Laughing Stock

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Laughing Stock takes over the Bantam of the Opera with some comedy headline highlights on Saturday and Sunday nights. Expect Edinburgh previews from wit-ful wizards of the wording world.

2016’s line up included…

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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!

Bob Slayer is a rock & roll tour manager turned Award Winning comedian, storyteller and bus driver…a multi-talented Hereford boy at the Hidden Valley this year, ‘whose infamous antics are wilder than the acts he looked after (NME)’

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…

Twitter joker and regular gig-er Edy Hurst brings his silly comedy to Nozstock for the first time. There’s not enough nonsense in the world – Edy’s mission is to change that.

A comedian, podcaster, author and in his own words, an ‘undiscovered genius’, Simon Caine’s comedy is both honest and endearing.
Jayne Edwards’ ‘well-crafted comedic persona is a mix of clueless buffoon and delusional ego-maniac’ guaranteed to have her audiences in ‘fits and tears’ (Juice Comedy)
Nominee of multiple comedy awards, Frank Foucault creates an ‘inventive bizarre parody of a crazed genius who has lost control’ (Cardiff Comedy Festival 2013
Part of the this year’s Edinburgh ‘Heroes of Fringe’, Peter Fleming’s character comedy comes to Noz.
Winner of the 2011 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, and a regular on the London stand-up scene, ‘the world would unquestionably be a darker, less interesting place’ without Ben Target (Chortle)
Merseyside-born Jordan Brookes is set to impress Laughing Stock this year with his intentionally awkward hilarity. He won the Welsh Unsigned Act Award in 2012 and took Edinburgh by storm with his show ‘Adventures In Limited Space.’
Member of the sketch trio ‘Pappy’s’ and co-creator of BBC Three sitcom ‘Badults’, Tom Parry’s ‘corny jokes, lively banter’ and ‘exuberant set pieces’ (Chortle) promise to bring sheer comedy joy to the farm.
Lucy Pearman is one half of LetLuce and hailed as a ‘more playful and kid-friendly Mighty Boosh’ (The Skinny).
High-energy, left field stand-up for people who’ve read a book, without pictures, and enjoyed it’ (Chortle) Sounds good to us!
Comedian, Archaeologist, Man. Paul Duncan McGarrity is practically bursting with energy… a hard act to follow” (ThreeWeeks). Get ready Nozzers!
As the founder of Barking Tales, Harriet Dyer embraces challenging discussions about mental health through honesty, catharsis and laughter.

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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