05 Oct Saturday 5th October : Andrew Maxwell | Andrea Hubert | Rhys James |Laurence Clarke
A sparkling lineup of stand-up comedy, featuring the outstanding Andrew Maxwell, the hot newcomer Andrea Hubert, on-the-spot improv genius from Russell Hicks and the always irrepressible Tim Clarke.
Renowned for his cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (2007 & 2011) and star of Sky’s JOHN BISHOP’S ONLY JOKING and BBC’s LIVE AT THE APOLLO, host of the BBC3 EDINBURGH COMEDY MARATHON & series regular on Sky’s WALL OF FAME, Andrew Maxwell is always a must-see for any comedy fan.
Always adept at making shrewd, balanced and very funny political observations, Maxwell was one of the first comics at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival to react to the riots in England and the Arab Spring and evolve his act accordingly to rave reviews and a nomination. He has just finished performing his exciting new 2012 Edinburgh show THAT’S THE SPIRIT at the Assembly Rooms George Square to sell out audiences. He followed this with a run at London’s Soho Theatre. He also performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (incl. a performance at the televised American Dream gala) just before he headed to Edinburgh in the summer.
Andrew has appeared on recent series of BBC’s HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, ITV2’S CELEBRITY JUICE, the Dave Channel’s ARGUMENTAL, BBC2’s MOCK THE WEEK and R4’s THE NOW SHOW cementing his reputation as one of the country’s most sought after comedians.
Andrew has won and been nominated for several other major awards including the Time Out Live Award for Best Stand-up, the Loaded Magazine Award for Best Stand-up and the Chortle Award for Best Contribution To The Live Comedy Circuit. He was also voted Best Irish Comedian by the public at the Entertainment.ie Awards
Andrea Hubert started out on the comedy circuit in late 2009, and within 20 gigs gained second place in a national competition. She’s since performed alongside some of the UK’s best comedians at prestigious comedy clubs all over the UK, been commissioned as a writer for a BBC pilot and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the New York Television Festival 2012. She was dubbed One to Watch in 2012 by London is Funny, for whom she went on to write a comedy poetry blog in 2012.
In 2013, Andrea and her writing partner Ryan Cull won the prestigious BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forumcompetition, beating over 500 other entrants. The writing pair are currently working on a new sitcom as part of a development deal with Objective Productions (makers of Peep Show and Fresh Meat.) She is also producing a book of short plays, and continues to contribute regular interviews and features to The Guardian.
In 2015, Andrea took part in a spoof music video of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, parodying the notion of tax on female toiletries. Click here to watch the full video.
Time Out ★★★★
The Arts Desk ★★★★
Evening Standard ★★★★
The Scotsman ★★★★
Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★
Broadway Baby ★★★★
Three Weeks ★★★★★
Beyond The Joke ★★★★
What’s On London ★★★★
Laurence Clark is an internationally-acclaimed comedian, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. His observational, political stand-up and filmed stunts demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes with humour and warmth.
He’s performed everywhere from the House of Commons to a double-decker bus in Sheffield. With television appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Laurence was the subject of the BBC1 documentary “We Won’t Drop the Baby” and has been a presenter for BBC Newsnight. He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian and has been a finalist in the AmusedMoose Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has blogged for BBC Ouch, The Independent and The Guardian and regularly performs with the comedy collective Abnormally Funny People.
On stage he has recently toured Scotland in Birds of Paradise’s highly acclaimed dance theatre production Purposeless Movements. He has also performed in The Trouble with Richard (Graeae) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Octagon Theatre), about which the Guardian said “his wheelchair-assisted Wall is indeed ‘the wittiest partition that I ever heard discourse.”
His 8 critically-acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have gained him 29 4-star and 3 5-star reviews. His first show, The All-Star Charity Show sent up old-fashioned telethons for disabled people by presenting appeals on behalf of the celebrities who fronted them in the same patronising, overly sentimental way. In The Jim Davidson Guide to Equality Laurence responded to ‘comic’ Jim Davidson cancelling a show because wheelchair users
were in his audience by doing a show which he vowed to cancel if Jim turned up! Continuing his one-man vendetta against people called Jim, in Jim Fixed It for Me Laurence tried to come to terms with having appeared on Jim’ll Fix It as a child and not getting a Jim’ll Fix It portrayed as disabled in order to make them seem sinister and evil; e.g, Richard III, Long John Silver, Captain Hook, Dr Strangelove, various Bond baddies and of course… Heather Mills-McCartney! Laurence’s most controversial show,
Spastic Fantastic followed his attempts to reclaim ‘spastic’ as someone with cerebral palsy through stand-up comedy and hidden camera stunts. Health Hazard was about his one-man mission to help Obama sell the benefits of free healthcare to the American people. In Inspired, commissioned by the London 2012 Unlimited programme, he tackled his pet hate of disabled people person being called inspirational for doing mundane, everyday shit and staged an unconventional Olympic race. Finally in Moments of Instant Regret he revisited his shameful deeds of the past, such as making a waiter cry and biting a policeman, and tried to make amends.
“This is heavy hitting, clever stuff. Not very much stand-up these days has the power to shock, to force a sharp intake of breath and to change minds. This does. Not since Robert Newman have I seen a comic who made me think so much and realise I knew so little. Go. Think. Laugh.” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
“Laurence Clark has attitude in spades. He’s a searing political satirist who ensures both his message and his jokes are on an equal footing – never lecturing and never being less than funny. He’s such an astute, piercing and funny commentator that disability becomes a side issue. His material is never earnest, nor whinging, nor hectoring – just damn funny comedy from the heart.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
“…irreverent, pertinent and that rarest of things – a humorous hour that leaves you looking at the world in a different light.” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“At the end of a Laurence Clark performance, apart from being a bit tired from laughing, one has come to understand some of the travails of his world – and one has become very fond of the man himself. ” Adelaide Advertiser
“Natural wit” Daily Express
“An engaging clown” The Sunday Times
Banana Cabaret, Balham, is one of London’s longest running, premiere stand up comedy clubs; a favourite with comedians and audiences alike and always one of the best lineups in town. All your favourite household-name comics have performed in our iconic round room. Many of them still do!
When tickets are sold out online, we always have tickets available on the door.
Doors open at 7.30pm. The show runs from 9.00pm-11.00pm (late bars and DJs until 2am).
Please arrive by 8:30pm to secure your allocated seats.
Be aware that food orders for the theatre will only be taken until 8.15pm.
If you book separately and wish to be seated together please email Banana Cabaret (contact details will be provided in your confirmation email).
Concessions are available to the unwaged & students. Please bring concessionary ID to receive a £3 rebate.
Acts subject to change.
£14 / NUS TICKETS £5 (ON THE DOOR)
DJs til 2am