Comedy: Get ready for some nerd action with Angela Barnes

Angela Barnes
Angela Barnes

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Self-confessed massive Radio 4 nerd Angela Barnes will be doing her best to bring the laughs to tonight’s Wedge Comedy Club.

A relative late-comer to stand-up comedy, she did a 12-week workshop in Brighton in 2008 and a few months later started her stage career – 18 months later she won the BBC New Comedy Award.

She has also appeared on Weekend Wogan’s Children in Need Special and Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour for Radio 2, written for Radio 4’s The News Quiz, played on Eddie Izzard’s Laughs in the Park on BBC2, appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC3, developed her own series with BBC Radio Comedy, and performed at several festivals.

In November 2013, Barnes joined the cast of the topical show Stand Up for the Week and, in February 2014, appeared on Radio 4’s The Now Show.

She is joined on the bill by Sean Collins, who began comedy in 1990 in Vancouver, Canada, after a career as a child counsellor on the psychiatric unit at a local hospital.

With a unique storytelling style, sharpened over 20 years, in 2000 he received two prestigious Canadian Comedy Award nominations for Best Male Stand Up and for his half-hour Comic’s Comedy Special on CBC.

With a craving to play to a more universal audience, Sean left Canada for the UK and has since written and performed three highly successful Edinburgh Festival shows, acquiring rare five-star reviews and a Best of Fest accolade.

Now an established act on the UK circuit, Sean has several television credits to his name, including The World Stands Up Special on Comedy Central, The Comedy Store Television Show on Paramount for 2005, 2006 and 2008, and 2010, and the second series of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow on BBC1.

Finally, there’s Tom Deacon, who since winning the Chortle student comedy award in 2007, has become a circuit regular and a regular presenter on BBC Radio 1.

He has been performing live stand-up for the last seven years – with three Edinburgh solo shows under his belt – and has been the host of his own TV, radio and online shows on BBC2, BBC Radio1 and YouTube football channel Copa90 – where his Eurofan escapades have notched up more than 1m views. Deacon has made guest appearances on BBC2’s The Rob Brydon Show, Dave’s One Night Stand and ITV2’s Fake Reaction and last year he performed at The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow in sold-out, 1,000-seater theatres.

Doors open 7.30pm, food is served until 8.45pm and the comedy runs until about 11pm, followed by a disco until 2.30am.

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