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!)
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 appearances, 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 form
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