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Live at The Utopia

October 19, 2017.7:30 pm-9:00 pm


Matt Burden (A Place In Space, The Hideaway, FPW, IPW) returns to host the evening and has assembled together again group of talent that will delight and make you glad you saw them at this intimate venue.

Headliner – Athena Kugblenu
Athena is a comedian with thought-provoking jokes that still have an edgy sting.

By invitation she’s written for BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz) , performed on BBC Radio Scotland (Funny Kind of World), guests on BBC Five Live and this year she performed at the Johannesburg Comedy Festival. Top 20 Jokes of the Fringe (The Telegraph and Guardian), One to Watch (Independent)

Quotes and reviews:

“…authentic, observational comedy presented beautifully…pleasingly original” –Broadway Baby, ****

“A breath of fresh air” Funny Women

“instantly likeable…the crowd laughs throughout” – Arts Award Voice, *****

“An intelligent set that managed to be both easily accessible and playful and still say something serious” –Bruce Dessau

“..socially astute…savvy observations…”–Steve Bennett

“A politically-aware standup and writer…conscious, confident and cool” –The Stand Up Picture Show, Bristol

“Confident on stage, charismatic…original ideas too. She is rapidly on the rise” –Comedy CV

Jake Pickford
2015 Golden Jester Semi Finalist, 2015 Laughing Horse Semi Finalist, Winner of Quipster award and Comedy in the Crown.North London based comedian, Jake has been performing around the UK since mid 2012, with his witty crowd work, life stories and one-liners, he quickly gained residency as a compère for clubs in Luton, Leytonstone and Kentish Town.

“…his fantastic crowd work and improv abilities make him an extremely dynamic and fun host” – Luton Culture (Charity).

“The Hat Factory’s own comedy bar compère Jake Pickford tickles your ribs and gets you laughing” – Luton Today Magazine.

“…one of the finest compères out there, Mr Jake Pickford” – mumsnet Local, Wimbledon and Merton.

Ryan Dalton
Ryan Dalton, whose quick-witted, cheeky, and sometimes naughty stories are performed with an aggressive charm. Ryan brings his frustrations to the audience, whether it be a story of an uncomfortable hangover in St Lucia or tales of the tricky guests during his time working as a zoo keeper, he tells his stories with the pent-up anger of a criminal yet the voice of an angel.

Sean Sellers
“Comedian, improvisor, actor*, and occasional director Sean Sellers started doing improvisational, physical, and sketch-based comedy in the early 1990s.

A natural comedian and comic performer, his comedy is clever, guarded, arrogant, honest, packed full of punchlines, and always very, very funny.”


October 19, 2017
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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Matthews Yard
166 North End
Croydon, London CR0 1UF United Kingdom


Matthews Yard