09 Feb Coming Up at Banana Cabaret

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 February :  Dave Fulton, Ben Norris, James Dowdswell & Ola

Sell out shows again last week, so please do book early for a weekend of outstanding comedy at Banana Cabaret (look out for our 20% off Tuesdays on Facebook & Twitter !)

Dave Fulton has a deceptively laid back stage manner that disguises a raw aggression. This is unmissable comedy from one of the most dynamic and innovative comedians on the comedy circuit. His mother would never have thought it possible from someone who holds a Masters in Music Composition.

You’ll have spotted Dave on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Steve Coogan’s Saxondale, the BBC series The Stand-up Show, and 5′s The Comedy Store series where he took the roof off the prestigious club with his highly inventive perspective on life. He’s also presented a feature for Newsnight on American culture.

“Whoever it was who decided that Americans don’t have any sense of irony, they forgot to tell Dave Fulton” – The Guide

Ben Norris

“a cast iron guaranteed headliner” – Londonisfunny.com “Killer gags” – The Scotsman

“truly a sight to behold” – Ed Byrne “A wonderful disgrace of a human being” – Daniel Kitson

Recently seen supporting Ed Byrne on his national tour Ben’s TV credits include “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”, “They Think It’s All Over” and “Mock The Week”.

Other interesting facts about Ben: he’s the cousin of actor Martin Freeman and also the father of triplets (2 girls and a boy)

“The term circuit legend is overused, but Norris is one of a handful that have been headlining for more than two decades and rarely departs a stage without leaving it torn to shreds in his wake. A master of the craft, this will be an hour of the most polished stand-up you are likely to see.”
GQ Magazine

James Dowdeswell

James is an imaginative storytelling comedian who combines deft stand-up with daft stories. He is a headline act at most top UK comedy clubs. His comedy has travelled as far as Shanghai, Dubai, Doha, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Australia and Singapore.

This year Dowdeswell has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4) and Olympics Greatest Moments (BBC). He also played The Count in Ricky Gervais’ Extras. He is currently filming in his own comedy show about wine called “James Dowdeswell – Black Belt In Wine.”


Just in his twenties, Ola has already appeared on Comedy Central, London Live, ITV4and MTV Base and written for BBCR4’s The Now ShowThe News Quiz and Nathan Caton’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing. He performs all over the UK and as far afield as the European Continent and Dubai. Young, driven and hugely talented, Ola is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor with natural originality and enviable stage presence.

Finalist in the FHM Search for A Stand Up Hero, broadcast on ITV4, Ola is renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour. As a core cast member and writer of the “Sniggers With Attitude” pilot, for London Live, Ola has displayed a talent for sketch comedy as well as stand-up comedy on The Comedy Store on Comedy Central.

Ola’s most recent special, “The Comedian and His Future Wife“, received 5-stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is now available on DVD and online download.




NUS Student Discounts – £5 Fridays,£7 Saturdays on the door
Doors 7.30pm – show starts 9pm, Bar & DJs ‘til 2am

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th Feb : Simon Evans, Andrew Maxwell,  Kerry Godliman, Larry Dean & Johnny Candon

It’s a blockbuster show this weekend, featuring an astonishing bill, all of whom are headliners in their own right.

Simon Evans

Hugely popular both in comedy clubs and on the after-dinner and corporate circuit, Evans excels in routines that are adult in the best sense of the word, prompting reviewers to describe him as demonically dry Dominic Maxwell, Metro and sublime William Cook, The Guardian.

Evans is well respected by his peers. He’s the writer of choice for Dara O Briain, Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Marcus Brigstocke and Lee Mack among others. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News QuizThe Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive. Evans has anchored and written seven series of the news satire The Way It Is. He’s also laboured bravely in the face of ultimately overwhelming opposition as part of the Comedians’ team on University Challenge – The Professionals.

As well as the usual comedy clubs and festivals, Evans has focused on making in-roads into the sports and fundraising after-dinner speaking circuit and corporate events. He performs regularly for organisations such as the Variety Club and the Lord’s Taverners and bookers such as JLA, David Trick and Roger de Courcey. His style of comedy, his ability to perform an entirely clean set without compromising on the laughs (but also to ‘strengthe’’ the language when appropriate, without descending into vulgarity) and his relative maturity and reference points have made him a great hit with audiences perhaps tired of hearing the same old jokes from some of the more mainstream comedians.

Notwithstanding the stand up comedy shows (too numerous to detail), a pre-comedy appearance on The Krypton Factor (1994), commercials for Strongbow cider and losing on University Challenge (2007), you could say Simon’s done quite a bit on TV and radio.

Andrew Maxwell

Renowned for his cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (2007 & 2011) and star of Sky’s JOHN BISHOP’S ONLY JOKING and BBC’s LIVE AT THE APOLLO, host of the BBC3 EDINBURGH COMEDY MARATHON & series regular on Sky’s WALL OF FAME, Andrew Maxwell is always a must-see for any comedy fan.

Always adept at making shrewd, balanced and very funny political observations, Maxwell was one of the first comics at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival to react to the riots in England and the Arab Spring and evolve his act accordingly to rave reviews and a nomination. He has just finished performing his exciting new 2012 Edinburgh show THAT’S THE SPIRIT at the Assembly Rooms George Square to sell out audiences. He followed this with a run at London’s Soho Theatre. He also performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (incl. a performance at the televised American Dream gala) just before he headed to Edinburgh in the summer.

This Autumn, Andrew filmed his first ONE NIGHT STAND for the Dave Channel (ably supported by Chris Ramsay and Benny Boot) which will air on Weds 12thDecember. He will also soon be seen on Sky Atlantic’s DON’T SIT IN THE FRONT ROW, which is hosted by Jack Dee, and MONUMENTAL, a new BBC NI series hosted by Adam Hills which will start airing in the New Year.

Later this year, Andrew will again be seen on Sky Atlantic in their new and exciting comedy series, Edinburgh smash hit SET LIST. He appears in one of the UK episodes and also performed at a special from Los Angeles which was hosted by Matt Kirshen. Other comedy talent involved in the series include Robin Williams, Roseanne, Drew Carey, Ross Noble, Hannibal Burress and Greg Proops and it will air from the Autumn.

In the next month, Andrew will also record appearances on Dave’s ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG’S BIG ASK and also Radio 4’s IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW

Andrew also appeared in Sky Atlantic’s first original comedy series, MORGAN SPURLOCK’S NEW BRITANNIA, alongside Shappi Khorsandi and Ruby Wax, which aired earlier this year. He had a four part Radio 4 series ANDREW MAXWELL’S PUBLIC ENEMIES commissioned in 2012 with producer Sam Bryant which will be recorded in 2013.

Last September, Andrew presented an authored documentary for BBC3, CONSPIRACY COACH TRIP: 9/11 (with Renegade Pictures) which aired around the 10 year anniversary of the events: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014gpjx. A new three part CONSPIRACY ROAD TRIP series began airing on BBC3 on Monday 1st October with the first episode focusing on the 7/7 Bombings and the second on Creationism. The third episode TX’s on Monday 15thOctober and the subject matter of  UFOs has already attracted some attention.

Andrew has appeared on recent series of BBC’s HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, ITV2’S CELEBRITY JUICE, the Dave Channel’s ARGUMENTAL, BBC2’s MOCK THE WEEK and R4’s THE NOW SHOW cementing his reputation as one of the country’s most sought after comedians.

Kerry Godliman

“A great comic who oozes personality”

“She may present herself as just one of the girls, but this young Londoner has clearly got the potential to really stand out”

Kerry Godliman, trained at the Rose Bruford College and has since combined careers as an actress and a stand-up, after making the final of the 2003 in Babycham Funny Women competition. She co-stars in the Ricky Gervaiscomedy Derek and was one of the stars of the 2005 Channel 4 sketch show Spoons.

Friday 17 February

Simon Evans
Kerry Godliman
Larry Dean
Johnny Candon


Saturday 18 February
Andrew Maxwell
Kerry Godliman
Larry Dean
Johnny Candon



NUS Student Discounts – £5 Fridays,£7 Saturdays on the door
Doors 7.30pm – show starts 9pm, Bar & DJs ‘til 2am
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