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One of the latest additions to The Hidden Valley, Laughing Stock hosts a mixture of Edinburgh previews, musical artistry, workshops for budding comedians and good old fashioned wit with the likes of Anna Keirle and Janice Connolly (a.k.a. Barbara Nice & Mary from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights) all cutting their comedic teeth here at Nozstock. Previous years have seen Russell Howard, Phill Jupitus, The Rubberbandits, Devvo,  Josh Widdicombe, Cardinal Burns, Stephen Frost and Phil Kaye all doing star turns.

2015 line up includes…
Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh imageSeann Walsh effortlessly combines humour and real life scenarios to create a brand of comedy that we can all relate to! His amusing and outspoken views have led him to appear on shows such as Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Virtually Famous to name but a few. By poking holes in everyday situations and quite frankly telling it as it is he has been described by The Guardian as “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation”. We can’t wait for him to take the stage at Laughing Stock…

Mark Simmons

With charm and idiocy in abundance, Mark Simmons takes you on a gentle jaunt through the meandering labyrinth of his pun-ridden consciousness. Delightfully daft but carefully crafted jokes punctuated by absurdly self aware set pieces will have you trying out all your different laughs from the raucous chuckle to the giggle of recognition. Mark is also an actor in improvised documentaries (Docuprov), he writes/acts in short films (Gay Subterraneans), write/acts in online sketches (Something Thingy) and writes film reviews (UK’s 3rd Worst Movie Reviewer

Phil NicholZ

Accompanied by the edgy energy and mischevious rants that shot him to fame, Phil Nichol is gracing Nozstock with his innovative and endless talents. An acclaimed actor and musician as well as an award winning comedian, Nichol is guaranteed to deliver a one of a kind experience, his unquenchable thirst to break boundaries exposing his audiences to the weird and wacky world of his shocking and absurd approach to comedy. With a keen eye for fun, originality and the downright ludicrous,you are sure to leave this set with a skip in your step and a split in your sides.

Brett Goldstein

The Laughing Stock is preparing to welcome award winning stand up comedian Brett Goldstein.  A legend from the world of comedy and truly a talented guy. Not only a comedian but he’s also a writer and actor, landing a role in Channel 4’s hit series ‘Derek’. His award winning show ‘Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature’ has been travelling the UK and doing exceptionally well – selling out and receiving rave reviews. We know we can’t get enough of his witty ways, and we are sure you’ll agree once you see him on The Farm…

Spencer Jones

BAFTA nominated Spencer Jones will be joining the Laughing Stock line up this year. His comedy is often referred to as stupid and weird but us Nozstockers know normal is boring, so we are sure he’ll fit right in! Look Spencer up online and you’ll find a lot of early Rowan Atkinson references. You can expect a lot of props, weirdness and laughs with Spencer. He’s simply a pro!

Pat Cahill

Chortles ‘Best Newcomer 2012’ Pat Cahill is always about on the comedy scene. Whether it’s writing or performing podcasts on the BBC, appearing on Chris Moyles comedy empire or touring the UK with his show ‘Start’, no wonder he’s become so big in such a short space of time! The 27 year old will have you in stitches when he starts with his re-mixes of songs and raps. This kind of physical comedy is the best and not only is he in the one to watch category on the internet but also at Nozstock..


Internet phenomenon and Noz favourite Devvo will be returning to Nozstock, bringing with him his unique loveable chavery. Having risen to fame through his relentless YouTubing, MC Devvo has gained a hardcore following of fans. He’s extensively toured around the UK whilst also performing his four star show at the Edinburgh Fringe. For some original humour and relatable jokes, be at the Laughing Stock for Devvo…

John Kearns

John Kearns’ unique construction of intelligent absurdist humour has not only earned him critical acclaim but led him to be the first person awarded the Fosters Comedy Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Show back to back (13/14). The Fringe Fest regular cut his teeth on the student scene in 2006 and by his own admission “delivers non-sequiturs, surreal digressions and bizarre lunacy”. His disastrous dentures might be off-putting but John’s superbly original brand of tragi-comedy will unquestionably have you in stitches.

Matt Highton

Risky abstractionist describing himself as “an unusual comedian lost in a world of popular culture, film and gaming references”, Matt Highton pedals his “wonderfully surreal” (Guardian) variety of zany story-telling throughout the land. His latest venture – short film Santageddon – delivers equal levels of eeriness & hilarity and is a great illustration of his singular style. As a Weirdos Comedy Club founding member, Matt will fill you with mirth with his ludicrous yarn weaving and unconventional style…

Joe Davies

Joe Davies is one of the many quality comedians coming to Laughing Stock this year. His set is a mix of weird, silly, surreal and downright comical. Being a Herefordian, he’s keeping it local but he’s also apparently a handy carpenter – great news for our construction team. His set offers a load of jokes about potatoes, which sounds nutty but will be keeping Nozstockers laughing a plenty…

Joz Norris

Writer, actor, comedian, nice guy. Joz Norris is seriously talented and it hasn’t gone unnoticed – he bagged the awardJoz Norris for Outstanding Supporting Actor at LA Webfest 2015. Joz has been on the scene since 2011 and is under the alternative category on the web, clearly meaning he’s weird, but we love weird! He’s a regular stand up performer and is constantly working, having written and performed in two solo character shows and performed in several sketches. It’s no wonder he bagged Fringe Review’s Top Pick for the Blind Poet Venue…

Jayde Adams

One of Britain’s best female comics will be at Nozstock this year and she goes by the name of Jayde Adams. The 29 year old is from Bristol and her story of how she began in comedy inspirational; starting out by making up jokes for her unwell sister. Mixing music, social satire and characters into her sets, Jayde describes herself as a “comedian, dancer, opera singer, piano player, MC, beat boxer, photographer and octuple threat.”

Karl Shultz

Harry Hill’s One To Watch (“Seems to be the genius among the young ones… I predict big things!”) returns to Nozstock with his otherworldly character Matthew Kelly. “Gloriously silly” – Timeout “Gloriously odd” – Chortle. “A man with the sort of X factor to suggest he might become something quite special” – LondonIsFunny’s One To Watch

Lee Kern

Lee Kern is an artist, writer, keen blogger, comedian and filmmaker from Edgware. If you wish to find out more about him – go there. It’s on the end of the Northern Line

Matt Rees

Multi-award winning comedian and Chortle Best Newcomer nominee 2012, Matt Reese has generated a huge buzz on the circuit over the past couple of years.

Joey Page

“Surreal, charming and hilarious…one of comedy’s most unique and exciting new talents. This innately likeable young man has an instinct for funny”- Chortle
Joey Page has spent the last few years blustering around the comedy circuit, supporting the likes of Josie Long and  Noel Fielding and appearing on shows such as BBC 3’s Comedy Marathon, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Noel Fielding’s Luxury comedy.

Ross Lee

Leeds boy Ross is a DJ, comedian and successful television presenter – hosting the popular Nickelodeon show Ghoulies and appearing on shows such as Balls of Steel, SMart and Bo’ Selecta.  He returns to Nozstock to provide chuckles and guffaws all round…

Jarred Christmas

Jarred Christmas has a unique style that deftly mixes gags with storytelling. He has a dynamic onstage persona and the ability to improvise and roll with anything that’s thrown his way, making his comedy sizzle with originality. Full of passion and charisma, Jarred takes the audience on a hilarious thrill ride of laughs and gasps with an edge of anger that manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives.

Stuart Laws

Stuart Laws brings a delightful mix of sketch and stand-up comedy to the stage. Telling delightfully funny stories of the surreal events of everyday life, he made his stand-up debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since. He is a charismatic chap, one who isn’t afraid of a little improvised interaction with his audience either… We recommend a front row seat!

Phil Kay

No newcomer to the comedy circuit, Phil Kay first started having his audiences in hysterics in 1989 when he won the ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then Kay has gone on to perform shows worldwide including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With an extensive catalogue of shows and TV appearances, the experienced comedian still keeps his material hilarious and his crowds entertained.