Heading towards the end of the season now – just an Edinburgh Preview double-bill thereafter – but as far as the comedy club nights are concerned, let’s go out in a bit of style, shall we?
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 trio of mirthmakers include: clever and inclusive young politico, Joe Wells, ‘Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s’ – The Guardian; propmeister extraordinaire, George Egg, ‘Utterly charming’ – The Times; and stylish globetrotting gagster Nick Wilty, ‘Just three adjectives to describe Wilty – brilliant, brilliant and brilliant’ – Chortle.
Joe Wells: Joe’s writing career began when his first book ‘Touch and Go Joe’ about his experiences of OCD was published. Since then, he has made a name for himself as a stand up comic, writer and speaker. Joe now focuses mainly on his unique brand of political comedy.
With a string of appearances on stage, as well as on television, both as an actor and comedian, it’s no wonder Joe receives awards and nominations for his work, which doesn’t go unnoticed by critics:
‘Joe Wells is a skilled jokesmith who threads great gags through intelligent political material that, whilst razor-sharp, is never particularly angry or dark. As the first gross gags open up into smarter, topical ones it’s clear that this is a tightly-structured, well thought-out set. Excellent jokes and sly political comment wrapped tightly in a neat parcel which delivers regular, powerful laughs from a delighted audience. He spins new life out of easy targets like bankers and the BNP with some wonderful imagery’ – British Comedy Guide
‘A star of the future… some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s’ – The Guardian
‘Highly original, inspired and suitably different from the rest of the crowd… brilliantly crafted jokes’ – Comedy Central
George Egg has been described as ‘A hugely entertaining variety turn’ – The Guardian
Wildly brandishing the worlds’ second largest briefcase, containing a battery of ridiculous props, George bounds onto the stage to perform one of the most original, interesting, innovative, and sweetly whimsical comedy performances you are ever likely to see. A true cross between modern alternative stand-up comedy and old-school music hall variety.
George Egg has been a professional stand-up comedian for the last two decades. He has an extremely successful solo show, with which he has toured in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Austria, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and even India, as well as extensively in the United Kingdom, both on the stage and on the television. More recently, has been the support act for Lee Mack, Micky Flanagan, and Jack Dee.
This talented writer writes all the material for his live show and, in addition, has co-written a stage show with comedian Jim Tavare, and another with comedian Martin Soan. Both shows were performed on stage in Germany with great success.
He has also written material for Jim Tavare’s Channel Five series ‘Jim Tavare’, and a number of sketches for series two of the BAFTA winning ‘The Sketch Show’ for ITV.
George has written for the Comedy Studies journal and has taught on the degree in Comedy at Southampton Solent University.
Time Out describes Nick Wilty as ‘Unmissable’. Known as the ‘Globetrotting Comedian’ for good reason, Nick has performed on every continent, except Antarctica (although he did a show in Tierra Del Fuego!), and has done shows in all major Festivals, including Edinburgh (6 times), Glastonbury (5 times), Auckland (twice), Wellington, Melbourne, Adelaide, Montreal (Just For Laughs), Vancouver, Edmonton, San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, Cape Town & Hong Kong.
Nick has won several awards, including the Polo Mint Comedy Award, voted by fellow comedians and club owners in England, and Best International Act in San Francisco.
‘This is possibly one of the best shows you’ll see as part of this year’s Comedy Festival” & “Warped observations with an edge’ – Inpress Melbourne
‘One of the top five acts currently wowing them in New York’ – The New Yorker
‘It may be booked out, but try to beg a ticket because this has to be the funniest show at the Comedy Festival. We loved this English comic so much we were sure the next (of the trilogy) would be mud on our shoes’ – Herald Sun, Melbourne Rating 27 stars (out of 5).