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The Garden Gatherings – Comedy Evening

Leigh Library Gardens
6.30 pm to 10.00 pm
Part of Southend Arts Festival

11 amazing comedians // Craft beer // Street food

An evening of open-air, side-splitting comedy in the intimate Leigh Library Gardens, brought to you in partnership with Little Smash Comedy.

Limited unreserved seating tickets are available. General admission ticket holders are advised to bring picnic blankets or chairs to sit on, no standing is allowed.

|| ๐‰๐š๐ฒ๐๐ž ๐€๐๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ || (Amazon Prime, Comedy Central, Russell Brandโ€™s Stand Off for Comic Relief, Live At The Comedy Store)

Award-winning comedian and proud Bristolian Jayde Adams is an uncut gem; a force of nature; dangerous and unafraid; the future.. itโ€™s safe to say that when Dawn French says โ€œJayde Adams is the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact,โ€ she might just be onto something.

Jaydeโ€™s was nominated Best Newcomer at her debut at Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, whilst her hugely successful, critically acclaimed 5 star Edinburgh Fringe show โ€˜The Ballad of Kylie Jennerโ€™s Old Faceโ€™ was filmed and released worldwide on Amazon Prime renamed Serious Black Jumper.

|| ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ฅ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ || (Mock The Week, Daveโ€™s One Night Stand, Russell Howardโ€™s Good News)

An accomplished stand-up comedian and a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs, he has been nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy award for Best Newcomer and Best Comedy Show. His conversational, silly sense of humour has seen him win a host of awards (Chortle Best Club Comedian 2017; Chortle Best Newcomer 2007; Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007; among others)

Carl and fellow comedian Julian Deane currently host the podcast Two Vegan Idiots.

|| ๐‘๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ ๐–๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž || (Britain’s Got Talent)

Robert White is one of a kind. You may recognise him from Britainโ€™s Got Talent 2018 where he finished runner up after wooing the nation with his randomly unique musical act. Known for his brilliant timing and performance style, Robertโ€™s chaotic stage presence, improvisational skills and delivery won him the 2010 Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality. In the same year, he wrote one of Daveโ€™s Top Ten Jokes of The Fringe. Gags aplenty and a unique outlook on life make him a superb, consistently funny and inventive comedian.

|| ๐๐š๐›๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž ๐€๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ก๐ž || (Donโ€™t Hate the Playaz, Celebrity Gogglebox, Jonathan Ross Stand Up Club, Stand Up To Cancer)

One of the biggest names on the Black British comedy circuit. He regularly performs for audiences of thousands at iconic venues such as the O2 and Hackney Empire. A powerhouse performer, he was selected to appear alongside Dave Chapelle in his live showcase The Process. He’s also a winner of the Amused Moose National New Comic Award. His stand up presents a hilariously fresh perspective, oozing charisma and showcasing impeccable stagecraft and comic timing.

|| ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ || (Mock of the Week, One For The Road)

Mark is an exceptional one-liner comedian. It won him a place in Daveโ€™s prestigious Best Joke of The Fringe at Edinburgh 2017. His solo show at the festival was also a huge hit, with sell-out shows every day and was nominated Best Show by Amused Moose Comedy. He’s in high demand with the top UK comedy clubs, headlining the majority of them and has supported the likes of Rob Brydon, Seann Walsh & Rob Beckett.

|| ๐„๐ฌ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐จ || (Stand Up Sketch Show, So You Think Youโ€™re Funny)

An Arab Essex girl who will challenge every single preconception of what that means. She went to Camden Comedy School whilst on maternity leave with her second child to give her an excuse to get out of the house, and hasnโ€™t looked back since. In a very short space of time she has achieved an incredible amount including becoming a finalist on ‘So You Think Youโ€™re Funny’ and being the first female comedian to perform at the Dubai Opera House. On top of this, she has written her own book; โ€œDonโ€™t Panic Iโ€™m Islamicโ€.

|| ๐‰๐จ๐ซ๐๐š๐ง ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ฒ|| (Comedy Central, The Voice)

Jordan Gray is a British comedian and screenwriter. She is the creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s record-breaking Transaction. Jordan reached the semi finals of The Voice in 2016 and regularly headlines Pride events across the UK. She is also an accomplished, multi award winning writer.

|| ๐‘๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐Œ๐œ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ž || (Radio Essex, Little Smash Comedy)

Ross McGrane is a Comedian & Radio Presenter from Essex. He is the current official tour support for Russell Kane and presenter for Radio Essex. Ross performs all over the UK in some of the country’s most prestigious venues, opened for industry heavyweights such as Jo Brand, Russell Kane, Sean Walsh & Andy Parsons and regularly hosts and runs his own brand of live comedy; Little Smash Comedy in Essex.

|| ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง ๐Ž๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฌ || (Radio Essex) John is an actor and writer with a background in improvised comedy. He is a coach for The Laughter Academy and regularly performs with impro troupe โ€˜Scared Scriptlessโ€™ and โ€œOh Yes It Is! – The Improvised Pantomimeโ€. John is a writer and performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with โ€˜Shakespeare for Breakfastโ€™ and He regularly performs his stand up comedy routine on the club circuit and co-presents the weekend Breakfast show on Radio Essex.


Jayde Adams
Carl Donnelly
Robert White
Babatunde Aleshe
Mark Simmons
Esther Manito
Jordan Gray
Ross McGrane
John Oakes

Also part of Southend Arts Festival

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