Henning Wehn

This is not the easiest of jobs because Germans allegedly do not have a sense of humour.  Henning does not find that funny.

He took office in October 2003 after watching an open mic night that left him convinced that he wouldn’t be all that much worse. Wehn has been performing as the self-styled ‘German Comedy Ambassador’ ever since.

Opinion on his stand-up is divided. Whilst Henning sees himself as one of Britain’s foremost social commentators, everybody else describes him as ‘that German bloke’.

Ellie Taylor

Ellie Taylor is an English comedian, television presenter, and media personality.  She has presented Live at the Apollo and Snog Marry Avoid?, has appeared on QI  and Would I Lie To You?  She is a is a regular on the BBC Two satirical news show The Mash Report.
Essex-born ex-model Ellie Taylor decided to give stand-up a go in 2011 after seeing a friend perform a five-minute set – and was soon snapped up to be a contestant on ITV1’s talent/reality series Show Me The Funny.  Ellie also performs at many of the UK’s major comedy clubs.

Stand up comedian, writer and actor Ellie Taylor has recently finished her debut stand-up tour in 2015 with her show Elliementary which was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. Her TV work includes hosting BBC3’s Snog Marry Avoid and being a team captain on ITV2’s Fake Reaction as well as 8 out of 10 Cats.  She has also recently appeared on Mock The Week and The John Bishop Show and will soon be appearing on Alan Davies As Yet Untitled Her acting credits include a starring role in Comedy Central’s sitcom Brotherhood and working with Chris O’Dowd and Christopher Guest on HBO/BBC2’s Family Tree.

 

Ed Gamble

Ed Gamble is a stand-up comedian well known as a regular on Mock the Week (BBC2) and for playing the lead role of Georgie Carlton in BBC America’s Almost Royal, a ‘cult US hit’ (The Independent). He is also the co-host of hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, which has topped the UK’s Comedy Podcasts chart. Ed is also a rising star in the corporate events world – having performed at and hosted dozens of corporate awards ceremonies and gala dinners. He has quickly gained himself a reputation for being reliable, professional and easy to work with – as well as performing comedy that appeals to a wide range of audiences.

In 2019, Ed went on tour with his latest show Blizzard, which sold out the entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018.  Ed previously won a Chortle Award in 2014 for Best Compere and has provided national tour support for Greg Davies’ tours in 2017, 2013, and 2012 as well as tour support for Russell Kane and Chris Addison.

Doc Brown

Beginning life as an underground rapper Doc Brown, Ben Bailey Smith has diversified profoundly, moving into mainstream TV and film acting, stand up, screen writing and children’s books. He has a host of notable television performances under his belt including a starring role in ITV’s Law & Order, C4’s The Inbetweeners and Derek, BBC thriller Hunted, BBC comedies Rev, Miranda, Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Apollo and ITV’s Midsomer Murders, and is highly regarded for his ongoing work with Ricky Gervais.

Lucy Porter

Lucy has been a huge hit with comedy audiences up and down the country for over ten years with her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy. She has continued to travel internationally with her stand-up – taking in the Far East & including shows in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Macau, Manila, Switzerland and Paris. She was also invited to Miami to take part in NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has performed in the States for NBC and HBO at their Las Vegas Comedy Festival. She’s also regularly invited to festivals closer to home including Manchester, Glasgow and the prestigious Kilkenny festival, as well as other mud-soaked scrums such as Latitude.

During 2014 Lucy returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with her 10th solo show, Me Time which toured in the Spring. She also turned her hand this year to playwrighting with a thought-provoking, witty play, The Fair Intellectual Club. Put on at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh during the Fringe, her creation explores the trials of being an intelligent woman in 1717 Edinburgh. Following the success of the Edinburgh run, BBC Radio 4 commissioned a 6 part drama series from Lucy based on the play. She is currently writing it for transmission in 2016.

Lucy is a regular face and voice on TV and radio panel shows and is a glutton for a good quiz show. You may have seen her alongside Ed Byrne providing pointless answer after pointless answer on a Celeb special of BBC 1’s Pointless, or seen her emerge victorious from a well-fought battle for the title of Celebrity Mastermind Champion in a Children In Need special. Lucy fended off stiff competition from Mark Watson and Dave Spikey and broke records by achieving the highest ever celebrity score.

She has also appeared on two series of IQ, two series of Mock the Week, two series of Argumental, Have I Got News for You, Clive Anderson’s Chat Room, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and What the Dickens?. On Radio 4, she has been heard on Life – An Idiot’s Guide, Heresy, The Personality Test, The News Quiz, Dilemma and The Unbelievable Truth, and is a regular guest on BBC 6Music on The Radcliffe & Maconie Show.

She remains amongst the most sought-after comedy writers in Britain and was one of the lead writers on ITV1’s prime-time Sunday night satirical animation series Headcases.

Lucy has also moved into the world of film and she (along with Green Wing writers Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina) has a feature script (working title Queen of Comedy) on the development slate at leading Brit film company Warp X.

Lucy is also a popular voiceover artist.

Recently Lucy has contributed to various publications as a columnist, including City AM, Cook Vegetarian Magazine and Mother & Baby.

Tom Binns

Tom Binns is the star and co-writer of the BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy Series Hospital People.

He is also an award-winning and critical acclaimed character comedian working the International Comedy Festivals and the UK Stand Up Comedy Circuit.

Widely regarded as THREE of the best headliners working in British Comedy, Tom’s ventriloquist act, alter egos Hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and psychic Ian D Montfort has won him over 30 five star reviews and many awards nationally and internationally.

Amongst his multiple nominations and awards, Tom has received a Fosters Comedy God, Best International Comedian, Best International Act at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe (twice), Nottingham International Comedy Festival and 3 Sony Gold Awards.

He’s been in BBC Shows Alan Partridge, Lee and Herring, Friday/Saturday Night Armistice and Channel 4 shows IT Crowd Drifters and Eight out of Ten Cats do Countdown and the feature films Going to Mecca and Eaten by Lions.

Des McLean

Des McLean is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian, TV & Radio presenter, event host and actor.

Based in Glasgow Des is in demand both throughout the UK and across the world and has recently toured America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

For TV Des regularly presents on programmes for both BBC & STV. For radio Des co-hosted the Clyde 1 Breakfast Show for 5 years, winning three prestigious Sony Radio Awards for the creativity of the content.

On stage Des has appeared in a number of productions, including playing The lead role in Iain Pattison’s critically acclaimed play ‘I Tommy’, about the life of politician Tommy Sheridan.

In 2014 Des created ‘Des McLean’s A to Z of Scotland’ which he performed to audiences in a major tour. The accompanying DVD to the tour is the latest addition to the series of his best selling catalogue of DVD’s & CD’s.

2017 sees Des embark on a nationwide tour with a brand new stand up show.

Des is very much in demand for corporate events, award ceremonies and charity balls.

Debra Stephenson

Debra Stephenson, actress and impressionist. Best known for her roles in Bad Girls, Coronation Street, The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson and ITV’s Newzoids.

Debra’s biggest passion is, in fact, entertaining live audiences. She has in recent times entertained passengers aboard P&O cruise ships and regularly travels up and down the country and abroad to entertain at corporate dinners as well as hosting award ceremonies.

 

Darren Farley

Darren Farley is now firmly established as the NO.1 Football Impressionist in the UK. Labelled ‘The Voice of Football’, for his hilarious impressions of the biggest names in the game; Darren has amassed more than 100 million hits online and has gained a loyal following on his YouTube channel The Darren Farley Show and his other social media pages.

Dara O Briain

Dara Ó Briain is one of the UK & Ireland’s favourite stand-up comedians and television presenters. He is best known for hosting Mock The Week, Robot Wars, Three Men in a Boat, Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure, Stargazing Live, Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club, and the documentary Dara Ó Briain Meets Stephen Hawking, all on BBC Television. He also currently hosts Comedy Central’s hit gameshow Blockbusters. His latest show, Voice of Reason, has been performed across the globe, touring in the UK & Ireland, Scandinavia, mainland Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Dara has hosted eighteen successful series of the comedy panel game Mock the Week for BBC television, and recently hosted BBC Two’s reboot of Robot Wars. He also hosted BBC Two’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired for three years.