Come and experience Crawley's best and most convenient comedy night. We have some of the best up and coming comics from Britains comedy circuit!

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Papa CJ

Papa CJ’s cutting edge wit & social commentary represents the rising voice of a billion people - fresh and entertaining with a sly sting in the tail. Rumoured to be a direct descendent of the Maharaja of Merebaapkaraj (pronounced Mere-baap-ka-raj) in India, Papa CJ has earned 'street-cred' by repeatedly storming comedy clubs across the globe. He represented India in the audition for Last Comic Standing (Series 6) on NBC.

This star of Paramount Comedy's The World Stands Up has performed in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa...where he headlined the Indian Comedy Festival to rave reviews in 2007. On his ‘home’ circuit in the UK, he has conquered milestone after milestone at an astonishing pace and works in the best comedy clubs in the country. Having tamed intimidating audiences at the Comedy Store in London and successfully closed a rowdy, full-house Late 'n' Live on the final weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe, one reviewer described him as "possessing the energy and attitude of an Indian Chris Rock".

 

 

Gerry Kyie

 

Catie Wilkins

 

Prince Abdi

 

Thu 29 May, 8.30PM - the best in london stand up

Headliner:

Tom Wrigglesworth is a softly endearing comic, defined by some stylish one-liners and an easy ability to riff with the audience.

His persona lies somewhere between Daniel Kitson and John Shuttleworth; sharing the accent of the former and the benign, modest aspirations of the latter. He has a strong self-deprecating streak, and his material is drawn from everyday domesticity.

Yet this cosy persona also comes with a keen eye for the absurd that yields a stack of inventive, original observations that provide a rock-solid foundation for his set.

The whimsical, folksy songs he also performs don’t share the gag rate of his stand-up, but they are delightfully charming in their own right

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Middle Acts:

Christina Martin (click here to view profile)

Tienan (click here to view profile)

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Tom Wrigglesworth

NOMINEE - CHORTLE ‘BEST NEWCOMER’ 2004
WINNER - CHANNEL 4'S ‘SO YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY?’ 2003

Charismatic wordsmith Tom Wrigglesworth began his ascent up the comedy ladder in 2002 and has steadily earned a reputation as a promising and dynamic newcomer on the British comedy circuit.

In 2003, he scooped first prize in Channel 4’s prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition; an award previously won by stand up luminaries including Dylan Moran, Peter Kay, Rhona Cameron and Tommy Tiernan. A year later, industry attention turned to Tom once again when he was nominated for Chortle ‘Best Newcomer’ – earning him recognition from the most comprehensive, critical and up-to-date guide to comedy in Britain. He threatened to go professional if things continued to go well and in 2005 he took the plunge and left the day job.

Since then, the lanky Yorkshireman has continued to take the UK circuit by storm, wooing audiences far and wide with his inspired, distinctive style and assured delivery. An articulate and natural raconteur, he possesses an innate ability to riff with an audience like they are old friends. With a winning combination of an impossibly likeable persona and a catalogue of first class material, his set is littered with stylish one-liners and twisted tales which reveal an inherently dark humour.

Tom made his debut at the Edinburgh festival in 2006, performing at the Gilded Balloon in a double headline show with Tom Allen, entitled ‘Allen and Wrigglesworth’. He also compered the prestigious ‘Big Value show’ at the Café Royal the same year – truly cementing his status as a formidable and accomplished MC. In 2007 he returned to the Edinburgh festival and performed to sell-out audiences in ‘AAA Stand Up’ at the Pleasance Courtyard. He is now busy developing his eagerly awaited full length solo show for next year’s festival.

2007 has held many exciting new ventures for Tom in television, music and radio. He made his TV debut on Paramount Comedy’s The World Stand’s Up earlier this year. On the airwaves, he’s been a panellist on BBC Radio Wales comedy show Jest a Minute, and has performed on BBC Radio 2’s Out To Lunch and Channel 4 Radio’s The Tube. He has also been a regular sidekick on BBC Radio Wales weekend flagship show The Rhod Gilbert Show and during the last football season, he was a regular contributer to Fanbanta.com; travelling the length and breadth of the country reporting on all things football related for their website and podcasts.

Tom is now in great demand as a live act, working for The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Off the Kerb, The Comedy Café, Up the Creek, Banana Cabaret and all the major comedy clubs around the UK. A master of spontaneity, he is ideally suited as a compere and equally comfortable performing full sets. He has recently been invited to join both Rhod Gilbert and Justin Moorhouse as a special guest on their national tours.

As one of the brightest and most promising newcomers on the scene, Tom Wrigglesworth is widely regarded as a name to watch out for.

"Down-to-earth Sheffield bloke Tom Wrigglesworth is a fine stand-up who excels in seeing the funny side of everyday life. Throw in some folksy original tunes and it makes for an utterly endearing act." Metro

‘The ultimate crowd pleaser' Guardian

“His persona lies somewhere between Daniel Kitson and John Shuttleworth; sharing the accent of the former and the benign, modest aspirations of the latter. He has a strong self-deprecating streak, and his material is drawn from everyday domesticity.” www.chortle.co.uk

‘Destined for the dizzy heights’ NME

‘Laugh out loud’ National Student Magazine

‘The saving grace of the show is the final act, Tom Wrigglesworth who engages the audience with his zany comedy and his uncanny resemblance to Postman Pat. His set alone makes the show worthwhile’
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

‘Boundless in his energy...got the audience with him at once.
His material is wide and varied...definitely one for the future.’
4 Star - One 4 Review

‘Excellent set’
Independent

'With such an impressive stage presence, and equally impressive writing, Wrigglesworth's is a name to keep an eye on'
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Christina Martin

In her first year of performing stand-up comedy Christina placed third in both the Reading Comedy Festival Open Mic Competition 2005 and the Funny Women Awards 2006.

Christina has performed at venues such as the Comedy Cavern, the Comedy Café, the Hyena in Newcastle, the Free Beer Show, Josie Long's Sunday Night Adventure Club, the Red Rose, Too 2 Much, The Underbelly, The Assembly Rooms, the Tattershall Castle and the London Comedy Store, where she performed in the Funny Women Awards final and successfully beat the gong at the King Gong show.

She has also performed at Madame Jojo's for the launch of the Comedybox live nights. Comedybox is a website designed by John Lloyd (Blackadder, QI, Spitting Image) in collaboration with Warner Music.

She has performed a set on the BBC7 radio show 'Festival Atmosphere: Brighton 2006' and has appeared on Radio 4's '28 Acts in 28 Minutes'

She was due to do a set for 'The World Stands Up' on the Paramount Comedy channel, but after running her jokes past its lawyers, the show's producers felt that she might offend Christians. She likes this better than actually getting on the show.

It ended up being a blessing in disguise. She was approached by New Humanist magazine to write an article about this experience. This led to her performing at the National Secular Society Secularist of the Year Awards 2007. In previous years the comedy was provided by Stewart Lee and Nick Doody.

She has hosted the Worst Lobbying Awards 2007 in Brussels and has been invited back for 2008.

Further to her participation in the Comedy Idol competition 2005, where she made it down to the final 20 contestants, Jimmy Carr said the following about Christina: "Good comedy mind...intelligent delivery...really charming...give up the day job"

Other quotes:

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society: "Christina kindly provided entertainment at the Secularist of the Year event...Given that the winner was an Iranian woman who had suffered greatly...it might have been a bit downbeat. Christina's very funny and very appropriate set raised the mood considerably and turned it into a real party...one laugh after another as she laid into religion in her inimitable way. She's a comic with a big future."

Claire Pollard, organiser of Ladyfest 2008: “It's always so nice to see a comic who has no special quirks, no affected or generic comedy mannerisms and really intelligent, funny material. I would book her again in a shot (in fact I’m thinking of running a regular night just so I CAN book her again)”

BBC Tyne: "Petite, cute and deeply offensive! How can such profanity, blasphemy and down right badness come from of such a lovely lass? She makes Christina Aguilera look like Angelina Ballerina. As part of her intelligent, bold and funny act, Christina takes a wry swipe at organised religion. Duck for cover - this lady has teeth"

www.chortle.co.uk: "Christina Martin has unashamedly borrowed Stewart Lee's entire persona, from the long, deliberate pauses mid-sentence to the delicately judged sarcasm and obsession with the idiotic doctrines of organised religion. So heavy is the debt of inspiration, that you can almost hear her best Pope-deriding material coming from the sneery mouth of Lee himself. And I mean that as a compliment - there are a lot worse people to try to emulate, and she does so with conviction and intelligence."

www.insidecomedy.co.uk: "Christina is already a familiar face on the stand-up circuit and the quality of the material she performed at the semi-final is confirmation of why comedy clubs routinely book her to appear at their venues...Christina's set was intelligent, bold and funny. She dealt with the subject of organised religion with originality. She is an exciting act and one to watch."

Aside from the stand-up Christina also writes comedy.

Her spoof Christian character Noel Hurley and his amazon.com reviews have won her a small following in the USA.

She has been a regular feature writer for Viz Comic since April 2006 and is the first female writer in the comic's history. She was interviewed on BBC Radio Tyne's breakfast show about this.

In 2006 she was a guest speaker at Pecha Kucha in Newcastle on behalf of the comic's editors. Pecha Kucha is an international event described as "a fast paced evening of fun, drinks and a collection of inspirational images and stories by some of the most influential people in the creative industries"

She has also provided a contribution on the experience of being a female comic for a book called 'Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued' by Susan O'Doherty and for a magazine article by Sarah-Louise Young for the women's magazine 'Scarlet'

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Tienan

Tiernan Douieb started life in a hospital on Jan 9th 1981. The hospital has since been closed and is now a home for the mentally ill. He accepts no responsibility for this. Several grueling years later, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy after having cheated by taking a stand-up course at The University of Kent, taught by Oliver Double. Tiernan took to the London and UK scene in June 2003 and started gigging regularly. With his stupidly unpronounceable name, Tiernan now regularly does 20-30 minute sets and MCing for various promoters and clubs all over the UK. Tiernan runs ’Fat Tuesday’ at the Salmon and Compass in Islington. They have had acts such as Russell Brand, Simon Amstell, Frank Skinner, Stephen Merchant and Stewart Lee and it is constantly a good night with much silliness and sometimes free popcorn. Tiernan can be seen in the new Carslberg advert and has just returned from taking his sketch show with Lauren Shearing, ’Tea and Cake’ to the Underbelly in Edinburgh. The show received great reviews and packed audiences for the whole of August. Tiernan’s comedy is much like him, quick, lively, odd and beardy. General topics include dancing bears, Lionel Richie, breakdancing, glowing pigs and the Samaritans.

Thu 3rd July

Opening

Matt Reed

 'Mental as anything and funny as f**k.' -Shaun Ryder, Daily Sport
 
Sunderland born crowd pleaser Matt Reed is one half of acclaimed musical duo Matt & Faron, between him & his double act they've been finalists in competitions for FHM, Leicester Mercury & The Telegraph

Middle

Carl Donnelly

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Headliner

Marty Mcclean

 

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