Winner of the 2014 award for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Best Show nominee in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is an exciting young, sharp and intellectual comedian, whose unique brand of sophisticated stand-up features a blend of emotional frankness, poetic language, and jokes.
In August 2015, Ahir debuted his show, Distant, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving huge critical success and packed houses, he went on to perform the show at the Soho Theatre for a week in October. Centering around the importance of faraway things, the show saw Ahir turn his incisive brand of comedy to topics spanning World War One, cigarettes, vegetarianism, Islamism, capitalism, politics, climate change, love, and pirates. 2016 will see Ahir return to Edinburgh with his hotly anticipated new show Machines.
Ahir began occasionally doing stand-up at fifteen (i.e. too young), and over the course of the last ten years the development of his erudite, philosophical style has seen his position in the circuit skyrocket from “curiosity” to “interloper”. Distant is the fourth hour Ahir has performed at the Fringe, succeeding Texture (2014) which was described by Chortle as being “a delightful, considered and intelligent piece of work from a comedian who’s gained his wings”, Anatomy (2013) which Fest regarded as being “as thoughtful and compelling a show as you’re likely to come across all August”, and Astrology (2011).
Outside of stand-up, Ahir is currently writing a sitcom pilot for Channel 4 titled Strange Land, about immigration in 1960s London. He has also been a contributing writer on Skins (Channel 4), The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra). His television credits include Brotherhood (Comedy Central), The Midnight Beast (E4), Live At The Electric (BBC Three), Campus and The Seven Ages of Love (both Channel 4).
“Passionate, poetic and powerfully funny” ★★★★ The List
Posted on 30 June 2019
Al Murray with his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord, is one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK. For over 20 years Al has filled arenas around the world, won numerous awards and accolades and has successfully hosted and an array of TV series. He has been surprising and delighted corporate audiences for almost as long – hosting awards ceremonies and performing after-dinner cabaret sets guaranteed to bring outrageous humour and energy to your next event. A dab hand at hosting corporate quizzes and other commercial events, Al’s experience and quick-witted audience banter make him the ideal choice for hosting or performing comedy.
His TV credits include Al Murray’s Happy Hour (ITV) and the ground breaking sitcom Time Gentlemen Please (Sky One). Al’s other live TV appearances as The Pub Landlord includes three appearances on The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1), Stand Up Central(Comedy Central), hosting Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and Live at the Palladium (ITV) to name just a few.
As himself, Al hosted ‘Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The English?’ (History) in October 2018, travelling to England’s nearest neighbours to try to find out why everyone seems to hate them so much. He has combined his passion for film and history and filmed two specials for BBC 4; Al Murray’s Great British War Movies and Al Murray’s Great British Spy Movies. He has also hosted Al Murray’s German Adventure (BBC Four) and Al Murray’s Road to Berlin (Discovery). In 2019, he will host the new quiz show,Al Murray’s Great British Pub Quiz (Quest) which pits the UK’s most passionate pub quiz teams against each other.
Al continues to sell-out stand-up national and international tours, which has made him one of the most popular live comedy acts in the country. He won the Perrier Award (after a record four successive nominations) and secured Olivier Award nominations for both of his celebrated sell-out West End runs. Internationally, Al has forged an enviable reputation with numerous sell-out runs in Melbourne, Sydney, Montreal and New Zealand.2019 sees him embark on a new 43 date tour of the UK, Landlord of Hope and Glory.
In 2015 he took on the leadership of the Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP), announcing his candidacy to stand for election at the General Election for the hotly contested Kent constituency of South Thanet. He also released his 5th book Let’s Re-Great Britain, a 13-point ‘#commonsense action plan’ which pledges that the UK will leave Europe by 2025 and the edge of the Solar System by 2050.
“Quick note to let you know all went really well at the Awards on Saturday, Al was fantastic – went down a storm”Auto-Awards, 900 pax
“The best host we’ve ever had!” Children With Cancer Charity Ball
“Simple: outstanding. Best one yet & no one had anything but the highest praise for Al” Q Awards
“Al was amazing last night. I really don’t know what we would have done without him. It was a tough crowd but he handled them expertly. Very sharp and clever and knowing. He just got them straight off and then found the right angles. Masterful. I cannot thank you and Al enough for making last night such a success. And Al was never anything short of utterly professional and a joy to be with. What a guy”BSME Awards
“[Al] was AWESOME. He really got it spot on. Client also said he was fantastic and went down really well. Thank you for all your help with it, and please pass our thanks onto Al”Mobile News Awards
“Al was lovely and hilarious” – Private Birthday Party, 300 pax
“Just thought I’d let you know that the feedback we’ve had on Al Murray has been tremendous. He scored perfect marks from our sponsors which is unheard of. So we now need to start thinking about next year… It’s going to be a very hard act to follow!” The newsawards
“Al was hilarious. He did a brilliant job, set the audience alight from the start, connected with them perfectly and clearly knew what we were after. In particular he really amped up the awards, getting laughs all the way through. Not all comedians do this, so we were delighted he made this (potentially very dry) bit his own.” Network Rail Awards
Posted on 29 June 2019
Award-winning comedian Alex Horne is the creator and co-host of the Dave TV show Taskmaster which returns for its eighth series in 2019. Since it’s inception, the show has been nominated in numerous categories in the Virgin TV BAFTA Awards, International Emmy Awards, Royal Television Society Awards and Broadcast Awards for which it won Best Entertainment Show in 2018. In a corporate setting, Alex is a fantastic choice as an awards host or to perform after-dinner cabaret comedy. His material is light on controversy and swearing and heavy on clever wordplay and gloriously silly games with the audience.
Alex is also known for hosting iTunes chart-topping and Chortle Award-nominated podcast Alex Horne Breaks the News (Dave). He is the creator and frontman of The Horne Section, a five-piece band of multitalented musicians who put a stupidly unique twist to musical comedy. Their show Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section played to sold-out audiences for five consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe, which led them to continue it for three series as a BBC Radio 4 show. The band has made several appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) and is the only band ever to host Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2). They made their own Christmas mini-special for Sky Arts in 2015 titled A Horne Section Christmas and their one-off special, The Horne Section Television Programme was aired by Dave in 2018.
Alex’s numerous TV appearances include two series as co-host of We Need Answers (BBC4), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), The Matt Lucas Awards (BBC1), Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums (Dave), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1), Celebrity Chase(ITV), John Bishop’s Christmas Show (BBC1), Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Games That Time Forgot, a documentary written and presented by Alex for BBC4.
Alex is an Edinburgh Fringe veteran, taking nine solo shows to the festival. He earned a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2014 for his solo show Monsieur Butterfly, and a Perrier Newcomer Award nomination for his first show Making Fish Laugh in 2003. He has released two books with Virgin Publishing based on his critically-acclaimed Edinburgh shows Birdwatchingwatching in 2009 and Wordwatching in 2010.
“Alex was absolutely brilliant. He was really perfect for the event and such a nice guy” Job Crowd Awards
Posted on 26 June 2019
Andy Zaltzman has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire. He’s a terrific option for hosting corporate awards ceremonies or performing after-dinner cabaret. Able to deliver the sharpest and cleverest observations about the state of current affairs, he is also extremely passionate and knowledgeable about sports, cricket in particular. He’s therefore not only a great fit for sporting dinners and corporate events, he would also bring freshness to audiences that are used to hearing from political or business after-dinner speakers.
Andy made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2001, when he was nominated for Best Newcomer, and has been a festival favourite ever since . Andy has been regularly performing his hit live show Satirist For Hire since its debut in Edinburgh in 2013 – no two shows are ever the same as each night he satirises topics sent in by the audience.
Andy and John also hosted and curated the sell-out show Political Animal. Over the years, the show has had an impressive list of guests including Frankie Boyle, Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee, Jeremy Hardy, Chris Addison, Russell Howard, and Richard Herring.
He is the writer and presenter of the satirical podcast The Bugle (originally co-written with Last Week Tonight star John Oliver), one of iTunes’s biggest ever comedy podcasts. Since The Bugle’s inception in 2007 it has gained a worldwide fan-base – including a prominent US audience. It has aired almost 300 episodes and averages 1 million downloads a month. With thousands of 5-star reviews on iTunes, it has been described as “a roaring success” by The Independent.
Andy has been a regular on Al Murray’s7 Day Saturday/Sunday for Radio 5, appearing on upwards of 70 episodes. On BBC Radio 4, he wrote and hosted Andy Zaltzman’s History of the Third Millennium, Series 1 of 100, and The Department, with John Oliver. He has also made regular appearances on topical panel quiz show The News Quiz(BBC Radio 4) and The Now Show(BBC Radio 4), was featured on The Games Celebrations(Absolute Radio), and guest co-presented on The Dave Gorman Show (Absolute Radio).
In addition to a keen interest in politics, Andy is an avid fan of sport and has hosted Yes! It’s The Ashesfor BBC Radio 5Live. He has also appeared on sporting punditry show Fighting Talk. Following the success of his appearance on Sky’s Cricket’s Funniest Moments, he returns in the forthcoming show Rugby’s Funniest Moments. He also regularly writes international sports channel ESPN’s online cricket blog Cricinfoand hosts CricInfo: Andy Zaltzman’s World Cricket Podcast.
Andy’s numerous and diverse TV appearances include Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), Newsnight (BBC Two), Sky News, Daily Politics (BBC Two), CNN, The Late and Live Guide to Comedy (BBC2), The Politics Show (BBC1) and BBC News. In the US, he has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show for Comedy Central.
“We had a fantastic day and Andy was the cherry on top! People were in stitches, I have no idea how his brain works like that but the very unique ability to mix cricket and comedy was just exceptional!” Cricketing Dinner
Posted on 24 June 2019
Bilal Zafar is an up and coming stand-up comic with a friendly, story-telling style. He has experience hosting awards ceremonies and performing at corporate events.
Bilal was nominated for the Last minute.com Best Newcomer Award for his debut show at the Edinburgh fringe 2016.
Earlier the same year Bilal won the New Act of the Year award joining the company of previous winners such as Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Joe Wilkinson and Linda Smith.
In 2015 he was the runner up at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year competition. He has appeared on BBC3, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for The Independent.
“witty and absorbing…highly entertaining. I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next” Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“Delivers big laughs” Brian Logan, The Guardian
“fascinating and hilarious in equal measure” Ian Jones, i-D
“Zafar really delivers on the absurdity of an escalating social media farce running in parallel with growing prejudice and tensions, joyously exposing the stupidity on all sides”
★★★★ Ben Venables, The Skinny
“endearing, relaxed and naturally funny…hilarious”
★★★★ Emily Phillips, EdFest Mag
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.
“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
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 Televisionand most recently, Chris Ramsey Live 2018: The Just Happy To Get Out of the House Tour.
“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
Posted on 19 June 2019
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 Unquote, The Unbelievable Truth, Just 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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