Saturday March 28th
Carl started performing stand-up regularly in early 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the most exciting new comics currently climbing the comedy ladder. Despite being a relative newcomer, his confident, conversational style and silly sense of humour has seen him win a host of awards and become a regular act and MC at clubs all over the country.
‘Acerbic, astute’ – Yorkshire Evening Press, June 2003 ‘His topical material would sit him comfortably on a Radio 4 topical news quiz or “Have I Got News For You” … it would be no surprise to see him sidling up to Ian Hislop in the not-too-distant future.’ – Funny.co.uk, June 2003 ‘I couldn’t place him, which I always like in an act.’ – Brendon Burns, Take the Mike, ITV1, July 2002 James Sherwood is an award-winning stand-up comedian. In June 2003 he reached the final of the York Comedy Festival National Talent Hunt, the final of the Amused Moose Talent Quest, and the Regional Final of the BBC. He has done more than 250 gigs in London and around the UK, including TV appearances and the Edinburgh Fringe. He does regular paid 15 and 20 minute slots, specialising in topical material. He has written for Private Eye, and is employed as a topical gag-writer for commercial radio stations. He is a resident compére at Cheeky Chappies in London, and a regular stand-in compére at A Ha Ha Ha in Soho, and the Angel Comedy Club in Islington.
Mark Olver is very big around Bristol and fairly big around the national circuit already. Five years into his stand-up career, Mark has progressed from a wannabe to a player: And a very good player too. Known to everyone as just ‘Olver’, the lad is a fearless compere, a fast-witted, original act and will ad-lib with any audience, anywhere, anytime. Olver is the compere at the legendary ‘Olver’s Student Comedy Night’ every Wednesday at Jesters Comedy Club in Bristol where he is the darling of the packed-in-tight student crowd. He has gigged all over the country and has more recently been filling the slots on the Avalon Network gigs at various universities around the country. Olver’s most famed 15 minutes arrived in the summer of 2003 on stage at Jesters, when ten seconds into his act he slipped on stage and fell down, dislocating his knee and breaking his ankle at the same time. He continued to compere, prostrate on stage until the paramedics arrived and carted him off in an ambulance. This feat of pain endurance and being able to create laughs whilst in agony led to him being interviewed by the national media and written about on the BBC website. He has since had the plaster removed and his funny bone repaired. His much-lauded cartwheel mid-act is now not so frequently seen.