Every November since 2005 (our second year in, at the Capitol), Barnstormers Comedy has been making an annual detour into the main house, in the form of the Big Sundae. The Big Sundae is an opportunity to present acts with touring (+ support) and TV credits to their name; as well as being capable of headlining all of the top circuit gigs.
When it comes to fulfilling that remit, this year's line-up is no exception. As ever, resident Barnstormers Comedy host Kevin Precious (pictured) will be on hand to oversee the proceedings and the introduce the acts who are: As Seen On 'Live At The Apollo' Tanyalee Davis, 'Joan Rivers meets a Pile driver' – The Scotsman; Soon To Be Seen On 'Live At the Apollo' Geoff Norcott, 'Geoff Norcott is a comedian with a big future' - Daily Mirror; andAs Seen On 'The Michael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow' Paul Tonkinson, 'Charismatic, combines the visual trickery of Lee Evans with the improvisational skills of Paul Merton. Brilliant characterisations, his face is a wonder of contortion' - The Independent.
Tanyalee Davis is a 3 foot 6 inch standup comedian form Canada who is now headlining at comedy clubs, colleges, and comedy festivals throughout the UK, and the world with her own unique perspective and somewhat racy brand of comedy. In January 2011, Tanyalee performed her ONE WOMAN SHOW, 4 nights a week for 6 months, just off the Las Vegas strip.
Since arriving in the UK back in 2013 Tanyalee has stormed the UK comedy scene earning her appearances on prestigious comedy shows such as Live At The Apollo, The Last Leg & The John Bishop Show. Tanyalee also supported Frankie Boyle on his 2012 UK Tour
Not just content on being a comedian Tanyalee has also appeared in multiple movies including El Matador, For Da Love Of Money & Austin Powers 3: Goldmember. Tanyalee is also part of Abnormally Funny People, an ensemble show, performing throughout the United Kingdom. In 2007 Tanyalee premiered her first one woman show called “Little Do They Know” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she received 4 star reviews.
Geoff Norcott is quite simply one of the most in demand live comics and TV writers around.
You might have seen his name pop up in the credits of any number of top comedy shows, including: ‘8 out of 10 Cats’, ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘C4’s Alternative Election’, ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’, ‘The British Comedy Awards’ and many more.
Or you may have seen Geoff live, headlining shows at The Comedy Store, supporting the likes of Katherine Ryan and Kevin Bridges – or even earning an operational services medal for his work gigging on the frontline in Afghanistan.
You could possibly have read some of the nice things people have been saying about him (‘Norcott is an absolute tonic ****’ The Telegraph, ‘A Comedian with a big future ****’ Mirror, ‘A refreshing brilliant comedy voice’ Spectator). Or even heard about his nomination for Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
'Hilarious! Nobody makes me laugh like Paul Tonkinson. Simply one of the greatest comics around. Go see him!' - Michael McIntyre
A sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, marathon runner and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul Tonkinson has long upheld his esteemed reputation as one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. With a unique and distinctive style, Tonkinson is noted for his effervescent physicality and skillful impressions, which bring alive exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of 21st century living. A plethora of first class material, combined with tremendous charm and irrepressible, infectious energy make for quite a formidable talent.
After many years of storming the circuit, and much badgering from fellow professionals, he took to the road in 2012 with his eagerly anticipated debut tour: Paul Tonkinson; Fancy Man. The tour took in 50 dates across the UK, and gave audiences the opportunity to experience the full Tonkinson phenomena in all it’s glory.
Following his solo tour, he was given the opportunity to play to a wider audience, joining the mighty Michael McIntyre as a special guest on live shows around the UK. In 2013 he had the honour of joining Michael as a special guest on his global arena tour; playing to millions across the globe, as far and wide as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Paul joined Michael again in 2015 as special guest on the Happy & Glorious Tour; playing to sold-out crowds in arenas across the UK.
On TV, he’s most recently performed on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up. He was recently a contestant on Ch. 4's hit show Celebrity Come Dine With Me, proving he’s not just a dazzling stand-up talent, but a whizz in the kitchen, scooping first place to win the cash prize for charity. Back in the day, when he was a mere whippersnapper he had a stint presenting Ch. 4’s The Big Breakfast and he has also presented radio shows on XFM in London and Manchester. He has just completed a stint as a Programme Associate on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre Chat Show.
His first love remains stand-up, and Tonkinson remains in great demand in the UK and across the globe, performing at all the major international comedy festivals including the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs festival where he hosted the esteemed Britcom Gala. Confirming his status as an invincible and highly versatile performer, he is also a regular entertainer for the UK Armed Forces, and has performed in Afghanistan and Iraq; playing to 2,500 troops in 45 degree heat in the middle of the desert.
'Excellent... Extremely Talented... Brilliant' - Time Out
'Caricatures seem to flow out of his head like Ghostbuster Sprites escaping a powered down Containment Unit, brought to life with physicality and cartoon-like voices. Mixes observational set pieces with audience interaction…hilariously obtuse… dependably funny' - Chortle
'Charismatic, combines the visual trickery of Lee Evans with the improvisational skills of Paul Merton. Brilliant characterisations, his face is a wonder of contortion' - The Independent