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Christmas Comedy Special

Where: Grainstore Brewery, Oakham
When: Thursday 17th December, Doors Open 6.15
Price: £7.50

Christmas Comedy Special returns to The Grainstore Brewery headlined by the wonderful John Scott.

John Scott first stepped on stage as a stand up in May 1999 at the Stand comedy club. The promoters of the club were so impressed with his debut they asked him to participate in their Edinburgh festival Fringe show Stand up Scotland and two months later he found himself participating in the first of his eight Edinburgh runs.
From this instantly positive beggining John then became a member of the comedy sketch troupe Fish Supper appearing alongside Miles Jupp, Julie Coombe and Leighton Calvert. This show had three very successful fringe runs and garnered excellent reviews. They eventually made it to the pilot stage with BBC Scotland but due to outside commits the troupe disbanded.

From there John participated in two more Fringe runs, firstly in the show Mongrel Nation alongside Scots comic Saj Shaudry. Another well received show that went on to be one of The List magazines top 10 picks of the Fringe. The show took a satirical look at nationalism and multiculturalism within the Scottish identity.
His next fringe run saw him reunited with writer performer Leighton Calvert in the satirical show British Television Explained. Another critical hit.

It was shortly after his final fringe that John decided to move to England and pursue a full time career as a stand-up comic. Just prior to departing he managed to win the Scottish segment of The Spike Milligan Award for new talent.

Within a year of arriving he was hosting and headlining many of the established clubs on the British circuit. Outside of the UK he has worked in many parts of Europe and as far afield as the Middle East and Australia.

In 2010 John made a return to the Edinburgh festival to participate in Take the Mike. A competition sponsored by Fosters Lager and The Sun. This showcase offered the biggest cash prize of any competition at the festival and after a week of competition he walked away with the twelve thousand pounds. In a roundabout way this technically makes John the first winner of the Fosters comedy Award Since as they then went on to sponsor the main comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival a year later. From there he has completed another two solo Edinburgh runs and a critically acclaimed run at the Adelaide festival.

Supporting will be Stuart Mitchell.

Stuart Mitchell made his comedy circuit debut in 2009 and very quickly has become one of the most exciting talents in recent years performing across the biggest comedy clubs in the UK. Stuart was a finalist in the NATYS competition in 2012 and was shortlisted in 2013 for the BBC New Comedy Award. Having recently appeared on “The Loser World Cup” for BBC Radio Wales and “On the Road” with BBC Scotland he is now working with BBC Comedy on a development project.

The Glaswegian comic’s sharp one-liners, brilliant turn of phrase and clever wordplay made him a perfect choice to support Stewart Francis and Hal Cruttenden on their national tours. He has also written for Mock the Week (BBC 1), BBC Radio Wales and other well know comedians.

Stuart was part of the Stand-up For Scotland show at the Adelaide Comedy Festival in 2013 and has recently appeared in the AAA Stand-up Late show and CKP Lunchtime Special at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has recently been selected to appear at the Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melboune International Comedy Festival as part of Best of The Fest 2015.

Completing the line up will be Dan Thomas.

Dan has been performing as a stand up since 2005.

Since taking the plunge and becoming a comic full time in 2010, Dan has been a finalist in the Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards 2010 and the Loaded LAFTAS 2010. He was the winner of the inaugural South Wales Dog Eat Dog Stand Up contest.

Dan now performs across Britain, regularly performing in high profile venues as The Glee Club, Highlights, The Comedy Store, Komedia among others. He has also made appearances at several festivals including Green Man.

In 2011, Dan was selected to support Russell Kane on his national tour of the Perrier Award winning show “Smokescreens and Castles” and will also tour with Russell on his upcoming “Manscaping” tour.

As well as stand up, Dan works as a TV warm up artiste for several shows, including Channel 4’s Deal Or No Deal.

Dan has also appeared on ITV’s “Houseguest” and BBC Wales “Funny Business”.

All Compered by the amazing Scott Bennett.

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