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Bill Bailey, Reginald D Hunter, Ed Byrne, Shappi Khorsandi and Milton Jones top the comedy festival bill at Just the Tonic's Comedy Shindig in Little Hadham




A bill bursting with top comics is Just the Tonic to follow next week's Sign of the Times music festival at Little Hadham.

John Brannan, managing director of Church End Events, said: "We're really excited to be bringing brand new outdoor live music and comedy events to Herts this year, especially at a time when we all need to have a chance to start enjoying ourselves again.

"This is only the start of some great plans for the future, to bring lots of the best live music and comedy to the region."

Bill Bailey (50122157)
Bill Bailey (50122157)

Just the Tonic was launched over 25 years ago by Darrell Martin. He said: "In August 2020, as a response to the restrictions on indoor events, Just the Tonic put on a series of outdoor events near Nottingham. These featured Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones, Russell Kane, Shappi Khorsandi to name a few. They were so popular that we decided to do more this summer. We've called them Just the Tonic's Comedy Shindig. We're delighted to be partnering with the Sign of the Times Festival this year!"

TV's Strictly Come Dancing 2020 champion Bill Bailey headlines the mirth fest on Sunday August 22 at Church End.

The musician, writer, author, director, presenter and keen stand-up paddle-boarder is best known for his live shows such as Part Troll, Tinselworm, Qualmpeddler and Limboland and for his appearances on TV programmes Black Books, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI.

Shappi Khorsandi (50122161)
Shappi Khorsandi (50122161)

Iranian-born British comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi has stepped in for American Rich Hall because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

She is a veteran of BBC Radio 4 programmes including Quote... Unquote, Loose Ends, You and Yours, Midweek, Just A Minute, The Now Show and The News Quiz, as well as BBC TV's Have I Got News For You and QI.

Henham's Ed Byrne is a household name from his numerous TV appearances including The Pilgrimage, Top Gear, QI, Dara & Ed's Road To Mandalay, Dara & Ed's Big Adventure, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo and presenting stints on Comic Relief Bake Off.

In the past, he has used his comic talents with shows in Bishop's Stortford to raise money for Grove Cottage and is now branching out into factual broadcasting with programmes featuring his love of hillwalking and mountaineering.

Ed Byrne (50122169)
Ed Byrne (50122169)

American Reginald D Hunter has a cross-generational fanbase. His TV appearances have included Have I Got News For You and two series of BBC Two's hugely popular Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South & Songs of the Border, documenting his epic road trip through 150 years of American popular song.

Award-winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician Phil Nichol is also an acclaimed actor with a keen sense of fun and an eye for the shocking and absurd.

Ivan Brackenbury has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Trident Comedy Award and Perth International Fringe Comedy Award (twice). He was voted a Fosters Comedy God and was Best International Act at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe (twice), Nottingham International Comedy Festival and has three Sony Gold Awards.

Reginald D Hunter by Kash Seff (50122173)
Reginald D Hunter by Kash Seff (50122173)

His credits include TV shows Alan Partridge, Lee and Herring, Friday/Saturday Night Armistice and Channel 4's IT Crowd, The Big Breakfast, Ri:se, Under the Moon, Drifters and Eight out of Ten Cats do Countdown and the feature films Going to Mecca and Eaten by Lions.

Lloyd Griffith has appeared on Soccer AM on Sky Sports and also as co-host of FLINCH on Netflix. Other TV credits include Eight Out Of 10 Cats, Bounty Hunters, Comedy Central Live at The Comedy Store, Roast Battle, Drunk History, Taxi To Training, Football's Funniest Moments, The Premier League Show and Songs of Praise.

He supported Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett on their respective sold-out UK tours.

Lloyd Griffith (50122159)
Lloyd Griffith (50122159)

Milton Jones is regularly on Mock the Week, has appeared on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Live at the Apollo and headlined Dave's One Night Stand.

His radio show won a silver Sony Award and he clinched a Chortle Headliner of the Year for his stand-up. His radio show was also nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 2012 and he is a previous Perrier Best Newcomer and Nominee, Sony Award winner and British Comedy Award nominee.

Welsh comedian, writer and satirist Kiri Pritchard-McLean has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Eight Out of 10 Cats, The Russell Howard Hour, which she writes on, and she is a frequent contributor on Frankie Boyle's New World Order.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean (50122167)
Kiri Pritchard-McLean (50122167)

A regular on BBC radio, Kiri is the current host of Newsjack and has appeared many times on The Now Show and The News Quiz. She often co-hosts on Rhod Gilbert's radio show and guest-hosted Newsjack Extra.

The comedy follows two days of music at the venue, starting on Friday August 20 with a mix of indie, rock, new wave, blues, folk-punk and much more on the main stage, and a second stage featuring household-name DJs.

The performances begin with a set from Ferocious Dog, followed by The Wedding Present, The Selecter and Ash before headliners Happy Mondays – who replace Echo & The Bunnymen – perform.

Phil Nicol by Steve Ullathorne (50122163)
Phil Nicol by Steve Ullathorne (50122163)

On Saturday (August 21) Black Grape kick off the proceedings before Wilko Johnson, Big Country, Alabama 3, The Futureheads and Cast run through their hits.

The penultimate act is Joy Division and New Order's Peter Hook and his band, The Light, before punk legend and 80s icon Adam Ant's finale.

The DJs playing include Norman Jay, Don Letts and Trevor Nelson.

For Just the Tonic Comedy Shindig tickets see www.justthetonic.com and for Sign of the Times see www.signofthetimesfestival.co.uk.

* Covid-19 testing or certification is in operation for both events and admittance is conditional on proof of a negative lateral flow test, no earlier than 48 hours before the festival weekend, or proof of double vaccination at least 14 days before.



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