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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 http://www.marksimmonshaha.blogspot.co.uk).

Andrew Maxwell

Renowned for his cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (2007 & 2011) and star of Sky’s John Bishop’s Only Joking and BBC’s Live at The Apollo, host of the BBC3 Edinburgh Comedy Marathon & series regular on Sky’s Wall of Fame, Andrew Maxwell is always a must-see for any comedy fan. Always adept at making shrewd, balanced and very funny political observations he has won and been nominated for several other major awards including the Time Out Live Award for Best Stand-up, the Loaded Magazine Award for Best Stand-up and the Chortle Award for Best Contribution To The Live Comedy Circuit. He was also voted Best Irish Comedian by the public at the Entertainment.ie Awards.

Mike Wozniack

Ready for a few chuckles? Good! The much acclaimed Mike Wozniak is known as a comedian, writer, actor and voice artist and has performed here, there and everywhere. He’s a memorable comedian for not only his talent as a one man show, but also for his very unique 70’s style moustache. Starting out on small sketch shows, he has gone on to have his own show ‘Take the Hit’ which was nominated for the 2013 Edinburgh comedy award. This isn’t the only nomination Mike has under his belt, he has racked up a awards throughout his career and is well worth a watch!

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 Scene’s 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..

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 Johns’ 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 award 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 Reviews 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.”

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

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, Nevermind 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.