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UK Vegan Comedy Festival (Sunday)

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Taking place on the second floor 

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11:00 - 11:15 - Mike Kelson

11:15 - 11:30 - Matt Hoss

11:30 - 11:45 - Rebecca Shortall

11:45 - 12:00 - Sean Morley

12:00 - 12:15 - Harriet Kemsley

12:15 - 12:30 - Alasdair Beckett-King

12:30 - 12:45 - break

12:45 - 1:00 - Jamie D'Souza

1:00 - 1:15 - Sonja Doubleday

1:15 - 1:30 - Emma Kenny

1:30 - 1:45 - Tom Ward

1:45 - 2:15 - Lou Sanders

2:15 - 2:30 - break

2:30 - 2:45 - James Cartwright

2:45 - 3:15 - Chris Stokes

3:15 - 4:00 - Carl Donnelly


Comedians confirmed:

Sonja Doubleday

Sonja Doubleday performs as comedian Cheekykita,Prague Fringe award winner, NATYS Finalist, Laughing Horse runner up,winner of Colchester New Comedian of the Year,and Funny Women regional finalist the Manchester Wire describes this absurd character comedian clown as "one of the strangest acts you're ever likely to see. But see her you must, because it's very difficult to describe exactly why she's a genius".,fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, where she was described as.

"Like Alice in Wonderland on Adderall... curious, shambolic and kind of magical' (The List), she has performed her physical, unusual and oddball comedy in and around the UK and beyond, wowing audiences with her sublime surrealness. This year, her one-woman Edinburgh show drew similarities to the Mighty Boosh and Spike Milligan. "it takes a very special performer to pull off a show of utter silliness and retain artistic integrity", said Funny Women in their five star review. This "heavy metal female comedy with gothic overtones... needs to be seen and enjoyed".

‘A weirdo somewhere in the universe of Boosh...,( Chortle)

★★★★★ Outstanding show 'This act could - and should - be playing, and selling-out, big venues. I can't wait to see her perform again. It is the silliest, maddest, funniest hour I have ever spent and it is fantastic'

★★★★★ Funny Women -'its is one of those shows that I would describe as a work of genius without being able to pin down exactly why' (Lynne Parker)

‘Like The Mighty Boosh on crack' ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Twitter: @cheekykita1

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Lou Sanders

Lou has just had her second appearance on ‘Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled', starred in Live from the BBC, ABC1's Comedy up Late and Russell Howard's Good News.

She has written for 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, Stand up for the Week and Miranda. Lou was recently awarded funding to write a feature film.

"Destined for hugeness" Time Out.

"Something new is happening in comedy" The Independent

"Genuinely Different" The Scotsman

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James Cartwright

Rather than just seeking to inflate his ego, James mostly got into comedy to make people laugh with vegans, rather than at them, and examine social taboos from fresh, egalitarian perspectives (even if that means tearing himself down in the process). Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Would I Lie to You are just some of the shows James has....heard of, not been on sadly, but he's watched a lot of them so probably knows what he's doing, and having spent a year on the London comedy circuit, 2017 is already shaping up to be very exciting.

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Mike Kelson

Mike Kelson is a well known comedian and comedy host on the circuit, renowned for his cheeky style of one-liners and silly tales.

He is also an established singer, writer, and actor, working on numerous projects on the big screen, TV and theatre, and enjoys having his finger in many pies.

Vegetarian and an animal rights activist since schooldays, Mike has been dairy free for a number of years, which ensures all those pies are one hundred percent vegan.

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Matt Hoss

Matt Hoss is a young vegan comedian. His comic styling revolves around self-deprecation whilst also being delightfully playful. He approaches anecdotes with severe honesty about his family, his love-life and his embarrassing secrets. Matt's first hour-long show, Vegetari-Man, was about telling his northern beef-farming family that he was vegan. His new show, 100 Acts Of Morality , discusses veganism further. Matt runs two podcasts: The Drunken Comedian Podcast and Gig Antic. Eric Barker Award 2015 winner.
"Matt Hoss gets the crowd pumped" Inquire Newspaper.
"Comic fans are in for a treat" Canterbury Times
"Nicely different... his performance was sound" - NottsComedyReview

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Rebecca Shortall

Rebecca Shortall has appeared in several BBC Three comedy shorts and was a finalist in the 2015 Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Awards and a regional finalist in the 2016 Funny Women Awards. She has gigged all over the world at some of New York and London's top comedy clubs and is a regular on the Brighton comedy circuit.

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Tom Ward

Tom Ward is here! A man celebrating life for all its sexy little touches...Spinning tales of his favourite unsung heroes into an exhilarating narrative of voices and sounds. A warm, engaging presence who always welcomes his audience to the party, join him for this Techni-coloured dreamscape of tales deftly interwoven with a never to be repeated encounter with the here and now!

"Fine jokes and star presence...a star in the making" (Timeout)

"Equal parts hilarious and of the most impressive, distinctive acts around" (Bruce Dessau - Beyond the Joke and Evening Standard Critic)

As seen on 'Live at The Comedy Store' (Comedy Central) and the forthcoming series of ‘Live at The BBC' (BBC Worldwide)
And heard on BBC Radio 2 and 4 Extra as a finalist on BBC Radio New Comedian of The Year 2014

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Sean Morley

Hi(!)& Wow!It's me! Top lad Sean Morley. Here I am with some of the biggest best jokes, really ready to smash the gig, raise the roof, raze the venue and salt the Earth. Fully intending to apply myself utterly and apply pressure on the show from above and within. Today is my day and this year is my year. My resolution is to become expotentially stronger both physically and mentally and amass more boundless energy than I can comfortably contain. I am Sean Morley and none may travel in my wake.

As heard on BBC Radio 2, 4 & 4 Extra.

'Giddily hilarious. And he told not one joke' (Vibrations Magazine)

'Setting the bar for alternative comedy' (Our Favourite Places)

'Brilliant' (Broadway Baby)
"File under unfileable" (The Skinny)

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Jamie D'Souza

Jamie DSouza started stand up in the summer of 2015 and in that time has reached the final of The Cavendish Arms Summer Competition 2016 as well as the semi-final of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards and finished runner up at Comedy Gladiators in Bristol.

Since starting stand up Jamie has performed across the UK, near some of Britian's most famous comedy venues and arenas.

His performances are a mix of dead-pan ranting with a high hit rate of punchlines, with the occasional song thrown in for good measure, guaranteed to get the audience laughing.

Follow him on twitter @Jamie_DSouza

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Carl Donnelly

Carl started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. His conversational, silly sense of humour saw him win a host of awards (Chortle Best Newcomer 2007,Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 among others) and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.

In 2009, Carl performed his debut solo show 'Relax Everyone, it's Carl Donnelly!' at the Edinburgh Fringe for which he was nominated for the 'Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer'. Since then, Carl has returned to Edinburgh with two further solo shows and is set to return to the Festival this year with a new show, after his nomination in 2013 for the Fosters Comedy award.

Recently, Carl has been developing as an international act, with a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2013, as well as performing at the biggest comedy festivals in the world (Montreal Just for LaughsMelbourne International Comedy FestivalSydney Comedy FestivalKilkenny Cat Laughs etc).

Carl has also appeared on various TV shows including Mock The Week,Dave's One Night StandStand Up for the WeekRussell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Store. He is also a regular on radio appearing as a guest on such shows as BBC 5live’s 'The Back End of Next Week', Radio 4’s 'Loose Ends' and 'Act Your Age' as well as being a regular guest on talkSPORT. He has also recently started co-hosting a radio show for the Fubar Radio app after his acclaimed podcast which he recorded with Chris Martin.

"Excellent, fast-rising comic with pacy anecdotal routines" - Sunday Times

"Donnelly has developed a style that is the antithesis of the loud, sweaty, manic comic so prevalent on the telly and live tours at the moment. This is stand up with valium: near horizontal levels of louche that take the mundane stories of everyday life and turns them into stretches of self deprecating silliness" - The Guardian

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Emma Kenny

Emma Kenny, full of energy, or anxiety, you decide! Takes to the stage to tell you what a mess she is.

She's still trying to reach her goals, she's still not a size 10 and being content? Pfft. Fitting in? Forget it.... This tit says all the wrong things, blows opportunities left right and centre and each year she looks at the mess she's created. And all she ever wanted was to be purrrrfect!

But there is one good thing to come out of Emma's massive Mancunian MESS!

Da da da daa! She knows the truth...

She knows people are all hiding behind their smart phones, tablets, and inside social media. They are struggling through life just like her. The real difference is that Emma is willing to admit it.

"Hilarious" BBC

"Comedy is in her DNA"

Jonathan Gershfeild Director. BBC's Big Train & Hebburn

"One to Watch" Funny Woman

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Alasdair Beckett-King

Alasdair won New Act of the Year (formerly Hackney Empire) in 2014 and has featured on BBC radio as a comedian and sketch writer. He's performed stand-up across the UK, in the Glastonbury Cabaret Tent and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He knows quite a lot about 19th century magicians. Tourists often ask to have their photo taken with him, presumably impressed by this.

You can find more here:

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Harriet Kemsley

Multi Award winning comedian Harriet Kemsley's has talked on a stage all over the world - at places like The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Oslo Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal. She has also supported some of her heroes on their nationwide tours, like Katherine Ryan, Stephen Merchant and Isy Suttie. And she just played the role of Daisy in Jo Brand's new Channel4 sitcom Damned.

Credits include; The Radio1 Comedy Lounge, BBC3 Comedy Marathon, The One Show Edinburgh Special and Kevin Hart's LOL Live. 'A very funny new stand up,' Time Out.

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Chris Stokes

Brilliantly wry and award winning comic (Best Show - Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2012) - Chris Stokes has been performing stand-up professionally since 2009. His career has seen him support the likes of Milton Jones, Pete Firman and Stewart Francis on tour, appear on ‘Dave's One Night Stand' (Channel Dave), BBC Radio 4, 5Live and Radio X (formerly XFM) and take four critically acclaimed solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

With a hilarious and erudite turn of phrase, Stokes has been described as playing on social misconceptions and dismantling them both on stage and on the page via gag-packed first-hand anecdotes told with a charming and offbeat sincerity. Having been vegan for 10 years this year, Chris is passionate about veganism and has been talking about it onstage in an approachable and considered way since he began his comedy career.

Currently, he is working on a number of development projects across both television and radio, including a short film about veganism for BBC Three, alongside writing for his 5th solo show, set to debut at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival next August.


"Very gifted... Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet ⋆⋆⋆⋆" - The List

"Real talent... It takes some flair to mix script, tangent, conversation, heartbreak and make it all look so effortless ⋆⋆⋆⋆" - The Skinny

"Excellent... Full of interesting ideas ⋆⋆⋆⋆ " - The Mirror

"Very funny, well crafted stand-up ⋆⋆⋆⋆ " - Broadway Baby

"Promises laughter from start to finish ⋆⋆⋆⋆" - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

"Inspiring... People bowled over from laughing. The circuit could use more comedians like Chris Stokes ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆" - Funny Women

"One impressive comic" - The New Statesman

"Genuine, uncontrived epiphanies as well as laughs" - Chortle

"Hilarious" - The Scotsman

⋆⋆⋆⋆ Three Weeks

⋆⋆⋆⋆ Arts Awards Voice

⋆⋆⋆⋆ One4Review

⋆⋆⋆⋆ The Mumble