On October 27th we welcome Roger Monkhouse, Paul Pirie and The Monks to the next installment of RITA.
Doors open 7.30pm with show start at 8pm.
“his laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind” The Guardian
Roger Monkhouse is one of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. A highly original and quirky performer, Roger’s trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit.
Distinguished as a comic by his eloquence and keen eye for a fine phrase, Roger’s easy observational style is spiked by the signal flares of an accomplished gag writer. A supremely confident compere and seasoned corporate host, Roger is happy to improvise freely with a crowd and is at great ease bantering with an audience, but has no shortage of first class observational material in his armoury.
As one of the most sought after acts on the comedy circuit, Roger headlines at all the major comedy venues and has performed extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Internationally, most recently performing in Belgium, The Netherlands, South Africa, China, Singapore, Tokyo and the Middle East. He has also featured on major national tours of the UK sponsored by Hooch and J2O.
Recent television credits include ‘The Comedy Store’ and ‘The World Stands Up’, (both Paramount), ‘My God I’m My Dad’ (Bravo) and ‘Street Cred Sudoku’ (UKG2). He is one of the regular writers on Channel 4’s hugely popular comedy panel show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ – responsible for scripting up-to-theminute topical gags every week for the show which features Jimmy Carr alongside team captains Dave Spikey and Sean Lock. On the airwaves, he was recently a guest panellist on comedy panel show ‘Jest A Minute’ (BBC Radio Wales) as well as contributing to review show ‘Serious About Comedy’ (BBC7).
A fine topical writer and performer, and master of sharp observational comedy, Roger is a regular member of the prestigious and critically acclaimed ‘Cutting Edge’ team at the London Comedy Store.
“unfailingly entertaining and skilfully able to pull punchlines, seemingly, out of thin air” Chortle
“packs in more observations on the human condition in a twenty minute set than a whole lecture on Jean-Paul Sartre” Venue Magazine
“a brilliant natural comedian” Edinburgh Evening News
Paul Pirie began his stand-up career after giving up acting to pursue the funny man that lies within, quickly establishing himself on the Scottish comedy circuit as long ago as 2004. It should be pointed out that at the time he was living with his Gran, having given away the keys to his flat in a pub quiz. Since this time Paul’s career has encompassed TV, Film and Radio alongside his burgeoning skill as a stand-up with Paul emerging as one of the biggest Scottish acts on the UK comedy circuit.
Paul has since had a consecutive succession of sell out shows at The Glasgow Comedy Festival and joined esteemed popular comedy-improv group Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! (also featuring Raymond Mearns), and has helped with the development of the group. In 2006 ‘The Boys’ caught the attention of BBC Radio who recorded the show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival and since then, Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! have gone on to work under the watchful eye of the BBC to develop regular radio shows.
Now living in Essex (where his better half keeps the keys), Paul Pirie is a unique, vibrant comedian who appears regularly at: The Comedy Club (venues nationwide), Fymfyg in London, Bristol Jesters, Komedia, Comedy Café, Big Night Out comedy clubs in and around London as well as The Stand in Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus many more.
The Monks are Kevin Moore and Yazz Fetto. They think they can lay claim to being the only Christian comedy sketch group in the UK. As such, they not only do shows in clubs, pubs and small sweaty comedy rooms but also chapels, churches and small sweaty vestries.
I expected something squeaky clean but they came up with a pretty edgy skit…a rather good one. Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
That rarest of things in comedy a Christian sketch group. Time Out
sharp, expertly delivered and hilarious The Londonist
(The Monks)in many ways sound like an old school Oxbridge style of actbut the material was much darker. Chortle.co.uk
darker than I was expecting, and good fun NottsComedyReview
FINALISTS – NATYS 2017
FEATURED ACT LONDON SKETCHFEST 2016
SEMI-FINALISTS LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE NEW COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2016
SEMI-FINALISTS LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE SKETCH OFF 2017
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