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

John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth – played by Graham Fellows – has been one of the nation’s favourite comedy acts since he first hit the UK circuit in 1986. Now well into his 50s, John is Yorkshire born and bred. His mastery of the old school Yamaha PSS portable keyboard, a piece of kit that has become a constant trusty stage companion over the years, means that he is able to express his comedic wit through the power of song.

After a career of covering all the important issues that trouble us every-day folk on an every-day basis in his tunes – like Y Reg, a song about the dangers of putting your trust in an old banger to transport you around, or I Can’t Go Back to Savoury Now, a song title every one of us with a sweet tooth can empathise with – there are rumours that John might be considering retirement in the near future, catch him at #DeerShed8!

Justin Moorhouse

Justin Moorhouse

Presenting the ‘Comedy Night at the Big Top’ on Friday is comedian, actor, dog walker, and parent Justin Moorhouse. A familiar face on TV after appearing on Live at the Apollo, The Comedy Store, and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Mancunian Moorhouse will be bringing his trademark northern charm as he discusses life after 45.

Justin is of course no stranger to Deer Shed. He traditionally takes a fair amount of abuse from the under 8s during his set which he usually handles like an absolute wizard!

We can’t wait to see what he has in store for this year’s festival and, of course, how he will expertly dispatch those pesky little hecklers.

Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden

Headlining the Deer Shed Festival this year is top funny-man, and two-time Chortle Award nominee, Hal Cruttenden. Known for his witty observations of family life and what it was like to be in school with George Osborne, Hal is one of the most sought after comedians on the circuit and is no stranger to TV with appearances on Have I got News for You, Mock the Week and even an appearance in Eastenders!

His most recent stand up show Straight Outta Cruttenden was his fourth tour and has taken him around the world from Edinburgh to Melbourne.

Hal Cruttenden is one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor, and we are over the moon to present him to Deer Shedders.

Tom Parry

Tom Parry

Tom Parry will be a familiar face to any regular Deer Shedders with Deer Shed 8 marking his third appearance at the festival. Best known for his work with sketch show Pappys, Tom Parry is an excellent comedian in his own right with his most recent tour Yellow T-Shirt earning him a nomination for the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer as well as making the top ten for Dave's Joke of the Fringe.

This year, Tom will be compering Saturday comedy night at Deer Shed with his unique brand of humour and his fantastically funny take on the world.

Bec Hill

Bec Hill

If you haven't already heard of Bec Hill, you will have soon. A rising star of comedy in Britain, Ireland, and her homeland Australia, Bec has become a cult star thanks to a number of award-winning solo shows and her role in top comedy duo Bec & Tom. Bec's name can quite often be seen in "best joke" shortlists but it is her ability to incorporate arts and crafts and "paper-puppetry" into stand-up routines which make her particularly memorable.

Hilarious puns, quirky style and childlike enthusiasm for superheroes, action toys and arts make Bec a uniquely hilarious addition to the Deer Shed line-up.

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan

Once described as the "cuddliest comedian at the Fringe" (because of his penchant for handing out free hugs during his shows) and often described as "lovable", Patrick Monahan is a comedian defined by his contagious enthusiasm. His unique, and hilarious, blend of high energy and topical material has made him a hugely popular among audiences both on stage, and on radio on TV.

As well a stand up performance in the Big Top, Monahan will be hosting a Pub Quiz for Kids. A runaway hit at 2016's Edinburgh Fringe, this new-style, topsy-turvy family quiz brings fierce competition, lots of laughs and even award a prize or two to the family with the widest, most random knowledge.

Ivo Graham

Ivo Graham

Etonians don’t get the best press at the moment. This might be a little to do with a perceived lack of humility by those in the public eye. Well, we know somebody who will certainly refute such a perception. In fact, Ivo Graham’s stand-up routines primarily feature the comedian getting on stage to publically roast himself in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of people.

Ivo became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe, aged just 18. Since then he has performed on a host of the best comedy showcases around, such as Mock The Week, Live At The Comedy Store, and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central. Trust us when we say that this brand of humility is utterly hilarious.

Sarah Bennetto

Sarah Bennetto

#DeerShed8 is set to showcase stand-up and character curios hilarity by the Melbourne-born, London-based comedian. An increasingly popular figure in the UK comedy scene, Sarah has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Sarah Bennetto's Mix-Tape, Storytellers’ Club, Global Pillage, all the great comedy podcast panel shows, and Glastonbury backstage radio.

Her past solo shows for Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival include: a sitcom about office temping, the true story of having lunch with Prince Charles at the Palace, an hour-long ode to board games and Victorian parlour games, a study of her insanely good luck (she’s won a car, holidays, the lottery), staging her own funeral live, and this year: every mistake she’s ever made, presented in list form.

Josh Howie

Josh Howie

Already a much in-demand stand-up comic, performing regularly at all the major comedy clubs around the UK, over the previous few years Josh has also taken his distinctive brand of humour to India, Ireland, UAE, France, China, Thailand, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia and America. Luckily for us, North Yorkshire’s Baldersby Park is his next stop!

Josh most recently appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled with Eddie Izzard, and has recorded for two series of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. Having four children himself, Josh is no stranger to the family friendly context. In fact, his stand-up comedy can often centre on the humour he observes in the ever so slightly darker sides of family life. You probably recognise him from the show Movie Geek on Sky Movies, which he both presented and wrote, in which he rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Now he’s preparing to rub shoulders with Deer Shedders in summer, and we’re struggling to contain our excitement.

Dan Nightingale

Dan Nightingale

Dan Nightingale has been all around the North with his comedy. Hailing originally from Preston, he began his comedy pursuits in Newcastle before subsequently moving to Manchester. Whilst in Manchester, he went from being barman, to booking agent, to hosting New Act Night, to compering shows at the weekends, all at the Frog & Bucket, a venue that has been frequented by the Deer Shed team for festive celebrations!

His 'talky comedy' makes mundane and, frankly, sometimes depressing topics seem utterly hilarious through a cheeky, buoyant energy that makes it impossible not to giggle. Widely regarded as one of the best performers working on the comedy circuit today, he mixes fiendishly accurate observation with a cheeky wit and killer punch lines. His his comedy is original, playful, intelligent, poignant and exciting; sometimes ridiculous... but always hilarious.

Edd Hedges

Edd Hedges

With an incredibly endearing stage presence, Essex-boy Edd Hedges has a natural affinity with audiences and, since winning So You Think You’re Funny in 2013, his career has skyrocketed. Being a runner-up in subsequent finals of Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year and Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year, Edd went on to feature in Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Just The Tonic’s Big Value Show (Edinburgh 2014) and the coveted, off-beat Welsh festival, Machynlleth Comedy Festival which also marked his radio debut on Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club with Arthur Smith. Edd also recently guest starred in an episode of Joe Sutherland and Stephen Bailey's On The Rocks podcast.

Taking the UK circuit by storm, Edd can also be seen performing his unique style of ridiculous anecdotes in various comedy clubs around the UK, including his and the family-friendly show, Comedy Club 4 Kids. At only 23, Edd appears to be older and wiser than his years and has all the hallmarks of a very promising career.

Hannah Silvester

Hannah Silvester

A Breakthrough Act Award at the Midlands Comedy Awards 2014 reinforced Hannah Silvester's position as one of the top up and coming acts in the UK comedy scene. In the same year, she was a finalist at the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award and the Nottingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition.

Described as 'viciously, hilariously blunt' by Chortle, the charming Brummie blends a frank and honest observational style of wit with a warm and likable stage presence. Not just in demand on the comedy circuit, Hannah is also an accomplished children's entertainer, having held a resident slot at the Laughing Sole Comedy for Kids Show at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham since its conception. We've heard through the grapevine that Hannah could be bringing her acoustic guitar to serenade Deer Shedders!

The Scummy Mummies Show

The Scummy Mummies Show

The Scummy Mummies are Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, two mothers and comedians – among an array of other things – who host a fortnightly podcast for “less than perfect parents” (so… pretty much all of us, right?). They discuss a wide range of topics relevant to modern mums and dads, from culture and current affairs, to pelvic floors and play dates, via farting and fish fingers – have we grabbed your attention yet!?

We’re over the moon that the pair will bring The Scummy Mummies Show to #DeerShed8, complete with songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories. They come recommended by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and BBC’s Woman’s Hour – not bad at all! Don’t miss out on the live version of the UK’s number one kids and family podcast this July.

Nick Doody

Nick Doody

Nick Doody is one of the most talented comedians on the British circuit. Not just because of his own solo stand-up prowess: his work is wholly embedded in UK comedy folklore, having written material for legends like Joan Rivers, Lenny Henry, Dame Edna Everage and a host of Mock The Week Regulars. He was also the creator and head writer of the critically acclaimed Radio 4 show Bigipedia.

Such awesome success as a writer propelled his solo comedy career – which began in the 90s with Nick providing support during his student days for Bill Hicks, another legend – into the stratosphere. In 2006 he performed his debut solo Edinburgh Festival Show, Before He Kills Again, which sold out for the whole festival, bringing the house down and receiving the rave reviews he had deserved since the beginning of his comedy exploits. We’re convinced these reviews will be emulated by those watching Nick at #DeerShed8.

Jarred Christmas & Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party

Jarred Christmas & Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party

Jarred Christmas is one of New Zealand’s finest exports to the UK in recent times. His humour strikes a perfect balance between juvenility and an ability to constantly command any crowd’s attention. Hobbit (aka Jack Hobbs), the son of a blues musician and pianist, is the UK’s finest beatboxer. When the two combined their performing prowess, The Great Comedy Beat Box Party was born!

Music from the mouth; jokes from the mouth; a loop station; a tubby man dancing; theme tunes; beat box battles that Eminem can only dream of rapping over; games; prizes and loads of laughter. The show will delight and surprise Deer Shedders from start to finish.

Toby Hadoke presents For the Love of Doctor Who

Toby Hadoke presents For the Love of Doctor Who

Toby Hadoke is the archetypal Whovian. Connecting the best of both his critically acclaimed shows along with never before seen material, and encompassing his continued love affair with the Doctor, he presents For the Love of Doctor Who.

An intelligent and thoughtful comedic wordsmith, Hadoke has been at the top of his game for over ten years – his experience and standing are unrivalled. His quick wit and charming audience banter make him a disarming comedian who can liven up any lacklustre crowd, or tame a feisty one, without him ever losing his unique comedy styling as a self-deprecatory and amusingly vexed curmudgeon, whom it is impossible to dislike. Allons-y, Toby!