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Reginald D. Hunter

Reginald D. Hunter

So, for the tenth anniversary edition of Deer Shed, we’ve given ourselves a “Secret Special Guest” slot on the music line-up. Because we like to spoil ourselves, though, we’ve also added one late night comedy special guest slot in the Big Top, well after the watershed. Reginald D. Hunter, a man who needs absolutely no introduction, was the one and only person we wanted to fill such a slot. His down-beat persona and fearless jokes are the perfect combination for taking on the late night rabble and we expect this to be one of the best comedy performances we’ve ever showcased in Baldersby Park. Please note this will be an adult only show.

Nina Conti

Nina Conti

I’ll admit it: until this comedian came along, we thought ventriloquism was a thing of the past. Ray Alan and Lord Charles, Keith Harris and Orville, even Peter Brough and Archie Andrews. The latter, a “radio ventriloquist” in the ‘50s and ‘60s, had surely the easiest job in show business ever! Having appeared regularly on shows like QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo, Nina Conti propels miming into the 21st Century. Alongside Granny – a puppet inherited from Ken Campbell – her comic timing is perfect and she has even discovered a way to turn audience members themselves into easily controllable ventriloquist dummies! A comedian we’ve been dreaming will come and headline the Deer Shed Comedy Club for a number of years now, and it’s finally a reality!

Milton Jones

Milton Jones

Milton Jones is very simply the undisputed comedy king of deadpan one-liners. A regular on Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo and many a Radio 4 show, he has, over the last few years, cemented his position as a household name in the top tier of touring British comedians. Many a great comic has met their match in the form of the Deer Shed Comedy Club audience, but Milton’s ability to produce hilarious zingers on the spot makes him the perfect match for any pesky heckling kids!

DENIM

DENIM

Denim are “London’s hottest new girl band” according to VICE. With records that echo the absolute best pop hits of the ‘90s - think Spice Girls with an extra spoonful of spice – Denim are taking over the world one venue at a time, and the Deer Shed Big Top is their next stop. The UK’s best drag queen act, fronted by the eternally fabulous Glamrou La Denim, will bring the glamour to the fields of North Yorkshire on the festival’s Friday, ensuring every Deer Shedder is “doing it the Denim way” throughout the weekend!

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, high on 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!

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Over the last couple of years, Kiri Pritchard-McLean has been one of the fastest rising comedians on the UK circuit Mclean and is now renowned for her topical, energetic, deft and often dark comedy. The seasoned Welsh stand-up often co-hosts a podcast about serial killers, All Killa No Filla, alongside Rachel Fairburn, which has propelled the duo into the podcasting stratosphere. Building upon early success as writer and director of the multi-award winning sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop, you’re lucky nowadays if you manage actually to bag tickets to a Kiri Pritchard-McLean show of any form, such is the demand. She used to dealing with serial killers, so the Big Top audience should be a doddle… right?

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan

High calibre comedians often hold accolades and win awards, but Patrick Monahan gets top marks for the most unusual one we’ve ever heard of. In 2015 he was named “Britain’s Hardest Working Comedian” by Ents24, for playing the highest number of venues of any comedian on the circuit. Topping that, he also holds the world record for the longest hug, which he achieved at the Edinbrugh Fringe in 2013, with fellow comedian Bob Slayer. Hugs are definitely a running theme with this Middlesbrough-based Irish/Iranian comic. Being the happy chap he is, he can be prone to giving out hugs randomly throughout his energetic set, full of funny, feel-good stories and sharp observations.

Angelos Epithemiou

Angelos Epithemiou

Played by British actor, writer and comedian Dan Renton Skinner - a member of the Dutch Elm Conservatoire sketch group - Angelos Epithemiou is the proud owner of a burger van, who one day made it big by following his show business dream to book a few slots on the telly! This big break came when he became a permanent team member on the revival of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s Shooting Stars, one of the most celebrated panel shows Britain has ever produced. He replaced Johnny Vegas on Ulrika Jonsson’s Team B. Shortly after this, Angelos was nominated for the breakthrough award and best sketch or character act at the 2010 Chortle awards and the act has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Katie Pritchard

Katie Pritchard

Katie Pritchard arrives at Deer Shed ready to blow over the patio furniture of comedy, partially damaging the garden fence of genre while she’s at it, and dropping a large, sturdy branch onto the car bonnet of musicality! After only a relatively short time in the world of comedy, Katie already has a full awards shelf at home, with the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year, the Musical Comedy Award and Northdown New Act of the Year 2019 all under her belt.

Barbara Nice

Barbara Nice

Oh yes, 2019 – and our tenth anniversary edition of Deer Shed – is indeed the year Barbara Nice will make her long-awaited return to Baldersby Park. This mother of five from Stockport fervently believes in getting the most out of life. Whilst her husband thinks she’s dog sitting or out at the bingo, Barbara has been whipping audiences up into a frenzy in comedy clubs all around the country. The alter-ego of award-winning comedian Janice Connolly, who found fame for her starring role in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, Barbara Nice is not only a comedic genius, but she also provides a vital community service as agony aunt to the people!

Tom Parry

Tom Parry

Tom Parry will feel at home in the Big Top, this being his fourth appearance at Deer Shed. Far from treating him like familiar old furniture, he always brings something new to his riotous stand-up routine. At Deer Shed Festival 8 he threw an inflatable sofa into the crowd of giddy kids, before jumping straight onto it and sofa-surfing all around the tent! You can’t let health and safety get in the way of a perfect comedy routine, right? Tom certainly won’t and you do not want to miss what he has up his sleeve for our tenth birthday!

Brett Domino Trio

Brett Domino Trio

Ever wished you could write the perfect pop song or pen a smash hit like Ed Sheeran? Well, with Brett Domino on the keytar, anything is possible. Join West Yorkshire’s ultimate two-piece musical trio (“The Brett Domino Trio” was simply too catchy a name to ditch after the third founding member of the band left) on their quest to conquer the North of God’s Own Country. Also known as musical comedian Rob J. Madin, Brett Domino was once described by Chris Moyles as “a musical God” – a status he will undoubtedly deserve if he can handle the heckling kids in the Deer Shed 10 Big Top tent!

Amy Gledhill

Amy Gledhill

Known for her unique mix of everyday observations and off-beat tangents, Amy Gledhill is a multi-award-winning comic brimming with natural warmth and charm. She is also one half of The Delightful Sausage, a critically lauded comedy double act and writing partnership. In just 18 months they have had two five-star Edinburgh Festival shows, a run at The Soho Theatre, were picked as one of the top things to see by The Guardian and Amy was recently named as the latest recipient of the BBC’s Caroline Aherne Bursary.

Alice Fraser

Alice Fraser

Not many comedians have a background like Alice Fraser. She is an ex-academic, ex-corporate lawyer and (sort of) banjo player. After leaving the corporate law day-job, Alice began to perform reliably silly, unpredictably meaningful, narratively unorthodox, gut-punch comedy. The award-winning writer, broadcaster, performer and comedian has appeared often on BBC Radio 4, currently has a show, The Resistance, on Amazon Prime and has presented many a hilarious radio show around the world.

Jonny & The Baptist

Jonny & The Baptists

I can honestly say I never thought I would find myself singing along to a tune with the lyrics, “We're the UK Independence Party / Woah-oh! Woah-oh”. That is, in a nutshell, the magical effect of Jonny & The Baptists’ politically charged satirical song-writing. They go on to state the best bits of the party’s manifesto: making Britain great again with “free corn beef for the under 5s”! A great idea to get the young’uns on-side. Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers have rapidly become one of the UK's hottest live musical comedy acts, with Stewart Lee believing they possess “the political edge of 80s alternative comedy” and “a pop soul voice to win X Factor’.

Lucy Beaumont

Lucy Beaumont

Lucy Beaumont is a multi-award winning (The BBC New Comedy Award in 2012 and the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer in 2013) stand-up comedian from Yorkshire – one of our own! Born and raised in Hull, much of routine centres on wordplay with the Hullensian (yep, that is what people from Hull are actually called) dialect. If you’re not from these parts and are a little bit lost, here she is teaching Comedy Central viewers “how to speak Hull”. Lucy will bring her trademark northern wit to the Big Top this summer and we’re quite sure she’ll be a Deer Shed favourite in no time.

Pat Cahill: The Fisherman

Pat Cahill: The Fisherman

Pat Cahill is a Fisherman. In fact, Pat Cahill is THE Fisherman. Having hidden in plain sight as an absurdist comedian for some time now, it’s time for Pat to reveal his true form: an anarchic angler desperate to catch a fish – or even just a break – in the Deer Shed Lake. Come and enjoy a bit of quiet reflection by the lake, interrupted by an idiot who insists on singing, chatting and constantly spooking the fish!

Johnny Cochrane

Johnny Cochrane

Essex boy Johnny Cochrane’s is known for his infectious charisma and cheeky charm. So much so that it secured him his own BBC comedy sketch series, alongside his sidekick and fellow Deer Shedder, Inel Tomlinson. The Johnny & Inel Show was met with huge critical acclaim, eventually leading to nominations for two Royal Television Society Awards, including Best Comedy Programme and Best Performance in a Comedy. He is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and laughter to your belly.

Inel Tomlinson

Inel Tomlinson

Blackburn-based comedian Inel Tomlinson is the other half of comedy duo Johnny and Inel. Like Johnny, his infectious wit and charm make him an excellent stand-up for any audience, little or large. Sometimes comedians choose to remain true to a dead-pan character, but the ever-cheerful Inel loves nothing more than laughing along with his exuberant audiences, with a trademark belly laugh that blows Jimmy Carr’s “haw-haw-haw” completely out of the water!

Steff Todd

Steff Todd

Steff Todd is an award-winning new comedian from Yorkshire. She recently gained worldwide attention after going viral for her Love Island 2018 impressions. She is fast becoming one of the hottest emerging new talents in comedy with a huge following of fans who love reality TV and pop culture. If you’re a pop culture vulture, Steff Todd is absolutely the comedian for you and we’re delighted to continue championing Yorkshire talent with this booking.

Sarah Bennetto

Sarah Bennetto

Sarah Bennetto is one of the Deer Shed team’s favourite comedians around. She kindly agreed to perform at our first ever comedy fringe showcase on the other side of the North Yorkshire Moors in Robin Hood’s Bay: cue many expert gags comparing the quaint seaside village to Balamory or a place conjured up in the imagination of Enid Blyton! Originally from Australia, you can forgive Sarah for experiencing a little culture shock, but it’s safe to say she’s now a fully-fledged Deer Shedder, and North Yorkshire has become her festival home away from home.

Ria Lina

Ria Lina

Another comic who blew away audiences at our fringe comedy nights on the Yorkshire coast. Ria Lina’s brand of musical comedy is disarmingly cheerful, which allows her to get away with anything from the most audacious routines to subtle wordplay. Ria has be seen performing with her hilariously dry and witty social commentary song, accompanied by her trusty ukuklele, and has been seen at clubs around the world from Glasgow to Singapore, Robin Hood’s Bay to Seattle. Winner of Best Comedy Show at the Greater Manchester Fringe, we are quite sure Ria’s humour will be a hit for the whole family this summer.

Jack Gleadow

Jack Gleadow

Winner of the 2018 Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year, the 2017 Amused Moose National New Comic Award and the 2017 Great Yorkshire Fringe new comedian of the year, stand-up and Hull local, Jack Gleadow, is one of the most exciting comedians currently touring the UK. Influenced by the golden era of variety, Jack’s performances often take the form of a one-man variety, employing sounds, stories, jokes and sometimes even a scooter to entertain his audiences!

Raymond & Mr Timpkins

Raymond & Mr Timpkins

Lightning fast choreography meets uber-swift editing in a phantasmagorical collision of quality entertainment. An overload of velvet, sandals and multi-hued wool provides a startling accompaniment, the whole effect being that of a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face. According to Richard Herring, Raymond and Mr Timpkins’ show is “the slickest chaos and smartest stupidity that you will ever see… properly, uncomplicatedly funny.”

Helen Duff

Helen Duff

Helen Duff is a storyteller, actress, clown and comedian. Finding humour in dark places, her clowning is both shamelessly silly and socially conscious at the same time, with previous shows revolving around themes of mental health, relationships, food and female empowerment. Helen’s comedy, both bold and endlessly funny, is an absolute breath of fresh air that we are delighted to share with Deer Shedders on this year’s Big Top bill.

The Scummy Mummies

The Scummy Mummies

One of the most popular comedy shows ever performed on the Big Top, The Scummy Mummies, is coming back to Deer Shed for our tenth birthday! Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are a hilarious duo for less-than-perfect parents. Following their sell-out UK tour, adorned with their iconic golden cat-suits, The Scummy Mummies are here to celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA. No parent is perfect – far from it, actually – and Helen and Ellie will show you exactly why! As well as performing The Scummy Mummies Show, they’ll also be recording an episode of their podcast live on-site with a very special guest.

Beetlemania

Beetlemania

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids is “one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen at the Fringe,” according to our Megan, Deer Shed Creative Director and comedy booker extraordinaire. Kafka for Kids, though? Sounds like a very serious subject for a show on the Big Top! Well, you don’t need to be an avid reader of his *sometimes slightly dry* literary work to enjoy this amazing show for kids, although you’re certainly allowed to be smug if you catch the clever references (Beetlemania… The Metamorphosis… get it?). Written by Deer Shed’s favourite MC, Tom Parry (Pappy’s), this show is a celebration of literature, music and storytelling, with an emphasis on the impact of endings.

WIFI Wars

WIFI Wars

Hosted by comedian and regular video games commentator Steve McNeil (Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit) & techie Rob Sedgebeer, WiFi Wars is a live comedy game show where you play along! Log in with your smartphone or tablet at Deer Shed 10 and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and lots of prizes! Don’t worry if you have low battery: Friends of the Earth will be on-site with phone charging facilities.

Foxdog

Foxdog Studios

Foxdog Studios make comedy out of robotics, AR and... sausages!? Two genuine IT consultants-turned-comedians, Lloyd Henning and Peter Sutton, experiment with interactive technology, surreal humour and your patience live at Deer Shed 10. If you’ve never fired a sausage canon before (I mean, who hasn’t) then you do not want to miss this amazing show. This comedy duo are perhaps the most innovative we’ve come across in a long while and their fantastic feats of funny engineering are sure to be a hit in the Big Top.

Planet Earth III

Planet Earth III

Luke Rollason's Planet Earth III is a one-man nature documentary set in a future where our worst predictions came true – following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC. But one plucky (and unpaid) intern isn’t giving up and, right on programming schedule, we’re getting a third series! Armed with obsolete office supplies and a surreal imagination, nature's weirdos are brought back to life in an absurd adventure, featuring sellotape-spinning spiders, fan powered hummingbirds and the most dramatic seahorse birthing sequence ever seen onstage. Deer Shedders who loved Blue Planet III last year should not miss Planet Earth III!

Sleeping Trees

Sleeping Trees

Sleeping Trees give Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel a dose of distorted admiration. Follow the conflicting expeditions of Billy Bones and Long John Silver, two thieving veterans of the sea, as well as young cabin boy, Jim. Jim, trying to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming a pirate, manages to get caught up in a world inhabited by mermen, other various talking sea creatures and pirates with severe personality disorders. With only themselves for company, Sleeping Trees bring together a version of the story the likes of which have never been seen, even by the most ravaged of salt stained peepers.

The Kagools

The Kagools

From the Mr Bean School of physical comedy, The Kagools – aka Claire Ford and Nicola Wilkinson – are a duo who propel silent entertainment and mime into the twenty-first century. After performing their eponymous debut show in 2015, and winning multiple of awards along the way, they appeared at Deer Shed 7, winning the hearts of all in the Big Top. Their name and costumes make total sense when you hear the audience’s waves of laughter surging towards the stage.

Magical Bones

Magical Bones

Widely considered one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the wizarding world in some time, Richard Essien has been dazzling audiences across the globe as Magical Bones from over ten years. It isn’t just his magic tricks that will have the whole Big Top audience gasping in unison though: Richard is also an exceptional break dancer who has worked with the likes of Madonna and Plan B. Performing mind-blowing card tricks already requires some serious sleight of hand skills, but try pulling them off at the same time as a backflip! Now that’s impressive. A born entertainer who will go down a storm at Deer Shed 10.

Mad Etiquette

Mad Etiquette

Join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion Marvin on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger. Marvin the Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with an ancient type of magic hat that gives him super powers. Deer Shedders will follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis the evil and odorous Captain Onion? A joyous physical non-verbal comedy for all the family by award winning theatre company Mad Etiquette.

Bellatrix

Bellatrix

Bellatrix, also known as Belle Ehresmann, made history in 2009 when she became the first woman to win the World Beat Box Championships. She also went on to win it twice more in 2014 and 2015! No sweat. After working with the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Massive Attack throughout her beat-making career, Belle is heading to Topcliffe this summer to inspire the next generation of beatbox champions.

Games With James

Games With James

Stand-up comedian James Cook loves playing old school board games from back in the day. So much so that he wants to share his passion with the Deer Shed 10 Big Top audience. Compete in live action versions of classics like Buckaroo and Hungry Hippos, with James as your hilarious compère, in this riotous show for the whole family!

Sport for the Unsporty

Sport for the Unsporty

Do you have the heart of an athlete, but the skills of a toddler? Then this is the show for you! Self-appointed ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ James Hancox is rubbish at sports. As a response, he’s invented his own and plans to unveil them at Deer Shed 10! Audience-based sketches, improvised power ballads and half the contents of the local pound shop combine in a show that proves if you can’t beat them, just make up a different game and beat them at that instead!

Stepdads

Stepdads

The first step to having fun is… Stepdads. Get ready for an activity-filled weekend with two men, played by Luke Rollason and Tom Curzon, who wish they were your dad, and who are definitely NOT undercover secret agents. Stepdads is Spy Kids re-imagined in a surreal fever dream of an action-packed double act, filled with songs, stupidity and the sanctity of marriage. Forget the iGen – this is the spyGen!

The Bean Counter

The Bean Counter

The Bean Counter is an improvised live show for the whole family starring the counting official in a jelly bean counting competition. While it may not sound like the most exciting of jobs, this jelly bean counter, played by Alice May Cooper, has developed a multitude of unusual methods for counting the masses of jelly beans in her jar – a core skill in the industry, surprisingly! They may sound like a bit of a jobsworth, but we can guarantee Deer Shedders will be sharing Alice’s bean-counting obsession in no time at all. Plus, you’ll never lose money at the school summer fair again!

Judge Moody vs The Illegal Eagle

Judge Moody vs The Illegal Eagle

Judge Moody is a grumpy old judge. He’s got it in for the illegal eagle – a bird who just can’t keep his beak out of trouble. Among his list of felonies are birdglary, murder (of crows) and international wildlife smuggling. But wasn’t he just scavenging for food? Hanging out with his crow-nies? Or migrating? He’s going to end up a jailbird if top lawyer Jacques Hughes won’t lend him a helping talon. Prepare to watch this case unfold on the Big Top stage!

The Scummy Mummies Podcast Live

The Scummy Mummies Podcast Live

Join The Scummy Mummies plus a special guest for an hour of laughs for less-than-perfect parents. Bring your wine and panty liners and enjoy a funny and frank discussion about the highs and lows of modern parenthood. The Scummy Mummies are comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson. They co-host the UK’s number one parenting podcast, and tour live comedy shows around the UK. The podcast has been recommended by the BBC’s Woman’s Hour, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and was listed in The Guardian’s 50 best podcasts of 2016.

Gabriel Ebule – The Three Track Podcast

Gabriel Ebulue – The Three Track Podcast

The Three Track Podcast is a podcast by a music nerd, for music nerds. Comedian, writer and host Gabriel Ebulue is the music nerd in question and each episode sees him invite a new guest on to pick their three all-time favourite tracks, from niche B-sides to the biggest chart hits. They discuss every beat in intricate detail, as well as their general love of music. Gabriel will invite a special guest to join him on the Lodge stage for a live edition of The Three Track Podcast, recorded right here in Baldersby Park.

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