Be ready for pretty much anything when Jason Cook takes to the stage. Behind his cheerful Geordie exterior lurks a dark, sharp comedic mind capable of taking an unsuspecting audience to places they didn’t want to go. Dwarves, newspaper vendors, the toilets at raves, true-to-life stories that drag you in and wont let go. Cook is close to the edge but always intriguing and blessed with the sort of charm that’ll have you laughing in spite of yourself.
Performing stand-up professionally since 2005, Jason’s career has seen him complete a sell-out world tour, take home the coveted award for Best International Show at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and write & star in two series of his own sitcom for the BBC. Beginning his career with Newcastle based sketch group, Soup, Jason moved solo in 2007 and has since amassed an impressive collection of critically acclaimed shows of his own including My Confessions, Joy, Fear & most recently Broken earning nominations for awards such as Best Show at the Manchester Comedy Festival LOL in 2009 and winning Best International Show at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in 2008, alongside completing a sell-out, world tour. Jason has been invited to perform at the most esteemed comedy festivals across the world including the Adelaide Fringe Festival where he hosted the entire season of the prestigious Best of The Edinburgh Fest showcase for the month. Back on home soil Jason has completed a number of solo national tours and firmly cemented himself as a favourite for circuit club-bookers, frequently popping up at popular comedy nights across the country, from the notoriously tough Hyena Club in Newcastle to The Comedy Store.
In 2010 Jason finished writing his own sitcom, Hebburn which broadcast in a primetime slot on BBC2 for two series. Hebburn was based on Jasons life in the town and boasted a stellar cast including; Jim Moir, Gina McKee, Chris Ramsey, Kimberley Nixon and of course Jason as Ramsey. Series one won critical acclaim and opened to an audience of more than two million. A second series was quickly commissioned by the BBC and the series was also sold to Australia where it broadcast at a primetime slot on Saturday nights for ABC1 and was noted as one of their top ten most watched programmes. Recently Jason has become the face of Jacobs crackers & you can see him in primetime television ads starring as Jacob the Baker for the brands latest campaign. Currently Jason is writing for his next solo show and has a number of projects in development both on and off screen. -
"Jason Cook...... wonderfully life-affirming, beautifully crafted, total and utter joy. My jaw aches from laughing. " - Time Out
Already an established comedian in his home country Canada, Mike Wilmot started working in the UK as a stand-up comedian in 1995. For over a decade Mike has built up a reputation as one of the unsung heroes of the UK comedy scene achieving rave reviews throughout the country for his unique stand-up. In 2003 he won the coveted Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His TV work includes; Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Rich Hall’s Fishing Show/Cattle Drive (BBC4), several appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2), the host of Comedy Blue on Paramount plus team captain on Shoot the Messenger (Paramount Comedy Channel). Mike also played Paul Kaye’s manager in the award-winning film It’s All Gone Pete Tong. Mike has appeared several times at Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, as well comedy festivals in Ireland, Scandinavia, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Bangkok and South Africa.
Lauren is a talented stand-up and actress who graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class Degree in Drama.
Lauren´s been doing stand-up for 4 years and is one of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene. She came runner up at the Funny Women Awards 2014 and this year was the only female comedian to reach the final of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards. Earlier this year she supported Katherine Ryan on several tour dates and opened for Stewart Francis. She also played Latitude and Leeds festivals and took her 45mins solo work in progress show REET PETITE to Edinburgh.
This summer Lauren got to the final of the BBC New Comedy Awards and performed live on BBC Radio 4, the set was filmed and can be seen here .
A regular on the national stand up circuit, this baby faced comic is one to watch out for
Rising star, Brennan Reece is making huge waves in the comedy circuit winning awards, appearing on TV and Radio and performing his energetic stand up all over the Europe.
"A hilarious, rubber faced, bright young talent." - The Stage
"Rabble rousing. Brutally funny. A triumph of performance." - Chortle
Jeff Innocent is a popular and experienced stand up comedian, actor, writer and cultural commentator. As a stand up comedian he has reached near legendary status among his peers and audience alike by staying at the top of his game for over 15 years. He was voted Runner Up in the Facebook Poll for Best Live Club Comedian 2013 and 2014, won Best In Fest at the Norwich Comedy Festival 2014 and was nominated in the 2015 Chortle Awards Best Live Club Act catefory. His unique appeal lies in the contrast between his East End 'Geezer’ appearance and demeanour, and his educated, philosophical delivery and subject matter. Inspiring the guardian to describe him as a comedian with, 'The body of a nightclub bouncer and the brains of a university boffin’.
He continues to cement his position within the premiership of British comedians with his weekly performances at clubs like Jongleurs and The Comedy Store, featuring in the 2013 movie, The Comedy Store, Raw and Uncut. He has also taken one man shows to The Edinburgh Fringe.
The spread of the comedy circuit globally has found Jeff performing in such unlikely and far flung locations as China, India, Norway and Vietnam to name but a few.
His recent acting credits include appearances in the children’s TV programme, Little Howards Big Question and BBC’s extremely popular historical drama series, Call The Midwife.
As a writer he has contributed to a number of publications and websites such The Independent, The Ecologist and London Is Funny, on a wide range of topics including environmental issues, history and music. He also lectures on stand up comedy at The London Comedy School.
Born in East London during the mid 1950´s, Jeff Innocent grew up in a family whose entrepreneurial spirit and activities were not always considered acceptable by the police. He managed to avoid going in to the family business however by taking a keen interest in youth theatre and Jamaican music. He took part in many productions as a teenager, primarily with the East End Soapbox Theatre, a collective which also spawned performance poet John Hegley. But it took over twenty years before he was to tread the boards again as a comedian.
After leaving school his first job was as a windowdresser in the mens fashion trade working in London´s trendy Kings Road and Carnaby Street during the early 1970´s until the early 1980´s when he became a mature student at the University of East London studying philosophy and history, achieving a BA Hons and an MA. He maintained his interest in Jamaican music by DJ'ing and contributing to fanzines during this period. His post graduate dissertation topic being, The History of Jamaican Music. He financed his studying by working in the fashion industry at Camden Market and High Street Kensington.
It was after his experience at University that he decided to try stand up comedy, something that he had wanted to do for some years. His initiation was at a workshop in Stratford East London run by the God Father of Alternative Comedy, Tony Allen. Although being a stand up comedian and actor dominates much of Jeff´s time he still maintains an interest in music and popular culture. He still lives in the East Send with his partner of 23 years, the youngest of his four children and his two whippets. But not necessarily in that order.
MC Jason Cook, Mike Wilmot, Lauren Pattison, Brennan Reece and Jeff Innocent plus open spot.
Doors open at 10pm
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