Astor Comedy Club
Thursday 1st March, 7.30pm - Balcony Studio - Cabaret Seating
Headline – Kevin McCarthy
Kevin Mccarthy has been a comedian a long while, all his life infact. But only in the late eighties did he make it his career.
He started purely by accident, getting on stage as an open spot at the infamous "Tunnel Club" in South East London purely to win a dare. A truck driver at the time with his own business, comedy became a hobby until the trucking had to go and he became a full time comedian.
His career to date has covered the full gambit of the comedy world, indeed the world at large, working in such far flung places as South America, North America, the Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, even Afghanistan. He has entertained all-comers…. kids, troops, Hells Angels, audiences from 10 to 45,000.
He not only performs on but also writes for television, having been involved recently in writing “The Sketch Show”, the BAFTA award winning ITV comedy, and has appeared on many television productions as a comedian, a comic actor, and indeed as a straight actor. His involvement with T.V. includes warm-up duties on such shows as “The Lottery”, and “Later, with Jools Holland”.
His reputation as a funny and importantly reliable act is acknowledged throughout the business. His experience and ability to connect to any audience is almost legendary. When it comes to any aspect of the comedy business he delivers, and delivers to an exceptionally high level.
“Haven't seen such a talented stand up in a very long time, if ever. Laughed till it hurt” Chortle
Support – Helen Arney
Helen Arney is a musical comedian based in London, performing original and unusually funny songs on ukulele or piano. She’s also one third of science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd, and half of the greatest comedy girlband you’ve never heard of: The Balconettes
No 6 in Dave's Top 10 stand-ups to catch in 2011:
"Champion of musical whims" Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
**** (4 stars) "Lots of distinctive laughs. Classy stuff" Chortle
**** (4 stars) "Charming, witty, warm with great one-liners" The List
Compere – Mark Simmons
Mark Simmons is an emerging new talent on the comedy scene. Having the misfortune to come from Sellindge in Kent he has done well to find his way onto the circuit from deepest, darkest Kent. In 2009 Mark made the finals of the Amused Moose and So, you think you are funny? Competitions at the Edinburgh fringe and performed a show every day at the Festival. He has grown into an accomplished Compere and establishes a great rapport with the audience.
“Fantastic” – Tim Vine
“One of the best young Comperes on the circuit” – Lonestar