As ever, resident host Kevin Precious will be on hand to oversee the proceedings. This month’s trio of mirthmaking headliners includes: the warm, affectionate yet biting wit of Stephen Bailey, ‘Bailey has a natural chemistry with his audience and this is where he truly comes into his own’ – Broadway Baby; ageing dad adrift in a changing world, Marc Lucero, ‘Lucero certainly has the comic instincts and high-quality material that would shame many a more successful act’ – Chortle; and outstanding improvisational comedian Russell Hicks, ‘One of the top six stand-ups to watch’ – Stand Up Talk Magazine, LA
“He’s an arch-bitch with a winning smile, everyone’s favourite gay best friend. Bailey’s confident, funny & suitably rude” – The Reviews Hub
“Guilty pleasure” (Daily Record), Stephen Bailey is a comedian, television personality and writer, whose friendly and open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the most sought after acts in UK comedy today. He is “annoyingly sharp” (The New Current) and audiences relate to his sassy style as he takes to the stage with “fantastic natural wit and charisma” (Edinburgh Festivals).
Stephen is the presenter of Channel 5 and 5Star’s new show Celebs on the Farm and is the resident agony aunt on Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday for ITV.
He has made guest appearances on numerous shows including ITV2’s Safeword, CelebAbility & The Great Xmas Rant, Comedy Central’s Live at the Comedy Store, W’s Celebrity Advice Bureau and Channel 5’s It’s Not Me, It’s You & Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live.
Stephen has supported Katherine Ryan & Jenny Eclair on their UK tours and completed his first headline tour of his five-star, critically-acclaimed show Stephen Bailey: Can’t Think Straight, which saw him through 35 cities, finishing at the prestigious Soho Theatre.
He also guest hosted Sunday Takeover (Virgin Radio), The Jason Manford Show (Absolute Radio) and The Sunday Sessions with Laura Whitmore (BBC 5Live). He has featured on The Art’s Show with Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2, Russell Kane’s BBC podcast ‘Evil Genius’ and was named one of Attitude Magazine’s Top 100 Bachelors of the Year in 2017.
A vocal supporter of LGBT rights, he regularly contributes articles to Attitude magazine and the Huffington Post, which made him the perfect choice to host Stonewall’s 25th Anniversary Party and his recent interview for AOL Build about the LGBT movement went viral.
As well as being a working-class, ginger, gay, northern comic, he is also a black belt in Tae Kwon-Do, has a degree in Languages AND loves a conspiracy theory (preferably involving a celebrity and a cucumber).
“Stephen’s show was hilarious from the first line, and for the whole performance I don’t think a single joke died” – Voice Magazine
“When it comes to being funny, he’s just got it” – Scotsgay
Winner Silver Stand Up Of The Year Leicester Comedy Festival.
“Lucero certainly has the comic instincts and high-quality material that would shame many a more successful act” – Chortle
“Persuasively funny, a damn fine evening” – Evening Standard
“Really funny… the audience had a great night out” – BBC Radio London
“Sharp and funny… plenty of laughs” – The Scotsman
One of the most exciting comics to come out of America, Russell Hicks is branded one of the ‘Top Six Comics to Watch’ by LA’s Stand Up Talk Magazine. He has appeared on LA based panel show Direct TV’s ‘What’s News?’ and is a regular guest on hit podcasts such as Talkin’ **** with Eddie Ifft.
Headlining the nationally acclaimed student circuit in the United States, Russell regularly takes his hour long solo shows across the country to the biggest universities.
Prolific and consistently delivering quality new work, audience members are often compelled to return for two nights in a row. Fast and loose, no two shows are ever the same.
“Hicks has a sharp wit.. the pessimism of Jack Dee mixed with the deadpan aggression of Denis Leary. A riproaring night of tough love from a witty comedian ****”- Broadway Baby
“Absolutely smashed it last night. What was most impressive is that he somehow managed to completely improvise for the entire 30 minutes, which I have never seen done before. I have worked in numerous different comedy venues and I have also never seen a comedian get a huge round of applause for simply leaving the green room, which Russell did. I believe he has a bright future in comedy with his unique talent to riff so well” – Bearcat
“It’s impressive to witness the fountain of verbal gold that comes out of the comedian.”, NerdsDoItBetter
“He had us in stitches….non stop laughs” – NoFrillsThrills