Compere – Karen Bayley
If you were to pick one word to describe female comedian Karen Bayley then “saucy” would do just fine – although “savvy” wouldn’t be a bad runner-up.
Brummie girl Karen first started treading the stand-up comedy boards and sharing her unique outlook on life, love and sex in 2000.
Karen Bayley runs her own club “The Comedy Junction” at an old pub in Sutton Coldfield, one of the premier comedy venues in the Midlands. A young Alan Carr was a regular while The Junction also played host to the likes of Ross Noble, Russell Howard, Lee Mack, Reginald D Hunter and in a major coup Neil Innes. Local legend Jasper Carrot has also performed there.
"Bayley's material surprises with inspired and sparkling punchlines…with comic timing that is rarely less than brilliant. An assured performer who doesn't have much trouble getting audiences laughing." - Chortle
"I saw her recently and she blew my socks off. She doesn't dwell too much on "lady issues". Funny in her own right, she was brilliant, clever and she's gonna be huge." BBC Online.
"Likeable headstrong persona- packing a considerable performing punch." The List
“the night's star attraction” Tamworth Herald
Opening Act – Tony Cowards
A quickfire joke teller (described by the List magazine as a “Pun-osaurus”) whose one-liners cover a wide spectrum of subjects, his quick wit has made him a sought after act by various promoters and clubs around the UK including The Comedy Company, Up The Creek, Downstairs at the Kings Head, CKP, Best Medicine, Komedia and many, many more; performing opening, middle and, increasingly, headline spots.
Tony’s likable 'everyman' character and wide ranging humour (which is mostly clean) means he is comfortable in front of any audience and is regularly booked to host comedy nights for the military (entertaining all ranks from squaddies up to top brass) as well as universities, football clubs, festivals and for corporate and after dinner work. Tony is also regularly used as an MC by many of the top booking agents and is renowned for his quick wit and superb improvisational skills.
“Tony Cowards interacts with the audience up perfectly, with a nice self deprecating manner”
– Jo Caulfield – Radio 4 & Mock The Week.
“My favourite joke of the Festival so far was told to me by a Suffolk stand-up comedian and die-hard Ipswich fan Tony Cowards”– Hardeep Singh Kohli, The Scotsman on Sunday
“Tony Cowards got the evening off to an uproarious start, with our loudest crowd ever. Tony’s laddish, relaxed story telling style went down a treat”– John Jacklin, Big Jack's Laughter Club, Reading
Middle Act – Jellybeen Martinez
The Latino lothario popstrel, Jellybeen Martinez has been travelling all over the UK, seducing his audiences with his sultry Spanish charm. He brings his blend of stories, song writing and killer dance moves to the stage and promises not to disappoint. Spanish born singer/songwriter JellyBeen Martinez believes he has a unique musical talent which will rocket him to stardom as he sets out on a journey to revive Britain's dwindling music scene.
"Works the crowd like a pro. Could he be the next Michael Barrymore?" Chortle (Steve Bennett )
"seasoned pro" - Edfest magazine
"Latino lothario popstrel JellyBeen Martinez is the icing on a very tasty cake" - The Skinny
Closing Act – Steve Day
Steve Day describes himself as Britain's only deaf comedian, if there are any others he hasn't heard. Actually there are a couple of others who have started since he wrote that joke, but it's only a joke after all.
For the past eleven years Steve has been performing to huge laughter around the country and abroad, well they tell him the laughter was huge to humour him, he doesn't know either way.
Married with five children, a fact nothing to do with not being able to hear the word 'No', Steve has been described as 'warm and witty' by the Scotsman and has received many other rave reviews whilst performing shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Chortle.co.uk gave him five stars in 2007 for Deafy's Island Discs, a show The Sunday Times called 'Funny and Moving'. This show toured the UK in 2008, Steve's third national tour of the uk, and has been performed in several countries in Europe and translated into Italian. No-one knows why.
A familiar voice on Radio 4, Steve has appeared many times on You and Yours, was a token man on Woman's Hour, has appeared in two radio dramas, All Fingers and Thumbs with Bill Nighy, whom he punched dramatically, and Sound Barriers with Patricia Routledge and Caroline Quentin, both of whom he was prevented from punching.
"Revelatory and very funny" - The Guardian
"Warm, funny, frank and thought-provoking" - The Scotsman
"The best comedy often comes from real-life observations, something that Day had down to a T" - Brighton Argus
"A very different kind of comedy ... something which Day seems particularly proud of, and so he should be" - Three Weeks
"A hilarious, hard-of-hearing, heavenly host" - Time Out Comic's Choice
"Has a self-effacing charm which endears him to audiences" - Chortle
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