Jimmy McGhie

Jimmy is a top comedy circuit act in the UK, as well as a highly sought after corporate awards host and TV warm up artist.

Jimmy’s career was kick started in 2005 after reaching the finals of the prestigious ‘BBC New Talent’ competition and performed in the Amused Moose Hot Starlets Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival. He then began working full time as a stand-up comedian performing in theatres, clubs, arts centres and universities all over the country and abroad.

Performing stand up all over the world, Jimmy has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Comedy Central, ABC Australia, THREE New Zealand, Absolute Radio and many more.

Jimmy has performed 10 solo shows at festivals around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival and New Zealand International Comedy festival.

He took his first solo show, ‘Jimmy McGhie’s Northern Meeting’, to the Edinburgh Festival in 2009 receiving rave reviews and returned in 2010 with his solo show ‘Jimmy McGhie – The All-Powerful Warrior Who With His Endurance And Inflexible Will To Win Goes From Conquest To Conquest Leaving Fire In His Wake’. In 2011 Jimmy returned to the festival with the show ‘Jimmy McGhie – Artificial Intelligence’.

Chrissy Bray

Chrissy Bray is an accomplished comedic presenter with years of experience in television, radio, public and corporate functions. A talented improviser and versatile host, Chrissy is able to MC every style of occasion, from gala balls to intimate birthday parties and everything in between.

From hosting the 2010 World Cup Fan Fest at Darling Harbour, Sydney for over 20,000 people, to presenting live on Channel Ten, Chrissy Bray has a wealth of experience both in the corporate sector and in the entertainment industry.

Having been Australia’s only female warm up comedian in the cutthroat world of television, Chrissy honed her skills learning how to keep audiences enthralled with her sharp banter and natural charm.

Her vocal prowess and ability to engage audiences has seen Chrissy performing around the world alongside various DJs. From the Melbourne Cup and Formula One in Australia, to Love Box music festival in London to DISTRIKT at Burning Man festival in the USA, Chrissy’s passion for electronic music coupled with her magnetic stage presence has captured audience’s imaginations everywhere.

Now based in London, Chrissy manages her singing and presenting career in both the UK and Australia.

With several themes to suit any celebration, Chrissy’s curated experiences are highly adaptable and have been tried and tested with outstanding results in every scenario.

Zoe Lyons

Since emerging on to the stand-up scene in 2004, award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons has toured the world with her caustic shows.

Zoe graduated from the University of York in 1992 with a degree in Psychology. She took her first steps down the comedy path in 2003 after training as an actress at the Poor School in London. Zoe went on to win the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and her debut Edinburgh show was nominated for the if.comedy newcomer award. Since then, Zoe has toured the UK’s stand-up circuit, as well as playing regular gigs in London and Brighton.

In 2007, her debut solo show, “Fight or Flight”, was nominated for the best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2008, her second solo show, “Mangled Mantra of the Messed up Modern Mind”, featured a joke which was awarded digital television channel Dave’s Joke of the Fringe. Zoe’s television credits include appearances on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Paul O’Grady Show, The Wright Stuff (as a regular guest panelist) and Dave’s One Night Stand. She also has regular radio appearances which include: The Jon Richard Show and 4 Stands Up.

Zoe featured in The Independent’s tenth annual “Pink List” for 2009, detailing the 101 most influential lesbian and gay people in Britain.

Dominic Holland

Dominic Holland has been doing stand-up comedy since 1991 and has become one of the most regarded comedians of his generation.

Dominic has made countless TV appearances, recorded an award winning series for BBC Radio 4, and has published four novels and one non-fiction book, as well as writing umpteen articles and short stories. He is one of the country’s most respected comedians, playing regularly at The Comedy Store and Jongleurs and performing full length at theatres all over the country. Dominic’s material is what sets him apart, inoffensive and totally accessible to all, relying heavily on acute observations on all our lives. This material, combined with a very personable stage presence, always make his shows relaxing, intimate and hugely enjoyable.

Since becoming a professional comedian Dominic has performed five highly acclaimed sell out one-man shows at the Edinburgh Festival, winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 1993 followed by a Perrier Nomination at the 1996 Fringe. The Small World of Dominic Holland show for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in 2000, won a comic heritage award, a series he followed up with Holland’s Shorts. Dominic also co-wrote and appeared in the sitcom HAL which aired in the autumn of 2014.

His acting credits include Young Persons’ Guide to Becoming a Rock Star and the film Tube Tales. Dominic embarked on a writing career for the late Bob Monkhouse, On the Spot, BBC Radio 2’s What If sketch show and the BBC Clive Anderson series in which he also appeared, giving a comedic slant to the week’s news topics.

In addition, Dominic has made numerous guest appearances on such television shows as Have I Got News For You, The Clive James Show, The Brian Conley Show, The Des O’Connor Show, The Stand Up Show, Edinburgh Nights, Best of Edinburgh, The Royal Variety Show, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

The Sunday Times described him as ‘The UK’s master of observational comedy’ and the Daily Telegraph noted that ‘he is a top notch stand up who everyone should see’. Dominic’s personal favourite quote about himself was by the late Bob Monkhouse who called him ‘Britain’s funniest not yet famous comedian.’ Dominic is still working hard on the ‘not yet’ bit.

Neil Mullarkey

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Neil has been described by the Guardian as “one of the unsung heroes of modern comedy, not many can match his ability”.

Neil studied Economics, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. He was President of the comedy troupe the Cambridge Footlights (whose alumni include John Cleese, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson) and toured the UK and Australia.

Neil has performed in two double-acts, with Mike Myers and with Nick Hancock. In 1985 he co-founded the world-famous improvisers ‘The Comedy Store Players’ with Mike Myers. He still improvises with the Players most Wednesdays and Sundays at the Comedy Store in London.

Neil has numerous TV credits including ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’, ‘QI’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘Saturday Live’. He has acted in films, most notably ‘Leon the Pig Farmer’, ‘A Fistful of Fingers’ and ‘Solitaire for 2’ and appeared in theatre and radio.

Alongside his many and varied roles within the entertainment industry, Neil is highly accomplished in the field of management training, having run numerous workshops and hosted conferences for private and public organisations. Neil uses improvisational comedy as a metaphor and an interactive way to achieve learning and change in the corporate world. The themes he explores through improvisation, in which everyone takes part, range from communication and behavioural change to mind-set shift and sales techniques.

Patrick Monahan

Audience favourite Patrick blends a high energy comedy style with hilarious and engaging topical and observational material.

Known for working a room, Patrick is adored by his audiences with whom he makes an effortless connection. Since Patrick started performing stand-up he has had a meteoric rise up the comedy ladder. He is now a regular MC and headlining act at the top London and UK comedy clubs including the prestigious Jongleurs Circuit and the Comedy Store.

He has appeared on numerous Television shows from BBC1, 2, 3 to ITV1 and 2, C4, Channel 5, Sky 1 and UKTV, as a presenter, guest interviewee, panel member and performer. Currently much sought after as a regular TV & Studio warm up – on shows such as: BBC 1’s Bafta award winning ‘Friday Night Jonathan Ross’, “The Catherine Tate Show”, and “The Kumars at No.42”.

Patrick’s humour travels well. He not only engages the audience with charming banter about local affairs and universal issues, but also combines animated story telling style that draws on his own experiences of growing up in Teesside, (North East of England) of Irish and Iranian Parentage. A comedian with truly global appeal or as the Daily Telegraph puts it, “a one man ethnic melting pot, a star in the making”.

Pete Firman

Pete is recognised as the UK’s leading comedian/magician. He starred in BBC1’s prime-time Saturday night programme ‘The Magicians’.

His skill for fusing magic and comedy has made him one of the most in demand magicians working on British television, writing and performing in magic shows such as ‘Monkey Magic’ (FIVE), ‘Dirty Tricks’ and ‘Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular’ (Channel 4) and ‘The Secret World of Magic’ (Sky One).

He has also made dozens of guest appearances on programmes like ‘The One Show’, ‘The John Bishop Show’, ‘BBC Breakfast’, ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’, ‘Celebrity Mastermind’, Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong Live’, ‘Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford’, ‘This Morning’, ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live’, ‘Comedy Cuts’, ‘Saturday Live Again!’ and ‘Something For the Weekend’.

He is also an accomplished television presenter, having fronted the gameshows ‘Stakeout’ and ‘Wait For It’ for BBC1 and ‘The Body Shocking Show’ for E4.

‘Tricks To Freak Out Your Friends’ is Pete’s first book for the public. A beginners magic book for the 21st century. So successful was it in the UK, it was also released in the USA and is about to go into its second print run.

Pete has performed 9 years in a row at the ‘Edinburgh Comedy Festival’ as well as the ‘Just For Laughs Comedy Festival’ in Montreal, which is by invite only. He has toured the UK with 5 solo theatre shows, most recently ‘Trickster’ in 2014.

Richard Brimblecombe

Richard is an actor, facilitator and coach and has worked extensively in theatre, television and film.

On TV, he has appeared in everything from EastEnders to Red Dwarf and has the dubious honour of being in a Mr Kipling advert which had so many complaints, it was banned!

On film, he has worked with Ewan McGregor, Idris Elba and even played Brian Blessed’s son. He is a prolific voice over artist and work ranges from TV and radio campaigns for Saab and Aer Lingus, to voicing the subsidiary characters in Disney’s A Christmas Carol.

Before training as an actor Richard graduated in Estate Management and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He worked in commercial property investment in both the City and the West End, and still fancies himself as a small-time property developer.

Richard is an experienced personal coach, specialising in personal impact and helping people to maximise their potential. His approach is reactive, flexible and completely individual, building relationships based on integrity and trust. Richard has extensive experience with a wide cross section of organisations such as Shell, KPMG, Accenture, JDA Software, American Express and Herbert Smith, where work has included presentations skills and personal impact, storytelling, team building, coaching, influencing and interview technique.

He is an experienced large group facilitator but is equally comfortable coaching on a one to one basis.

He regularly co-facilitates with Alice Thorneycroft – they are a formidable double act!

Rod Woodward

Award-winning comedian Rod Woodward has been heralded as a young Bob Monkhouse, his material is witty, topical and superbly timed.

Rod is the son of eminent Welsh sports writer, Karl Woodward, who recently retired as the longest serving member of the national newspaper of Wales, The Western Mail. He had planned to follow his Dad and take up a career in the media but, when offered a job as a studio audience warm up man at HTV Wales, Rod took a year out from university to pursue his childhood ambition of becoming a professional comedian.

Since then Rod has been tipped for the comedy premiership by such luminaries as Peter Kay and the late Bob Monkhouse after winning the Best Newcomer to Variety Award. Having supported Paddy McGuinness and Russell Brand on tour, in 2008 he won the BBC 1 Wales comedy competition Funny Business. Rod has performed at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas ahead of Joe Calzaghe’s super fight with Bernard Hopkins and to celebrate Cardiff City reaching the FA Cup final, Rod wrote and performed comedy song ‘Do The Ayatollah’ backed by more than 100 Bluebirds fans. Set to the tune of the Macarena, it was a YouTube sensation and was featured on network radio and television shows, including Soccer AM and GMTV.

More recently he was invited to host Max Boyce’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Wales Millennium Centre and appeared on a St. David’s Day special on Welsh television.

The highlight of Rod’s career was being invited to perform at the London Palladium before William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the Royal Variety Performance.