Following our inaugural 2014 list of Comedians to look out for, we publish Tiemo Talk of the Town’s Top 10 list of up and coming Comedians to look out for in 2015.
For ease of reference they are listed in alphabetical order. We look forward to reading your opinions on the list and any of your recommendations for the year ahead.
1. Andrew Bird
Hugely talented comedian, who delivers plenty of good, original material covering a wide range of subjects. Audiences thoroughly enjoyed his shows in 2014 and should continue to do so in 2015 if he continues in the same vein.
There is a nice warmth to the humour too as he regales his audience with jokes about family life, being a father and his dislike of dog owners. Familiar territory perhaps but like the dogs he detests, his material has some bite.
Judging by the non-stop laughter the audiences at his shows enjoy watching him.
Review – 27.10.14.
2. Andy Gleeks
Very funny Irish man from County Antrim, Ireland. Relatively new to stand up comedy, but I really enjoyed seeing him last year and recommend him as a talent to keep an eye on this year.
Compass Comedy review – 12.06.14.
3. Darius Davies
Darius Davies is definitely one to look out for in 2015. He has bags of original material that he welds together in well crafted, tight, funny shows. His current material has all the makings of a successful one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
Darius Davies Comedy Bunker review – 27.10.14.
4. Judy Thomas
Judy Thomas is relatively new to the comedy scene, but already displays a confident stage presence and delivery.
I hope to see her developing and performing more this year and wowing audiences with her humourous take on life and all that it throws at her.
5. Mark Nelson
Experienced Glaswegian comedian, Mark Nelson, is one of a significant number of male comedians who do material about their experiences as new fathers, being newly married and the adjustments they are required to make to fit into their new roles as they shed the young, free and single tag and put on the coat of adult responsibility.
There are many good exponents of this popular genre of comedy and I like the way he performs and the funny jokes he has created around his own personal experiences.
He gained a well earned *** rating for ‘Please think responsibility’ from us at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.
6. Rory O’Hanlon
Irish comedian Rory O’Hanlon gained a ***** review from us based on his hilarious ‘Have jokes will travel’ Edinburgh Fringe 2014 show.
His shows are billed as pure stand up comedy with a gag every 30 seconds. That’s certainly what you get as hilarious jokes that have you falling about with laughter literally trip of the tongue of Irish Comedian Rory O’Hanlon.
Rory is a very likeable comedian, with loads of one liners and a charming way of bantering with his audience. I’m sure it won’t be long before we see him on TV.
7. Ryan Theivam
Ryan Theivam is an ex-Teacher turned Comedian. He tells great stories re his childhood, school day reminiscences and the humorous (for him anyway) interactions with his parents.
Review – 27.10.14.
8. Sandra Hale
I like Sandra Hale’s comedic take on life as a mature woman, covering subjects as ribald as sex for older women, the good old days and funny material about the most prosaic of things such as people’s names.
Sandra is a very likeable comedienne who engages well with audiences and I look forward to watching her development as a performer.
Review – 12.06.14.
9. Sarah Callaghan
Young London comedienne Sarah Callaghan is definitely one to watch. She has a nice delivery style, with punch lines coming at you unseen, like a sharp left hook. A breath of fresh air on the comedy scene, Sarah is a confident and engaging comedienne. She commands the stage well and holds audiences rapt attention with her every move and vocal delivery, not to mention dancing as the mood may take her!
Sarah received a *** rating for her ‘Don’t Tell Anyone about Sarah Callaghan’ Edinburgh Fringe 2014 show.
10. Stephen Bailey
Amusing young comedian. Stephen Bailey had a very good 2014 and I predict big things for Stephen. A little camp in his manner but we all need to go camping from time to time don’t we!
*** Special mention ***
What can you say about Ricky Grover? Actor, Boxer, Comedian and former Hairdresser! Whilst many will know Ricky from his recent 2 years stint as Dot Cotton’s son Andrew in Eastenders, some fans of the show may have been unaware that he is a top rated, stand up comedian. Ricky Grover has been performing stand up comedy for some 20 years.
I first saw him “live” over 5 years ago at Rich Mix, East London and again in 2014. His 30 minute set was without a doubt one of the best sets I’d had the privilege of seeing all year.
Obviously he is not an up and coming talent, but he gets a mention as a Comedian recent fans of his may not have seen live due to his focus on acting and TV projects in recent years. He doesn’t appear to gig a lot these days, so if you get the chance to see him, I’d suggest you drop everything and do so.
***** Ricky Grover at Comedy Bunker review – 05.12.14.
It is predicted that Ricky will be a strong contender to make it onto our list of the 10 best shows of 2014. That Blog will be published later this week.
What are your views on our list?
So there it is. That is our top 10 list of up and coming comedians to look out for in 2015. Do you agree or disagree with it? Who would be on your Top 10 list of newcomers to look out for?
These are our recommendations rated based purely on shows we saw in 2014 and we saw a lot. There are of course hundred’s of talented and funny up and coming comedians honing their craft in pubs every day of the week in comedy clubs up and down the land. There can be some great fun and laughter to be had checking out new comedic talent.
We encourage you to support up and coming talent by attending live comedy nights and open mic nights at smaller venues with unknown comedians. You never know, you might get to see a star of the future before that in future years you’ll be watching on television or paying big bucks to see at huge arenas.
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