5 Aug

Comedy In The Courtyard

Headlined by Luke Kempner

With Phil Wang

Price: £20


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Join us for a stellar line-up of live stand-up comedy in our open-air Courtyard. See some of the best acts from around the country return to the stage for the first time in 4 months - trying out new material for your viewing pleasure.

Luke Kempner is one of the UK’s hottest new impressionists for the millennial comedy generation with his contemporary take on pop culture mimicry. Combining razor sharp stand-up with his incisively accurate imitations, Luke is familiar to television audiences with his regular appearances in the BAFTA winning Murder in Successville (BBC3) and as the breakout star of The Imitation Game on ITV1, which led to an appearance on The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1). He has made a big impact with his slots on Love Island Aftersun (ITV2) and his other credits also include Celebability (ITV2), Hey Tracey (ITV2) and Pointless Celebrities (BBC1). Luke created and starred in his own review show for ITV2, entitled Luke Kempner’s Impression of 2015 and was the resident comedian on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side (Channel 5) for 9 series. He is also a regular on BBC Radio 4’s topical comedy institutions The Now Show and News Jack.

Phil Wang  has made a name for himself exploring sex, romance, politics and his British-Malaysian heritage, in shows that delight in his unique brand of smart-silly stupidity.  Broadcast credits include Have I Got News For You (BBC One), hosting Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Taskmaster (Dave), performing as one of only two non-US acts on The Comedy Line-Up (Netflix), QI (BBC Two), Would I Lie to You? (BBC One), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Ch4), The Last Leg (Ch4), Unspun With Matt Forde (Dave), Roast Battle and Drunk History (both Comedy Central) and Jack Dee’s Helpdesk (BBC Two). Phil recently used his outsider perspective to dissect the increasingly binary debates dividing Britain in a new BBC Radio 4 stand-up show, Wangsplaining. He has also written and starred in two series of Daphne Sounds Expensive for BBC Radio 4 with his Foster’s Newcomer Award nominated sketch trio, Daphne. An internationally acclaimed live act, Phil has performed at festivals including Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Comedy Festival. His last critically-acclaimed live show, Kinabalu, sold out at Edinburgh Festival in 2017 and the subsequent national tour was extended through 2018 including four weeks at Soho Theatre.

Ray Badran is a stand-up comedian and writer. Originally from Sydney, Ray has performed in the UK, Holland, Norway, Belgium, America, Hong Kong, New Zealand and across Australia. In 2017, he created and starred in the Comedy Central Australia/New Zealand TV show No Experience Necessary and hosted the ABC Comedy Podcast Positions Vacant  He was also awarded Best International Guest Comedian by the New Zealand Comedy Guild. Renowned for his off-beat observational comedy, Ray has written comedy for TV, theatre, radio and more.

Your MC for the evening, Phil Ellis, is an award-winning comedian who has entertained audiences of all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy. In 2014, Phil won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award’s panel prize at the Edinburgh Fringe for his childrens show Funz and Gamez and hosted BBC R4’s Funny From the Fringe. His four-part BBC Radio 4 series, Phil Ellis Is Trying, is due to return for a third series in 2020. The second series was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) in the BBC Audio Awards 2020.

Age Guidance: 14+
Running Time: 2 hours, 40 mins (inc. 2 intervals)


Ticket Information

There are two types of tickets for the Courtyard.

Stalls (Seated) are wooden benches, on three sides. Gallery (Standing) is raised above the stalls and offers great views of the stage. There is a handrail to lean on.  

Tickets are available in fixed groups; you can purchase a ticket to admit 1, 2, 3 or 4 people.

Please ensure that your group belongs to the same household or support bubble. Each group will be distanced from other groups by 1 metre, in line with government guidance.

What to Expect

We can't wait to welcome you back through our doors. If you've visited us before, things may look and feel a little different. To keep you safe, social distancing and other measures will be in place to ensure best practice with Covid-19 guidelines.

Please note the following:

- You must arrive no later than 30 minutes before the start time of the performance
- All visitors will be required to wear a mask during the performance
- A one way system and hand sanitising stations will be in place
- Visitors are required to remain in their allocated seats throughout the performance.
- No drinks can be taken into the Courtyard or consumed during the performance.
- There will be two intervals, when you can enjoy pre-ordered drinks or table service in our Scratch Bar, and use the toilets

Please click the below for full information on what to expect and how to prepare for your visit.