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Marvellous March Barnstormers Comedy show in prospect at the Capitol Horsham

‘Tis the month of Mad March Hares by all accounts, and we’ve got a proper bunch of hilarity-inducing individuals on board, to fulfil that precise obligation.

As ever, resident host Kevin Precious will be on hand to oversee the proceedings. This month’s trio of mirthmaking headliners includes: the endearingly cynical Nick Dixon, ‘Well worth looking out for’ – Jason Manford; delightfully understated storytelling comic Chris Stokes, ‘Real talent… it takes some flair to mix script, tangent, conversation, heartbreak and make it all so effortless’ – The Skinny; and song-and-gagsmith supremo Richard Morton, ”His hilarious songs give musical comedy a good name” – The Guardian.

NICK DIXON has appeared twice on the TV show Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, and was one of the standout performers on both occasions.

His YouTube clip from that show led him, in 2017, to be chosen by Will Smith’s team to work onset with Will on the new Disney movie, Aladdin. Nick worked directly with Will, watching scenes and coming up with jokes to add to the script in real time.

In 2017, Nick also opened for Gad Elmaleh, Europe’s biggest comedian with 7.8 million Twitter followers, for three nights at the Soho Theatre. Before that he supported Tom Stade on two national tours of the UK.

For several years, he has appeared at all the top clubs in the country, such as The Comedy Store, Glee, and The Stand. He has also performed in LA at clubs like The Improv and The Ice House, as well as touring in Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi.

His style is self-deprecating yet boastful, beautifully-structured yet spontaneous, intelligent, unique, and naturally funny.

CHRIS STOKES:

I was a comedian, then a van driver and now I’m a comedian again. Sometimes you don’t realise you’ve had a breakdown until you apply hindsight.

I have recently supported Milton Jones on his UK tour ‘The Temple of Daft’ and will be doing so again this year on his new UK tour ‘Milton Jones is Out There’. I have also cropped up on BBC Three, Dave and a bit on Radios 4 and 5Live.

In addition, I have taken 4 solo shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe – the first of which won Best Show at the Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival Awards in 2012 and recently performed a small run of shows at the Soho Theatre.

I am also one of a handful of vegan comedians (I know, sorry), so if you too are a Vperson, you may have seen me at either Vegfest or fundraisers for The Vegan Society or Humane Society International. I recently made a short film for BBC Three on the subject of being a vegan.

RICHARD MORTON is a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter, composer, TV/radio presenter, documentary maker, Time Out Comedy Award winner and founder member of the London Comedy Store’s long-running Cutting Edge show.

He is one half of the legendary harmony singing duo, The Panic Brothers, and has also composed and recorded two albums of instrumental theme music with The Rich Morton Sound that have been critically acclaimed.

Richard has been an established headliner on the UK comedy circuit since the early 1990s, when he was also a regular support act on extensive UK theatre tours for stars such as Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Lee Evans and Phil Jupitus, and has performed his successful one-man show at prestigious music and comedy festivals all over the world, including Edinburgh, Latitude, Reading, Leeds, Kilkenny, Phoenix and Montreal’s Just For Laughs.

TV credits…In the late ‘90s, Richard was a familiar face on Channel 5. His half-hour The Comedy Store Special went out on their second night; he presented two series of the quiz show, Move On Up, and was a regular panellist on both Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment and Wow, Fab, Groovy. And, after many guest spots, he was also a guest host on The Jack Docherty Chat.

Other notable TV credits include appearances on The Comedy Store (Paramount Comedy), The Jack Dee Show (ITV), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC 2), The Stand Up Show (BBC 1), Gag Tag (BBC 1),The World Stands Up (Paramount), That’s Entertainment (ITV), Wogan (BBC 1), Richard & Judy (Channel 4), Nothing Like A Royal Show (ITV); plus acting roles on Jack & Jeremy’s Real Lives (Channel 4) and the BAFTA award-winning series, Our Friends In The North (BBC2). Richard also worked as a joke and songwriter on Jack Dee’s Sunday Service (ITV).

Radio credits…Over recent years Richard has written and presented various documentaries about music or comedy for BBC Radio 4, including In The Lounge With Rich Morton and, in early 2015, The Lost Art Of The TV Theme?

Other Radio 4 credits include being a panel member on the series Cross Questioned, and regular guest spots on Loose Ends, 4 At The Store and the classic quiz show Just A Minute.

For BBC Radio 2, Richard presented a series of Stand Up 2 and was a regular guest on Jammin’. For Radio 1, he was a frequent guest on Comedy Network and contributor to the topical comedy show Loose Talk.

For more information, follow:

Performance: Sunday 15 March, 7.30pm, The Capitol Theatre, Horsham. Tickets: Available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or via the Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220

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