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AComedy Club is proud to present four Edinburgh Preview Specials in July!






AComedy Club is proud to present week two in a month of Edinburgh Preview Specials! All for only a tenner on the door with the fabulous Lou Sanders and John Kearns bringing you an evening of laughs!

AComedy Club doors at 6pm
Show starts at 8pm

Lou Sanders:
Recent appearances include 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Russell Howard Hour (Sky 1), Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled (DAVE), Live from the BBC and a live stand-up set on Russell Brand’s stand-up hour onComic Relief(BBC1).

‘Destined for hugeness’ (Time Out).
‘Something new is happening in comedy’ (Independent).
‘Genuinely different’ (Scotsman)

John Kearns:
John Kearns is an actor, writer and the only comedian to have won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show (Shtick) and Best Newcomer (Sight Gags for Perverts) in the awards history.

An internationally acclaimed live act, he since has delivered his
‘richly, idiosyncratic comedy’ (The Guardian) across the world, notably picking up two Melbourne Barry Award nominations along the way. Off the back of sold out residencies at the Soho Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and at the Edinburgh Fringe, he toured across the UK for the first time in 2018 with his third solo show, ‘Don’t Worry, They’re Here', directed by Olivier winning playwright Jon Brittain.

On television John has made numerous water cooler appearances on Cats does Countdown (C4), as an actor was the lead in cult hit Top Coppers (BBC3), went down with the Titanic on Drunk History (Comedy Central), ballsed up a heist in Rotters (Sky Arts) and wrote and performed on the ahead of it’s time Saturday night extravaganza that was Harry Hill’s Stars In Their Eyes (ITV). John also wrote for Harry Hill on HH’s Tea Time
(Sky One).

Across the airwaves John performed his own series The John Kearns Show (BBC R4) and has guested on Tim Key Delves into Daniil Kharms and That’s It (BBC R4), as well as hosting and guesting on numerous shows throughout the Edinburgh Fringe (BBC R4/R4 Extra).

A proud Londoner, The Evening Standard voted him in consecutive years as one of London’s Most Influential 1000 People. He attended the parties.

You can follow what John’s up to on Twitter @johnsfurcoat

“Kearns goes to places stand-up rarely goes. If you appreciate intellectually ambitious humour as well as Live at the Apollo hilarity go and see him. If you have a heart you will laugh and be moved. You can bet your shirt on it.” ★★★★★ Evening Standard
“Now THIS is how you do absurd comedy... he has forged comedy gold. As a fully-rounded character who is exaggerated but credible, flawed but hopeful, Kearns’ alter-ego could have been written by those other icons of comedy gone by, Galton and Simpson. I can’t think of much higher praise than that.” ★★★★★ Chortle
“A true comedy original” ★★★★★ Time Out
“A distant, absurdist cousin of Tony Hancock... one of the oddest and most original comic performers on the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph



AComedy Club is proud to present week three in a month of Edinburgh Preview Specials! With fabulous Sophie Duker and AComedy Veteran Garrett Millerick bringing you an evening of laughs!

AComedy Club doors at 6pm
Show starts at 8pm

Sophie Duker:
Sophie Duker describes herself as a “sexy-cerebral comedy underdog” and is quickly establishing herself as one of the most exciting new acts on the circuit.

In 2018 Sophie starred in a comedy pilot for Channel 4 called Riot Girls, as well as a new pilot for Comedy Central UK called What I Wish I’d Said. She is also a comedy writer whose funnies you might have heard in the following places: the British Broadcasting Co-orporation (Famlam, BBC2; The News Quiz, The Now Show, BBC Radio 4) and Cartoon Network (The
Amazing World of Gumball).

Sophie is an alumna of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, has been shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award and is a previous finalist of the Funny Women Awards.

She founded and hosts MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRLS, an international, intersectional feminist comedy show that appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017. Since January 2018 Sophie also hosts Wacky Racists, a ‘crazy stupid cool’ comedy cabaret gameshow, in a monthly residency at the Aces & Eights.

“A sparky proposition... intelligent jokes” – The Independent

Garrett Millerick:
Garrett Millerick is an acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and director. He is an increasing force to be reckoned with on the UK Circuit and In the few short years since debuting in new act competitions he has established a reputation as one of the stand out live acts of his generation.

In 2018 his breakout show Sunflower became one of the best reviewed and most talked about shows of The Edinburgh Festival. The show played to packed houses throughout the month, and an additional show at The Pleasance Cabaret Bar was added due to phenomenal demand. Sunflower returned in February 2019 for a run in London’s Soho Theatre.

Already a fixture at the country’s most respected comedy clubs, in 2017 Garrett became one of a new generation of comedians to be making regular weekend appearances at the world-famous Comedy Store. As well as being in demand on both the alternative and club circuits in the UK, Garrett’s stand up has seen him tour Europe, Australia and Asia.

His debut radio sitcom Do Gooders was recently recorded for Amazon’s Audible platform with an all-star cast featuring Jack Dee and Meera Syal and produced by Hat Trick Productions. It is currently being developed for television.

'The Best Shows of Edinburgh 2018' The Guardian
‘a virtuoso display of unforgivingly grumpy stand up delivered with fire in his soul’ ★★★★½ Steve Bennett, Chortle
‘This brave and winning hour certainly pulls no punches’ ★★★★ The Times
‘wickedly funny’ ★★★★ The Scotsman
‘stand up with an insolent twist’ ★★★★ The Sunday Times
‘just want’s to entertain you and does it superbly’ ★★★★ The Mirror
‘nitpicking misery raised to high levels of artistry’ ★★★★ The List
‘the biggest u-turn in Edinburgh comedy history’ ★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
‘a truly great stand-up but with enough shabby humanity that you don’t think he’s a prick’ Fringe Pig



AComedy Club is proud to present a week four of Edinburgh Preview Specials! Closing off a cracking month we have Eleanor Tiernan and Matt Forde - all for only a tenner on the door!

AComedy Club doors at 6pm
Show starts at 8pm

Eleanor Tiernan:
Eleanor Tiernan is a stand up comedian, writer and actress known for her uniquely oblique world view. She was recently a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and Where’s the F In News? as well as BBC NI on The Blame Game. Her stand up has featured on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience and led her to be chosen as support act for top stand up comics including Stewart Lee, Tig Notaro, Ardal O’Hanlon, Jason Manford, Jason Byrne and Reg D Hunter among others.

After starting her career in Ireland Eleanor quickly was invited to the Montreal Just For Laughs festival where she performed on the festival’s New Faces showcase show with such talents as Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel and Kumail Nanjani. She later became part of the political satire team that produced RTE’s successful Irish Pictorial Weekly. One of her court reporter sketches which went viral is often mistaken for a real news report. She plays Dolores in Bridget and Eamon which airs on RTE and UK Gold.

Eleanor has penned 8 Edinburgh Fringe festival shows. Her 2017 show “People Pleaser” put her on the Sunday Times list of Top Ten Female Stand Ups To Watch. In 2018 she performed in New Order, the Melbourne International Comedy festival showcase for UK and Irish acts. She returns to Melbourne in 2019 with her latest show “Success Without A Sextape”.

Eleanor writes Op-Ed pieces for the Irish Times in Ireland. She also played Mary in a critically acclaimed run of “Alone It Stands” in theaters across Ireland.

Her other credits include Monumental (BBC NI), The Craig Doyle Show (RTE), Headwreckers (Channel Four), Stand and Deliver (RTE), The Panel on RTE, The Craig Doyle Show (RTE), The Savage Eye (RTE), Republic of Telly (RTE) and Bad Language (BBC Radio Scotland).

“Tiernan boasts a magnificent curl in her lip and snarl in her voice.” SUNDAY TIMES
“her routines have a touch of whimsy while grounded in astute observation. It means her set sounds fresh and original, without being so wilfully strange it will alienate all but the most dedicated followers.” CHORTLE
“The fastest-rising comedy talent in the country” IRISH TIMES
“Eleanor Tiernan is far and away the best comic actress I have seen on stage.” HOT PRESS IRELAND

Visit Eleanor’s website at
Follow Eleanor on Twitter: @eleanortiernan

Matt Forde:
Ultra-topical comedy and presenter of Unspun. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now with added Trump.

“Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe”. ★★★★★ The Telegraph
“A first-class comic” The Guardian
“Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minute observations” ★★★★ Mail on Sunday


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Chelmsford’s premier night for cocktails, craft beer, special spirits and, of course, amazing music!


A Running Club


This is a FREE event and all we ask is that you can run 5K in under 30 minutes. After our run we will all go back to acanteen for a drink or two!

Just turn up, be comfortable, follow Steves instructions and meet like-minded runners.

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It's acanteens Boozy Bingo! Hosted by the hilarious Saffron Slayter. Tickets only £8 (plus booking fee) and include 3 x games, and prizes including bottles of prosecco, shots & bar tabs. Turn up to play baby! Food available 'till 9pm. Bar closes at 11pm.

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SATURDAY 27th July // AUGUST 30th // September 27th // October 25th HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

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