Braintree Comedy Festival **10 Shows over 5 Nights** – 3rd July – 7th July 2013


Braintree Comedy Festival at The Bocking Arts Theatre.
The Edinburgh Festival comes to Essex for five nights only!


**Wednesday July 3rd** ROB BECKETT and IAN SMITH

**Thursday July 4th** CHRIS MARTIN and THE NOISE NEXT DOOR

**Friday July 5th** **Friday July 5th** **Friday July 5th**
If you do not have tickets please don’t turn up on the night.


**Sunday July 7th** MARK DOLAN and JAMES ACASTER

Ten of the finest comedy shows from the worlds largest arts festival come to Braintree for five nights only at The Bocking Arts Theatre.

We will be showing two shows per night from Wednesday July 3rd to Sunday July 7th.

Each and every night, doors open at 7pm, with the shows starting at 8pm.
The Bocking Arts Theatre, Bocking End, Braintree.

10 Acts. 5 Night. The Best Comedians. Be There or The Jokes On You!!

Tickets can be purchased from

or in person from Stationary Solutions on Fairfield Road.



More specifically…

Rob Beckett

After supporting Russell Kane and Stephen K Amos on tour Rob is her with his new show, following on from his successful 2012 debut show ‘Rob Becketts Summer Holiday’. You will recognize Rob from his many appearances on TV shows such as ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2012, Fresh Meat and many more. ‘A Likeable high tempo comic’ (The Guardian). ‘A very funny young man, very funny’ ( ‘little short of a revelation’ (Scotsman)

James Acaster – lawn mower

Foster’s Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2012. It’s time for some low-key stand-up from an angular young man. A whole host of topics is about to get what they’ve got coming to them. Quite frankly, it’s about high time someone gave it to them the way they’re about to get it. Here we go. ‘One of the sharpest comic minds to have emerged in recent years’ (Guardian). ‘Deliciously daft and no slouch in the surprises department’ (Evening Standard). ‘One of the best hours of straight stand-up at this year’s festival’ (Time Out).

Chris Martin – Passionate about the pointless

Fresh from supporting Milton Jones and Russell Kane, Chris Martin (Dave’s One Night Stand) brings his new show to Edinburgh. Ever had someone tell you how to relax? Ever been mocked for not enjoying a bath? Ever had a turf war with a pug (stupidest looking animal on the planet)? Chris uses his uniquely twisted logic to tackle these ‘earth shattering’ problems. There’s no politics; just a lot of sharp observations and silly arguments he wants you to hear. ‘One of the UK’s most promising young observationalists’ (Guardian). ‘Destined for Greatness’ (Sunday Times).

The Noise Next Door – Soundhouse

In a dark corner of town there is an underground club the likes of which the world has never seen. A place without rules, where legends live and history is made. The 2010-2012 sell-out comedy team return to Edinburgh with their astonishing new show. Unstoppably funny and uniquely talented, The Noise Next Door are well on their way to becoming comedy’s next big thing. ‘Hilarious’ **** (Telegraph). ‘Masterpiece’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘World-class’ ***** (US Weekly). ‘Genius’ ***** (

Hal Cruttenden –

Following acclaimed performances on Live at the Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance, it’s time for Hal to hit the road with his sell-out 2012 Edinburgh show. ‘His best stand-up show to date’ **** (Telegraph). ‘On the edge of great fame’ **** (Fest). ‘He had the audience eating out of his hands’ **** ( ‘An absolute joy to watch … just fabulous’ **** (Scotsman). Chortle Award nominee. Perrier Award nominee. Total sell-out 2012. Book Early. Eight shows only.

Patrick Monahan

New stand-up show from the comedian who likes hugging and eating cake but not simultaneously! Hosts Sky TV’s Jongleurs Live! Seen on ITV2 Fake Reaction, CBBC 12 Again, BBC1 Let’s Dance. ‘Hilarious without being outrageous’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘There isn’t a comic quite like him, his hugs alone are worth the price of admission’ ***** ( ‘Supremely engaging, adored by audiences’ (Scotsman). ‘The charisma of a young Alan Davies’ **** (Herald). Best Newcomer, Loaded LAFTA’s Stand Up 2012. Best Stand-Up, ThreeWeeks Editors’ Awards 2012. Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award.

Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan is trying to make sense of the world, but cannot make sense of his own house. Here he presents his struggle in an acerbic hour of razor sharp comedy – blending social commentary with personal tribulations. This show has already won Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Come and see the comic fast becoming one of the most exciting acts on the circuit. As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Chris Ramsey’s Edinburgh Fringe (BBC3) and winner of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2013. ‘Extraordinarily hilarious’ (ThreeWeeks).

Bobby Mair

After supporting Doug Stanhope, appearing on 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), award-winning comic man-child Bobby Mair unleashes his first hour on the Edinburgh Fringe. Prepare to enter the mind of a disturbed genius. ‘Mair exudes a kind of effortless awkwardness that has served some of stand-up’s greats so well down the years, and yet brings to it something fresh and downright disturbing. A bright, dark future surely awaits’ (Stage). ‘…left the audience wiping away tears of laughter’ ( ‘The kind of man you’d yank your children away from’ (Scotsman)

Ian Smith – Anything

Ian Smith (BBC2’s Popatron, Sky’s Officially Special) is an award-winning stand-up comedian. Ian (bearded) has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting young acts on the circuit. This is his debut hour about that tricky, restrictive theme, anything. It’s a shambling show about childhood, things that have happened, frustration, embarrassment, and things that haven’t happened. Bring an extra pair of socks, the ones you’re wearing will get blown off (by the comedy). ***** (ThreeWeeks). **** (Scotsman). ‘Fantastically funny’ (Times). ‘Delightfully offbeat writing … a talent, for sure’ (

Mark Dolan

TV’s Mark Dolan is back with his hilarious new stand-up show for 2013. Mark’s glass is half full, as he celebrates the awesome things in life, like finding money in old trousers, dogs leaning out of car windows, and discovering that your mental girlfriend isn’t pregnant. The show features hilarious video clips and a prize for each audience’s most awesome person. Don’t miss! ‘So funny, a master of improvisation and audience interaction’ **** (Fest). ‘Consistently Funny’ (Independent). ‘The audience are left gasping for breath, such is the laughter in the room’ (Sunday Express).

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