Thursday 19 August
Matt Stellingwerf & Joe Foster | Hosted by Dave Fensom
Highly regarded by his peers, New Zealander Matt Stellingwerf is the proud owner of four NZ Comedy Guild Awards, including Best Newcomer, and has been nominated for the much-coveted Billy T Award, as well as several others.
Now based in the UK, Matt has quickly earned the respect and patronage of comedy venues and critics throughout the country. "An outstanding act...utterly stole the show" (Comedy Cafe).
Second up on Thursday is the brilliant Joe Foster, a Brighton-based comic who "tells them well, with an off-hand wit" (CHORTLE). Armed with "tightly written and very funny material" (LATEST) and considerable charm, Joe quickly wins over his audience with daring, wholesome and downright hysterical storytelling.
In 2015 Joe won the Fosters South Coast Comedian Of The Year Competition which cemented his reputation as one of the fresh new voices on the UK comedy circuit.
Friday 20 August
Kevin O Connell, Joe Jacobs & Jen Brister | Hosted by Rich Wilson
Known for his energetic and shouty style, Kevin O Connell's weird and wonderful storytelling is perfectly framed by his boyish charm, resulting in a totally unique performance that's guaranteed to get you laughing. Labelled, "comedy’s next pin-up" (CHORTLE), Kevin is highly revered by reviewers, who've described previous performances as "Slick… whatever "it" is, he has it" (THE STAND) and "happily took things down a surreal rabbit hole' (HOT PRESS).
Joe Jacobs is 'the Stormzy of standup' (CHORTLE), a stark and confrontational comic whose fast-paced style keeps the audience on their toes. He 'stalks his comedy like a panther at night' (MUMBLE COMEDY), before pouncing on each punch-line with faultless style and delivery. Joe is quickly developing a dedicated following, and after his performance on Friday, we're sure you'll be part of it.
The "outrageously funny" (METRO) Jen Brister will bring The Late Show to a close on Friday night. As well as appearances on Live at the Apollo, She has written for BBC Scotland, presented shows on BBC 6 Music, Jen completed five acclaimed international tours, solidifying her reputation as a top-tier comic and hilarious performer. Her last show was described by The Guardian as "a furiously funny blast of rage" and Illuminating and hilarious by Chortle. Simply put, Jen Brister is just too good to miss.
Saturday 21 August
Dan Evans, Alex Petrovic & Sara Baron | Hosted by Rich Wilson
For over a decade Dan Evans's twisted logic has been gladdening stand-up comedy audiences across the UK and Ireland. He's perfected his own unique brand of childish surrealism through years of radio & TV performances (BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Channell 5) and has even racked up writing credits for a dizzying number of TV shows, including the award-winning Very World of Milton Jones. Dan Jones'cutting-edge comedy' (Latest) will kick things off on Saturday night.
Alex Petrovic is a born and bred Brightonian with an Eastern European twist. He was runner-up in South Coast Comedian of the Year in 2019 and has appeared on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 Extra as part of the BBC New Comedy Awards. He has also supported Sean McLoughlin, Brian Gittins and Tom Houghton on tour dates.
The ultimate headline spot of this week's Late Show goes to the "brassy, sassy...gleefully profane" (GUARDIAN) Sara Barron. Her TV appearances include Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Would I Lie to You? (BBC One), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two), Roast Battle (Comedy Central) and Hypothetical (Dave). She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show.
Sarah cut her teeth on the infamous US storytelling show ‘The Moth’ before moved to London and has since been nominated for a prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award and a Chortle Award. She's "wickedly funny" (SCOTSMAN), "brutally entertaining" (STANDARD) and certain to make this Saturday an evening you won't be forgetting anytime soon.