Sunday June 3rd 2012

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Special Guest

Tim Minchin

The Apple Cart is totally beside itself with excitement – comedy rock superstar Tim Minchin has been announced as the festivals comedy headliner. Tim Minchin who describes his act as a “funny cabaret show” has appeared on TV shows including BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, as well as performing to sell-out 5000 strong crowds around the world with his symphony orchestra. Minchin has also written the music and lyrics for RSC’s new musical version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda and performed at The Royal Albert Hall. Tim Minchin continues to push the comedy boundaries and continues to pull it off.


Rob Broderick and James Hancox are a stand up comic and a hip hip MC. Winners of last year’s Musical Comedy Awards Abandoman create hilarious musical sketches at lightning speed live in front of their audience. No two gigs are ever the same. The project sees frontman Rob and multi-instrumentalist James Hancox reinventing hip hop in a way that appeals all age groups.

Doc Brown

Ben ‘Doc Brown’ Smith originally made a name for himself as a rapper, known as much for his off-the-cuff freestyle rhymes on
stage as for his self-deprecating style on record. A chance meeting with DJ/Producer Mark Ronson in 2004 struck up a relationship
that led to Doc touring with Ronson’s band as their MC on a string of festival shows from 2006 – 2007. On his return from tour,
Doc began writing music and performing for a number of BBC Radio comedies, which in turn led to musical performances at live
comedy nights. Since February 2008, these musical interludes have evolved into a unique brand of stand-up comedy which Doc
took all the way to the grand final of the most prestigious UK competition for new comics, So You Think You’re Funny?, at the
Edinburgh Festival 2008. “Looks as if he was born on stage… with an irresistibly amiable demeanour that gives him an effortlessly
charismatic aura- he could yet be the Bill Bailey or Tim Minchin of rap.” Chortle April 09

Jon Richardson

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, regular Have I Got News For You panellist, star of Live At The Apollo and new team member on
the second series of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, Jon Richardson will be taking his new show It’s Not Me, It’s You across
the UK in 2011. 

With a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe behind him, It’s Not Me It’s You sees everyone’s favourite young
grumpy man return to the stage. Embracing his misanthropy, the show features the best bits from his critically acclaimed
Edinburgh show ‘Don’t Happy Be Worry’ as well as brand new material.

Discussing the everyday items that have a profound effect
on his outlook, Richardson takes his audience on an eclectic journey from cheating footballers to decapitated alligators. It’s Not Me
It’s You sees Jon working his pessimism with some hilarious consequences, and as always with his loveable vivacious delivery. It’s
also the name of Jon’s highly anticipated first self penned book which is set for release in 2011.
”So good he actually bends time.” Chortle

Kevin Eldon

Kevin Eldon is an English actor and comedian noted for his appearances on Chris Morris’ Brass Eye and Jam and I’m Alan Partridge. He’s also worked with Simon Pegg on the sketch show Big Train and film Hot Fuzz and performed a Kraftwerk inspired version of The Wurzels Combine Harvester with Bill Bailey on his Part Troll tour. He has also worked extensively with Stewart Lee. Last year he previewed his first one man show Kevin Eldon Is Titting About.

Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus is the king of satirical comedy. There’s not much that hasn’t come under his comedic gaze with blisteringly funny results – climate change, religious extremism, immigration, loans companies, the Special Relationship, compensation culture, women’s magazines, the EU and David Blaine, not to mention his own personal battle against his middle class roots. Comedian, actor and satirist Brigstocke has worked extensively in stand-up, TV and radio most noted for hosting Radio 4’s The Late Edition and the TV programme I’ve Never Seen Star Wars and his last UK tour was called God Collar which he is currently turning into a book. Brigstocke is also a regular on Q.I and Have I Got News For You.
Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it. 

The Daily Telegraph

Mark Steel

A respected comedian since 1982 and veteran of the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, Steel presented the Mark Steel Solution on BBC Radio 4 and 5 and was a regular on Loose Ends. He’s also penned books It’s Not A Runner Bean and Reasons To Be Cheerful, often writes for the Guardian and has been a regular on Have I Got News For You and Q.I.

Paul Chowdhry

This revolutionary underground comedian has sold out the Indig02, West End’s Leicester Square Theatre and other major venues
across the across the country. He featured as the headlining act of ‘The Comedy Store TV Special’ & ‘Comedy Blue’ series for the
Comedy Central Channel. He presented on MTV’s comedy weekend and featured on ‘The Young Gods of Comedy’ to rave reviews.
Paul is amongst the few comedians to perform at the 02 Centre and Wembley Arena and The Grosvenor House before Cherrie Blaire
and Richard Attenborough. He was chosen by The Telegraph as a ‘must do’ show of the year.

Simon Evans

A veteran of sell-out shows worldwide Evans’ performances have won praise from comics and critics alike, prompting reviewers to describe him as ‘Demonically dry’ (Metro) and ‘Sublime’ (The Guardian). Simon is in high demand as a comedy writer and has collaborated with many other comedians including Dara O Briain, Sean Lock, Jimmy
Carr and Marcus Brigstocke.

Steve Hughes

Steve Hughes is a straight-talking Australian with legions of fans across the Globe. He stormed Edinburgh with his solo shows and has taken his political comedy to festivals around the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, Winnepeg, The Netherlands and The Middle East. He also joined Reginald D Hunter as a special guest on his recent UK tour. On TV he has recently performed on Michael McIntyre`s Comedy Roadshow and Stand Up For The Week.

Tom Deacon

Deacon currently hosts the Sunday night slot on Radio 1 from 7pm. He won Chortle Student Comedian of the Year in 2007 and made his debut at Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 with his show Undecisive. He has appeared on many TV programmes including The Rob Brydon Show.