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Thursday 22nd March, 2018 - Pre-Festival Fun!

Larry Dean - Fandan

Date: Thursday 22nd March, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50 incl interval
Price: £8

SOLD OUT

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean brings his critically-acclaimed new show on tour following a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and a debut appearance on BBC1's Live At The Apollo.

Enjoy "unexpected and excellent" (**** Sunday Times) storytelling from one of UK comedy's fiercest new talents.

As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store.

British Comedy Guide Top 10 Best Reviewed Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

"Confessional storytelling at its funniest" - The Herald *****

"Dean's work is as good as Kevin Bridges" - The List ****

"Has the easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too" - Guardian

Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition Winner 2013

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Tuesday 3rd April, 2018

Ashley Storrie - Adulting

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £9 / £7 concs (see below *)

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Scotland’s favourite funny girl and viral internet sensation Ashley Storrie returns to Bath with a brand-new show about not growing up.

With the world most likely ending quite soon, Ashley believes we should all just have a laugh and be a bit more honest, particularly about the myth of "adulthood"...

Nobody really grows up, we’re all just great at pretending!

BEST SCOTTISH PERFORMANCE 2017 – THE SCOTTISH SUN

"A total revelation" - Dawn French

"Brutally funny" - The Scotsman

**** The List
**** The Sunday Mail
**** Broadway Baby
**** One4Review.com
**** The Wee Review


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Janey Godley - Godley's Cream - 20 Years And Counting

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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20 years of fringe shows, 20 years of touring and so many stories. From LA to New York to Newcastle and Glasgow.

The Godmother of Scottish Comedy, chief Trump annoyer and all round Glasgow mouth piece brings her show to Bath.

Lots of old stories and plenty of new material to keep the punters gripped in their seats.

"Who else got jailed for possessing guns?" - Janey Godley

"Her shows have sold out globally, she's a social media influencer, podcaster and best selling author, but crap at organising a fridge or hanging up washing" - her Husband Mr Storrie

"The queen of Scottish comedy" - Edinburgh Evening News

"Sharpest-elbowed comedy in the world" - New York Times

"Fuc*king great comedian" - Billy Connolly

Sold out shows every year at Glasgow Comedy Fest and Edinburgh Fringe

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Wednesday 4th April, 2018

Joey Page - Perhaps Under Stars That Would Stretch Forever

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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An idiot trys to make sense of the universe in under an hour. What is the point of all this? (Life) Are there parallel universes and if so what are they like? Want to learn everything you ever need to know about the universe through the medium of an idiot? (Yes) Is the world ending? (Probably) Is Jupiter a bell-end? (Definitely!)

Joey Page is a boy with a washing machine-esque brain. Watch him make sense of the entire universe in under an hour (59 minutes).

Stop press: Nominated for Best Comedy at Perth Fringe 2018

"Spaced out magical humour" ***** Three Weeks
"fans of the surreal and ridiculous will love this" **** Chortle
"a cheeky master of his craft" **** Austrailia Times
"A head like a fantasy Hand grenade" - Noel Fielding
**** The Scotsman
**** Edfestmag
**** Edfringereview

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Sally-Anne Hayward - Um...I Was Talking About You Not To You

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £9 / £7 concs (see below *)

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Sally's had a gut full of fabricated food allergies. Her irritated bowel's not down to wheat intolerance - it turns out she's just intolerant.

A liberating diagnosis, as she can now legitimately embrace her bitchier side; so watch out fussy eaters, over-sharers, and definitely that busy-body of a neighbour who's not returned a single one of her home produced surveys on local off street parking.

"Warm and very funny" - Sarah Millican

"Extremely funny" - The Independent

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Christopher Macarthur-Boyd - Home Sweet Home

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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The debut hour from the next big thing in Scottish comedy. As heard on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4extra.

"A charming young comic. Well-honed and well-delivered material." -The Scotsman

"Following in the footsteps of Kevin Bridges" - ITV

"A comedian on the ascent. The personal and political housed seamlessly." - The Skinny

"On the cusp of something big, and you don't want to miss it." - Daily Record

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Thursday 5th April, 2018

Rachel Parris - Keynote

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

SOLD OUT

Rachel has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds.

Rachel is an award-winning musical comic whose songs have been played on BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and who was listed in the BBC's Hot Talent List 2017. She has appeared in Murder in Successville, Plebs, The IT Crowd and most recently, satirical BBC show The Mash Report. She's also a founder member of smash hit improv show Austentatious.

"Frank and funny... tears of laughter" - Guardian
"A gifted performer" - Times
"Brutally funny" - Skinny
"Absolute genius - I was in tears" - I Talk Telly
"Brings to mind the late Victoria Wood" - Whats On London

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.rachelparris.com

Twitter: rachelparris

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Markus Birdman - Grimm Realities

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Growing up, my preacherman father made me draw Bible stories. I don't remember the stories, but I draw great.

The 5 Star Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, nominated for Amused Moose Best Show Award, from the NZ Comedy Guild Best international Comedian Award Nominee.

A modern day comedic and visual take on those Grimm's classics, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. A reality tale for the 21st century. A children's fable for adults.

My previous shows had short jokes, and tall stories. I thought it was high time to combine these with my drawings. Especially since Rolf Harris left a gap in the market.

"Birdman's show is a triumph. Grimm Realities deals with coming to terms with his daughter growing up, with a mixture of comical perspectives and re-imagined fairy tales. Not so filthy that it's crass, but filthy and clever enough to warrant constant laughter from the audience." ***** Edinburgh Reporter

"Probably the most absorbing show I have seen. Completely spellbinding." **** Chortle

"Meditative but not mournful, he makes us feel part of his story. Hugely enjoyable and lots of ruddy good gags." **** Scotsman

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Diane Spencer - 2018 Collection

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Brand new stand-up comedy hour from delightfully engaging stand-up comedian Diane Spencer.

With her charming onstage persona and refreshingly honest confessional style, Diane delivers heart-warming autobiographical wit and laugh-out-loud humour.

Her other 7 hit shows are all available on YouTube.

"Not for the faint-hearted but also not to be missed" 5 stars ThreeWeeks

"Artists use paint to depict their work, Ms Spencer uses well-crafted words and stories to illustrate her art, words that ensured her set was full of genuine laugh out loud moments.” 4 stars One4Review

"Personable, ballsy and hilarious" 4 stars BroadwayBaby

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Links: http://www.dianespencer.tv

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Twitter: dianespencerfun

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Wednesday 11th April, 2018

Archie Maddocks - Matchstick

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Award winning comedian Archie Maddocks presents an hour of biting, provocative, unflinchingly funny comedy where he explores his deepest and darkest thoughts, exposes his flaws and interrogates his personal connection to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Fresh from a stint in the BBC Writers room, having previously toured South Africa and Europe, this "supercool, super smart storyteller" (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke and Evening Standard) hilariously explores life, love and loss with a candid authenticity, marking him out as a "real highlight" (BBC).

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Matt Green - These People

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £7.50

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Matt has been doing stand up for 15 years and he's got pretty good at it. Come and hear his latest thoughts about the current state of the world. Spoiler alert: he's not keen.

Featuring applying for an Irish passport, going viral with JK Rowling and trying not to argue about Brexit.

Preview show.

"Really funny" **** Scotsman

"Why someone as funny as this isn't doing the Apollo, or having a Radio Four series of his own, is a bit of a mystery. Maybe one day. Let's hope so." **** Theatre Bath

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Sam Carrington - All Grown Up

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Sam Carrington turned 40 last year, join as he contemplates this milestone by working out where he's been, where he's going, and if his cheese-based drink will ever take off.

"Has a career mapped out in stand up comedy! **** The Mirror

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Thursday 12th April, 2018

Sam Fraser - Stand Up, Weather Girl!

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Sam Fraser has been a stand-by BBC local weather presenter since 2012. It's been a steep learning curve.

Having been distracted by online comments about her bottom, she wonders can you be a full time feminist and a part time weather girl?

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Colin Hoult - Anna Mann in How We Stop The Fascists

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £9 / £7 concs (see below *)

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Having effectively cured all depression in last year's smash-hit hour, actress Anna Mann (Colin Hoult's "master class in character comedy" - Time Out) returns to take on the terrifying rise of fascism. Fear not, gentle liberals, Mother Mann is here.

Star of her very own Sky Arts Short, 'Anna Mann's Valentine'. As seen in Murder in Successville, Porridge, Derek, Nurse, Life's Too Short, and Being Human.

Directed by Phoebe Bourke for Berk's Nest.

"Funnier than almost all other shows at this year's Fringe." **** Telegraph
"As Anna would lovingly say - 'oh f*ck off that's good'." ***** ThreeWeeks 
"Utterly uniqe, painfully hilarious and an absolute must-see." ***** Shortcut
"Endlessly entertaining… warm, life-affirming and above all else, very funny. One that everyone will love." ***** The New European
"A hugely enjoyable, slyly satirical hour." **** Times
"Beautifully written stuff." **** Scotsman
"Dazzlingly silly… will keep you giggling far down the road from the venue." **** Fest
"Genuinely side splitting… an extremely entertaining hour." **** Ed Fest Mag
"He's just so good as Anna… A vivid, vibrant creation, incredibly funny." **** Wee Review
"His most joyful effort to date… Deliciously funny." **** Times
"You don't know where the next laugh will come from, but it'll be coming soon… smart, absurd and unpredictable." **** Chortle
"Unique and darkly brilliant talent." **** Guardian
"Sheer comic gold." **** Metro
"Master class in character comedy." **** Time Out
"Joyously inventive." **** Scotsman
"More than a little Spike Milligan about him." Exeunt Magazine

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Tuesday 24th July, 2018 - Edinburgh Previews!

Faye Treacy - The Problem With Faye Treacy

Date: Tuesday 24th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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When asked by her little sister for some career advice, Faye realised she'd spent the last half of her 20s trying to make trombone comedy work.

Join Faye for an idiosyncratic tale about a South London foster family, why she's decided she wants to become a stepdad and what it's like to be quite often the only woman in the band.

Debut hour from Best Newcomer: Musical Comedy Awards 2015, Runner-Up: Bath Comedy New Act 2016, as heard on BBC Radio 2/4extra.

"Treacy's charm soon wins us round...her one-liners are expertly crafted and sharp" - The List

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Carey Marx - Carey Carey Quite Contrary

Date: Tuesday 24th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Legendary club comic, Fringe stalwart and raconteur of darkness, Carey Marx, with his latest Edinburgh show.

Donald Trump is President so sod it. Carey's going to do what he wants.

Taking a lesson from the leader of the free world, Carey's decided to become arrogant, certain and unapologetic. What happens when he's above reproach? Greatness happens. Yes, everything Carey turns his hand to becomes magically magnificent.

Goodbye integrity and humility. Hello delusion and dishonesty.

This show is going to be the best thing in history. Definitely.

Carey Marx is internationally renowned for his unique brand of dark humour and caustic wit. His wilful disregard for the controversial and delicate is tempered beautifully by his ability to find joy in the most unexpected places. Nominated for Chortle's Best Club Comic 2017 award, don't miss your chance to see a true comedy master.

Twice winner of Best International Show at New Zealand Comedy Festival
Star of Intensive Carey; BBC Radio 4
Writer for Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish; Dave
Co-host of The Proper Gander 2017
Co-host of Citizens of Nowhere with Nick Doody 2018

"This is great comedy from a comedy master" **** The Scotsman
"Anecdotally debauched" ***** Herald
"A comic at his gleeful best" ***** Edinburgh Evening News
"Highly engaging, devilish, menacing and totally mesmerizing" ***** Edinburgh Guide
"Sharp, sweet, cheeky, cynical, romantic and rude as he ever was" **** Chortle
"Comedy at its best" **** Fest

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Wednesday 25th July, 2018 - Edinburgh Previews!

Anna Morris - Bombastic

Date: Wednesday 25th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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The award-winning character comedian and star of Channel 4's Lee and Dean celebrates four sell-out shows with a mash-up of her favourite creations.

Fearless comedy from the creator of international hit ‘It’s Got to be Perfect. (Best Show, Funny Women Awards) and the critically acclaimed ‘Dolly Mixture’, ‘Would Like to Thank’ and ‘Bitchelors’.

"Beautifully crafted comedy" The Independent.

"A master of character comedy" British Comedy Guide.

"Morris has the X Factor" ***** EdinburghGuide.com

***** Funny Women
**** The Herald
**** Skinny
**** Sunday Herald
**** Broadway Baby
**** The Stage
**** Scotsgay

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Simon Munnery - The Wreath

Date: Wednesday 25th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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"I went to a funeral the other day. Caught the wreath..."

That's what came to me, from the mysterious source of the inexplicable. Hear the story of the joke, how it became a painting, and what happened next.

"Subversive and brilliant" - The Guardian



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Thursday 26th July, 2018 - Edinburgh Previews!

John Hastings - Float Like A Butterfly John Hastings Like A Bee

Date: Thursday 26th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Last year, John Hastings was hit by a car and broke his arm. He then became homeless (his choice) with a long distance girlfriend (her choice) and now has a lot of thoughts on pigeons and bicycles (your choice).

Now he's written this comedy show.  A tale of displacement, death and denial (don't worry, there are jokes too). 

As seen on Comedy Central

***** (The Mirror)
***** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Fest)
**** (The Herald)
**** (Three Weeks)
**** (Melbourne Herald Sun)

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Stephanie Laing - Quitter

Date: Thursday 26th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Stephanie Laing is a massive quitter.  She's given up alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, drugs (mostly), meat (sometimes), and casual sex (honest).  But is she now a big ball of joy?  Is everything bloody OK now?

Come and see this lovable little weirdo talk about how she's trying to fix her silly little brain by doing fewer things.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist 2015

"Eye-wateringly honest, Devastating technique, with natural comic timing and delivery" - Chortle

"Gloriously silly, wonderfully unpretentious" - Broadway Baby

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