Opening night gala show

Friday January 17

Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm

 A fantastic night of top-notch stand-up from highly acclaimed comedians who have all written books – Shappi Khorsandi, Mae Martin, Jen Brister, Olaf Falafel, MC Dominic Frisby, MC Dominic Frisby


Shappi Khorsandi has made numerous high-profile television appearances including Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You  and her own Comedy Store Special for Comedy Central. In 2017 Shappi took a hiatus from stand-up and appeared in ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!  She has hosted three series on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English (2009) and her debut novel Nina Is Not OK (2016).


Mae Martin is an award-winning Canadian comedian and writer who has just finished filming her Netflix/E4 sitcom which she created, co-wrote with Joe Hampson and co-stars with Charlotte Ritchie, Lisa Kudrow and Sophie Thompson. Her most recent stand-up show, Dope, focused on addiction and was nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award and been turned in to a stand-up special for Netflix.  Mae’s first non-fiction book, Can Everyone Please Calm Down?: A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality is available now.


Jen Brister is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and actor. She is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits. Credits include The Now Show & The News Quiz  for BBC Radio 4, Live at the Comedy Store on Comedy Central and Live At The Apollo’ on BBC Two. Her first book, The Other Mother, a wickedly honest parenting tale for every kind of family, was released last September


Olaf Falafel, who claims to be ‘Sweden's eighth funniest comedian’, is a surrealist stand-up and illustrator who  won the Dave funniest joke award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. His  fourth children's book, It's One Giant Leek For Mankind, was published last year.


As a comedian, Dominic Frisby is resident MC at Londonʼs oldest comedy venue and regularly performs solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. He also writes books that are nothing to do with comedy – with his latest, Daylight Robbery, about the origins and future of taxation.