Yup, the next Barnstormers Comedy show takes place on Easter Sunday, so not only is there a great line-up in prospect, there’s also a day off to follow. Added to which, we have an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman on the bill… although not necessarily in that order.
As ever, resident host, Kevin Precious, will be on hand to oversee the proceedings. This month’s trio of mirth-making headliners includes: urbane and eloquent Scot Alan Francis, ‘Shows flashes of pure brilliance’ – Chortle; superb comic savant Michael Fabbri, ‘Startlingly insightful’ – The Guardian; and quintessential Irish storyteller Andrew Ryan, ‘Utterly brilliant, going to be a huge star’ – Time Out
Scottish comedian, Alan Francis, first came to the notice of comedy audiences when he won Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny Award in 1991. Since then his reputation has grown as a writer, stand-up and actor.
He has worked in theatre (Francis & Power – Deep Dark Cuts, Jeffrey Dahmer Is Unwell (Paula van Hagen), Take A Chance On Me (New End, Hampstead), The Electronic Dark Age (Edinburgh Fringe), to name but a few appearances); television (Pulling, Last Laugh, Spy, Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression, The 11 O’Clock Show, Stand Up, Comedy Nation, Between The Lines, Knowing Me, Knowing Yule, Various, Alas Smith and Jones, Fist Of Fun, Alexi Sayle Show, Lenny Goes To Town (BBC)); radio (It’s That Jo Caulfield Again, Three Off The Tee, Stamp Collecting With Legs, The Alan Davies Show (BBC Radio 4), Colin, nominated for Song Award (BBC Radio 5)) and film (The Debt Collector (Channel 4 Films)).
With a dark and honest approach to some of life’s more touchy subjects, Michael Fabbri manages to effortlessly slip between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness to make for a refreshingly eclectic and brilliantly funny act.
Having quickly stamped his mark on the UK circuit appearing in the 2003 final of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny?, Michael rapidly earned a reputation as one of the most promising up and coming comedians on the circuit; A reputation that he is living up to, regularly performing for the best clubs in the country.
Michael regularly performs for all of the major clubs and promoters on the UK circuit, including The Comedy Store, Up The Creek, Jesters, GSOH and Mirth Control. He also performs at many universities across the UK.
Michael supported Lucy Porter on her national Love In tour in 2008 and supported Micky Flanagan in 2011 at a selection of dates on ‘The Out Out Tour’. He also travelled to Amsterdam to take part in the Toomler festival, with Keith Farnan.
Not only popular in the UK, Michael has also performed in Singapore, Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.
Irishman Andrew Ryan is one of the most exciting talents in recent years; in demand as an act and an MC at the biggest comedy clubs across the UK & Ireland.
Andrew’s quintessentially Irish storytelling abilities and cheeky, friendly demeanour make him a natural stand up. He performed his debut hour show ‘Ryanopoly’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, receiving rave reviews (‘Illuminating debut ★★★★’ – The Metro). In 2015, he was at the Edinburgh Festival with his latest show ‘Perfectly Inadequate’. Selling out his run at the Festival and having to put on extra shows.‘Hard not to enjoy’ ★★★★ Daily Record.
He returned again to Edinburgh in 2016 with he new show ‘Ruined’.(‘An hour of hilarious comedy’ ★★★★- Edfestmag). In 2017, he brought his show ‘Did you get here alright?’ to Edinburgh and is now taking it across the Uk on tour (Rapturously Funny ★★★★- The List) In 2018 he won ‘BEST NEW SHOW’ at The Leicester Comedy Festival with his new show ‘ Is everything alright at home?’
Andrew has appeared on many TV shows in the UK & Ireland He has performed stand-up on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Best of the Edinburgh Festival Live on BBC3, The Blame Game on BBC 1, Live at The Comedy Store for Comedy Central, Live for MIND on Comedy Central, The Six O Clock show on TV3 ( Ireland). Contributions to Golf’s Funniest Moments, Crickets Funniest Moments, When Chat Shows Go Wrong all for Sky 1.
In Ireland, Andrew performs regularly in Dublin and has been invited to perform at Kilkenny Cat laughs festival, Ivy Gardens in Dublin, Galway & Cork Comedy Festival.
Performance: Sun 21 April, 7:30pm, Capitol Studio. Tickets: £12 at the door (£10 in advance), available from the Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220 and online:www.thecapitolhorsham.com