"Comedy Genius" – Fringe Guru
Thursday 10th May 2018
Doors: 19:00 - Comedy: 20:00
The Gateway Café,
Centenary Park, Piddinghoe Ave, Peacehaven (map)
£10 - Advanced
£12 - On the Door
£8 - Advanced Only
Stephen is a comedian, television personality and writer, whose friendly and open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the most sought after acts in UK comedy today. He is 'annoyingly sharp' and audiences relate to his sassy style as he takes to the stage with 'fantastic natural wit and charisma'. A regular face on ITV's Weekend with Aled & Channel 5’s Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.
He is currently back on the road supporting Katherine Ryan on her Glitter Room tour and in 2018 will see Stephen travel the country with his own headline tour as he heads out with his five-star, critically-acclaimed show Stephen Bailey: Can’t Think Straight, which sees him through 35 cities.
He also guest hosted Sunday Takeover on Virgin Radio, featured on The Art's Show with Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2 and was named one of Attitude Magazine's Top 100 Bachelors of the Year.
A vocal supporter of LGBT rights, he regularly contributes articles to Attitude magazine and the Huffington Post, which made him the perfect choice to host Stonewall's 25th Anniversary Party and his recent interview for AOL Build about the LGBT movement went viral.
As well as being a working-class, ginger, gay, northern comic, he is also a black belt in Tae Kwon-Do, has a degree in Languages AND loves a conspiracy theory (preferably involving a celebrity and a cucumber).
What the press have to say:
"He's an arch-bitch with a winning smile, everyone's favourite gay best friend. Bailey's confident, funny & suitably rude" - The Reviews Hub
"Bailey dominates the stage" - Chortle
"[His material] is warm and affectionate yet no less biting in its wit" - The Gay UK
"When it comes to being funny, he's just got it" - Scotsgay
"Stephen's show was hilarious from the first line, and for the whole performance I don't think a single joke died" - Voice
MC: Lorna Shaw"Pure comedy genius" - Funny Women
Overwhelmed by choice and paralysed by indecision, Lorna Shaw’s character stand-up Ava Rage celebrates the ‘average' in all of us. Her eminently relatable material examines how very few of us are extraordinary and how...that’s not such a bad thing.
Lorna is a talented and versatile comic performer. As half of critically acclaimed sketch duo, That Pair, she appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and was a finalist in the Funny Women Awards.
As a solo performer, she has appeared on E4, BBC Comedy Feeds, BBC Radio 4 and is set to appear in the forthcoming series of ITV’s Plebs.
Timothy Renkow‘Truly Inspirational & Funny’ - Grinstock Comedy
Nominated for best newcomer in the 2014 Chortle Awards; and finalist in the 2013 Chortle Student Comedy Award. He won Leicester Square New Comedian of The Year and The Amused Moose Laugh off in 2015 The multi award winning American comedian has written and starred in his own sitcom out on BBC3 and was recently interview on Romesh Ranganathan’s BBC3 series ‘Comedians in Pubs Talking Comedy’
Esther ManitoBBC New Comedy Award Nominee 2017
Esther is an exciting British-Lebanese comedian who burst onto the stand-up circuit in 2016 and within her first 18 months of performing she has already reached the finals rounds of 6 major comedy competitions. As heard on BBC Radio 4, Esther’s observational stand-up reflects on how being a mum can be hard work, how being a woman is challenging, how being Arab is tough at times and how being middle class English is….never tough….(unless Waitrose is out of Avocados). Esther ably proves that being all four, can be hilarious.
What the press have to say:
“An adept and assured performer” - Chortle
“Esther Manito has a lot of hair and a lot of talent” - Bruce Dessau
Winner Comedy Store King Gong March 2018
So You Think You’re Funny Finalist 2017
Bath Comedian of The Year Finalist 2017
Amused Moose Semi Finalist 2017
Leicester Square Comedian of the Year Semi Finalist 2017
Funny Women 'One to Watch’ 2016
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.