Manchester has a rich comedy heritage, seemingly able to produce iconic comedians quite effortlessly. Mike Newall is certainly the latest, and could even go on to become the greatest.
A gentle, amiable power-house of a comic, Mike’s timing is the envy of performers with ten times the experience and is living proof that you can’t learn to be funny, some people just are. Since making his debut in 2003, he has toured the country honing his skills and is now a force to be reckoned with. A talent who audiences, colleagues and industry-types alike are really sitting up and taking notice of, Mike Newall is the future of the Manchester scene, as cheering crowds from Penzance to Inverness will happily testify.
At just 24 years old, Ivo Graham‘s gauche charm belies a talent rarely seen in someone so young. The Eton and Oxford alumnus combines insightful stories of adolescence with a sharp-witted presence that has rapidly gained him the acclaim of his audience, fellow artists and the critics alike. After a sell-out debut run at the Edinburgh Festival last year Graham is currently performing his show all over the UK.
In his first year of performing Ivo was awarded the acclaimed ‘So You Think You’re Funny New Act’ competition at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards. While still at university in Oxford he began doing professional gigs around the country and also performed abroad at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and the Hollywood Fringe. Since graduating in 2012, Ivo’s has been in constant demand in clubs and theatres all over the UK circuit culminating in his critically acclaimed debut show and an appearance on BBC3’s ‘Edinburgh Fest Live 2013’.
Jav (short for Javier) Jarquin spent the last 5 years working as a professional comedian in New Zealand. After winning the 2007 ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition in Christchurch He played and headlined in some of the biggest clubs in NZ and Melbourne, on television and was a core member of New Zealand’s longest running comedy show: Scared Scriptless. He’s been to the NZ International Comedy Festival 3 times and in 2010 won “Best Show Wellington” and opened for Pauly Shore on his NZ tour.
As well as his award winning stand up, Jav also has a variety act: CARD NINJA. A magic act with a twist, Jav dispenses with the tacky vest and hat and wows audiences with a display of playing cards as weapons. Jav has performed CARD NINJA at the Melbourne Magic Festival, the Christchurch International Buskers Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival playing to sold out shows at the Assembly rooms. He now performs around the UK and mainland Europe. He is based in London.