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Booking PG-rated comedy for all the family is hard, but we hit the mark most of the time!

James Acaster

James Acaster

James Acaster’s stand-up switches seamlessly between telling outrageously whimsical stories and uncovering the hidden hilarity in everyday mundanity. His “adventures” with cheese graters are outrageously funny in their familiarity.

You’ll recognise James, one of the most endearing comedians on the UK circuit, from his countless TV appearances on shows like Mock The Week, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Nevermind The Buzzcocks. With such experience under his belt, it’s no wonder he received five consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Some of our favourite work of his, though, is Classic Scrapes, where James appeared on Josh Widdicombe’s XFM show to tell the tales of his freakishly frequent fiascos, like writing off his parents’ Ford Fiesta or getting stranded on Alcatraz. Though we hope our Saturday night headliner will get through his set scrape-free, it would be exciting to be immortalised in one of Acaster’s fables...

Justin Moorhouse

Justin Moorhouse

Kids can be cruel – we all know that. Spare a thought then for our comedians, who have to face one heck of a tough crowd. You thought Christmas work parties at The Frog and Bucket Comedy Club were hard? Good luck getting a bad joke past a bunch of giddy Deer Shedders, geed up with space dust, bouncing after the bubble show.

Enter heckle-deflector extraordinaire, Justin Moorhouse, expert at knocking the crazy kids down a peg or two and calming the chaos. That is, of course, when he doesn’t have them surfing on inflatable sofas or wrestling in the Big Top. But even during these stunts, we’re forever glad it’s him and not us.

Returning once again as MC at his festival home away from home, our favourite northern funny man will be back in his element ensuring Saturday Night Live at the Big Top teeters nicely on the fine line between the most high-brow PG comedy programme around… and absolute anarchy!

Daliso Chaponda

Daliso Chaponda

Even Deer Shedders not necessarily into their stand-up comedy will likely recognise our Sunday night headliner. Not a regular at the Comedy Store? No worries: Daliso Chaponda has likely appeared in your living room more than once, having been a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent.

The cheeky Chaponda is the type of comedian simply not fazed when talking about subjects some might find a little uncomfortable. And for some reason – likely his whimsical character and lovable cheeriness – his audiences are never fazed either.

Born to a Malawian politician, Chaponda actually only began to perform stand-up in 2001 when he moved to Canada. Informing and entertaining us on subjects like identity and life as an African in modern Britain, we’re delighted to welcome one of the fastest rising comedians in the land to Baldersby Park.

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean is an absolute firecracker of a comedian. Often sequined and wearing clothes that sparkle as much as her personality, akin to some kind of human disco ball, Mclean is renowned for her topical, energetic, deft and sometimes dark comedy.

The seasoned Welsh stand-up has been making something of a name for herself in the short time she's being performing comedy, and has achieved further success as writer and director of the multi-award winning sketch group, Gein's Family Giftshop.

MC for all the Friday night Bit Top fun, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean will provide much oomph throughout the evening... not that Deer Shedders need it!

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