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Al Murray
Al Murray

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

Age: 43

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

Age: 46

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.

Ross Noble
Ross Noble

Name: Ross Noble

Age: 35

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.

Mark Watson
Mark Watson

Name: Mark Watson

Age: 32

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.

Rhod Gilbert
Rhod Gilbert

Name: Rhod Gilbert

Age: 43

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.

Stewart Francis
Stewart Francis

Name: Stewart Francis

Age: 53

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.

Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr

Name: Jimmy Carr

Age: 39

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.

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