Make ’em Laugh

Model and soap star turned comedian at the Marine

MULTI-talented James Redmond started out as a model, made his name as an actor in popular television soaps and is now a stand-up, coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis for the theatre’s monthly comedy club on Friday 27th April. Redmond is known for roles in Hollyoaks, Casualty, Coronation Street and quiz show Never…

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Bilal takes the Biscuit at Poole

EDINBURGH Fringe rising star Bilal Zafar comes to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 28th April with his new show, Biscuit, in the Sherling Studio at 8pm. Biscuit finds Bilal taking the natural next step for an up and coming young comedian, as he embarks on the quest to find a wife. Diving into the…

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Phil Butler heads Poole’s Coastal Comedy line-up

POOLE’s Lighthouse centre for the arts welcomes the multi-talented Phil Butler, heading the line-up at the first gig of the new season of Coastal Comedy, in the Sherling Studio on Saturday 21st April at 8pm. Phil Butler uses comedy, magic and a few other skills he’s picked up along the way to create a one-man…

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Anything but Stade at Forest Arts

CANADIAN comedian Tom Stade, who is now resident in the UK and a major star of the comedy circuit and the Edinburgh Fringe, comes to Forest Arts at New Milton on Saturday 21st April. One reviewer commented: “There is nothing staid about Stade” and another said: “If comedy is the new rock’n’roll then Tom Stade…

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Lies, lies .. and laughs with Shazia Mirza

IN the era of fake news, what better subject for a comedian than lies? Enter the razor-sharp British-Iranian stand-up Shazia Mirza with her new show, With Love From St Tropez, which is at the Hanger Farm arts centre at Totton, near Southampton, on Thursday 12th April, and Bristol’s Colston Hall on Sunday 13th May. Following…

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Sally-Anne Hayward at Bridport Comedy Cafe

A REGULAR at Glastonbury Festival and a favourite of the comedy circuit, Sally-Anne Hayward is the guest artist at Bridport Arts Centre’s Comedy Cafe on Wednesday 18th April at 8pm. Sally-Anne, who is also a regular radio presenter and actress (including a part in Absolutely Fabulous), combines the things you shouldn’t like about your best…

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Hot flushes and memory loss

MENOPAUSE the Musical, on a lengthy tour of the UK, comes to Poole’s Lighthouse on Thursday 12th April at 7.30pm. This hilarious celebration of women and The Change is packed with one-liners and parody songs about hot flushes and memory loss. Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common meet by…

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Mitch Benn is still here

MUSICIAN and satirist Mitch Benn – Britain’s answer to Tom Lehrer, according to one reviewer – is back on the road, reflecting on his career and wondering where he might be going next. His musings, on his I’m Still Here tour, bring him to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on 13th April. Mitch is looking…

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Bath Comedy Festival celebrates ten years of wit and mischief

THIS year marks the tenth anniversary of the Bath Comedy Festival, which runs to Sunday 15th April with a line-up of the best and brightest stars at new and regular venues and events outside the city at Bradford on Avon and Frome. Festival director Nick Steel is understandably proud of reaching this milestone anniversary with…

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Grumpies to the rescue

THE Grumpy Old Women – Jenny Eclair, Dilly Keane and Lizzie Roper – are on the road again, stopping at Wimborne on 2nd and 3rd April and Yeovil Octagon on 4th and 5th. The Grumps have been forced out of retirement by a world in turmoil, ready with their unique, new and no-holds-barred take on…

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