Comedy at the Oxjam Takeover
We’re really excited to announce the line-up of our exclusive comedy stage at this years Takeover Festival on Sunday 21st October.
Whether you’re crackers for comedy or just fancy taking a break from our amazing selection of bands, make sure to pop over to St Dom’s Catholic Club from 5pm to, check out some of the best local comedians, entertainers and impressionists.
Comedian, train enthusiast and winner of the prestigious ‘2010 Hilarity Bites New Act Of The Year’. Don’t let the fact that Andy Fury got into comedy “out of sheer boredom” put you off; his dark and self-depreciative yet frankly hilarious humour has seem him become a huge name on the north east comedy circuit, performing with the likes of Sarah Millican and John Bishop.
Fresh from a performance at the NewcastleGateshead Comedy festival, David Hadingham will captivate the audience with his unique combination of facial contortions and handmade gags, executed with his distinctive husky voice. Highly regarded in the comedy circuit, he was once described by Ed Byrne as ‘the most under rated comedian working in Britain’.
Whale began his stand up career whilst studying at university in Edinburgh, and quickly became a regular on the Edinburgh and Glasgow comedy scene. He has performed twice for BBC Comedy Presents, and is renowned for his deadpan delivery of dry humour.
George travelled from his home in Greece to study in Newcastle. After completing his degree, he was claimed by the north east, and went on to carve out a successful comedy career. A regular at local comedy haunt The Stand, expect giggles at George’s expense as he recounts the difficulties of being a Greek in Geordie land.
Lee Ridley, or Lost-Voice Guy as he is known on the circuit, doesn’t let his cerebral palsy get in the way of his dream of being a stand up comedian. Because he lost his voice due to his disability, Lee is the first (he thinks!) stand up to use a communication aid to deliver his material. Armed with his trusty iPad and a wealth of priceless jokes, expect sore sides by the time he leaves the stage.
Cal Halbert is known for bringing his youthful and enthusiastic energy to any stage he takes to. His unique style incorporates uncanny celebrity impressions into his fresh comedy routine. You might recognise Cal from his stint on ITVs’ ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ where he achieved an impressive 3 yes’. Make that 4, as it’s a yes from the Oxjam team too!
Anvil is one of the more well seasoned performers on the bill, having been in the business for over 20 years. After leaving school in Liverpool with no formal qualifications and spending several years at sea before attending university as a mature student, Anvil has a wealth of stories from his background to deliver in his typical black humour manner.
Local lad Lee is relatively new to the comedy scene but is impressing audiences with his mix of carefully considered material and outright surrealism. A geography enthusiast who is known for bringing flags and various other props to his shows, prepare for a geography lesson like never before. Since taking to the stage in November 2009, he has been named as Gigglebeats.co.uk best new act 2010, Big Owl New Act of 2011 and finished runner-up in Laughing Penguins New Act competition 2010 and Flix New Act competition 2011.
Check back soon for running order and set times.
N.B Oxjam accepts no responsibility for streams of tears, split sides and humiliation of those who brave the front row.