Annual comedy night @ The Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire.
2017 Line Up: Keith Farnan, Zoe Lyons, Ivo Graham and Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue.
Having appeared on BBC's Michael Mcintyre Comedy Roadshow as well as adapting his own comedy documentary for RTE, Money, Money, Money: Keith Farnan versus the Economy, Keith has just topped an outstanding eighteen months by appearing at the Montreal Just For Laughs All Access show for the Canadian Comedy Network and Hollands highest rating comedy show, The Comedy Factory. In America, Showtime have Keith has appeared on their new standup show, Live From Amsterdam, which brings together the best American and European comedians working today.
He has performed as a stand-up all over the world, from Montreal to Amsterdam to Hong Kong. His four Edinburgh Festival shows have proved a powerful mix of the personal and the political and have sold out their runs at the major comedy festivals in the UK as well as the Soho Theatre and Royal Festival Hall in London.
Zoe took her first steps down the comedy path in 2003 after training as an actress at the Poor School in London. She went on to win the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and her debut Edinburgh show was nominated for the if.comedy newcomer award. In 2008 she won the Dave, Funniest Joke of The Fringe Award.
“Always fizzling with indignation and throwing out a hugely enjoyable mix of brutal putdowns and richly funny stories, Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd.”
Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18 and eight months later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. This led the following year to nominations for Chortle Best Newcomer and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, and performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival and the Hollywood Fringe.
Since leaving university in 2012 he has become a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK comedy circuit, with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Comedy Central’s Live At The Comedy Store, and various shows on BBC Radio 4, Five Live, and XFM. His three solo hours, 2013’s “Binoculars”, 2014’s “Bow Ties & Johnnies” and 2015’s “No Filter”, had sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre, and received a clutch of four and five star reviews, the latter described by the Evening Standard as “a joyous show…if you like your comedy with long words and beautiful linguistic flourishes, buy a ticket immediately.” The last twelve months have been busy for Graham with him supporting Josh Widdicombe and Michael McIntyre on tour as well as writing on The Last Leg and Mock The Week. The future is incredibly bright for this young star.
The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue
Lightning fast choreography meets uber swift editing in a fantasmagorical collision of quality entertainment. An overload of velvet, sandals and multi-hued wool provides a startling accompaniment, the whole effect being that of a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face.
Cutting their teeth compering and performing in Comedy and Variety nights at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea, they watched the nineties as it wafted gently past until, eventually and not before time, London called. With the fledgling post-fix, “Revue”, added, they blasted the clubs with their Guitar and Stylophone stylings, wowing rooms with super slick prop manipulation, dazzling jaded eyes with sandal based choreography that remains inimitable. Now, this terpsichorean twosome tour the country, even venturing as far afield as The Falklands and Oman, to provide spiritual uplift to the brave boys and girls of the armed forces. Their latest foray is into radio comedy/drama. A 1930s murder mystery based in Brighton and a frankly silly retelling of the Jack the Ripper tale, (too soon?) have so far been forged in the red hot fires of their imaginations.