Carling Reading/Leeds Weekender Comedy and Cabaret Stage – Full Line-Up

The Comedy and Cabaret Stage returns to the festivals for more late night entertainment at both sites and a host of unique performances that range from full blown burlesque shows to the infamous punk rock karaoke and beyond. During the day, a host of top comedians will keep the laughter flowing and the stage should, as ever, be your first and last port of call at both sites.

The Highlights

The Comedy and Cabaret Stage has always been a home for the top comedians; from Eddie Izzard to Mark Steel, if youve seen them on TV theyve undoubtedly been on this stage first. This year is no exception with RUSSELL BRAND stepping out of the tabloid coverage to take to the Reading stage for a set that is sure to contain the kind of barbed humour that is rapidly making him a household name. STEWART LEE takes to the stage having scripted and directed Jerry Springer, The Opera in between his hugely successful stand up tours; if you havent seen his stand up then this is a must see for this year. ALAN CARR has found fame through his appearances on The Friday Night Project and will no doubt be a big draw for this years crowds whilst ADAM HILLS, an Australian stand up of massive repute is so funny that The Scotsman said If you cannot enjoy Adam Hills you cannot have a pulse. These four lead the charge across the two sites with a full line-up of great comedy talent to accompany them meaning that, this year, The Comedy and Cabaret Stage is a sure fire for the best comedy.

Late night at both sites sees the stage take a turn to the bizarre and unusual with a collection of acts that will thrill when the bands have ended. The BURLY Q CABARET will be at both sites bringing their burlesque to the early hours whilst CIRCUS OF HORRORS and LUCIFIRE will be getting pulses racing in a different way with their demonstrations of contortionism, knife throwing and fire dancing. DIRTY SANCHEZ have been a hit at both sites over the last two years and this year sees them return to Leeds to premiere their brand new show to the world. As those who saw them will know, this is not for the faint hearted as the boys will no doubt have worked out yet more ways to hurt themselves and each other for the publics enjoyment.

And still there is more to get excited about. In Reading, festivities kick off with the Vox N Roll Music Quiz, described by NME as “the hardest quiz in London” whilst Leeds is already rocking on Thursday night with live music from SIKTH and the now infamous Punk Rock Karaoke to start proceedings. Reading has Stars Up Their Arse Karaoke this year so dont fear, you can be the star of your dreams for a few minutes at either site. With Leeds also hosting the fabled ROCKUMENTARY BRITANNIA short films, featuring rare footage of The Libertines and Bloc Party amongst others, and both sites featuring unique musical performances from Youth Movie Soundtrack Strategies and the hotly tipped Tilly and The Wall, this years Comedy and Cabaret Stage is our best yet, from start to (late finish) a collection of entertainment for anyone and everyone, whatever your taste.

Full details for all the performers on this years Comedy and Cabaret Stage begin on the next page.

At the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival on Friday 25th August
At the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival on Saturday 26th August

ALAN CARR is part owner of the prestigious Rose DOr, won by the fantastically successful Friday Night Project (Channel 4) that has catapulted him into the mainstream. Alan is no stranger to awards, having won the BBCs New Comedian Of The Year in 2001 and his headline performance at this years festival is certain to justify the high praise being heaped on one of Britains most successful comedians.

COLE PARKER is no stranger to the stage, having been an actor and comedian since the age of 12. One of the brightest stand-ups in the UK, Cole is no stranger to rock n roll having hosted the Jersy LIVE! event since 2003. (NB, Cole will be the COMPERE for the stage at the Leeds site)

Regarded by many as Britains answer to the late, great Bill Hicks, MATT BLAIZE is an Eastender who takes his subjects head on but always brings his audience with him.

A natural in front of an audience after over ten years on the circuit, BEN NORRIS will bring his experience to the stage with a dose of cracking gags and wry observations.

With performances on the Ralph Little Show and guest appearances on Dead Ringers in addition to his stand up shows, STEPHANO PAULINO is rapidly becoming a name to note on the circuit.

Formerly one half of Skint Video, STEVE GRIBBINs musical comedy avoids the trap of so many other performers with sharp two line musical put downs and well thought out full comedy songs that demonstrate both an eye for a decent lyric and an ear for a well thought out musical pastiche.

At the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival on Friday 25th August
At the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival on Sunday 27th August

The superb former host of Channel 4s Popworld, SIMON AMSTELL, is likely to have a stream of festival goers checking his set. His acerbic interviews with guests on the show were one of the highlights of Sunday mornings for many and his stand-up continues that provocative but highly funny approach.

At the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival on Friday 25th August

SIMON EVANS is guaranteed to offend someone during his set with his sarcastic attacks on everyone and anyone who he deems unworthy of his respect. Hell also make you laugh and thats why he is one of the most successful stand ups in the UK.

With a highly physical comedic presence that borders on the neurotic, ADAM BLOOMs grasp of the absurd and breathless delivery is always worth your time.

At the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival on Saturday 26th August

Relax and let the conversational style of ANDREW BIRD entertain you on the Leeds stage. A great anecdotal comedian, Andrew is a master of the well told tale.

JON RICHARDSON made his name with success in the BBC New Talent Comedy Search and the J20 Last Laugh Comedy Search and takes to the stage with his name very much in the ascendant.

Styled by Paramount Comedy as The new Prince Charming of comedy, LLOYD LANGFORD is part of a new generation of comedians that are radpily becoming household names.

A previous winner of the North West Comedian Of The Year alongside Caroline Aherne, Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay, JASON MANFORD is a big name in his native North West and it cant be long before the rest of the UK propel him to similar levels of fame as those whose footsteps he is following.

At the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival on Saturday 26th August
At the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival on Sunday 27th August

STEWART LEE has a comedy CV that is second to none. One half of the massively successful Lee and Herring, Stewart recently wrote the lyrics for, and directed Jerry Springer: The Opera alongside continuing his own successful stand up tours across the globe. No stranger to the music world as a former music critic for The Times, it is a great honour to have one of the finest comedians in the UK step on to the stage for what is undoubtedly a highlight of the weekends entertainment.

BARRY CASTAGNOLA is regarded as one of the most urbane storytellers on the UK comedy circuit and is guaranteed to entertain with his own brand of comic observation.

NB – Barry will the compere for the stage at the READING site.

Currently gracing BBC 2s new comedy Grown-Ups, ROB ROUSE delivers an energetic set which works so well because he is unafraid to make a fool of himself. A million words a minute delivery makes Rob a huge live favourite on the circuit.

At the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival on Saturday 26th August
At the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival on Friday 25th August

HUGH LENNON AND HYPNODOG are firm favourites at the festival and across the UK, If you havent experienced being hypnotised by Hypnodog, then put your reservations aside and give the canine a try. Or just watch others do it. Either way, its a great show.

With a contemplative delivery and a tendency to eschew the obvious gag for a less immediate (but ultimately better) pay off line, JASON JOHN WHITEHEAD is increasingly being seen as one of the best comedians on the circuit.

With a well tuned taste for the surreal, MARKUS BIRDMAN can take an obsession with the first album he bought (One Step Beyond) and turn it into an hour long Edinburgh show which also includes the Bishop Of Rochester being beheaded with a stale baguette.

If you are easily offended then perhaps its best to either miss JASON ROUSEs set or have another look at your standpoint. He may be vulgar and he is certainly shocking but Rouse is also one of the funniest men you are likely to see this year.

Armed with a guitar, ROB DEERING is one of the best loved comedians on the UK circuit. With a desire to entertain, Rob blends musical comedy with superb audience involvement in what is always an entertaining show.

At the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival on Saturday 26th August

A winner of both of his native New Zealands top comedy awards, BEN HURLEY comes to the festival as a definite one to watch.

With an ability to mimic established singers and a nose for a funny rhyme, RICK RIGHTs musical comedy is by turns both topical and surreal.

At the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival on Sunday 27th August

The long haired, guitar toting rocker that is MITCH BENN descends on the stage with guitar in hand and a host of parody songs that are interspersed with sharp one liners and wry comments.

If you are sick of celebrity culture and long for someone to take a kick at minor celebrities then MICK FERRY could well be your man. Aiming well placed barbs at celebrity culture, with a good sense of his own limitations, Mick is a great stand-up and well worth seeing.

With a name like YIANNI AGISILAOU it will come as no great surprise to know that much of this stand-ups humour revolves around living with the name Yianni and the culture clashes between him and older generations of his Greek family. A great observational and cultural comedian, Yianni is a regular on the worldwide comedy circuit.

Styled the comedy equivalent of a defibrillator machine by Chortle.co.uk, TOBY FOSTER is a comedian with a big personality whose sheer exuberance makes his stand up shows a stream of amusing gags and anecdotes.

YOUR MC – PAUL B EDWARDS is one of the most popular and successful comedians on the UK circuit. A great one for audience participation, many of Pauls songs have become cul hits and expect to hear the tent sing along to these throughout the day.

At the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival on Friday 25th August

ADAM HILLS comedy cd, Go, You Big Red Fire Engine was a huge seller in his native Australia and Adam is well known throughout the globe as a stand up of massive repute. With two Perrier nominations to his name and a Chortle Award for best Compere in 2004, the headline slot is in safe hands.

A vibrant personality which defines his humour, PATRICK MONAHAN is, in contrast to many comedians on the circuit, a celebratory gag man, with a generous good humour that rarely relies on put downs to elicit the laughs.

One of the highlights of Edinburgh for the last three years, AL PITCHER, is rapidly becoming one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit.

A head on comedian, JIM JEFFRIES frequently challenges his audiences with very personal (and dark) humour that almost begs those watching not to like him. It is a tribute to his skill and ability that this never happens, making Jim one of the most sought after comedians on the circuit.

City Lifes Comedian of the Year in 2001, JOHN BISHOP has gone from strength to strength with well received Edinburgh shows and a stand up routine that gets stronger and more popular with each appearance.

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