Happy New Year! And while we hope that the season delivered in every possible way, we also know that you’re probably in need of a lift in the face of the usual January comedown. And as you might anticipate, we are perfectly positioned to provide the perfect antitode in the form of another top Barnstormers Comedy show.
As usual, three top circuit acts will be gracing the Capitol stage with resident host, Kevin Precious, returning to oversee the proceedings. This month’s performances showcase: hugely amiable gagster Paul Kerensa, ‘A comic wave that just keeps coming… As effortless a writer as he is a performer’ – The Stage; offbeat storyteller Eleanor Tiernan, ‘Tiernan has a uniquely oblique angle on the word, and her routines have a touch of whimsy while grounded in astute observation. It means her set sounds fresh and original, without being so wilfully strange it will alienate all but the most dedicated followers’ – Chortle; and frequently topical song-and-gag-man Steve Gribbin, ‘A highly refreshing and original comic with a gift for sharp observations and up-to-the-minute political asides’ – The Scotsman.
Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensa’s the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals. He’s one of the few to have appeared both at London’s Comedy Store and on Radio 2’s Pause For Thought.
A decade into his stand-up career, Paul’s one-man show has played to packed-out venues over the last few years, including the Edinburgh Fringe and Montreal Comedy Festival. Most recently, he’s been part of the writing teams for TFI Friday, Top Gear, The Kennedys and ITV’s Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special.
As a stand-up, he’s known as a likeable, intelligent and creative comic, ever since winning ITV’s Take The Mike Award in 2002, and becoming a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards & The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards the same year. Since then, he has gone on to work regularly all over the UK and Europe, including The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and five solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, ranging from spoofs of Back To The Future to journeys through the Bible and around the world in his most recent show, ‘Borderline Racist’. Chortle, on previous shows: ‘Very funny, very clever, an excellent Edinburgh show’, ‘wildly talented comic’.
Paul was nominated for a British Comedy Award as part of the writing team for Miranda, which he continues to work on. He has written on each series of Lee Mack’s sitcom Not Going Out among other shows, and is a published author with numerous books under his belt. His writing helped win hit sitcom Not Going Out a Rose d’Or Award in 2008, as well as a nomination for the British Comedy Award for Best New Sitcom. Miranda has recently been nominated for three Royal Television Society Awards, including for best writing and best sitcom.
Irish Stand up comedian. Performs at venues around Ireland and the UK mostly. Other kinds too… acting in funny sketches, characters, TV shows but stand up is what I do most. Occasionally writes for magazines, websites etc.
You might also know her from such things as: RTE’s Irish Pictorial Weekly; Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience; Columnist with The Times Online; National Therapy Project; The Panel; Craig Doyle show; The Savage Eye; We Need To Talk About Ireland; Maeve Higgins Fancy Vittles; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Hobart Comedy Festival, Iveagh Gardens Festival, Galway Comedy Festival; Support act to Tommy Tiernan, Stewart Lee, Reginald D Hunter, Tig Notaro, Neil Delamere, Jason Byrne, Ardal O’Hanlon, PJ Gallagher, Judah Friedlander, Pantibliss, Briefs; Edinburgh Shows – 2007 Help (with Niamh Tiernan) in Gilded Balloon; 2008 Irish American (kind of but not with John F O’Donnell, you had to be there) in Gilded Balloon; 2009 Trouble (Solo) Gilded Balloon; 2012 Rogue (Solo) The Stand; 2014 Help The Frigid (Solo) Counting House.
Steve Gribbin is a diminutive guitar-wielding satirist from Liverpool whose scabrous comedy songs and off the wall observations have made him one of the firm favourites of the comedy circuit.
Steve’s original comedy songs combine razor sharp lyrics with tunes that put their foot in the door of your mind and refuse to leave. Firmly based in rock ‘n’ roll and refusing to pull no punches, these are not the ‘oh so witty’ ditties of penguin-suited plink plonk piano playing posh gobs. They are that rarity – comedy songs which are actually funny.
For nine years Steve was the smaller one in the dynamic comedy duo Skint Video, stalwart’s of the Edinburgh Festival, appearing on countless television programmes such as Saturday Live, radio such as The Mary Whitehouse Experience, and their own show in 1992/3 Songlines (BBC Radio 1). Skint Video went their different ways in 1993, since when Steve has been storming across the UK and Ireland as a solo artiste.
TV: Sunday Best (GMTV); The Warehouse (YTV); Saturday Night (Meridian); Comedy Roots (SKY); WowFab Groovy (Channel 5); The Comedy Store series 2 (Channel 5)
Radio: Comedy Network (Radio 1); Loose Talk (Radio 1); The Treatment (Radio 5 Live); Loose Ends (Radio 4); Weekending (Radio 4)
“A highly refreshing and original comic with a gift for sharp observations and up-to-the-minute political asides… With more energy than a friendly Tasmanian devil, this affable and animated comedian tells jokes, plays the guitar and sings lyrics.”- The Scotsman
Steve’s material covers such diverse subjects as the Royal Family, America, Tony Blair, Amateur Drinkers, Women Priests, Rock Stars and The Paparazzi.
Steve Gribbin is a guitar-toting politician-smoting small and burly short and curly pumped up loved up finger pickin arse kickin musical comedy imp…
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the night, available from The Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220 or online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com