13 People to Laugh at at Tramlines
This year Tramlines is not just about the music (although who can deny we’ve got a pretty damn good lineup!). We’ve also got you covered on the comedy side of things too! So if you fancy a good laugh, check out who you will get you chuckling hard at the festival…
Saturday 21st July – The Leadmill Comedy Stage
1. Dan Nightingale (MC)
Dan is widely regarded as one of the best performers working on the comedy circuit today. Mixing fiendishly accurate observation with energetic characterisations and killer punch lines, his comedy is original, playful, intelligent, poignant and exciting; sometimes ridiculous… but always hilarious.
“Magnetic, entertaining and wonderfully friendly” – Three Weeks
2. Henning Wehn
This is not the easiest of jobs because Germans allegedly do not have a sense of humour. Henning does not find that funny. Wehn has been performing as the self-styled ‘German Comedy Ambassador’ since 2003. Whilst touring on his own most of the time, he sometimes appears with his countryman Otto Kuhnle and their show 1000 Years of German Humour was nominated for the Barry Award at the 2009 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Opinion on his stand-up is divided. Whilst Henning sees himself as one of Britain’s foremost social commentators, everybody else describes him as ‘that German bloke’.
“Who said Germans have no sense of humour? Gloriously unreconstructed comedy” – The Guardian
3. Tom Stade
As seen on Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Road Show and The John Bishop Show. Since arriving in the UK, Canadian émigré Tom Stade has steadily earned a reputation as one of the most original and exciting stand-up talents around. He instantly made a splash on the UK circuit with his magnetic stage presence, irrepressible charm and first-class story-telling, and after years topping the bill and playing at international comedy festivals around the globe, he is now established as a leading touring act in his own right, and finds himself well on the road to being a household name.
“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COMEDIAN. ABSOLUTELY BOXFRESH; NOTHING IS STAID ABOUT STADE…HOT FAVOURITE” Evening Standard
4. Barbara Nice
Mrs Barbara Nice is the comedy creation of Janice Connolly. Barbara is your average Stockport housewife who given up the domestic bliss of Tupperware and Pound Stretcher shops for the unpredictability of the comedy world. No audience is too rowdy for her to handle – she’s already raised five teenagers. With the affectionate attitude of a playgroup leader at a wild Iggy Pop concert, Barbara is guaranteed to warm the heart of any audience. Having supported Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay, Barbara is now a circuit headline act in her own right, as well as being one of the most experienced comperes in the country. She has also performed solo shows in Edinburgh, Brighton and Manchester.
“She is a monument to triumph over adversity and a beacon to ordinary people” Brighton Argos
5. Dana Alexander
Dana Alexander is currently one of Britain and Canada’s hottest emerging young comedians – her style has been described as smart, irreverent and revolutionary Dana Alexander began her career at the age of 18 years old in Canada, before long she began touring nationally with Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Clubs and completed 5 television galas and a handful of radio spots for CBC and Sirius XM. In 2011 Dana made a move to the UK where she premiered her one woman show at The Edinburgh Fringe Fest. After rave reviews and several nominations including “Best Comic” and “Best International Act” from Chortle and Black Comedy Awards.
6. Daisy Earl
Daisy is one of the fastest rising stars in comedy today. Since starting stand-up in 2013, she has quickly attracted plaudits and accolades; winning ‘Best New Comedian’ at the Scottish Variety Awards in 2015, and then being crowned ‘Scottish Comedian of the Year’ in the same year, making her the first ever female winner. She has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio’s ‘Breaking the News’, the STV ‘Late Show ‘and BBC Radio 4 Extra’s ‘Best of the Fest’. Daisy is currently working on her hotly-anticipated debut solo show.
“Strikingly honest and hilarious” Huffington Post
7. FoxDog Studios
We are genuine IT consultants experimenting with interactive technology, surreal humour and people’s patience. We create both award-nominated interactive live shows featuring our custom software and hardware, as well as bespoke interactive software experiences for clients. Our company mission statement is simple – to combine the three greatest artforms of all time – comedy, rock music, and computer programming.
“The IT crowd meets Flight of the Conchords” York Press
Sunday 22nd July – The Leadmill Comedy Stage
8. Jonathan Mayor (MC)
Jonathan Mayor is developing into a huge, huge cult. He is one of the finest comperes in the country, capable of settling even the rowdiest crowds with savage wit and a high octane stage presence. He is currently Sarah Millican’s go-to host and support act, MC’ing her new material nights Sarah Millican and Friends and performing as warm-up man for her television series “The Sarah Millican Television Show”
“Marvellously wicked” Sarah Millican
9. John Shuttleworth
The Sheffield legend comes out of retirement for one last show! John Shuttleworth is a fictional singer-songwriter and radio presenter, created by English comedy actor and musician Graham Fellows in 1986. Shuttleworth is in his late 50s and is from Walkley in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He has a quiet manner and slightly nerdish tendencies. His musical talents are usually expressed through his PSS portable keyboard and include “Pigeons in Flight” , a song that Shuttleworth attempted to have selected for the Eurovision Song Contest.
“One of the most recognised character comedians and recording artists in UK” Manchester Evening News
10. Jarred Christmas
Jarred Christmas has a unique style that deftly mixes gags with storytelling. He has a dynamic onstage persona and the ability to improvise and roll with anything that’s thrown his way, making his comedy sizzle with originality.
“One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone” Time Out, London
“Likeable, intelligent and full of unpredictable energy” The Scotsman
11. Tom Wrigglesworth
Tom Wrigglesworth is an established Stand-Up comedian, Radio and TV presenter and voice-over artist from Sheffield, England. He is best known for his live storytelling shows and BBC Radio comedy programmes which take a comical and emotional look at family relationships. Alongside his comedy work, he’s used his engineering background to become a natural and engaging presenter for BBC
Television and The Discovery Channel.
“MAGICAL STORYTELLING… A RARE TALENT… HYSTERICAL & ACCOMPLISHED” Time Out
12. Tanyalee Davis
Tanyalee Davis is a 3 foot 6 inch standup comedian who inspires, enlightens, and entertains her audiences while headlining at comedy clubs, colleges, and comedy festivals throughout North America, the UK, and other parts of the world with her own unique perspective and somewhat racy brand of comedy. January 2011, Tanyalee performed her ONE WOMAN SHOW, 4 nights a week for 6 months, just off the Las Vegas strip.
”Joan Rivers meets a Pile driver” – The Scotsman
13. Bethany Black
Bethany Black has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. Over the course of her career she has performed alongside some of the biggest names in Comedy, including Allan Carr, Sarah Millican, Tim Minchin and Rhys Darby. In 2015 she was cast as Helen in Russell T Davies multi channel shows CUCUMBER, BANANA and TOFU where she was the first trans actress to play a
“Honest, to the point, and very very funny” ✭✭✭✭ Arts Award Voice
See you down The Leadmill Comedy Stage! ?