Events

Funhouse Comedy Night

Where: Grainstore Brewery, Oakham
When: Thursday 25th February, Doors 6.15pm
Price: £7.50

Join us for another night of great comedy from the guys at Funhouse Comedy.

Our headline act is Bennett Arron.

Bennett Arron is an award-winning writer, actor, author and stand-up comedian and is the only Jewish/Welsh comedian on the Comedy Circuit.

He is also a much sought-after speaker on the subject of Identity Theft. (There is more information on this here )

Bennett recently wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed BBC Radio Series BENNETT ARRON IS JEWELSH. His radio and television credits include presenting the documentary The Kosher Comedian for the BBC, appearing on Loose Ends, Not Tonight With John Sergeant, Glee Time (in which he hosted a series of six stand-up comedy shows for ITV), Large (a satirical sketch show for the BBC), Never Write Off The Germans (a panel game show for Radio 2) three series of What’s The Story (a panel game show for BBC Wales) and he was a Presenter on Big Brother’s Little Brother.

Bennett is also a trained actor and appeared in the film Dead Long Enough alongside Michael Sheen. Bennett’s acting showreel is here.

He has written for many comedy programmes, including Off Their Rockers, Hit The Road Jack and the BAFTA-winning V Graham Norton. He also wrote over 20 episodes and a feature film of Genie in The House, the highest-rated children’s sitcom on Nickelodeon and episodes of the BAFTA-winning Slammer for the BBC. He was most recently one of the main writers on the new children’s sitcom Which is Witch?

Bennett directed and presented the documentary How To Steal an Identity for Channel 4; which was “Pick of the Day” in The Guardian and The Telegraph, described as “Fascinating and Disturbing” by the TV Times. Bennett was short-listed for a BAFTA. As a result of this, Bennett has spoken at events throughout the UK as well as Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, South Africa and Australia

Bennett will be supported by Nick Doody

Nick Doody has been performing comedy since the 90s when, as a student, he got off to a pretty good start by supporting the legendary Bill Hicks, at Bill’s request. A little later, Nick was a finalist in Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition.

Since then he has performed all over the world: Ireland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Estonia… You get the idea. He was the first British comedian to perform in Croatia.

Nick has appeared on various radio and TV shows (listed below), and is also much in demand as a writer. He has penned jokes for Joan Rivers, Lenny Henry, Dame Edna Everage and an uncomfortable number of Mock The Week regulars. He was also the creator and head writer of Bigipedia, a critically acclaimed Radio 4 show that broadcast in 2009 and 2011. Click here for more info on Nick as a writer.

In 2006, Nick performed his first solo Edinburgh Festival show, Before He Kills Again. The show received rave reviews and sold out for the whole festival, leading to a run at the Soho Theatre. Since then, Nick has written and performed another six solo hours of stand-up, including the most honest title ever to appear on a poster, Look At This Massive Picture Of My Face.

Completing the line up will be Brian Damage and Krysstal.

The wonderful James Dowdeswell is our compere. James is an imaginative storytelling comedian who combines deft stand-up with daft stories. He is a headline act at most top UK comedy clubs. His comedy has travelled as far as Shanghai, Dubai, Doha, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Australia and Singapore.

This year Dowdeswell has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4) andOlympics Greatest Moments (BBC). He also played The Count inRicky Gervais’ Extras. He is currently filming in his own comedy show about wine called “James Dowdeswell – Black Belt In Wine.”

Doors Open at 6.15pm, last orders taken for meals at 7.15pm, first act on stage at 8.15pm

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