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Second Barnstormers Comedy of the new season at the Capitol Horsham, and it’s a cracker

Now into its fourteenth season at the Capitol Horsham and, as ever, there is absolutely no let-up in quality.

Three top circuit acts will be gracing the Capitol stage with resident host, Kevin Precious (pictured), returning to oversee the proceedings. This month’s performances showcase: the incredible vocal dexterity of Stefano Paolini, ‘The best voice merchant on the circuit is Paolini, who has done some TV but is destined for far wider exposure’ – The Evening Standard; the insightful and frequently topical musings of Erich McElroy, ‘Well worth it, even if you’re not in the least bit political’ – Edinburgh Evening News; and the hugely energetic storytelling of Paul Pirie, ‘A most impressive physical comedian’ – Chortle.

Stefano Paolini:

Stefano is a regular face on the national and international comedy circuit, where his mixture of stand-up comedy, characters, impressions and beatboxing have seen him perform across the U.K and also Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Singapore, Germany, Malta, France and Italy.

He was a special guest on Dead Ringers (BBC Radio 4). He voiced a variety of characters in the Dreem Teem Xmas Panto (BBC Radio 1 – two specials). He’s guested on Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4), The Jo Whiley Show (BBC Radio 1), LBC and BBC London. he was in The Problem With Adam Bloom (BBC Radio 4), Spanking New (BBC Radio 7) and The Milk Run for BBC Radio 1. On television he was the voice of Tony Blair in Double Take (Channel 4) and Fabio Capello in Headcases (ITV1).

In 2015, Stefano published his debut book, Missing Presumed Drowned: A true story of the internment of Italians resident in Britain during the Second World War.

Erich McElroy:

Erich is a stand-up comedian and writer. Originally from Seattle, he moved to the UK in 2000 and in 2007 collected his British passport.

He’s a regular on the comedy circuit, appearing at top clubs in the UK and in Europe, and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Sky News and Five News and has been heard talking comedy and politics on BBC 5 Live, BBC Surrey, BBC Berkshire and regularly on TalkRadio.

His writing has appeared in The Independent, Huffington Post, The Herald in Scotland and Saga.

Paul Pirie:

Paul began his stand-up career after giving up acting to pursue the funny man that lies within, quickly establishing himself on the Scottish comedy circuit as long ago as 2004. It should be pointed out that at the time he was living with his Gran, having given away the keys to his flat in a pub quiz. Since this time Paul’s career has encompassed TV, Film and Radio, alongside his burgeoning skill as a stand-up, with Paul emerging as one of the biggest Scottish acts on the UK comedy circuit.

He’s since had a consecutive succession of sell out shows at The Glasgow Comedy Festival and joined esteemed popular comedy-improv group, Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! (also featuring Raymond Mearns), and has helped with the development of the group. In 2006 ‘The Boys’ caught the attention of BBC Radio, who recorded the show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Since then, Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! have gone on to work under the watchful eye of the BBC to develop regular radio shows.

Now living in Essex (where his better half keeps the keys), Paul Pirie is a unique, vibrant comedian who appears regularly at: The Comedy Club (venues nationwide), Fymfyg in London, Bristol Jesters, Komedia, Comedy Café, Big Night Out comedy clubs in and around London as well as The Stand in Glasgow and Edinburgh, plus many more.

Performance: Sundays at 7.30pm, The Capitol Studio. Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the night, available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or via The Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220

Please note: Over 18’s only, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

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