also won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Austin film festival.

Dave has made TV appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), The Frank Skinner Show (ITV1), Absolutely Fabulous (BBC One), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two), They Think It’s All Over (BBC One) and acted in Steve Coogan’s feature film 24 Hour Party People. He has also won two BAFTA Awards as a writer on the Mrs Merton Show (BBC One). He has also appeared on popular BBC radio shows such as Wordaholics, Dilemma, It’s Not What You Know, Infinite Monkey Cage and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars.

Dave hosted his own radio show every Sunday morning on Absolute Radio between 2009 and 2012 and his popular radio show Genius for BBC Radio 4 was also made into two successful television series for BBC Two.

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“Dave did an excellent job hosting the TES FE Awards 2019. He was diligent in researching the event beforehand, and came up with an excellent stand-up slot, which was enjoyed by the audience, before hosting the awards presentation with wit and warmth.” TES Further Education Awards 


David Dickinson

Posted on 14 June 2019

David Dickinson first came into the public eye when presenting Bargain Hunt for BBC1. His unique style, screen persona and irrepressible enthusiasm have all combined to make him a beloved national treasure. His ITV series, Dickinson’s Real Deal continually outperforms any other programme in the same slot and is now in its 12th series.

Since presenting Bargain Hunt, David has also been seen on numerous other shows including Best British Sitcoms, which saw David championing Only Fools and Horses and which took up first position in a public vote, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV1), The Chase (ITV1), Big Star’s Little Star (ITV1), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), All Star Mr & Mrs (ITV), All Star Family Fortunes (ITV), Celebrity Swap for Channel 5, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (ITV), Holiday (BBC1), Night of a Thousand Faces (BBC1), On the Couch with Ruby Wax and Shooting Stars (BBC2). He appeared in the first series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 and the fifth series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for ITV.

David is the author of two books, The Antiques Buyer and Dickinson’s Bargain Hunters Handbook, and he has released a DVD entitled David Dickinson Cheap as Chips. He has also written a weekly column in the magazine Real People and has published a best-selling autobiography, The Duke.

Ed Gamble

Posted on 13 June 2019

Ed Gamble is a stand-up comedian well known as a regular on Mock the Week (BBC2) and for playing the lead role of Georgie Carlton in BBC America’s Almost Royal, a ‘cult US hit’ (The Independent). He is also the co-host of hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, which has topped the UK’s Comedy Podcasts chart. Ed is also a rising star in the corporate events world – having performed at and hosted dozens of corporate awards ceremonies and gala dinners. He has quickly gained himself a reputation for being reliable, professional and easy to work with – as well as performing comedy that appeals to a wide range of audiences.

Ed has co-written and appeared in four series of Greg Davies’s Man Down(Channel 4), along with appearing on numerous shows including The Russell Howard Hour (Sky1), The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) as a headline stand up, Drunk History (Comedy Central), Insert Name Here (BBC2), Nick Helm’s Comfort Eating (Dave), CelebAbility (ITV2), Dave’s One Night Stand (UKTV), Virtually Famous (E4), and Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC Three). Ed is also one of a handful of British comedians who have performed stand-up on the US TV show Conan (TBS). He has written for Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2) and Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1). Ed has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News as both a solo stand up and alongside Ray Peacock as part of the double-act Peacock & Gamble. Ed and Ray remain the only act to have made a return appearance on the show.

On stage, Ed is currently on tour with his latest show Blizzard, which sold out the entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018.  Ed previously won a Chortle Award in 2014 for Best Compere and has provided national tour support for Greg Davies’ tours in 2017, 2013, and 2012 as well as tour support for Russell Kane and Chris Addison.

For five years Ed was co-writer and co-host of the iTunes-topping and Chortle Award-nominated Peacock and Gamble Podcast. Peacock & Gamble presented programmes for BBC Radio 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club and starred in Warm Up for BBC Comedy Online. Ed previously co-hosted two shows for Fubar Radio: Peacock & Gamble with Ray Peacock, and The Rock Show with Joel Dommett.

“I wanted to say a huge thank you to Ed. He was fantastic and such a super fit for our audience and evening. Everyone thought he was brilliant and I hope he was enjoying himself as well.” Thinbox

“Ed was absolutely fantastic, he was so professional, the MD of the company loved him and the audience were in hysterics we couldn’t have hoped for better. Please do pass on our thanks for doing such a great job.” Property Awards, 650 pax

 “Ed was fantastic! So many people said to me that he brought just the right tone and warmth to interacting with the kids. And he was really funny (of course!). Everything that I had hoped for for the event so we really couldn’t be happier!” BBC Learning Event

“Was going to drop you a line to say how great Ed was, I got fantastic feedback from all our staff. He really did nail it. He may well have to make a comeback next year – by popular demand!” Loungefest

“Ed really worked the stage and hosted so well … My own Director was telling me today how hard he laughed!” Microsoft MicroFest

“Everyone seemed to have a great night, and lots of people commented on how great Ed was!” UK Dating Awards

Eleanor Tiernan

Posted on 11 June 2019

Eleanor Tiernan is a stand up comedian, writer and actress known for her uniquely oblique world view. She was recently a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and Where’s the F In News? as well as BBC NI on The Blame Game. Her stand up has featured on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience and led her to be chosen as support act for top stand up comics including Stewart Lee, Tig Notaro, Ardal O’Hanlon, Jason Manford, Jason Byrne and Reg D Hunter among others.

After starting her career in Ireland Eleanor quickly was invited to the Montreal Just For Laughs festival where she performed on the festival’s New Faces showcase show with such talents as Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel and Kumail Nanjani. She later became part of the political satire team that produced RTE’s successful Irish Pictorial Weekly. One of her court reporter sketches which went viral is often mistaken for a real news report. She plays Dolores in Bridget and Eamon which airs on RTE and UK Gold.

Eleanor has penned 8 Edinburgh Fringe festival shows. Her 2017 show “People Pleaser” put her on the Sunday Times list of Top Ten Female Stand Ups To Watch. In 2018 she performed in New Order, the Melbourne International Comedy festival showcase for UK and Irish acts. She returns to Melbourne in 2019 with her latest show “Success Without A Sextape”.

Eleanor writes Op-Ed pieces for the Irish Times in Ireland. She also played Mary in a critically acclaimed run of “Alone It Stands” in theaters across Ireland.

Her other credits include Monumental (BBC NI), The Craig Doyle Show (RTE), Headwreckers (Channel Four), Stand and Deliver (RTE), The Panel on RTE, The Craig Doyle Show (RTE), The Savage Eye (RTE), Republic of Telly (RTE) and Bad Language (BBC Radio Scotland).

“Tiernan boasts a magnificent curl in her lip and snarl in her voice.”SUNDAY TIMES

“her routines have a touch of whimsy while grounded in astute observation. It means her set sounds fresh and original, without being so wilfully strange it will alienate all but the most dedicated followers.” CHORTLE

“The fastest-rising comedy talent in the country” IRISH TIMES

“Eleanor Tiernan is far and away the best comic actress I have seen on stage.” HOT PRESS IRELAND
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Freddie Highmore

Posted on 6 June 2019

Freddie Highmore is a film and television actor who has acquired an impressive list of credits from an early age.  Since playing Peter Llewelyn Davies in the family favourite Finding Neverland, Freddie has taken on lead roles in multi-award winning films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Golden Compass and August Rush. He has gained a strong reputation within the fantasy/adventure genre, having starred in The Spiderwick Chronicles, Arthur and the Minimoys and Five Children and It.

Freddie has appeared in TV movies Happy Birthday Shakespeare and Toast, as well as mini-series Mists of Avalon and Close to the Enemy. His most recent TV credit is as Norman Bates in A&E production Bates Motel, which aired its fifth series in 2017. He is also proving himself as a talented writer, holding a lead writing credit for episode 8, series 4 of Bates Motel.  In 2017, he began portraying the lead role of Dr. Shaun Murphy in the ABC drama series The Good Doctor, on which he also serves as a producer. In 2017, he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his performance.

Freddie’s gift for acting has earned him as many as 12 awards and 24 nominations, numbers which are sure to grow considerably in the future. His winning titles include ‘Best Young Actor’ in the 2005 and 2006 Critics’ Choice Awards and ‘Best Newcomer’ in the 2005 Empire Awards.

Between acting, Freddie attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he gained a Double First in Spanish and Arabic.