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, Stephen Frost and Phil Kaye all doing star turns.
Announced so far…
‘This is one of the most individual, accomplished, hilarious and unforgettable hours I have had this year’ **** – The Scotsman.
‘Josh Widdicombe is shaping up to be the British Seinfeld’ ***** – London Is Funny
Star of Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Josh Widdicombe is one of the most in demand comics on the circuit. With sell out tours, best newcomer nominations, a much loved XFM radio slot and 3 series of critically acclaimed TV show ‘The Last Leg’ under his belt it’s no surprise Josh is so popular. We welcome his to headline Laughing Stock this year and Nozstockers, we cannot wait.
Here at Nozstock we are very excited to announce this year’s comedy tent headliner, Cardinal Burns. This award winning duo are highly acclaimed for their character comedy and sketches, both on television and as a live performance. These guys have sold out SOHO Theatre in London, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and brought tears of laughter at Latitude, Reading & Leeds Festivals. They have also appeared together in Steve Coogan’s Saxondale. You never know, Hashtag & Bukkake, Office Flirts and even Banksy could make an appearance. Nozstock, get ready to laugh your socks off!
Nozstock Veteran Pat Cahill is one to watch, Winning Hackney Empire and Chortle Best Newcomer in 2012. Combining off-beat jokes with songs about dying pets and choice fatigue, Cahill’s unpretentiously surreal and absurd outlook has seen him win numerous awards and secured him firmly in the one to watch category. “This quirky performer has true star quality and bags of originality, mixing physical humour, gimmicks, wordplay and comedy songs. Imagine a cross between Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard and you might be getting somewhere, but nowhere close.” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard.
The alter-ego of David Earl, Brian Gittins is the owner of a roadside café owner somewhere off the A32. A couple of the café’s regulars have said he’s ‘quite funny’, so he’s been attempting to make it in the world of comedy.
He supported Ricky Gervais for his UK Tour in 2009.
Brett arrived onto the comedy scene with a bang in 2006. Since then he has been a finalist and semi finalist in every major comedy competition going and has 5* Edinburgh Reviews
‘Fast paced, dark and brutal, and performed with skill and ease…. self-deprecating, oddly philosophical and fascinating… Goldstein is an excellent comedian and a talented storyteller… this is top class.’ **** WhatsOnStage
‘’A good story, brilliantly told… with an emotional acuity that matches his eye for absurdity and misadventure… Very fine.’ **** The Times
‘Sharply written, impeccably delivered, always charming… warm, wise stuff,
the show superficially small but the themes and laughs big’ **** Daily Telegraph
Tom Rosenthal (C4’s Friday Night Dinner, ITV2’s Plebs, his mirror) was nominated for best newcomer at the British Comedy Awards. He has done televised comedy on a stage (Dave’s One Night Stand) and behind a table (8 Out of 10 Cats).
Vibrant, intelligent and fantastically-arranged…crackles with energy and glows with
originality.’ – Spoonfed
‘Talented upcoming star’ – Timeout
This Musical Comedian received 5* reviews for his Edinburgh show ‘Murder (and Other Hobbies) in 2013 ‘’If you like songs about child murder, biblical characters and cats then perhaps Rob Carter is the man for you. His charmingly clumsy ramble through a life of petty crime makes for hilarious viewing’’
Tom Davis is an exciting new comedy talent who most recently displayed his knack for creating original comedy characters in The Morgana Show on Channel 4.
Well-crafted gags and acerbic delivery are the mainstays of this Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2012 from Wales.
Comedy character actor extraordinaire, Jacob has appeared in everything from the 10 O’Clock News to the IT Crowd. A comedian; writer and comic actor best-known as a regular on ‘Live at the Electric’ (BBC 3), performing as self-penned creation ‘Roger Showbusiness’ Jacob Edwards took his debut show to the Edinburgh Festival in 2013 and received a string of 5 star reviews. Undoubtedly, Jacob Edwards is going to be a definite highlight of the festival this year.
Ross Lee has more than a wealth of experience. Everything from starring in Ross Lee’s Ghoulies on Nickelodeon, to starring in Hot Chip’s video for their single ‘I Feel Better’. In between times he also hosted Alice Cooper’s Alternative Talent Show at the London Dungeons. A wealth of creativity and quick wit, Ross Lee has delighted audiences and he’ll be delighting audiences here at the festival.
Gabriella has had her share of fame – Her accolades include a semi finalist place in Britain’s Got Talent. A ‘totally socially awkward’ musical comedienne.
Joe’s combination of surrealism, silliness and love for potatoes is pure comedy gold, there is never a dull moment with this nutty Herefordian.
Darren Maskell is a comedian who is sure to take you down the rabbit hole: on a wonderfully bizarre and prop laden journey, filled with musings on life and everything in between.
Prepare to enter the zany world of Alison Thea-Skot. This wildly energetic comedian will introduce you to a plethora of preposterous personalities in her delightful character comedy show.
Nominated for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh fringe with his debut show ‘Good on Paper’, Sam Fletcher is one to watch. Armed with props, magic, skill, a bit of music and a flipchart, he is a true gem in the alternative Indie comedy scene.
Cole is a charismatic, bawdy and imaginative comedian with a flair for word play. He has appeared in all the major comedy clubs the country, supporting Russell Brand on his UK tour and appearing in The Mighty Boosh.