The Best in Comedy

Event Details

Burgess Hall, One Leisure St Ives Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6WU
08 November 2019
20:00 - 22:10

Contact details

Alex Lingham
01480 388111

About this event

Following on from the SELL-OUT inaugural show, The Best in Comedy show returns to the Burgess Hall

The superb line-up features Matt Richardson, Steve Bugeja, Annie McGrath & Ray Badran

Your headliner for the evening is the host of Virgin Radio’s Drivetime show, TV presenter and comedian Matt Richardson. Matt is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian and one of the most exciting names on the circuit.

Matt’s has transformed from student stand-up to primetime TV presenter in just a few short, strange years. Along the way he has achieved the awards and acclaim other young comics can only dream of – first being named Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush of the Year in 2014, before going on to feature in erotic fan fiction available on some of the internet’s most prestigious erotic fan fiction websites.

Matt has hosted the Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack & The Hangover Games (E4), as well appearing on Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Celebrity Juice, Sweat The Small Stuff, Big Brothers Bit on the Side, Roast Battle, I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of here Now and countless other shows.

“An explosive show that left people with bellies aching from laughter” - Voice  ★★★★★

“Matt Richardson is still one of the top comedians”- Theatre Weekly ★★★★★

“High wattage charisma from a talented young comic whos star is on the rise” - The Guardian

“Hilarious and Charming” - The Mirror

“Sharp, Funny and Warm” - Heat Magazine

Steve Bugeja is one of comedy’s most exciting rising stars. Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award, Steve has gone on to host the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles, and has made numerous appearances on TV shows such as The Russell Howard Hour, Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Zoe Ball on Saturday (ITV1) and Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). Making a name for himself internationally, he has been invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the past two years, appearing on the prestigious Opening Night Comedy All-stars Supershow (ABC1) and on Comedy Up Late (ABC1). Steve recently starred in a viral comedy video for Lucozade alongside England footballer Harry Kane!

“Bugeja has an eye for original comic detail that’s all his own” - The Guardian

“Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling”  - TheScotsman ★★★★

“Truly hilarious” - FestMag ★★★★

“Drum-tight, as if polished bya sitcom writers’ room to cram as many jokes in as humanly possible” - Chortle ★★★★


Annie McGrath is a comedian renowned for her joke writing skills and deadpan style. Annie wrote and starred in Channel 4’s Girls Go Trolling and ITV2’s @elevenish. She has appeared in numerous sketches on SkySports’ Soccer AM (her football skills have even made it onto BBC3…) and Annie’s stand up has featured on BBC Radio.

She was awarded one of Dave’s Top Ten Funniest Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and The Telegraph’s Funniest One-Liners from the Fringe 2017. Annie was a finalist in the Funny Women Awards. She also did a tweet about spinach that went viral.

“The audience seems at her mercy with every line she speaks” - EdFringe Review ★★★★★

“Spot on comic timing… delightfully dark” - Three Weeks ★★★★

“A unique & exciting prospect…genuinely brilliant” – What’s On London ★★★★


Your compare for the evening is acclaimed Australian comedian and winner of Best International Comedian at the New Zealand Comedy Guild Ray Badran.

Renowned for his quirky and sharp observations, Ray can be seen on the 6 part Comedy Central series No Experience Necessary which he wrote and starred in. Ray is widely considered to be one of the rising stars in Australian comedy and since moving to the UK he is ready to tackle the bigissues in life such as pockets, Subway sandwiches and fridges with his characteristic whimsy and off-beat observations.

“It all adds up to a beautiful, hilarious shambles” - New Zealand Herald

“Getting the entire crowd in hysterics” - Arts Review Australia

“His attempts to be funny in his day-to-day life seem to have a way of backfiring in hilarious ways… these stories are funny and well told” - Sydney Morning Herald

Friday 8th November. Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
General Admission Tickets  £15*

Tickets via:
Tel: 01480 388111
Or available in person from One Leisure, St Ives.

Strictly over 18s only.
*May be subject to booking fee.




Venue details


Burgess Hall
One Leisure St Ives Westwood Road
St Ives
PE27 6WU

Venue Notes Ample free parking

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The Anglia Comedy Co.

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