Date: Thursday 12th July – Sunday 15th July
Time: 8pm Venue: The Gallery, Bartons Plc, High Road, Chilwell
A brand new Comedy Festival designed to showcase the comedians on their way up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival starts next week at a brand new venue, Bartons in Chilwell, in its first summer of showcase events.
Headlining the first show will be the American comedian Louis Ramey. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, LOUIS RAMEY was bitten by the comedy bug while in college. It all started from a friendly dare, and thus he went and told a few jokes at the local jazz club in town. This first taste of “the stage” compelled LOUIS to seek his fortune in COMEDY. Since that time, LOUIS RAMEY has created quite a career for himself. He has participated in many of the Comedy Festivals including The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, where in 1999 LOUIS was voted Best New Artist. He has also participated in The JUST FOR LAUGHS Comedy Festival in Montreal twice, in. “Louis Ramey had his share of hilarious moments at the festival.” Montreal Gazette Newspaper. http://www.louisrameycomedy.com/
Along with Louis is northerner Mr Steve N Allen comedian and writer who has a natural stage presence that connects with the crowd http://www.mrstevenallen.co.uk/
Headlining the Friday night will be highly talented magician, comedian, actor and film producer Ali Cook. His irreverent persona and respected sleight of hand have made him one of the pioneers of the alternative magician scene. He has already written and performed seven British television series. His latest film role is alongside Bob Hoskins in Outside Bet (released on 27th April 2012).His anarchic illusions and stand up have attracted a large and diverse audience appeal including: The Harry Potter Premiere Parties, private events for Damien Hirst, JK Rowling, Minnie Driver, Basement Jaxx as well as headlining comedy clubs.
Support comes from the cheeky, chatty Dave Twentyman. No matter what your mood, you really can't help but warm to Dave he puts a big smile on everyone's face. Talking a lot about the subjects closer to home, such as family life & friends. Its light-hearted, positive fun that audiences can't help relating too.
Completing the line-up will be local comic Scott Bennett who lives just a mere five minutes away from the venue. This loveable rising star enthrals his audiences with his warm nature and entertaining stories.
Headlining the night is Rhodri Rhys, before becoming a comedian he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and became a property entrepreneur in Eastern Europe. His act combines sharp wit and observation with a natural geniality, his material is broad and colourful, drawing on his own experiences in his unusual path to a comedy career, while deftly seaming in religion, business, sport and history too.
Supporting will be quirky and funny thinker, Marc Lucero. Essentially something of a London geezer, he finds himself mellowed by fatherhood and late middle age, venturing tentatively into the unfamiliar and cosseted life of vegetarianism, house-husbandry and touchy-feely support groups. Loved by his audiences despite or because of his standard grumpy-old-man rants!
Completing the line-up will be Welsh comedian Tommy Rowson, winner of last year’s ‘So You Think You're Funny?’ competition. With his low-key retelling of biblical tales his delivery and downplayed turn of phrase injecting giggles into his audiences.
Headlining Sunday night is Andre King, a stand up comedian from Auckland New Zealand and a veteran of the NZ comedy circuit. He started off in 2000 as a magician and in an effort to move from childrens parties to a more mature audience took to stand up comedy as a method of improving his patter. However, since making the move, he discovered a love for stand up and a passion for the stage. Since then he has performed all over New Zealand and Australia.
Since making the leap to Stand up comedy, Andre has also secured roles as an actor in critically acclaimed NZ shows such as Eating Media Lunch, Shortland Street and two seasons of "The Pretender" which saw him nominated in the Qantas Film & Television awards 2009 for "Best Supporting Actor".
Along with Alistair Barrie Comedian, actor and writer Alistair Barrie has been performing all over the world for nearly an entire century (this one). Much in demand as both a headline act and MC, he has performed throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield in the States, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Estonia, Mumbai, Cyprus, Crete, Luxembourg, Bahrain, Qatar, Belgium, Prague, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Hong Kong, Macau, Malta, Singapore, Indonesia and Athens as well as at the world's highest gig on a mountain in France and on a boat in the middle of the North Sea.
If you would like to come along to the opening night of “Not” The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, please let us know it would be great to see you there.
Compere for the each night is Nottingham’s welcoming and energetic Spiky Mike.
Tickets available from the Royal Centre Box Office 0115 989 5555 or www.bartonsplc.co.uk
Other events at Bartons:
Not the Camden Market 5th
August 10am – 4pm a day of stalls, food, drink, music and more
7th July Acoustic music night
Not the Glastonbury Music Festival 24 – 26 Aug
Three solid days of music including MISS600 and THePETEBOX
Not the Cannes Film Festival 13 – 16 Sep
Four cult car films on a 10m wide Drive-in Screen
Heritage September 1 – 30 Sep
The doors are open on one of this truly Historic site
Carnival of Monsters 13 – 27 Oct
The largest Contemporary Arts Festival of East Midlands Artists
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