Published: 08:00, 03 September 2012
A stellar line-up of comedians is coming to Kent this autumn. Kieran Watkins reports on the side-splitting humour on show.
Name: Al Murray
Best known joke: “We do not go in for philosophy in this country. We have our own system. It’s called wondering.”
Interesting fact: In 2011 Al, along with fellow comedians Stephen Fry, Frank Skinner and Jimmy Carr, was the face of his very own flavour of Walkers Crisps, Steak and Al Pie.
Career high: Winning a British Comedy Award for his comedy chatshow Al Murray’s Happy Hour in 2007.
Career low: He caused controversy earlier on in his career by playing a gay Nazi character in 1999.
Dates: The Only Way is Epic: Thursday, September 27, Orchard Theatre, Dartford – Friday, September 28, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
Name: Alan Davies
Best known joke: “There’s a lot to do when you’re a kid, spiders to catch, girls to poke in the eye, stuff to be getting on with.”
Interesting fact: Alan graduated in 1988 at the University of Kent with a drama degree, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 2003.
Career high: Landing the lead in the BBC hit series Jonathan Creek in 1997.
Career low: Being condemned for comments he made recently regarding the anniversary of Hillsborough and Liverpool Football Club.
Dates: Life is Pain tour: Thursday, September 13, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells – Tuesday, October 2, Orchard Theatre, Dartford – Thursday, November 22, Central Theatre, Chatham.
Name: Ross Noble
Best known joke: “That’s the thing, in a deaf class, no-one can hear you scream.”
Interesting fact: A keen biker and off-roader, Ross can often be found attending events at the Brands Hatch circuit. Career high: Listed 10th on the list of 100 greatest stand-up comedians.
Career low: Being criticised for laughing at a disabled man’s laugh during a comedy tour.
Dates: Mindblender tour: Tuesday, October 2, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
Name: Mark Watson
Best known joke: “I saw a poster for Mission Impossible III the other day. I thought to myself , it’s not really impossible if he’s already done it twice.”
Interesting fact: When first starting out on the comedy circuit, Mark put on a Welsh accent because it was “more comfortable to be talking in a voice that I didn’t quite recognise as my own.”
Career high: Appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe eight times in the last decade, being nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2005.
Career low: Launching an attack on fellow comedian Frankie Boyle, which resulted in a bitter feud between the pair following jokes made by Boyle regarding Down’s Syndrome.
Dates: Wednesday, October 31, Gulbenkian, Canterbury.
Name: Rhod Gilbert
Best known joke: “In the Bible, God made it rain for 40 days and 40 nights. That’s a pretty good summer for Wales. That’s a hosepipe ban waiting to happen.”
Interesting fact: Was crowned Wales Sexiest Man in 2010.
Career high: Winner of the 2003 BBC New Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which launched him in the UK.
Career low: Having faced criticism from fans and trollers, Rhod was forced to hand-over his Facebook page to his agent after describing comments made by trollers as “distressing.”
Dates: The Man with the Flaming Battenburg Tattoo tour: Monday 24, Tuesday, September 25, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells – Wednesday, September 26, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone – Tuesday, October 9, Central Theatre, Chatham.
Name: Stewart Francis
Best known joke: “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks,” (which won him Dave’s funniest joke award for this year’s Edinburge Fringe Festival.)
Interesting fact: Despite coming from Canada, both Stewart’s parents are British.
Career high: After a successful appearance on Mock the Week, he was asked three more times to appear on the show in just one series.
Career low: Losing two celebrity specials of Mastermind.
Dates: Outstanding in his Field: Saturday, September 22, Winter Gardens, Margate.
Name: Jimmy Carr
Best known joke: “Once I was doing a sponsored walk. In the end I managed to raise so much money, I could afford a taxi.”
Interesting fact: His flirting with Ann Widdecombe on Have I Got News For You led to the former Conservative MP vowing never to return to the programme, calling his wit a “barrage of filth.”
Career high: As well as hosting many prime time shows on Channel 4, Jimmy Carr also toured with US band The Killers in 2009.
Career low: Aside from THAT tax scandal, being criticised by several Sunday papers for jokes regarding British servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan who had lost their limbs in battle.
Dates: Gagging Order tour: Tuesday, August 14, Orchard Theatre, Dartford – Tuesday, November 13, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.