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Crook, February 28th 2019
28 February @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Ben Van der Velde, Stanley Brooks, and host Tony Jameson
Ben Van der Velde
Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who, over the past few years, has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.
He is a regular host and act for many respected British comedy clubs, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He also has experience of performing at RAF bases, large corporate events, hosting comedy workshops, and doing audience warm-up for Deal Or No Deal.
Ben is a also regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has performed three critically-acclaimed shows: Chain Letter, Strudelhead and Barbarians. In 2016 his show received 5 and 4 star reviews, whilst several of the jokes made it into lists of ‘Best Joke at the Fringe’ compiled by The Scotsman, i-News and The Huffington Post.
“Whipsharp... with an air of mischievous mayhem... his hit rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room” - Chortle
“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue” - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up” - Fest
Stanley Brooks is a high energy character act that parodies "The Apprentice" style business motivational speakers. With observations that skewer every corporate seminar and away day you were forced to sit through, Stanley is here to help give you the secrets to success (even if he hasn't really achieved it himself).
The country's leading inspirator, discover how to achieve your dream job (admin) as Stanley helps you teach yourself the skills you already know to become the winner you could be if only you made the effort.
As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Second place Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2016.
“Good comic instinct … deft lines and nice observations” - Chortle
Since starting in September, 2008, Tony Jameson has established himself firmly as one of the brightest prospects in the North East comedy scene.
With his whimsical rambling manner, or flight of fancy, Tony takes audiences on a tour of the inner workings of his mind and the strange things that happen in his life. Fleeting from whimsy to dark one-liners, before stopping for a cup of tea and a breather. It’s a bit like a small child who always asks ‘why?’ His observations are well thought out, keeping the audience on their toes and intrigued, eager to see where his journey will take them.
In 2014 Tony had an exceptional run at the Edinburgh Festival, following a sell-out run in 2013 with his critically acclaimed show Football Manager Ruined My Life, which he then toured throughout Winter 2014, before taking it back on the road in 2015.
“Tony Jameson delivered both an imaginatively amusing and well received performance...” - Three Weeks
“Terrific... Wonderful... Life-affirming stuff...” - The Skinny
“The latest Geordie with massive potential” - Yorkshire Evening Press