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BANANA CABARET BALHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL
BEST OF BANANA CABARET – Saturday, 8th July
BEST OF BANANA CABARET
PICTURED: Chin Wang
PAUL TONKINSON A sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, multi-award-winner and marathon runner, Paul Tonkinson has long upheld his esteemed reputation as one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. With a unique and distinctive style, Paul is noted for his effervescent physicality and skilful impressions, bringing alive exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of 21st century living. A plethora of first class material, combined with tremendous charm and irrepressible, infectious energy make for a formidable talent in huge demand in the UK and the world over. As Michael McIntyre’s special guest on UK and world tour, Paul has played to millions across the globe. He’s also a regular entertainer for the UK’s Armed Forces.
“Excellent, extremely talented, brilliant.” – TIME OUT
DAN ANTOPOLSKI Dan Antopolski is one of the funniest and hard-working comedians out there. He’s articulate, self-assured and versatile, with an ironic self-awareness. And he is utterly charming. He takes both old-fashioned comedy and the surreal to the next, unexpected level. He says, he is doing standup for love, and of course for money. He is often good at it due to material, performance, face and finally limbs which express sorrow while he smiles. These are both real and the effect is really something. As always he is pitting fear against inertia by believing he will do an Edinburgh show in 2023 and so far this is creating NEW STUFF in the familiar way. He likes the new stuff, it is different from the old stuff except if you’re not him in which case he guesses it is the same. Such is art.
“Spectacular displays of verbal pyrotechnics … confident, splendidly silly and sometimes dazzling.” – THE OBSERVER
RUSSELL HICKS A UK based American, Russell Hicks quickly established himself as a major player. Anarchic, unbridled, unfiltered and provocative, a risk-taking comic whirlwind, he captivates audiences with razor-sharp wit, acute observations and slick take-downs. From the moment he steps on stage, crowds are hooked by his infectious and apologetic style. Russell is a unique and thoroughly exciting performer, with a formidable gift for improvisation which is the envy of many a professional colleague. Nobody works an audience like Russell, it’s a one of a kind comedy experience. And he still can’t believe he gets to make people laugh for a living, travel the world, and most importantly, not wake up early on Monday mornings.
“That was f*!*king awesome! Who put me on after him?!” – David GOWER (former England Cricket captain, after being asked to speak after a set from Russell)
CHIN WANG Funny, charming and hilariously honest, Chin Wang is fast becoming one of the most exciting new acts to see. Bringing her infectiously funny energy to the stage, Chin is an up-and-coming comedian grabbing the attention of the UK comedy scene. A UK resident, she grew up in China, and gigs all over the country at all the major comedy clubs. She has reached the finals of a number of prestigious competitions, and garnered two wins to date. She also has an impressive virtual presence, performing and live-streaming online to a worldwide audience. Founder and co-director of Hurrah Comedy, the first Chinese comedy club in the UK, Chin Wang is most definitely one-to-watch.
“Chin Wang’s infinitely likeable stage persona and belting gags have seen her ripping up live gigs!” – THE COMEDY STORE
JOHN MOLONEY – compere & co-producer
Industry legend and esteemed co-producer of the Balham Comedy Festival, John Moloney has been a professional comedian for more years than he’d care to mention. John epitomises dry, dispassionate delivery and is master of the droll one-liner. He entertains audiences across the globe with his crafted, intelligent and original standup. Twice winner of the Best Live Performer award at the London Comedy Festival, John is one of Britain’s most in-demand comedians and also highly sought-after on the corporate circuit.
“It is good to know that there is still room for a stand-up comedian as gifted and unpretentious as John Moloney.” – THE TIMES
TICKETS: £18 plus booking fee
Banana Cabaret is delighted to bring you our 11th critically acclaimed Balham Comedy Festival from Friday 7th – Saturday 15th July.
It’s 9 nights of choice standup comedy – celebrity and household name acts, rising stars and comedians’ comedians, first-timers and festival favourites, solo shows and special guest appearance – there are shows to satisfy every comic taste, all wrapped cosily in the round at our beautiful venue.
There are two acts on each of the solo show dates. The rip-roaring Best of Banana Cabaret shows each feature four superb comedians plus compere, and a special guest will join the bill to make six comics in total on closing night.
Balham Comedy Festival 2023 spans nine nights and features an amazing twenty-eight comedians, performing in our home of almost 40 years, the Bedford’s iconic round Club Room where Banana Cabaret has hosted the likes of Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall, Sara Pascoe and Joe Lycett.
The festival is presented by Banana Cabaret – one of London’s longest-running premier comedy clubs – loved by comics and audiences alike and always one of the best lineups in town – and is co-produced by Banana Cabaret’s Dave Vickers and award-winning comedian John Moloney.
BEST OF BANANA CABARET – Doors: 6.30pm / Show: 9pm – 11pm. Guests to be seated by 8.00pm. Food orders until 7.30pm. Standing tickets available online when seated tickets are sold out, and from 6.30pm at the ticket desk. Bars and DJs until 2am.
*Acts subject to change
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