Join us on Sunday 4th June for a double bill of work in progress with two of the most compelling voices in comedy. Hannah Platt and Jonny Pelham are Northern stand-ups who each craft sublime material from the more complicated end of the human experience spectrum. They do it brilliantly with hilarious results.
Jonny Pelham: Optimism Over Despair
Jonny told the nation his biggest secret. He’s pretty sure it was a mistake. Find out why in this candid and bitingly funny new show.
Pelham is one of the most exciting stand-up comedians in the UK. No, he really is quite extraordinary. A Bradfordian who cultivated his comedy via Newcastle, his talent has earned him numerous awards and accolades. He was a Chortle Award nominee, BBC New Comedy Awards finalist, and winner of the Beyond The Fringe Herald Angel Award for his Edinburgh show ‘Off Limits’ to name a few. He has featured on TV shows like Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Live from the BBC, and Mock the Week.
His performances have been praised by critics and audiences alike and, as well as being incredibly funny, he is known for his engaging presence and contemplative candour. He’s currently developing a new scripted project following the broadcast of his cutting edge documentary series for Channel 4 based on his own personal experience called, Let’s Talk: Child Sexual Abuse.
“The laughs are explosive” – Chortle
“Reassuring presence and way with a story” – The Guardian
“Engagingly wry temperament and clear anecdotal gifts” – The Scotsman
“His presence and storytelling have them all entranced” – The Skinny
“Echoes of Daniel Kitson” – The Sunday Times
“Intensely moving and consistently funny” – The Herald
Hannah Platt: WiP
Merseyside-via-Manchester’s finest misanthrope has already been making her mark as a comic. Described as “a voice of a new generation” by The Skinny and “a voice with something to say” by Chortle, she never shies away from sensitive topics but embraces them with brutal honesty and quick wit.
She was commissioned by the BBC to make the short ‘Support Group’ as part of the BBC3 Laugh Lessons series, and has written on both The Now Show and The News Quiz for BBC Radio 4. She’s been tour support for Kiri Pritchard-McClean, Fern Brady and Lou Sanders and is a BBC New Comedian of the Year Award Finalist.
“Dark, damaged and hilarious” – Josie Long
“A voice of a new generation.” – The Skinny
“Pretty impressive” – Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke
“A voice with something to say” – Chortle
Date: Sunday 4th June
Doors open: 5.30pm
Show starts: 6.00pm
Show ends: 8:30pm
Tickets: £7 online / £8 on the door (advanced booking recommended)
Venue: Shakespeare’s, Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB (upstairs)