Top stand up for comedy take over

•  Hooma Comedy Club are presenting a take over night on the Friday of Norwich Fringe Festival 2021
• Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 takes place 18th – 22nd March
• Pay-what-you-can day tickets on sale

Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 marks the return of the city’s popular festival after 6 years and alongside new theatre, music and an arts showcase, comedy sits snuggly in amongst the 4-day programme.

Norwich’s own Hooma Comedy Club have taken the role of Associate Producer for Comedy this year which includes presenting their own Friday night takeover on 19th March with an impressive line-up of stand up.

Ciara Jack, one of the region’s most informed comics, is a real pro at taking big topics and turning them into comedy gold. Colin Daniels, is one half of Norwich’s favourite double act. Colin and his guide dog Woodie can see the funny side in almost anything and no topic is out of reach. With infectious energy, Tom Alban crashes on the stage like a big talented labrador wanting please his master, you the audience.

A cornerstone of East Anglia’s comedy circuit, Jason Stampe is the founder and resident MC at Big Deal Comedy Club. Jason brings his life experiences to the stage and often regals audiences of tale from the growing up on the mean streets of Cambridge. Louie Green is one of the region’s rising stars and has recently shared the stage with big TV names such as Rhys James (Mock the Week) and Tanyalee Davis (Live at the Apollo).

More comedy names also top the bill on the Thursday night with Nelson Gombakomba, with his new show called Colours. Nelson is based in Norwich and has performed all over the country including the Comedy Store in London. Last year he was a finalist in the prestigious Amused Moose New Act Competition.

Acclaimed stand-up comic Meryl O’Rourke revels in her bitterness. She supported Frankie Boyle for part of his last tour and is an acclaimed writer for television. Elliot Simpson will be presenting his show (A)sexy and I Know it late night on the Thursday, promising tales of gender, stakes, queerness and cakes.

Martin Westgate of Hooma Comedy Club, also Associate Producer for Comedy, said:
“Hooma Comedy Club are very excited to be part of Norwich Fringe Festival this year. We presented a series of outdoor comedy gigs last year in the city and it’s great to be working with the Fringe to get performance online and into people’s homes, amongst such a great variety of shows and acts.”

Joseph Ballard, director of Norwich Fringe said:
“We’ve a great line-up of comedy in this year’s festival. Stand-up has an important place within any fringe festival – it’s the chance to try out new material and reach different audiences, just like the new theatre and music that’s also part of the 4 days. After the past year I think we could all do with a good laugh and we’ll be in great company to do so!” Norwich Fringe Festival 2021 will take place 18th to 22nd March with a varied programme of shows and projects form theatre to comedy, art and music, all streamed via an online TV channel. Norwich Fringe last took place 6 years ago, and this year has a whole new team behind it.

The 4-day Fringe Festival will stream 4pm to 10pm each day that can be accessed by purchasing day tickets, sold on a pay-what-you-can approach ranging from £4-9. Shows will be broadcast live from a pop-up TV studio, live from performer’s homes or pre-recorded.

Norwich Fringe has been supported using public funding from Arts Council England and is also supported by Joseph Ballard’s own theatre company New Stages.

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