Less than a month until Richard Herring makes his Kettering Arts Centre debut

ohfrig_lWe are very excited to be hosting Richard Herring’s Oh Frig, I’m 50 on Saturday 28th April. It will be Richs first appearance at Kettering Arts Centre and a very exciting time for local residents (well definitely me at least).

Originally famous for co-creating Alan Partridge (allegedly) and the fantastic 90’s TV comedy shows Fist of Fun (which had the profound effect of adding the phrase ‘moon on a stick‘ to my lexicon) and This Morning With Richard Not Judy (featuring the iconic meeting of Kevin Eldon as Rod Hull and the Curious Orange), he left the heady days of TV broadcasting behind to concentrate on amassing a die-hard and loyal fan base over the next 20 years, with sixteen Edinburgh shows and subsequent national tours.

He is a prolific podcaster with Richard Herrings Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RHLSTP, RHLSTP!) now up to thirteen series and 170+ episodes (and having just won another Chortle award), nearly 80 episodes of Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast (RHEFP) and the proudly nigh-on unlistenable Me1 vs Me2 Snooker, in which he recreates his lonely childhood by playing himself at a game of snooker while commentating on it as himself.

Oh and he raised £150,000 for Refuge on International Womens Day by using twitter to tell idiot men who asked ‘When is International Mens Day?’ that it is November 19th.

“I thought this year it would be nice if we raised some money…to turn stupid or negative comments by people who don’t understand how to Google into something that will be positive and helpful.”

Having seen this show earlier in the year I can personally attest as to how great it is and that he absolutely deserves his legendary status!

Doors open 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are £17.50 (+booking fee) from WeGotTickets or you can buy them in person at Waterstones Kettering (ask behind the counter).


Posted in Comedy, Live Comedy, Stand-up Comedy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

April 21st Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club at Kettering Arts Centre

On April 21st we have another great night of laughs for you at Rolling in the Aisles (or RITA, as I’ve heard two people call it).

Headlining is Wes Zaharuk, an amazing props comedian with a penchant for the madcap. Then we have a Brummie takeover with both Andy White and Craig Deeley hailing from that fair town (and probably sharing a car!)

Tickets are available online from WeGotTickets, or in person at Waterstones and also on the door.

Doors open 7.30pm with show start at 8pm.



“Tommy Cooper on acid.” Channel 4

Master of mayhem, prop lunatic Wes Zaharuk, takes audience on a joy-ride of frenzy machine-gun anarchic physical comedy routines and maniac physical audience interaction. Wes is easily one of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit. If you like to laugh out loud you won’t want to miss this show.

Canadian Wes appeared across the USA and Canada before basing himself in the UK. As well as North America, he’s brought his eccentric collection of prop tricks to (amongst other countries) Germany, Israel, Cyprus, Denmark, Australia and Singapore. He has a wealth of experience in both the club and corporate worlds across North America and Europe.

Wes Zaharuk credits his comic roots to his parents. They made ‘not listening’ an Olympic event. As a child, his parents dressed him in wool pants that were incredibly itchy. Complain as he would, his words fell on deaf ears. When he developed a skin condition that looked like a large, all-dressed pizza, he was tested for allergies. It was found that he was allergic to wool. Through it all, Wes developed his desire to be heard — if only to reduce rash.

About the use of props, such as vacuums, whips, and blowers, in his performance Wes quips ‘Show business sometimes lures people who didn’t get enough love early in life. I feel as a child I didn’t get enough unsupervised time with power tools but who has perfect parents?’

“Twin Peaks meets Cirque Du Soleil” Toronto Sun

“A rib-ticking dive into the surreal.” Channel 4




Andy White is an energetic, confident and silly Brummie who combines silly voices and a mad afro to devastating comic effect. Andy has numerous media appearences, including the BBC New Comedy Awards on BBC Choice, Brand Spanking New on BBC Radio 7 and his winning performance on the Weakest Link comedian’s special! His appearance on the BBC quiz show featured in his five star (* * * * * Three Weeks) Edinburgh show, ‘It Started With A Quiz’ in 2007. This followed on from his well-received one man show at the 2005 Leicester Comedy Festival: Young, Gifted and Beige.

Andy escaped from a call centre to become a stand up comic who mixes silly voices and faces with observational humour, topical humour and his mixed
race background. He can do material that’s clever, cheeky, sick or just silly and his performance can shift from deadpan to loud and physical. Andy has played to a wide variety of audiences, adults and children, both at home and abroad, in comedy clubs, theatres, universities, radio and TV shows, and at corporate entertainment events. He regularly headlines up and down the UK and has worked with all the major chains and comedy promoters along the way. Overseas, he’s performed in Monte Carlo (Laughing Horse), Berlin (Bleu Montag), Abu Dhabi and Dubai (Laughter House) amongst others.

“Had me exercising my pelvic floor muscles to avoid an accident” Karen Slater, BBC Tees

“Undeniably entertaining” Chortle.co.uk

“Oozes talent” What’s On Magazine



Craig Deeley is a Birmingham-based stand-up who has crafted his art formcraig-deeley
over the last ten years. Craig’s repertoire is one of anecdotal observational comedy, combining humble self-mockery and tapping into the ridiculousness of modern life and everyday occurrences that we all recognise.

Craig works throughout the UK and has toured extensively on the national comedy circuit including regular comedy festival appearances. He has fulfilled several broadcast media engagements and is also an experienced stage actor and improvisation performer.

“What a revelation! Really good, great material!” — Cheeky Monkey

“Charming Brummie with a nice take on life” – Gay Times

“His 15 minutes were over far too quickly” – BBC Birmingham


As ever our Rolling in the Aisles club nights are ably and amusingly hosted by our very own comedian compere – Nick Wills.

“The vicar is very funny” – Mark Steel


Please note: Acts are subject to change.
Posted in Comedy, Live Comedy, Stand-up Comedy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

March 24th – Rolling in the Aisles is back at Kettering Arts Centre

On Saturday 24th March we have a great night of laughs for you at Rolling in the Aisles (or RITA, as I’m sure no-one calls it).

Headlining are Jonny and the Baptists, who are back from their sell-out LEFTY SCUM tour with Josie Long and Grace Petrie and are shortly embarking on a new THE WORLD IS A MESS, HERE ARE SOME SONGS national tour.

Tickets are available online HERE, from Waterstones, and on the door.


Comedy band ‘Jonny & The Baptists’ (Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers) make
riotous music, biting satire and anthemic hilarity. They have risen rapidly
to cult-status in the last year, making the finals of the ‘Amused Moose
Laughter Awards’, the ‘2013 New Act of the Year Awards’ and the ‘Musical
Comedy Awards’, and being featured on ‘The Now Show’ (BBC Radio 4), ‘The
Infinite Monkey Cage’ (BBC R4), ‘The Gadget Show’ (Channel 5) and
‘Sketchorama’ (BBC R4)

★★★★ ‘Brilliant – the closest thing the Fringe has to rock gods’ Fest
Magazinejonny and baptists

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Wickedly Amusing’ The Times

‘Musical comedy’s rising stars’ The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Superbly crafted.’ The Metro

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Seriously funny.’ The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Spirited comedy…broad, daft and punchy.’ // ‘Politically energised…
raucously silly.’ The Guardian


Andrew hails from Northamptonshire and moved to London to pursue a career
in stand-up. He worked in a bar where he practised making the regulars laugh
before his career in live comedy took off. Since then, Andrew has become a
top headline act up and down the UK as well as performing around the world
from Dublin to Doha. He has also supported Rhod Gilbert and Lee Hurst on
tour, and been the warm-up artist for TV shows including Nevermind The
Buzzcocks, Room 101 and Pointless. Andrew is also a writer in demand having
written for series such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week. Andrew’s 2011
Andrew birdand 2012 Edinburgh were sold out and received glowing reviews across the board.

“Comedy gold…going to be a star” The Scotsman

“A great storyteller. Funny, likeable and effortless” Time Out

“Funny as hell” Rhod Gilbert

“Beautifully observed and insightful” Chortle



Charming Welsh comedian Phil Cooper brings a unique blend of storytelling
and smart jokes to any stage.

As well as live stand-up in the U.K./Europe (as an MC or set), he also has
experience in TV, radio and warm-up.phil cooper
His hour long solo comedy TV special aired on S4C on 21 December 2017.

​“Makes comedy look simple, a true talent” – Fosters Comedy

​”Impossible not to be drawn into his expertly delivered dialogue as he
riffs off audience interactions – Top class comedian” – Ministry Comedy

“Very impressive. Had everyone in stitches. We will certainly be having him back again and again” – Eminent Comedy

Posted in Comedy, Live Comedy, Music Comedy, Rolling in the Isles Comedy Night, Stand-up Comedy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

March Fun at Kettering Arts Centre

We’re delighted and excited to be welcoming back our favourite theatre company; the Pantaloons with their latest and most intriguing adaptation yet.

H.G. Well’s classic tale of alien invasion that terrified readers and opened up the possibilities of others “out there” will be brought to you with the Pantaloons’ trademark verve, humour, interaction and fun, on March 10th at 7.30pm.

war of the worlds

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s…”

And fewer would have believed in the first years of the twenty-first century that H. G. Wells’ science fiction classic would be performed live by just four actors with intelligences lesser than average…

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new adaptation as they use musical instruments, puppetry and, um, enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting-machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale.

The chances of success? A million to one…

“Part alternative rock band, part thespian… wholly charming.” (The Times)

Tickets are available HERE

And then on 24th March its our regular monthly comedy club, Rolling in the Aisles. This month we have a fantastic line-up, featuring brilliantly anarchic, bitingly sharp and absolutely hilarious musical satirists and comics; Jonny and the Baptists. Don’t miss out. For more info on the full line up and full details see HERE


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A great night of Comedy – roll on February!

After a fun night of laughs and great company at Kettering Arts Centre for Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club, we are really looking forward to the next Club night.

Coming up on February 24th we have a mixed bill night of hilarity, featuring:

Gareth Richards, Alfie Moore and Pav Rao.

Headliner Gareth Richards’ hilarious stand-up, silly jokes and gorgeously low-keycomedy songs have made him an instant favourite on the comedy circuit. In
2010 he was nominated for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer.

Gareth has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric
(BBC3) and in January performed live on Radio 1 on two separate occasions.
Gareth co-hosted Frank Skinner’s Sony award-winning Absolute Radio show for
two years and supported Frank on his 2014 tour.

“A delightful hour of comedy”
The Guardian

“Clever craftsman with a big future”
Bruce Dessau, The Evening Standard

“An effortlessly assured act… exceptionally inspired and truly memorable.”
Steve Bennett, Chortle

Also featuring Alfie Moore “Brilliantly funny…. genuinely hilarious” David Mitchel “He’s a very funny man”  Rhod Gilbert

And newcomer Pav Rao, along with our regular compere, Nick Wills, complete the bill.

Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 on the door.

Show starts at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm.

Buy tickets here



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Great Comedy at Kettering Arts Centre!

There are still tickets available for tonight’s great show at 8pm! Rolling in the Aisles mixed bill Comedy Club, with brilliant headliner, prop comedian George Egg!

Until 4pm there are tickets available in advance for £9 (plus booking fee) HERE or on the door for £10 cash. Don’t miss out on a great night of laughs, fine ales and good company.

Plus at the show tonight you can buy a great value season ticket for all upcoming Rolling in the Aisles shows this season, for just £32 saving an amazing £8 on door prices!! (Cash/cheque only. Tonight only)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kettering Arts Centre wishes you a very Happy 2018!

We look forward to hosting some great events in 2018 –  theatre, comedy, club nights, music and family events. Keep checking our Facebook page for new info on bookings and upcoming events.

Tickets for all events can be bought via WeGotTickets.com or on the door, but best to buy in advance to be sure you don’t miss out!

nick_willsComing up in the Spring of 2018 – our regular Monthly Club Night is back! Rolling in the Aisles is a fun, friendly, varied and hilarious mixed bill night, hosted by our regular compere, the brilliant Nick Wills.

Our headliners this season are:

Jan 20th: brilliantly unique comedy cook and variety showman George Egg,

Feb 24th: Edinburgh nominated Gareth Richards,

March 24th: hilarious, riotous, satirical comedy band Jonny and the Baptists,

April 21st: surreal master of mayhem, (who made a legendary appearance at Comedians and Carols a few years ago!) Wes Zarahuk

May 19th one of our very favourite headliners returning, the belly laugh funny, Rob Rouse.

war of the worlds

On March 10th we see the return of our favorite thespians the Pantaloons  with their unique take on The War of the Worlds!

Richard HerringIn April, on 28th we are delighted to be hosting legendary comic, podmaster and cult hero Richard Herring.

Look out for more coming soon..

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment