Laughing Stock

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One of the latest additions to The Hidden Valley, Laughing Stock hosts a mixture of Edinburgh previews, musical artistry, workshops for budding comedians and good old fashioned wit with the likes of Anna Keirle and Janice Connolly (a.k.a. Barbara Nice & Mary from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights) all cutting their comedic teeth here at Nozstock.

2016 line up includes…


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Roll out the red carpet; The German Comedy Ambassador himself, Henning Wehn, is coming to Laughing Stock! His ‘gloriously unreconstructed comedy’ (The Guardian) has seen him nominated for the Barry Award at the 2009 Melbourne Comedy Festival and earned him a run of sell out theatre UK wide theater tours. Though he may be described as some as ‘defiantly uncool’, his often self deprecating, always hilarious style guarantees that his shows always ‘run as smoothly as a pristine BMW’ (Evening Standard).


No newcomer to the comedy circuit, and now something of a Nozstock regular, Phil Kay first started having his audiences in hysterics in 1989 when he won the ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then Kay has gone on to perform shows worldwide including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With an extensive catalogue of shows and TV appearances the experienced comedian still keeps his material hilarious and his crowds entertained. Look forward to super sharp and blunt material alongside sensical whimsy and topical thoughts.


Richard Herring describes himself as a writer, Charley Boorman lookalike and semi professional self playing snookerist, but he is probably best known for his work in 90s double act with Stewart Lee as Lee and Herring. Together they appeared on BBC2’s massively popular “Fist of Fun” and “This Morning With Richard Not Judy”. Herring has kept incredibly busy over the years, he wrote Sky TVs ‘Time Gentlemen Please’ and has written and performed in no less than 38 Edingburgh shows, including “Punk’s Not Dead”, “Excavating Rita” and “We’re All Going To Die!.” He does loads of podcasts including his popular Leicester Square Theatre podcast and has a weekly column in the Metro. He also pens a daily blog and has written two books, ‘Talking Cock’ and ‘How Not To Grow Up’. We’re not quite sure how he is managing to fit in a Nozstock performance into all of this, but we’ll be seeing him in Laughing Stock on Sunday. We can’t wait!


One of Britain’s best female comics will be at Nozstock this year and she goes by the name of Jayde Adams. The 29 year old is from Bristol and her story of how she began in comedy inspirational: starting out by making up jokes for her unwell sister. Mixing music, social satire and characters into her sets, Jayde describes herself as a “comedian, dancer, opera singer, piano player, MC, beat boxer, photographer and octuple threat”.


Risky abstractionist describing himself as “an unusual comedian lost in a world of popular culture, film and gaming references” Matt Highton pedals his “wonderfully surreal” (Guardian) variety of zany story-telling throughout the land. His latest venture – short film Santageddon – delivers equal levels of eeriness & hilarity and is a great illustration of his singular style. As a Weirdos Comedy Club founding member, Matt will fill you with mirth with his ludicrous yarn weaving and unconventional style…

Joe Davies is one of the many quality comedians coming to Laughing Stock this year, but then, we are biased, he does programme the stage! His set is a mix of weird, silly, surreal and downright comical. Being a Herefordian, he’s keeping it local, but he’s also  a handy carpenter – great news for our construction team. His set offers a load of jokes about potatoes, which sounds nutty but will be keeping Nozstockers laughing a plenty…


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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: Russell Howard, Phill Jupitus, Seann Walsh, Mark Simmons, Phil Nichol,  Howard Marks, Brett Goldstein, The Rubberbandits, Devvo,  Josh Widdicombe, Cardinal Burns, Stephen Frost and Phil Kaye