THE COMEDY NETWORK - Launceston Comedy Club
7.30pm Thursday 8 December 2022 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
The Comedy Network is coming to Launceston Town Hall!
Comics Andrew White, Josh Weller & Tom Glover
Come and unwind after a stressful week at one of our Comedy Network comedy club shows. Gather your friends, grab a drink from the bar and enjoy laugh out loud comedy from some of the hottest comedians on the circuit.
Previous Comedy Network acts include…
Russell Howard, John Oliver, Harry Hill, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Al Murray, Noel Fielding, Ross Noble, Lucy Porter, Chris Ramsey, Roisin Conaty, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring, Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and many more.
Age Guidance 16+
MARK THOMAS - Black and White
8pm Friday 9 December 2022 Launceston Town Hall
8pm Saturday 10 December 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
Expect creative fun from one of our oldest surviving alternative comics. Taking down politicians. Mucking about. New ideas and finding HOPE. This award-winning comedian (is there any other type?) asks how did we get here? What are we going to do about it? Who’s up for a sing song? After lockdowns and isolation this show is about the simple act of being in a room together and toppling international capitalism.
“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021
PRESS ON ‘CHECK UP: OUR NHS AT 70’ (2018)
★★★★★ “Highly entertaining… very funny… a heartfelt love letter to the health service” THE i
★★★★★ “A master of this type of entertainment… this is a deadly serious and important show” THE ARTS DESK
★★★★★ “Check Up is a fantastic a stirring presentation from start to finish” REVIEWS HUB
★★★★★ “Possibly his finest work to date… I cannot praise this show enough… a very accomplished piece” EDINBURGH REPORTER
★★★★★ “Hilarious, informative, moving, and an inspiring tribute” EVERYTHING THEATRE
Age Guidance 16+
GARY DELANEY - Gary in Punderland
7.30pm Sunday 18 December 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you’re hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered!
★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ Guardian
★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’ Scotsman
★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’ Times
★★★★ ‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner'’ Chortle
Age Guidance 16+
LUCY PORTER - Wake-Up Call
8pm Wednesday 22 February 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
8pm Thursday 23 February 2023 Launceston Town Hall
A brand new stand-up show from the fringe favourite. As heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show. TV appearances include Would I Lie to You, QI and Live at the Apollo.
Wake-Up Call is a show about revelations, realisations and epiphanies - both large and small. Subjects covered include: Bin collection schedules, the novels of Jean Rhys, cats, school fair booze tombolas, the Scottish Enlightenment, pressure washers and Huel. It’s an exuberant, silly show with some wisdom sprinkled on top.
‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ - The Telegraph
“A treat from start to finish” - The Herald.
Age guidance 16+
SUSIE DENT - The Secret Lives of Words
2pm Saturday 25 February 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge).
Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 30 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters.
Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’.
- Funny, fact-filled and delightful
- Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure
- Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words
MIKE WOZNIAK - Zusa
7.30pm Thursday 2 March 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
Ever wondered how Mike’s Great-Aunt Zusa made it from Poland to Luton with a war nipping at her heels? Here’s your chance to find out.
As seen on Taskmaster (Channel 4), Man Down (Channel 4) and Would I Lie To You? (BBC One). As heard on Small Scenes (BBC Radio 4), the St Elwick’s Neighbourhood Association Newsletter podcast and the Three Bean Salad podcast.
“Mike Wozniak” The Guardian
Age guidance: 14+
HAL CRUTTENDEN - It's Best You Hear It From Me
7.30pm Sunday 19 March 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
After 21 years and 224 days Hal's back being single. But it's all going to be fine. Instead of getting the therapy he clearly needs, he's made a cracking show about it. He's lost enough weight to almost get his wedding ring off and, while he may be flying solo, he's far from alone; he's got his grown-up daughters, his dogs and his divorce lawyer. The fickle finger of fate has turned Hal's life upside down but he's sticking a finger right back at it.
★★★★★ ‘Go and see Hal Cruttenden, he’s got something to say and he’ll make you laugh a lot!’ Daily Mirror
★★★★★ 'Funniest he’s ever been' Sunday Times
★★★★ ‘The comedy gift that keeps on giving’ Scotsman
★★★★ “Reminded me how much I love stand up” Times
Age guidance: 14+
MARK STEEL - An Evening and A Little Bit of a Morning with Mark Steel
8.00pm Friday 24 March 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
There is so much to yell about. There’s the modern world in which you spend so long trying to work out iTunes, that it’s easier to form a band and learn the songs.
But there’s also so much to be delighted with. Like the fact that everyone in Northampton knows the sign that says ‘Family Planning Advice – Use Rear Entrance’.
Then there’s the crazy story of being brought up in a working-class street in Kent, to discover my natural father was a millionaire backgammon player who was best mates with Lord Lucan.
I’ve come to terms with the fact I’m a heap of contradictions, trying to stay young while being unable to log into any website. Trying to be respectable and mainstream (in this show there will even be a piano and a bit of singing), until I can’t help breaking into a steaming rant that would get me locked away somewhere secure if it wasn’t on a stage.
And this is stand-up, so whatever has happened in the room, in the town or in the world that day will almost certainly be in the show.
So, I’ll try to keep it to a decent length, but it could so easily end up as an evening and part of the next day.
The critically acclaimed Mark Steel’s in Town was voted the 6th best radio comedy ever and Mark is a regular on the BBC’s Have I Got News For You, QI and BBCR4’s News Quiz. He has been named newspaper columnist of the year and is author of the award-winning audiobook Who Do I Think I Am.
MAGICAL BONES - Soulful Magic
7.30pm Saturday 1 April 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
7.30pm Sunday 2 April 2023 The Quad Theatre, Marjon Plymouth
Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and across the UK, the Britain’s Got Talent finalist takes to the road with a brand-new show full of the most awe-inspiring and high energy magic you’ll see this year. Direct from appearances on America’s Penn & Teller Fool Us, BBC1’s BAFTA Awards, ITV1’s This Morning and Sky’s Around The World In 80 Tricks.
‘A dazzling show… full of imagination and flair’ **** The Guardian
‘What’s happening on stage really is magic’ The Telegraph
‘A spellbinding show that leaves the audience gasping in disbelief’ **** The Wee Review
Age Guidance 10+
FRANCIS ROSSI - Tunes and Chat
7.30pm Friday 14 April 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
Status Quo legend Francis Rossi is taking up his acoustic guitar to bring you a selection of well-known hits and some previously not-performed-live-before tunes. It’ll be a unique evening in which Francis will reprise fan favourites from a remarkable 50+year career. Expect original-style, acoustic versions of Quo classics, threaded together with chat in this music based evening. VIP packages are available for those wishing to meet Francis before the show.
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE - Absolute Shower
7.30pm Friday 15 April 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon
7.30pm Sunday 16 April 2023 Launceton Town Hall, Launceston
A blisteringly funny stand-up show from multi award-winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke. 'Devilishly Funny' (TheArtsDesk.com). This joyful show celebrates the personal triumphs and small victories of the past couple of years... while acknowledging it has, in so many ways, on so many days, for the most part, been an absolute shower of shit. 'Charming, hilarious and utterly refreshing. Don't miss this incredible show' (Sunday Mirror).
ALFIE MOORE - Fair Cop Unleashed
7.30pm Friday 28 April 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
Join BBC Radio 4’s cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore for his latest stand-up tour show. Fair Cop Unleashed is based on a dramatic real-life incident from Alfie's police casebook. Relive with him the thrilling ups and downs of the night a mysterious clown came to town and more than one life ended up in the balance. It was no laughing matter – but this show certainly is! Enjoy Alfie’s unique brand of humour hilariously woven together with his personal insights into his life on the front-line of the police force.
It’d be a crime to miss it!
★★★★ “…offbeat, revealing and very funny” Daily Mail
★★★★ “…lots of well-crafted jokes and a large dash of police gallows humour” Telegraph
“Brilliantly funny…. genuinely hilarious” David Mitchell
ZOE LYONS - Bald Ambition
7.30pm Saturday 29 April 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
7.30pm Sunday 30 April 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
Zoe Lyons has kept herself busy in the last couple of years by having what can best be described as a monumental midlife crisis. It involved buying a sports car, having a brief marital separation and running a 100k ultra marathon which really didn’t end well. Along the way her hair decided the best thing to do was abandon ship. It ain’t easy being a middle aged woman: try doing it with a combover. Thankfully Zoe has been able to explore the funny side of all these twists and turns. It's time to sell the silly car and try and put the wheels back on her life.
Zoe is the host of BBC2’s Lightning. She's known as a star of Live at the Apollo and a regular on Have I Got News for You (BBC1), QI (BBC2), and Mock the Week (BBC2). Other credits include Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2), Stand Up and Deliver (C4), House of Games (BBC2). Zoe is an immediately recognisable voice on Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The Now Show, and also co-hosts Frank Skinner’s show on Absolute Radio.
MARTI PELLOW - Pellow Talk
7.30pm Wednesday 24 May 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
You’ve never seen me like this before. You’ve never been this close. I’m inviting you to spend an intimate evening with me – think of it as coming back to my place for a night of stories and songs. Pellow Talk is a chance to learn all about me, not just as a singer and songwriter with Wet Wet Wet, but as a boy and a man. It’s a chance to understand the DNA of the hits that we’ve listened to and loved over the years. The evening will be wrapped in music, from songs you know to ones you’ll get to know. There’ll be laughter as we travel from the banks of the River Clyde to the top of the charts, then onto Broadway and beyond. There’ll be no mask and no character. This is me, Marti, stepping out of the shadows, speaking directly to you. The invitation is there. I hope you come and spend some time with me. Enough living has been done for a life to unfold. Enough years have passed for a story to be told.
An Evening with SIR GEOFFREY BOYCOTT
7.30pm Wednesday 4 October 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University
An Evening With Geoffrey Boycott last appeared on stage in 2017. A great deal has happened since then - in the cricket world, the world at large and in the world of our Geoffrey. He has had major heart surgery, become a grandfather for the first time and finally been honoured with a long-overdue knighthood.
Geoffrey’s many fans have expressed their deep disappointment at his disappearance from our airwaves. So, in a packed autumn where England are competing for the T20 World Cup and battling with the old enemy to wrest back control of The Ashes, they will be delighted for this chance to hear what Geoffrey thinks about - well, everything!
Forthright honest views, hilarious anecdotes, personal film footage from an incredible career and a chance for the audience to ask Sir Geoffrey their own questions. It’s a brilliant new evening with our brand new knight.
As ever, this cricket event is being run in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Association and we raise money from the evening for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.