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Barnstormers at The Capitol

It’s September and Barnstormers Comedy is back at the Capitol Horsham for a brand new season of stand-up comedy.
Yup, we’re just about to kickstart our sixteenth season in the always wonderful studio at the Capitol Horsham, and – as expected – there’s a fantastic line-up to suit the occasion.
As ever, resident host Kevin Precious (pictured), will be on hand to oversee the proceedings. This month’s trio of mirthmaking headliners includes: the wonderfully chaotic and improvisatory skills of Patrick Monahan ‘This gifted livewire commands the stage with a mix of wit and force of personality’ – Evening Standard; self-styled ‘Newcastle Brown Male’ Rahul Kohli, ‘Dripping with erudite genius’ – Fest magazine; and splendidly unapologetic northern force-of-nature Debra-Jane Appleby, ‘She has true funny bones and oozed laughs from her every line and her every look – one to keep a close eye on in our never ending search for comedy stars of tomorrow’ – Commissioning Editor, Channel 4.
Patrick Monahan
Audience favourite Patrick Monahan blends a high energy comedy style with hilarious and engaging topical and observational material. Known for working a room, Patrick is adored by his audiences with whom he makes an effortless connection!
In 2014 Patrick took part in the hit family entertainment series ‘Splash!’ (ITV) and appeared on the brand new series of ‘Celebrity Squares’ (ITV). He was also seen on ‘Fake Reaction’ (ITV) and on ‘Man Up’ (Fox) and was a regular 2014 guest on ‘Not The One Show’ (London Live). Last year Patrick could be seen as host of ‘Jongleurs Live!’ (Sky) and on ‘12 Again’ (CBBC/BBC2).
His 2013 TV appearances include ‘Comedy Annual’ (ITV1) ‘Daybreak’ (ITV1) ‘Loose Women’ (ITV1) and ‘The Wright Stuff’ (C5).
In 2012 he took part in Let’s Dance for Sports Relief on BBC, won Best Newcomer at the Loaded LAFTA Awards and Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award for his hit show ‘Hug Me I Feel Good’.
Winner of the 2011 ITV1 series ‘Show Me The Funny’ which led to the release of his debut DVD ‘Patrick Monahan Live’ (2 Entertain).
Patrick is also a regular MC and headlining act at the top London and UK comedy clubs and in addition to this he is in huge demand on the corporate circuit as an after dinner speaker and awards host.
‘A star-in-the-making’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Perfect game show host. Tiggerish energy that could power the national grid’ – London Evening Standard
‘Twinkle-toed, mischievous…Monahan raised the roof’ – The Sun
‘Bright young talent…high energy and conviction, his material is great; he’s going to go far’. – Sunday Times
‘This gifted livewire commands the stage with a mix of wit and force of personality’ – Evening Standard
‘Lovable stuff’ – The Independent
Rahul Kohli
Rahul Kohli is one of the fastest rising acts on the circuit. A young geordie asian man combining fierce political satire with surreal storytelling, his debut solo show: Newcastle Brown Male gained critical acclaim at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival earning him a top pick of both BBC Radio 4 and the Huffington Post. It also gained him radio credits for BBC Radio 4’s State of the Nation and BBC Asia Networks Big Asian Comedy Night.
On top of this he has gained writing credits for other Radio 4 Shows while performing at some of the biggest clubs around the country from the Stand up North to the Comedy Store down south. In January 2017, Rahul became an award-winning comedian winning the prestigious NATYS, formerly the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Award.’
‘Rising star of political comedy’ – Andy Zaltzman
‘Dripping with erudite genius’ – Fest Magazine
‘Slick gag machine’ – Chortle
Debra-Jane Appelby
Winner of both The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, and Funny Women Comedy Award in 2005, Debra Jane Appelby is fast becoming one of the most popular comedians on the circuit.
Debra has appeared the BBC’s 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and on Paramount Comedy’s The World Stands Up as well as number of appearances on BBC Radio 5 Live, and as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
‘Hands down the funniest female comedian I have ever seen. A no-nonsense Yorkshire lass, Debra climbed on to the stage and was blunt and unapologetic in her approach from the offset. I would even go as far to say that Debra, along with Richard Herring, is one of my favourite comedy acts out of those who have climbed the Circle stage since Final Friday began a year ago’ – Worksop Guardian
‘Had that magical spontaneous quality to her comedy, delivering funny material with all the charisma of a Peter Kay. She has true funny bones and oozed laughs from her every line and her every look – one to keep a close eye on in our never ending search for comedy stars of tomorrow’ – Commission Editor. Channel 4.

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