The Comedy Defect
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

Twitter @Leokearse


Nathan Cassidy (Comedian)

Nathan Cassidy (Comedian)

November 25, 2020

Nathan Cassidy is a British comedian and podcaster. He was nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2020 for his show 'Observational'.[1] This show was widely reported in the press as the only live show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020.[2] The show was given four stars by The Times which reviewed it as 'The best show at the Fringe. A classic, structured, rollercoaster Fringe is untouchable.'[3] Previously he was nominated for a Malcolm Hardee Award in 2012, won best solo comedy show on the Buxton Fringe in 2014,[4][5] and was nominated for the same award in 2015,[6] 2016,[7] 2017[8] and 2019.[9] He has also won the Sir Michael Caine Award for new writing in theatre.[10] He also presents the ongoing weekly podcast Psycomedy about the Psychology of stand-up comedy.[11]

Al Lubel (Comedian)

Al Lubel (Comedian)

October 28, 2020

Al Lubel became a lawyer to satisfy his mother and quit to become a comedian to satisfy his sadistic need to torture her. After graduating law school in Florida, Al moved to California, passed the bar exam on his first try and immediately began the practice of standup comedy.

Al practiced law during the day and comedy at night. Getting stage time is hard for a beginning comic, so Al would sometimes suddenly stand up in the middle of Denny's, and unannounced, do five minutes. And Al always did well because he had everyone's rapt attention because people were scared he might hurt them!

Al gradually improved at comedy, getting work on the road and leaving the law behind. Within a year he won the $100,000 Comedy Grand Prize on Star Search. Doing the Tonight Show was a big childhood fantasy, so Al auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny Carson. Al went on to do six more Tonight Show appearances with Jay Leno and made five appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Al has also played an attorney on the Blake Clark HBO Comedy Hour and has been featured in the Showtime and PBS special, A Standup Life. He has appeared on all seven episodes of the ESPN series, Bill Walton's Long Strange Trip.

Al's solo show, Al Alone, won the Amused Moose Award Judges Prize as the best one person show in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also was nominated for best performer for a solo show by the Barry Awards at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

But Al does admit to missing the practice of law. As he says, "I'd like to have just one more trial, something serious like a murder trial, because right before I give my closing argument and my client's entire fate hinges on each and every word I say, I want to see his face when I turn to him and whisper, I'm a comedian!"

"Al Lubel is a terrifically funny comedian." - David Letterman


Jason Stampe (Comedian)

Jason Stampe (Comedian)

September 30, 2020

Jason Stampe delivers an outstanding blend of jokes and crowd interaction that will leave you feeling he must have planned the whole thing out. Rest assured, anything can, and will happen, and Jason will be there to make it funny. Few comedians can switch so effortlessly between riffing and their set like Jason Stampe so don’t miss your chance to see him!

Big Deal Comedy Producer 

Instagram: @Bigdealcomedy  #thetakeover 

Twitter: @mr_stampe

Facebook: Mrstampecomedy


Si Deaves (Comedian)

Si Deaves (Comedian)

August 30, 2020

Si Deaves has been performing stand up comedy since early 2014, when he fulfilled a lifelong dream of taking his own brand of alternative observations to the stage. 


Deaves' exploration into the weird and wonderful things his mind does, serves as the perfect vehicle for him to exercise his dry, acerbic wit. 


Since then, he has performed around 500 gigs, including slots at prestigious venues such as the Manchester Comedy Store, The Stand, Glee Club, Komedia, Up The Creek, The Good Ship, The Comedy Cafe Theatre and Angel Comedy and further paid work for such promoters as Mirth Control Comedy, Chesham Comedy Club, Joker Comedy Club, BFG Concerts, House Of Comedy, Little Smash Comedy, New Comedians With Alex Boardman at The Comedy Store, Hooma Comedy, Balls Out Comedy and many more.


He has also recently been tour support for Abigoliah Schamaun.


During this time, he has been a finalist/shortlisted in competitions such as Colchester New Comedian of the Year, Buryfields New Comedian and Southend Comedy Festival's New Act of the Year, as well as beating the gong at a great list of gong shows.


Si has also been featured on BBC Radio Norfollk’s ‘New Comedy Voices’ show and has been a featured guest on Essex Radio and Funky SX.

In 2017, he took a short run of his hour long WIP show, 'Leaves With a D', to Edinburgh, ahead of what will then be his official debut, Si's Matters. Which will be going to Southend, Leicester, Hastings and Bath Comedy Festivals, also to Camden Fringe Festival and eventually Edinburgh Fringe among many others.

"Great. Very Original" - Anonymous famous comedian.

"One of the best undiscovered acts in the country" - BFG Concerts

Luke Anthony (Comedian)

Luke Anthony (Comedian)

July 29, 2020

Luke Anthony was born and raised in Cambridge. He has been entertaining since a young age whether it be at family gatherings, on-stage, on-screen or just with his friends. Throughout his life he has been at the heart humour, usually when telling a tummy tickling stories or acting out a hilarious personal experience. Having taken a long break from stand-up, he decided to return to a childhood dream and started performing again. On has already performed at the highly acclaimed Backyard Comedy Club, Downstairs at The Kinds Head and also performed for Mirth Control Comedy. Why not make a note of his gigs and go see his self-deprecating anecdotes that have audiences crying of laughter since his return.

Luke also talks utter twaddle with two close friends on his podcast called OutLuke On Life,  as a part of this he writes and produces Spoof Ads. Not to mention his successful podcast, The Comedian’s OutLuke for which he interviews comedians of all levels, backgrounds and has even ventured out to Uganda to speak to some of their big names including Agnes Akite and Philip Luswata.





Darren Griff Griffiths (Comedian)

Darren Griff Griffiths (Comedian)

June 24, 2020

Darren "Griff" Griffiths

Bio: The Original self confessed choc ice...... based in the Midlands, for 6 years this comic has been delivering hilarious stories which most audiences can relate to. His style of delivery, mirrors his personality....loud, cocky, very energetic..........His not looking for pity or a shoulder to cry on. If you know Griff, he's just ranting.....iiwii "I'm living the dream."


Adam Bloom (Comedian)

Adam Bloom (Comedian)

May 27, 2020

Adam Bloom is a British comedian and writer. He has played The Edinburgh Festival for many years, once winning The Edinburgh Festival Polygram Punter Comedy Award. In 1998 he won The Time Out Comedy Award for Best Stand-Up. He appeared at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 1999 and 2000, winning a Stella Artois award for the former appearance.

Radio and television appearances

Bloom was a guest on RMITV's The Loft Live Episode 12 of Season 8 13 April 2000 broadcast on Channel 31 Melbourne.

He has also appeared on Mock the Week, "Never Mind The Buzzcocks", Russell Howard's Good News and The Young Person's Guide To Becoming a Rockstar.

Bloom wrote and starred in the BBC Radio 4 show The Problem with Adam Bloom which ran for three series (2003-2005).[1]

In 1999 Channel 4 commissioned 'Beyond a Joke', Bloom's own half-hour special, a mockumentary about a comedian's life off-stage.

Steve Best (Comedian & Photographer)

Steve Best (Comedian & Photographer)

April 29, 2020

Steve Best has been a stand-up comedian for over 20 years. There, he's outed himself at last. 

Steve has performed all over the world including South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bosnia, South Africa, Holland, Denmark, The Falkland Islands, and Southend-on-Sea. He plans to go further afield. 

He has been on huge nationwide tours with Frank Skinner, Craig Charles and Omid Djalili. He has been on TV (a few times). 


Rip-roaringly funny. See him!" - The Guardian

”Inspired collection of visual japes” – Time Out

”Steve Best delivers an extraordinary set, a mix of brilliant cartoonish slapstick and visual humour that is unquestionably the highlight of the evening. His finale is an outstanding display of comic virtuosity” – Cape Times

 “He doesn't have a hat with bells on, but Steve Best still would have made a great medieval court jester. His act is a wonderfully daft succession of stupid props and silly pratfalls - a welcome break from straight stand-up. Best eats balloons, shits knotted hankies, does DIY dentistry and pumps up a blow-up doll while playing the theme tune from The Deer Hunter." - William Cook, The Guardian 

An unholy cross between Steve Martin, in his early days, Lee Evans and Fozzie Bear” – The Sunday Times


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