Smiles are at the heart of the festivals we run and so the Nick Jones Wealth Planning comedy area is going to be a barrel of laughs! 

 

A huge thanks to The Comedy Agency for their hard work in pulling together the best in the business for your enjoyment. 

Your MC for the weekend Cokey Falkow will take you on a comedic journey of fun a frolkics so grab a seat and let the good times LOL!!

Cokey Falkow

Since starting in the late 90s, Cokey Falkow established himself as one of South Africa’s premier stand-up acts. Appearing at a wide variety of clubs and numerous international comedy festivals, he gathered a cult following. This led to 3 national one-man tours for which Cokey received critical acclaim at Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Cokey was then flown to London to perform in the South African Comedy Festival in London which ran at the Riverside studio theatre in Hammersmith for 5 weeks. Cokey also produced international comedy festivals in his home town of Durban where he introduced Russell Peters to South Africa.

Cokey has worked extensively filming both worldwide commercial campaigns and a wide array of supporting roles in international film. After appearing in Starshop Troopers and NCIS, Cokey is now best known internationally for his role as El Aleman in Robert Rodriguez and Robert Orci’s Matador. After 6 years in the US, where he played The Comedy Store regularly and was well known on the improv circuit, Cokey moved from LA to the UK in 2014 and is making a name for himself over here.

“Comedy doesn’t get better than this!" Cape Times

“Absolutely bloody hysterical" Independent on Saturday

“Raunchily hilarious" Mail and Guardian

“The thinking man’s comic" Elle magazine

Wes Zaharuk

Wes Zaharuk has a world-wide reputation for a tornado-like approach to comedy, surreal feats and an eccentric collection of eye-popping prop tricks. He is a one-man tour de force, known to combine routines with power tools, bananas and film noir. Perfectly Bananas received five star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and picked up a 2013 Buxton Fringe Award for Best Comedy (Individual). Wes credits his comic roots to his parents. They made ‘not listening’ an Olympic event. As a child, his parents dressed him in wool pants that were incredibly itchy. Complain as he would, his words fell on deaf ears. When he developed a skin condition that looked like a large, all-dressed pizza, he was tested for allergies. It was found that he was allergic to wool. Through it all, Wes developed his desire to be heard — if only to reduce rash. About the use of props in his performance Wes quips “Show business sometimes lures people who didn't get enough love early in life. I feel as a child I didn't get enough unsupervised time with power tools but who has perfect parents?”

"Twin Peaks meets Cirque Du Soleil ... simply amazing" Toronto Sun

"Zaharuk is mad as a box of badgers." Graeme Bright

***** Cream of the Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Andy White

Andy White is an energetic, confident and silly Brummie who combines silly voices and a mad afro to devastating comic effect. Andy has numerous media appearances, including the BBC New Comedy Awards on BBC Choice, Brand Spanking New on BBC Radio 7 and his winning performance on the Weakest Link comedian’s special! His appearance on the BBC quiz show featured in his five star (* * * * * Three Weeks) Edinburgh show, ‘It Started With A Quiz’ in 2007. This followed on from his well-received one man show at the 2005 Leicester Comedy Festival: Young, Gifted and Beige.

Andy escaped from a call centre to become a stand up comic who mixes silly voices and faces with observational humour, topical humour and his mixed race background. He can do material that’s clever, cheeky, sick or just silly and his performance can shift from deadpan to loud and physical. Andy has played to a wide variety of audiences, adults and children, both at home and abroad, in comedy clubs, theatres, universities, radio and TV shows, and at corporate entertainment events. He regularly headlines up and down the UK and has worked with all the major chains and comedy promoters along the way. Overseas, he’s performed in Monte Carlo (Laughing Horse), Berlin (Bleu Montag), Abu Dhabi and Dubai (Laughter House) amongst others.

“Had me exercising my pelvic floor muscles to avoid an accident" Karen Slater, BBC Tees

“Undeniably entertaining" Chortle.co.uk

“Oozes talent" What’s On Magazine

“The laughs turned to applause many times for Andy" Suzanne Worthington, BBC Cumbria

James Sherwood 

James Sherwood is an award winning musical comedian. Winner of Best International Show 2010, LA Theatre Review and Best Comedy Show 2010, Hollywood Fringe. As a writer he won a Sony Award in 2009 for The Now Show and has also written for The New Quiz, Newsjack and Look Away Now (BBC Radio 4). James recently created the new radio topical quiz show I Guess That's Why They Call It The News for BBC Radio 4.

"Imaginative musical jokes and beautifully crafted original comedy songs...The material he offers is fresh, contemporary and pin-sharp original. " Guardian
"If you ever wondered what would happen if Bill Bailey and Marcus Brigstocke had a child..." Chortle
"Quite brilliant" The Scotsman
"Genuine hysterics...tears of laughter" Spoonfed

George Zach

George moved from Greece to study Biochemistry in Newcastle Upon Tyne and, in doing so, avoided joining the Greek army for his national service. He discovered stand up soon after and has gone on to sell out his show Greek Tragedy at the Melbourne Comedy Festival support Luisa Omielan on her Am I Right Ladies tour. Recent BBC One appearances include the One Show and numerous appearances on This Week, discussing the Greek financial crisis.

George's first gig was on St Patrick’s Day in a dark room above a pub in Newcastle’s city centre. Fortunately for him, it turned out that he had a grasp of the English language as well as a talent for the art of comedy and soon this “really likable comic” went on to play all over the UK and abroad at some of the most prestigious comedy clubs. After impressing in the CKP LunchTime Special at the Edinburgh Festival he came back with his one man show Greek Tragedy, which recently sold out at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He’s returned to Australia twice since and is also helping to spearhead a burgeoning comedy scene back home in his native Greece.

“Pulls it off well with a style that is thoughtful and unexpected” Broadway Baby

“Accessible, likeable, his jokes are solid and his timing impeccable” The List

'George Zach went down well with the crowd and got some of the bigger laughs of the night. Really likeable act should go far' GiggleBeats

Patrick Draper 

Since Patrick first nonchalantly ambled onto the stage in October 2011, he has cemented his place on the UK comedy circuit with a mixed bag of deadpan jokes, visual gags and songs. After making it to the finals of the English Comedian Of The Year awards in 2015, Patrick then took his début show, "Absolutely Vacuous" to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Where his laissez-faire hour of comedy received a "Highly Recommended Show" accolade from Fringe Review amongst other glowing critiques. Patrick can now be found making people laugh in some of the most prestigious comedy clubs all over the UK.
"His unenthusiastic style has a nice, unhurried rhythm..." - Steve Bennett (Chortle)
“A gem of a show” – Fringe Review

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