Margaret Cho, Todd Barry and Imran Yusuf among 2011 ones to watch
Down List way, we’ve just about recovered from the devastating news that there will be no sign this year of Bo Burnham, Jonny Sweet, Tommy Tiernan or Pappys. But if you think that kind of comedic void can be filled by this year’s galaxy of acts, then you might well be correct. Among the strong raft of hotshot Americans, keep an eye out for Grammy-nominated Margaret Cho, deadpan genius Todd Barry, Michael Winslow (the guy who did the weird voices in Police Academy), crazed ex-hubbie of Drew Barrymore, Tom Green, and political animal Lee Camp.
Of last year’s sleeper hits who were all nominated for the Best Newcomer award, mime artist The Boy with Tape On His Face, gangly superstar-in-waiting Imran Yusuf and sick sketch boys Late Night Gimp Fight are all back. Indeed, sketch shows look to be set for a strong month with last year’s hits The Three Englishmen (there’s four of them), and mildly twisted double act McNeil and Pamphilon heading this way again while expectations are high for a slew of new groups including Sheeps, Toby, Ford & Akram, Christmas for Two, Dregs and Men of War.
Old school variety comes from The Hamiltons and Paul Daniels (with the lovely Debbie McGee) while the list of former Edinburgh Comedy Award and Perrier winners features Tim Key, Sean Hughes, Al Murray and Russell Kane. In the ‘where have you been all these years?’ category are Omid Djalili, Glenn Wool, Phill Jupitus, Joanna Neary, Dave Gorman and the Behemoth duo John-Luke Roberts & Nadia Kamil. The cream of the Irish japesters are Andrew Maxwell and Keith Farnan while Scots hopes lie on the delicately tender shoulders of Mark Nelson and Daniel Sloss.
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