Joining us at Harlow Rugby Club on Friday September 24th will be the wonderful line up of Roger Monkhouse, Darren Walsh and Adam Bloom*! More info on these great talents can be found below. And of course your resident MC Paul Wade returns.
Tickets can be found at the link above.
They are £10 in advance (stbf), or £12 on the door! If we sell out online there will not be any tickets available on the door, we will try to update our Facebook page on Friday to confirm if this is the case.
There will be bigger than usual gaps between groups in the seating, so if your group is booking in a number of transactions please drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure you can sit together.
As before, doors open at 7.30pm, and the show starts at 8pm.
AN UPDATE ON FOOD: The Rugby Club are not currently able to serve food on a Friday night, so please eat before you join us. If this changes we will update on Facebook.
And, most importantly, A COVID UPDATE: We are aware everyone will have different feelings on this, and have endeavoured to create an atmosphere that feels safe, whilst reducing excess admin on your parts.
*The most obvious, but PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU ARE SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS (a high fever, a new or continuous cough, or a loss of taste or smell), IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE, or IF YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD TO SELF ISOLATE. If any of these apply to you then please contact us at email@example.com to arrange a refund or transfer to a new date.
*We will not be giving specific arrival times for each group within the arrival window, but ask that if you arrive and see a number of people in the lobby that you wait outside until they have moved through, to maintain distance between groups.
*We will not be using the Covid pass at this stage, but will check your temperature with a non-contact thermometer on arrival, and if you have a fever you will not be allowed in and will be provided with a refund.
*The seating will be set out with a bigger than usual gap between groups (though not as big as 2m), so we ask that you let us know if your group has booked in multiple transactions, so we know how many groups of 2, 3, 4 etc. to set out. These seats will not be labelled, but will be correct for the number of groups attending, so please choose a seating section suitable for your group and don't move chairs around. On the door bookings (if applicable) will be set up on the night.
*The Rugby Club have implemented a queuing system for the bar, or you can order using the Round app.
*The Rugby Club have assured us that they have good ventilation in place.
Whilst we are not enforcing it, we would strongly encourage you to take regular lateral flow tests, to maintain social distancing, and to wear a mask whilst near others outside of your group, to help keep each other safe. We also strongly encourage payment by contactless forms.
*Line up's are more likely to change than normal, we will update on Facebook where possible if things change. In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the event due to staff sickness, you will of course be entitled to a full refund, or a move to a future date.
*If there is anything you feel we have not covered please feel free to drop us an e-mail or Facebook message, with our first event back we are trying to cover everything to keep us all as safe as possible.
*THIS IS ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGES IN THE LAW, IF THE LAW CHANGES WE WILL UPDATE ON FACEBOOK.
We look forward to seeing you next month!
Roger Monkhouse is one of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. A highly original and quirky performer, Roger’s trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit.
Supremely confident, with audience banter down to an art form, Roger is happy to improvise freely but has no shortage of first class material in his armoury. A master of observational comedy with a routine that is universally and unfailingly hysterical. Distinguished as a comic by his eloquence and keen eye for a fine phrase, Roger’s easy observational style is spiked by the signal flares of an accomplished gag writer. All this has made him a sought after compere and headliner across the UK and internationally.
Television credits include ‘The Comedy Store’ (Paramount), ‘The World Stands Up’ (Paramount), ‘My God I’m My Dad’ (Bravo) and ‘Street Cred Sudoku’ (UKG2). He is one of the regular writers on Channel 4’s hugely popular comedy panel show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’. On the airwaves, he has been a guest panellist on comedy panel show ‘Jest A Minute’ (BBC Radio Wales) as well as contributing to review show ‘Serious About Comedy’ (BBC7).
A fine topical writer and performer, Roger is a regular member of the prestigious and critically acclaimed ‘Cutting Edge’ team at the London Comedy Store. He also performed with the Manchester based topical and satirical team ‘MEN at Work’ at the Manchester Comedy Store.
His forte is delivering intelligent, thought provoking material that pulls no punches and is always incisive, relevant and up to date. Articulate, quick witted and spontaneous, if something’s in the news, Roger has a routine about it.
“unfailingly entertaining and skilfully able to pull punchlines, seemingly, out of thin air – a gifted natural, with the years of experience to know how to handle a crowd, which goes to make him one of the consummate professionals of the stand-up circuit.' – Chortle
“his laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind” – The Guardian
'Highly regarded by his peers on the circuit - he's shaven-headed, topical, good, and nothing to do with Bob!' - Evening Standard
Having worked as an illustrator, animator and short-film maker, life-long Monty Python nerd and official giant, Darren Walsh decided to try his hand at Stand-up in 2010, using props and strange sound effects he’d made in his bedroom. Singing in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice and playing on a miniature keyboard (or Arnieoke), he would fill the gaps in between songs with a 1-liner here and there. This opened the floodgates and several years on Darren has written 3192 more.
A year after starting, Darren received the bronze medal at the Laughing Horse New Act new act of the year. In 2012 he was listed in Timeout’s printed edition as ‘One to Watch’, later that year going on to win the 2012 Luton Comedian of the year. In 2013, Darren was again awarded a bronze medal at the NATYs, and then later that year won the very first Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of the year.
In 2014, Darren became the UK’s first Pun Champion, which led to a book deal with the UK’s biggest publisher, Random House/Penguin. Cheep Laughs features over 1000 of his cartoons and gags. Later that year Darren flew to Texas to compete in the World Pun Championships, dressed as a chicken and baffling the locals with his strange British accent.
In 2015, Darren took his debut hour show to the Fringe and was listed by Timeout as their Top 12 Newcomers to see that year. He was also invited by the BBC to perform as part of their BBC Presents’ showcase. His show, PUNDERBOLT made the top 10 joke list’s of the Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror and Independent before finally going on to win Dave’s Funniest Joke of the fringe.
After the Fringe, Darren was invited by the BBC once more to appear in their iWonder series for iPlayer. Later that year, Seafood Week asked him to represent them as their official ambassador for Fish Pun Day, appearing on dozens of local BBC radio stations. But due to miscommunication, the radio DJs thought he was a ‘Fish’ expert, soon realising he wasn’t after listening to him speak in fish puns.
Towards the end of 2015, Darren created the London Punderground which went viral on social media, he was also asked by the Metro to review Gold’s cracker joke entries. In 2016 he was asked by Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival to help them promote their new Uk Pun Day initiative, appearing on various BBC Radio stations, except this time the Djs were fully briefed!
In 2018 he performed his 3rd show, MASSIVE PUNT, at the Fringe where he took audiences on a round-the-world flight. The following year he took his 4th show, PUNIMAL FARM, to the Fringe.
Darren has appeared on ITV’s Out There, a new pilot format which lifts comics out of the comedy club and plonks them in real-life situations.
“Punbelievable!” ***** – The Mirror.
“Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns” – Chortle.
“A tall guy with a big talent for short jokes” – The Stage.
Adam Bloom is one of Britain's most inventive comedians. He has performed sell-out solo shows at countless Edinburgh Festivals, as well as performing a sell-out tour of Britain. He has also sold out theatres at festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Cape Town. In July '13, Adam made his fifth appearance at ‘Just For Laughs’ in Montreal, including being part of 2004 'Just For Laughs Comedy Tour', playing to 42,000 people in 17 cities across Canada. He has also written three series of ‘The Problem with Adam Bloom’ for BBC Radio 4.
Adam was 18 months old when his parents nicknamed him The Voice. When he was 10, he told them he was going to be a comedian. By the age of 23, he was. Two years later, he had appeared on the BBC TV’s The Stand Up Show, starred alongside Red Dwarf’s Norman Lovett in Asylum and featured in a six part comedy drama on the Paramount Comedy Channel.
From the moment he set foot on the circuit, he stunned the industry with his rapid rise. This included producing countless sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, breaking box office records at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a first visit and performing a sell-out UK tour, all within his first five years. All this has brought constant requests for shows, not only in the UK and Australia, but also across the world. Adam Bloom is in huge demand. In 2012 he was nominated as Best Club Comic in the Chortle Awards.
In 1997 he performed stand-up slots on ‘The Comedy Network’ (Paramount Channel), ‘All Over The Shop’ (BBC TV), and ‘Live At Jongleurs 2 and 4’ (UK Gold). He also appeared on Ch5’s ‘Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment’.
Adam performed his first sell-out solo show at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival, quickly followed by the simply titled Adam Bloom Show in 1997. In July 1998 Adam appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival, performing his routine as part of the Britcom Show, and followed this with a return to Edinburgh. 1998 rates as one of Adam’s most successful Edinburgh Festival to date, as not only was he one of the comics featured on Edinburgh or Bust for Ch4, but he also won the ‘Polygram Punter Comedy Award’ for his show!
No stranger to awards during this year, Adam also won the Time Out Award for Best Stand-up.
1998 saw TV appearances in shows such as BBC TV’s ‘The Stand-up Show’, on UK Play, as Berk a maniac TV presenter on ‘The Young Persons Guide to Becoming a Rock Star’, he appeared on ‘Stop The World’ (BBC) and was a guest on ‘The Jack Docherty Show’ on Ch5.
This year Adam returned as a guest on The Jack Docherty Show and also featured on ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ on BBC. 1999 proved to be another blooming great year for Adam, marking his debut at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. His stand-up received an extremely warm reception and rave reviews in the press. He was nominated for the Stella Artois award in this year.
Other appearances in 1999 included the Dutch TV show The Comedy Factory and the Kilkenny Comedy Festival. Adam made a welcome return to the summer’s Edinburgh Festival and his own television special ‘Adam Bloom Beyond a Joke’ was televised as part of Ch4’s Comedy Lab series. He recorded another series as one of the team captains on the successful comedy quiz ‘Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment’ on Ch5, enjoyed a very successful set with Sydney Comedy Festival, and appeared as a roving stand up for SKY TV’s ‘Apocalypse Tube’, which was broadcast as part of Ch4’s millennium night celebrations.
More recent TV appearances include ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC2), ‘Edinburgh Nights’ (BBC2), ‘Head On Comedy’ (BBC1), ‘Comedy Lab’ (Channel 4), ‘Comedy World Tour’ (Comedy Central), ‘The World Stands Up’ (Comedy Central) and ‘The Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central).
His originality and speed of thought has also resulted in him being hired to write for numerous TV & radio shows – including three series of ‘The Problem with Adam Bloom’ for BBC Radio 4 – as well as writing for over 20 other comedians and personalities, even writing award acceptance speeches.
He is an immensely versatile artist who likes to attune his comedy to his audience, often working his sets around the immediate crowd or subjects that come up spontaneously. This particular talent has made him as popular for corporate events as he is for headlining at clubs around the county. He performs at dozens of company and private events every year with glowing reviews.
“Adam Bloom is perhaps the perfect comedian” ***** – The List
'He's been one of my favourite stand-ups for about ten years. Bloom not only has meticulous, brilliant lines, but also an intense and fragile honesty' - Ricky Gervais
'His mission is to convince you that he's the greatest comic ever and he makes a surprisingly good case - For pure stand-up, firing out well written lines and riffing with an audience, Bloom remain in the highest division” ***** - The Scotsman
“In the premier league of comedy” – The Independent
“He makes me laugh out loud” - Sir Ian McKellen
“A dazzling funny and original performer” – Melody Maker
“……..he brought the house down with a barnstorming set, which made the audience laugh like familiar friends.” – The Guardian
See you there!
*Line up can be subject to change due to last minute illness or unforeseen circumstances.
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