Lee Kyle (headliner): Described by the BBC as a ‘top up-and-coming comedy performer’, Lee Kyle has spent much of his life on a never-ending quest to never have a proper job. He was in an all-male Spice Girls tribute act before spending a decade as a professional wrestler and then trying his hand at stand-up. Managing the difficult trick of being both odd and relatable, his jokes veer between the clever and the silly and deliver more than their fair share of belly laughs. He has written for Radio 4 and appeared on BBC Radio’s Jesting About as well as 4 Extra’s ‘History of Geordie Comedy’ and wrote and starred in a sketch for ITV’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup and CBBC’s Wolfblood premiere. He hosts the successful ‘Which is the Best?’ podcast and has a Youtube video with 2.5 million views, on which most of the comments are from Americans telling him they can’t understand his accent.
‘Quirky and original - the highlight of the night’ – Giggle Beats
‘Very funny’ – Manchester Evening News
‘Had everyone on their feet - Sublimely ridiculous.’ – Northern Echo
‘A brilliant performance…Pure genius!’– NARC Magazine
‘Subtle genius’ – NE1 Magazine
Anja Atkinson: Anja has risen fast on the north-east comedy scene thanks to her relentless, caustic wit. She won the Mr Shindig’s New Act of the Year competition in 2017 and has since been a regular at the prestigious Stand Comedy Club weekend shows in Newcastle and Glasgow.
‘an exciting talent and one to watch’ – Carl Hutchinson
Jake Donaldson: Jake is a professional comedian, celebrated for his shows at comedy festivals across the UK. Mixing storytelling with honest and confessional stand-up, Jake is one of the most exciting up-and-coming comics to come out of the alt/indie comedy scene. He’s fresh from a UK tour of his recent solo show Help! I'm Trapped In The Body Of An Adequate Comedian!, which was described by Edfringe.com as ‘not to be missed. Incredibly funny and down-to-earth’
Named one of Huffington Post’s 10 Must See New Acts at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016
Lauren Stone: Lauren Stone looks like an owl that flew into a window, and sounds like something very sad has happened. It hasn’t. She is a stand-up comedian and co-host of A Comedy Night That Passes the Bechdel Test in London and Newcastle, a show described by NARC magazine as ‘majestic comedy mayhem’.
Hal Branson (host): One third of award-winning sketch group Hot Gulp and one whole of himself, Hal Branson is an established comedian regularly seen at festivals and comedy clubs throughout the UK. Bizarre and hilarious anecdotes from his eccentric upbringing along with his trademark physical performance and big silly face make Hal a firm favourite on any comedy line up.
‘Clever, likeable and with a great eye for detail. Effortlessly watchable’– NARC
‘An understated comedy gem’ – The Huffington Post
‘Hal Branson has natural affability in spades, and his self-referential storytelling is as heart-warming as his wordplay, hitting home with the audience throughout’ – Giggle Beats
‘Personal, engaging, and downright hilariously funny’ – ★★★★★ Ed Fringe Comedy
‘His context and set up for the funny bits are every bit as good as the punchlines themselves’ ★★★★★ – One4review
‘Loveable and humble humour’ ★★★★ - The List
Recent tour support for Dylan Moran, Sam Simmons and Jess Fostekew
As seen / heard on Sky Arts, 5 Live and BBC Newcastle