Perrier Award-winning comic Al Murray is probably best known for his brash alter-ego, The Pub Landlord, who has been entertaining audiences with his boozy banter since 1994 when supporting Harry Hill on tour in his early days. He has since garnered a British Comedy Award, the coveted Perrier, and an Olivier Award nomination for his unique brand of humour.
Out of character, Murray is the host of 7 Day Sunday on BBC Radio 5, and presented Al Murray’s German Adventure (BBC Four), an historical series about the art and culture of Germany, showing a different view to the German Nation that the Pub Landlord protrays. Other appearances as himself include QI, Frank Skinner’s Opinionated, Have I Got News For You and The Road To Berlin, a 10 episode documentary series on WWII for Discovery.
Geordie lass and self-confessed cake pigeon Sarah Millican is without a doubt a household name of British comedy. 2011 saw her named as The People’s Choice: Queen of Comedy at the British Comedy Awards, and her debut stand-up DVD became the all time best seller from a female comedian.
She started in comedy after attending a workshop for writers who hadn’t performed before. Nowadays Millican is on TV most nights, with appearances on shows like QI, 8 out of 10 Cats and Live at The Apollo. She’s performed sell-out tours and shows no signs of slowing down.
Multi award-winning stand-up, writer, producer and television and movie star Omid Djalili has come a long way from his first successes at the Edinburgh Festival with his shows ‘Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son’, and ‘The Arab and the Jew’ back in ’95/’96. He’s since broken box office records at Edinburgh, had his own BBC 1 show, and starred in numerous Hollywood films including Gladiator, The World Is Not Enough, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, among many others.
Omid’s stand-up awards include a Time Out Award for Best Stand Up, the EMMA Award and a Best Actor Award for his lead performance in The Infidel at the Turin Film Festival. The Infidel also picked up a Loaded LAFTA award for Funniest film and Omid was short listed for the Peter Sellers Award at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Comedian Harry Hill worked as a doctor before he donned his now trademark big collars and glasses to become the instantly recognisable funny man the nation knows and loves today. Hill won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award way back in 1992, and shortly after he bagged his own Radio 4 show, Harry Hill’s Fruit Corner. Now he is perhaps best known for his telly review show, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, as well as taking over the hosting of old favourites You’ve Been Framed and Stars in Their Eyes.
In 2013 Hill made his way onto the big screen with his very own self-titled movie, which may not have been very wacky in name but certainly was in nature. He is also a published author, with titles that include Tim the Tiny Horse and The Further Adventures of the Queen Mum.He’s even tried his hand at writing a musical, and in 2014, I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical opened at the London Palladium.
Pippa Evans is an award-winning comedian, songwriter and improviser. She has taken six critically acclaimed solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival, bagging a Best Newcomer Nomination for her debut hour, Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People.
Her alter ego, singer-songwriter Loretta Maine (
‘Like Dolly Parton seen through the lens of Mike Leigh’ The Guardian) has taken her from Edinburgh to Melbourne via Soho with three shows including I’m Not Drunk I Just Need To Talk To You and Strong Independent Woman (Unless I’m Very Tired).
On top of her live work, Pippa is increasingly sought after as a TV and radio performer, with credits including Fast and Loose (BBC2), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC) and Drunk Histories (Comedy Central). Pippa is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 and regular contributor to The Now Show.
Dr Phil Hammond
Phil Hammond is a doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. He qualified as a GP in 1991 and currently works in a specialist NHS centre for children and adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC 2 and has appeared regularly on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown. He has been a Lecturer in Medical Communication at the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham. Phil’s Radio 4 sitcom about GPs struggling with the NHS reforms – Polyoaks – was written with David Spicer and the third series aired in June 2014.
Phil has written three books – Medicine Balls, Trust Me, I’m (Still) a Doctor and Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? – and released two DVDs of his tours (Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show and Confessions of a Doctor).
Started in 2005, Slapstick Festival is a Bristol-based comedy event from Bristol Silents. It features silent comedies with live musical accompaniment, as well as talks. In 2008 they teamed up with Aardman Animation and developed the Aardman/Slapstick Award; previous winners include Eric Sykes, Michael Palin and Pierre Etaix.
Slapstick has quickly attracted a host of comedy legends, with Victoria Wood, Bill Oddie and June Whitfield gracing the festival with their presence.