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The uproariously funny comedian is best known as the host of BBC3's Live at The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now!
An interactive exploration of how the finance industry delivers slim pickings and creates fat cats with financial expert Pitt-Watson and his willing stooge, comedian Brigstocke. The finance industry is often viewed with suspicion: complicated, greedy, and institutionally corrupt. But its origins were often inspired by social reformers because its purposes are so fundamental to individual and communal prosperity. They will discuss the expensive (but useless) things the finance industry does, and some of the (useful and) practical things it should do, but doesn’t. Reform is difficult, because the flaws in the industry are hard-wired into the way we think about economics, but they'll have it licked within the hour.
Hardy is in his fourth decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 33 years to go. The tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. “In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material” - Guardian.
Following her critically acclaimed 2016, 103-date sell-out international tour, ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It', Shazia Mirza brings you her brand new stand-up show.
"After starving to death on a desert Island, I've changed my mind about a few things. I knew nothing about men before, I know an awful lot now. Men versus women, survival, and is anyone really an atheist in the middle of a tsunami? Oh, and the answers to everything are in The Periodic Table. A show about lies and truth- or is that the same thing? Nudity and the Periodic Table", these things hold the key to the future. How much do you wear? What do you look like, and will they let you in? Whatever happens, don't you dare wear more than dental floss on a French beach.
Following two critically acclaimed West End runs, the comedian brings his Olivier-nominated one-man show to Hay. This is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!
Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is 50, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her but won’t talk to her and ailing parents who aren’t coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn’t even allowed to eat because of the calories. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It is just as funny and wise, and unputdownable.
Viral sensation Rachel Parris, star of BBC’s The Mash Report, presents a comedy show packed with stand-up, song, sketch and, inevitably, a sideways swipe at society. “Tears of laughter... endearingly frank and funny.” – The Guardian.
In her first collection of new poetry since 2011's acclaimed Family Values, the captivating and brilliant poet celebrates 'the half-forgotten stories of our lives’ with compassion, wisdom and wit. In several of the poems she reimagines Shakespeare in unorthodox fashion; in others, she offers heartfelt tributes to friends and to public figures including Eric Morecambe and John Cage.
Four of the best improvisers in the country come together to play with ideas coming from the audience. Tonight will be a brilliant, one-off, never-to-be-repeated, dazzling, hilarious, silly, exciting, dangerous, innovative show featuring real fire (candles). And there will be cake. Actual cake.
A little light ridicule to start the day, as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy today. The home team are joined by guest star Rachel Parris of The Mash Report.
Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robot Wars and Go 8 Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018. “His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up” - The Guardian. “If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man” - The Times.
A little light ridicule to start the day, as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy today.
A conversation with the great storyteller and comic novelist, author of Rivals, Riders, and most recently, Mount!
A Book Club like no other, as our favourite literary vaudevillians read about monsters and Europe and things that go bump in the mind. Crace writes the satirical Digested Reads for the Guardian. Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL and the go-to senior Eng-Lit Super-Don.
James Acaster is hilarious and brilliant. Here is his show blurb for the programme: “James Acaster reflects on the best year of his life and the worst year of his life and does stand-up comedy about them while throwing a strop. Last year he did a book tour and was reading from his book and while the blurb said very clearly that it was a book reading, absolutely zero members of the audience knew it was a book reading and turned up expecting stand up. So, having learnt that no one reads these blurbs you’ll excuse me if I don't put 100% effort into this one. I will, however, put maximum effort into the show, which is a stand-up show although I imagine the audience will be expecting a book reading. And yes, I’ve given up pretending it’s not me writing this blurb.” Definitely expect stand-up. Great.
Join the star of Radio 4’s Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue for an extremely silly evening of interactive fun as we play a special Hay version of Tony’s Game Show Trust The Bucket. It’s laugh-a-minute stuff as The Generation Game meets Vic and Bob meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? Someone in the audience will walk away with a fabulous prize at the end of the evening – something that used to belong to someone else in the audience, and which they are delighted to get rid of. “The sort of bonkers nonsense that one expects from Tony. I loved it. An utterly daft experience.” – Miles Jupp. “Probably the silliest evening I’ve ever been involved in…and the most fun.’ – Jo Brand. #justincaseyoufeelitsallabitseriousthisyear #balance
Following their sell-out UK tour and smash-hit Hay gigs last year, the outrageous and hilarious Scummy Mummies are back with a brand-new comedy show. New songs, new sketches, new catsuits, And even some new jokes! Join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA. Bring your friends and make it a mums’ (or dads’!) night out! Based on the hit Scummy Mummies podcast and book.
The Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson employs his trademark draughtsmanship and wit to this lively graphic novel adaptation of Marx and Engels’ revolutionary pamphlet. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, at a time of deep mistrust in The Establishment, The Communist Manifesto is both a timely reminder of the politics of hope and a thought-provoking guide to the most influential work of political theory ever published. He introduces his pictures and talks with the comedian Phill Jupitus.
A funny, frank conversation about embracing both feminism and our imperfections with the host of the hit comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist (22 million downloads). From confidence to the secret power of rom-coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Nat and Yassmin explore what it means to be a 21st century woman, and encourages us to make the world better for all women. guiltyfeminist.com
Brexit. Trump. Nuclear apocalypse. Environmental catastrophe. Is rolling news affecting your ability to enjoy the simple things? Like baking, gardening and autoerotic asphyxiation?
Then this new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you. Join Bridget (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair. Winner of Rose D’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award.