The Braughing Jamboree Bag is an occasional night of comedy and variety where you never know quite what you’re going to get. It could be a big name that you’ve seen on the TV or paid £40 to see in the theatre. It may be a complete unknown that’s on the way up. It might be stand-up, magic, music or madness. You’re taking a lucky dip into modern variety.
Each show will feature a host compere to guide you through the night and will present at least three different acts. You may not like them all, but the odds are in your favour. The aim is to have a fun night in an intimate venue and be entertained by professional performers.
Full line up:
Steve Best has built a reputation as a great visual comic, harnessing a mind-boggling array of gadgets and gags to keep his audience in stitches. Funny, frenetic and mad, his unique form of slapstick comedy is backed up with astounding talent; he plays the guitar like a genius, is wonderful at magic, and fluent in Serbo-Croatian.
Steve blasted onto the comedy scene some years ago and is now a regular on the nationwide comedy circuit; As a headline act, Steve has gone on to perform all over the world including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, Shanghai, South Africa, The Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Greece, Ireland and Italy.
His UK profile has been hugely boosted by supporting some major tours, including FRANK SKINNER, OMID DJALILI and CRAIG CHARLES.
With Frank Skinner, Steve was part of the biggest live comedy show at Battersea Power Station playing in front of 6000 people.
He has headlined an extensive university tour and took his own show to Edinburgh to massive critical acclaim. Steve co-wrote and performed two sketch shows “Death By Sketches” and “Skitzaphrantic” for the Edinburgh Festival.
Steve starred in C5’s The Big Stage, BBC1’s The Stand Up Show, and ITV’s Weapons of Mass Distraction.
He starred in a Film Four/Channel Four short film “Life as we know it.”
He was the audience warm up performer for the SKINNER & BADDIEL “Unplanned” live TV show as well as for FRANK SKINNER’S chat show.
“Rip-roaringly funny. See him!”
”Inspired collection of visual japes”
”Steve Best delivers an extraordinary set, a mix of brilliant cartoonish slapstick and visual humour that is unquestionably the highlight of the evening. His finale is an outstanding display of comic virtuosity”
“He doesn’t have a hat with bells on, but Steve Best still would have made a great medieval court jester. His act is a wonderfully daft succession of stupid props and silly pratfalls – a welcome break from straight stand-up. Best eats balloons, shits knotted hankies, does DIY dentistry and pumps up a blow-up doll while playing the theme tune from The Deer Hunter.”
William Cook, The Guardian
“An unholy cross between Steve Martin, in his early days, Lee Evans and Fozzie Bear”
The Sunday Times
Doug Segal is an exciting new kind of entertainer combining stand up comedy with seeming feats of mind reading & mind control.
“Imagine if Derren Brown was funny” – London Evening Standard
Described by Time Out as “the UK’s best kept entertainment secret”, Doug was the winner of Best Cabaret Act at the Brighton Fringe in 2012, and the ThreeWeeks Editor’s Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in the same year.
Doug appeared on BBC One’s New Year’s Eve live show alongside Natasha Kaplinsky and Claire Balding which was seen by an audience of 9.5 million viewers. His other TV credits include Mischief (BBC Three) and The Slammer (CBBC). Doug predicted the results of the 2012 Olympics on BBC Scotland and was a regular guest on Holland’s highest rated chat show Jensen! on RTL5.
Doug’s radio credits include The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and MacAulay & Co (BBC Radio Scotland).
As well as appearing at major UK festivals including Latitude, Green Man, Larmer Tree, The Hull Freedom Festival & The Quartz Arts Festival, Bearded Theory, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival and Glasgow International Comedy Festival, in 2014 Doug toured the UK with his critically-acclaimed show, I Can Make You A Mentalist.
“Simply Brilliant ★★★★★” Sunday Express
Steve N Allen
Star of radio and the stand-up stage, Steve N Allen performs “★★★★ biting satire” (-Three Weeks) and “cutting wit” (-Time Out) with a “charming and witty persona” (-Chortle). A self-confessed news addict, Steve keeps his finger on the pulse of current affairs. Whether as an on-air news commentator or as “a performer with masses of talent” (-Fringe Review) on stage, Steve is “very funny and sometimes bizarre”. (-Surrey Mirror)
Steve’s stand-up has taken a path through being a BBC New Comedy semi-finalist, Laughing Horse New Act finalist and Amused Moose Hot Starlet, on to performing at The Comedy Store, The Glee Club, Leicester Square theatre and The Comedy Cafe.
Steve has performed different versions of his topical comedy one-man show, The SomeNews Live Show, at several comedy festivals including Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester, Brighton and Nottingham.
“Allen hits the mark, with an effusive mix of biting satire and gleeful mud-slinging that recalls Russell Howard by way of Ian Hislop. More than worth a look.” ★★★★ – Three Weeks
“What was evident here, is the performer is quality, his mockery, and the excellent use of accents combined with clever voice-over interaction; is a performer with masses of talent.” – Fringe Review
“His improvisation was impressive, topical jokes quick and practised on his tongue to mix up with his banter with the audience. This is a tight, upbeat show that I would recommend going to see.” – Broadway Baby
“★★★★” – Love Fringe | “Very funny… cutting wit” – Time Out
“Excellent compere… Apollo-quality live comedy” ★★★★ – ThreeWeeks
“Truly unique… a big future ahead of him” – Crawley Observer
“Very funny and sometimes bizarre” – Surrey Mirror
“Charming and witty persona” – Chortle.co.uk
“A watch-worthy comedian” – Funny.co.uk | “Well informed wit.” – Latest7
TV & Radio appearances include:
BBC2’s The Mash Report
BBC Radio Kent (Steve N Allen’s Review of the Week)
Not The One Show, London Live
and your host, JOHN MANN
Stortford (soon to be Lowestoft!) resident and Braughing regular returns…
Sharp observation and wry wit mingled effortlessly with a gentle and confident rapport ensure this comic is unfailingly funny. Whether he is discussing the senile antics of senior citizens or giving handy hints to aid successful shoplifting, John’s gentle and honest delivery makes him one of the most enjoyable comedians on the circuit today.
John is as at home with an audience of students as he is with a corporate dinner and frequently appears in most of the uk’s leading comedy clubs.
John is a regular and longstanding Jongleurs act (compere and headliner) and has worked all over the world.
He also has a very popular fortnightly column in the Herts and Essex Observer and has monthly residencies at The Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop’s Stortford,The Square in Harlow and High Barn in Great Bardfield.
Stand-up comedy tours
Phill Jupitus – tour support
Lenny Henry – tour support
“Complete genius. . . . Brilliant observations” Johnny Vaughan The Big Breakfast
“A fantastic compere . . . the night is his” Steve Lamacq – NME
“The man is quite simply very very funny” Nihal Arthanayake – Radio One
“Distinctly amusing, engaging and talented” Malcolm Hay – Time Out
“One of the funniest people I know” Phill Jupitus
TV credits – Comedy
The Stand up show (BBC1 ) Good Stuff (ITV)
Comedy Store (Channel 5) Dosh (Channel 4)
The Big Breakfast (Channel 4) Jongleurs LIVE (3 Mobile)
Live at Jongleurs (ITV/UK Gold) The Warehouse (YTV)
The 11 O’clock show (Channel 4) Dial Midnight (ITV)
Radio credits – Comedy
Comedy Network (Radio 4) Bob Mills Show (GLR)
Four at the Store (Radio 4) Mark Lamarr (GLR)
Weekending (Radio 4) Phill Jupitus (GLR)
The Big Breakfast Harry Enfields Brand Spanking New Show
The Sunday Show Up late with . . . . Gina Yashere
Up late with . . . . . Mel and Sue Jedi Steady Go . . Phill Jupitus
Run The Risk
Blankety Blank Dark Ages
The Lily Savage show Satellite City
Father Ted Ant and Decs Xmas Special
Clive Anderson’s all talk