With a policy of putting some of today’s best new comedians at the forefront of their weekly comedy night at Bold Street’s House, Four Candles Comedy delivers a night of laughs for audiences keen to allow the acts speak for themselves.
And with three hot new comics every Saturday night there’s plenty to choose from. Perhaps too much, so we’ve taken the opportunity to flag up seven acts you can see at Four Candles this Summer.
From familiar faces in the North West such as Keith Carter’s Nige, Silky, Dave Twentyman and Brendan Riley to popular acts from round the country such as Andrew Ryan, Milo McCabe and Steve Day, Four Candles puts the comedians right at the centre of a night of comedy, without the distractions of the wannabes in the audience.
So here are a few acts we’ve picked out, amid a wealth of talent. And if you want to grab a pair of tickets for free then head to the competition at the bottom of the page.
Chirpy, chatty Irish comedians may come and go but Ryan has already been favourably compared to Ardal O’Hanlon and his ability to riff on a variety of subjects has already made him a firm favourite at Four Candles.
He is back to compere the show on 1 June when he will be joined by local-lad-done-good Silky and Archie “Kenny-From-Phoenix-Nights” Kelly.
Saturday 1 June
No article about comedy in Liverpool is complete without Keith Carter’s superb grotesque Nige (pictured, top), wowing audiences for nearly ten years. Having single-handedly won the Capital Of Culture bid for Liverpool he’s part of the fabric of the city.
On 22 June he will be joined by the quick witted, energetic and naturally funny Joe Bromehead and the master of audience chit-chat Andrew Ryan.
Saturday 22 June
A comedian for people who love jokes, Noel James (left) spits out one liners at an incredible rate – fans of Stewart Francis or Tim Vine will love this quotable Welshman.
Noel will be joined by Danny Deegan, who has got stories to tell and charm to spare, plus Jim Smallman has got an easy going manner and a lot of tattoos.
Saturday 6 July
As a regular contributor to the topical comedy nights at prestigious comedy club The Stand, John Scott has proved again and again that he can wring the funny stuff out of today’s news.
Happy playing the loveable rogue, Scott has the ability to make audiences laugh about anything, from middle-class dinner parties to a Geordie version of Bohemian Rhapsody. Also on the bill that night is former North West Comedian Of The Year Vince Atta and regular compere Sam Avery.
Saturday 20 July
Warm, witty and engaging whilst dealing with the dilemmas of being a deaf man in a hearing world, Steve Day is is the only deaf comedian on the circuit and his stories of misunderstandings, mishearing and mispronunciations are pronounced bring the house down.
Steve was the first headliner at Four Candles on its opening night and the promoters didn’t waste any time getting Day back on the bill when it came to booking the second season. Mackem motormouth Mark Rough and the brilliantly quick improviser Chris Brooker provide strong support.
Saturday 3 August
A good compere can make or break a night and, in Jim Smallman (right), Four Candles has got one of the best. A regular at the club, the heavily tattooed wrestling fan has picked up a pile of awards in recent years and is heavily tipped to be the next big name to break out of the circuit.
Naturally funny, the garrulous Smallman has attracted praise from the likes of The Times, The Guardian and Radio 5. Go and see what the fuss is about. Also on the bill are St Helens’ own Dave Twentyman and Park Road’s Chris Cairns.
Saturday 24 August
An ex-reality star who shot to fame on a show called Live On The Floor For A Month, Philberto (below) hails from a small fishing village off the coast of Portugal and has now turned stand-up comic.
The creation of character comedian Milo McCabe, Philberto is a frustrated rapper who is unaware of why the audience is laughing – and whether it is with him, or at him.
Philberto is joined by likeable Aussie Benny Boot and Formby’s favourite compere Brendan Riley.
Saturday 31 August
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