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Newsjack host and BBC New Comedy Award winner Angela Barnes to headline comedy club


By Paul Winspear


Angela Barnes at Dunmow Comedy Club
Angela Barnes at Dunmow Comedy Club

Dunmow Comedy Club kicks off its 2018 calendar with a bill headlined by former BBC New Comedy Award winner and BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack host Angela Barnes.

Portraits of Jimmy McGhie in London on February 11, 2012. London, England ᄅ Ashley Maile
Portraits of Jimmy McGhie in London on February 11, 2012. London, England ᄅ Ashley Maile

The 41-year-old comedian from Maidstone in Kent won Radio 2’s New Comedy Award in 2011, beating Joe Lycett among others that year to the title which had previously been won by the likes of Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Marcus Brigstocke, Nina Conti and Paul Foot, and which was won in 2013 by former Bishop’s Stortford High School boy Steve Bugeja.

Barnes’ TV credits include Live At The Apollo, Mock the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News for the BBC, as well as Stand Up For The Week on Channel 4. On Radio 4, she is a regular on The News Quiz and has appeared on The Now Show, and since December 2016 she has hosted Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

She has been described by Sarah Millican as “brilliantly funny”, as “a gloriously down-to-earth, straight-talking and extremely funny comic” by The Guardian and by the Evening Standard’s Bruce Dessau as “the best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican... I can’t be any clearer than that, can I?”

Support on Friday (Jan 5) comes from Jimmy McGhie, who has also appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, and Roger Monkhouse, with Dunmow Comedy Club founder and Bishop’s Stortford resident Paddy Lennox, who also runs Stortford’s monthly Laughing Bishop’s Comedy Club, as compere.

Roger Monkhouse at Dunmow Comedy Club
Roger Monkhouse at Dunmow Comedy Club

* Dunmow Comedy Club meets at the Arts Centre (Dunmow) in Haslers Lane, Great Dunmow. Doors open at 7.30pm, and the show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50 on the door or £13.75 online (http://bit.ly/DunmowTix). Cash bar featuring Colchester Brewery cask ale. Over-18s only. For more, visit http://bit.ly/FunmowComedy.



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