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KIRI PRITCHARD-McLEAN - Peacock

7.30pm Saturday 21 September 2024, The Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

Star of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News For You and QI Kiri Pritchard-McLean has had a busy few years. As well as hosting Live at the Apollo, fronting the Radio 4 panel show Best Medicine and starting a comedy school, she’s become a foster parent. 

Didn’t know that about her? Well, until now she hasn’t been able to talk about it on stage, she hasn’t even told the kids in her care that she’s a comedian. Oh, and she uses a different name - she’s the Bruce Wayne of comedy but without the mansions.

However, this year something changed and after a couple of the eggiest gigs of her career in boardrooms to social workers a show about becoming a foster carer has been signed off! So, come and join “Louise” as she lifts the lid on social workers, first aid training and what not to do when a vicar searches for you on YouTube. 

Age guidance: 15+ some strong language

Duration: 95 minutes plus a 20 minute interval 

Photo Credit: Drew Forsyth


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MYRA DuBOIS - Be Well

7.30pm Wednesday 9 October 2024 The Keay Theatre, St Austell

8.00pm Thursday 10 October 2024 The Main Hall, University of  Plymouth

With her passion for compassion and flair for giving care, the “bust a gut funny” (Graham Norton) Myra DuBois calls out to the disadvantaged, downtrodden and tyrannised of the world with her manifesto for mental health: AdMyrism! But are you ready to receive the call? 
Fresh from a barnstorming UK tour in 2023, where she left audiences in physical pain from laughter with her ‘take no prisoners’ brand of rapid-fire comedy; the “acid-tongued, funny to the bone” Time Out, Myra DuBois is back, to lay her healing hands on the masses in this: her wellness sermon.

As seen on Britain’s Got Talent (ITV), The John Bishop Show (BBC1), Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Five), Pointless Celebrities (BBC), Queens For The Night (ITV), and the major motion picture Everyone’s Talking About Jamie (Amazon Prime).

 

“Myra DuBois is a COMIC GENIUS, if you don’t believe me... ask HER!” - Bianca Del Rio

“Hilarious” - Boy George

“Hilarious… comic timing that never misses a beat” - Edinburgh Festival Magazine

“Incredibly quick-witted comedy” - The Scotsman

“Raucous” - New York Times

 

Instagram: @myradubois

Twitter: @myradubois

Facebook: www.facebook.com/myradubois 

Guidance 18+


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BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETERS - 32 Years of Rocking 'n' Rolling The World

8.00pm Saturday 12 October 2024 Launceston Town Hall

This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.

It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One's Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton.

The show rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming - That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more.

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying:  “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”

Reviews

“The audience were dancing in the aisles and roaring for more” The Stage

“Buddy brilliant!” Graham Norton, BBC One

“Fantastic...The best... tremendous night out...I can’t praise the show enough” The Kent and Sussex Courier

“Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Buddy Holly and The Cricketers” Somerset County Gazette


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MARK WATSON - Search

7.30pm Thursday 24 October 2024 Launceston Town Hall

Mark Watson's 12-year-old son has just got a phone. His 70-year-old dad has been through the most frightening experience of his life. Both a dad and a kid himself, around the midpoint of his life, the Taskmaster star and multiple award-winner - now also famous as one-third of YouTube cult sensation No More Jockeys - returns. 

He'll consider the search for meaning that we're all on, with or without Google. There'll be a lot of jokes, and a show that's different every night.

 

★★★★★ 'A genius-level comic doing what he does best... it's magical to watch and just so funny'  Time Out Melbourne 

★★★★★ 'Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe...witty, warm, perfectly judged' Telegraph

★★★★ ½ ‘An hour or two of our limited span on Earth in his uplifting, witty company is time excellently spent' Chortle

★★★★ 'A master at letting us in on his vulnerability' The Times 

★★★★ 'This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game' Independent

 

Website: https://www.markwatsonthecomedian.com/

Facebook: MarkWatsonComedian

Twitter: @watsoncomedian

Guidance 16+


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ALFIE MOORE - A Face for Radio

7.30pm Friday 25 October 2024 Launceston Town Hall

7.30pm Saturday 26 April 2025, Plymouth

Somewhere in a parallel universe little Alfie’s natural comedic performance skills were recognised by his doting parents who encouraged and developed his blossoming talent. After several years as a stage school brat Alfie’s angelic face was launched on stage and screen and the rest is history.

Meanwhile, in this universe Alfie Moore was told to stop messing about in class before being ‘encouraged’ into the grinding, grimy world of an apprenticeship in the Sheffield steelworks. When recession hit he traded steel for copper by joining Humberside Police.

Thirty years of shift-work, initially in the Sheffield steelworks and then as a copper on the beat (where he was punched in the face quite a lot), has left him with ‘a face for radio’.  A face not so much ‘lived in’ as inhabited by a settlement of squatters with little regard to property maintenance and repair.

In his 40s a surprising career shift turned middle-aged Alfie from street cop to BBC radio star. But when TV fame beckoned could he grasp it or was he past it?

“…offbeat, revealing and very funny” You Magazine 

“…thoroughly engaging, endlessly funny. His charisma shines through as bright and colourful as a twirling blue light. Mature Times


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MAISIE ADAM - Appraisal

8.00pm Tuesday 5 November 2024 Launceston Town Hall

Fresh from Live At The Apollo, A League Of Their Own and Have I Got News For You, Maisie Adam is heading back out on tour with a brand new show. She’s five years into her job as a comedian now, so she’s due an appraisal. Join her for the ultimate performance review, where you’ll either see just why she was awarded Best New Act and nominated Best Newcomer…or, you’ll see someone who’s ready for “organisational restructure”. See you at the appraisal, she looks forward to seeing you, kindest regards!!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Daily Express 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Guardian

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Chortle

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The List

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Evening Standard

Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd in association with PBJ Management

Recommended 16+


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MARK THOMAS - Gaffa Tapes

8.00pm Friday 6 December 2024 Levinsky Theatre, University of Plymouth

8.00pm Saturday 7 December 2024 Launceston Town Hall

Jokes, rants, politics, play and the occasional sing song.

If you don’t know what he does ask your parents.

In his time he has won awards (current total is now officially ‘fuckloads’), forced a politician to resign, changed laws on tax and protest, become Guinness Book of Records world record holder for number of protests in 24 hours, taken the police to court 3 times and won, walked the length of the Israeli Wall in the West Bank and generally mucked about trying to have fun and fuck the right people off.

This show is more of the above.

“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021

Age Guidance 16+


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MILTON JONES - HA!MILTON

7.30pm Saturday 14 December 2024 Main Hall, University of Plymouth

This is not a musical. Milton Jones is tone deaf and has no sense of rhythm, but at least he doesn’t make a song and dance about it.

He has more important things to discuss. Like giraffes…and there’s a bit about tomatoes.

You might know him from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo or Radio 4. Or that time he stood for the Scottish National Party, fought a hard campaign, but in the end had to respect the wishes of the people of Cardiff. 

A whole new show of daftness. You know it makes sense. 

 

WARNING

*contains jokes from the start.

 

“He’s fast, absurd and very Funny” Radio Times

‘No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride’ The Guardian


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ANDY ZALTZMAN - The Zaltgeist

7.30pm Friday 31 January 2025 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

7.30pm Satudray 1 February 2025 Main Hall, University of Plymouth

With the 3rd millennium almost 2.5% complete, Andy Zaltzman, one of the UK's leading satirical comedians, assesses the state of Planet Earth and its most famous and controversial species – the human race.

In the biggest stand-up tour of his career, Andy will attempt to concoct vaguely plausible answers to perennial questions such as What?, Who?, Where?, and above all Why?

As chair of The News Quiz since 2020, Andy has brought his inventive brand of satirical comedy to BBC Radio 4's long-running flagship topical comedy show, earning the show multiple awards, critical acclaim and a growing listenership.

Andy has hosted The Bugle, one of the world's longest-running and best-loved comedy podcasts, since 2007 (alongside John Oliver until 2015, and with numerous co-hosts from numerous continents since 2016).  Renowned for its unique cocktail of up-to-the-minute global satire and premium-grade hogwash, and listened to by hundreds of thousands around the world, The Bugle recently passed the 600-episode mark, and has clocked up around 100 million total downloads.

Andy is unquestionably amongst the very best of the one-person list of Satirical Stand-Up Comedians Who Are Also Professional Cricket Statisticians.  Since 2016, he has been a key member of the Test Match Special team, adding his distinctive blend of knowledge, expertise, humour and numerical inquisitiveness to the BBC's legendary cricket broadcast.

He has toured in the USA, India and Australia, wrote a book about the 2008 economic crisis, and will be appearing in series 18 of Taskmaster in Autumn 2024.

“outright hilarious… beautifully formed.”

Dominic Maxwell, The Times ★★★★

“Andy Zaltzman has revitalised the News Quiz… fizzes with a vitality and sense of fun that’s rare in such topical comedy warhorses.”

Steve Bennett, Chortle

“The Bugle: Silliness and laughter…Zaltzman is a sharp writer and an excellent satirist who combines political observation with daft whimsy.”

Fiona Sturges, Financial Times

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CLINTON BAPTISTE - Roller Ghoster!

7.30pm Thursday 20 February 2025 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

Solo again, Britain’s most celebrated clairvoyant medium psychic from Peter Kay’s ‘Phoenix Nights’ returns with his brand new hilarious one-man stand up show.
As well as venturing into the audience to offer his unique spirit readings, Clinton Baptiste comes armed with more tales from his extraordinary childhood; exposing himself in ways you could never imagine -the family that shaped him, the narrow minded who doubted him and the lovers that left him. He regales us with stories of his recent work on a cruise ship, his spirit readings round the UK and not to mention the day to day life with his Greenlandic spirit guide, Taruak.
Brace yourselves - Clinton will prove his mystical ability once and for all. This time, he guarantees you WILL believe!*
*No actual money back if you don’t. It’s not really a legal ‘guarantee’ as such. Look, it’s just an expression, okay?
Laugh, gasp, scream your head off…but whatever you do….strap in and hold tight as Clinton takes you on a rip-roaring ride through the twists and turns of his heady life. 
The premier hands- on clairvoyant, medium and a psychic, Clinton is renowned as Britain’s foremost ‘can-do’ guru.
The self styled 'Can-guru'*
(*not kangaroo.)

Guidance 14+

@realclintonb

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LOU SANDERS - No Kissing in the Bingo Hall

8.00pm Thursday 24 April 2025, Plymouth

A show about being human-can you relate???

Just like Tom Cruise does all his own stunts, I'm going to do all my own jokes!

A deep, dumb show for the masses. 

Star of Dancing On Ice (ITV), champion of Taskmaster (Channel 4), co-host of Mel Giedroyc's Unforgivable (Dave), regular on QI (BBC) and as seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS) and Would I Lie To You? (BBC)

Guidance 16+

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ALED JONES - Full Circle

7.30pm Thursday 5 June 2025, Launceston Town Hall

Prepare to hear Aled Jones as you’ve never heard him before. He was the boy treble who captivated the world with his angelic voice. Selling over seven million albums, Aled was the original, classical crossover star. His recording of Walking in the Air, from the animated film The Snowman, firmly established him as a household name and he has become an integral part of the nation's festivities. Equally at home on the classical stage, or starring in musical theatre productions in London West End, his credits include lead roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  As a singer, Aled is in demand globally and has performed in the world's most iconic venues, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Sydney Opera House. A favourite with the Royal Family, he even gave a private performance to King Charles III in Kensington Palace. He is an award-winning television broadcaster and radio presenter who’s interviewed hundreds of A-List stars over the years. He heads up BBC’s Songs of Praise and his own Saturday and Sunday morning shows on Classic FM. Now, after 40 years in the business, he’s looking back on a remarkable career with a one-man show, that will feature never-before-heard music,  tales from the decades and for the first time, his story told in his own words. It's time to come Full Circle.

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