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PAUL FOOT: IMAGE CONSCIOUS (UK Tour)
Friday 22 February 2019
PAUL FOOT: IMAGE CONSCIOUS (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Award-winning "deranged genius" Paul Foot is back with his latest collection of sublime witterings. You may have seen him on Never Mind The Buzzcocks or Would I Lie To You, now you can see him live in all his surrealist glory.

Stand Up For The Weekend with CARL DONNELLY & CO
Saturday 23 February
Stand Up For The Weekend with CARL DONNELLY & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Carl Donnelly started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting comedians. His conversational, silly sense of humour saw him win a host of awards and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland. Plus guests.

See More Book Tickets £12
ANDREW DOYLE: FRIENDLY FIRE (UK Tour)
Thursday 28 February
ANDREW DOYLE: FRIENDLY FIRE (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio
Andrew Doyle is one of the UK’s foremost political satirists.  Friendly Fire is his seventh solo stand-up show.  It follows the critically acclaimed Thought Crimes, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and later transferred to the Soho Theatre in London.
See More Book Tickets £13
Stand Up For The Weekend with MICK FERRY & CO
Saturday 2 March
Stand Up For The Weekend with MICK FERRY & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Mick Ferry
is renowned as a fine purveyor of lugubrious surrealism and has quickly established himself as one of the most sought after comics on the British and International comedy circuit. “As good as it gets…highly original and hilarious” Big Issue
See More Book Tickets £12
MATT RICHARDSON: SLASH (UK Tour)
Sunday 3 March
MATT RICHARDSON: SLASH (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio
A lot has happened to Matt Richardson since his last tour in 2013. A lot of it is quite strange. Most comedians hope to win accolades and make people laugh, very few end up with Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush trophy. "Explosive show" Voice Magazine
See More Book Tickets £13
SEANN WALSH: AFTER THIS ONE, I'M GOING HOME (UK Tour)
Friday 8 March
SEANN WALSH: AFTER THIS ONE, I'M GOING HOME (UK Tour)
1532 Performing Arts Centre

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and the self-dubbed “Lie-In King”, Seann Walsh is “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation (The Guardian). Returning from his run in America, where he made his USA television debut appearance on Conan, Seann Walsh is back on tour in the UK.

See More Book Tickets £16
Stand Up For The Weekend with DAMIAN CLARK & CO
Saturday 9 March
Stand Up For The Weekend with DAMIAN CLARK & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Aussie firebrand Damian Clark tells rapid-fire jokes with a delivery resembling a Gatling gun. He has an acclaimed international reputation and is in high demand. "Hilariously surreal…well-wrought set delivered with brio and huge charm… Amazing" The Scotsman
See More Book Tickets £12
LOST VOICE GUY: TOUR 2019
Sunday 10 March
LOST VOICE GUY: TOUR 2019
Tobacco Factory Theatre
Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s comedy series, Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is setting out on a tour of the UK.
SHAPPI KHORSANDI: SKITTISH WARRIOR
Sunday 10 March
SHAPPI KHORSANDI: SKITTISH WARRIOR
Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Comedian, author, cultural icon and - most recently - idiot who agreed to be tortured on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, Shappi Khorsandi is a woman of many parts. But live comedy is where she's in her element, and now - after her spell in the jungle - she sets out for the more welcoming destination of Bristol.
THE SILVER UBERGLEE (Part 1) with MARK WATSON, JOHN ROBINS & GUESTS
Wednesday 13 March
THE SILVER UBERGLEE (Part 1) with MARK WATSON, JOHN ROBINS & GUESTS
Hen & Chicken Studio

The Comedy Box commemorates 25 years of operation in Bristol (including 21 years at the Hen & Chicken) with a small collection of favourite comics. Former Bristol comics Mark Watson and John Robins join the party.
THE SILVER UBERGLEE (Part 2) with JON RICHARDSON & FRIENDS
Thursday 14 March
THE SILVER UBERGLEE (Part 2) with JON RICHARDSON & FRIENDS
Hen & Chicken Studio

In conjunction with Bristol's St Peter's Hospice, The Comedy Box has put together a second show which commemorates 25 years of operation titled The Silver UberGlee (Part 2) featuring the fantastic Jon Richardson who will be hosting. Proceeds for this show will be donated to St Peter's Hospice.
DARREN HARRIOTT: VISCERAL (UK Tour)
Friday 15 March
DARREN HARRIOTT: VISCERAL (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee Darren Harriott, returns with a brand new show, following recent appearances on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), and Fighting Talk (BBC Radio 5 Live).

See More Book Tickets £13
Stand Up For The Weekend with PIERRE NOVELLIE & CO
Saturday 16 March
Stand Up For The Weekend with PIERRE NOVELLIE & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Following on from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, award-winning comedian Pierre Novellie brings his unique brand of comedy to the Hen & Chicken. “The dawn of a major talent” The Guardian. Plus guests. 

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PAUL McCAFFREY UK TOUR
Thursday 21 March
PAUL McCAFFREY UK TOUR
Hen & Chicken Studio

Paul McCaffrey
is an award-winning comedian (Latitude New Act of the Year, London Paper New Act of the Year) and headlines at the biggest comedy clubs in the country. He has performed four critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows as well as major music festivals: Reading, Leeds, V Festival, Bestival and Latitude.
See More Book Tickets £13
STEPHEN BAILEY: OUR KID (UK Tour)
Friday 22 March
STEPHEN BAILEY: OUR KID (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ (Daily Record), stand-up comedy star and host of Five's 'Celebs On The Farm',  Stephen Bailey is embarking on a brand new tour in spring 2019 with his incredible show ‘Our Kid’ – a story full of Northern warmth, some working-class guilt and a bit of blue.
See More Book Tickets £15
Stand Up For The Weekend with DANE BAPTISTE & CO
Saturday 23 March
Stand Up For The Weekend with DANE BAPTISTE & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Having written and starred in his own sitcom for the BBC (Sunny D) and performed a triumphant run at the Edinburgh Festival, Dane Baptiste is fast becoming regarded as definitely one to watch as his career takes off. "A thunderingly charismatic comic" The Guardian. Plus guests.

See More Book Tickets £12
KEN CHENG: BEST DAD EVER (UK Tour)
Thursday 28 March
KEN CHENG: BEST DAD EVER (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Dave's Joke of the Fringe Winner, Cambridge mathematics dropout and professional poker player Ken Cheng embarks on his UK-wide tour following a sold-out, award nominated run at the Edinburgh Festival.
See More Book Tickets £13
JESS ROBINSON: NO FILTER (UK Tour)
Friday 29 March
JESS ROBINSON: NO FILTER (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Jess Robinson
takes you on a dizzying journey through hilarious improvised musical impressions, serving up a feast of styles and genres from classical to rock to hip hop showcasing the voices of all your favourite celebs. "It's like a mega-concert with all your favourite stars" ITV
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Stand Up For The Weekend with NIGEL NG & CO
Saturday 30 March
Stand Up For The Weekend with NIGEL NG & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Malaysian comic Nigel Ng lived in America for five years and moved to the UK in 2015. Having started his comedy career in Chicago, he has quickly developed an impressive delivery with very strong routines. "Natural funnybones…as slick as they come" Chortle
See More Book Tickets £12
MATT FORDE: BREXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (UK Tour)
Sunday 31 March
MATT FORDE: BREXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

The whole thing's a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who it is. Join Britain’s leading political comedian, Matt Forde, for the show that was a complete sell-out at this year’s Edinburgh Festival and his last as an EU citizen.
See More Book Tickets £16
SIMON MUNNERY: THE WREATH (UK Tour)
Thursday 4 April
SIMON MUNNERY: THE WREATH (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Serial innovator Simon Munnery presents his brand new show. A British Comedy Award nominee, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and Chortle Award winner. Munnery's stand-up career spanning 32 years has seen him regularly perform all over the world and star in several of his own major television and radio projects.
See More Book Tickets £14
CARL HUTCHINSON LIVE (UK Tour)
Friday 5 April
CARL HUTCHINSON LIVE (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

As seen on Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show & following a sold-out 2017 tour, Geordie comedian Carl Hutchinson is back with a brand new show. From buying a house to having kids, Carl takes his unique adolescent approach to grown up issues.
See More Book Tickets £13
Stand Up For The Weekend with MATT GREEN & CO
Saturday 6 April
Stand Up For The Weekend with MATT GREEN & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Matt Green's intelligent act is a mixture of high energy observational and topical jokes combined with more personal stories and anecdotes. He is a talented yarn-spinner, setting scenes evocatively, and patiently teases out the laughs. Plus guests.

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Stand Up For The Weekend with MIKE WILMOT & CO
Saturday 13 April
Stand Up For The Weekend with MIKE WILMOT & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Already an established comedian in his home country Canada, Mike Wilmot started working in the UK as a stand-up comedian in 1995. Since then Mike has built up a reputation as one of the unsung heroes of the UK comedy scene achieving rave reviews throughout the country for his unique stand-up.
See More Book Tickets £12
Saturday 20 April
EASTER WEEKEND

THERE IS NO COMEDY SHOW AT THE HEN & CHICKEN OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND.

Stand Up For The Weekend with IAN STONE & CO
Saturday 27 April
Stand Up For The Weekend with IAN STONE & CO
Hen & Chicken Studio

Ian Stone is one of the most talented topical acts in the country. Edgy and provocative, with an easy-going manner and self-deprecating style, Ian is also a member of the Comedy Store's critically acclaimed 'Cutting Edge' team - a weekly residency of topical stand-up. Plus guests.

See More Book Tickets £12
CHRIS McCAUSLAND: SPEAKY BLINDER (UK Tour)
Thursday 9 May
CHRIS McCAUSLAND: SPEAKY BLINDER (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

A brand new stand-up show following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo and a sell-out Fringe, one of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour. Sunday Times Best of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.
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ASHLEY BLAKER & IMRAN YUSUF: PROPHET SHARING (UK Touring)
Thursday 30 May
ASHLEY BLAKER & IMRAN YUSUF: PROPHET SHARING (UK Touring)
Hen & Chicken Studio

Two great religions. Two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf – both stars of their own BBC shows – are joining forces in the most-unlikely double-act since Kermit and Miss Piggy (who neither Ashley and Imran can eat!).
See More Book Tickets £15
SOFIE HAGEN: BUBBLEWRAP, HAPPY FAT (UK Tour)
Thursday 30 May
SOFIE HAGEN: BUBBLEWRAP, HAPPY FAT (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

After a total sell-out of her ‘Dead Baby Frog’ tour in 2018, Sofie Hagen returns with the show that won her the Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer award. Plus, a first chance to hear her read from her new book ‘Happy Fat’, and a Q & A.
See More Book Tickets £15
TOM STADE: I SWEAR TO... (UK Tour)
Saturday 1 June
TOM STADE: I SWEAR TO... (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Following 2017’s smash-hit UK tour, Tom Stade, the Canadian comedy legend, is back with a new show.  Welcome back to ‘I SWEAR TO…’ picking up just where he left off as an hour simply wasn’t long enough. “UNMISSABLE” Edinburgh Evening News
See More Book Tickets £18.5
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Monday 2 September
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Digital DJ, Internet-Based Quiz Show Host, yells into a well. John Robins returns with his first new show since the sell-out smash ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. Soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping hot shame.
See More Book Tickets £18.5
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Tuesday 3 September
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Digital DJ, Internet-Based Quiz Show Host, yells into a well. John Robins returns with his first new show since the sell-out smash ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. Soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping hot shame.
See More Book Tickets £18.5
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Wednesday 4 September
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Digital DJ, Internet-Based Quiz Show Host, yells into a well. John Robins returns with his first new show since the sell-out smash ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. Soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping hot shame.
See More Book Tickets £18.5
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Thursday 5 September
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Digital DJ, Internet-Based Quiz Show Host, yells into a well. John Robins returns with his first new show since the sell-out smash ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. Soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping hot shame.
See More Book Tickets £18.5
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Friday 6 September
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Digital DJ, Internet-Based Quiz Show Host, yells into a well. John Robins returns with his first new show since the sell-out smash ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. Soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping hot shame.
See More Book Tickets £18.5
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Saturday 7 September
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Tobacco Factory Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Digital DJ, Internet-Based Quiz Show Host, yells into a well. John Robins returns with his first new show since the sell-out smash ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. Soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping hot shame.
See More Book Tickets £18.5
FERN BRADY: POWER AND CHAOS (UK Tour)
Thursday 12 September
FERN BRADY: POWER AND CHAOS (UK Tour)
Hen & Chicken Studio

As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo, Fern Brady is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. "Tough-talking and packed with don’t-give-a-shit honesty." The Skinny
See More Book Tickets £13
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Monday 30 September
JOHN ROBINS: HOT SHAME (UK Tour)
Redgrave Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Digital DJ, Internet-Based Quiz Show Host, yells into a well. John Robins returns with his first new show since the sell-out smash ‘The Darkness Of Robins’. Soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping hot shame.

  


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14/03/2019
THE SILVER UBERGLEE (Part 2) with JON RICHARDSON & FRIENDS
Wednesday 13 March
THE SILVER UBERGLEE (Part 1) with MARK WATSON, JOHN ROBINS & GUESTS
Hen & Chicken Studio 8pm (doors 7.15pm)

SEATS FOR THIS SHOW ARE UNRESERVED IN ROWS.

THE SILVER UBERGLEE
(Part 1)

The Comedy Box 25th Anniversary Show with MARK WATSON and JOHN ROBINS plus GUESTS

The Comedy Box is a Bristol institution, or that's what we like to think.

We tentatively launched at the Mauretania pub on Park Street in Bristol city centre on March 9, 1994 and ran a twelve week trial season on Wednesday nights. It was an instant hit and we packed out the back room of this historic Bristol hostelry.

After a self-imposed summer break we set about programming the autumn season but (horror of horrors) we discovered the Mauretania had closed suddenly without warning. It was announced on the front page of the Bristol Evening Post and this is the first we heard about it one week before we were due to relaunch. This is true.

The Comedy Box quickly and dramatically found a new venue at the Bristol Flyer on Gloucester Road and this is where we settled for six years before this pub was confronted with a total refurb and new owners who didn't like stand-up comedy.

But, in the meantime, on March 12 1998, we had also set up a companion venue at the Hen & Chicken in Southville/ Bedminster/ South Of The River or whatever. This pub was  famous for football fans, pool players and other types of men. The first couple of years here were fraught with difficulties - one being that comedy punters were reluctant to walk into a pub notorious for fighting and much less known for live stand-up.

Two decades later we are still resident at the Hen & Chicken which has had a major internal facelift in the intervening years and is now more popular with ale consuming, latte drinking, gourmet pizza eating hipsters - our kind of crowd.

Those early years saw the likes of Peter Kay, Dara O'Briain, Ed Byrne, Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Al Murray The Pub Landlord take to the stage. Ten years ago it was the turn of Russell Howard, Jon Richardson, Reginald D Hunter, Sara Millican, Rhod Gilbert and Micky Flanagan to become the household names. In recent years the new darlings of comedy are now Katherine Ryan, Joe Lycett, Sara Pascoe, Tom Allen and Ellie Taylor. All have passed through what is now called the Hen & Chicken Studio - a distinctly high grade venue with an undeniable reputation on the UK comedy circuit.

The Silver UberGlee (Part 1) show (geddit?) is our celebration of the success of all these acts and our very small contribution to that success. We have invited the brilliant Mark Watson and John Robins, who have been with us since their early days, to appear on this momentous occasion. More acts will be joining the line-up but if you're keen to attend this historic event you are strongly advised to grab your tickets asap before these acts are announced because we anticipate tickets won't be available for long.