After a wondrous visit from Harriet Dyer to get the year off to a cracking start, we’re back on it with our Sunday night smorgasbord. Our February show will feature an equal contingent of familiar favourites from Square Holes past plus new pals from the UK and global circuit.
Host of her own eponymous alternative cabaret, Jain Edwards is Rhyl’s most relatable comedian and molten core of Manchester’s centrifugal tour de comedic force; a nerve centre of North Wave comedy. An autistic actor, writer and stand-up she-devil, Jain is the snot-nosed surrealist who brought us Top Bodybuilder Brian and passively profited from the streaming boom with satirical explorations of the worst kinds of humans, i.e. entrepreneurs and landlords. Absurdist appearances on ‘Escape the North’ and her own ‘Stakeholders’ Twitch streams provided a lifeline of disturbingly well-observed characterisations delivered with Jain’s uniquely knowing smile and ocular glint. Jain is an all-time favourite of everyone who knows best.
Jain has appeared on the BBC’s Laugh Lessons, Encouraging Productions’ Taking Stock and Pulped’s Visit Yorkshire.
“Pleasingly offbeat” — The Guardian
“An excellent exercise in inventive, immensely creative comedy” — The Skinny
“Edwards succeeds with levity, charm and a knowing smile” — The List
“Get in early to catch a rising talent” — Short Com
Sam See is an award nominated stand-up comedian currently based in Singapore. He has headlined in over 25 different countries, multiple international comedy festivals, and has crowd-surfed three times. His shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has received the first Five-Star review for an act from South East Asia (On The Mic), and his recent 2022 show, Government Approved Sex, was on Fest Mag’s list of The Best of the Edinburgh Festivals. He also received fourteen 4 Star reviews from a Pakistani content farm that all copied another review but hey, a review’s a review. In 2022, Sam was longlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
“Smart storytelling and star quality, quick-witted, warm and winning with clear appeal” — Chortle
“Dynamic and irrepressible, makes this show a joy from beginning to end” — On The Mic
“Insightful, accurate, honest, always humorous” — To Say Nothing of the Cat, Prague
“Within seconds, he has the audience laughing, clapping and clinging onto his every word” – Rice Media, Singapore
plus support from
Michael J Dolan
Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 7.00pm
Tickets: £9 online / £11 on the door (advanced booking recommended)
Venue: Shakespeare’s, Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB (upstairs)