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Ivo Graham - Headliner
Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of eighteen and eight months later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. This led the following year to nominations for Chortle Best Newcomer and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, and performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival and the Hollywood Fringe.
Since leaving university in 2012 he has become a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK comedy circuit, with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Comedy Central’s Live at the Comedy Store, and various shows on BBC Radio 4, Five Live, and XFM. His two solo hours, 2013’s Binoculars and 2014’s Bow Ties & Johnnies, had sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre, and received a clutch of four and five star reviews, the latter described by the Evening Standard as ‘a joyous show… if you like your comedy with long words and beautiful linguistic flourishes, buy a ticket immediately.’
Most recently he has appeared on both Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.
‘Beautifully constructed comedy’ – The Scotsman
Richard Morton - Support
Described as “possibly Newcastle’s finest export since the famous brown ale” and certainly more consistent than its football team, Richard Morton has nailed the twin talents of musicianship and comedy into one perfectly suited package.
This livewire Geordie comic is full of surprises and manic energy, bounding around the stage like an overgrown child on a massive sugar rush. A former winner of Time Out Comedian of the Year, Richard Morton’s amiable manner belies a razor sharp talent and with some acutely witty and well-defined and varied observations, he tackles a plethora of life’s situations in gags, tales, and some of his hilarious and occasional risque songs. No subject matter is clearly safe from being put to a tune. A big favourite at the Edinburgh Festival since making his debut in 1998, Richard Morton has enjoyed a host of sell-out runs at the famous Assembly Rooms while also whipping up other comedy festivals including Montreal and Kilkenny, and hard-to-please The Reading and Leeds Music Festival crowds. A founder member of The Comedy Store’s Cutting Edge Show and a consumate comedian, Richard Morton can play to and entertain audiences of any size, from corporate laugh-ins to sweaty clubs and sold-out theatres. He has enjoyed and endured several nationwide UK tours with the likes of Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Lily Savage and Phill Jupitus as well as in his own right. Blessed or cursed with endless energy, Richard Morton performs almost every night of the week and shows no sign of waning after nearly 20 years at the top of the comedy tree. A favourite of Channel 5 from its inception, he even hosted his own show Richard Morton Live At The Comedy Store
‘Comic genius’ – The Daily Express
Ben Van Der Velde - Compere
Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who, over the past few years, has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.
His consistency and persistence were rewarded when in 2011, he was crowned Comedy Café New Act of the Year. Ben then went on to host Just the Tonic’s Big Value Comedy Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, impressing industry and punters alike across the month.
“A sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on…an impressively wide range of topics…bringing flair and confidence to them all.” Steve Bennett, Chortle