Avalon All-Dayer, Volume 1

Kevin Precious

1pm - Kevin Precious: Gecko

Gecko finds former RE teacher Kevin Precious falling out with a Brighton New Age type, bemoaning a Facebook request from a former associate who's doing very well (and is keen to show it), and offering a version of an old metaphysical idea by way of resolution. Sounds complicated? Don't worry, it isn't.

Kevin Precious is a stand-up, comedian, compere and promoter. As well as performing at many of the country's top comedy venues, he has also gigged around Europe including Amsterdam, Maastricht, Budapest, Bucharest and Ibiza. He previously toured a one-man show about teaching, 'Not Appropriate'; performing extensively at theatres, arts centres and festivals throughout the UK.


“Kevin's stage charisma and poise set him head and shoulders above the previous acts” - The Times

“Instantly recognisable stage presence and boundless wit” - Leicester Mercury

“Kevin Precious hosted the proceedings. working the audience with skill, and peppering his patter with local references” - Brighton Evening Argus


Ian Smith

2:15pm - Ian Smith: Whereabouts

Award-winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC1's The Ark, BBC3's Sweat the Small Stuff) returns with his third solo hour. It's about whereabouts things are and whatabouts they're doing there. While others sleep, Ian is knocking back 35p energy drinks, spinning around on a swivel chair and searching for the answers.

Get ready for an hour of talking, stories and attempts at theatrical set pieces from the loud Yorkshireman.


“Fantastically funny” - The Times

“A highly enjoyable show not to be missed” - Three Weeks

“An hour of controlled madness, consistently intelligent and laugh out loud funny” - The Skinny


Diane Spencer

3:30pm - Diane Spencer: Power Tool

Award winning comedian Diane Spencer’s sixth hour long stand-up show is based on her real life experiences of 2014, when she was trying to find/make a dream house, despite being unable to afford it, and absolutely crap at DIY.

She also got a surprise phonecall from a media celebrity asking to write a biographical play to produce at the Fringe, and this show covers the good, bad and weird things that happened along the way.

Diane’s story unfolds with her typical charm, sparkling wit and dark humour.

Winner of the Chortle Best Newcomer 2011, and The New Current's Woman of the Year 2013, Diane is a solid bet for an hilarious hour.


“Her wacky and irreverent storytelling will charm, shock and uplift you. Not for the fainthearted, but also not to be missed” - ★★★★★ - Three Weeks

“Personable, hilarious and ballsy” - ★★★★ - Broadway Baby

“She invests it [sic] with such wonderful turns of phrase, killer punchlines and a gleeful delight in continually over-stepping the taste barrier” - ★★★★ - The List


Tom Toal

4:45pm - Tom Toal in Sunshine on Bexleyheath

One of Amused Moose top ten shows of 2014, Tom Toal returns to the Darlington Comedy Festival with another gleeful hour of comedy.

An absorbing and affectionate love letter to family and hometown. Expect to have your funny bone tickled and your heart strings plucked.


“Master of storytelling” - Punchline

“Touching addition to the Daniel Kitson-esque heart-on-sleeve comedy sub genre” - The List

“We forget the misery and cold of the outside as the Tom Toal comedy glow warms us all” - Kate Copstick

 


Alfie Moore

6pm - Alfie Moore: A Fair Cop Stands Up

The world's finest police force is collapsing around us. Cuts, scandals, looming privatisation and the politicians throttling the life out of the British Bobby.

Cop-turned-comedian Alfie, star of BBC Radio 4 comedy 'It's a Fair Cop', returns to Darlington following his 2014 sell-out Edinburgh run with a dynamic and hilarious plan to resuscitate the thin blue line.

A brand new show that's sometimes shocking, often thought-provoking but always funny.


“He walks the comedy beat with confidence” - Metro

“Very funny... a large dash of gallows police humour” - The Telegraph

“Brilliantly funny... genuinely hilarious” - David Mitchell


Entry to these shows is free and is not ticketed - just turn up on the day of the show!

Doors open at 12:30pm with the shows starting at 1pm.


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