Debra-Jane Appleby

"Debra-Jane Appelby stole the show at The Stand“ - The Scotsman

Tuesday 10th April 2018
Doors: 19:00 - Comedy: 20:00

Meridian Hall
East Court Mansion, College Ln
East Grinstead, RH19 3LT

£11 - Advanced
£13 - On the Door

£9 - Advanced
£11 - On the Door

 Josh Howie Stand-up live

Winner of both The Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, and Funny Women Comedy Award, Debra-Jane has appeared BBC's 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and on Comedy Central's The World Stands Up as well as regular appearances on BBC Radio 5 Live, and as a guest on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Debra performs up and down the country with her Northern no-nonsense take on the world, gaining accolades wherever she goes. She’s fast paced, punchy and controls the stage from the minute she gets behind the mic. We love her and we know you’re going to as well.

What the press have to say:
"Debra-Jane Appelby stole the show at The Stand“  - The Scotsman
"intelligent and original" - Leicester Mercury
"brilliant" - Scotsgay Magazine
"a warm, charismatic standup" - The List, Edinburgh
"razor sharp never misses a beat" - ScotsGay
"has won a stack of awards. Go see why" - ScotsGay
"Her strength is in performance, confident, punchy " - Chortle.co.uk
"had that magical spontaneous quality to her comedy, delivering piss funny material with all the charisma of a Peter Kay. She has true funny bones and oozed laughs from her every line and her every look - one to keep a close eye on in our never ending search for comedy stars of tomorrow" - Shane Allen, Commissioning Editor of Comedy at Channel 4

MC: Russell Hicks

"Russell Hicks is Amazing" - Comedy Palace
 MC Chris Betts Stand-up Live

One of the most exciting comics to come out of America, Russell Hicks is branded one of the 'Top Six Comics to Watch' by LA's Stand Up Talk Magazine. He has appeared on LA based panel show Direct TV's 'What's News?' and is a regular guest on hit podcasts such as Talkin' Sh*t with Eddie Ifft.

Headlining the nationally acclaimed student circuit in the United States, Russell regularly takes his hour long solo shows across the country to the biggest universities. Prolific and consistently delivering quality new work, audience members are often compelled to return for two nights in a row. Fast and loose, no two shows are ever the same. If you’ve ever seen one of his shows, then you’ll know exactly what we are talking about. 

He’s played alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and soon will be one himself, his razor sharp wit, and fully off the cuff sets are legendary and envied by hundreds of acts across the national circuit. Now in his 5th year with Grinstock. Make sure you don’t miss this incredible and talented comedian on your doorstep.

What the press have to say:
"Hicks has a sharp wit.. the pessimism of Jack Dee mixed with the deadpan aggression of Denis Leary. A riproaring night of tough love from a witty comedian ****" - Broadwaybaby.com
"Russell Hicks was a surprising highlight for me – American standup who wove wide-ranging improvisation and interaction with the crowd with deprecating jokes about American stereotypes and a wry swipe back at British culture... very funny." - Ashbourne Voice
"Russell Hicks is Amazing" - Comedy Palace
"absolutely smashed it last night. What was most impressive is that he somehow managed to completely improvise for the entire 30 minutes, which I have never seen done before. I have worked in numerous different comedy venues and I have also never seen a comedian get a huge round of applause for simply leaving the green room, which Russell did. I believe he has a bright future in comedy with his unique talent to riff so well." - Bearcat
"It’s impressive to witness the fountain of verbal gold that comes out of the comedian." - NerdsDoItBetter
"a gift…very funny" - Stand Up Talk
"Russell Hicks is Amazing" - ADN
"He had us in stitches….non stop laughs" - NoFrillsThrills

Tom Smith

"Fresh and very funny" - Grinstock Comedy
 Dylan Gott Live Stand Up

A relative newcomer to the world of comedy, local boy does good, Tom a costal resident in the local area has been making a stand at stand-up and has already had his slot at Komedia in Brighton, to great response. We loved what we saw of him we’re sure your love his style and take on stand-up

Josh Dillon

"Great act with great jokes" - Nathan Caton

Brighton-based Josh Dillon is a regular at Komedia’s Krater Comedy and Manford’s Comedy Clubs, and a popular headliner all over the South Coast. Winner of the Comedy Cafe New Act night in October 2015, Josh successfully combines a dry, deadpan demeanor with charismatic warmth. His act gives a hilarious insight into his frankly sometimes disturbing, but always novel and unexpected mind, and he demonstrates some unique problem solving skills along the way!

What the press and people have to say about him:
"Great act with great jokes. Has the audience entertained from start to finish." - Nathan Caton
“Josh Dillon really impressed me with his confidence, his instinctive stage craft and above all some excellent, well crafted gags. One to watch!” - Simon Evans
"Josh Dillon is charming, dark and very very funny. I like him a lot.” - Sean McLoughlin
“Josh came to my night in Cannes and the crowd really loved him - both the ex-pats and the locals. Would thoroughly recommend him for any gigs abroad.” Vanessa Marcia - British Invasion, Cannes
“Josh Dillon is definitely one to watch out for. He had the audience in stitches throughout his dry delivered but very funny & clever set.” - Collin Baxter, Jailhouse Screamers

Changes to the line-up on or before the night may unfortunately occur and is completely out of the control of Grinstock and our promoter.