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, Melbourne and now Deer Shed!
Opening 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!
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.
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.
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.
The Noise Next Door
Musical comedy with a difference! Outlandish characters, perfectly-timed punchlines, catchy tunes and hilarious lyrics make for one of the best music-based comedy acts in the country. Anarchic, immaculately planned chaos blends together to create a hilarious family show aimed at people aged 8 to 108! Regulars on both TV and Radio and gaining fans all around the country, this is a show you do not want to miss. "Immaculately well executed" - The Times.