Russell Hicks

"Russell Hicks is Amazing" - Comedy Palace

Tuesday 13th March 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

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

MC: Chris Betts

"Tremendous" - Such Small Portions
MC Chris Betts Stand-up Live

It’s been some time since we’ve had the amazingly talented Canadian comic Chris Betts grace the mic at Grinstock, we’re super excited to have him back. Known for being both a quick-witted MC and a superb addition to any bill, Chris has received numerous plaudits for his sharp material and relaxed stage presence.  

Chris Betts’ mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. His shows are a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness.  He has a style that is equal parts confident, thoughtful, ridiculous and mischievous.

What the press have to say:
"An enticing prospect, a Canadian who deals in off-kilter thoughts sharpened by the occasional prod at taboo topics." - The Independent
"A confident style... a glint of steelier edge." - Chortle
"Tremendous." - Such Small Portions
"Top 20 Jokes of the Fringe" - Daily Telegraph
"Top 25 Jokes of the Fringe" - Mirror

Kelsey De Almeida

“Lots of laughs." - Jason Manford
Dylan Gott Live Stand Up

Has been a busy boy what with supporting Stephen K Amos on two UK tours, was selected to do the Bound & Gagged showcase show 'AAA Stand Up Late' for the full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.

He performed at the legendary comedy night 'LATE N LIVE' at the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and late night show 'SPANK!' in 2016. He’s recorded a stand-up set that was then broadcasted on 'BBC Radio 4 Extra'. Add to this that he was a winner of the new act night at the Comedy Café some years ago. 

What the press have to say:
"Opened for me on tour, a superb act to follow. Blown away by his funny, they loved him...Catch him now, he's got it." - Stephen K Amos
"Definitely one to watch, an extremely strong 10 and easily capable with a well put together set. He’s only 20 and very accomplished with excellent timing and a very natural presence. Very accessible. Room were on board with him throughout, audience really liked him." - The Stand Comedy Club
"Wins the audience over immediately with a combination of great material and confidence" - Glee Club
"Very confident performance... lots of laughs." - Jason Manford

Mike Cox

"Genuinely funny" - The Argus

Mike has been performing comedy for five years, regularly opening, mc’ing and Headlining at all the bigs clubs across the UK, Winner of the Fosters Souht Coast Comedian of the Year 2014, A Finalist in the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2016 and a semi finalist in both the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2013 & the So You Think Your Funny in 2012.

A fresh young act, that has great observational comedy routines and making big waves in the UK comedy scene, we’re excited to have him at Grinstock this year.

What the press have to say:

Like an Everyman, if that Everyman had delicious cynicism and razor sharp wit - Romesh Ranganathan.
The upbeat and highly enjoyable opener Mike Cox - The Komedia
Genuinely funny - The Argus
All performers interact well with the audience, building conversations they create into their acts with easy skill. **** ThreeWeeks 

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.