Alun Cochrane, Markus Birdman, Percy Savage and MC Danny McLoughlin at Darwen Comedy Club! Scroll down for comedians’ details and booking.
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One of Britain’s funniest and most original comics, Alun Cochrane has appeared on everything from Have I Got News For You to 8 Out Of 10 Cats to Frank Skinner’s Radio show. A regular at all the big comedy clubs and festivals, Alun is currently touring with his new show ‘Stuff And Nonsense‘
“Big belly laughs” The Guardian “Master storyteller” Metro
Markus Birdman’s dad is a real life vicar and his uncle is a bishop. Neither of these facts have any bearing on his comedy whatsoever but we have been booking him for years and he smashes it every single time. And, yes, he is the guy from BGT.
“Made me laugh so hard it hurt” BBC “Consummate comic” The Stage
If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Alexander’s Comedy Club in Chester (Britain’s longest running provincial comedy club, we are told) then, the chances are, you have had the pleasure of seeing it’s resident compere; Danny Mcloughlin. As well as Alexander’s he regularly performs at The Comedy Store, The Glee and Manford clubs, various music festivals and been regular MC for the coveted Edinburgh Comedy Awards Gala. Both Micky Flanagan and Sean Lock have asked him to support them on tour, so he did!
His Damn Daniel podcast has won him a new legion of fans which made his 2022 UK tour ‘More Fire’ possible, although Danny claims it’s just so he can get a dressing room to himself.
‘Innate comic timing… …talented and genuinely funny’ Three Weeks
Percy Savage takes the middle spot. The comedians you see at Darwen Comedy Club are booked by Comedy In A Van
Sat 3 Feb
Fresh from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and with a slew of five-star reviews, one of the UK’s favourite TV household names returns to the stage with his brand new and most personal show to date.
From the quote attributed to Mark Twain, humour is defined as Tragedy Plus Time. Come and join one of our leading laugh specialists as he tests that formula by mining the most tragic event in his life for laughs.
With his TV career now in its third decade, Ed has regularly appeared on the likes of QI, Mock The Week, Alan Davies As Yet Untitled, and Live At The Apollo.
With legions of fans both in the UK and abroad, Ed remains the observational stand-up to see.
Fri 10 May
Justin is back: still funny, yet middle-aged. A brand-new show that may contain: yoga, getting older, Madonna, shoplifters, labradoodles, middle-aged cyclists, The Menopause, running, hating football fans but loving football, not drinking, funerals, 'Is tapas a rip off?', Captain Tom, Droylsden, the environment, self-improvement, ruining a sexual position, electric car charging spots used by doggers, nursery graduation, horses, Stig lookalikes, home-cooked food but not in your own home, the odd advantages of fundamental religions, the gym, shop-door etiquette. And he's got a new suit. Come, it'll be fun. ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk).
Sat 24 Feb
Final London show added – Book the babysitter and get ready to go wild! From perky tits, to killing nits, join award-winning comedian Sophie McCartney as she ventures into the perilous world of parenthood in this rollicking stand-up show set to test pelvic floormuscles to the max(i) pad. Best known for her wickedly accurate insights into adulting, Sophie thought by the time she became a ‘proper’ grown up (someone who likes olives) life would all be figured out. How very wrong she was. Feeling like an out-of-depth-teen trapped in the slightly sagging skin suit of a 30-something mum-of-three, why did no one tell her what to really expect after she was expecting? Will her belly button ever go back to ‘normal’? Why do you need a degree in collapsing travel cots? And does she have what it takes to stop her current cereal eaters from becoming future serial killers? Hold onto your ‘Apple Bottom jeans and boots with the fur’ as you follow Sophie on her evolution from non-maternal ‘noughties’ wild child to the highs and lows of being with child. Mating, birthing, body changes, school WhatsApp groups, overbearing nutjob love, and still not being able to handle your booze on a night out; nothing is off limits for this postparthun.
Sophie is a comedy writer and performer from Liverpool. Her debut book ‘Tired and Tested: The Wild Ride into Parenthood’ went straight in at No.1 on the Sunday Times’ bestseller list, thanks to its laugh-out-loud relatability and close-to-the-bone calamitous charm. With cult status amongst knackered parents, she’s dubbed as Instagram’s funniest mum by Mother&Baby, won a prestigious ‘Funny Women’ award, has racked up more than 250 million views on her social media channels, and is about to launch her debut fiction comedy novel ‘Mother Hens’.
Fri 9 Feb
After an incredible sold-out debut run, the man who asked us “do you ski?” is leaving his home in the Tower of London (for good). Catch him as he departs on a second triumphant tour across our nation armed with even more outrageous takes, unbelievable tales, and biblical chat to leave you bowled over with laughter.
Having amassed a loyal fan base of over a quarter of a million followers the multi-viral, social media sensation is delving even deeper into his ludicrous life as he tries to smarten up the not so honourable aspects of himself. Take a look at the pitfalls of online celebrity, the perils of post-palace living and find out that, in an age where everyone is so obsessed with the veneer of virtual contentment, maybe it takes crashing back down to reality to discover where happiness truly lies.
As seen on Comedy Central and tour support for Milton Jones.
Thu 22 Feb
'There will not be a better debut hour of stand-up at the festival this year' (Adam Rowe). As seen on Channel 4, BBC One and on the Have A Word podcast, Irish-Italian comedian Vittorio Angelone went to see a play at the National Theatre in London. He loved the play, still does, but was deeply disturbed (read: pissed off) by the reaction of the English audience. Join him as he tackles being Irish in England, identity, and sad comedy shows that seem to win awards. 'Relatable and thought-provoking' ★★★★★ (The Student). 'British stand-up's new wonderkid' (Fin Taylor).
Age category: 16+
Thu 29 Feb
Opened by Andrew Carnegie in 1908, Darwen Library Theatre was part of Darwen Library and Theatre and originally played host to all sorts of events, from literary salons to the Huntington Lectures. From 1974, the venues became more of a community-focused centre, but became a fully-fledged theatre in 2000.
Located in the heart of the town centre, DLT is easily accessible from car, rail and on foot.
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