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Up & Comic Souls

Up & Comic Souls is a brand new format where some of the most promising international up-and-coming stand-up comedians are invited for a night in front of a Norwegian audience. Up & Comic Souls is a unique concept for both the comedian and the audience. The international comedians are given the opportunity to perform in front of a Norwegian audience and people in the audience get the opportunity to see them in an intimate arena before they get really big. Because they will be.

This time it is Andy Parson, Paul McCaffrey, Angela Barnes and Ivo Graham from the United Kingdom who has been invited to Norway to get the Norwegian people to laugh. Up & Comic Souls will be hosted at Pokalen at Vulkan June 13th.

About Andy Parson

Time Out Award Winner / New Zealand International Comedy Award Winner / Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Award Winner 

‘What he lacks in hair, Parsons more than makes up for in originality’– The Telegraph

Andy started his career writing for Weekending and Smith and Jones, then went on to become one of the main writers on the groundbreaking Spitting Image. Andy has performed on numerous radio and TV shows including Live at the Apollo, QI, Saturday Live, The Stand-Up Show, The Comedy Store, They Think It’s All Over, The PMQ show, Scrooby Trevithick and Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections.

Having won the Time Out Comedy Award in 2002 he has performed his stand-up all over the world, from the prestigious Montreal and Kilkenny comedy festivals to touring Australia and New Zealand. To date he has done five sell-out national tours and in 2009 he released his debut DVD Britain’s Got Idiots, which was followed up by Gruntled in 2011, Slacktivist in 2013 and Live And Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious in 2015. He has also appeared on Newsnight, Question Time, This Week and his podcast Slacktivist Action Group has welcomed guests such as Nick Clegg, Vince Cable, David Davis, Damian Green, Chuka Umunna, Sarah Wollaston, Ed Davey, Peter Lilley, Margaret Hodge, Andrew Mitchell, Jess Phillips, Frances O’Grady, Owen Jones, Hugo Rifkind, Danny Finkelstein, FleetStreetFox, Mark Steel, Marcus Brigstocke, Chris Addison, Shappi Khorsandi, Miles Jupp, Russell Kane, Russell Howard, Matt Forde, Rich Hall and Josh Widdicombe.

About Paul McCaffrey

The London Paper Winner / Latitude Festival Winner

‘A brilliant entertaining hour full of laughs, beautifully deliveded by an act who should be destined to headline the main stage’– Chortle

Star of Impractical Jokers (BBC Three), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), 50 Funniest (Channel 4) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC).

An accomplished radio presenter and guest, Paul has recently been heard on: talkSPORT, The Alternative Vote(Absolute), Rob Beckett’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Football (Absolute) and Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour (BBC Radio 2). He also presents The Paul McCaffrey Showevery Saturday morning on Jack FM.

Paul is an award-winning comedian (Latitude New Act of the Year, London Paper New Act of the Year) and headlines at the biggest comedy clubs in the country. He has performed four critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows as well as major music festivals: Reading, Leeds, V Festival, Bestival and Latitude.

‘McCaffrey simply has funny bones’ – The Shortlist

‘Born to be a Comic’ – The Scotsman

‘The relaxed, assured confidence of a stadium filler’ – Chortle

‘Charm, charisma and success written all over him’ – The Evening Standard

‘A total natural, his storytelling is utterly unique and never anything less than gut-bustlingly hilarious’ – GQ

About Angela Barnes

BBC New Comedy Award Winner / Latitude Festical New Act of the Year Finalist

‘Like all the best comics, she manages to articulate a singular perspective while making it seem like a universal truth. And then she put jokes in it. Harder than it looks’ – The Guardian

After a career in health and social care, Angela Barnes decided to realise a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since 2011, Angela and her witty world view have been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including appearances on BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.

‘Brilliantly funny’ – Sarah Millican

‘A beautifully paced performance that was aided by the consistent quality of her jokes, many of which showed a great skill with self-deprecation’ – Chortle

‘Barnes mixes warm autobiographical material with plenty of strong jokes’ – The Guardian

‘This is a lady who is confident in the way she attacks her one liners and punch lines, her easy going manner really drew the audience in’ – Fringe Review

About Ivo Graham

So You Think You’re Funny Winner

‘If you like your comedy with long words and beautiful linguistic flourishes, buy a ticket immediately’– Evening Standard

Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of eighteen and eight months later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. Since graduating three years later he has become a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK circuit, with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on multiple TV and radio shows including Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, As Yet Untitled, Live From the BBC and Fighting Talk. He has also written for various other TV comedy shows, as well as his own sitcom projects in development with Big Talk Productions and the BBC.

His three solo stand-up shows have enjoyed sell-out runs at Edinburgh and London’s Soho Theatre, and he will be returning there and elsewhere to perform his fourth hour in 2017. As the Evening Standard put it, ‘if you like your comedy with long words and beautiful linguistic flourishes, buy a ticket immediately’.

‘Cleverly constructed comic timing’ – **** Edinburgh Evening News

‘A very convincing set from this erudite comedian’ **** – The Independent

‘Beautifully constructed comedy’ – The Scotsman