wednesday June 10th Show listings
All shows below are free entry, with pay what you want donation to act after show.
7:30pm Sarah Keyworth: Work in Progress
An hour of new material from Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee Sarah Keyworth. Winner: Herald Angel Award. Winner: Pleasance Best Newcomer Award. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, The Stand Up Sketch Show and The Now Show. ★★★★★ Herald ★★★★ Times ★★★★ Telegraph
8:45pm Bilal Zafir: Care 14+
Bilal Zafar worked in a massive care home for the elderly for a year. He soon realised this wasn’t a normal care home as all of the residents were millionaires while he was on £6.50 an hour. Bilal has been seen/heard on BBC1, Channel 4, Sky Arts and BBC Radio 4 “Delivers big laughs” The Guardian"A natural storyteller with a very likeable stage presence" ★★★★★ Shortcom
10pm Josh James: Mrs Black 18+
Essex Comedian of the year and everyone’s favourite plastic cockney brings you his debut show ‘Mrs Black’, a celebration of one of the biggest characters to make it out of the old East End, Josh’s best friend and Nan - Kathleen Black. In this hilarious hour of stand up comedy Josh challenges our views on dementia and suffering whilst finding humour in some of the darkest of places. We all die, it’s time we started laughing about it.
'JOSH IS ONE OF THE BEST NEWCOMERS ON THE CIRCUIT, BUT IF ALL FAILS HE'LL PROBABLY END UP ON LOVE ISLAND.' - The Stand-Up Club, London
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7:30pm Elliot Steel
Marked as 'One to Watch' by the Independent, Elliot Steel is a rising talent on the UK's comedy circuit. Receiving critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show Merked in 2019, you won't want to miss this brand-new work in progress show.
‘Astute quips which leave us all in tears from laughing’ ★★★★1/2 - Short Com
‘His millennial pearls of wisdom definitely deserve bigger crowds’ ★★★★ - The List
As seen on Comedy Central's Roast Battle and Live from the Comedy Store, and as heard on BBC Radio 1's Comedy Lounge and BBC Radio 4. Best Debut Show Nominee at Leicester Comedy Festival 2015.
8:45pm Andrew White: Anyway, The Thing Is, What I Really Mean Is…. 14+
Andrew White's biggest fear has always been confrontation famously the hardest fear to confront. He's spent the first 20 years of his life running from problems and people pleasing, but now some earth shattering news has finally forced him to face his issues head on... "NOT TO BE MISSED" (Daily Record) "ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT RISING STAR COMEDIANS" (Essex Magazine) **** "RAMPANTLY ENGAGING" (The List)
10pm Rosie Martin & Sam Rhodes: Sonny & Hair 18+
Rosie Martin and Sam Rhodes are splitting a work-in-progress show.
They are both stand-up comics. Sam is a Loop Pedal based Alternative comedian and Rosie is a paragon of positivity, and a ray of sunshine spreading happiness wherever she goes. They both have very long hair and a love of pop culture hence the show title, "Sonny & Hair".
7:30pm Olga Koch: Accent 16+
Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated comedian and star of Mock the Week Olga Koch returns to HFCF with a WIP of her third hour! This year she tackles her identity as an immigrant, a drama queen and the biggest Vampire Weekend fan the world has ever seen.
8:45pm Paul McCafferty
In the last couple of years Paul McCaffrey has performed to over half a million people while supporting his comedy heroes Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges on their UK tours and has gone down an absolute storm. Join Paul for a work in progress of his brand-new hilarious show. As seen on Live at the Apollo, Impractical Jokers, Russell Howard's Good News, and Stand up Central.
'McCaffrey is going to make it big any day now. Grab your chance to say ‘I saw him when…’ - The Scotsman
'Never anything short of gut-bustingly hilarious' - GQ
10pm Saskia Preston: Work in Progress 18+
Work in progress show from writer (Radio 4 The News Quiz, Newsjack, The Now Show) and comedian Saskia Preston. Expect clever punchlines, sharp jokes, puns, wit and plenty of call backs’The Fringe Review ‘Sparky and sarcastic…refreshingly original’ The Wee Review ‘Imaginative, funny and clever’ Funny Women.
7:30pm Paul Martin: Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood 14+
Ahead of their Edinburgh Festival, cabaret star and TV personality Paulus is coming to Hastings!
Written and performed by Paulus (BBC1’s All Together Now) with Michael Roulston (Fascinating Aida, Jess Robinson) at the piano, ‘Looking For Me Friend – The Music of Victoria Wood’ is a homage celebrating the music of the late comedy genius and national treasure.
Paulus will share 12 of Victoria’s best-loved songs through the decades, including ‘It Would Never Have Worked’, ‘Reincarnation’ and, of course, the classic ‘Ballad of Barry & Freda (Let’s Do It)’ as well as some of her lesser-known and more poignant compositions.
Directed by multi-award-winning cabaret practitioner Sarah-Louise Young (An Evening Without Kate Bush; Cabaret Whore; Julie, Madly, Deeply), ‘Looking For Me Friend’ is a nostalgic hour of entertainment filled with love, laughter and fabulous memories for Victoria Wood fans as well as the ultimate ‘Beginner’s Guide’ for audiences new to her work.
Equally timely, culturally significant and a personal story from a life-long fan, Looking For Me Friend promises to be the theatrical hit of 2020 and beyond.
8:45pm Graeme Collard: The Van Driver Monologues 14+
After eight years performing stand-up comedy around the country Graeme Collard’s van will be bringing him to Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival to perform his show. Expect plenty of jokes, observations and general silliness from this, van-driving comic. “Graeme Collard is very very very funny”. Joe Wilkinson Leicester Square “Not-So-New” Comedian of the Year Finalist 2019
10pm Luke Rollason: This Too Shall Pass!! 14+
A big-eyed, big-haired thing in a turtleneck expands your mind, giving you room for that conservatory you always fancied. It's rubber-limbed, elastic-faced physical comedy for popular people. Blink and you'll miss it, if you blink for an hour.
"Gut-bustingly funny" ★★★★ (The List) "Amazingly entertaining" ★★★★★ (EdFest Mag).
"Pure, unbridled, laugh-out-loud silliness" ★★★★ (Chortle