Thursday 26 August
Thanyia Moore, James Ellis & Stephen Grant | MC Dave Fensom
2018 was a big year for Thanyia Moore. After reaching the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award, she went on to beat over 400 other female comics to be crowned Funny Women Champion. Her wry wit has since earned her a regular spot at Top Secret Comedy Club y, Glee Clubs, and Hysterical Women, as well as TV credits on Mock the Week and Comedy Central's Drunk Histories. Now a star in Dane Baptiste’s 'Bamous', Moore is fast becoming one of the UK's top-up & coming acts and certainly isn't one to miss.
Next up is James Ellis. As a writer for the award-winning night “GOAT Comedy”, and BBC’s “Newsjack”, he's been marked out as one to watch. "James Ellis is a triple threat, he’s really very bloody funny, has a great stage presence, and has the best hair in the business” (Angela Barnes).
Stephen Grant is a multi-award-winning MC and the current host of Komedia's infamous Krater Comedy Club. He's been widely celebrated for writing and performing six critically acclaimed Fringe shows, and he regularly headlines the legendary Comedy Store in London.
He's even written for Rob Becket on Mock the Week, Sean Walsh for Stand Up For The Week, and Lee Nelson's Well Good Show. His list of awards, nominations, and positive reviews won't actually fit into this short summary, so you'll just have to take our word for it. It's safe to say The Late Show audiences won't be disappointed this week.
Friday 27 August
Olaf Falafel, Mark Cram | MC Dave Fensom
Winner of the Funniest Joke Of The Edinburgh Fringe two years running, Olaf Falafel, will be kicking off the weekend with a torrent of witty one-liners. While his wholesome humour has often been compared to Tim Vine or Harry Hill, his optimistic style certainly has a unique edge. "Falafel has an inventive mind that constantly surprises and tickles you" (★★★★ - The Evening Standard).
After performing as part of the 'No Free Lunch' and 'Journey to the Centre of Somewhere' shows at Edinborough Fringe a decade ago, Mark Cram has turned his attention to stand up. "He’s everything that a TV comic would love to be; clever, fearless, constantly improving" - "...well-crafted from beginning to end" (Juice Comedy).
He was named Bedford Comedian of the Year 2013 (although isn't exactly happy about it), delighting crowds with tales of dead-end jobs, family, and sexuality.
Saturday 28 August
Joe Wells, Dan Jones & Paul Sinha I MC Dave Fensom
Next up on Saturday is Dan Jones, a comic who has been described as "a talented little bastard" (Glass Eye) and "Pithy, snarky & funny"(Chortle). His dry, monotone delivery can squeeze laughs from even the most challenging audiences, and he's a firm favourite at comedy awards too. Having been crowned the Amused Moose Breakthrough Comedian of the Year in 2019 and a finalist in countless other comic competitions, Jones is certainly is "One to watch" (Rod Gilbert).
The gently self-deprecating comic Paul Sinha makes a triumphant return to the stage with what critics are calling his best work yet. Despite sharing many intimate experiences with the audience he keeps a lighthearted tone throughout, with plenty of wholesome humour and some 'proper' jokes too. Labelled as "An utter treat" ★★★★★ (EdFestMag) & "Jam-packed with laughs ★★★★★ (One4Review), Paul Sinha could well be your highlight of the entire festival.
Sunday 29 August
Michael Fabbri, Louise Atkinson, Laura Lexx I MC Dave Fensom
Michael Fabbri has an affable and electric style of comedy, with material that ranges from the cerebral to the smutty. He "has crafted an exceptionally funny and intelligent show" ★★★★ (The Scotsman), sharing his unique worldview with undeniable charm, backed up with some truly hysterical anecdotes. Fabbri was The Chortle Award Nominee 2012 and best club comic finalist on Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny, and has since supported Micky Flannagan, Lucy Porter and Stephen K Amos on tour.
Despite being new to stand-up, Louise Atkinson has already made an impressive mark on the UK comedy scene. Less than a year after her first-ever open-mic performance, Louise Atkinson was touring hr very own show at The Edinburgh Fringe. She reached the final of the Amused Moose New Comedy Award soon after, praised for delivering funny detailed character-driven routines.
Known for her knock-out performances on Mock the Week, Roast Battle, and Live at the Apollo, Brighton's own Laura Lexx has been described as "one of the most delightful performers you're ever likely to see" (GQ). In 2016, she shut down a sexist heckler so brutally that the clip went viral, earning her national attention. Lexx won the comedians choice award at the 2019 Chortle Awards, and her recent tour was praised as 'a joy ... roars of laughter' by The Independent.