Getting a bit weary of the same comedy faces appearing on your TV, and fancy checking out something different? Here are five new – well, newish – comedians that you might want to take a look at. Enjoy!
He’s got a big beard and he likes to talk about it. But don’t worry, it’s not all about the facial hair. This Brighton-based comedian has been on the circuit for a few years, so isn’t exactly brand new, but he will be an unknown to many. He’s supporting TV regular Romesh Ranganathan on his 2016 tour, and this could be the year he breaks the mainstream.
Fern reached the 2011 final of So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has appeared on TV (8 out of 10 Cats), has made a pilot for a BBC sit-com set in a pupil referral unit, and had a sell-out 2015 Edinburgh Show (People Are Idiots).
One part of popular sketch group The Beta Males, Richard is now going it alone. His debut solo show, Richard Soames Does The Right Thing, was a hit at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he also writes for RAdio 4 and BBC Three.
Okay, not a comedian as such, but two comedians for the price of one. Lazy Susan is a double act: Celeste Dring and Freya Parker. They were nominated for Best Newcomers at the 2014 Edinburgh Comedy Award for their debut show, Extreme Humans, and are really very funny indeed.
Londoner Dane was also nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the 2014 Edinburgh Comedy Awards – the first Black Britain ever to make the shortlist. He has made a number of television appearances, and has had a show commissioned for BBC Three. Expect to see much more of him this year.