Well it’s been a blinding summer alright, and the hot weather has been a joy to behold; long may it continue. However, now it’s a time for getting the kids back to school and returning from the world of summer dreams… hot weather or not!
As ever, at this time of year, Barnstormers Comedy will be on hand to counter the inevitable feelings of comedown, as they progress towards the mellow fruitfulness of the autumn. And there’s a great line-up in prospect for September’s show at the Capitol for that precise purpose.
Once more, three top circuit acts will be gracing the Capitol stage, with freewheeling resident Barnstormers’ host, Kevin Precious, returning to oversee the proceedings. This month’s performances include: the charismatic story telling skills of Jason Patterson, “Absolutely sounds the part… oozes confidence, with a perfectly measured delivery that gives him instant authority.” – Chortle; the rapidly rising star that is Larry Dean ”The audience lap up his cheeky-chappie shtick… here’s to a generation of new Billy Connollys” – The Guardian; and the one-liners and interactive style of Kevin McCarthy, ”The Ad-Lib Expert” – The Stage.
Jason Patterson is an Award Winning Comedian who started out in comedy in 2006. In 2010, Jason Starred in a new comedy sketch show for Brown Eyed Boy which aired on BBC3.
Jason was also a runner up in the CDN/Channel 4 Stand Up Search 2010. Also in 2010, Jason won the Loaded Laftas Rising Star Comedy Award. 2012 brought more TV credits for Jason with several scenes in Channel 5’s Interview of a Lifetime.
He regularly performs at: Jongleurs, The Comedy Store, Amused Moose, Hackney Empire, The Astoria (West End) and Laughter Fest at the Camden Centre (alongside 9 other acts including Richard Blackwood, Quincy and Robbie Gee).
Since being crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year at just 23, Larry Dean’s star has continued to rise and rise, with his debut Edinburgh Fringe show Out Now! receiving widespread critical and audience acclaim, as well as a Fosters Comedy Award nomination for Best Newcomer.
Following his success in Edinburgh, Larry brought the show to London in January 2016, for a series of packed out performances at The Soho Theatre, and then on to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he was one of the standout performers on the Allstars Supershow Opening Night Gala. He returned to Edinburgh this year with his eagerly awaited new show, Farcissist.
2016 has seen Larry star on Live From The BBC on BBC2, having already appeared twice on BBC Presents: Best Of The Edinburgh Festival. He’s also performed alongside some of the biggest names in UK comedy, having supported the likes of Eddie Izzard on tour and performed twice at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, in 2014 and 2015.
“The audience lap up his cheeky-chappie shtick…here’s to a generation of new Billy Connollys” – The Guardian
“Dean is Unmissable” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“A Total Triumph of a Show” – Fringemonkey
“Sharp and unexpected Lines… an irresistable chutzpah” – Chortle
“Fascinatingly funny” – Evening Standard
“The amiable Glaswegian is such a natural storyteller and entertainer” – one4review
“One of the best shows I have seen this year” – Mumble Comedy
Kevin McCarthy has been a comedian a long while, all his life infact. But only in the late eighties did he make it his career.
He started purely by accident, getting on stage as an open spot at the infamous “Tunnel Club” in South East London, purely to win a dare. A truck driver at the time with his own business, comedy became a hobby until the trucking had to go and he became a full time comedian.
His career to date has covered the full gambit of the comedy world, indeed the world at large, working in such far flung places as South America, North America, the Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, even Afghanistan. He has entertained all-comers – kids, troops, Hells Angels, audiences from 10 to 45,000.
He not only performs on, but also writes for television, having been involved recently in writing “The Sketch Show”, the BAFTA award winning ITV comedy, and has appeared on many television productions as a comedian, a comic actor, and indeed as a straight actor. His involvement with T.V. includes warm-up duties on such shows as “The Lottery”, and “Later, with Jools Holland”. He writes speeches for the management of such corporate giants as Coca Cola and provides corporate comedy work-shops for institutions such as them; even teaching prisoners in Winchester prison, from novice to performer, in organised courses in prison.
Kevin’s reputation as a funny and importantly reliable act, is acknowledged throughout the business both as a stand up comedy set performer and, perhaps more highly still, as a compere/M.C. His experience and ability to connect to any audience is almost legendary. When it comes to any aspect of the comedy business he delivers, and delivers to an exceptionally high level.