Spring tips for truffle-hunting independent comedy in Bristol

Spring tips for truffle-hunting independent comedy in Brizzle

Good news, comedy fans! It’s Spring for comedians, testing out new material before they head up to their northern mating grounds in Edinburgh. This means you can see some incredible comedians at your local venues, trying out never-before-seen jokes (that possibly never may be seen again). It’s truffle-hunting time!

So the daffodils are flowering, we all ate too much chocolate over Easter and now it’s light at 8pm (WTF?) so it’s time to ‘get out of the house’ people. GET OUT. Go to a pub, a dingy basement, a bandstand or a bus stop and appreciate the flowering (see what we did there…) of new comedy.

We’re so happy to see more and more of you guys turning out to see comedy you’d not heard of before. We’re passionate about bringing more and more people to the best local gigs, so please keep spreading the word.

Here’s a round up of some of best gigs ahead in April and May. But to stay well ahead, sign up for our spam-free weekly mailout, which will deliveroo the best comedy takeaway right into your inbox. Nom nom nom.


1. Chris Betts and Bishka K Ali – Thursday 5th April

Hailing from West London and ping-ponging between cultures has left Bisha with no choice but to stand up and laugh about her strict and strange upbringing. A storyteller, Bisha touches on topics including race, religion, science and family. Her laid-back charm, along with her ability to surprise and delight audiences took her to the Final of the 2013 Funny Women Awards within a year of her first gig.

Chris Betts’ mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. His shows are a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness. He has a style that is equal parts confident, thoughtful, ridiculous and mischievous. Betts began his comedy career in Montreal, Canada and has since performed all across Europe and North America. He has made appearances at comedy festivals all over the world including Edinburgh Festival Fringe, SXSW and the Zulu Comedy Festival.

Catch them both at the Lazy Dog on Thursday 5th April. For tickets and more head to: https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/how-lazy-is-he-with-bisha-k-ali-and-chris-betts/



2. Tiff Stevenson – Friday 6th April

Critically acclaimed stand-up Tiff Stevenson, who you may know from Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and the BAFTA nominated People Just Do Nothing, or your dreams, she’s definitely been there.

Some say she oscillates wildly between Sylvia Plath and Beyonce, like Belva Lockwood fused with your drunken aunt. Tiff says she’s very funny and a right old smarty-pants. She also says she’s very, very, very modest.

Get tickets before they sell out: https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/friday-night-comedy/


3. Lou Conran – Wednesday 11th April

Described by comedy Godmother Sarah Millican herself as “Naturally funny” Lou has been tearing up the scene for years with her relaxed, friendly and masterful stage presence. She’s only here for one night, so snap up a ticket while you can!

Praise for Lou:
★★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide
★★★★ ­– The Scotsman
★★★★– Chortle
★★★★– Broadway Baby
★★★★ – One4review

Find out more: https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/bubble-comedy-presents-lou-conran/


4. Harriet Kemsley – Thursday 19th April

Harriet’s talked on a stage all over the world – at places like The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Oslo Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal. She has also supported some of her heroes on their nationwide tours, like Katherine Ryan, Stephen Merchant and Isy Suttie.

Credits include; Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, The Radio1 Comedy Lounge, BBC3 Comedy Marathon, The One Show Edinburgh Special and Kevin Hart’s LOL Live.

‘A quirky, refreshingly charming comedian at the dawn of her TV Career,’ The Radio Times.

‘You can feel the funny bubbling up inside her…And it is joyful.’ Kate Copstick, The Scotsman.

Get involved: https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/new-material-with-harriet-kemsley/


5. Wil Hodgson – Friday 20th April

Wil is one of the most original comedians on the circuit. He a highly articulate performer and his material tends towards the autobiographical rather than straight observation. This former skinhead, punk and professional wrestler regales us with takes of anti-fascism, small town prejudice and his passions in life – big women and care bears.

“Consistently generates some of the most fascinating material around” Guardian

Get tickets while you still can: https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/friday-night-comedy-7/


6. Bridget Christie – Saturday 28th April

Brexit. Trump. Nuclear apocalypse. Environmental catastrophe. Is rolling news affecting your ability to enjoy the simple things? Like baking, gardening and autoerotic asphyxiation?

This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you. Join Bridget Christie (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair.

Get tickets for Bridget’s show here: https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/bridget-christie-what-now/


7. The Death Hilarious – Monday 3rd May

Alert the cosmologists. A new source of dark matter has been found, and it’s in the Pleasance Attic.

Sinister and with a barely contained aggression, The Death Hilarious combine a creepy physicality with a twisted sense of humour, then deliver with full-tilt performance that ratchets up the tension before releasing it with a grim gag.

The Death Hilarious are a bold and unique new voice in comedy. Even if it is the sort of voice that leaves a chilling, whispered ‘I know where you live’ on your voicemail

Find out more: https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/new-material-with-the-death-hilarious/


8. Mat Ewins and Adam Hess – Thursday 17th May

This will be a very special gig, our usual diverse line up.
To close not one, but two comedy legends,
Matt Ewins and Adam Hess

Matt Ewins
“[A] cracking hour of nonsense comedy [elevated] into something else: a declaration of independence from serious-mindedness; a hymn to doodling, daftness and the imagination unplugged. It’s a blast.” Guardian
“Nothing this Fringe has made me laugh more” Times
“I laughed more in this show than in many this Fringe” Independent
“Refused to explain where the rest of the cast were, merely claiming they were dead” ThreeWeeks

Adam Hess

Adam is a stand-up comedian, actor, TV writer and general cheeky-guy from London.

He can’t imagine the queen with wet hair and he finds it hard to get his head around the fact that his cat has a grandad but he is keeping an open mind. A woman in a car park in Gibraltar once granted him a wish when he was 6 and he wished that he could fly. Nothing yet but he won’t give up dreaming. That’s kind of what Adam is all about xox

‘For good quality gags per minute, there is no better comedian’

For tickets, head to https://www.comedykettle.co.uk/event/new-material-with-matt-ewins-and-adam-hess/