More great comedy with our compere introducing another three top acts from the London circuit, usually Comedy Store regulars. This month compere Sam Harland (pictured right) introduces endearing Diane Morgan "Diane Morgan has a nice line in dark storytelling" The Independent; ingenious James Sherwood “fantastic” TimeOut; and bright spark Andrew Bird 'One of the hottest prospects in stand-up'-Time Out
RUNNER UP: 'HACKNEY EMPIRE NEW ACT OF THE YEAR 2006'
RUNNER UP: 'FUNNY WOMEN AWARD' 2006
'She managed to bring a bright spark of wit to the material, thanks to sharp writing and an endearing delivery'
'Diane Morgan has a nice line in dark storytelling' - Bruce Dessau, Independent
Originally from Bolton, Diane began stand up in 2004. Trained as an actress, Diane has gained roles in both theatre and television, including Ken Campbell's Warp Experience and Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights for Channel 4.
She is also one half of acclaimed comedy sketch duo 'Two Episodes of Mash' with Joe Wilkinson.
Edinburgh Shows -
2005 Amused Moose Hot Starlets
2006 Four on the Floor (Hackney Empire show)
2007 'AAA' in the Courtyard
2008 Two Episodes of Mash (Courtyard)
Stand up on tv and radio includes; 'Out to Lunch' for radio 2 and World Stands Up for Paramount Comedy.
BBC New Comedy Awards 2004 – Runner Up
FHM Holsten Pils Stand-Up Award 2004 – Runner Up
James Sherwood has become one of the country’s foremost comedy writers and continues to rapidy ascend the stand-up circuit. Having received the BBC Radio Entertainment writers’ bursary in 2008, James contributes the funnies to radio shows across the BBC, including The Now Show, The News Quiz and BBC7’s new topical comedy sketch show, Tilt.
As well as that, he regularly reviews the newspapers on Sky News, writes a regular blog on the Guardian website and spends most Sundays singing in a church choir, despite not actually being religious.
His debut Edinburgh show in 2006, ‘I Know What You Did Last Sunday’, was a total sell-out and was followed in similar fashion with 2007’s offering, ‘James Sherwood’s Somewhat Premature Review Of 2007’. He plans to take his third show, ‘Songs Of Music’, to the Fringe this summer.
Having originally made a name for himself on the live circuit as a topical comic, in recent years James has incorporated a number of self-penned, original comic songs into his act. Although this involves lugging a keyboard around with him, it’s worth it – songs about grammatical inaccuracies and failed nightclub courtships have had audiences literally crying with laughter.
“brilliantly conceived and very funny … Sherwood has phenomenal stage presence” The Scotsman
“his piece grammatically correcting songs is worth the ticket price along … clever, funny and will have fans singing along” Chortle
“anyone who can make a song about inflation and unemployment funny is surely worthy of your attention” **** Three Weeks
“savage satire” Sunday Times
“piercing” Evening Standard
“sharp, precise and ingenious” Chortle
“Superb… the exciting rising star” - Time Out
“A natural comedian” - The Stage
“Effortlessly engaging and funny as hell” - Rhod Gilbert
“Beautifully observed and insightful…not only an entertaining story but a very funny hour of fine stand-up.” - Chortle
“There’s an undercurrent of wisdom, hope and self-acceptance which delivers more soul than most shows you’ll see this year, but never undermines the comedy. Although his material is always funny and frequently hilarious, it’s his personal charm that makes this special.” - Fest
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