LAL @ Cuba – Jeff Innocent & Kate Barron
As seen on ITV, BBC and Ch4.
Born in East London during the mid 1950’s, Jeff Innocent grew up in a family whose entrepreneurial spirit and activities were not always considered acceptable by the police. He managed to avoid going in to the family business however by taking a keen interest in youth theatre and Jamaican music. He took part in many productions as a teenager, primarily with the East End Soapbox Theatre, a collective which also spawned performance poet John Hegley. But it took over twenty years before he was to tread the boards again as a comedian.
After leaving school his first job was as a windowdresser in the mens fashion trade working in London’s trendy Kings Road and Carnaby Street during the early 1970’s until the early 1980’s when he became a mature student at the University of East London studying philosophy and history, achieving a BA Hons and an MA. He maintained his interest in Jamaican music by DJ’ing and contributing to fanzines during this period. His post graduate dissertation topic being, The History of Jamaican Music. He financed his studying by working in the fashion industry at Camden Market and High Street Kensington.
It was after his experience at University that he decided to try stand up comedy, something that he had wanted to do for some years. His initiation was at a workshop in Stratford East London run by the God Father of Alternative Comedy, Tony Allen. Although being a stand up comedian and actor dominates much of Jeff’s time he still maintains an interest in music and popular culture. He still lives in the East End with his partner of 23 years, the youngest of his four children and his two whippets. But not necessarily in that order.
“In short, he’s one funny man .” Chortle “Extremely talented cockney philosopher” – Time Out
“Terrific, thought-through comedy with a big warm heart” – The Scotsman
“Clever, honest, funny. Not only hugely likable comedy but fabulously subversive” – The Scotsman
“It should be made law that every British citizen go and see Jeff Innocent” – Evening Standard
Kate Barron is a London-based stand-up comedian and writer who has toured across North America and the United Kingdom. Born in Vancouver, she started her comedy career while living in Toronto and working as an art dealer.
Kate has been named one to watch my multiple national Canadian media outlets including the Toronto Star and CBC. She has been invited to perform in JFL42 in Toronto, Off Just For Laughs + Zoofest in Montreal, SheDot Festival, NXNE, SirusXM Top Comic Canada, HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festivals, and became the first woman to win the Toronto Comedy Brawl in its 9-year history, beating out over 400 other comedians. Kate has continued to stand out, winning multiple competitions including The Comedy Store’s notorious King Gong show in London UK, and the Brantford Comedy Festival’s Rising Star title, before being asked to join the roster of Yuk Yuk’s, Canada’s largest, and most recognized comedy brand! Kate was nominated as “Notable Stand-Up Comedian” of the year through the Notable Life Awards, and nominated for Breakout Comedian of the Year by the I Heart Jokes Awards.
In 2020 Kate has been invited to bring her debut stand up hour, “Made You Lick” to the Leicester Comedy Festival, VAULT Festival in London, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe, and Edinburgh Fringe.
Kate has opened for Saturday Night Live’s Sam Jay and Chris Redd, Comedy Cellar Regular Nathan Mackintosh, The Late Show with James Cordon writer Eliza Skinner, and Last Comic Standing’s James Adomian to name a few. She has been heard on SirusXM Canada Laughs as part of the AltDot Comedy Lounge, and hosted a comedy and well-being podcast with writer and comedian, Sara Starkman called, A Positive Spin.
Kate is known best for her energetic story-telling style and performances that appeal to a variety of audiences.
Sadia Azmat is a British Asian Stand-up comedian and writer from East London. A chance encounter with a comedian in a call centre, who introduced her to the circuit, is where began performing and she is a regular stand-up to date.
In 2011, Sadia performed a short show ‘Please Hold – You’re Being Transferred To A UK Based Asian Representative’, featuring on BBC Front Row. In 2014, she followed this with her short performance ‘I Am Not Malala’ nationwide.
In 2018 Sadia launched her critically acclaimed BBC podcast “No Country For Young Women” which has enjoyed global success and consistent reviews from audiences and critics alike including ‘Best audio 2018’ as featured by Miranda Sawyer for the Observer and Apple’s Top picks for 2018. The podcast explores Sadia and her friend discovering their roots and where to call home when your place of birth differs from that of your family. They ask how do you balance your British and ethnic identities?
Dan Jones won the Amused Moose National Breakthrough Comedian of the Year 2019 and is a rising star on the UK circuit. He brings rooms to life with his deadpan humour and low energy anecdotes and is
“Definitely one to watch” – Rhod Gilbert
Claire Haus is a comedian and writer based in London. She is a So You Think You’re Funny finalist. Her 2021 character comedy collaboration with LADbible reached 600k views in just four days. Her stand-up show Split the Bill with Josh Weller, Claire Haus & Suzie Preece sold out at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe & she can regularly be seen at some of the best clubs on the London circuit.
She also creates a stream of popular sketch content on her Instagram account. Haus has also performed theatre, sketch and improv around the world, including in Toronto, London, Berlin, Chicago, Bogotá and Sarajevo.
Haus has also worked as a visual artist, and has an MFA from the Bauhaus Universität Weimar. A collection of her comic drawings, The Blaring House, was released by Canadian publisher Conundrum Press.
She also works as a voice-over artist.
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