Top comedy line-up at Jongleurs, Portsmouth

Jamaican comic Tony Hendriks - also known as Paleface
Jamaican comic Tony Hendriks - also known as Paleface

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Jongleurs in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, is playing host to a quality four-comic bill tomorrow night.

As a black Scouser from Toxteth, R David is a member of so many minority groups that he should qualify for some sort of gold card.

As it is, he has remained surprisingly chirpy and upbeat, taking life’s inequalities and showing their funny side.

Beginning his stand-up career in 1995, R David has toured extensively throughout the British Isles picking up a number of accolades along the way.

In 1997 he was a finalist in the Hackney Empire New Act competition.

And in 2000 he was voted Comedian of the Year in Liverpool by the readers of the Liverpool Echo.

While working as a runner at MTV studios after graduation, Matt Rudge was asked to keep a studio audience entertained while Ruby Wax was being hypnotized, starting his career as a warm-up act.

Within a year of starting stand-up comedy Matt was nominated as Comedian of the Year in England’s biggest comedy festival, the Leicester Comedy Festival, as well as being a finalist in various major comedy competitions.

Presenting work followed, including fronting off-the-wall reports for The Wright Stuff on Channel 5, BBC News and ITN. In 2004 he was the voiceover and warm up act on Channel 4’s Kings of Comedy.

He also claims to have died twice on Casualty, in two separate episodes as two different characters – once by smoke inhalation, once by brain haemorrhage

Next up is veteran comic Gerry K who first hit the stage in 2003 and performed his first Edinburgh show four years later.

As well as performing stand-up Gerry has acted on The Bill, Angelo’s and hosted a football forum with Jeff Stelling and Rodney Marsh for Zoo Magazine.

Along the way he’s picked up a few awards here and there, including The Comedy Store’s King Gong, Metrolife Comedy Newcomer, and The Comedy Café’s Best Newcomer Awards.

Tony Hendriks is Jamaican born and his comedy comes with a Caribbean flavour, an international perspective and is universally funny.

He’s been described as Jamaica’s greatest export that makes you laugh – except he’s legal.

Among his awards, he was voted Best Jamaican Comedian by the Jamaican public 1999 and 2000, Best International Comic at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards UK in London 2005, and won a Race In Media Award 2002 on BBC Radio London.

Doors open at 6.45pm, last entry is at 7.45pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £15, or £25 including a two-course dinner. Go to or call 08700 111960.