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What's on at Bath Comedy Festival

All shows at Ring O Bells

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Monday 1st April, 2019

Criminal

Date: Monday 1st April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr20
Price: £10

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Welcome to Criminal, where a lineup of wonderful comedy talents solve a murder in front of your eyes.

Tonight the hideous crime that needs solving is the murder of Gareth Watkins. Strolling around the supermarket of deception, our detective must head straight to the aisle of resolution and cram the tins of truth into the trolley of justice.

Tonight's improvisers are Phil Whelans ("Genuinely and utterly original" - Three Weeks), Frankie Evans (***** - Oxford Mail), Alexander Fox ("Excellent" - Jack Dee), and Richard Vranch ("Impressive display" - Chortle).

Produced by Ralph Jones and Joel Gatehouse, Criminal is a comedy night and podcast ('Criminal Casebook') recorded in front of a live audience.

***** "Improv doesn't get better than this" - The Wee Review

**** "I was frequently in hysterics" - The 730

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Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

Darren Walsh - Massive Punt

Date: Tuesday 2nd April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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Join Darren (ITV's 'Out There', UK's first Pun Champion, Winner of Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe, BBC Edinburgh Presents') on a Round-The-World flight, pun-packed with in-flight entertainment, video sketches, 1-liners, jingles and general nonsense.

Find out if we can all land back in Bath in one piece.

"Punbelievable!" ***** The Mirror
**** Sunday Express
**** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
"Unstoppable tsunami of stupid puns" - Chortle
"A tall guy with a big talent for short jokes" - The Stage


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George Rigden - Spooning With Uri

Date: Tuesday 2nd April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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For 2 years as a child, George Rigden (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year nominee 2017) was friends with Uri Geller. This is the bizarre but true story of that friendship.

In the wake of Operation Yewtree and the #MeToo movement, this is a tale that is as relevant as it is profitable (TBC).

A true story about friendship, autographs and cutlery.

"Deliciously dark" - Beyond The Joke

"A fine, wretched persona" - Chortle

As heard on BBC radio 4, as seen on BBC 1, BBC 2 & BBC 4.

Preview show.

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Wednesday 3rd April, 2019

Maisie Adam

Date: Wednesday 3rd April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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Winner of Amused Moose National New Comic 2018 and So You Think You're Funny 2017, Maisie Adam presents an hour show including work in progress of her second Edinburgh show.

Her debut hour, 'Vague', earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at last year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards and this work in progress promises more witty observations delivered with her signature charm, hilarious physicality and sharp wit.

As seen on ITV2's 'The Stand-Up Sketch Show', BBC Three and Sky Arts 'Urban Myths'.

"Go see Maisie Adam now and have bragging rights for years to come" - The Herald

"Maisie Adam is phenomenal" - The Scotsman

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Sex.. with Pete Searles

Date: Wednesday 3rd April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.15pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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After his much younger girlfriend leaves him for a better looking, richer, more successful friend of his, Searles dissolves into a gibbering, chain-smoking, suicidal-insomniac!

In desperation he resorts to the latest new-age self-help healing therapy E.F.T. (emotional freedom technique) regressing him into a voyage of self re-discovery - where buried memories of past relationships, one-night stands and a very confused childhood all come bubbling to the surface – with hilarious, painful and revelatory results!

"Haven't laughed so much in ages" - Gilded Balloon

"One of the loveliest, laughter filled hours I have seen" - The Scotsman

"He's definitely one performer I look forward to seeing again next year" - one4review.com

"It's a joy" - The List Magazine

"Brilliant… one of the best solo shows I've ever seen!" - Gyles Brandreth

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4069788



Links: http://www.petersearles.com/

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Friday 5th April, 2019

Bath Folk Club - Georgia Lewis & Rowan Piggott

Date: Friday 5th April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.15pm show
Price: £8 adv (£10 on door)

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A musical interlude during the Festival, at our favourite intimate venue.

Georgia Lewis, hailed as "the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years", is a consummate multi-instrumentalist with a fresh approach to folksong. She is joined by longtime collaborator Rowan Piggott, a fiddle-player and songwriter with a "deep understanding and feel for tradition".

Together they perform compelling contemporary arrangements of both traditional and self penned material. Described as "young, exuberant & musically adept" (R2 Magazine) Georgia's debut album 'The Bird Who Sings Freedom', released on Rootbeat records, earned her a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last year.

An evening of folk tales, haunting melodies and sumptuous harmonies awaits.

Horizon Nominee - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018
"Making a name through really well received concerts" - 2018 BBC Radio 2
"Showcasing her mastery of the idiom" ***** R2 Magazine
"An impeccable British folk album" **** Songlines
"Fine musicianship and authentic feel" - Living Trad
"Georgia's singing is very impressive indeed" - FATEA
Future of Young Folk Award Winner

Booking: Bath Folk Festival

Online booking: https://bathfolkfestival.org/ticket/georgia-lewis-and-rowan-piggott-at-bath-folk-club/

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Saturday 6th April, 2019

Bill Smarme's Social Club

Date: Saturday 6th April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl intervals
Price: £10

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A bonkers variety/cabaret show hosted by the inimitable Bill Smarme - ladies' man, bon viveur, international entertainer, building contractor - in his first solo appearance since the band got fed up with being paid in breeze blocks and sharp sand.

There'll be songs, stand-up, a Smarmy quiz, kazoo-alongs, guest spots and a meat draw.

All in the best Smarmetastic taste!

Stand-up guest spots from Pauline Eyre & Jenny Laville

a special appearnce of Mutt n Jeff (Rare Species)

and a headline set from Seymour Mace - one of Bath Comedy's favourite indescribable surreal comics! As seen in BBC's 'Ideal' with Johnny Vegas.

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Tuesday 9th April, 2019

Matt Price - Broken Hooters And Geezers With Shooters

Date: Tuesday 9th April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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Matt Price was asked to work on a writing project with a former criminal. From day one, he was out of his depth...

Matt ("Fearlessly funny" **** The Scotsman) has been to a high profile criminal's funeral and stood outside the church with a biker gang and a 'body guard' who had learning difficulties. He once played monopoly with a Russian drug dealer and was sent an ill fitting stab proof vest and a spoon through the post.

As Steve Bennett from Chortle said, Matt Price is "a genuine, ordinary guy spinning some yarns, extraordinary in their telling" **** On the surface at six foot three and twenty stone, Matt looks as though he may blend into the criminal underworld quite well, until he blows his cover by speaking.

This is a show about learning your limitations and embracing them. It's about facing fears. It's about realising that actually, not being a tough guy isn't such a bad thing after all. Sometimes it's sensible to run away. Some people travel to Nepal or India to try and find themselves. Matt spent hundreds of hours at a retired criminal's house, mixing with people that he never even knew existed.

He doesn't have that many answers as to why people do bad things. But he has a lot of stories and he's learned a lot too.

"I don't understand why he isn't better known" ***** One4Review

Matt Price has been a professional comedian for over ten years and has performed in 30 countries, including 4 tours of Australia. He is a versatile performer who tells a great yarn, usually from the wilder side of life, but one that will make you laugh. He is not a geezer and his hooter remains unbroken.

"Storytelling comedy, necessitates a level of honesty I like. And Price is one of the best at it around" - Scotland on Sunday

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Nick Doody - PG

Date: Tuesday 9th April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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Can acclaimed comedian Nick Doody successfully write and perform a PG-rated show? You be the judge! Over-18s only.

WARNING: Corrosive notions, risk of birdstrike, unrehearsed crossbow stunts, terrifying dolls, ironic 'distance', explicit whistling, suggestive sexual intercourse, potential permanent damage to acuity of mental thingy, constant creeping dread, artistically unjustified tits, low horse sense, possible alien abduction, existential threat, demonic possession, scenes of career suicide, radioactive core, unfinished examp.

Audience members are advised to exhale fully before the performance and avoid inhaling until safely clear of the venue. Show may continue in your peripheral vision for several months.

DO NOT SEE SHOW AN ODD NUMBER OF TIMES.

***** Metro ***** The List ***** The Scotsman ***** Chortle

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Wednesday 10th April, 2019

Fitz of Giggles - Showcase

Date: Wednesday 10th April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl intervals
Price: £8

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A showcase of some of the best undiscovered acts on the current circuit, presented by local favourite compere Fitz.

Tonight's acts include:

Danny Clives
Celya AB
Frank Foucault
Riordan DJ
James O'Donoghue
and headliner Archie Maddocks

Each of these acts are rising stars, either competition winners or highly regarded acts that have been tipped by fellow comics to go on to big things...

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Friday 12th April, 2019

Francis & Power - Deep Dark Ciuts

Date: Friday 12th April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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Comic vignettes written and performed by two fine comic actors.

Alan Francis, a regular on the UK comedy circuit, and Barnaby Power, one of the country's finest comic actors, come together to rip open the dark underbelly and release the bile.

This show is sure to have edge...

"Some of the most SINISTER and SURREAL comic creations this side of The League of Gentlemen" ***** The Sunday Herald

"One of the classiest examples of loud-mouthed filth you're ever likely to experience" - Chortle

"Darkly funny...gloriously offensive" - Telegraph

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Garrett Millerick - Sunflower

Date: Friday 12th April, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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This time last year, Garrett Millerick’s 'Sunflower' was intended to be a 100% pure comedy show with no agendas, no left, no right and no sad stories - a show named after his favourite Beach Boys album and written to contrast the horror of world events.

But a brutal rollercoaster of events derailed this plan and Garrett was faced with the choice of cancelling the show or finding the path to complete it in a few short weeks.

Sunflower emerged as a testament to the power of comedy to carry us through the whatever life throws at us and became one of the most talked about, critically acclaimed and powerful shows of Edinburgh 2018.

"A virtuoso display of unforgivingly grumpy stand-up delivered with fire in his soul" ****1/2 Chortle

**** The Times
**** Fest
**** The List

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4090142



Links: http://www.garrettmillerick.com/

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