Thursday 12th August
Will Duggan, Cally Beaton and James Ellis.
Will Duggan has been performing comedy since 2009 and has established himself as circuit regular at comedy clubs around the country. He intertwines stories and gags with a cheerfully cynical view of the world.
While working for Comedy Central, on the road with Joan Rivers, Cally Beaton was nudged into performance. Acting as an unofficial warm-up for Ms. Rivers, it was she who told Cally she had what it took to be a stand-up. With her unflinching, acerbic and intelligent brand of comedy, Cally is a regular panellist on BBC’s QI.
James Ellis was born and bred in Crawley. Yet somehow, he manages to remain upbeat. Writer for the Double Chortle Award winning night “GOAT Comedy”, and BBC’s “Newsjack” – he is being marked out as one to watch.
Friday 13th August
Jen Ives, Esther Manito and Will Robbins.
Jen Ives has been doing stand up comedy around London & the South Coast for 3.5 years, and in that short time has reached the finals in the Funny Women Awards 2019, and has been nominated for the Leicester Mercury Awards 2019. Jen is known for her often sideways look at what it means to be a trans woman today, as well as mischievous takes on her family, gay rights, self image & whatever else is on her mind.
Esther Manito is a Lebanese-Essex comedian who fell into comedy by accident. She was on maternity leave with her second baby when she enrolled in comedy school. Ever since, she has supported many household names including Jason Mansford, Shappi Korsandi, Al Murray, Jo Brand, Sindu Vee and Alan Davies as well as being the first female comedian to perform at Dubai Opera House.
Will Robbins is a researcher for the BBC's Would I Lie To You? and a know-it-all wise cracker. He is a master of slick delivery, old-school jauntiness, and exercises excellent comic timing.
Saturday 14th August
Seann Walsh, Maisie Adam and Celya Ab.
Seann Walsh started performing comedy in 2007. His subsequent plaudits include winning the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and being nominated for Chortle Best Breakthrough Act in 2010 and Chortle Best Compere in 2011. Seann Walsh's numerous television appearances include Live at the Apollo, Virtually Famous, 8 out of 10 Cats, and Mock The Week.
Maisie Adam's anecdotal material and witty charm have quickly won her praise up and down the country and she has since appeared on Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You, QI, Roast Battle, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Hypothetical and The Stand-Up Sketch Show. She also hosts the podcast 'That's A First' alongside fellow comedian Tom Lucy.
Celya Ab is the most unique emerging talent on the UK circuit. Originally from Paris, France and of French – Algerian origins. Celya is now residing in the sunny city of Birmingham and has been making a huge impression on the UK comedy scene despite only starting her comedy career in 2017. Able to perform in French & English, Celya’s sharp writing brings a unique look into life as a EU expat living in post-Brexit Britain.