Top secret headliner is on his way

Dane Baptiste joins Angela Barnes and the unnamed headliner
Dane Baptiste joins Angela Barnes and the unnamed headliner
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Ferneham Hall in Fareham is gearing up for a night of laughs next week, with a top secret twist – the audience won’t actually know which headliner they’ll be sharing the laughs with.

Laughter Live! Comedy Club presents a night of comedy with three of the hottest names on the circuit.

First up, the venue will play host to BBC new comedian award-winner Angela Barnes.

Angela has appeared on shows such as Alan Davies As Yet Untitled, Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week andRussell Howard’s Good News.

Sarah Millican is among those singing the comedian’s praises, with The Guardian describing her as a gloriouously down-to-earth, straight-talking and extrememly funny comic.

Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard critic, says of Angela: ‘The best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican. I can’t be any clearer than that.’

Also on the bill is South East London-born Dane Baptiste, of BBC3’s Virtually Famous, Seann Walsh’s Comedy Spectacular and Sweat The Small Stuff.

Dane, who burst on to the stand-up circuit, rising quickly up the ranks and acheiving notable success in numerous comedy competitions, has also made appearances on Radio 1 and Radio 4.

He is now a regular at the country’s most famous venues and is one of the only comics in the UK achieving notable success on both the mainstream and black comedy circuits simultaneously.

In 2014 Dane became the first black Briton to be nominated for the Foster’s Best Newcomer award, being shortlisted for his debut show Citizen Dane.

The headliner remains top secret until the evening, but a few clues have been released to whet the audience’s appetite for the big event.

The man in question hails from Essex and has hosted I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now and Big Brother’s Big Mouth.

He has appeared three times on Live At The Apollo and has already proven popular in Portsmouth, selling out the Guildhall during his 2014 tour.

Last year’s Southsea Comedy Festival saw him perform to 2,000 people in the big top.

He has appeared on the latest Royal Variety Performance and hosted his own show on BBC3 called Live At The Electric.

Most recently he will be known for appearing on Mock The Week and Drunk History.

Host and Comedy Club compere James Alderson, who has recently supported Jo Brand and Eddie Izzard, says: ‘He’s definitely the most exciting comedian in the country at the minute. He’s on every comedy TV show going.

‘The fact that he’s coming to Ferneham Hall when he barely leaves London now unless he’s on tour is exciting.

‘He’s not touring again until next year so now is one of the rare times to come and see him.’

Laughter Live! Comedy Club is at Ferneham Hall on Friday, June 5, 7pm.

Tickets are £10 including a drink and £12 on the door.