LOL Laugh Out Loud: Exeter Comedy Festival

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:58pm
17 & 18 January   Alaska 7.30pm, Northcott Theatre One man goes in search of adventure and freedom...but is soon plunged into a nightmarish world of extreme survival, haunted by all things living and dead. Boldly following in the intrepid footsteps of Bear Grylls and Ray Mears, Alaska is a tragi-comic riot of Pythonesque dottiness guaranteed to leave you spellbound. Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50), student standby £8, 01392 493493   20 January   Don’t Even Want to Be On Telly Anyway 8pm, Exeter Phoenix A show full of fun, idiocy and handsomeness from the 2011 and 2012 Chortle Comedy Award nominees. Tickets: £10, 01392 667080   24 January   Improperly 8pm, City Gate Hotel Improvised comedy with a difference! From your suggestions Improperly will crochet a quilt of comic quirkiness and invite you to snuggle under. Comedy from a troupe of players that white knuckle their way through various games until you are melting in their sweaty palms. Tickets: £5, 07775 854375   25 January   Kinky & Quirky: Burlesque & Boogie 8pm, Exeter Corn Exchange Funny, frivolous, frightful, fantastic, fabulous, fish fingers and other F words abound at Kinky & Quirky’s infamous January Comedy Burlesque and Boogie. Tickets: £12.50, 01392 665938   Holly Burn: Holly Burn’s H Club 6pm, Bike Shed Theatre Wanna join a private members’ bar but don’t have the money, sense of elite-ism or decent shoes? Then welcome to The H Club where you get the chance to kick back and frolic with Holly and like-minded members in Exeter’s least exclusive private members’ club. Tickets: £6, 01392 434169   James Acaster 7.30pm, Bike Shed Theatre Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012 Nominee James Acaster has a show full to the brim of comedy and critical acclaim. Prepare yourself for flights of fancy, remarkable gesticulation and maybe even some tempo changes. Tickets: £6, 01392 434169   John Robins: Incredible Scenes! 9pm, Bike Shed Theatre John Robins is the latest maverick to burst out of Bristol’s hotbed of talent. Representing the ‘new wave of storyteller’ (Evening Post), he weaves narrative, improvisation and punchy gags, skilfully into his unique self-effacing sets. Tickets: £6, 01392 434169,   26 January   Suzi Ruffell: Work in Progress 2pm, Bike Shed Theatre Suzi’s innovative style capitivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude, overbearing parents and stories of desperately trying to fit in. It can only be a matter of time before this enchanting young performer begins to make a huge impact on the comedy circuit. Tickets: £6, 01392 434169   John-Luke Roberts: Sock Puppet 3.30pm, Bike Shed Theatre Ralph Guiltless’s life is going nowhere, until he makes a pact with a haunted sock. Now he can have whatever he wants, and all he has to do is strangle a few people. A dark and stupid comedy.  John-Luke Roberts is a writer for Radio 4’s The News Quiz and his first solo show ‘Distracts You From a Murder’ was called a ‘brilliant solo debut’ by The Independent. Tickets: £6,  01392 434169   Josh Widdicombe: Work  in Progress Show 5pm, Bike Shed Theatre Now regarded as one of the best up-and-coming acts on the UK circuit Josh is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. Josh is fast establishing himself on the live circuit regularly supporting huge comic talent such as Alan Carr, Stephen Merchant, Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre. Tickets:  £6, 01392 434169   Mike Wozniak: The Substitute Astronaut 6.30pm, Bike Shed Theatre A work-in-progress show from the Time Out New Act of the Year. Tickets £6, 01392 434169   David Trent: Spontaneous Comedian 8pm, Bike Shed Theatre David Trent single-handedly failed to make any impression whatsoever on the UK comedy scene since August 2006 until he went to Edinburgh in 2012 and smashed it with his total sell out, Edinburgh Comedy award-nominated show Spontaneous Comedian. Tickets: £6,  01392 434169   27 January   Alfie Brown: Soul for Sale 3.30pm, Bike Shed Theatre Alfie Brown observes (occasionally screaming) the hypocritical standards of censorship in popular music, the irresponsibility of producing bad art and the unscrupulous homogenisation of comedy, whilst making you laugh. He also (comedically) observes a world in which greed comes before truth and how the heavyweights of the culture industries keep us addicted for profit, whilst - still - making you laugh. Tickets: £6, 01392 434169
Isy Suttie: Work in Progress 5pm, Bike Shed Theatre Isy is a long-time musical comedian whose leftfield songs, stand-up and characters enchant audiences all around. Also an actor and writer, she is known to many as Dobby from Peep Show (Channel 4). Tickets: £6,  01392 434169   Daniel Simonsen: Champions 6.30pm, Bike Shed Theatre From Russell Howard’s Good News, the Simon Amstell tour and the benefits office in Bethnal Green, the ‘brilliantly offbeat’ (Guardian) Norwegian stand-up was awarded the prestigious title of Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer 2012. Tickets: £6, 01392 434169   Sarah Pascoe: The Musical 8pm, Bike Shed Theatre The uplifting tale of ‘Sara’ who lived from the 1980s to 2012. Sara was born as a baby, meaning she could neither talk nor walk, until she faced adversity in the face, and grew up. The show includes catchy tunes and many morals. Tickets: £6, 01392 434169   30 January   Katherine Ryan: Nature’s Candy 8pm, Exeter Phoenix As seen on Mock the Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out of Ten Cats and Dave’s One Night Stand. Having experienced motherhood, divorce, and MTV, this award-winning comedian proves the things in life that make us bitter, can actually be quite delicious and hilarious. Tickets: £12 (£10),  01392 667080

31 January   Tony Law: Maximum Nonsense 8pm, Exeter Phoenix Join ‘the sherpa of stand-up’ (Stewart Lee), for some gloriously absurd, loud and ridiculous comedy. As seen on Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Tony brings his five-star, Edinburgh Festival sell-out show to Exeter. Tickets: £12 (£10), 01392 667080   1 February   Exeter Comedy Club 8.30pm, Exeter Corn Exchange Line-up includes: Andrew Ryan, Robin Morgan and Rich Morton Exeter Comedy Club is now recognised by comedians as one of the best in the country. Regular sell-out shows feature four of the top stand-up performers on the national circuit in cabaret. Everyone gets a seat at a table and tables are reserved for parties of 4 or more. Tickets: £12 (£10),  01392 665938   2 February   Lee Hurst: Too Scared to Leave the House 7.30pm, Exeter Corn Exchange Lee casts his comedy eyes over the many end-of-the-world scare stories from Acid Rain and Global Warming to Bird Flu and Mad Cow Disease and many other ‘apocalyptic disaster predictions’ that never were. He also muses over all the dangers that face us in our daily lives. Ultimately Lee believes that you choose your own fate... you can stay indoors, hoarding cans of beans, clutching a Ray Mears book or you can go out and laugh in the face of doom.
Tickets: £16 (£8), 01392 665938   O'Shea & O’Gaukroger 8pm, Exeter Phoenix What might have happened if O’Shea and O’Gaukroger had chosen different careers? A new sketch and song show, A Comedy of Careers, from a local comedy duo, currently on a national UK tour, tipped to be the new Wood and Walters. Tickets: £8,  01392 667080   Raw Comedy 7pm, Barnfield Theatre Come and join us at the Barnfield for a night packed full of laughter and raw talent from national and local stand-ups alike. With up to six acts per night you are guaranteed a great night out. Tickets: £10, box office 01392 270891   3 February   Standing Up for Freedom: The Stand Up Philosopher Presents 8pm, Northcott Theatre bar Always powerful, sometimes hilarious and sometimes shocking, philosophies are shaken from their covers and brought vividly to life as Matthew Hammond jumps about, making theatre out of all those books you meant to read but never got around to...
Tickets: £7.50 (£5),  01392 493493   Rich Peppiatt: One Rogue Reporter 8pm, Exeter Phoenix A daring mixture of live stand-up and outrageous video content in which the red-top renegade delivers a merciless dissection of the newspaper trade. Having appeared twice before the Leveson Inquiry, Rich’s searing testimonies have made headlines around the world. Tickets: £10 (£8),  01392 667080   7 February   Comedy Open Mic Night 8pm, Exeter Phoenix Cafe Bar XTV presents the good ol’ Open Mic Night at Exeter Phoenix. With several open mic slots, established acts, drink promotions at the bar and free entry, it’s sure to be an evening of positively comical entertainment. If you’re interested in performing, please contact Sam White at Free,  01392 667080   Improperly 8pm, City Gate Hotel Improvised comedy with a difference! From your suggestions Improperly will crochet a quilt of comic quirkiness and invite you to snuggle under. Comedy from a troupe of players that white knuckle their way through various games until you are melting in their sweaty palms. Tickets: £5, 07775 854375   8 February   Alex Horne: Seven Years in the Bathroom 8pm, Exeter Corn Exchange Star and co-creator of BBC Four’s comedy quiz show We Need Answers, award-winning comedian Alex Horne has established a reputation among critics, comics and audiences as a thoughtful and original stand-up, writer and solo performer. Seven Years in The Bathroom is the ultimate stat-based, fun-packed, thought-provoking, experimental and sometimes stupid comedy show in which Alex aims to recreate your entire life. Tickets £12, 01392 665938   10 February   Silly Songs for Shakespeare 7.30pm, Northcott Theatre A show that does exactly what it says on the tin: there are songs, they are silly and they are based on Shakespeare! Highlights include The RP R&J Rap, The Kings’ Song, Hey Nonny Nonny, and The De Dum Dance. Tickets £12.50 (£10.50), student standby £8, 01392 493493
Edge Comedy Presents Hal Cruttenden 8pm, Exeter Phoenix Hal really wanted to be a hard-hitting comic, but he couldn’t be bothered to do all the reading. Unashamedly middle class and middle aged, Hal’s witty and charming comedy has seen him supporting Rob Brydon, Sean Lock, and Omid Djalili on their nationwide tours, selling out his own show in Edinburgh and receiving excellent reviews from the Press. Tickets £12 (£10), 01392 667080   For more information visit
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Event Date

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 7:30pm to Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 8:00pm