Meet the comedians performing on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage for our Live @ the RSC: Comedy Festival this autumn.

Adam Kay

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Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017 and 2018, Soho Theatre 2017, UK tour and West End 2018.

The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt is a Sunday Times bestseller, and is being turned into a major BBC series. Copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.

‘Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs, and some blissfully brilliant wordplay’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

‘Hilarious and heartbreaking’ Charlie Brooker

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Bridget Christie

Bridget Christie 

Bridget Christie is one of the UK's most acclaimed comedians and writers. She has written and performed 11 solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, penned the best seller A Book For Her, won the Edinburgh Comedy Award, recorded comedy specials for BBC Radio 4 and Netflix and is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times.

Her last four Edinburgh Festival shows have been in the top five best reviewed comedy shows at the Fringe and her last show, Mortal, topped a list of the best reviewed Edinburgh fringe shows according to The List magazine.

Bridget is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 12 September. Book tickets

Darren Harriott

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Darren Harriott is one of the most exciting comedians on the circuit. Over the last couple of years, he has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC Radio 4’s Best of the Fest, The Now Show and 5Live’s Fighting Talk. He also features in a series for Comedy Central Online, and has his own BBC Three short coming soon. Nominee: Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2017 

**** Evening Standard – “Passionate, articulate, witty.” 
**** The Sunday Times – “This sharp debut explores his many contradictions with primetime warmth. Watch him.”

Darren is performing in Friday Night at the RSC on 20 September. Book tickets

Felicity Ward

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As seen on Live at the Apollo and the mental health documentary Felicity's Mental Mission, Felicity was also the first Aussie to be given her own Live from the BBC comedy special and can be heard as co- host on The Urnbelievable Ashes and The Guilty Feminist podcasts.

Handpicked by Amy Schumer as her UK support act, one of Australia's funniest exports. Nominee Best Comedy Show 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

‘A killer show... tremendous… unrelenting… she’s so bloody funny. ★★★★★' The List

Felicity is performing in Friday Night at the RSC on 20 September. Book tickets

Flo and Joan

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Winner Best Musical Comedy Show 2018 Leicester Comedy Festival
Winner Music & Variety Award 2018 Chortle Awards
Winner Musical Comedy Act 2017 What’s On London

Following consecutive sell-out years at the Edinburgh Fringe, a UK tour and over 50 million views online, musical comedy duo (and sisters) Flo and Joan take great pleasure in hauling their dark and waggish, stiletto-sharp songs to the RSC.

The piano/percussion darlings began their rapid rise when their ‘2016 Song’ became a viral hit, clocking up over 47 million views on social media. Fast forward to 2018 and the awards flew in, with the singing sisters taking home Best Musical Show and Best Music & Variety Act at the Leicester Comedy Festival and Chortle Awards respectively.

They’re the perfect mix of harmony and humour, with catchy tunes, sweet but sharp lyrics and enviable elocution skills.

‘These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next. ★★★★' Telegraph
‘Tricksy lyrics, pinging with smart references and bristling with barbed swipes… a Minchin-esque twist.’ Chortle

Flo and Joan are performing in Saturday Night at the RSC on 14 September. Book tickets

Ivo Graham

Ivo Graham 

Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18 and later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He has become a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK circuit, with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on multiple TV and radio shows including Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Live from the BBC, and Fighting Talk. 

Ivo is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 19 September. Book tickets

Matt Forde

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Ultra-topical comedy and presenter of Dave TV's Unspun. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now with added Trump.

'Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe'. ★★★★★ Telegraph
'A first-class comic' Guardian
'Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minute observations ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Matt is appearing in Saturday Night Live at the RSC on 14 September. Book tickets

Nina Conti

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After a short stint as an actor at the RSC, Nina became a ventriloquist and hasn't looked back since. She won a British Comedy Award for her appearances on Live at the Apollo. Other television credits include QI, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium and The John Bishop Show.

Nina is appearing in Thursday Night Live at the RSC on 19 September. Book tickets

Rhys James

Rhys James

Rhys James is an accomplished comedian, writer and actor. At 27 he has already made numerous TV appearances, on shows such as Mock The Week (BBC Two), Roast Battle, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and many more.

He has performed four solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe to complete sell-out audiences and critical acclaim, earning his 2017 show ‘Forgives’ a spot in the British Comedy Guide’s ‘Best Reviewed Shows of the Fringe’ list.

His first Radio 4 series, Rhys James is… was met with great acclaim and he has just had another radio series commissioned for 2019.

He is also known for his prolific Twitter feed which has been recommended in the Telegraph and the Huffington Post.

Rhys is performing in Friday Night at the RSC on 20 September. Book tickets

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is widely regarded as Britain’s top satirical impressionist (‘a one-man opposition party’ Daily Telegraph)

As a mimic, he’s provided definitive impersonations of PMs and Presidents from Major to Mandela, Blair to Brown, Clinton to Cameron and Bush to Trump.

As himself, he’s been presenter, writer, quiz-show host, actor, translator and even (briefly) ballroom dancer (Strictly, 2011). He’s guested on many other comedy shows (Whose Line is it Anyway, Spitting Image, Have I Got News for You, and Mock the Week). 

Rory is performing in Friday Night at the RSC on 20 September. Book tickets

Suzi Ruffell

Suzi Ruffell

Suzi’s innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude. Lauded as ‘a real stand up gem’ by the Guardian, this young independent woman celebrates her working class roots with a sideways look at the world.

Regarded as one of best up and coming acts on the circuit Suzi is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. Fast establishing herself on the live circuit supporting Alan Carr, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges and Romesh Ranganathan all over the country. 

Suzi’s television appearances include BBC's Live at the Apollo and Comedy Central's The Comedy Store. Suzi is also a regular on Radio 4 including The News Quiz and The Now Show. Her own show, Postcards from Portsmouth recently premiered on BBC Radio 4.

Suzi is appearing in Saturday Night Live at the RSC on 14 September. Book tickets

Alun Cochrane

Alun Cochrane

Alun Cochrane has been doing solo standup shows at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2004. He has performed at International Comedy festivals, pub gigs, comedy clubs, and tours. He’s regularly been really funny on Frank Skinner’s radio show, and Just A Minute, and is sometimes on TV shows and panel games including Room 101, Mock The Week, and Have I Got News For You.

Alun is performing in Saturday Night at the RSC on 14 September. Book tickets

Carl Donnelly

Carl Donnelly 

Nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award twice, Carl is an award-winning comedian who has appeared on Mock The Week and Russell Howard’s Good News.

He has travelled the world performing at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival and pretty much every other comedy festival there is. “An observational genius” Guardian

Carl is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 12 September. Book tickets

Desiree Burch

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Desiree Burch is a comedian, writer, actor and NY-to-London transplant. She has been seen on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy and 8 Out of 10 Cats. 

She’s been heard on the The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and as the voice of Pamela Winchell on international hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, as well as other podcasts such as The Guilty Feminist, Made of Human and Writing Excuses.

‘A funny, frank, eloquent, entertaining and perceptive raconteur’ ★★★★ Scotsman

Desiree is performing in Friday Night at the RSC on 20 September. Book tickets

Fin Taylor

Fin Taylor 

Fin Taylor has made a name for himself as one of the most talked about comedians working in the UK. He truly has cemented his reputation as a fiercely funny and uncompromising social commentator.

His shows for the past three years have enjoyed five-star sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and hugely successful UK tours after.

In 2018, Fin made a web series for Comedy Central UK titled Fin Taylor’s Bullshit Bingo. He also made his debut performance on the BBC’s prestigious Live At The Apollo and filmed a stand up special for Comedy Central UK which is due out later this year. Other recent TV appearances include Live At The Comedy Store and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4).

Fin is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 12 September. Book tickets

Glenn Moore

Glenn Moore 

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Glenn Moore is a comedian, actor and one of the best and most prolific joke writers in the country.

Glenn is a regular face on TV, having appeared on Mock The Week (BBC), Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2).

His critically-acclaimed stand-up show ‘Glenn, Glenn, Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It’ was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. 2019 sees Glenn embarking on his first national tour with his hit 2019 Edinburgh Show 'Love don’t live here Glenny Moore.'

“A prolific writer of clever, distinctive gags. Brilliantly original punchlines” – Chortle ***

Glenn is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 19 September. Book tickets

Jessica Fostekew

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Jess has recently been nominate for the 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show. She starred in Sharon Horgan’s Motherland and Cuckoo on the BBC.

She hosts her own podcast Hoovering all about eating which in less than a year has racked up nearly half a million downloads.

Jess is a regular co-host of behemoth podcast The Guilty Feminist.

'A loud, lively and vital voice' Evening Standard

Jess is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 19 September. Book tickets

Milton Jones

Milton Jones 


Milton Jones is regularly on Mock the Week (BBC Two), has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), Live at the Apollo (BBC One) and he has headlined Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave).

MIlton's latest tours have seen him play to over 100.000 people, selling out shows up and down the country as well as at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

He is a previous Perrier Best Newcomer and Nominee, Sony Award winner and British Comedy Award nominee.

Milton is appearing in Saturday Night Live at the RSC on 14 September. Book tickets

Phil Wang

Phil Wang 

Phil Wang is one of the UK’s most exciting stand-up comedians and has appeared on shows including Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You?, Taskmaster, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice and Drunk History.

Phil also has his own mini special on Netflix and regularly sells out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Phil is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 19 September. Book tickets

Rhys Nicholson

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Razor sharp, daring and downright lascivious, Rhys Nicholson is a wit quickly gaining international acclaim.

He has performed all over the world, including Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin’s Vodafone Comedy Festival and London’s prestigious Soho Theatre, garnering audience and critical praise. They also quite liked his nice jackets.

Winner Best International Show 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival

Nominee Best Comedy Release 2017 ARIA Awards

Nominee Best Show 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

'This is a genuinely great stand-up comedian at work – in total command of his material and audience – it’s awe-inspiring to watch. A masterclass in crafting a killer hour of stand-up. Don’t miss it.' ★★★★★ Time Out

Rhys is appearing in Thursday Night Live at the RSC on 12 September. Book tickets

Sarah Keyworth

Sarah Keyworth 

Originally from Nottingham, Sarah Keyworth is fast-becoming a regular on the London circuit and has recently supported Stewart Francis on tour. Her material is a mix of honest anecdotal storytelling about her Midlands upbringing, made surreal with the occasional addition of a silly observation. She delivers sharp lines with a cheeky smile and moments of sudden deadpan that leave the audience wanting more.

Best Newcomer Award Nominee - Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018
Herald Angel Award Winner - Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Sarah is performing in Thursday Night at the RSC on 12 September. Book tickets

The Showstoppers

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Olivier Award Winners – Best Entertainment and Family Show

Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest - direct from the West End and now heading to Stratford-upon-Avon!

With 11 years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity.

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. These incredible performers are guaranteed to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just all made up on the spot!

So whether you fancy some Rodgers and Hammerstein set on a ferris wheel or a little Sondheim on Mount Everest – you suggest it and the Showstoppers will sing it!

★★★★★ 'So polished, it defies belief.' Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ 'Had me weeping with laughter... you absolutely have to go.' Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ 'Achingly funny... Worth seeing again and again.' Time Out Critics' Choice

The Showstoppers are performing on 15 September. Book tickets

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