Join us as we host some of the funniest and most innovative stand-up comedians in the country to raise money for cracking local charity uS Active which works to empower and support young people experiencing mental health difficulties.
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LOST VOICE GUY
Lee Ridley - aka Lost Voice Guy - is a completely unique performer on the UK circuit as he is the only stand-up to perform using a communication aid. Born with cerebral palsy, Lee has been unable to communicate using his vocal chords and so instead turn to an aid. More importantly, Lee has been born funny, playing with an audience's discomfort expertly to upturn expectations and poke fun at society's perceptions of disability, as well as taking the piss out of himself as well. He has a remarkably mischievous comedy mind, leading to him being crowned BBC New Act of the Year and Britain's Got Talent champion, appearing on Live at the Apollo and having his own sitcom commissioned by Radio 4 (Ability) as well as supporting Patrick Kielty and Ross Noble on tour.
"Funny, personal, occasionally shocking and laugh out loud funny." Independent
"A wonderful comedian." Matt Lucas
"A very funny guy." Ross Noble
Known for being a comedy powerhouse with an electric stage presence, Helen is one of the UK’s most exciting rising stand up stars.
After leaving college with an E in Economics and an allergy to the education system, Helen Bauer moved to London to share a bed with her cousin and work in Accessorize on Oxford Street. She lived in London until she was 23, making sketches, waitressing and drinking. She then moved to Berlin to do the same there, and discovered stand-up. Helen honed her comedy skills performing in Germany before unleashing them on an unsuspecting British Isles. Since her nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Helen has been splashed all over the telly, including appearances on Live at the Apollo, the Stand-Up Sketch Show and The Dog Ate My Homework.
She also co-hosts the podcast Trusty Hogs with fellow comedian Catherine Bohart as well as co-hosting the hit podcast Daddy Look At Me (with Rosie Jones) – The Guardian’s Recommend podcast.
“A personality that will fill a stadium. Mark my words, this girl will not be performing in small venues for much longer.” Sunday Express
Geordie comic Carl Hutchinson is a powerhouse comedian on the circuit. Undeniably hilarious, with brilliant characterisations and expert timing, 2019 saw Carl complete a 50-date run of shows, including an impressive hometown show at the Tyne Theatre, which sold out 3 months in advance. In 2020 he made his debut hosting BBC1’s flagship show The One Show and has been seen on ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show.
His relentless live work has led him to be named ‘One to watch’ by Chortle and ‘One of the hardest working comedians of 2018.’ He has made appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Fred at the Stand and BBC Radio Scotland’s The Good The Bad and The Unexpected.
Alongside his live work, Carl has won over TV audiences on Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show on Comedy Central. He also supported Chris Ramsey on three major national tours The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television, The Just Happy to Get Out of The House Tour and most recently, Chris Ramsey Live 20/20.
He’s an absolute charmer. The perfect example of an effortless comedian who is just like your best mate in the pub leaving you in stitches.
Rachel is an Edinburgh native with a quick mind and a sharp tongue. She has made somewhat of a name for herself in Scotland and is renowned for her fearless style and candid yet loveable demeanour.
She has developed several sketches for the BBC culminating in a web series entitled Bunny Boiler for BBC Three which she also wrote and was received with critical acclaim. She performed her debut hour at The Edinburgh Fringe last year and wowed audiences and critics alike. Earning rave reviews and many new fans.
"Jackson is a genius behind the microphone, deserving of every success she encounters." Edinburgh Festival Magazine
"Unstoppable tour de force." The Daily Record
AND YOUR HOST:
BEN VAN DER VELDE
One of the quickest wits around and a much-loved compere, he always brings a jam-packed back of nonsense, silliness and wisecracks to every gig he hosts.
"Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue." Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“The perfect comedy club host – he is a master of audience interaction. The audience weren’t just warmed up, but pretty hysterical even before the first act of the night hit the stage.” Huffington Post