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COMEDY [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 1, 2013


COMEDY: The Leek Comedy Club can look forward to a feast of fun on Thursday.

Headlining the evening's comedy extravaganza is Perrier Awardwinning Christian Reilly, former partner of gruff American mainstay of comedy Rich Hall.

Christian, pictured right, shot to notoriety alongside Richard Herring on BBC radio show 'That Was Then, This Is Now', but now performs a multi-stranded solo stand-up act that encompasses his dynamic guitar and vocal skills to brutally satirise histrionic rock bands, musical theatre, and morose Indie musicians alike. Highlights include a rather downbeat re-interpretation of the iconic Friends music, as well as the enticingly titled 'The Ballad of Carol Vorderman'.

So celebrated are Christian's musical skills he even played in Beergut 100, the band of musical comedy maestro Bill Bailey, and he also appeared on The Graham Norton Show playing a song about the Dukes Of Hazzard to the original cast.

Quick-witted Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda will open proceedings.

Daliso began his comedy career in Canada, his first show 'Don't Let Them Deport Me' a bitingly funny plea to have his residency extended. Sadly his humorous campaign failed, leading to a move to South Africa, before he headed to the UK, which took him to its heart.

Leek Comedy Club favourite Lou Conran comperes for the night, while further support comes in the form of Ben Briggs, Funhouse Comedy gong show winner and Midlands Comedian of the Year finalist.

Advance tickets cost Pounds 7 and can be purchased from the Leek Comedy Club, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek, online at, or by calling 01538 386112.

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