Comedian, actor, writer and presenter, COLE PARKER exploded onto the comedy circuit in 2000, to great critical acclaim. In the same year he was in the Hackney Empire New Act competition final alongside Russell Brand. Cole now regularly plays the premier comedy clubs throughout the UK & overseas and has earned an enviable reputation as a professional, highly original, first-rate comic and compere. His intelligent – occasionally dark material is delivered with generous spoonfuls of charm and he can relate to any audience.
A knowledgeable and passionate music fan, Cole has hosted ‘Jersey LIVE!’ for four years since its inception in 2003 – performing alongside the cream of the British and international A -list music industry. Having a massive bank of material and being able to relate to a wide demographic has made Cole a popular and regular festival fixture. He has compered the Reading festival for an unprecedented fours years running and also played the Glastonbury, Leeds, Latitude, Edinburgh fringe, Bug-jam and Big Chill festivals.
“Wonderful, upfront, hilarious…'” Evening Standard
“Consistently brilliant….” The Independent
“Spot on, topical, particularly amusing…” BBC West
One of the most innovative acts to emerge on the circuit in recent times, ISY SUTTIE’s gloriously silly and twisted songs, stand-up and stories have drawn comparisons with Victoria Wood and Tom Lehrer. As well as the national circuit and the Comedy Network she’s a regular at character and sketch nights as one of many singing characters or as one half of accordion-based double act Safe and Sounders.
She was a regular contributor and performer on Radio 1’s The Milk Run, and 2006 has seen her working on a Radio 4 show with double act Fordham & Lipson as well as appearances on Radio 4’s 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music.
Nominated as Best Newcomer at the 2005 Chortle Awards, she went onto perform in the prestigious showcase The Comedy Zone at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe.
“Reminiscent of a Weimar musical cabaret” Evening Standard
“Her songs were hypnotic: blending hilarity, lyrical brilliance and pathos so adeptly” Chortle.co.uk
In late summer 2006, the London scene was struck by an oddball of fire. GERRY HOWELL’S performances lie somewhere between Mr Fantastic and the mysterious encyclopedia of Uqbar. His imagination casts itself far and wide as he recounts his early years growing up in a post office or his experiences playing chess with pandas. He can tell you how Shakespeare was born in an ostrich egg, or about dressing up as an anagram for an evening out. Whilst his mind flings itself from one delicious idea to another, you may find his body cankering around the stage like a loose nugget of popping corn, or crawling up the wall like a wild spider.
Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Finalist 2008
“The one that got away, however, was unplaced Gerry Howell, whose stream-of-consciousness was weirdly wonderful. If there is a market for a bald Noel Fielding, Howell has it cornered.” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard.
“wonderfully befuddled stream of consciousness” – William Cook, Guardian, The Guide
“Fantastic Boosh-like Gerry Howell” – Time Out