MC) Paul Tonkinson
A sensational live performer, top-billing stand-up star and compere extraordinaire. After storming the UK and International comedy circuit for years and much badgering from fellow professionals, Yorkshire man, and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Tonkinson is currently on the road with his eagerly anticipated debut tour. A master of physicality and impressions with a plethora of first class material brought to life with tremendous charm and infectious energy. He's recently appeared on BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and is fresh from dazzling victory on Ch4`s hit show Celebrity Come Dine With Me. He's also made numerous appearances on Comedy Central's The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up and back in the day, when he was a mere whippersnapper he had a stint presenting Ch. 4's The Big Breakfast. He has also presented radio shows on XFM in London and Manchester. Stand-up remains his first love and Tonkinson remains in great demand across the globe, performing at all the major international comedy festivals including the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs festival where he was recently invited to host the esteemed Britcom Gala. He is a regular entertainer for the UK Armed Forces, and has performed in Afghanistan and Iraq; playing to 2,500 troops in 45 degree heat in the middle of the desert.
Recent television appearances include Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), Comedy Rocks (ITV). his year he was nominated for 'Best Club Act' at the prestigious Chortle Awards, his stand up show 'Tough Luvvie' was a complete sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival and transferred to the Soho Theatre London for a short run.
One of the UK's most sought after stand-ups, and a skilled veteran of the UK stand-up circuit. Mike has recently performed on BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and has been a regular on The World Stands-Up and The Comedy Store for Comedy Central. A misspent youth and a series of grim jobs cultivated his cynical outlook on life and a perverse desire led him to the world of stand-up. A self-confessed pessimist, he describes himself as "not a natural choice for a career in laughter". His lugubrious comedy has been described as 'drier than a dead man's bones'. He has a rare ability to walk close to the line of what audiences find acceptable and yet still remain likable and funny. Early in his career Mike was supporting the likes of Jo Brand and Alan Davies. He is a sought after headliner at all the top comedy venues in the UK and has performed internationally, taking his talent to Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia and to Australia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where he completed a five-week sell-out season.
Addy Van Der Borgh
Van Der Borgh was the only British comic invited to appear in the Twentieth Century Fox Comedy Showcase in Los Angeles in September 2003 and was subsequently signed to the Hollywood agents Paradigm. He studied clowning and physical theatre at LAMDA and is well known for his animated physicality. He wrote and performed three sell out one man shows at the Edinburgh festival (2000, 2002, 2004).
He has participated in many of the Comedy Festivals including The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, where in 1999 Louis was voted Best New Artist. He has also participated in The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal twice, in 2002 & 2003. He performed in Hong Kong and Singapore to great success. There he entertained at large sized theatres and concert venues. He has also been to Guantanamo Bay - Cuba, where he entertained the troops.