Bottle Rocket Events
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Peterborough Key Theatre
Star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Lee Mack’s All Star Cast, Ch4’s Stand Up For the Week & Dave’s One Night Stand…
TOM STADE TOTALLY ROCKS!
Direct from his smash-hit run at the Edinburgh festival, join this “part devil, part dude” (Scotsman) as he shares his refreshingly laid-back and unconventional ethos on life; playfully leading audiences into a world where there are no boundaries, and anything goes.
Unmissable ***** – Edinburgh Evening News
Gloriously Funny ***** – Scotsman
Stand-up elite…genuinely funny – Chortle
Sublime, imaginiative, original & hilarious – Rhod Gilbert
The Y Leicester
It’s an object of shame and pride; it inspires laughter and fear; it’s a symbol of power, yet it’s incredibly fragile; it can be a pound of flesh or an ounce of winkles, it can be used to express both love and hate; it creates life, it can condemn us to death… and it can do wees as well.
How can one tiny flap of sponge and sinew be all these things?
Richard Herring intends to find out in this tenth anniversary update of the critically acclaimed show that exposes the truth about men and their flutes of love.
Sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe 2002 and Melbourne Comedy Festival 2003, translated and performed in over a dozen European countries, published as a book by Ebury press.
“Man’s answer to the Vagina Monologues” Guardian
“An impassioned and thoughtful disquisition on masculinity, cultural identity and sexual anthropology… but there are still loads of jokes about porridge guns.” Observer
“His Cock is as funny and fascinating for women as it is for men. I loved it. I only wished it could have been longer” The Scotsman
Peterborough Key Theatre
Simon Munnery, Ed Gamble & Anna Freyberg
Simon Munnery is a comedy main stay – for 20 years his maverick brand of comedy has excited audiences with his satirical, often political and almost always surreal comedy.
British Comedy Award Nominee, Sony Radio Award Winner, Perrier Award Nominee.
“A true original” The Scotsman. As recently seen on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC2) and heard on The News Quiz (Radio 4). “He’s nothing less than a genius” The Guardian.
With Ed Gamble, one half of cult comedy duo Peacock and Gamble who will entertain with his mischievous charm (as seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC3) and Anna Freyberg (Laughing Horse New Act Finalist)
Don’t miss Pete Firman, ‘the new poster-boy for British comedy magic’ (The Telegraph), as he returns to The Y with an all-new box of tricks. Fresh from BBC1’s ‘The Magicians’, with his own trademark blend of comedy and jaw-dropping magic, this is one act not to be missed!
“The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century.” – The Times
Support from Suzi Ruffell (“A real stand-up gem” The Guardian), fresh from supporting the likes of Micky Flanagan and Sean Lock on tour in the last year Danny McLoughlin’s stock is rising, Ivo Graham (So You Think You’re Funny Winner)
Nick Helm – One Man Mega Myth
Comedian and inspirationalist Nick Helm has overcome pain and suffering his entire life to become the greatest living example of not giving up the world has ever known.
This year he returns with a show so monumental it will change your DNA forever. Nick Helm will entertain you until it kills him. The burden is his. The pleasure is yours. ***** (Telegraph).
‘A dazzling hour’ **** (Evening Standard). ‘Invigorating, unpredictable and unreliable’ **** (Times). ‘A high-octane, brilliantly silly hour’ **** (Time Out). ‘It ain’t pretty but it is hilarious’ **** (Chortle.co.uk).
Daniel Simonsen – Stranger
Fresh from Russell Howard’s Good News, the Simon Amstell tour and the benefits office in Bethnal Green.
Norwegian comic and Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2012 presents a brand new show. ‘You knew he was funny before he even opened his mouth’ (Scotsman). ‘A talent to keep an eye on’ (Time Out).
Two Award Winning Shows from this years Leicester Comedy Festival (Best New Show and Best Show)
Romesh Ranganathan – Rom Com
Romesh Ranganathan is trying to make sense of the world, but cannot make sense of his own house. Here he presents his struggle in an acerbic hour of razor sharp comedy – blending social commentary with personal tribulations.
This show has already won Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Come and see the comic fast becoming one of the most exciting acts on the circuit. As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Chris Ramsey’s Edinburgh Fringe (BBC3) and winner of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013. ‘Extraordinarily hilarious’ (Three Weeks).
Brett Goldstein – Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature
Winner of the 2013 Dave Channel/ Leicester Comedy Festival award for Best New Show. Brett’s acclaimed new stand-up show takes on pornography, crying and how to survive a New York blackout, dignity intact.
Half jokes, half stories – all cop. Brett is also an actor and writer who co-starred in Ricky Gervais’ Derek (Channel 4) and Love Matters: 30 and Counting (Sky), and is the co-writer of Gittins (Channel 4).
“Sharply written, impeccably delivered, always charming … warm, wise stuff” (Telegraph). “Expertly told with charisma and skill (Chortle.co.uk).
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Tom Rosenthal (Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner, ITV2’s Plebs, his mirror) was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards. He has done televised comedy on a stage (Dave’s One Night Stand) and behind a table (8 out of 10 Cats).
He went to Bulgaria and changed a bit. Let him tell you about it whilst you drink. ‘Vibrant, intelligent and fantastically-arranged, crackles with energy and glows with originality’ (Spoonfed.co.uk).
Pat Cahill – Start
Start is the debut hour of mixed stupidity from Chortle Best Newcomer 2012 Pat Cahill. Once it starts you’ll get: gags, tunes, turns and bits, pausing occasionally to breathe/fart/wink. Once it stops, you can go.
‘This quirky performer has true star quality and bags of originality, mixing physical humour, gimmicks, wordplay and comedy songs. Imagine a cross between Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard and you might be getting somewhere, but nowhere close’ (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard).
Peterborough Key Theatre
Stand-up comedy that will show you what it’s really like on the beat!
Serving cop Alfie’s thrilling insight into life on the front line will alter your perspective on the boys in blue revealing what it’s like on the other side of the riot shield.
A charismatic and hilarious raconteur, this irrepressible story teller shows his everyman likeability revealing the mundane and the macabre about life on his beat. He’ll shock, enlighten, challenge and entertain.
As seen on ITV’s Show Me The Funny.
He’s a very funny man – Rhod Gilbert
Gloriously, life enhancingly funny stuff ★★★★ – The Scotsman
Brilliantly funny show about policing – David Mitchell
Carl Donnelly – Now That’s What I Carl Donnelly! Volume V
Join Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly (who you may have seen on such shows as Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and Dave’s One Night Stand) for a brand new hour of hilarious anecdotes and observations on the current state of affairs and his plans on how we should be dealing with it.
No gimmicks, just an hour of ‘Gripping, unmissable stand-up’ (Guardian). Come on down! ‘Impossibly effortless’ (Fest).
Carey Marx – Intensive Carey
I laughed at everything until I had a heart attack. Now I’m laughing at that. ‘A real joy’ ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). ‘Thoughtful, shocking, hilarious’ **** (Skinny). ‘A solid cascade of laughs’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A genuinely funny and interesting hour of comedy’ **** (Fest). Best International Show, New Zealand Comedy Festival 2009, 2011.
Peterborough Key Theatre
Gary Delaney: Work in Progress
Following on from his successful appearances on Mock The Week and Dave’s One Night Stand, Gary is working on a new show to take to the Edinburgh Festival. He will be testing a rough and ready bag of new born jokes.
A hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner – Chortle.
Runner-up in the 2009 Chortle Student Comedy Award and finalist in Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2008, Iain Stirling is a firm favourite on the UK comedy circuit and has been dubbed one of Scotland’s ‘hottest newcomers’.
Zoe Lyons – Pop Up Comic
A mixture of silliness, satire and caustic one liners from one of the UK’s favourite comedians. She won’t change the world but she will ask the big questions such as Dog Prams: why? As seen on the BBC’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand and The Wright Stuff.
“Achingly funny… A cracking show” – The Melbourne Age “Brilliantly acerbic…Her force of personality is enough to overpower anyone in the audience still labouring under the delusion that women aren’t funny” – The Guardian
Chris Stokes Tells It Like It Possibly Could Potentially Might Be
Brand new show from Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show winner 2012. Honesty is a virtue and widely perceived to be the best policy.
So why do so many people seem to use it as an excuse to be rude? Tired of being told it like it is? Chris (Dave’s One Night Stand, Radio 4) tells you how it possibly could potentially might be, he thinks. ‘Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet’ **** (List). ‘Terrific’ **** (Skinny). ‘Hilarious’ (Scotsman).
Peterborough Key Theatre
Join Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly (as seen on Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, and Stand Up for the Week) as he hones his next Edinburgh show.
Spend an hour with the man described in such terms as ‘gripping, unmissable stand-up’ (Guardian) and ‘Impossibly effortless’ (Fest).
‘This degree of innate comic talent is a rare and beautiful thing’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Why wouldn’t you book a ticket?
Phil is an energetic and exciting performer with an unquenchable thirst to break boundaries and innovate with his work. With a surreal edge to some of his mischievous rantings, Nichol always brings something new to the stage whilst his keen sense of fun and eye for the shocking and absurd has cemented his position as one of the best comedians on the circuit today.
As seen on The Alternative Comedy Experience and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Always worth seeing – Fest Magazine
Nichol is absolutely born to perform, and the show is brilliant **** The Skinny
Glenn Wool – This Road Has Tolls
“Effortlessly funny with an affability other comics can only dream of. You have to go and see Glenn Wool” The Guardian
Another year, another lap around the world for this tetherless vagabond. When people ask me what it’s like, living a life on the road, I tell them, it’s a wonderful way to spend your mid-20s, while my driver’s license ruefully reminds me that I’m in my late 30s. I don’t regret my decisions but I will say that even Google Maps will warn you, when you type my average year’s travel into their engine, that This Road has Tolls.
“One of the best hours of comedy I have ever seen” ***** (Scotsman).
Plus a Special Guest to be announced.
Doors Open: 7.30pm