During his time on the circuit, Mark has performed at gigs with most of the top names, including Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr and Micky Flanagan – to name but a few: “Obviously, it is not possible to get acts with that kind of profile down to our gigs, but my aim was to use the contacts (that I have made over the years) to produce the highest quality shows I could.”
Horsham will get its first taste of Comedy Beats this month in Broadbridge Heath. Comedian, Mark Coxon, explained: “We set the company up two years ago. I have been working as a stand up comedian for the last twenty years and wanted to start putting comedy shows on around the Sussex/Surrey Borders.”
Since the shows began, Mark has been able to book, among others, Bob Mills, Zoe Lyons, Dominic Holland and Simon Evans: “We’ve even managed to get Lee Hurst down to do our regular monthly club in Crawley and he is lined up to do another four for us.”
Securing quality acts has always been important to Mark. He explained:”When I book a show, I just try and get the best possible acts I can. I want people, in places like Broadbridge Heath, to be able to see the kind of comedians that they would see at The Comedy Store in London or The Komedia in Brighton, but to not have to spend their money on train fares and inflated drink prices.”
Mark described response to the show as “amazing” and added: “we are putting on almost four times as many shows this year as we did in 2016.”
The opening act for this show is Mark Simmons. A one liner comedian, Mark’s delivery is very much in the style of Tim Vine or Gary Delaney. His jokes come thick and fast. Great at interacting with the audience, it’s no surprise that, when asked what they liked most about the shows, audiences come up with Mark’s name, again and again. Mark Coxon commented: “I really do think in a few years time he (Mark Simmons) will be a household name, he is definitely one not to be missed.”
After the first interval John Moloney is next in the spotlight. With his relaxed stage persona, John is regarded as one of the top acts on the circuit. He featured in Channel 4’s The World’s Top 100 Stand Ups and has appeared on many television shows, including They Think It’s All Over and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as well as two series of his own on BBC Radio 4, The John Moloney Show.
The closing act is regular headliner at The Comedy Store, Adam Bloom. Adam is highly respected by his peers, particularly for his skillfully constructed gags, and is one of the most creative comedians on the circuit. His TV credits include Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. He has also written and performed in three series of The Problem With Adam Bloom for Radio 4. This will be his seventh show for Comedy Beats.
The Compere for the evening is the ‘highly likeable and easy going’ Barry Castagnola, a warm and engaging host who has been a regular on the circuit since the late ’90s. As well as being a first rate MC, Barry closes shows in most of the comedy clubs up and down the country and has also been a regular co-host on Rhod Gilbert’s radio show.
Performance: Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm, The Broadbridge Heath Village Centre Social Club. Tickets can be bought in advance for £7.50 from the venue or by calling 01403 217177.
Doors open at 7.30 and the show starts at 8.30. For more details, please visit: www.ComedyBeats.com