IMPORTANT Although entry is still cash, the bar no longer takes cash so please come armed with a phone or a card if you intend to drink, or eat pork scratchings.
Tor Leisure Centre, Glastonbury, £10 – Doors 7.30pm, Comedy starts at 8pm.
A sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, marathon runner and winner of Time Out Comedian of the Year (twice!), Paul Tonkinson has long upheld his esteemed reputation as one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. With a unique and distinctive style, Tonkinson is noted for his effervescent physicality and skilful impressions, which bring alive exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of 21st century living. A plethora of first class material, combined with tremendous charm and irrepressible, infectious energy make for quite a formidable talent. On TV, he’s performed on Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up, and has enjoyed a stint presenting C4’s Big Breakfast. He was also a contestant on Celebrity Come Dine With Me, proving he’s not just a dazzling stand-up talent, but a whizz in the kitchen, scooping first place to win the cash prize for charity.
“Excellent… extremely talented… brilliant”. - Time Out
Red Richardson is a stand up comedian, comedy writer and actor. In 2013 he wrote and starred in the well-received online comedy web short ‘Charity case’. In 2014 Red began performing stand up and was a finalist in the ’So you think you’re funny’, ‘The Sqauwker Award’ and `Golden Jesters’ stand up competitions. On television Red has appeared as ‘Cosmo’ In The Comic Strip’s ‘Red Top’ and has written for ‘8 out of Ten Cats’ and ‘Live at The Comedy Store’. Red had the pleasure of supporting Bobby Mair on his 25 date UK tour last year and has recently started to perform around Europe.
“Red will find his audience and in turn they will become slavishly devoted” – Chortle.
Decidedly dark and deliciously different, an evening with Bethany Black is a one-way ticket to a world you never knew existed. Managing to balance being ‘dark-tinged but magical’ (The Guardian) with being warm and chatty, she has built a cult following for her brand of confessional comedy. Bethany has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. Her debut show BETH BECOMES HER detailed the story of her being transgender, chronicling everything from her coming out through her transition and eventually falling in love. It was nominated for Best Debut at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2008, eventually losing out to Sarah Millican. Over the course of her career she has performed alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, including Allan Carr, Sarah Millican, Tim Minchin and Rhys Darby. In 2015 Bethany briefly side-stepped the mic to play 474 in Doctor Who (BBC1).
“Honest, to the point, and very, very funny.” ✭✭✭✭ Arts Award Voice
Back at Travestees after yet another very successful Edinburgh run is MC Troy Hawke. Homeschooled by an overly nostalgic mother, Troy confronts the 21st century as if waking from a 1930′s time capsule with insightful and hilarious consequences. Alongside TV appearances on Blue Go Mad in Ibiza (ITV2), Live at the Electric (BBC Three) and Benidorm (ITV1), Milo McCabe (Troy’s creator) is an established character comedian with several successful Edinburgh runs under his belt, twice nominated for Best Show at The Amused Moose Laughter awards and listed as one of GQ magazine’s Top 10 shows of the Fringe.
“Elaborately concocted, funny and brilliantly bonkers.” – Beyond the Joke