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Ivo Graham/Jim Tavere..Knaresborough Comedy Fest
Friday 20 July 2018
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
The Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2018 kicks off in style with a hot young talent and a much-respected veteran taking to the stage. Ivo Graham has won no end of plaudits in his still burgeoning career, and visits the Frazer for the very first time. Jim Tavare was, for all you fact fans, the very first act at the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club almost four years ago and now the master of deadpan is back with a remarkable, but hilarious, story to tell.

IVO GRAHAM

MOTION SICKNESS - Edinburgh Preview

What's he been up to this year?

A fifth helping of parentally-approved navel-gazing. Join Ivo Graham as he road-tests new material ahead of his return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of eighteen and eight months later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. Since graduating three years later he has become a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK circuit, with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on multiple TV and radio shows including Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, As Yet Untitled, Live From the BBC and Fighting Talk. He has also written for various other TV comedy shows, as well as his own sitcom projects in development with Big Talk Productions and the BBC.

His three solo stand-up shows have enjoyed sell-out runs at Edinburgh and London’s Soho Theatre, and he will be returning there and elsewhere to perform his fourth hour in 2017. As the Evening Standard put it, ‘if you like your comedy with long words and beautiful linguistic flourishes, buy a ticket immediately’.

JIM TAVARE

FROM DEADPAN TO BEDPAN- Edinburgh Preview

In 2017 comedian, BAFTA award winner, Harry Potter actor and double bassist Jim Tavaré was involved in a near fatal head-on automobile collision in Los Angeles where he has resided since 2009. He lived to tell the tale….

Directed by Henry Normal and returning to the Fringe for the first time in 20 years with his first narrative show, ‘From Deadpan To Bedpan’, he tells the story of how a quick trip to the shops changed his life forever. The show is a heartwarming and seriously funny tale of survival against the odds, strange forebodings, unbelievably massive American medical bills, a dog called Mr Kippy, and the ultimate DIY disaster.

After suffering catastrophic injuries (over 30 broken bones including 14 broken ribs and punctured lungs that later collapsed, multiple fractures, blunt force trauma to his head and chest, a broken neck and a hand that detached from the wrist) that left him in intensive care on life support, he spent the next year in recovery facing an uncertain future. But instead of letting trauma define him, he emerges inspired with a brand new show.

Jim Tavaré is internationally renowned for his award winning comedy act featuring Bassie (his double bass). Jim is best known for co-writing and starring in The Sketch Show (ITV) (with Tim Vine & Lee Mack) and playing Tom the Innkeeper in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He starred in his own TV series The Jim Tavaré Show (Channel 5) co-written with Ricky Gervais, and Jim Tavare Pictures Presents... (BBC2).

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Running from 20th to 28th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2018 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see nine great shows from eight fantastic comedians.

There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews. On Saturday 21st July the double bill show will be followed at 10:30pm by John Robertson’s The Dark Room, which was the hit of last year’s festival.

The full festival line up is:

Friday 20th July 8pm Ivo Graham and Jim Tavare Double Bill
Saturday 21st July 8pm John Robertson and Christian Reilly Double Bill
Saturday 21st July 10:30pm The Dark Room
Friday 27th July 8pm Nick Doody and Geoff Norcott Double Bill
Saturday 28th July 8pm Justin Moorhouse and Sarah Keyworth Double Bill

Ticket prices are:

All Shows Maxi Ticket £40
(All 4 double bill shows and The Dark Room)

Weekend Double Bill Ticket £18
(Both double bill shows in the chosen weekend)

Individual Double Bill Ticket £10

The Dark Room Ticket £8

All tickets are available online from www.knaresboroughcomedyfestival.com or by calling 07835 927965.

The All Shows Maxi Ticket, Individual Double Bill Tickets and Dark Room Tickets will also be available in The Olde Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough.
The Dark Room..Knaresborough Comedy Festival
Saturday 21 July 2018
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
Running from 20th to 28th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2018 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see nine great shows from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews. On Saturday 21st July the double bill show will be followed at 10:30pm by John Robertson’s The Dark Room, which was the hit of last year’s festival.
You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! You, the audience, must choose an option.



Will you: A) Find the Light Switch? B) Cry for Help? C) Go North?



Come and play the world’s first live-action text-based adventure game! It’s a choose-your-own-adventure! So choose it!



The Dark Room blurs the lines between comedy and game show and the audience play as contestants. The rules are simple:



1 - Options appear on the screen.

2 - Audience calls out the option they want.

3 - You’re either right, or dead.

4 - In the end, everybody plays!



Originally an interactive YouTube game, the Dark Room went viral and attracted more than 4 million views. Comedian John Robertson then transformed the game into a live show, and so far, has enjoyed sell out shows at Insomnia Gaming Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, EB Games Expo and MCM Comic Con.



"Not to be missed" – The Guardian

"One of the funniest sights around, don’t miss it" – Daily Telegraph

★★★★★"You have to see the Dark Room as least once in your life" – The Sun

★★★★★ "You must see this show" – British Comedy Guide

★★★★"Great fun, nostalgic, but also a fresh angle for comedy" – Den of Geek

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The full festival line up is:

Friday 20th July 8pm Ivo Graham and Jim Tavare Double Bill
Saturday 21st July 8pm John Robertson and Christian Reilly Double Bill
Saturday 21st July 10:30pm The Dark Room
Friday 27th July 8pm Nick Doody and Geoff Norcott Double Bill
Saturday 28th July 8pm Justin Moorhouse and Sarah Keyworth Double Bill

Ticket prices are:

All Shows Maxi Ticket £40
(All 4 double bill shows and The Dark Room)

Weekend Double Bill Ticket £18
(Both double bill shows in the chosen weekend)

Individual Double Bill Ticket £10

The Dark Room Ticket £8

All tickets are available online from www.knaresboroughcomedyfestival.com or by calling 07835 927965.

The All Shows Maxi Ticket, Individual Double Bill Tickets and Dark Room Tickets will also be available in The Olde Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough.
John Robertson/Christian Reilly.Knares Comedy Fest
Saturday 21 July 2018
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
It’s an evening of favourites, with two of the most popular acts to ever perform at the Frazer Theatre heading back because you (YES YOU!) demanded it! The Australian force of nature that is John Robertson returns full throttle and taking no prisoners with another hour of pure comedy magic. Then Christian Reilly, possibly the finest musical comedian this country has ever produced, brings a collection of songs old and new in what is always a sure-fire way to have audiences rolling in the aisles.

JOHN ROBERTSON...Sweaty, Sexy Party Party - Edinburgh Preview

Suited and booted Australian improv god unleashes pure comedy chaos in a basement with a live blues band….maybe. Every show is different!

John Robertson is a comedian, author, columnist, satirist, professional troublemaker, multimedia artist and recreational sadist. He is also an anarchic improviser and insult comic (which is the same as being a sadist, except his slaves are the whole audience.)

He's headlined shows all over the world, done a TEDx talk, performed at events from gaming conventions to anti-suicide fundraisers, been published in horror anthologies, hosted two years of the UK’s only videogame TV show, been the world’s greatest cosplay host and done it all while being better dressed than the average vampire.

★★★★★ “Strides onstage giving literally zero f**ks” - The Skinny

★★★★ - The List

★★★★★ - ThreeWeeks

CHRISTIAN REILLY... Gig Economy - Edinburgh Preview
Perrier Award-winning musical stand-up takes an axe to your laughter deficit.

Christian’s first comedy gig was in the Perrier Award-winning show, ‘Rich Hall is Otis Lee Crenshaw’. He is a global comedy circuit headliner and has appeared at numerous international comedy festivals, on BBC radio and TV, and in four series of the Chortle Award-winning stand-up and sketch show ‘Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me’. In 2015, BBC Radio 4 followed Christian on the road to the Edinburgh Fringe for ‘Lives In a Landscape’. 2016 saw Christian taking his comedy to Australia as part of Perth’s Fringeworld festival. 2018 will see Christian return to the Edinburgh Festival for the seventh consecutive year with a new show.

“Blisteringly funny” - Stage

“If you're a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you're a Christian Reilly fan already” - Guardian

“Funniest songs I’ve heard in a long time” - Scotsman

“Seriously funny” - Richard Herring

“Funny sonofabitch” - Rich Hall

★★★★★“Like watching Jack Dee and Bill Bailey simultaneously... I don’t think I’ve ever come so close to hyperventilating with laughter” - The Student

★★★★“Seriously catchy tunes... hysterical material” - ThreeWeeks

★★★★“Amazingly high-quality” - Broadway Baby

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The full festival line up is:

Friday 20th July 8pm Ivo Graham and Jim Tavare Double Bill

Saturday 21st July 8pm John Robertson and Christian Reilly Double Bill

Saturday 21st July 10:30pm The Dark Room

Friday 27th July 8pm Nick Doody and Geoff Norcott Double Bill

Saturday 28th July 8pm Justin Moorhouse and Sarah Keyworth Double Bill

Ticket prices are:

All Shows Maxi Ticket £40

(All 4 double bill shows and The Dark Room)

Weekend Double Bill Ticket £18

(Both double bill shows in the chosen weekend)

Individual Double Bill Ticket £10

The Dark Room Ticket £8

All tickets are available online from www.knaresboroughcomedyfestival.com or by calling 07835 927965.

The All Shows Maxi Ticket, Individual Double Bill Tickets and Dark Room Tickets will also be available in The Olde Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough.
Nick Doody/Geoff Norcott.Knaresborough Comedy Fest
Friday 27th July 2018
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
Another evening of astounding comedy talent kicks off the second weekend of the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2018. Nick Doody is one of our favourite acts to have performed at the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club in the past and we’re extremely excited to have him with a full hour show, so he can really stretch his comedic legs and give you the full force of his talent. Geoff Norcott is a first-timer at the Frazer, but it’s hard to escape the meteoric rise to fame he’s been enjoying in the last year. Playing the biggest gigs and appearing on some of the most popular TV shows around, Geoff is quickly becoming a comedy force to be reckoned with.
NICK DOODY...Work In Progress

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 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.

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.

GEOFF NORCOTT...New Material/Edinburgh Preview

That bloke off The Mash Report, Live at at the Apollo and Question Time is working up some new material.

As well as appearing on TV, Geoff has also written for numerous shows including 'Have I Got News For You', 'Channel 4's Alternative Election Night' and 'Frankie Boyle's New World Order.' In addition to this, 2018 will see Geoff star in his own BBC Radio 4 stand up special.

"A right Laugh" - The Guardian

"An absolute tonic" - The Telegraph

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The full festival line up is:

Friday 20th July 8pm Ivo Graham and Jim Tavare Double Bill

Saturday 21st July 8pm John Robertson and Christian Reilly Double Bill

Saturday 21st July 10:30pm The Dark Room

Friday 27th July 8pm Nick Doody and Geoff Norcott Double Bill

Saturday 28th July 8pm Justin Moorhouse and Sarah Keyworth Double Bill

Ticket prices are:

All Shows Maxi Ticket £40

(All 4 double bill shows and The Dark Room)

Weekend Double Bill Ticket £18

(Both double bill shows in the chosen weekend)

Individual Double Bill Ticket £10

The Dark Room Ticket £8

All tickets are available online from www.knaresboroughcomedyfestival.com or by calling 07835 927965.

The All Shows Maxi Ticket, Individual Double Bill Tickets and Dark Room Tickets will also be available in The Olde Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough.
Justin Moorhouse/Sarah Keyworth..Knares Com Fest
Saturday 28 July 2018
Frazer Theatre Off High St Knaresborough HG50EQ
The closing night of the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2018 features one absolutely huge star and one rising star in what will be one of the biggest evenings of entertainment we’ve ever presented. Sarah Keyworth was a runner up in the Funny Women competition in 2015 and after spending a few years establishing herself on the comedy circuit is embarking on her hotly anticipated first full Edinburgh show. Justin Moorhouse is never less than hilarious, a true man of the people who can spin comedy gold from thin air in front of your eyes. This is a truly fitting finale to the four hottest days of Summer!
JUSTIN MOORHOUSE...Northern Comic - Edinburgh Preview

Following a critically acclaimed UK tour Justin Moorhouse is pleased to announce his highly anticipated return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the premiere of his brand new show.

These days Justin’s not certain about anything apart from his uncertainty – Brexit looms, it appears the Cold War is being rebooted and that’s before we begin to worry about what’s happening in America…..closer to home he’s starting to feel redundant as a parent. One kid is leaving home, the dog is getting older and needs fewer walks, and the youngest kid hits thirteen and cancels the family subscription to The Beano.

On top of this the golden age of the Northern straight white male comedian has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Can he adapt to survive? What next for this Northern Joker? What can he talk to his daughter about now she cares little for Dennis the Menace and the Bash St Kids? Hang on. Perhaps nothing has changed that much. When he was thirteen, the Russians were scary, the White House was a madhouse and he’d never been to Europe anyhow. Thinking back this is when his reading habits changed too, more Dark Knight than Desperate Dan, more Catwoman than Minnie the Minx. Perhaps our heroes never went away….they just waited for us to pick them up again. Perhaps she just needs a different type of comic….

Justin has performed around the world and his TV and film credits include tiger-faced Young Kenny In Phoenix Nights, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow ,8 out of 10 Cats and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.

He’s also a regular contributor to BBC’s The Premier League show.

He has won Celebrity Mastermind majestically, won fortunes for charity on Celebrity Storage Hunters and lost even more magnificently on Celebrity Eggheads and Pointless Celebrities (twice)

On radio he has written and starred in two series of his own Radio 4 sitcom Everyone Quite Likes Justin and often appears on Radio 4’s The News Quiz . He’s a regular on 5 Live’s Fighting Talk. He is also a frequent guest on Shaun Keaveny’s Breakfast Show and Radcliffe and Maconie in The Afternoon (both 6 Music). He also often pops up on TalkSport as well as helming his own critically acclaimed podcast, About 30 Minutes, No More Than 45.

★★★★“The jokes come thick and fast" - Broadway Baby

★★★★“Hilarious storytelling combined with a quick wit" - British Theatre Guide

SARAH KEYWORTH...Dark Horse - Edinburgh Preview
You've seen her on Comedy Central, you've seen her on the BBC. Now see Nottingham-born rising star Sarah Keyworth as she prepares for her debut hour in Edinburgh. Join Sarah as she tells you about her life with an important little girl and her battle against every expectation of what being a girl means. Think Girls Just Wanna Have Fun but British, deadpan and in no way similar.

Sarah has provided tour support for Dane Baptiste, Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman and was first runner up in Funny Women 2015.

"Charming" - The Independent

"Excellently deadpan" - HuffingtonPost.com
"I liked that joke about her fanny" - Sarah Millican
"A complete breath of fresh air" - EdFestMag.com

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The full festival line up is:

Friday 20th July 8pm Ivo Graham and Jim Tavare Double Bill

Saturday 21st July 8pm John Robertson and Christian Reilly Double Bill

Saturday 21st July 10:30pm The Dark Room

Friday 27th July 8pm Nick Doody and Geoff Norcott Double Bill
Saturday 28th July 8pm Justin Moorhouse and Sarah Keyworth Double Bill

Ticket prices are:

All Shows Maxi Ticket £40

(All 4 double bill shows and The Dark Room)

Weekend Double Bill Ticket £18
(Both double bill shows in the chosen weekend)

Individual Double Bill Ticket £10

The Dark Room Ticket £8

All tickets are available online from www.knaresboroughcomedyfestival.com or by calling 07835 927965.

The All Shows Maxi Ticket, Individual Double Bill Tickets and Dark Room Tickets will also be available in The Olde Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough.

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