Fancy a laugh this March? Check out some of the fantastic comedy on offer in Northampton this month, including some big names.
• The Comedy Club – The Picturedrome
• Funhouse Comedy Club – The Walnut Tree Inn
Pete Firman, Patrick Monahan, with support Patrick Draper and compère Barry Dodds
•Adam Hess and Glenn Moore – Underground (Royal & Derngate)
In this double bill, the Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated star of Tonight At The London Palladium and Live From The BBC, Adam Hess performs his smash-hit show, Cactus.
“I’ve seen few shows that are funnier” The Times on Adam Hess
Adam is followed by Glenn Moore, who presents his second “relentlessly gag-laden show” (The List) about living with his granddad and trying to solve the case of a missing person: The Very Best of Belinda Carlisle.
• Paul Chowdhry : Live Innit – Derngate
Following phenomenal demand and instant sell-outs across the country, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live At The Apollo and Stand Up For The Week, Paul Chowdhry has announced extra dates in Spring 2018 and is coming to Northampton.
Book now to avoid disappointment, innit.
• The Comedy Crate – The Charles Bradlaugh
Featuring Rhys James, Michael Odewale, Tom Toal and Ross McGrane (MC)
• Screaming Blue Murder – Underground (Royal & Derngate)
Howard Read, Harriet Braine, Matt Green and Dan Evans (MC)
• Screaming Blue Murder – The Lab (Core at Corby Cube)
Luke Toulson, George Egg, Naomi Cooper and Carly Smallman (MC)
• Some People VS Reginald D Hunter – Derngate
Due to popular demand Reginald D Hunter has extended the critically acclaimed UK Tour of Some People V. Reginald D Hunter and is coming to Northampton.
During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of the UK and Ireland, a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe season and has performed across Europe. His TV appearances have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News for You and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South, which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.
Support from Pete Johansson
• We Are Most Amused Comedy Club – The Black Prince
Free comedy night featuring six of the circuits best up and coming acts.
• Larry Dean – Fandan – Underground (Royal & Derngate)
Edinburgh Comedy award-nominee Larry Dean brings his critically acclaimed new show on tour following a sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe run and a debut appearance on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo.
• Iain Sterling – U OK HUN? X – Underground (Royal & Derngate)
BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is back after a summer narrating smash hit Love Island (ITV2) and now you can see his actual face on his brand new tour.
Join the “star of comedy” (The i) as he explores dinner party etiquette, feminism and the pressures on a generation brought up in a world of instant gratification. How has modern living affected our ability to find long term happiness? Can social media ever reflect real life? And why is the floor lava?
A firm Edinburgh Fringe favourite, Iain has sold out the festival an impressive five times to date. Currently on our screens as the host of ITV2’s newest hit game show CelebAbility, Iain’s intuitive razor-sharp humour has previously been seen on Virtually Famous (E4), Drunk History and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central(both Comedy Central), Russell Howard’s Good News and Sweat the Small Stuff (both BBC Three) and Fake Reaction and Safe Word (both ITV2).
• Jess Robinson – Here Come The Girls – Royal
Join multi award-winner and Britain’s Got Talent 2017 semi-finalist Jess Robinson for an evening of spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics. Like a wonderfully malfunctioning jukebox, Jess and her incredible vocals will take you on a dizzying journey through hilarious musical mash-ups, serving a feast of styles and genres from Billie Holiday and Judy Garland to Amy Winehouse and Beyoncé.
Whether your cup of tea is watching Shirley Bassey belt or if you want to see Jess strut her stuff with Hip Hop’s biggest rap stars – there’ll be something for everyone, from 9 to 90.
As seen / heard on The Last Leg, The Now Show, Murder In Successville, Newzoids, The One Show and CBBC’s Horrible Histories.
• Jonathan Pie – Back To The Studio – Derngate
Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell-out tour ending at The London Palladium, a show that was described as “electrifying” (Chortle), “blistering” (Evening Standard) and “desperately misjudged” (The Times).
The frustrated news reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.
This is political satire at its finest and Pie is “the most exciting satirical creation since Partridge” (Rory Bremner).
• Mark Steel – Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright – Royal
This time last year, it seemed highly unlikely the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, a year later it’s all gone to absolute s**t! But don’t worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.
Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s In Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, is back on the road with a new show, guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.
Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going Onand he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.
• Phill Jupitus – Juplicity – The Core at Corby Cube
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.
Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly.
• David Baddiel – My Family Not The Sitcom – Derngate
Following a sold-out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated, one-man show to theatres nationwide. My Family: Not The Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf.
• Funhouse Comedy Club – The Walnut Tree Inn
Alan Hudson, with support Mike Cox and compère Barry Dodds
• Dad’s Army Radio Hour – The Core at Corby Cube
Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words “Don’t tell him, Pike”.
Double Fringe First Award winner David Benson (Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams and Boris: World King) and Jack Lane (Wisdom Of A Fool) present a selection of classic radio episodes featuring favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of vocal impersonation.
• The Same Faces – The Black Prince
The Same Faces are a Leicester & Northampton-based improvised comedy group that have been going since April 2013. Featuring regulars Tom Young, Allan Smith, Mike Brown, and Dave Gotheridge, along with various guest performers who vary from month to month! Often joined in Northampton by local talent, including the likes of Thomas Lawrence & Jen Kenny.
• Dad’s Army Radio Hour – Royal (2.30pm / 7.45pm)
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