Comedy Hotspot - Feb 2022

Comedy Hotspot - Feb 2022

Friday 25th February at 8.00pm

Tickets £14.00**

* Disabled seating available please call Box Office on 01205 363108

**Prices are inclusive of the 50p per seat Refurbishment Levy

Covid 19 Declaration - This show will be run subject to our guidance and restrictions. Please email Box Office if you have any questions.

Another fabulous line up for this our first Blackfriars Comedy Night of 2022. 

Tonights line up - Please note a change to our headline Act! 

ROGER MONKHOUSE

Roger Monkhouse is one of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. A highly original and quirky performer, Roger’s trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit.

Distinguished as a comic by his eloquence and keen eye for a fine phrase, Roger’s easy observational style is spiked by the signal flares of an accomplished gag writer. A supremely confident compere and seasoned corporate host, Roger is happy to improvise freely with a crowd and is at great ease bantering with an audience, but has no shortage of first class observational material in his armoury.

As one of the most sought after acts on the comedy circuit, Roger headlines at all the major comedy venues and has performed extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Internationally, most recently performing in Belgium, The Netherlands, South Africa, China, Singapore, Tokyo and the Middle East. He has also featured on major national tours of the UK sponsored by Hooch and J2O.

Recent television credits include ‘The Comedy Store’ and ‘The World Stands Up’, (both Paramount), ‘My God I’m My Dad’ (Bravo) and ‘Street Cred Sudoku’ (UKG2). He is one of the regular writers on Channel 4’s hugely popular comedy panel show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ – responsible for scripting up-to-theminute topical gags every week for the show which features Jimmy Carr alongside team captains Dave Spikey and Sean Lock. On the airwaves, he was recently a guest panellist on comedy panel show ‘Jest A Minute’ (BBC Radio Wales) as well as contributing to review show ‘Serious About Comedy’ (BBC7).

“unfailingly entertaining and skilfully able to pull punchlines, seemingly, out of thin air” – Chortle

“his laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind” – The Guardian

JULIAN DEANE

Julian Deane is a talented stand-up comedian and has been wowing audiences across the country with his genius punch lines and perfect delivery.

Julian has performed on The Russell Howard Hour (SKY) and supported Paul Chowdhry on his mammoth nationwide tour Live Innit, which included a sold out Wembley arena date.

His witty writing skills have also been put to use on Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave), Mock the Week (BBC 2), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2) and Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia (SKY Atlantic).

“Deliciously twisted. a stream of seriously good gags. quick, sharply written and endlessly repeatable lines.” (The Guardian)

“Assured and brilliant. Deane is a class apart. a master of hilarious twists and turns.” (Chortle)

SARAH CALLAGHAN

Sarah Callaghan is an award-winning comedian and writer.

The instant she steps on stage you know you’re in the presence of someone new and special ***** The Mirror

Armed with bags of attitude, she’s a refreshing working-class comedy voice…reminiscent of a young Kathy Burke **** The Herald

In 2014 she was named as ‘One to Watch’ by Time Out and in 2015 she took her critically-acclaimed debut hour show Elephant to the Edinburgh Fringe. Sarah was widely heralded as an exciting new comedic voice, a status cemented by her Malcolm Hardee Award nomination for ‘Act Most Likely To Earn A Million Quid’. She also appeared on E4’s Virtually Famous as a guest on Seann Walsh’s team. Elephant subsequently toured to the prestigious Soho Theatre for a run of shows in 2016, again to acclaim, and then on to the Perth and Sydney Comedy Festivals in Australia.

A powerhouse. She’s an utter natural on stage… radiates confidence **** Chortle

In 2016 Sarah wrote and performed sketches on @elevenish (ITV2) and returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with her eagerly-awaited follow-up, 24, followed by 'The Pigeon Dying Under the Bush' in 2017 and 'The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan' in 2018. Since then Sarah has performed all over Europe in places such as Brussels, Norway, Estonia, and Andorra to name a few. In 2018 she took 'The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan' to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival; along side her first stand up debut on TV in the same country. She continues to take the circuit by storm.

More recently she has been taking the spoken word circuit by storm, appearing most recently on Benjamin Zephaniah’s show on Sky TV

Fiercely impressive **** Scotsman

Magnificent performance. An absolute natural, Callaghan is definitely one to catch - Fest

Callaghan oozes confidence. This supremely talented comic is ready for the next step. **** Broadway Baby Awards

• Malcolm Hardee ‘Act Most Likely To Make A Million Quid’ 2015: Nominated

• Best Show, Brighton Fringe 2015: Nominated

•Up The Creek One to Watch 2013: Winner

• Leicester Square New Act Competition 2013: Finalist

• Funny Women 2011: Finalist

NEW ACT

GAVIN WEBSTER

Gavin Webster is on the rise. He’s been on the rise for eighteen years. After making his modest debut in a pub in Gateshead in February 1993 he’s done about three thousand gigs from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi, Manchester to Melbourne and Hartlepool to Hong Kong. Famed and respected by his peers for his uncompromising and unusual approach and distinctly original routines, he now boasts a large cult following round the country and particularly on his native Tyneside where he sells out theatres with his one man ninety minute shows. Hard edged routines, quick-fire pastiche pieces, moronic jokes and sardonic songs, his unique style has brought him this kind of praise and attention.

TV includes;

Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2) The Stand-up Show (BBC1), Does Doug Know (Channel 4) Take The Mike (ITV), The Regionnaires (Tyne Tees) The Eleven O Clock show (Channel 4), The Comedy Store, Comedy Blue (Paramount/Comedy Central), The World Stand Up Tour (Channel 9 Australia, Comedy Central USA)

2016 sees Gavin make his big screen debut in Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’

‘His daftness is little short of surreal genius’ The Stage  ‘Funny, clever and as brilliantly observed as you’ll find’ The Scotsman

‘Virtuoso and close to the bone stuff’ Sunday Sun    ‘Like a cross between Bill Hicks and Geoff off Byker Grove’  Ross Noble

 


 


Blackfriars Theatre is run predominately by volunteers. The full voluntary Refurbishment levy plus gift aid, if applicable, will create a special fund to help maintain and refurbish the towns precious traditional little Theatre. This fund will also allow us to seek 'match funding' opportunities to enhance your theatre experience.

Please note: Following the latest government announcement - Mask Wearing is now compulsory in Blackfriars Theatre. All productions will be managed in a Covid Secure way, more information on what that entails can be found on our Blackfriars Covid 19 Guidance page which can be found under the Booking Tab at the top of our website. Thank you for your support and understanding. We hope you enjoy the show and encourage others to help Keep Theatre Live in Boston.

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