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Ria Lina, Andrew Bird, Ross McGrane and Paddy Lennox at Laughing Bishops Comedy Club in Bishop's Stortford on January 22



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Television favourite Ria Lina is headlining at the Laughing Bishops Comedy Club on Saturday January 22.

The Filipina comedian is topping the bill, which also features Andrew Bird, Ross McGrane and host Paddy Lennox, at the United Reformed Church Hall in Water Lane, Bishop's Stortford.

Stand-up, actress and writer Lina is well known to TV audiences thanks to her appearances on the likes of Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week.

Ria Lina (54226524)
Ria Lina (54226524)

Named as one of the Evening Standard's Hottest Comedians You Should Be Watching Now, she has taken five shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during her career, tackling topics such as autism and racial identity.

Described by the Scotsman as "fearless, provocative and very funny", Lina is also a regular pundit on the likes of Sky News, BBC News and TalkRadio due to having a degree in experimental pathology, a master's in forensic science and a PhD in virology to her name.

She has also written material for the Ladyboys of Bangkok's tours and wrote and acted in ITV2 sketch show Meet the Blogs.

Andrew Bird. Picture: Paul Michael Hughes Photography
Andrew Bird. Picture: Paul Michael Hughes Photography

Lina also wrote and presented her own Channel 4 documentary which revealed the truth behind the myths that surround East Asian women in Britain.

Northamptonshire-born comedian Bird is no stranger to the big stage having headlined around the world.

And he has provided tour support for a host of star names, including Rhod Gilbert, Rob Brydon and Michael McIntyre, at venues such as Wembley and the O2.

As well as getting laughs at all of the country's major comedy clubs, Bird has written for the likes of Channel 4's 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Dave's Jon Richardson's Ultimate Worrier.

Ross McGrane. Picture: Clarissa Debenham Photography (54226594)
Ross McGrane. Picture: Clarissa Debenham Photography (54226594)

Comedian, radio presenter and events host McGrane will be a familiar voice to Radio Essex listeners.

As well as broadcasting on the airwaves, he regularly comperes Little Smash Comedy nights in Essex and has supported the likes of comedy heavyweights Russell Kane and Jo Brand.

McGrane is also the co-organiser of The Southend Festival - a four-week long arts festival - in his hometown.

Tickets, priced £17, can be bought at www.jokepit.com/comedy-by/paddy-lennox. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.30pm. There will be a full bar along with bangers and mash as well as veggie options.

Laughing Bishops Comedy Club host Paddy Lennox
Laughing Bishops Comedy Club host Paddy Lennox


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