Rolling in the Aisles 20th April 2019

HEADLINER: PAUL TONKINSON

Comedy Comedy Comedy!!!

Here come 3 top comedians and our own brilliant compere Nick Wills performing cutting edge stand up at the home of Kettering’s Arts scene …..

Doors open at 7.30pm Show starts at 8PM

Tickets £9 in advance available here or £10 on the door

Age advisory 14+

On Saturday 20th April 2019 we have:

PAUL TONKINSON

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HILARIOUS; NOBODY MAKES ME LAUGH LIKE PAUL TONKINSON. SIMPLY ONE OF THE GREATEST COMICS AROUND. GO SEE HIM!” Michael McIntyre

A sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, marathon runner and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul Tonkinson has long upheld his esteemed reputation as one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. With a unique and distinctive style, Tonkinson is noted for his effervescent physicality and skillful impressions, which bring alive exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of 21st century living. A plethora of first class material, combined with tremendous charm and irrepressible, infectious energy make for quite a formidable talent.

In 2013 Paul joined Michael Mackintyre as a special guest on his global arena tour; playing to millions across the globe, as far and wide as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Paul joined Michael again in 2015 as special guest on the Happy & Glorious Tour; playing to sold-out crowds in arenas across the UK.

On TV, he’s most recently performed on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up. He was recently a contestant on Ch. 4`s hit show Celebrity Come Dine With Me, proving he’s not just a dazzling stand-up talent, but a whizz in the kitchen, scooping first place to win the cash prize for charity. Back in the day, when he was a mere whippersnapper he had a stint presenting Ch. 4’s The Big Breakfast and he has also presented radio shows on XFM in London and Manchester. He has just completed a stint as a Programme Associate on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre Chat Show.

His first love remains stand-up, and Tonkinson remains in great demand in the UK and across the globe, performing at all the major international comedy festivals including the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs festival where he hosted the esteemed Britcom Gala. Confirming his status as an invincible and highly versatile performer, he is also a regular entertainer for the UK Armed Forces, and has performed in Afghanistan and Iraq; playing to 2,500 troops in 45 degree heat in the middle of the desert.

“EXCELLENT…EXTREMELY TALENTED…BRILLIANT” Time Out

“CHARISMATIC, COMBINES THE VISUAL TRICKERY OF A LEE EVANS WITH THE IMPROVISATIONAL SKILLS OF PAUL MERTON. BRILLIANT CHARACTERISATIONS, HIS FACE, A WONDER OF CONTORTION” Independent

“MASTER AT WORKING A CROWD, INFECTIOUS VIBRANCY, LIGHTNING-FAST COMIC MIND, WARMHEARTED, EFFORTLESSLY LIKEABLE” Chortle

Brian & Krystal

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Grumpy old cockney BRIAN DAMAGE met KRYSSTAL his glamorous assistant, at THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL in 2000. They teamed up immediately to record their own excellent CD Silly Songs and form a unique act which they have performed in places as diverse as JOHANNESBURG (South Africa), AUSTRALIA, SCOTLAND, IRELAND, SPAIN, GOZO, DENMARK and all over the UK.

Brian and Krystal have appeared five years running at THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL and also performed at international festivals such as GLASTONBURY, LONDON COMEDY FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE & MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVALS & WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL 2005

Wherever they go their baggage goes with them, including several musical instruments (not always musical in their hands!) and many years of experience in the entertainment industry. Much of this baggage spills forth during their unconventional vaudeville style act, punctuated by occasional silly songs, the odd bit of Spanish dancing and loads of belly laughs.

Apart from regular live appearances Brian and Krystal are not averse to TV, radio or any other media performances. They write scripts and songs and have hosted corporate functions, private parties and are suitable for many types of comedy-based events!

” Legendary Brian Damage and top strangely straight-woman Krystal are a one-off cross-genre act but they have echoes of The Bonzos, the heyday of music hall and some rather seedy country and western club. Four stars I laughed like a drain” Chortle – Edinburgh Festival

“as daft and charming as they are funny” The Stage “A Demon set and staggering stage presence.” The Big Issue.GQ

SASKIA PRESTON

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Saskia has made a name for herself as an act who delivers up offbeat one liners and observations in a unique and playful style. A finalist in the Max Turner Comedy Award 2013, Funny Women Award 2013 and Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2013 competition, Saskia was also shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award 2013 broadcast on BBC Radio 4 extra and more recently (2015) she was in the Laughing Horse New Comedian of the Year Final. Saskia’s broadcasting career has also seen her write for Newsjack, The Now Show and The News Quiz on Radio 4. Please contact for writing samples if you’d like to see some hard evidence.

Saskia has performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival every year since 2013, including in 2018 when she was selected for the prestigious AAA Stand Up showcase. She will return in 2019 for her debut show. She has also performed internationally in Norway and Berkshire.

‘Superb gag-writer…one to watch’ – London is Funny

‘Interesting, quirky act, alien weirdo with odd observations…very good’ – Chortle

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