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  1. Unfortunately due to Covid striking again, this event will not now be going ahead. We'll be back on Sunday 4th September.
  2. Established in 2010 Square Hole Comedy has recently settled into its new home at Shakespeares and returns next on Sunday 3rd July with this splendiferous line-up. John Robertson Robertson is an irrepressible reprobate and scallywag, but dresses well and writes beautifully. A comic since 2003, his high-energy improv and impish crowd work means he arrives, raises hell and leaves. He has a devoted cult following thanks in part to his online Twitch shows and touring shows. He was the winner of Chortle Legend of Lockdown in 2021 and won Best Kids Show at Leicester Comedy Festival in 2019. Not only a comic, his first play, Killing Hun In The Sun was nominated for the West Australian Equity Award for Best New Play, and his first novel, The Little Town of Marrowville, is a dark fantasy comedy aimed at children (directly, at their heads). He wrote and presented Videogame Nation for Sky TV and his Edinburgh Fringe project The Dark Room racked up millions of YouTube views, creating a new genre of interactive comedy. Robertson continues to tour the world, delighting and alarming audiences in every hemisphere and on almost every continent. For his impressive body of work he was presented with a ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. “A manic and quick-witted revelation… if you only see one Perth-born set this year, make it John Robertson.” / The Scotsman “this is astute, amoral stand-up for the morbidly inclined” **** / The Age, Melbourne “ridiculously entertaining” / Kate Copstick “you must see this show” ***** / British Comedy Guide “stylish, alternative, funny” **** / Chortle “Brilliant, bemusing and bloodthirsty” / Metro “A cult is born” / Bruce Dessau “That he’s a skilled stand-up is plain to see” / The List “A hotly-tipped comedian for a good reason… he strides onto the stage giving precisely zero ****s” / The Skinny “a triumph” **** / Herald Sun Eryn Tett Born and raised in Singapore, Tett moved to the UK aged 18 to pursue comedy and has lived and performed in New York, New Zealand before finally landing in the UK. Over the last few years she’s developed her own webseries and comedy night, UBGE Comedy, been a finalist in both the Laughing Horse and 2NorthDown new act of the year competitions, a runner-up the Funny Women Stage Awards, and won the Cherry Comedy Break out Act of the Year 2020. Tett’s stand up is comprised of word play, short jokes, odd observations and surreal storytelling set to a charmingly uncomfortable rhythm. She is currently poised to take her first solo hour show, Eryn Tett Finds Her Audience, to the Edinburgh Fringe. “A well-developed sense of timing… an engagingly idiosyncratic act” / Chortle “Fast-moving and absurd… beside ourselves with laughter” / Diva Magazine “Her writing – weird but with at least one toe still in observational reality – is intriguing” / Chortle “Unique in all the best ways…so fun to watch. She’s going to be massive” / Adam Hess plus additional support from Ava Liversidge Jonny Brook and host Rich Milner Doors open: 6.30pm Show starts: 7.00pm Tickets: £9 online / £11 on the door (advanced booking strongly advised, via: wegottickets.com/event/550104) Venue: Shakespeare’s, Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB (upstairs) Line-ups, like life, can be subject to change.
  3. This month’s Oblongular treat is replete with daftness and anarchic hilarity. We welcome back our headline act, after having last experienced his mesmeric mayhem at the Red Deer over three years ago, our middle section is oozing with sketch and we’re exceedingly pleased for the combined return of our openers who have previously performed solo. All in all it promises to be utterly smashing and probably bewildering. Wes Zaharuk Zaharuk credits his comic roots to his parents. They made ‘not listening’ an Olympic event. As a child, his parents dressed him in wool pants that were incredibly itchy. Complain as he would, his words fell on deaf ears. When he developed a skin condition that left him looking like a large, fully dressed pizza, he was tested for allergies. It was found that he was allergic to wool. Thusly he developed his desire to be heard — if only to reduce rash. Early in his career Zaharuk’s electric wit and tornado take on comedy caught on quickly. He soon became one of the most requested comedians at clubs and colleges across North America. He has since appeared on Canadian television, earned 5 star reviews at the Ediburgh fringe and performed in Germany, Israel and Australia to name a few. Master of prop-enhanced mayhem, Zaharuk provides a frenzied odyssey of anarchic physicality and audience interaction, easily making him one of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit. ‘Twin Peaks meets Cirque Du Soleil… simply amazing!’ – Toronto Sun ‘Tommy Cooper on acid… a rib-ticking dive into the surreal’ – Channel 4 ‘adrenaline-rush joy-ride into utter foolishness’ – Toronto Star ‘one of the most original comedians on the block… sheer magic!’ – Derbyshire Times ‘blew away most people’s pre-conceived ideas of stand-up comedy’ – Lancashire Evening Post Hall and Edhouse Hall and EdhouseIan Hall and Bruce Edhouse (individually, both Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival award winners) got together to pay an affectionate tribute to some of the great comedy double acts of our time, and ended up with their show The Two Syds – which turned out to be an anarchic mess of laughter, nonsense and petty arguments! ‘Brilliantly daft. Something for just about everyone’ – Leicester Mercury ‘A shambolic delight’ – Leicester Comedy Scene plus Footstool Frasco Fools James & Seaburn and host Rich Milner Doors open 7.00pm, show starts 7.30pm Admission £5 (adv) / £7 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  4. This month Square Hole Comedy's Oblong Show is extra special, as we have a truly sublime international headliner (even Robin Williams thought so). In addition to that, Silly Billies, who have been putting on stellar shows of alternative comedy in Newcastle, are hosting the night. Double trouble! With additional guests to boot this will be an ace night of bonkers and brilliant comedy. WILL FRANKEN Armed with an explosive wit and a singular penchant for absurdism, comedy virtuoso Will Franken deluges audiences with a kaleidoscopic tsunami of mind-blowing character comedy so funny that people stop laughing only long enough to drop their jaws. Something of a one-man Monty Python, Franken has been featured on BBC America’s The World Stands Up and has performed his patented theatrical lunacy in festivals worldwide, including Just for Laughs in Montreal. He’s compiled a tome of praise from his work across America and from performing in the UK which he deeply enjoys given his deep love of the British comedic tradition. Will Franken is a master of illusion, an id unchained. He is also very funny.’ – Robin Williams ‘Simply hilarious’ – The Times ‘What elevates Mr. Franken above your garden-variety comedian is an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd’ – The New York Times ‘San Francisco has nurtured many of comedy’s biggest names, and this guy is destined to be one of them.’ – San Francisco ‘You can’t take your eyes off these inspired outpourings.' – The Guardian 'Franken has a bucketload of funny which he is spinning around without spilling a drop' ★★★★★ - Kate Copstick hosted by SILLY BILLIES Silly Billies Comedy is an alternative comedy night that takes place across various venues in Newcastle upon Tyne. The night was set up as a way to create an opportunity for alternative acts to take risks, have fun and for audiences to see righteous, original nonsense. Jack Gardner has blessed our stage before now, and this time he's bringing the gang with him and taking over the Oblong Show. It'll be mad fun. plus TOM KING and additional oddities Doors open 7.00pm, show starts 7.30pm Admission £4 (adv) / £6 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  5. Last month’s show was such a great start to the year, and we’re continuing with a line-up oozing with so much talent and quality that we feel spoilt rotten. But the reason comedians of this ilk want to do Square Hole is because the audience is always so bloody marvellous. So please peruse the performers and carry on as you were. And if you’ve not joined us yet, please get your act together. Chris Stokes We love all the acts who perform at Square Hole, but Chris did so at our fourth ever gig nearly 4 years ago and has gone on to win Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, appear on Dave’s One Night Stand and Radio 4, quit comedy and, thankfully for us, make his selective return. We’re delighted to be one of the places he selects to perform. He’s one of the smartest comedians going and uses those smarts to delve deep into the human condition and our social fabric, all while being sublimely funny. Very smart material… Very skilful… A gag at each step’ – Chortle ‘Encore please’ – Three Weeks ‘Side splitting… hilarious’ – The Scotsman ‘Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet’ – The List ‘Real talent… It takes some flair to mix script, tangents, conversation, heartbreak, and make it all look so effortless’ – The Skinny Milo McCabe A brilliant and mesmeric character comedian who has established his presence in all the major comedy clubs, McCabe has on multiple occasions been an Amused Moose Laughter Awards finalist for his Edinburgh fringe shows in which he showcases a plethora of comic creations. His characters have included a Portuguese reality TV ‘star’ and a man stuck in the mid-20th century struggling to come to terms with modern society, but we have no idea who we’ll meet on the night. 'undeniably funny’ – Chortle ‘Ridiculously talented’ – Kate Copstick ‘Moments of mad comic genius’ – The Scotsman ‘a whirlwind of charisma, talent and energy’ – allthefestivals.com ‘The genius of McCabe is that each character is so unique, if they weren’t appearing in the same show, you might wonder if they were actually real… a very funny and very satisfying hour’ – ScotsGay plus Nicola James ‘a welcome addition to any evening of intelligent stand-up’ – Stagefright Comedy and Michael J Dolan ‘Grumpiness has never been so smart or so funny’ – Sarah Millican with host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £4 (adv) / £6 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. FOOD AND DRINK DEALS: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 or email reddeersheffield@gmail.com to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  6. This month’s evening of sketch, characters and comedic miscellany will not merely be The Oblong Show, but also something more. As well as bringing to Sheffield some of the most exciting acts on the comedy circuit, we will now be playing occasional hosts to other comedy nights from around the country. This month we will be gleefully taken hostage by the following… David Stanier's Silly Party David has been throwing his Silly Party over on the other side of the Pennines for some time now and it’s such fun that we are smuggling it across the border (will this flower war never end!?) to Sheffield for one night only! You know what they say, if the mountain won’t come to Mu—never mind, the mountain is surprisingly mobile, so we thought why wait for an invite when we can bring the party to you!? It involves silliness, games, funniness, jokes, silliness and partying and silliness. David is a BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist and Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year award winner. His Silly Party comes highly recommended by the Manchester Wire and The Skinny, and his face is lovely. Look at his lovely face. Warning: there may be party poppers and blowers. plus Ian Hall Leicester Comedy Festival Best Newcomer 2014, Hall is a progenitor of countless characters (you could probably count them if you tried) and we have no idea who he’ll be on the night. The Mad Bishop and The Bear Two international men of sex have turned their hands to comedy with baffling and brilliant results and consequences for humanity. Liam Cook So young you want to harness his life-force and live forever, Liam has been doing comedy since he was a foetus and his performances have involved eating way to much food all at once, Memento-style self-inscriptions and a melodica. James Hately Hately by name, lovely by nature, surreal by serendipity. Rich Milner Local baker and egotist. and host David Stanier See above. Doors open 7.00pm, show starts 7.30pm Admission £3 Reservations available via twitter/facebook. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  7. Happy new year everyone! Square Hole hopes to contribute to your happiness this year by continuing to facilitate your enjoyment of some bloody marvellous comedians. We’d do more for your well-being if we could, but we’ve looked into it and comedy clubs aren’t eligible to become licensed providers of psychotherapy. But there will still be baked goods available, as part of a balanced diet. Bobby Mair Canada has generated so many stunning comedians and Bobby is no exception. Having won a lot of money in a nationally televised comedy competition there, he used it to move to the UK a few years ago and won more competitions here too. His exuberantly dark approach to joke telling was embraced by Doug Stanhope, who invited Mair to support him on international tour dates. He’s appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News Extra, Sean Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular, and Comedy Central even gave him his own web series, The Bobby Mair Show. His ability to traverse rage and vulnerability whilst maintaining his warmth and likeability may leave you in a state of hilariously emotional turmoil. His material has covered topics such as his bad luck of being adopted into a dysfunctional family, having to create a profile on a gay dating website to search for his father, and his sadness around being Justin Bieber’s cousin. He’s toured in South Africa, Candana, Sweden, Denmark and Sheffield. ‘He is the heir to Doug Stanhope, but no mere clone or wannabe. Bobby Mair is definitely his own comic.’ – The Scotsman ‘Bobby Mair performs with an invigorating blast, both energetic and slick’ – Chortle ‘A brilliant stand up. He’s either going to be a huge international comedy star or the funniest homeless man ever.’ – Jimmy Carr ‘A bona fide tour-de-force.’ – The Guardian ‘A brilliant comic mind.’ – London Is Funny Hawkeye and Windy Hawkeye and Windy are both classically trained musicians, but by 2013 they realised that their love for the ’90s pop ballad was too strong and that Mozart just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Shunned by the classical music world, they began writing comedy songs and releasing low-budget music videos. Their poppy political satire and tuneful take-downs have since seen them through comedy competitions and ensured a welcome presence on comedy stages far and wide. ‘Annoyingly talented, refreshingly rude, bound to have their own Radio 4 series.’ – Caimh McDonnell ‘So wrong, they’re right.’ – Laughing Cows ‘Gifted musicians with a wicked sense of humour, Hawkeye and Windy are unafraid to mix up politics and pop with a bit of filth.’ – Mojo Bravo Comedy plus BBC New Comedy Award finalist Tom Little and Ross McCaffrey with host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £4 (adv) / £6 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. FOOD AND DRINK DEALS: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 or email reddeersheffield@gmail.com to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  8. Not only is Jesus’ birthday approaching, it is also our 4th birthday show! In independent comedy club years we’re getting on a bit, and that’s entirely due to the wonderful audiences who’ve made it such a special little gig. Though it may also have something to do with having really good comedians on, much like the ones below. Stephen Carlin Carlin has earned critical acclaim, accolades and a growing fan base with his original and insightful writing style and accomplished delivery. He is a very enigmatic act, using a unique pattern of delivery to amuse the audience with very unexpected and off the wall references. From his sartorial elegance to his in-depth and hilarious knowledge of International snooker, Carlin’s performance takes the audience into the mind of a passionate obsessive. This man is well on his way to become Scotland’s newest addition to its history of brilliant comedians. He was also named by Stewart Lee as one of the ‘Ten Best Comedians in the World Ever’, and has appeared on Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience. ‘So thoughtful you would put your house on him reinventing the knock knock joke… Announcing the arrival of a new comedy original.’ – The Herald ‘Fast establishing himself as one of the most distinct and funny new comedians in Britain’ – Steve Bennett, Chortle ‘The material is sharp and original’ – The List ‘The whimsy and relaxed on-stage demeanour were a winner instantly… excelled in pedantry, married to exceptional use of language’ – Leamington Observer Will Duggan An exciting emerging talent on the circuit, Duggan has wonderfully crafted and perfectly poised material exploring, amongst other things, his own shortcomings and the dubious progress brought about by human evolution. He’s also the proud owner of a shiny new Fosters Comedy Award Panel Prize obtained in his role in Funz and Gamez at this year’s Edinburgh fringe. ‘Watertight material and perfectly paced delivery’ – Spotlight Comedy ‘with his mixture of high energy and general affability the audience loved him from the second he opened his mouth’ – Comedy Store Young Guns plus Liam Pickford and host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £4 (adv) / £6 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. FOOD AND DRINK DEALS: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 or email reddeersheffield@gmail.com to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  9. Winter is coming and so November’s Square Hole will be full of Northernness. Even more Northern than here, because we’ve invited our acts for the night from the North East and beyond the wall. I say invited; they heard about the free cake and there was no stopping them. So save yourselves some pennies and book in advance or, alternatively, take advantage of the food/drinks & ticket deals detailed below. John Scott First stepping on stage in 1999 at the prestigious Stand Comedy Club, Scott was immediately recruited to perform in their Edinburgh fringe show, Stand Up Scotland. He’s since returned to the fringe on multiple occasions, performing sketch comedy with Miles Jupp and others which culminated in the development of a show for BBC Scotland. He later won the Scottish segment of the Spike Milligan Award for new talent, the Take The Mike award, and has since established himself a much sought-after headline act on the comedy circuit and performed a critically acclaimed run at the Adelaide Comedy Festival. His current brainchild is the political satire panel show ‘Sod The Tories and Have a Nice Week’ at The Stand in Newcastle, which he hosts each month with support from a coalition of fellow comics. ‘Always plays a blinder. Never hits a dry patch. People were literally in tears of laughter.’ – Edinburgh Evening News ‘Among the top 5 comics emerging from Scotland’ – The Observer ‘Superb! The stand out stand up of the evening.’ – Adelaide Rocks ‘A genuinely gifted comedian.’ –The Skinny Lee Kyle Armed with props and a rapid gag rate, former professional wrestler Lee Kyle cuts a confident, if off-beat figure on stage. His jokes veer between the clever and the silly and deliver more than their fair share of belly laughs. Instantly likeable, Lee is quick thinking and witty with a well-written, beautifully crafted and, most importantly, hilarious set of jokes. ‘Very funny’ – Manchester Evening News ‘Quirky and original’ – Giggle Beats ‘One of the regions best up and coming comic performers.’ – BBC Radio Tees plus Nick Cranston and host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £3 (adv) / £6 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. FOOD AND DRINK DEALS: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 or email reddeersheffield@gmail.com to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  10. October’s Oblong Show, our monthly evening of characters and comedic miscellany, will be absolutely slamming. There will be top banter about the very latest legislation as well as some cheeky tips on how to seduce your way to spiritual fulfilment. You will also be in with a chance at winning an all expenses paid trip for two to Nick Clegg’s back garden. Oh, we will be bringing it, so, rest assured, it will be brought, to its chilling conclusion. Sir Dickie Benson Our nation’s greatest living actor, Sir Dickie has kindly taken time out of his busy voiceover recording schedule to spend an evening with us vivaciously recounting the many trials and tribulations that saw him winning three Academy Awards (Best Actor: ‘The Elegance of the Epicurean Eunuch’ 1974, ‘Prom nights in Patagonia’ 1993, and Best Supporting Actor: ‘L’Apprenti de Fromagers/The Cheese Makers Apprentice’, 2001), receiving ten Academy Award nominations, and winning the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship of 1971. He has promised to speak candidly about the many struggles he has faced with substance abuse, promiscuity, and the countless scandals that have almost destroyed his career. Despite our assurances that this will not be necessary, he has nonetheless insisted on ‘baring all’. plus Adam Price Al Greaves Mike Bentley Rio Bauer and host Rich Milner Doors open 7.00pm, show starts 7.30pm Admission £3 Reservations available via twitter/facebook. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  11. October’s Square Hole below. Just the details, that is. The actual gig itself can’t be downloaded. Even if there was a transcript, it’d be a cold reading, at best. You’d really have to be there to fully appreciate it. It will contain eye contact and everything. Well, not everything, but cookies, at least. Caimh McDonnell In his decade on the British stand-up circuit, Caimh McDonnell has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. Frequently admired and praised by fellow comedians for his prolific and potent writing ability, he’s always in demand at the major comedy clubs and has done stand-up tours in the Far East, the Middle East and the near east (Norwich). In addition to this he’s performed acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh fringe and has written for various for TV productions. ‘Great comic timing, full of Irish charm, McDonnell always finds the funny side’ – Broadway Baby ‘An accomplished performer… choc full of belly laughs’ – ThreeWeeks ‘Superb’ – Manchester Evening News ‘blessed with natural charm’ – BBC ‘Consummate skill… a masterclass’ – Chortle James Meehan Meehan has already performed on various occasions at Square Hole, both doing stand-up and performing sketches with the numerously nominated and award winning Gein’s Family Giftshop. He was also a writer and cast member of the 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Panel Prize winning ‘Funz and Gamez’. As a stand-up he’s carving out a niche for himself as a wonderfully offbeat presence on the circuit. ‘Aloof, charming and compelling; certainly one of the most interesting acts on the North West circuit at the moment’ – The Frog and Bucket ‘Razor sharp timing and cutting northern wit’ – Shortcom ‘Brilliantly unconventional’ – Student Journals ‘Refreshingly nonchalant’ – TimeOut ‘Wonderfully deadpan’ – Festmag plus James Hately Sal Stevens and host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £3 (adv) / £5 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. FOOD AND DRINK DEALS: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 or email reddeersheffield@gmail.com to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  12. After an August-long hiatus we’re joined this month by a lovely line-up jostling with distinctive voices and styles and blimey there’s baked goods to boot and there are also food, drink and ticket deals available via The Red Deer. Jessica Fostekew A smart and compelling presence on the circuit, Fostekew has been performing improvised comedy and working as a comedy actress since 2005. In 2008 she hit the UK stand up circuit like a thunderbolt of joy and became a finalist in the Funny Women’s Awards in 2010. With acclaimed and sold out fringe shows under her belt, she has been praised for being clever, silly and very funny. She has appeared on Stephen K Amos’ Radio 4 show and supported both Micky Flanagan and Terry Alderton on tour across the UK, so we’re very excited that she’ll be joining us at the Red Deer. ‘Wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff’ – The Guardian ‘Intelligent humour and sharp, insightful stand up’ – The Evening Standard ‘intensely funny… very talented’ – Time Out ‘She informed, educated and entertained, a one-woman BBC, and left us wanting more, but in a good way.’ – Chortle ‘Consistently hilarious’ – Fest Mag Lewis Charlesworth One of the most enjoyable stage presences on the North West comedy circuit, Lewis is the only person ever to guest host Square Hole and is delightfully silly and exuberantly energetic. He’s a regular face on stages hither and thither and is soon to appear on the BBC’s upcoming Big Afro-Caribbean Comedy Night showcase. ‘very natural and most certainly funny. He is definitely a name to look out for in future!’ – Nerve Magazine ‘…garnering quite a reputation as one to watch’ – Gag Reflex ‘I would highly recommend seeing one of his shows’ – The Lancashire Times ‘he has a very distinctive style and is going to go far’ – Jason Manford plus Jon Whiteley Tom King and host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £3 (adv) / £5 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. FOOD AND DRINK DEALS: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 or email reddeersheffield@gmail.com to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  13. This month at Square Hole two of our very favourite acts will be joining us to provide a sublimely clever, original and deeply funny evening of comedy. It’ll be the last gig until September, so join us for your fill of Square Hole (and baked goods) for the summer, and these fine specimens of chap will make it worth your while. Chris Stokes ALTRUISM IN BIRDS is the brand new show from Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012 Best Show award winner Chris Stokes. After a year he’s glad to see the back of Chris is starting to find the funny again and, in this new show, expects to be ruminating on (among other things) the frustration of being locked in your own head with an unlikely alter-ego, the blossoming of new romance and seagulls. ‘Real talent… It takes some flair to mix script, tangents, conversation, heartbreak, and make it all look so effortless’ – The Skinny ‘Very gifted… Has the talent to one day have the world at his feet’ – The List Peter Brush A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter Brush has clocked up an ever-increasing amount of respect in his first few years on the comedy circuit. With his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, Brush unassumingly takes the stage before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion. ‘an imaginative use of language and obtuse angles of thought that produce distinctive and eclectic gags… his best lines are inspired’ – Steve Bennett, Chortle ‘Yorkshire’s answer to Woody Allen’ – Harrogate Advertiser with host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £3 (adv) / £4 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. FOOD AND DRINK DEALS: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 or email reddeersheffield@gmail.com to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
  14. This month we have two brilliant comedians. Yes, just two, because we have the pleasure of enjoying the Edinburgh preview show of one of the most superb comedians on the UK circuit. In addition to that, we’ll get to enjoy the judges’ favourite at this year’s BBC New Comedian of the Year Award. There'll also be free cookies, and there are food and drink deals available in conjunction with the gig (see below). Gavin Webster A Controversial Title In Order To Sell Tickets: There are those, the outsiders, that like to shock us all, that like to fire poisonous sound bites into the pits of our souls to question our own accepted comfortable western identity. Are they rebels? Do they do it as a relief valve for life’s biggest horrors? Do they want to kick start their own careers by spewing forth verbal detritus? Do we care? Gavin Webster, no stranger to being accused by critics of offensiveness or just being a club comic with the temerity to perform at the Fringe, explores their motives. ‘Funny, clever and as brilliantly observed as you’ll find’ – The Scotsman ‘His daftness is little short of surreal genius’ – The Stage Jonny Pelham Pelham has been nominated for Chortle Best Newcomer, finished runner-up in So You Think You’re Funny? and been a finalist and the judges choice in the BBC New Comedy Awards. Admittedly he has never won any of these things, but by God he has come close a lot. ‘Echoes of a young Daniel Kitson’ – Bruce Dessau ‘Wonderfully written routine with an extremely dark, utterly brilliant pay-off’ – Huffington Post with host Rich Milner Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm Admission £3 (adv) / £4 (door) Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com. Tickets also available with food and drink deals: two tickets and any bottle of wine for £16 OR two tickets, two meals and a bottle of wine for £30 (not valid with any other offer). Book through the Red Deer by the day before the gig. Call (0114) 2722890 to book. The Red Deer 18 Pitt Street Sheffield S1 4DD website | facebook | twitter | tumblr
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