Latton Park: Harlow Comedy Club set to return
Entertainment / Mon 20th Sep 2021 at 09:11am
THE HARLOW Comedy Club is set to return on Friday September 24th.
Tickets are £10 in advance (stbf), or £12 on the door!
If they sell out online there will not be any tickets available on the door, they will try to update on Facebook page on Friday to confirm if this is the case.
Roger Monkhouse is one of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. A highly original and quirky performer, Roger’s trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit.
Supremely confident, with audience banter down to an art form, Roger is happy to improvise freely but has no shortage of first class material in his armoury. A master of observational comedy with a routine that is universally and unfailingly hysterical. Distinguished as a comic by his eloquence and keen eye for a fine phrase, Roger’s easy observational style is spiked by the signal flares of an accomplished gag writer. All this has made him a sought after compere and headliner across the UK and internationally.
Television credits include ‘The Comedy Store’ (Paramount), ‘The World Stands Up’ (Paramount), ‘My God I’m My Dad’ (Bravo) and ‘Street Cred Sudoku’ (UKG2). He is one of the regular writers on Channel 4’s hugely popular comedy panel show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’. On the airwaves, he has been a guest panellist on comedy panel show ‘Jest A Minute’ (BBC Radio Wales) as well as contributing to review show ‘Serious About Comedy’ (BBC7).A fine topical writer and performer, Roger is a regular member of the prestigious and critically acclaimed ‘Cutting Edge’ team at the London Comedy Store.
He also performed with the Manchester based topical and satirical team ‘MEN at Work’ at the Manchester Comedy Store.His forte is delivering intelligent, thought provoking material that pulls no punches and is always incisive, relevant and up to date.
Having worked as an illustrator, animator and short-film maker, life-long Monty Python nerd and official giant, Darren Walsh decided to try his hand at Stand-up in 2010, using props and strange sound effects he’d made in his bedroom.
Singing in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice and playing on a miniature keyboard (or Arnieoke), he would fill the gaps in between songs with a 1-liner here and there. This opened the floodgates and several years on Darren has written 3192 more.
A year after starting, Darren received the bronze medal at the Laughing Horse New Act new act of the year. In 2012 he was listed in Timeout’s printed edition as ‘One to Watch’, later that year going on to win the 2012 Luton Comedian of the year.
In 2013, Darren was again awarded a bronze medal at the NATYs, and then later that year won the very first Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of the year.In 2014, Darren became the UK’s first Pun Champion, which led to a book deal with the UK’s biggest publisher, Random House/Penguin. Cheep Laughs features over 1000 of his cartoons and gags. Later that year Darren flew to Texas to compete in the World Pun Championships, dressed as a chicken and baffling the locals with his strange British accent.In 2015, Darren took his debut hour show to the Fringe and was listed by Timeout as their Top 12 Newcomers to see that year.
He was also invited by the BBC to perform as part of their BBC Presents’ showcase. His show, PUNDERBOLT made the top 10 joke list’s of the Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror and Independent before finally going on to win Dave’s Funniest Joke of the fringe.After the Fringe, Darren was invited by the BBC once more to appear in their iWonder series for iPlayer.
Later that year, Seafood Week asked him to represent them as their official ambassador for Fish Pun Day, appearing on dozens of local BBC radio stations. But due to miscommunication, the radio DJs thought he was a ‘Fish’ expert, soon realising he wasn’t after listening to him speak in fish puns.
Towards the end of 2015, Darren created the London Punderground which went viral on social media, he was also asked by the Metro to review Gold’s cracker joke entries. In 2016 he was asked by Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival to help them promote their new Uk Pun Day initiative, appearing on various BBC Radio stations, except this time the Djs were fully briefed
!In 2018 he performed his 3rd show, MASSIVE PUNT, at the Fringe where he took audiences on a round-the-world flight. The following year he took his 4th show, PUNIMAL FARM, to the Fringe.Darren has appeared on ITV’s Out There, a new pilot format which lifts comics out of the comedy club and plonks them in real-life situations. “Punbelievable!” ***** – The Mirror.
Adam Bloom is one of Britain’s most inventive comedians. He has performed sell-out solo shows at countless Edinburgh Festivals, as well as performing a sell-out tour of Britain. He has also sold out theatres at festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Cape Town. In July ’13, Adam made his fifth appearance at ‘Just For Laughs’ in Montreal, including being part of 2004 ‘Just For Laughs Comedy Tour’, playing to 42,000 people in 17 cities across Canada.
He has also written three series of ‘The Problem with Adam Bloom’ for BBC Radio 4.Adam was 18 months old when his parents nicknamed him The Voice. When he was 10, he told them he was going to be a comedian. By the age of 23, he was.
Two years later, he had appeared on the BBC TV’s The Stand Up Show, starred alongside Red Dwarf’s Norman Lovett in Asylum and featured in a six part comedy drama on the Paramount Comedy Channel.From the moment he set foot on the circuit, he stunned the industry with his rapid rise. This included producing countless sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, breaking box office records at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a first visit and performing a sell-out UK tour, all within his first five years. All this has brought constant requests for shows, not only in the UK and Australia, but also across the world. Adam Bloom is in huge demand. In 2012 he was nominated as Best Club Comic in the Chortle Awards.
In 1997 he performed stand-up slots on ‘The Comedy Network’ (Paramount Channel), ‘All Over The Shop’ (BBC TV), and ‘Live At Jongleurs 2 and 4’ (UK Gold). He also appeared on Ch5’s ‘Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment’.Adam performed his first sell-out solo show at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival, quickly followed by the simply titled Adam Bloom Show in 1997.
In July 1998 Adam appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival, performing his routine as part of the Britcom Show, and followed this with a return to Edinburgh. 1998 rates as one of Adam’s most successful Edinburgh Festival to date, as not only was he one of the comics featured on Edinburgh or Bust for Ch4, but he also won the ‘Polygram Punter Comedy Award’ for his show!No stranger to awards during this year, Adam also won the Time Out Award for Best Stand-up.
1998 saw TV appearances in shows such as BBC TV’s ‘The Stand-up Show’, on UK Play, as Berk a maniac TV presenter on ‘The Young Persons Guide to Becoming a Rock Star’, he appeared on ‘Stop The World’ (BBC) and was a guest on ‘The Jack Docherty Show’ on Ch5.This year Adam returned as a guest on The Jack Docherty Show and also featured on ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ on BBC. 1999 proved to be another blooming great year for Adam, marking his debut at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. His stand-up received an extremely warm reception and rave reviews in the press. He was nominated for the Stella Artois award in this year.Other appearances in 1999 included the Dutch TV show The Comedy Factory and the Kilkenny Comedy Festival.
Adam made a welcome return to the summer’s Edinburgh Festival and his own television special ‘Adam Bloom Beyond a Joke’ was televised as part of Ch4’s Comedy Lab series. He recorded another series as one of the team captains on the successful comedy quiz ‘Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment’ on Ch5, enjoyed a very successful set with Sydney Comedy Festival, and appeared as a roving stand up for SKY TV’s ‘Apocalypse Tube’, which was broadcast as part of Ch4’s millennium night celebrations.More recent TV appearances include ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC2), ‘Edinburgh Nights’ (BBC2), ‘Head On Comedy’ (BBC1), ‘Comedy Lab’ (Channel 4), ‘Comedy World Tour’ (Comedy Central), ‘The World Stands Up’ (Comedy Central) and ‘The Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central).
His originality and speed of thought has also resulted in him being hired to write for numerous TV & radio shows – including three series of ‘The Problem with Adam Bloom’ for BBC Radio 4 – as well as writing for over 20 other comedians and personalities, even writing award acceptance speeches.He is an immensely versatile artist who likes to attune his comedy to his audience, often working his sets around the immediate crowd or subjects that come up spontaneously.
This particular talent has made him as popular for corporate events as he is for headlining at clubs around the county. He performs at dozens of company and private events every year with glowing reviews.“