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Comedy

Saturday 26th April 8:00pm

Seann Walsh: The Lie-In King

Fresh from wowing audiences at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, comedy’s fastest rising star Seann Walsh returns to the Poly with an all-new  highly anticipated live show to show the world that he is the Lie-In King.

Star of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Week’, BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ and ‘Michael McIntryre’s Comedy Roadshow’, and Dave’s ‘Argumental’, Seann is a charming and charismatic natural born observational storyteller, and one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years.

Seann’s other recent TV appearances include: Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02 2012/13, Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Mock The Week (BBC2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel4)

Within two years of his first comedy performance, Seann was the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Shortly after other accolades included; Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011.

Seann Walsh currently stars in his very own brand new television series ‘Seann Walsh World’ on Comedy Central.  Airing on Tuesday nights at 9pm for 13 episodes, the show mixes stand-up comedy with viral internet video clips as Seann delves in to his life as a young, single 26 year old comedian. Later this year, Seann will also star in Comedy Central’s new original sitcom, ‘Big Bad World’.

“Sharp, creative observational comedy… See him now, before the stadium tour” - Sunday Times

“…with the looks, gags and charm to become something quite special, Walsh is this generation’s Dylan Moran” - Time Out

“Set your alarms for this show and miss it at your peril” – Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, Evening standard

Friday 9th May 8:00pm

Simon Evans – Leashed

After a total run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Evans is back with more “Sizzlingly entertaining, beautifully crafted, devastatingly funny gags.” The Guardian.

Star of Celebrity Mastermind, Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

“A great craftsman of language… an evil delight.” Chortle.

 

Saturday 31st May 8:00pm

Arthur Smith: At Your Service

Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH and bask in an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the nineteen eighties and nineties.

Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs and readings from his recently published memoir ‘My Name Is Daphne Fairfax’ which has won praise from literary critics.

A BBC regular, well known for his appearances on TV’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’, ‘Q.I.’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘The One Show’, Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’, ‘Balham Bash’, and host of Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club, and Radio 2’s ‘Smith Lectures’. He is a ‘Spirit of The Fringe’ award-winning Edinburgh Festival stalwart and Olivier nominated playwright for ‘An Evening With Gary Lineker’

Arthur is simply one of our funniest and most original comic performers and is guaranteed to bring you a night of hilarity, mirth and scandal…with a touch of rudeness thrown in for good measure.

Saturday 7th June 8:00pm

Lou Sanders

A genderless riot from a little old force to be reckoned with. Sanders goes hard-pedal without too much fuss. Forty-five plus jokes, six props, one hero and I dare say a bit of heartbreak (you) and a smattering of ground-break (her).

Sanders generally, absolutely, ultimately nails it. Sleaze: turned down. Clothed: fully.

As seen on Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience and Russell Howard’s Good News.

‘Destined for hugeness’ (Time Out).

‘Crazy off-beat surrealism, something new is happening in comedy’ (Independent).

‘If you’re not entertained by this you’ve got a problem’ (Fest).

Thursday 24th July 8:00pm

Simon Munnery

An evening with… SIMON MUNNERY

Dubbed “One of the most consistently original and imaginative minds in comedy” will be making his debut at The Poly this July. Cutting his teeth in the 90’s alternative comedy scene saw Munnery brushing shoulders with the likes of Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Steve Coogan and Patrick Marber to name but a few.

Known through-out the 90’s-2000’s for a whole host of television and radio roles – Alan Parker “Urban Warrior”, Attention Scum! And Cluub Zarathustra – however Simon is at his best in live performance.

Having toured worldwide, created a new show each year Simon’s experimental comic routines are truly something to behold. As intellectual as it is surreal and often described as where comedy meets art, Simon Munnery’s new show is not something to be missed.

Simon Munnery is an avant-garde comedy god. Ambitious, artistic and hugely funny” Time Out

In one audacious, ingenious leap of imagination, Munnery has escaped the bounds of stand-up as we know it” – The Scotsman

One of the most consistently original and imaginative minds in comedy” - The Guardian

Saturday 1st November 8:00pm

Lloyd Langford Live

A brand new stand up show about being bamboozled by the modern world. Perennial grouchy young man Lloyd Langford is annoyed by quite a few things. And he’d like to tell you about them. If you’ve ever been annoyed by advertising, fashion, other people, electrical equipment, porn or pandas then there’ll be something here for you. Join Lloyd for a show jam-packed with gags, anecdotes, gripes, grievances, riffs, character assassinations and occasional exasperated pleas to the sky. It’s a cracking night of stand up comedy for you. And a sort of therapy for him, I guess.

Radio Academy Award Nominee 2014 (Best Comedy, Here Be Dragons)

“Langford has funny bones. It’s wonderfully rare to see a comedian so relaxed and honest with his audience.” **** The List

“One of the sharpest comedic minds on the circuit.” The Guardian

As seen on Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Don’t Sit In The Front Row (Sky Atlantic), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and Comedy Store Live (Comedy Central). As heard on The Unbelievable Truth, The Now Show, The News Quiz, Everyone Quite Likes Justin, Wordaholics (BBC Radio 4). Writer for Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2).