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Comedy Beats’ return to Horsham YMCA FC

by Mark Coxon

Comedy Beats return to Horsham YMCA FC on October the 27 for our second show at this venue. We always try to have someone on each bill with a strong TV credit. Last year’s show saw us bring Lee Hurst to the club and this year we have managed to secure Paul Sinha. Many readers will recognise him as The Sinnerman from his appearances on ITV1’s The Chase, but not realise he is one of the finest club comics around.

I first started working with him about twenty years ago and, over the last couple of decades, have watched his work go from strength to strength. This will be his first show for Comedy Beats and I am really happy that it is at a football club, as he is a big sports fan. His interest in football and cricket has led to numerous appearances on Radio Five Live – most notably on Fighting Talk, where he has won the champion of champions finale twice.

Opening the show is the vastly experienced John Moloney. In 2015 he won “Outstanding Achievement in British Comedy”  at The UK Comedy Awards. The same year saw his Radio 4 show The John Moloney Show aired in May and June. It was subsequently featured on both Pick Of The week and Pick Of The Year, Radio 4’s flagship entertainment guide. He is known for his dry, dispassionate delivery and is a master of the droll one liner. His TV appearances include They Think it’s All Over and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
The closing act is the Comedy Beats favourite: Ben Norris. Although the company is only 3 years old, this will be his 12th show for us. Like John, he has also appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, as well as chalking up 3 appearances on Mock The Week. The father of triplets, he has the most wonderful routines on parenthood and family life. He has been working as a comedian since 1993 and is renowned for his incredibly relaxed stage persona, his strong improvisational skills as well as his delivery of sharply crafted material. For a line up of this quality he was the natural choice to close the show.
Hosting the evening is the lovable Dan Evans, one of the best comperes on the circuit it will be his job to knit the evening together. Being an MC is a particularly special skill and one that Dan mastered many years ago. Skipping between audience interaction and excellent gags, he is able to set any room up perfectly, but it his sense of silliness that shines through. With Dan at the helm, I know it’s going to be a great night and one that should definitely not be missed.
It all takes place at Horsham YMCA FC on Saturday the 27 October. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show begins at 8.30pm. Tickets priced at £15 are available directly from the venue or online by visiting www.comedybeats.com

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