We kick off a new season of HA HA Hassocks with an October gig followed by a November date (Friday 10th)
We here at Purple Carrot Enterprises will be working with an up and coming talent Rob Thomas to bring new, old, improving and experienced acts into the surprising hotbed of critical appraisal that is the wider Hassocks comedy going public. Using Adastra Hall as a base, and mixing up the styles of comedy we can deliver hopefully trying out a few new things but continuing to involve as many other local businesses and individuals as possible to share the love (and work), and bring you all a jolly good time
Doors open 6.30pm – first Act 8pm
For our first new bill we offer you
Rob Thomas – Handling the compare duties for Saturday 7 October, and for the next one on Friday 10 November, is the up and coming goggle-eyed quirky man himself Rob Thomas. Rob works locally and is often seen on his bike looking dashing (i.e. windswept), and in control of all he surveys – just like his comic personna. Martin Mullaney, Cheeky Monkey Comedy: “What a great compere. His audience interaction was excellent and his gags were superb.” Evening Standard: “Rob Thomas whipped up the sober crowd with his jokes” Matt Forde: “Very funny, natural with refreshing warmth”
With Rob on our august October evening will be the comedic collective genius of
Gareth Richards: hilarious stand-up, silly jokes and gorgeously low-key comedy songs have made him an instant favourite on the comedy circuit. In 2010 he was nominated for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer. Gareth has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric (BBC3) and in January performed live on Radio 1 on two separate occasions.
Micky Overman: one of the most promising and exciting acts to hit the circuit in years. A bedrock of surgically sharp writing combined with a cool and confident delivery make her an exceptional comedian. Funny Women 2016 (Finalist). Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2016 (Finalist) Max Turner Prize 2016 (Winner)
“the most accomplished comedian on the bill…she has a keen comic mind.” – Chortle
Don Biswas: Here’s what Don has to say about himself. “…I have been performing stand-up comedy since mid 2007. My unique set combines both razor sharp one-liners, with humour about having Dyspraxia (organisation and coordination difficulties) and mild traits of Asperger’s Syndrome and the effect it has had on me, while coming from a middle class Indian family. Also thrown into the mix are quirky observational, political and topical humour.
and here’s what the critics have to say.
‘Don Biswas is a unique performer who boldly takes to the stage despite suffering from Dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome and Dyspraxia. A phenomenal gag teller with an engaging stage persona, Don Biswas shows all the signs of a truly great comic’. Hecklers Comedy Club: “Great gag writer’ Soho Comedy Club; ‘Great comic timing’ Monkey Business Comedy Club
and here he is on camera First gong show win
Andrew Lawrence: his dark, musical comedy landed him a place in the final of So You Think You’re Funny? in 2003, and won him the BBC New Act of the Year Competition the following year. His debut Edinburgh show in 2006 was nominated for the “if.comedy” best newcomer title, and his 2007 follow-up nominated for the main award.
More recently Andrew has become what is described “as a strange phenomenon of modern times [and has fostered] an edgy, rebellious image for adopting the exact-same reactionary tone of the government and most of the press”.
‘A natural-born contrarian’ (Telegraph). ‘It’s fearless. It’s funny. It’s full of really good jokes’ (BroadwayBaby.co.uk). ‘Brilliant practitioner of his craft, who knows just where to place words for effect, who makes his audience warm to him, and who raises many a laugh’ (Scotsgay). ‘Lawrence is superbly intelligent, highly articulate and deeply sour’ (Spectator).
Do you have someone (realistically mind) you’d really like to see performing in Hassocks at the Adastra over the next year? Drop us a line and you just never know..