The Comedy Defect
Jay Handley (Comedian)

Jay Handley (Comedian)

September 29, 2021

Jay Handley used to make beautiful sculpted oak furniture before fucking it all off to become a comedian instead. A decision that has been financially catastrophic.

That said he does get to perform all over the country at some of its very best venues. These include The Glee Club, Jongleurs, The Stand, The Comedy Store & Baby Blue.

Clearly, what he has lost financially he has gained artistically.

He has also twice been a finalist/bridesmaid in the Birmingham New Act of the Year Awards as well as appearing in the semi-finals of the LOADED Laftas and the Final of the Levity Festival Act of the Year.

Alas, he has won nothing... nothing at all. 

But what he has lost in potential accolades he has gained in a zen-like acceptance of his place in the world. 

He is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and has performed 4 solo shows. "Free Comic" &  "Free Comic Vol 2", the cretinously titled "You Want the Truth? You Can't Handley the Truth" and his favourite... "Hansplaining". He will be returning in 2018 with his new favourite show "White Jesus"

Over the years some people have formed opinions of Jay Handley. Some even worthy of being published on blog-based review sites! 

'There are moments here that can go toe to toe with some of the funniest stand up skits I've seen' -

'A top class comic with a great mix of material...his gags are imaginative, polished and proper proper funny' - 4GoodComedians

'Absolutely brilliant!' - Artificial Light

'A highly funny act' - Comedy Sheep

Joe Foster (Comedian)

Joe Foster (Comedian)

August 25, 2021

Joe Foster is a stand up comedian from Brighton who has been on the UK circuit 7 years. His dry wit and likeable persona established him as a firm favourite with audience and promoters alike. In 2015 Joe won the Fosters South Coast Comedian Of The Year Competition which cemented his reputation as one of the fresh new voices on UK comedy circuit.

(Winner of Foster's South Coast Comedian of the Year 2015)

** (ThreeWeeks)

"He tells them well, with an off-hand wit" (Chortle)

"Tightly written and very funny material" (Latest 7)

"Reassuringly Confident" The List

Charmian Hughes (Comedian)

Charmian Hughes (Comedian)

July 28, 2021

Comedian Charmian Hughes

Studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier but unable to uphold the Clown Vow of Silence, ran away from the circus to play stand-up comedy clubs throughout the nation, entertaining everyone from members of the Houses of Parliament to ‘Lifers’ in prison (not to be confused). 

Charmian has played comedy clubs everywhere, including Melbourne Australia 2018, is an annual compere for The Glastonbury Festival, toured New Zealand twice, has taken 8 solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, Nominee Best Show Buxton Fringe 2016, Nominee Comedians Comedian 2016  and Grand Finalist for Petfringe Comedian of The Year 2018.

Twitter @Charmianhughes

Instagram @Charmianhughescomic

FB Charmian Hughes Comedian

Michael Mee (Comedian)

Michael Mee (Comedian)

June 30, 2021

Michael Mee is a qualified solicitor and former law lecturer from Cork City, Ireland and is now a stand-up comedian, writer and broadcaster.  He has performed two well-received solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival, “Mee Myself and I” ("A real find"-Fest) and “Confessions of a Swot” ("warm-hearted, humorous and entertaining" **** The List; "brilliantly funny" **** Three Weeks; "illuminating and touching"-Daily Telegraph).  He has performed his latest solo show, “The World According to Mee” in various venues around Ireland.

Michael has performed on TV shows such as the Late Late Show, the Savage Eye, the Liffey Laughs, The Lounge (RTE), the Empire Laughs Back, the Stand-Up Show (BBC) and the World Stands Up (Paramount).  He has written material for several TV shows including Des Bishop: This is Ireland, Des Bishop: Under the Influence, That's All We've Got Time For, The Lounge and the Mario Rosenstock Show (RTE), as well as The Stand-Up Show (BBC).  He had an essay in the Stinging Fly anthology, Counterparts and has had short stories published in the UK and the U.S.  He also voiced and scripted the animated short, Toilet Humour, which was shown at film festivals in Cork, Manchester and Annecy. 

Michael presented the weekly music show "Pimp My Ipod with Michael Mee" on RTE 2xm radio for 8 years, a show he has revived as a podcast in lockdown.  He is currently working on a non-fiction book.

"Woody Allen with a Cork brogue"-Time Out New York 
"Superb"-Hot Press
"He is certainly on a par with Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran"-Dublin Event Guide
"The brightest Irish comedy talent of recent times"-Sunday Times

Twitter @Michael_Meetoo

Pimp my Ipod

Meryl O Rourke (Comedian & TV Writer)

Meryl O Rourke (Comedian & TV Writer)

May 26, 2021

Acclaimed stand-up comic and TV writer Meryl O'Rourke –revels in her bitterness. She has delighted comedy audiences, written some of the best gags on telly and even hosted pop concerts (last one to 12,000 people!)

A sought after gag writer, Meryl has written for Jason Manford at the Olivier Awards, Dress To Impress ITV2, Have I Got News for You, Room 101, and 3 series of Mock the Week. She worked on all series of Frankie Boyle's New World Order, his documentaries on Scotland & Russia, script edited his special Excited For You To See And Hate This. She also script edited a new sitcom The Weekly Wembley and wrote for burlesque star Ivy Paige (The Voice)

She has been a regular support for Frankie Boyle since 2010 where she opened for him at the Hammersmith Apollo. In his book Work!Consume!Die! he calls Meryl "Inspiringly funny".

"5 * * * * * As near perfect as you can find. Charming delivery keep the audience in no doubt they've just seen one of this year's fringe highlights" British Comedy Guide

Follow @merylorourke


Matt Price (Comedian)

Matt Price (Comedian)

April 28, 2021

Matt Price has been a comedian for a very long time. He has performed in 30 countries including fiver tours of Australia and he hosts a podcast called Conversations with criminals. He is known as a storytelling comedian (but with plenty of jokes) but he is an all-rounder who can turn up at pretty much any room and entertain whoever is in the audience. Apart from the odd disaster, running for his life in Turkey and the gig at Broadmoor maximum security hospital, it’s gone well.

Kieran Lawless (Comedian)

Kieran Lawless (Comedian)

March 31, 2021

Kieran is an Irish comedian now based in Manchester. He has worked in comedy clubs across Ireland and the UK including supporting Patrick Kielty in Dublin's Olympia Theatre.

He has appeared on RTE television twice as a Stand Up and has scooped a number of New Comedian awards.

"exceedingly entertaining, highly energised and side splittingly funny"

Sean Meo (Comedian)

Sean Meo (Comedian)

February 24, 2021

Sean Meo has been a stand up comic since 1989. Before that, he had been a full-time snooker player, and was a quarter finalist in the English Amateur Championships of 1987.

He is now one of the most established names on the comedy circuit, and regularly headlines at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store where he is a member of The Cutting Edge topical comedy team.

He was named best stand-up by Time Out in 1997, he appeared at the Kilkenny, Cork and Montreal Comedy Festivals. He and made his Edinburgh Festival debut in Catch 23 and starred in four TV ads for the Vauxhall Vectra SRI.

Javier Costales (Comedian & Artist)

Javier Costales (Comedian & Artist)

January 27, 2021

Javier Costales is talked about as surreal, absurdist, observational, daft and satirical; but he doesn’t stand as a novelty, neither does he mirror what you think you know about Stand-up Comedy.

He’s performed some truly unique gigs including gigs at the national portrait gallery and in front of St. Paul’s cathedral. “You may have heard whispers about our local cult hero..” In his own idiosyncratic way every tool is at his hand and punchlines spring out of unlikely places. Once you laugh with him Comedy for you will never be the same.

"Javier performs an accomplished set, his musings follow on seamlessly as he treats us to some well thought out and entertaining material."

Broadway Baby

Leo Kearse (Comedian)

Leo Kearse (Comedian)

December 30, 2020

Comedian Leo Kearse is part of the new wave of raw, bold, American-inspired comedians taking the big UK clubs by storm. His “Extinction Rebellion” video slamming woke lefties went viral, selling out shows in the UK. Meanwhile, Leo’s popularity abroad is rocketing, with 2019 seeing him perform in 20 countries. Among various credits, Kearse has written for BBC shows including Breaking The News, Mock The Week and The Mash Report. Leo played Mick Fleetwood in the ITV drama Breaking The Band: Fleetwood Mac. Leo is also the co-creator of sell-out show Hate 'n' Live, which has improvising comedians hating on audience suggestions - Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Room 101.

  • Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017/18
  • UK Pun Champion 2015

Press Quotes

"Genuinely thought-provoking...hugely entertaining….a warm and personal show” ★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

“A triumphant hour of outrageous and dark jokes, not pushing but gleefully running straight through the boundaries of taste and acceptability in today's "woke" culture” - BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE RECOMMENDED SHOW

"Kearse is seriously good. Quick, funny, smart and to the point...hilarious" - KATE COPSTICK

"A giant of the art" - STEVE BENNETT, CHORTLE

“Rampantly self-interested, prone to generalisations and stereotypes, and with a penchant for punching down rather than up...the audience were roaring with laughter” -

"The fact he gets belly laughs out of global warming, self-identification and the unequal distribution of white privilege does not make him a racist, transphobic monster, just a very good comic” ★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

"Very funny, very dirty, occasionally shocking, but edgily likeable and happily endearing, eliciting the guilty pleasure of laughter from a wide-eyed audience" - ★★★★ THE LIST

"Very tall and very funny... such energy and aplomb that the audience is left powerless to resist... one of the most enjoyable shows of the Fringe" - THREE WEEKS ****

“Really does soar to some great comedic heights” - THE LIST

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