All shows on the Attic stage are free entry with a queuing system to get in. Whilst the shows are free entry, we do hope you will support the brilliant comedians by donating some cash to their bucket at the end of their show if you can afford to.
12.00pm: Ross Smith – “Crying/Shame
Crying/Shame is the eagerly anticipated sophomore hour from new talent Ross Smith. ‘One of my favourite new acts‘- Joel Dommett, ‘Hilarious and original – unlike this quote‘- Nish Kumar, ‘Laugh out loud gags cleverly set up, go and see Ross Smith‘- Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
1.15pm: Joe Wells – “Doesn’t Want To Do Political Comedy Anymore”
The news is too horrible to joke about, so Joe’s looking for a new shtick. Support for Frankie Boyle, Stephen K Amos, and Alexi Sayle. Writer for BBC1’s “Have I Got News For You”. as seen on BBC3’s “Quickies”. “Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming form any comedian.” (Guardian)
2.30pm: Rob Kemp – “Moonraker 2 : Moonrakerer”
I never remember my dreams, but I do often have silly ideas during that thin veil between sleep and awake, where your mind wanders unimpeded and undirected. This is a collection of those ideas. Some will be funny, and some won’t make sense. There will almost certainly be some stuff on René Magritte, and a song about the Icelandic Phallological Society. Nobody will learn anything (except maybe a few synonyms for penis). Rob Kemp is the multi-award-winning, Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer Nominated creator of The Elvis Dead. This is not that. This is a new thing.
3.45pm: Konstantin Kisin – “Orwell That Ends Well”
Konstantin Kisin, who made international headlines by refusing to sign a ‘safe space’ contract for a university gig, offers an intelligent, uncompromising look at free speech and ‘wokeness’ in his debut show. Full of strong gags, tales of rags-to-riches-back-to-rags (as the son of a former oligarch) and razor-sharp observations about the world, Kisin’s comedy walks the line between offense and humour as he tears into the sacred myths of modern society.
Directed by Jonathan Pie co-writer Andrew Doyle, the show is guaranteed to entertain and ruffle feathers in equal measure.
5.00pm: Steve Bugeja – “Single Mum”
Steve helped his single mum find her Prince Charming all while learning his times tables. (He was seven). The host of Radio 4’s Economics with Subtitles returns following four critically-acclaimed shows. As seen on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One), The Zoe Ball Show (ITV1), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Love Island Aftersun (ITV2) and Comedy Up Late (ABC TV) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. ‘Steve’s a charming, likeable stand-up with a set packed with gags’ (Sunday Post). ‘An eye for comic detail that’s all his own’ (Guardian). ‘Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling’ (Scotsman).
6.15pm: Josh Pugh – “Maybe the Real Comedy Awards are the Friends We Made Along the Way”
An hour of comedy and truth from English Comedian of the Year winner Josh Pugh. “Wonderfully off-kilter” The List. In this hour of stand-up Josh dispels rumours that you might have heard about him online (genuinely didn’t know he was a police officer) and talks about his dreams for the future. A show about first impressions and how things aren’t always as they seem. “Flashes of genius” – Ticketmaster. “An almost certain future star” Chortle. “Pugh proves that semi surrealism is alive and well.” The List. Edfest **** “Wonderfully off-kilter” The List. English Comedian of the Year winner Josh Pugh brings an hour of comedy and dispels any rumours you may have heard about him online (genuinely didn’t know he was a police officer).
7.30pm: Charmian Hughes – “What-Not”
Charmian self-identifies as a what-not, the word for people who don’t have a word. Also as an extremely funny comedian to packed houses. Don’t disappoint her! ‘Captivating, irresistible‘ (Scotsman). ‘A class above other stand-ups, great entertainer not to be missed‘ (Dominion Post, New Zealand). ‘Best gags of the night’ (Independent). ‘Charming ribaldry’ (Guardian). ‘I love Charmian Hughes‘ (Bridget Christie). Glastonbury Festival emcee, BBC Radio 4 Pick Of The Week.
8.45pm: Marlon Davis – “Emotional Black Male”
As seen on Live at the Apollo and Comedy Central’s Comedy Store Live, Marlon Davis returns with a hilarious brand-new show! ‘Bursts on to the stage like a breath of fresh air, with impish grin, boyish enthusiasm and an effortlessly open, confident style‘ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity‘ (Scotsman). **** (ThreeWeeks). **** (BroadwayBaby.com).
10.00pm: Phil Reid, Stephen Owen & Stu Turner – “Cabaret Hour”
Comedy impressionist Stephen Owen, comedian and ventriloquist Phil Reid and comedy magician Stu Turner come together for a fabulous hour of entertainment. Steve’s mimicry hilariously covers the world of sport and entertainment. Phil is a warm and vibrant comedian with a natural storytelling ability. Stu’s magic is silly, surreal and highly entertaining. This three man variety show combines stand-up comedy, hilarious magic, ventriloquism and impressions. The trio work around the country in comedy clubs, cabaret and theatre and can’t wait to bring their hour of silliness and fun to Stand-Up Fest 2019