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.
2014 line up coming soon.
2013 line up included…
Welsh author of international best selling book Mr. Nice, infamous drug smuggler, with stories so incredible he was played by Rhys Ifan in the film of his life, Howard Marks is headlining our comedy stage on Saturday night. He’s traveled around the world and met some of the most powerful people alive, worked with the British Secret Service and has been connected with the Mafia, the IRA, MI6 and the CIA. The Daily Mail coined him ‘the most sophisticated drugs baron of all time’, His one man comedy show which premiered in 1997 discussed his life as a smuggler and drug legislation to rave reviews. Still selling out, the show is compelling, interesting and one of a kind.
Our Australian Friday night headliner has been on the comedy circuit for two decades, with years of experience he was awarded for the best live comedy show in 2007. He is a cult comic with a unique and controversial set. If you are prepared to hear exactly what this staggeringly honest comedian has to say then settle down and get slightly uncomfortable. “The most jaw-droppingly awkward, painful, yet ultimately rewarding piece of stand-up we’ve ever seen” – Time Out London.
What do you get when you cross yoga with a 6ft 7inch tall man from Macclesfield? The answer: A remarkable flair for flatulence and the birth of Mr. Methane! When practicing the Lotus Position in his teens Paul Oldfield (aka Mr. Methane) discovered a unique way of inhaling and exhaling from both ends, now you get to join us in The Laughing Stock where in the style of the infamous 19th century French Vaudevillian Le Pétomane Mr Methane will have you singing along to his musical repertoire in awe! Described by Simon Cowell (booo!) as a “disgusting Creature” on his performance for Britain’s Got Talent, we would rather listen to Howard Stern “Flatulence is very much the international language”
Star of a brand new series for Radio 2.”Ian D Montfort, is a spookily skilful, wonderfully observed and hysterically funny character who contacts dead celebrities with incredible results. A monster hit at the Edinburgh Fringe” TIME OUT ★★★★★
Top Ten Fosters Comedy God, Best Established Comedian Nomination Adelaide Fringe 2010, Chortle Top 50 Most Memorable Gigs of the Decade 2000-2010. “For simple laugh-’til you ache humour, Ivan Brackenbury is the hit of the Fringe” THE EVENING STANDARD ★★★★
Our host for Laughing Stock 2013, is Rock & Roll Tour manager turned Award Winning Comedian Bob Slayer. Classic Rock called him“Infamous for antics wilder than the acts he has looked after (Snoop Dogg, Electric Eel Shock, Bloodhound Gang etc)” He has performed in Comedy Clubs, Festivals and Breweries all over the world. “Bob Slayer is one of the genuine alternative comedians” The Guardian
One of the UK’s most popular and in-demand comedians. Truly the comedians comedian Martin is the support act of choice for Frankie Boyle, Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jasper Carrot, Patrick Kielty, Johnny Vegas, Steve Coogan and once Tina Turner: “Martin is the act that has influenced me the most, the UK comedy circuit would not be the same without him.” Frankie Boyle.
Stand-up legend and Red Dwarf star. “Few comedians inhabit their stage persona as completely as Lovett does his. In other words, it’s not an act: the man really is funny” (Scotsman).
Co-founder and co-editor of the British comic magazine Viz. Meet the outrageous comedy creations that have taken Donald’s character creativity from page to stage…
Lach is a true counter culture legend. The originator of a genre of music known as Antifolk, his sound and long running New York club became the inspiration for many artists such as Beck, The Moldy Peaches, Jeff Lewis, Hamell On Trial, Michelle Shocked and countless others.
Joey Page has spent the last few years bouncing 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. “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
Holly is a stand up and character comedian like no other. Her comedy is endlessly inventive, relentlessly uncompromising and totally unforgettable. This is silly and exciting renegade character comedy that breaks all the rules whilst making you laugh hard.
Joint winner of the 2011 Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year title, meet the eccentric Mr Target. To prepare for his show, you must, in his own words ‘adjust your mental filters for something a little bit different and rather beautiful.
Joz Norris is regarded as one of the most promising and exciting emerging character comics currently working on the circuit. Norris’s characters breathe life as daft, adventurous and fiendishly clever. At times ridiculous, often shambolic, but all of them brimming with fresh ideas and razor-sharp hilarity.
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.
Regular contributor to the Whats Not comedy podcast which features some of the best new comedians in the UK, frequently seen on the London circuit and star of Matthew Kelly: The Musical, where he bagged the lead role, Karl Schultz is a man of many talents and one who is not afraid to make his audience squirm.
Paul Duncan McGarity has a high energy, story telling, comedic style which goes down well with all age groups.With a background in improv comedy, he has done sets at Secret Garden Party and Earls Court Community Festival and was part of the critically acclaimed Dead Man in a Box Troupe.
Described by Chortles Steve Bennett as “An engaging storyteller with a head for witty fantasy” and as “an orgy of the odd” by Broadway Baby, Matthew Highton’s brand of daring, weird comedy is ensuring big things for him in the future.
Beth Vyse actually trained as an actress and has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company. But she is no one trick pony, she believes you can find the funny in any role you play. She founded comedy duo Morris and Vyse in 2009 and went on to run a comedy night called The Sketchy Collective. Her sets are described by Snipe, London as ‘comic anarchy’.
Whimsically meaningful, colourful, innovative comedy. About how science can be used to improve both love and politics. Edutainment at ts best. “Constantly surprising” ***** (Fringe Biscuit)
Joe’s combination of surrealism, silliness and love for potatoes is pure comedy gold, there is never a dull moment with this nutty Herefordian.
If you stumble across Gary’s set you will be hit with a fantastic stream of sharp one-liners. He is a regular on BBC’s Mock the Week and has won two Sony’s for his work on Kerrang radio. In 2011 he won a Chortle Award for his Twitter feed, so to get you warmed up for this witty chap I suggest you follow him. “Expect a cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns from this master of the one-liner, a craftsman to be ranked along with likes of Tim Vine and Milton Jones” – The Guardian
PLEASE NOTE: Programming in the comedy tent could contain profanity and graphic imagery.
Also featuring -
Hank Wangford has been the doyen of British Country Music for over 3 decades. He has written his way into the hearts and minds of his vast public in songs, TV series and books. Hank continues to plough his village hall furrow in search of the smallest hall in England, bringing songs and misery from the dark underbelly of Country. Now he has changed partners and is out on the road with old saddle pal Brad Breath, the man who brought the world his classic Glimpse of Gloom. Laughter and pain are both sides of the same tear stained coin. Come and see why.
Luton New Act of The Year 2012 ‘fearlessly weird and completely whacky, he takes comedy to new heights’ (TNT Comedy)
Paul Ricketts keeps audiences enthralled with tales of madness interwoven with sharp observations on life.
A young lady clad with a love of all thing surreal. Armed with her trusty ukulele, Liberty exposes her innermost thoughts via comedy and song.
This cheeky chap may lull you into a false sense of security, but don’t be fooled. This comedy is ‘not suitable for the easily offended’ (Comedy Caster)
After hours Laughing Stock turns into a debaucherous delight of all things Electro Swing and Soul. Don your skinny tie and prepare to show off your smooth moves in Speakeasy Bordello to some of the finest swing acts The Hidden Valley can muster.