Stand-Up Comedy at
Chesham United Football Club

Every month we bring you a fresh line up of top class professional comics


July 23rd, 2010



Top of the bill this month, BRENDAN DEMPSEY is a naturally amiable, friendly and relaxed performer. One of only a handful of acts invited to perform at the prestigious ‘Just For Laughs’ show in Montreal, gargantuan Irishman DEMPSEY has also festivalled in Edinburgh, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kansas, Finland and of course back home in Kilkenny. On stage, Brendan co starred with Christian Slater in two record breaking West End runs of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, and is currently developing a comedy drama for television. Other notable accolades include prominent roles in; ‘Gangs of New York’, the hit comedy ‘Waking Ned’ and one ‘Father Ted’ Christmas special. He has also performed on seven different radio series for the Irish national Broadcaster RTE. DEMPSEY skilfully converts his engaging chatter into solid laughs with up-to-the-minute topical gags and witty observations. Combined with his enviably laid-back performance skills, consistently strong material and a wealth of acting experience; Brendan’s sharp wit has seen his solo stand up career take off, giving rise to a truly excellent headline act.

"Something of a revelation, side-splitting scorn… extremely funny" - Scotland on Sunday


MARCEL LUCONT is France's premier misanthropist and lover. A self-published, self-award winning author of several books, including his own European travelogue, 'Ménage à Cinq,' his account of loose executive women of London, "Whores D'Oeuvre' and his L.A. travelogue, 'Diagnosis: Merde.' In LUCONT, Alexis Dubus has created a French caricature of almost cartoon-like simplicity: the brooding, arrogant poseur in regulation black polo-neck, swigging red wine and barely able to muster enough energy for a Gallic shrug. Funny foreigners have always been an easy route to laughs, however this suavely conceited persona allows Dubus to adopt a laid-back rhythm and an aloof cadence to give his material extra lift. MARCEL’s appealingly grumpy froideur displays calculated wit and an interesting new take on the British tradition of anti-French gags. His standoffish stance comes into its own when paired with the more witheringly dismissive comments that pepper the set, and there are plenty of brilliantly brusque routines here. This dour Frenchman has plenty to justify his air of unapproachable superiority… as if he needs a reason!

"Fresh, accessible and hilarious... has firmly established himself as one to watch" - The Guardian

Middle Act - TONY TINMAN

If Tony were any more bitter, he'd be a lemon. The absurdities of the world serve only to annoy him, to which there seems little, if any, antidote. Embittered by the futility of life he meanders from day to day growing ever more weary with the heavy burden of under achievement. With a diploma in acrimonious cynicism no topic is safe from his savage condemnation. A relative newcomer to the stand-up scene, his absurd ranting is already establishing Tony as one of the funniest and in-demand comedians on the circuit. Watch this space!

Compère - SPIKY MIKE

With his bleached, pointy hair and wide, starey eyes Spiky Mike certainly looks distinctive. Mike is a Nottingham-based comedian who has been on the circuit since 2002, performing over 1,000 shows. He is resident compere at numerous clubs across the Midlands, which he promotes himself. Mike has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival's "Clean As Possible" show. Energetic and friendly with punchy gags that go down a storm with all manner of audiences. In 2002 he made it to the final of 'The Weakest Link'.

"Is it time for Spiky Mike to get on his bike?" - Anne Robinson
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