Funny Festival Live

  • Alexus Dubus as Marcel Lucont & Thanyia Moore

    Alexus Dubus as Marcel Lucont & Thanyia Moore

  • Hal Cruttendon & Mark Simmons

    Hal Cruttendon & Mark Simmons

Join us for a festival of fun at The Bear Pit Theatre.

Wednesday 23rd June @ 7:30pm

Mark Simmons 

DAVE’s Top 10 Joke of the Fringe 2019 (& 2017)

Nominee Amused Moose: Best Show 2017

Master of one-liners’ and DAVE’s Top Ten Jokes of The Edinburgh Fringe 2019, MARK SIMMONS, recently joined Dara O’Brian and Hugh Dennis on BBC2’s Mock The Week as a semi-regular on the show.

Mark has also appeared in other TV/radio shows such as ITV’s Out There, BBC Radio 4Extra Stands Up, a Channel 4 pilot starring alongside Bridget Christie, as well as BBC3’s One For The Road.

Mark is also known for his hosting skills, where he recorded, News-ish and Film-ish on Fubar Radio alongside co-host, Seann Walsh. And now is enjoying further success with his solo podcast, Jokes With Mark Simmons, where he invites a fellow comic, such as Gary Delany and Milton Jones to discuss jokes that they’ve written but simply just haven’t worked!

“Absolutely hilarious.” The Scotsman ★★★★

A talented comic with an artisan’s grasp of joke writing.” Chortle ★★★★

Hal Cruttendon

Hal Cruttenden is one of the top touring stand-up comedians working in the UK and Ireland today, who has been touring the UK and Ireland extensively over the past 8 years.

He has made several appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1 & 2), ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1), ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1), ‘Would I Lie To You’ (BBC1) ‘The One Show’ (BBC1), ‘The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ (BBC2 & Channel 4) and ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’ (BBC2)

“The funniest he’s ever been” ★★★★ ★    The Times

Thursday 24th June @7:30pm

Thanyia Moore

Funny Women Award winner and star of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, Thanyia Moore has been a bully, and she’s been bullied. What does that make her: villain, victim, both? This is a candid, hilarious show about being a “nightmare” child – and overcoming it.

Born in the 1980s in South London to working-class Jamaican parents, Thanyia first experienced bullying just after her birth – when her Dad put too many letters in her name. She went on to have too much energy and anger – a bad thing in Jamaican culture, where “children should be seen and not heard”. And a terrible thing if you answer to Thanyia’s Mum Joyce, a no-nonsense figure, feared even by local muggers.

Bully is about a self-proclaimed “horrible child”, who grew through the 90s into a bully and a bullied person – to a background of Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn and Stephen Lawrence’s murder. It’s about Thanyia suddenly being the only black girl in a posh Kent school. It’s about acting up to the label “drama queen” when you can’t express yourself. And it’s about whether you can change your ways, before karma craps on your (90s highlighted) head.

Showcasing Thanyia’s engaging storytelling stand-up, Bully is relatable, relevant, thoughtful and funny. It’s directed by Alex Hardy, Funny Women Writing Award winner, who directed Joz Norris’s award-winning 2019 Fringe show

Marcel Lucont: Le “Best Of”

France’s finest flâneur, raconteur and bon-viveur presents his greatest oeuvres from the past decade, including lockdown poems from his latest album “For A Captive Audience.”

As seen on Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, BBC1’s The John Bishop Show and Sky Atlantic’s Set List.

“Fresh, accessible and hilarious” – The Guardian

“Excellently dry” – The Times

Top 10 Comedy Shows – Edinburgh Fringe 2019 – The Telegraph

Friday 25th June @7:30pm | On The Road Comedy Club

Aaron Twitchen (MC)

Aaron has been making a name for himself in recent years. He is a stand-up comedian, actor and fantastically he is also a trained circus performer!

Aaron has featured on BBC Presents at the Edinburgh Festivals and recently featured in BBC Radio 4’s Summer Comedy Festival alongside Darren Harriott. He is also a regular on the circuit working for various independent promoters such as Hilary Bites, Eminent Banter, Ten Feet Tall, Funhouse, House of Stand Up, FAF, Hilarious, Can Comedy, Glee and Manfords.

“Seriously talented. Hilarious, warm, energetic… the kind of new act that should have talent scouts excited and other comedians feeling nervous.” – The Skinny

“Positive, fun, feel-good… Probably the best free fringe show I’ve seen” – Scotsgay

Eryn Tett

Born and raised in Singapore, Eryn moved to the UK at 18 to pursue comedy. Since then she has lived and performed in New York, New Zealand and in the summer of 2018 she finally settled down on the London scene. Over the last two years she has developed her own webseries/comedy night (UBGEComedy), made it to the finals of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, 2NorthDown New Act of the Year (runner up) and the Funny Women Stage Award competitions, as well as winning Cherry Comedy Break out Act of the Year 2020.

Described as “fast moving…and absurd” (Diva Magazine), Eryn’s stand up is made up of word play, short jokes, odd observations and surreal storytelling set to a charmingly uncomfortable rhythm. An alternative comedian who’s “weird but with at least one toe still in observational reality” (Chortle), she is developing her solo show titled ‘Eryn Tett Finds Her Audience’.

Now living in Manchester during a pandemic, she is writing her first sitcom and continuing to produce her own series of sketches and comedy videos, which have earned her a place on the long-list and short list of the Funny Women Comedy Writing and Comedy Shorts Competitions 2020.

“Unique in all the best ways…so fun to watch. She’s going to be massive”- Adam Hess

Adele Cliff

Adele is the reigning/pundisputed UK Pun Champion (2020), the first woman to win the title and she is the only person to be named amongst Dave’s Funniest Jokes of the Fringe four years running (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Adele has provided tour support for Milton Jones and twice been names one of Funny Women’s One’s to Watch.

Adele has been heard on BBC Radio 4 extra and BBC Radio 5 Live and performed live on the BBC Edinburgh Fringe main stage, as well as guesting in podcasts including Mystery on the Rocks and BBC Knock Knock. Her writing credits include BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and Newsjack.

‘Absolutely charming… a skilled performer, with a real presence and confidence’ (The Scotsman)

‘No doubt she’s a nifty writer’ (Chortle)

’Adele has a talent for writing in a pure joke form’ (Funny Women)

Jarred Christmas

Full of passion and charisma, Jarred takes the audience on a hilarious thrill ride of laughs and gasps with an edge of anger that manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives.

His confidence leaves the audience secure in the knowledge that they are in capable hands. His material is strong and distinctive, drawn from life experience and random happenings.

“Best of the crop…A fabulously boisterous kiwi with a definite future” Evening Standard

Saturday 26th June @7:30pm | On The Road Comedy Club

Tom Elwes (MC)

Bright young comic, featured in AAA Late Show Edinburgh 2019, with sharp storytelling and acute observations, and a large social media presence. 

Tom Elwes is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor. Tom is one of the newest comics to break through on the comedy circuit. As a life-long Londoner, he uses a combination of storytelling and acute observations to make sense of his chaotic existence. His quick wit and high-energy charm make him one to look out for in the future. Tom spent most of 2020 developing a strong online presence and now has 10 of thousands of follows and his sketches have been viewed millions of times.

Toussaint Douglass

Toussaint Douglass is one of comedy’s most exciting and talked about new names and is already making serious waves across the industry, such as making his TV debut on BBC2’s stand-up show, Funny Festival. His innovative brand of stand up mixes the personal with the political, whilst adding a uniquely absurdist slant to brilliant comic effect.

Seriously talented, joyfully absurd and charmingly awkward with deceptively subversive writing, there is never a dull moment when Toussaint Douglass takes the stage.

Matt Rees

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian, Matt Rees, has generated a huge buzz on the circuit over the past few years with his unique brand of well-crafted gags and acerbic delivery earning him high praise from audiences and critics alike.

“A properly original comedy mind” The Guardian 

The deadpan stand-up is a sober drunk and a couple of years ago he had to take a break from comedy to deal with his personal matters, but now he’s back and taking the comedy scene by storm once more. As well as starring in BBC3’s This Country and BBC’s Edinburgh Fringe Highlights, Matt has also recently recorded an episode of BBC2’s Stand Up at BBC Wales, Amazon’s Audible Presents and Stand Up For BBC Radio Wales.

Leroy Brito

A regular on the comedy circuit throughout the UK. Leroy’s had 3 years of sold-out solo shows at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, can been seen on TV as Rob on the BBC One hit sitcom Tourist Trap and is also the creator of the Moment of Truth podcast. He’s recently been a guest host on BBC Wales’ Six Nations Sin Bin, a host on BBC Radio Wales’ The Leak and featured as a stand-up on BBC Radio Wales’ Machynlleth Comedy Festival Virtual Showcase.

“With a unique take on family life and everyday struggles, Leroy’s easy going stage presence and slick delivery leave a lasting impression.” – Cardiff Comedy Festival

Performance Dates
23 - 26 June 2021

The Bear Pit Theatre