The Comedy crate festival 2019
25 acts - 2 days - 3 stages
This year’s Comedy Crate Festival will be taking place on July 13 & 14th, held at The Charles Bradlaugh, The Black Prince and The Lamplighter (Saturday only). 25 acts over the Weekend. Tickets are now available. This is also the last ever Comedy Crate Festival so please join us for our big weekend of non-stop comedy!
Saturday 13th july
Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love
Charles Bradlaugh - 9:30pm - 13th July
Thus far, Paul has lived his life content in the understanding that stability and emotional happiness were lovely ideas but not really for him. Nonetheless, several decades of cheerfully bearing boozy witness to the narratives of others can slowly change a man. And so can a prosecco-fuelled Christmas. ‘This is what a good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Full of insight and delight. One of our most thoughtful and enjoyable comedians’ (Times). ‘Comedy gold. Every punchline feels fresh’ (Skinny).
Charles Bradlaugh - 8:00pm - 13th July
Edinburgh Comedy Award and double BAFTA-nominated professional idiot Spencer Jones is back with his brand-new show. The Things We Leave Behind is an absurd mash-up of comedy styles, mixing looped music, props, stand-up, turbo clowning and puppets for your eyes, ears and face. Star of the upcoming BBC series Mr Winner and The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk. 'One of the silliest, most consuming shows of the Fringe' ***** (Times). 'Unadulterated dumb genius' ****½ (Chortle.co.uk).
Tony Law: Identifies
Black Prince - 9:30pm - 13th July
Tony Law Identifies the elements and as Canadian, Trinidadian, Celt, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, guy, working class, and autodidact. This show is a comedy show and it is original and funnier than all the other shows in Edinburgh if you are smart and funny. Otherwise it's not if you are, for example, a dickhead. Otherwise. The best. 'Impeccable' (Times). 'Surreal genius' (Telegraph). Tony has appeared on Have I Got News For You, The Alternative Comedy Experience, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. **** (Guardian)
Mitch Benn: Ten Songs to Save the World
Black Prince - 8:00pm - 13th July
One broken world and ten funny songs to fix it. From BBC Radio 4's Now Show to his column in the New European, Mitch spreads insight and laughs in equal measure. Join the 'country's leading musical satirist' (Times) as, with six string in hand and a head full of silly rhymes, he identifies the problems and proposes (semi-serious) solutions. 'Undoubted skill as a musician and delightfully cutting wit' (One4Review.co.uk). 'He's Britain's answer to Tom Lehrer' (Swindonian). 'Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny' (Guardian).
Rhys James: Snitch
The Lamplighter - 9:30pm - 13th July
The boy from Mock the Week (BBC Two), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), The News Quiz and star of Rhys James Is... (BBC Radio 4) returns to Edinburgh. I'm not being hyperbolic when I, the editor of this website, tell you that Rhys James is my favourite comedian in the world. 'Sickeningly talented... never more than a few seconds away from another punchline' **** (Time Out). 'Very funny' **** (Scotsman). 'A cut above' **** (Independent).
Tom Houghton: That's What I Go to School for
The Lamplighter - 8:00pm - 13th July
Tom was sent to all-boys boarding school at age six. A world where ‘day kids’ are shunned and girls? None existent. But when, in his second last year the school decided to go co-ed, everything was to change. The total Fringe sell-out, star of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and ultra-privileged Tower of London resident, Tom Houghton lifts the controversial lid on the incubators responsible for producing many of our country’s leaders. With a little help from 00s pop sensation Busted.
Lucy Porter: Be Prepared
Charles Bradlaugh - 6:30pm - 13th July
Fringe favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show. At Brownies, Lucy thought she'd be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box and knew how to tie a fisherman's knot. Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on. 'A treat from start to finish' (Herald). 'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes... Genuinely delightful' (Telegraph). Recent TV appearances include Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she's a regular on Radio 4's News Quiz and The Now Show.
Black Prince - 6:30pm - 13th July
Phil Nichol is a truly unique performer. An acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician, there is no end to his talent! His skill as an improviser whether it be musical, comedy or straight is unparalleled.
As seen on The Graham Norton Show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Altitude Festival , Annually Retentive, The World Stands Up, Comedy Shuffle, and many more.
'Nichol is absolutely born to perform, and the show is brilliant' (The Skinny)
Kai Samra: Underclass
The Lamplighter - 6:30pm - 13th July
Award-winning stand-up comedian Kai Samra presents his hotly tipped debut hour. Join Kai as he hilariously dissects life as a young, working class, British Asian in the 21st Century – from police stop-and-searches to a complete lack of options at fancy dress parties. He reflects on personal stories of homelessness, the gentrification of the arts and the rise of right-wing politics in his home town. As seen/heard on ITV2, BBC Three, BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio 4’s Sketchtopia. ‘Slick and confident… A strong comic voice that tangentially addresses big issues' (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).
Yuriko Kotani: Somosomo
Charles Bradlaugh - 4:30pm - 13th July
They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but Yuriko has spent her life making sure she doesn't stick out. Born and raised in Japan, watch Yuriko walk the tightrope of cultural differences as she embraces her individuality with this hotly anticipated debut hour. BBC New Comedy Award winner 2015. Time Out's One to Watch. As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central and BBC Three's Pls Like. 'Left-field rising star' (Time Out).
President Obonjo: Goodbye Mr. President
Black Prince - 4:30pm - 13th July
A brief impactful journey of friendship between an English Man and an African President a story set in Modern Britain.
Sarah Keyworth: Pacific
The Lamplighter - 4:30pm - 13th July
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Newcomer and winner of the Herald Angel Award returns with a brand-new hour of comedy about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love. 'Powerful, poignant and achingly funny stuff' ***** (Herald). 'It's refreshing to see something so generous and outward-looking' (Chortle.co.uk).
Troy Hawke: Tiles of the Unexpected!
Charles Bradlaugh - 3:00pm - 13th July
Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland's false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of IKEA's link to the CIA. 'Clever, clean, hilarious' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au). 'Near perfection... character comedy at it's best' ***** (TheNewCurrent.co.uk). Perth Fringe World 2019 Best Comedy nominee, Perth Fringe World 2019 Weekly Comedy Award winner.
Catherine Bohart: Lemon
Black Prince - 3:00pm - 13th July
After 2018's 'funny, warm... perfectly structured debut' **** (Times), Catherine's back to smash stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships. As seen and heard on BBC Two's The Mash Report, Comedy Central's Roast Battle, E4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, ITV2's The Stand Up Sketch Show, Dave's Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast. 'Destined for stardom' (Evening Standard). 'A beautifully-delivered hour' **** (Skinny). 'Packed full of laughs' **** (Herald). 'A winning mixture of self-deprecation and confidence' **** (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).
Darren Harriott: Good Heart Yute
The Lamplighter - 3:00pm - 13th July
Best Newcomer Nominee Darren considers himself a good person. Now he's 30 and he's never been in love. It can't always be someone else's fault? Learning more about himself and realising maybe he's never actually been happy with who is, join Darren for his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out. From Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Don't Hate The Playaz, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Comedy Central's The Comedy Bus and Roast Battle.
Sunday 14th July
Marcel Lucont: No. Dix
Charles Bradlaugh - 9:30pm - 14th July
The Crate's favourite Frenchman returns with an exquisite new show and a live band (The Flaneurs) to abuse. Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase. 'Fresh, accessible, hilarious' (Guardian). 'Excellently dry' (Times). 'Comedy at its best' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). As seen on BBC1's The John Bishop Show, Sky Atlantic's Set List and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store.
Tom Stade: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Black Prince - 9:30pm - 14th July
All new material from prolific Canadian superstar. The kids have moved out and it's the dawn of a new era! Tom's embracing change with his usual spirit and vigour; he can draw lessons from the past but he'll be damned if he lives in it. What's coming is way better than what has gone! 30 years on the comedy frontline and this comedy legend remains as engaging and innovative as ever. 'Swagger of a rock star, charisma of a talk show host. Hilarious. See for yourself before the secret gets out' (Warrington Guardian).
Charles Bradlaugh - 8:00pm - 14th July
You may know him as 'comedy legend Lee Nelson' (Sun) or 'some unfunny pillock' (Deputy Prime Minister) who gave Theresa May a P45, but you definitely won’t know him as 'hilarious little Jew Simon Brodkin' (someone on Twitter). After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and world-famous stunts on Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedian unveils his funniest character yet… himself! Don’t miss Simon Brodkin’s highly-anticipated debut stand-up show. 'Hilarious' (List). 'Genius' (Independent). 'Get him out!' (Donald Trump).
Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy
Charles Bradlaugh - 6:30pm - 14th July
Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks, examines conduct (in the media, baby), mental health (other people's, I'm fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice. As seen/heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth, Ultimate Worrier and more. ‘A comedian who leaves you wanting more’ **** (Times).
Chris Washington: Raconteur
Charles Bradlaugh - 4:30pm - 14th July
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Chris returns with a brand-new show. If you like your comedy hard-hitting, boundary-pushing, genre-defying, jaw-dropping, eye-watering and Brexit-berating, then this is definitely not the show for you. However, if you fancy a laugh as a lad from Wigan tells you some funny stories for about an hour, buy a ticket and take the ride. As seen on Live from the BBC (BBC One). Jason Manford Tour Support. British Comedy Guide Recommended 2018. 'A mainstream comedy star in the making' (Chortle.co.uk).
Charles Bradlaugh - 3:00pm - 14th July
Winner of Amused Moose National New Comic and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year makes his Fringe debut after performing as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2018. Jack is one of the most exciting new stand-ups on the comedy circuit and has been seen performing at Latitude providing tour support for Lloyd Griffith. He is also the runner-up in 2017's Chortle Student Comedy Award. 'Wonderfully surreal visual and physical comedy' (TheArtsDesk.com). 'An absolute natural' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Laugh out Loud funny' (Scotsman).
Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist
Black Prince - 8:00pm - 14th July
Daliso shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent and has gone on to amass over 100 million YouTube views, write and star in his critically acclaimed Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere, and appear on The Apprentice: You're Fired, News Quiz and The Now Show. In his hilarious, daring new show, Daliso looks at disgraced, blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we're ashamed we once admired. There's also the small matter of family member arrests, exploding buildings in his home country and the enterprising Malawian who tried to blackmail him.
Paul McCaffrey: Lemon
Black Prince - 6:30pm - 14th July
In the last couple of years, Paul McCaffrey has performed to over half a million people while supporting his comedy heroes Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges on their UK tours, and has gone down an absolute storm. This year he is back at the festival with a hilarious new stand-up show. As seen on Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC3) and Stand Up Central (Comedy Central). 'McCaffrey is going to make it big any day now. Grab your chance to say "I saw him when..."' (Scotsman).
Black Prince - 4:30pm - 14th July
Matt is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian and one of the most exciting names on the circuit currently rising through the ranks. Having started stand-up in 2009 at 18 years old, Matt became one of the youngest comedians on the circuit and soon made it through to the finals of two national stand-up competitions – the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny and the Chortle Student Comedy Award – as well as coming runner up in the Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year and winning the Newbury and Bath Comedy Festival new act competitions ‘ – all while still in his teens. He quickly established himself in all of the major comedy club chains in the UK and has gigged overseas on countless occasions.
Black Prince - 3:00pm - 14th July
An hour of comedy and truth from English Comedian of the Year winner Josh Pugh. 'Wonderfully off-kilter' (List). In this brand-new show, Josh dispels any rumours that you may have read online (genuinely didn't know he was a police officer) and talks about his dreams for the future. A show about first impressions and how things aren’t always as they seem. 'Flashes of genius' (Blog.Ticketmaster.co.uk). 'An almost certain future star' (Chortle.co.uk).