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thursday 16TH JUNE
show listings


The crypt

8pm Tony Law: Steppe Nomadic Horse Lord

Tony is a triple Chortle award winner and was a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012 nominee. As seen on Have I Got News For You, Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and more.

'One of the finest and funniest comics on the circuit... destined for comedy stardom' (Time Out)

'Form-busting and hugely enjoyable' (The Times)

'Clever and blithely zany' (The Daily Telegraph)

'To see Tony Law is to inhale deep breaths of comedy oxygen' (The Herald)

'An ever-changing, hard-to-contain, force of nature' (The Guardian)

'A fine celebration of the absurd, full of laughs like no other... a top-notch comic who marries a powerful delivery with some deceptively ingenious material' (Chortle).

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7:30pm Ivo Graham: Hyper Reality (Work in Progress) - Sold Out

More frenetic life updates from the critically acclaimed anecdotalist/prank victim. Previously nominated for ‘Best Show’ at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, and as seen/heard on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Fighting Talk, and Quickly Kevin: The Steffa Barnsa Tapes.

‘Has star in the making coming off him like steam’ ★★★★ - Telegraph

'A hugely enjoyable hour of stand-up comedy' ★★★★ - Times

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8:45pm Matt Stellingwerf: Criminologist

Join award-winning comedian, TEDx speaker and former criminologist Matt Stellingwerf as he talks all things criminal. From the science of crime to interviews with serial killers, this comedy-lecture will teach you more about the business of bad guys than all the true crime bollocks on Netflix!

A Hamilton-born and Wanganui-raised farmer's son, Matt trained as a criminologist. He is also an award-winning bar fly, a genuinely lovely guy, and a man full of contradictions. He expertly brings these contradictions to the stage, with his low-key style and confidence; finding the humour in topics as diverse as love, mental illness, sex, drugs, and a crazy interview he once conducted with a serial killer on Death Row…   

"Stellingwerf’s comedy is intelligent, clever and thoroughly researched...all the while being really likeable "

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7:30pm Ali Woods 

Woods is an exciting new stand-up comedian on the UK circuit, having won Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2020, and will be working on his debut stand-up comedy show. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, TalkRadio, TalkSport, and written on sketches for BBC Three. His online comedy sketches under the tag @aliwoodsgigs have gained millions of views and likes. “In a world of wannabes, Woods is the real deal.” (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)

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8:45pm Kate Barron

Award-winning Canadian comedian, Kate Barron is bringing you a preview of her debut stand up hour. She's the brutally honest, unfiltered voice in your head with an opinion on everything from death and dating to matching tattoos and therapy. "Blunt, Bold, Ballsy and Brilliant," Leicestershire Press. Toronto Comedy Brawl Winner, Brantford Comedy Festival Rising Star Winner, I Heart Jokes Award Breakout Comedian of the Year nominee. "A must-see comedian," Mark Breslin, CEO & Founder Yuk Yuks Comedy.

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10pm Sunil Patel: Faster Horses (Work in Progress)

 'If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses’ - Henry Ford. Mad that he went and invented the car isn't it? Imagine all the people thinking 'please Henry we just want a faster horse' and then he just turns up with an engine on a bed frame that goes 3mph. Anyway, I'm coming to Hastings with some faster horses - give the people what they want I say. ‘’A clearly gifted comedian with a comfy and approachable style, he is as self aware and structurally subversive as any of the Fringes great alternative comedians’’ Edfest Magazine

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7:30pm Adele Cliff

Adele Cliff brings her new show about the power of knowledge and the power in refusing it to the Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival. Adele is the reigning UK Pun Champion (2020) has featured in Dave’s Funniest Jokes of the Fringe four years running (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). She has also featured in best jokes lists in The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Irish Times, The i Newspaper and The Metro as well as being nominated for Leicestershire’s Favourite Joke in 2019. 
"Absolutely charming... a skilled performer with real presence and confidence" - The Scotsman
***** - The Student (Edinburgh)

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8:45pm Jake Lambert: Shimmy Shake (Work in Progress)

Jake Lambert (Tour support for Michael McIntyre, Romesh Ranganathan & Jack Dee) has a new ‘Solidly Entertaining’ (The Scotsman) show, and it’s called Shimmy Shake! The ‘Fringe Favourite’ (Broadway World) returns with another ‘Highly entertaining hour’ (One4Review) packed full of ‘Subtlety and wit throughout’ (LondonTheatre1), which 'Catalyses laughter that cannot be contained’ (EdFest) in his most honest show yet, that proves why he ‘Could easily be a tv star!’ (Beyond The Joke)

As seen on Comedy Central and ITV. Writer for Mock The Week, The Royal Variety Performance, Ranganation, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and The News Quiz.

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7:30pm Pope Lonergan: Bangin’ On

Pope Lonergan is a comedian, Quaker, (recovering) drug addict and creator of Popes Addiction Clinic and The Care Home Tour. 

In this show he'll talk about elderly care, opioids and accidentally breaking a woodlouses pregnancy sack.  In 2022 he has a book coming out. Its a funny memoir called Ill Die After Bingo (Penguin/Ebury). 
“Outrageous material, rambunctious delivery” ~ The Guardian “From fearless and funny to heart-stoppingly raw ****” ~ Evening Standard “The stories are awkward, humiliating, awful and hilarious, occasionally shocking but deeply compelling”

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8:45pm Josh Jones: Waste of Space (Work in Progress)

Debut show from BBC New Comedy Award finalist and one of the most refreshing and original comedic voices to emerge from the North-West in recent years. Fast becoming a TV regular Josh has recently made breakthrough appearances on 8 Out Of 10 Cats (E4), Reality News (E4), Undeniable (Comedy Central), Fast Food Face Off (BBC Three), CelebAbility (ITV2) and Jonathan Ross' Comedy Club (ITV). 

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10pm Will Preston: Reality is Overated

Reality is overrated. Why bother with work, relationships, and mental health concerns when escapism is king? Will Preston, self-confessed geek and gaming addict, explores his love of geek culture, as well as his normal life that he tries to escape from. Will he keep his face against the screen, or will he finally face reality? The debut solo show from London-based standup, Will Preston. An avid geek, Will has always tried to escape his reality by playing video games or being in a band. After surviving depression and a suicide attempt in 2015, he was drawn into the world of comedy. He has since been performing stand up all across the UK and the US. He is a regular at the top comedy clubs on the London scene. Will is also co host of the podcast Marvel Versus Marvel.

"Slick, surprising, and acutely aware" - Objectively Funny “Very funny geezer Guaranteed laughs!" - Lenny Sherman

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7:30pm Shelf

Shelf are a musical comedy double act. Sort of. One of them is tone deaf, so technically they're a musical single act and guest. In Hair, watch Shelf tell the story of one bizarrely life-changing haircut through acoustic Jams, slamming EDM, and jokes. Over 1 millions views on BBC Three; Musical Comedy Awards finalists, 2020; Funny Women finalists, 2020. Founders of The LOL Word. 'Clever and catchy' (Bruce Dessau). 'Cool and relevant' (Skinny). 'The talented twosome find belly laughs in heavyweight topics like mental health, sexuality and gender' (Diva Magazine).

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8:45pm Russell Arathoon: Treat Yourself

Russell’s Mum believes the whole pandemic is one huge elaborate excuse to get Bradley Walsh more airtime on British TV and Russell is just grateful to get time to catch up on the Jurassic Park franchise.

“Things would have have turned out very differently if only the track and trace contract would have been given to Moonpig”

An energetic hour of stand up from the Hastings New Comedian of the year and So you think I’m Funny finalist.                                    Book online to reserve seat for £5 plus small booking fee

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