Komedia is proud to present a season of Edinburgh Fringe previews featuring stars of stand-up plus the hottest up-and-coming acts, in our Arts Café during June and July. With the price of tickets just a fiver, this is the best way to see the latest comedy talent in one place without travelling all the way to Scotland. Read about the previews that have already been confirmed and keep checking our website for more!
Rosie Holt: Fall Girl
Tue 1 July, 7pm (doors 6.30pm) £5
Funny? Winner Rosie Holt brings her debut show, Fall Girl, to Komedia for an Edinburgh Fringe preview.
Hayley is desperate. She keeps getting conned. Plus the voice in her head is a girl with a guitar who turns her failings into rhyming couplets.
Written and performed by Rosie Holt, Fall Girl is a musical comedy about getting scammed, and getting gumption.
Fall Girl is Directed by Tim Newns and also stars Daniela Finley and James Corley. Original music by Daniela Finley, lyrics by Daniela Finley & Rosie Holt.
“lf Miranda Hart conceived Satan’s love child it would be Rosie Holt” – Mark Ravenhill
Wed 2 July, 7pm (doors 6.30pm) £5
At just 23 years old, Ivo Graham‘s gauche charm belies a talent rarely seen in someone so young. The Eton alumnus combines insightful stories of adolescence with a sharp witted presence that has rapidly gained him the acclaim of his audience, fellow artists and the critics alike. After a sell-out debut run at the Edinburgh Festival last summer Graham will be road testing his new show.
‘Beautifully-constructed comedy’ The Scotsman
‘One of the best young comedians around’ **** Time Out
**** The Independent
**** Three Weeks
Wed 2 July, 8.30pm (doors 8.15pm) £5
David Trent’s year long awaited 2014 return to the fringe, is a high octane audio visual onslaught that promises to be the ultimate in Trentertainment™.
David Trent – Blowing minds Edinburgh since 2012. Minds in Bath should also prepare to be blown.
THIS SHOW CONTAINS: Projections. Shouting. Film. Shouting. Audio. Shouting. Shouting. THE END.
“He’s come up with a fresh way of commenting on the world we live in.” Guardian
“In a just world, splenetic anger should pay his mortgage.” Chortle
“A searing blend of live rage and mashed-up video content.” Scotsman
Pippa Edwards: Work In Progress
Mon 7 July, 7pm (doors 6.30pm) £5
Award-winning comedian Pippa Evans, star of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, Newsjack, BBC3’s Live at the Electric and co-creator of the international phenomenon The Sunday Assembly, presents an hour of funny stuff in preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“The finest female character comic around” – Time Out
“A searing talent as comic writer, actor and versatile singer” – Scotsman
“Fine comic writing underpins her flawless, perfectly timed performance” – Chortle
Josh Howie: Work In Progress
Mon 7 July, 8.30pm (doors 8.15pm) £5
Spend a fun-packed hour with the needy, insecure, bitter, angry, aggressive, acrid, splenetic, immature, petulant, vindictive, loving father of three.
“Great things are expected from the abrasive yet strangely lovable Josh Howie” – Guardian
“Comedy gold” – Chortle
“The very undervalued Josh Howie delivers self-deprecating sharply written slices of neuroticism. There’s a distinct (and lovely) whiff of the Woody Allens” Independent.
“Howie is a name to watch” – Times.
Wed 9 July, 7pm (doors 6.30pm) £5
Star of Stand Up For The Week and Russell Howard’s Good News, Angela Barnes brings a fresh hour of funnies to Komedia.
Winner BBC NEW COMEDY AWARD 2011
Finalist LATITUDE NEW ACT OF THE YEAR 2011
Finalist UP THE CREEK ONE TO WATCH 2011
“brilliantly funny” Sarah Millican
“Hers is a world-weary and devestatingly matter-of-fact outlook on the world that really makes her stand out” The Guardian
“a beautifully paced performance that was aided by the consistent quality of her jokes, many of which showed a great skill with self-deprecation. ” Chortle
“Barnes mixes warm autobiographical material with plenty of strong jokes” The Guardian
“This is a lady who is confident in the way she attacks her one liners and punch lines, her easy going manner really drew the audience in” Fringe Review
“easily the most comfortable on stage, with the best jokes and delivery” Fringe Guru
Wed 9 July, 8.30pm (doors 8.15pm) £5
Join Romesh Ranganathan as he previews his eagerly anticipated brand new show.
The last twelve months have been incredible for Ranganathan with him winning the prestigious ‘Leicester Mercury New Act Award 2013’ and his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival debut being nominated for the coveted ‘Best Newcomer Award 2013’.
Culminating in his debut appearance on BBC2’s ‘Mock The Week’, BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’, BBC3’s ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2013’ and a regular slot on Channel 4’s weekly topical show ‘Stand Up For The Week’.
From playing comedy clubs all over the country Ranganathan’s profile has grown as has the respect from his peers which has resulted in him writing for numerous shows and supporting the likes of Seann Walsh, Bill Burr, Paul Chowdhry and one of his comedy heroes Ricky Gervais.
“… his ability to produce bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd.” The Guardian
★★★★ Sunday Times
Mon 14 July, 7pm (doors 6.30pm) £5
Mark Simmons presents his first full length solo show with an hour of words put together in an order to make it funny (he tried it in another order but the audience threw things at him).
Marks jokes are short and sharp with not a single word too many, so come see his barrage of clever, funny, surreal, hilarious, slow burning, obscure, silly, amusing, topical, history based, and witty one liners.
Runner-Up 2013 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year, and a finalist in the 2012 NATYS (formerly Hackney Empire New Act Show), Mark is a busy stand up comic, writer and actor.
You may end up laughing at him rather than with him, but it still counts.
‘Fendishly clever quips’ Bruce Dessau
‘Positive, warm hearted comedy firmly rooted in stand up and not whimsy’ Julia Chamberlain, Highlight Comedy Clubs
‘Funny material’ Three Weeks 2013
‘Perfectly-timed, clever one-liners’ Leicester Mercury
Mon 14 July, 8.30pm (doors 8.15pm) £5
Join Suzi Ruffell as she tries out new material.
This bright young comic is quickly making a name for herself with a Leciester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and Latitude Festival New Act Comp nominee under her belt.
Regarded as one of best up and coming acts on the circuit Suzi is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. She is fast establishing herself on the live circuit supporting Alan Carr, Josh Widdicombe and Kevin Bridges on tour.
Suzi’s innovative style capitivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude and stories of desperately trying to fit in.
‘This is what talent looks like before it hits big’ London Is Funny
‘a winning style and spirit’ Chortle
‘A real stand-up gem’ The Guardian
‘…a true pro, strutting around the stage as if she owned it.’ Bruce Dessau
Jeff Leach: FIT
17 July, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm) £5
BBC3 and Big Brother’s Big Mouth presenter Jeff Leach is FIT, but fit for what?
The man Esquire Magazine calls their ‘favourite festival comic’ brings a new hour of energetic and refreshingly honest stand up to the stage, having undergone an entire lifestyle overhaul.
Tackling the fragility of being a modern man, fears of fatherhood and perils of pining for fame with intelligence, wit and his usual relentless presence on stage. (This is a work in progress show).
‘Never less than hilarious he’s a comedic tour-de-force’ Three Weeks
‘The sexual charisma of Russell Brand and self-awareness of Jack Whitehall, unspairing attractive honesty’ Edinburgh Is Funny
‘A fearless comic on an ascent to the top of the comedy circuit’ Festival Journal
‘He’s hilarious and he’s a hottie’ Heat Magazine
‘Watch this face!’ Front Magazine
‘Charismatic and charming… pretty darned impressive’ Chortle
Mon 21 July, 7pm (doors 6.30pm) £5
The ‘Awe-inspiring’ (Chortle.co.uk) Ali Cook combines stand up comedy with stop-em-dead magic. After a sell-out run the last time he was in Edinburgh, Ali previews his new show before returning to Scotland.
Mon 21 July, 8.30pm (doors 8.15pm) £5
Nathan Caton’s charismatic and laidback style of stand up has seen him quickly establish himself on the comedy circuit.
Regarded as one of the best young comics in the UK Nathan’s award-winning combination of personal and topical anecdotes has lead to appearances on BBC2’s ‘Mock The Week’,BBC3’s ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Now Show’, ‘News Quiz’ and his BBC Radio 4 sitcom ‘Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing’ being commissioned for two series with a third series due to air in 2014.
‘Catoning’ stand up while still at University studying Architecture, Nathan quickly made a name for himself winning the ‘Chortle Student Comic of the Year’, ‘FHM Stand Up Hero Finalist 2010’ and ‘Black Comedy Awards Best Young Act 2011’. Nathan Caton is definitely one to watch!
‘Caton is probably the most exciting young black comic on the scene.’ Fest
‘More than material, presentation is Caton’s strongest suit and he’s confident, charismatic and upbeat.’ Chortle
‘…laidback, on-the-nose material, chopping down fools of all colours, both in day-to-day life and in the media’ The Guardian
Danny Ward: Infra Dig
Tue 22 July, 7pm (doors 6.30pm), £5
Winner of 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Amused Moose Laughter Awards People’s Choice and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013 Nominee, Danny Ward returns with the hotly anticipated follow up to the award-winning Pressure Point.
Danny’s on the up; he’s escaped his Auntie Annie’s conservatory, upgraded the T-Reg Polo and even bought some red trousers. Join him on his quest to solve an epic identity crisis whilst battling to escape the bottom rung.
‘Slick, quick and packed with funny material’ (Three Weeks 2013)
‘Tight on gags and tongue twisting set pieces’ (Huffington Post 2013)
‘Observational gags coming thick and fast’ (Leicester Mercury Feb 2013)
‘Danny Ward stole the show …. An outstanding headliner’ (Barnfield Theatre 2012)
‘Hilarious riffs worked brilliantly throughout, with a killer ending’ (Bournemouth Echo 2011)
This is top quality stand up!’ ✭✭✭✭ (Three Weeks Aug 2010)
Loretta Maine: Work In Progress
Tue 22 July, 8.30pm (doors 8.15pm) £5
Loretta Maine returns to Komedia Bath after touring her hit musical extravaganza “Bipolar”, four semi-sober appearances on BBC3’s Live at the Electric and a trip to the Melbourne Comedy Festival which may or may not have culminated in a restraining order from Dr Karl Kennedy.
She brings some new stuff and some old stuff. See if you can tell which is which.
‘Comic talent and musical genius…catchy tunes, brilliant lyrics and gleeful cynicism’ – Edinburgh Evening News
‘A fantastic wreck of a human being and a great comedy conception’ –Chortle
‘Like Dolly Parton seen through the lens of Mike Leigh….she performs brilliantly observed songs about love, loss and violent revenge’ – The Guardian