Three of the UK's funniest Pro Comedians will perform cutting edge stand up. Many of the acts you will recognise from TV.
Duncan Oakley has been a musician since the age of six, has performed on the UK comedy circuit since 1999, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on BBC Radio 4 and at many summer festivals as well as starring in Beat24's feature film 'Frontman' and short film 'Read Between the Signs' With musical skills that would easily fit into many rock bands Duncan Oakley performs an infectious mix of musical comedy and stand up with one of his trusty guitars - Maurice (Fender Strat), No.7 (acoustic) or his Les Paul (the Lezza) by his side. With an eye and ear for the silly, rude, playful and downright irritating occurrences of life Duncan musters up songs that not only make you laugh, they bury into the recesses of your mind and find you a humming tune with a smile on your face 3 days later, confused and wondering where it’s come from. Welcome to the world of Duncan Oakley. 'Leaping between stupidity and pure brilliance' Yorkshire Evening Post 'Unlike some musical comics who rely on a guitar to get them through, Oakley's routine deftly mixes the tunes with the stand-up' - City Life
Ava Vidal is a cool and composed performer with an intriguing past. She was a teenage mum, she earned a living as a prison officer before turning to stand-up, a move inspired by watching Chris Rock. Ava became a mother at 18, and spent five years as a prison guard at Pentonville. A chance viewing of a Chris Rock routine inspired her to pursue a career in comedy, and she quickly became a fixture of the stand-up circuit. Ava Vidal juggles motherhood with a hectic schedule of club dates and TV appearances, both as a comedian and a commentator. Critically judged as 'a face of the future', Ava performs in the UK, America, Canada and Australia, and is an occasional journalist. Ava Vidal has become a regular presence on television since she turned heads as the BBC New Comedy Awards' only female finalist in the very first year of her career. She has appeared on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Comedy Central's The World Stands Up, Edinburgh and Beyond and C4 reality show Kings of Comedy. Ava was the subject of the documentary From the Top, detailing her background and development as a comedian. As a commentator, Ava has contributed to The Wright Stuff, Daybreak, ITN News and BBC World Have Your Say. She has written for The Independent and The Guardian, and has used racist abuse directed at her as fuel for her acclaimed solo stand-up show. In a less serious vein, she has also appeared on 'a couple of Top 100 shows where people like me who have achieved nothing get to comment on more successful people that have made a few mistakes.' 'Well-structured, well written and skilfully delivered' - The Scotsman 'Effective laughs from a position not often heard... Juggles the profound and the irreverent rapidly alternating between the two.' Chortle 'Stand-up with a harsh, dark edge, a refreshing change from all the feel-good crap.' Melbourne Age Tony Wickenden Vino Preston’s very own funnyman.
Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage. “A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester “Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events “Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website “Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 'Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some of the same letters as my name'. Tim Vine