Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX
Once again, Gag House Comedy Superstars opens Guildford Fringe Festival and this year’s line-up is sensational!
A jam-packed evening full of some of the best stand-up comedy available to the UK, as seen on the telly!
The line-up includes American comedian, writer, and musician Rich Hall as the headline act (Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee’s Sunday Service), the cocktail of class, caring and comedy Stephen Bailey as the MC for the evening (Live at the Apollo, Celebrity Mastermind, The Stand Up Sketch Show and the host of Celebs on the Farm/Ranch), the original and provocative Dane Baptiste (Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Roast Battle, Tonight at the London Palladium) and the fearless, provocative and very funny Ria Lina (Mock The Week).
Comedy returns with a bang – book early to avoid disappointment!
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Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick fire banter with audiences. This is a comedian who’s plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe. Hall has been described as a transatlantic messenger lampooning each country he visits with his common sense, and he is no less harsh to his homeland.
Rich has written and presented his own TV shows in the UK, in particular a number of documentaries for BBC4: How the West Was Lost (2008), Rich Hall’s Dirty South (2010), Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters (2011), Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian (2012), Rich Hall’s You Can Go To Hell, I’m Going To Texas (2013), Rich Hall’s California Stars (2014), Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match (2016) and most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You.
He also wrote and starred in the TV shows Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive (2006), Rich Hall’s Election Special (2004), Rich Hall’s Badly Funded Think Tank (2001) and Rich Hall’s Fishing Show with Mike Wilmot in 2003. His other UK TV credits include Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Stand Up For The Week, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee’s Sunday Service and Edinburgh Nights.
Original and provocative, Baptiste is hailed as one of the most exciting acts to break in years. The London born stand up made comedy history in 2014 as the first Black British act to be nominated for a comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his debut stand up show Citizen Dane. Following this nomination, the show enjoyed incredible success at London’s Soho Theatre completing two sold out runs with additional dates added due to phenomenal demand. His second stand up show Reasonable Doubts was again met with huge critical acclaim and performed to sold out audiences at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, with his first nationwide solo tour following in 2016. In 2018 Dane set out on a massive world tour, covering numerous territories, with his smash hit third stand up hour G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs).
His extensive TV credits include Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Black, British and Funny (Channel 4), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1), Live from the BBC (BBC Three), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave) and more.
During the 2020 lockdown Baptiste performed on The Big Night In (BBC One) for Children in Need and Comic Relief. He has also hosted Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), Live from the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and created, wrote and starred in his own sitcom Sunny D (BBC Three/One), which was the first black sitcom commissioned by the BBC in 20 years and is now being reformatted for US markets.
Stephen Bailey is a cocktail of class, caring and comedy, with the most flamboyant umbrella to top it all off. He’s a comedian, presenter, television personality and writer, whose friendly and open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming acts in comedy at the moment and an in demand talent for all things showbiz/entertainment.
Most recently, he replaced Rylan Clarke-Neal as the narrator of ITV Be’s Ferne McCann: First Time Mum and took over as host of Takeshi’s Castle on Comedy Central, following in the footsteps of Craig Charles, Jonathan Ross and Roman Kemp. He would now like all their other work. Stephen wrote and starred in his own lockdown mini-series for Comedy Central Comedians in Quarantine: House Olympics. At the start of the year, his star grew as he took on Celebrity Coach Trip (E4). he’s returned to host the third series of Celebs on the Farm for MTV and he even made his BBC Radio 4 debut on Sarah Millican’s Elephant in the Room. Furthermore, he hosted UK Radio Pride during the pandemic taking gay pride to the airwaves. His show was broadcast over multiple stations
The host of Celebs on the Farm/Ranch (MTV/Channel 5), has also starred in Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC One), Love Island: Aftersun & the second series of The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2).
It’s been a busy few years for Stephen as he was the resident Agony Uncle on Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday (ITV) and a series regular on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Channel 5) until the end of their runs.
He’s also appeared on many TV shows including Coronation Street & Good Morning Britain (ITV), The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC Two), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Do The Right Thing with Eamonn and Ruth, & The Jeremy Vine Show (Channel 5)… but still cannot get on Strictly.
As seen on Mock The Week (BBC Two), multi-awarding comic Ria Lina performs at iconic venues across the UK and internationally. “Fearless, provocative and very funny” (The Scotsman), Ria is known for her incredibly sharp, pithy comedy, recognised by the EMMA Comedy award, the Greater Manchester Fringe award for Best Comedy Show, and more. With a PhD in Virology under her belt, it’s not only Ria’s comedy that’s highly intelligent!
Additional TV credits include: BBC World Service International Comedy Night (BBC iPlayer), Comedy Underground (BBC Scotland), The World Stands Up (Comedy Central), and Asian Network Comedy (BBC iPlayer).