Babatunde Aléshé

WINNER: AMUSED MOOSE NEW COMIC 2019

WINNER: BEST NEWCOMER BLACK ENTERTAINMENT COMEDY AWARDS

FINALIST: UP THE CREEK’S ONE TO WATCH COMPETITION

Fast rising star Babatunde Aléshé is one of the biggest names on the Black British comedy circuit. He regularly performs for audiences of thousands at iconic venues such as the O2 and Hackney Empire. A powerhouse performer, Babatunde was selected to appear alongside Dave Chapelle in his live showcase The Process. He also is a winner of the Amused Moose National New Comic Award. His stand up presents a hilariously fresh perspective, oozing charisma and showcasing impeccable stagecraft and comic timing.

Babatunde’s numerous entertainment TV credits include The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Jonathan Ross Stand Up Club (ITV1), Don’t Hate the Playaz (ITV2) and Stand Up to Cancer (Channel 4). In 2020, he was featured in the groundbreaking documentary Black, British and Funny (Channel 4), celebrating artists and icons from the Black British circuit. Babatunde also appeared as part of the new cast for Celebrity Gogglebox (Channel 4), quickly becoming a fan favourite and going on to represent the show for its BAFTA nomination.

In addition to his success in comedy, Babatunde has authored provocative factual content drawing on his own powerful story of growing up poor in inner city London (Trap Town, London Live). An experienced actor, he has appeared in an extensive list of TV shows including Waking the Dead and films including Pelican Blood and The Naked Poet, alongside cutting-edge theatre such as Iya Ilé (Soho Theatre) and Requiem for Tomorrow (Shaw Theatre).

2021 will see Babatunde support Mo Gilligan on his UK and European tours.

Lola Jagun

Content Creator, Writer and Actor, Lola Jagun is a self-taught virtuoso in the online comedy arena. What started as a bit of fun, filming and editing sketches at home, exploded in 2018 gaining Lola followers by their thousands, firmly placing her multiple character sketches at the forefront of online comedy creation. 

Off the back of her Instagram success, Lola has written and performed in various BBC Three Quickies, one of which has received well over 5 million views on Facebook. She has also featured in several smash hit independent projects including Michael Dappah’s SWIL online series and has expanded into hugely successful branded content for the BFI, Vapianos Restaurants, XOPApp, Afrobiz and Kulture Games. Lola also works alongside the Mental Health Foundation in raising awareness of the charity through online content.

As well as acting in her own online sketches, Lola has also performed at the Pleasance Theatre and is a highly sought after personality and host in and around London. Her vibrant personality paired with her creative instincts and drive to succeed make her an unstoppable.

Javier Jarquin

“Jarquin is seriously talented when it comes to working a crowd”
– The Stage

“High calibre throughout”
– Morning Star

“Fresh, funny and unique”
– The Press (NZ)

“Jarquin draws in the audience like an industrial magnet”
– SG Fringe

9 hour long shows, over 600 performances, across 27 territories;
Javier Jarquin is an extremely experienced and highly respected,
multi-skilled performer.

Raised in New Zealand with Latin-American/Chinese parents, the multi award winning stand up masterfully weaves his unique perspective into every performance and delivers sharply executed insights on life
as an immigrant.

Beginning his comedy career as the Winner of the 2007 ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition in Christchurch NZ, Javier went on to become a core member of New Zealand’s longest running improv comedy show Scared Scriptless, before travelling the world building a highly esteemed career as comedian, martial arts card thrower, improvisor and cabaret performer. The multi award winning talent went onto achieve Best Show at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and Best National Artist at the World Buskers Festival.

His alias The Card Ninja has been a smash hit at Fringe Festivals everywhere since 2010 with a show bursting with mind-blowing tricks, incredible precision and theatrical virtuosity, as he pushes live performance to the absolute limit.

SHOWS INCLUDE:
CARD NINJA – UK/New Zealand/Australia/Netherlands/Norway – 2010-2021
Boring AF – Edinburgh Fringe – 2019
Improv the MARVEL-verse – Edinburgh Fringe – 2018
MARVELus: All the MARVEL Movies… Kind of – Edinburgh Fringe – 2017
Hombre Al Dente – Edinburgh Fringe – 2016
Comedy Death – Edinburgh Fringe – 2013
Joke Ninja – Edinburgh Fringe – 2013
Bullets Before Bedtime – Edinburgh Fringe – 2011

TV CREDITS INCLUDE:
What Now – New Zealand
Red or Black – ITV
Pepsi Max – Unbelievable campaign

Eddie Kadi

Recognised as one of the most globally celebrated stand up personalities, British-Congolese Eddie Kadi continues to dominate the world of comedy, reaching across cultures and continents and performing to huge crowds all over the world. His signature brand of brilliant, bold, high energy entertainment has won him an ever-growing international fanbase.

A tri-lingual star, Kadi has gathered a massive profile right across Africa, connecting with audiences through comedy, music, and travel. Notable achievements include creating and producing his own travel show which aired on Vox Africa in the UK, with the personal mandate of educating the African diaspora and showcasing cultures and destinations across the Continent. Kadi also curated and hosted PANAFROLINK, a PanAfrican global conversation platform in New York City, alongside NBA superstar Luol Deng, with guests including Ambassador Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter) and actor Damson Idris.

Kadi’s worldwide reputation has seen him host both the official red carpet show for BET International and BET Africa in Los Angeles, and Africa’s biggest international festival AFRONATION in Faro, Portugal. He has toured with one of Afrobeats’ biggest music superstars, Wizkid, hosted Australia’s First African Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, and presented the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) alongside South African Pearl Thusi in Lagos, Nigeria. Kadi was also invited to host the Powernomics Show: a historic multi-state tour across the United States, featuring Lauryn Hill and Nas as headline acts, and further testament to Kadi’s presence within the music industry globally.

A regular speaker for TED, Kadi was selected to front TEDxEuston, hosting seminal talks and introducing community change-makers to the global stage, including Amadou Gallo Fall (President of NBA Africa), Madame Luisa Diogo (Prime Minister of Mozambique) and Zeinab Badawi (Sudanese-British television and radio journalist).

Additional stand up credits include his smash solo comedy entertainment format at London’s O2 Arena, as well as numerous sell out dates at The Indigo and Hackney Empire.

Daman Bamrah

Max Turner Award Finalist 2020
Blackout at Up The Creek Winner 2019
So You Think You’re Funny? Semi-Finalist 2019
Comedy Virgins Summer competition Finalist 2019
Monty’s Stand up Nights Competition Finalist 2019

Daman Bamrah is one of the most exciting and unique new comic voices to emerge from the London circuit. A British-Sikh performer with energy, raw wit and heart, the in demand Daman is known for his topical writing, acute observations and imaginative storytelling. His blend of carefully crafted jokes along with his signature charm have already secured him top spots at the country’s leading venues including Angel Comedy Club, Up The Creek and The Museum of Comedy.

Daman began performing improv while at university and went onto train with the prestigious ‘Second City’ before applying his skills to stand up. Since then he has built up his accolades racing to the semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny?, and being a finalist for the Max Turner Award, Monty’s Stand Up Nights, Comedy Virgins Summer Competition and winning Up the Creek’s notorious new show The Blackout.

During the 2020 lockdown Daman began producing multiple viral videos on TikTok and is developing his first sit-com idea. He has also starred in Lynx’s ‘Men In Progress’ branded campaign.

JENNY COLLIER

★★★★★ ‘An Excellent comedic work’ – Edfest Mag
★★★★ ‘Surprising edge’- Shortcom.co.uk
★★★★ ‘Refreshingly original…Excellent’ – Broadway Baby
★★★★ ‘Fast-paced wit…Quick and clever’ – theupcoming.co.uk
‘Clearly a rising star’ – Bruce Dessau
‘One to watch’ – Edinburgh Evening News
‘Ace… Strong set… Strong persona’ – London is Funny

The proudly Welsh Jenny Collier is a multi-award winning stand up comedian, writer and actor. An established regular on the international club and festival circuit, Jenny has supported Jason Manford, Arthur Smith, Shappi Khorsandi and Dave Johns on their UK tours and has performed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland and Australia where she won the Percy Award during the Adelaide Fringe.

The sharp tongued, multi-lingual Jenny has mastered the art of deftly welcoming her audiences into a false sense of security with her lilting Welsh twang, before taking a dramatic U-turn with her outrageously raw punchlines. She leaves audiences squirming in their seats, head in hands and always wanting more. Her perfectly crafted, confident and in command performances are a favourite at clubs and festivals everywhere. An unapologetically bold, brilliant and seriously talented rising star.

Jenny has appeared on The Rhod Gilbert Show (BBC Wales), New Comedian of the Year Award (BBC Radio 4 Extra), The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra), What’s The Story (BBC Wales), Newsbeat (BBC Radio 1), The Leak (BBC Wales) and has written for BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, The Now Show, Huffington Post and Glamour Magazine.

Awards:
Winner The Percy Award, Adelaide Fringe 2016
Winner Comedy Ashes Adelaide 2016
Honourable Mention Dave’s Best Joke of the Fringe 2015
Winner Comedy Ashes Adelaide 2015
Winner Hobgoblin Comedy Award 2015
2nd Place NATYS 2015
Winner Laughing Horse New Act Competition 2014
Finalist Leicester Square New Act Competition 2014
Semi finalist Montreux Comedy Contest 2014
Finalist So You Think You’re Funny 2013
Semi finalist Amused Moose Laugh Off 2013
Finalist Comedy Knights New Act Competition 2013
Finalist Fight for the Funny 2013.

Up The Creek Comedy Club

ONE OF THE BEST COMEDY CLUBS IN THE WORLD - Micky Flanagan
A MUST VISIT FOR COMEDY FANS - LondonTown.com
ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO SEE LIVE COMEDY - Time Out

Up The Creek is one of the most famous comedy clubs in the World.

It’s the place to perform at for any comics at any stage of their career.

From the famous open mic format, The Blackout, all the way through to the professional shows every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, there’s something to cater to anyone who loves to watch live stand up comedy.

Up The Creek is regularly used as a filming location due to it’s unique feel and the option of using multiple rooms for different set ups.

Previous recent clients include:
Black, British & Funny – Rumpus Media (Channel 4)
Stand Up & Deliver – Lime Pictures (Channel 4)
Peeping Behind The Curtain – Moonshine Features (Sky1)
Big Zuu Eats – Boom Cymru TV (Dave)
The Stand Up Sketch Show – Spirit (ITV2)
Various BBC Radio 4 Audio records (BBC Studios)
VistaPrint Christmas Branded Campaign 2020
The National Lottery Branded Campaign 2020
The Mo Gilligan Podcast (MOMOG Productions)