Comedy and Shows
Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, making the BBC’s Talent Hotlist in 2017, and beating Tiffany Haddish, Ellen DeGeneres and Amy Schumer to become Female First’s Comedian of the Year 2018. She truly arrived at the forefront of British comedy in early 2018, shortly before appearing at Deer Shed for the first time, through her starring role as news correspondent of common sense on BBC’s The Mash Report. Her surprise satirical #MeToo lecture for the benefit of Nish Kumar, who hadn’t been allowed to read the script, was both an emphatic takedown of the movement’s detractors and a hilarious method of making her usually cool and calm co-presenter squirm a little. Not just an explainer of moral reasoning for morons, Rachel is also a proficient pianist with classically trained voice, employing this in her seriously funny stand-up routines.

Marcus Brigstocke (late-night)

Marcus Brigstocke (late-night)

The millennials among us might still recognise this brilliant comedian best as the original King Stupid! No, I’m not just being rude; back in 2003, Marcus Brigstocke starred in the hit CBBC show Stupid, which was a wittier show than the title might suggest. Since then, Marcus has gone on to become one of the UK’s best loved comedians, with many appearances on the nation’s favourite comedy television shows, like Have I Got News For You, QI, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie To You, and his latest show Devil May Care saw him star as Lucifer while reflecting on the modern criteria for damnation. We expect sides to be splitting all over the place for Marcus’ late-night headline appearance at Deer Shed, before he rises early the next morning to star in our Sunday Morning Papers panel.

Mark Watson

Mark Watson

When watching Mark Watson on one of the many TV shows he’s starred in through the years it’s hard to think anything other than that he seems like one of the most affable and down to earth chaps in showbiz. That is, if you get a break between belly laughs! A frequent collaborator with comedy greats Tim Key and Alex Horne - having been involved in the latter’s hit show Taskmaster since the beginning and appearing in the television adaptation’s fifth series in 2017 – Mark’s popularity has grown consistently even since he last headlined the Deer Shed Big Top back in 2016. We’ve been asked by Deer Shedders every year since then if we can invite Mark back to Baldersby Park, and we’re delighted 2020 will finally be the year we can grant their wishes. As an extra treat, you can catch Mark in conversation with Gabriel Ebulue in a live recording of The Three Track Podcast, where the two will chat in detail about the comedian’s three life-defining songs.

Josie Long (late-night)

Josie Long (late-night)

Having started performing comedy at just 14, Josie Long went on to win various prestigious newcomer awards early on, before being nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards three years running. Josie has been seen on TV shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Skins, for which she also wrote. She also spent time as a presenter on BBC 6Music, Deer Shed’s favourite radio station! She isn’t just a world class performer, though. In 2012, Josie started her ongoing project, the Alternative Reality Tour, an anti-cuts, pro-youth, no-profit company which aims to fight for social justice and support public art, and is co-founder of the Arts Emergency Service, a charity supporting students from underprivileged backgrounds who wish to study arts degrees. Josie will bring Tender, her first show in five years, to Deer Shed this summer. It’s all about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy.

Angela Barnes (late-night)

Angela Barnes (late-night)

After a career in health and social care, Angela Barnes took the plunge and embarked on her life-long dream to be a comedian. Within just a couple of years, she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award. Angela has since gone on to star in Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo, as well as being a regular on BBC Radio 4 with The Now Show and, in 2017, she took the prestigious role of host on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s News Jack. 2020 has already been a brilliant year for Angela. In Spring, she will take over hosting duties of the iconic BBC Radio 4 News Quiz for the whole of the new series, and we can’t wait to see her take up late-night headline duties in the Big Top!

Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell recently went viral while talking about the Irish border and Brexit stating, "number one, it's not the Irish border, it's the British border in Ireland. The Irish border is the beach", which was watched by over 200 million people worldwide. When not educating the masses about serious political issues, Andrew can be seen on many popular TV shows, like Breaking the News, QI, and most recently, the popular new Comedy Central show, Roast Battle. His excellent Radio 4 series, Welcome To Wherever You Are, sees him host some of the best stand-ups in the world, using modern technology to connect them with a studio audience in London, no matter where they happen to be.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Over the last couple of years, Kiri Pritchard-McLean has been one of the fastest rising comedians on the UK circuit. Kiri and is now renowned for her topical, energetic, deft and often dark comedy. The seasoned Welsh stand-up often co-hosts a podcast about serial killers, All Killa No Filla, alongside Rachel Fairburn, which has propelled the duo into the podcasting stratosphere, and recently hosted the 20th series of Radio 4’s Newsjack. Building upon early success as writer and director of the multi-award-winning sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop, you’re lucky nowadays if you manage to bag tickets to a Kiri Pritchard-McLean show of any form, such is the demand. Kiri is clearly used to dealing with serial killers, so the Big Top audience should be a doddle… right?

Jessica Fostekew

Jessica Fostekew

As well as being one of the fastest rising stars in British comedy, Jessica Fostekew is also a celebrated actor, having recently been a guest lead in Cuckoo, Motherland and BAFTA multiple-award winning BBC drama Three Girls. Her latest hour-long live comedy show, Hench was nominated for the 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Award. Jessica may be best known, however, for her work in the podcasting world, as co-host of The Guilty Feminist and as host and creator of foodie favourite chart-topper The Hoovering Podcast, which comes highly recommended by The Guardian, The Independent and, of course, the Podcast Social Club. A multi-talented, relatable artist who is consistently hilarious in every project she undertakes.

Dane Baptiste

Dane Baptiste

According to Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Dane Baptiste is “a comical genius”, and the London-born stand-up made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for a Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He had incredible success with his debut stand up show Citizen Dane, completing two sold out runs at London’s Soho Theatre. In 2016, BBC Three commissioned Sunny D, a sitcom that Baptiste wrote and starred in, where he plays a version of himself that still lives with his parents and twin sister, Kadean, in a crammed house that he is desperate to escape, before winning a week-long series in the BBC's House of Games. Original and provocative, Baptiste has already been hailed as one of the most exciting British comedians to break through in years.

Flo & Joan

Flo & Joan

Music and comedy – two of our favourite things at Deer Shed. We especially love it when our acts combine the two art forms, and Flo & Joan do exactly that! The great news is, with this double act, “Musical comedy hasn’t been in such safe hands for years”, in the words of The List. As seen on shows including Live at the Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance 2019, the piano and percussion pair have also headlined and played to sold-out audiences across the UK, North America and Australia, and now have an hour-long special which you can watch on Amazon Prime before they take to the stage at Deer Shed 11.

The Brett Domino Trio

The Brett Domino Trio

Ever wished you could write the perfect pop song or pen a smash hit like Ed Sheeran? Well, with Brett Domino on the keytar, anything is possible. Join West Yorkshire’s ultimate two-piece musical trio (“The Brett Domino Trio” was simply too catchy a name to ditch after the third founding member of the band left) on their quest to conquer the North of God’s Own Country. Also known as musical comedian Rob J. Madin, Brett Domino was once described by Chris Moyles as “a musical God” – a status he will undoubtedly deserve if he can impress the heckling kids in our Big Top tent!

Bec Hill

Bec Hill

This Aussie-born but UK-based stand-up comedian is one of the Deer Shed team’s favourite funny people. 2020 will be her second performance in Baldersby Park in the last four years! Bec Hill is now a decade into her career, which started at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and is perhaps best known for her quirky, pun-fuelled shows that include a large dash of arts and craft. Not your usual stand-up fodder, granted, but Bec consistently manages to weave hilarious stories using paper puppets, and many other crafty props into her material. Younger comedy fans among us may recognise her from CBBC show The Dog Ate My Homework, making Bec a must see for the whole family.

Alex Edelman

Alex Edelman

Alex Edelman burst onto comedy scene in Britain when his debut show, Millennial, won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, the first American to do so since 1997. His subsequent shows became even more acclaimed, selling out their entire Edinburgh runs and cementing his reputation as a writer-performer of world class ambition and technical skill. Alex recently appeared on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle has supported comedians like Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais and Patton Oswalt, and even a selection of musicians like Beck and San Fermin. Technically, he could add James, Stereolab and Baxter Dury to that list come July!

Maisie Adam

Maisie Adam

Maisie Adam is a talented comedian from Yorkshire who only started out on the circuit in 2016 after moving to Brighton, whose anecdotal material and self-deprecating charm have quickly won her praise up and down the country. After previewing her first stand-up show Living On The Edge at the Ilkley Fringe and, to her surprise, it not going horrendously, she then took the debut show on tour to theatres, festivals and comedy nights across the UK and became only the fourth woman to win the nationwide So You Think You’re Funny? competition, with previous winners including comedy legends like Peter Kay, Aisling Bea and David O’Doherty.

Huge Davies

Huge Davies

Combining his confident on-stage presence, dark humour, surreal material and one-of-a-kind customised keyboard, Huge Davies has quickly risen to become one the most exciting, unique new acts in the UK. Having only tried stand-up for the first time in late 2014 during his final year of university, within his first year of comedy he had supported household names like Sara Pascoe and Nish Kumar. In August 2019, his debut solo show The Carpark was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Festival and resulted in a Best Newcomer Nomination, and was firmly one of the Deer Shed team’s favourite new discovery of the whole event, compelling us to book him for a performance at our very own comedy club!

Helen Duff

Helen Duff

Helen Duff is an award-winning, critically acclaimed and socially conscious storyteller, actress, clown and comedian. Finding humour in dark places, her clowning is both shamelessly silly and socially conscious at the same time, with previous shows revolving around themes of mental health, relationships, food and female empowerment. Helen’s comedy, both bold and endlessly funny, is an absolute breath of fresh air and, due to popular demand around her appearance in Baldersby Park last year, we are delighted to share it with Deer Shedders all over again on the 2020 Big Top bill.

Andrew O'Neill

Andrew O'Neill

Andrew O'Neill is an award-winning stand-up comedian, musician and writer. His distinctive voice and alternative credentials have set him apart and allowed him to carve out a unique place in the comedy world as an “occult comedian”. His talent doesn’t end there, though. Andrew is also the author of A History Of Heavy Metal, described by the legend Alan Moore as "a comprehensive landmark analysis of an enormous area of music that has been too long without such a thing, and has the massive advantage of the funny being turned up to twelve". He feels most at home performing on festival stages, and you’re unlikely to have ever experienced comedy like this before!

Tom Houghton

Tom Houghton

Once a member of one of our favourite improv comedy groups, The Noise Next Door, Tom Houghton is a funny and charming comedian, whose stand-up sets often heavily feature roguish tales and hilarious songs. He sold out his debut Edinburgh Festival show in 2017, cementing his status as a comedian and quickly rising through the ranks of the British live circuit. You may recognise Tom from his many television appearances, including Comedy Blaps, First Dates Hotel, and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle.

Tom Binns

Tom Binns

Ian D Montfort is the psychic alter-ego of hilarious, multi-award-winning comedian Tom Binns. The character has received 5-star reviews from critics across the globe, entertained and amazed sceptics and believers alike on his own BBC Radio 2 series Ian D Montfort is: Unbelievable. A firm Deer Shed favourite having last performed for us back in 2013, Tom now claims to have discovered a genuine 'psychic' ability and has recently performed as The Psychic Comedium. In his performances, Tom clearly makes jaw-dropping revelations about his audience, but it will be your job at Deer Shed 11 to decide whether his ability is genuinely psychic or just plain silly!

Njambi Mcgrath

Njambi Mcgrath

Njambi McGrath is a Kenyan born, UK comedian and author of Through The Leopard's Gaze, a brilliant but brutal novel based on her experience of growing up on a farm in Kenya. In 2012, she was voted as one of five top female comedians to watch by Fabulous Magazine and nominated for Best Newcomer at the Black Comedy Awards. Last year, she won the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act of the Year (NATYS) and has previously filmed four comedy specials available for streaming platforms like Amazon and Apple, while also appearing on traditional channels like BBC One, BBC Two, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

Scott Bennett (late-night)

Scott Bennett (late-night)

Tipped in 2018 as one of Chortle’s Ones to Watch, Scott Bennett’s reputation in the world of British comedy has been growing ever since. With only his second ever live show, Leap Year, Scott was nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2019 and completed a sell-out run to huge critical acclaim at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Yorkshire-born comedian will perform a special warm-up set prior to Marcus Brigstocke’s late-night headline performance on the Deer Shed Big Top stage.

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Laura Davis is a sharp, charming and delightful comedian from Australia who has been earning praise and acclaim for years. She follows in the footsteps of many an Australian comedian that have delighted the Deer Shed Big Top audience over the years, like Sarah Bennetto, Bec Hill and Brendon Burns. Australia’s loss is Britain’s gain, though Laura still found the time to win the Golden Gibbo award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! Laura’s stand-up is a rare and truly unique experience for the comedy savvy.

Steff Todd

Steff Todd

Steff Todd is an award-winning new comedian from Yorkshire. She recently gained worldwide attention after going viral for her Love Island impressions and is fast becoming one of the hottest emerging new talents in comedy, with a huge following of fans who love reality telly and pop culture. If you’re a pop culture vulture, Steff Todd is absolutely the comedian for you. Steff performed her debut sell-out solo show Reality Check at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 and even made the top spot in The Guardian’s Best Jokes of the Fringe roundup.

Shelf

Shelf

Shelf are a comedy double act from South London, made up of Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde. The two lifelong friends started performing as Shelf at open mic nights in 2015, honing a style that was dubbed by EdFringeReview as “a winning hybrid of sketch show and stand-up” (EdFringe Review). They are also founding members of monthly night, The LOL Word, which provides a vital platform for queer women and non-binary comedians from across the London comedy circuit.

Thom Tuck

Thom Tuck

Thom Tuck is a writer, performer and director with a 2:2 in Philosophy that is standing him in very good stead in the open job market! It’s always good to have a backup, though, and it just so happens that Thom is also an excellent comedian. His first live stand-up show was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Fosters Comedy Awards in 2011 for his brilliant show, Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD, in which he draws parallels between straight-to-DVD gems and tales from his own life. He was also the host for two seasons of Radio 4’s Sketchorama which does important work showcasing up and coming sketch groups from the live UK comedy circuit.

Katie Pritchard

Katie Pritchard

Last year at Deer Shed, Katie Pritchard arrived in Baldersby Park ready to blow over the patio furniture of comedy, partially damaging the garden fence of genre while she was at it, and dropping a large, sturdy branch onto the car bonnet of musicality! Originally from Hull, Katie already has a full awards shelf at home, including Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year, the Musical Comedy Award and Northdown New Act of the Year 2019. For 2020, get ready for high-octane, musical comedy fun from this carnage-wielding, storm-stud of a snazzy idiot. Expect incredible (very hand-made) costumes, chaos, and pumping choons in a riotous romp through Katie's synapses, alongside observational comedy you have never seen the like of before!

Matt Hoss

Matt Hoss

Matt Hoss joined us at the first Podcast Social Club back in November 2019, as a guest on Rosie Wilby’s hit comedy-relationship podcast, The Breakup Monologues, along with poet Kate Fox, to divulge all about their past experiences of heartbreak. The hilarious show made us instantly want to book Matt for a stand-up set on our Big Top stage, so here he is! As well as guesting, Matt also hosts his own podcasts, Matt Hoss Talks to People He Likes and Miffs. His warm wit and endearing charm are sure to make him a Deer Shed favourite in no time.

Comedy Up A Tree

Comedy Up A Tree

Climbing the trees of Baldersby Park has become something of a tradition at Deer Shed in recent years, with countless kids braving the heights of some of the biggest specimens we can find, in the safe hands of Askham Bryan College’s horticulture department. This has led us to think of how else we can utilise these natural climbing frames – remember Hyde Park Brass performing their classic tunes up in the trees back in 2018? Well, now we present to you (we think!) a world-first stand-up format: comedy up a tree! Gather at the trunk to hear gravity-defying jokes from a specially selected comedian who may or may not suffer from vertigo, depending on how kind we’re feeling at the time…

Dark Room for Kids

Dark Room for Kids

YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN THE DARK ROOM!. Combining a screen, £5 of electronics, an innovative multimedia rig and John Robertson’s flair for improvisation as the abusive gamemaster, The Dark Room is the world’s only live-action videogame. A cult hit at the Edinburgh Fringe when it debuted in 2012, this is a live comedy show where the whole audience plays along together, deciding the best route by shouting over one another – true democracy. But if you take a wrong turn… YA DIE! It turns out kids love yelling and computer games and parents love letting the kids know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a barrage of unreasonable demands.

Confederation of Ladies Arm Wrestling

Confederation of Ladies Arm Wrestling

Are you ready for some serious competition!? Please welcome to the stage the whimsical, the phenomenal, the international movement of Lady Arm Wrestling! Expect a collective of over-the-top characters, comedians, ringmasters, referees and superfans as The Confederation of Lady Arm Wrestlers (aka CLAW) brings its family-friendly show to Deer Shed. The special tournament will feature some of the best female talent from across the festival programme, for an extravaganza of glitz, glamour and, naturally, arm wrestling!

Police Cops

Police Cops

Police Cops is a seven-time award-winning production that has delighted audiences around the world. Set in 1976, a strait-laced, rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother’s death. Teamed up with a disgraced, retired renegade named Harrison, the pair begin to unearth the dirty secrets that the case holds. Police Cops is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car. Oh, and did I mention...the steering wheel is made from guns?

Privates: Hush Hush Boom Boom

Privates: Hush Hush Boom Boom

Remember, remember, something about November... gunpowder, treason, and a whole load more gunpowder!? Privates: Hush Hush Boom Boom gives you the chance to meet the buttheads behind the most misguided political protest of all time, as they attempt to blow-up Parliament and the King in order to teach history a lesson. Winner of the Otherplace Award in 2019, this show is all about the democratic right to protest and play with fire by Privates, a group of utterly hilarious, professional idiots.

Whether Weather

Whether Weather

Whether Weather is a wordless show about the nation's favourite talking point: the weather. In this thunderous physical comedy, award-winning comedians Luke Rollason and Frankie Thompson take the fodder of boring small talk and brew up a lip sync lightning storm, whilst clad in green lycra. Played against a green-screen backdrop, two idiots clumsily create a live, interactive weather report with improvised costumes and homemade special visuals, to comical effect.

Junior Jungle

Junior Jungle

Junior Jungle are bringing their massive jungle party to Baldersby Park this summer! Join DJ Nick Terrific and MC Rocky Patch as they play out the finest cuts of drum n bass, jungle, and hip-hop remixes, all vetted for age-appropriate content, and expertly mixed live on-stage by Nick Terrific. This is the ideal rave for any family with kids that might not be able to stay awake until Bez takes to the stage in the late-night silent disco. You might not already be a Junglist, but we can guarantee this is the most uplifting party you'll ever attend. Big up the littlest massive!

Musical Bingo

Musical Bingo

Musical Bingo is just like regular bingo, but instead of shouting out numbers, they play songs! Each round takes on a different theme of song choices, these could be based on either a decade, genre or a just a quirky random topic. Unique cards are handed out whilst one of the fabulously entertaining hosts introduce the rules and, of course, the glamorous prizes. Then it’s over to the DJ’s Rapture and Jonny Unknown who spin a quick-fire medley of tunes, while players simply mark them off their bingo cards accordingly. Seventeen, Dancing Queen.

This Is Your Trial

This Is Your Trial

This Is Your Trial is a critically acclaimed, award-winning show where comedians are lawyers, prosecuting and defending cases set against the audience (you!). Presented by award-winning company This is Your Laugh, The Judge for this very special edition at Deer Shed is Thom Tuck, while Jess Fostekew takes up prosecution duties and Bec Hill defends. Expect an interactive comedy experience that is totally unique for each audience, thanks to its improvised nature and ever-changing cast, while always featuring some of the very best performers in the business. Audience participation is at the heart of this kangaroo court, with the spectators ultimately driving the show.

KAPOW Wrestling Big Top Royal Rumble

KAPOW Wrestling Big Top Royal Rumble

Last year, we teamed up with KAPOW, the UK’s number one family-friendly wrestling federation, to bring their pro wrestling ring to the Deer Shed sports field for the first time! Their superstar wrestling roster featured crowd favourites Mad Dog Quinn, Lookachu, Queen of the Ring Priscilla, and The South Coast Ghostbuster, and you lot loved learning your suplexes from your piledrivers. At Deer Shed 11, KAPOW ae taking the over the Big Top for a huge royal rumble of a live show!

Card Ninja

Card Ninja

Comedian. Magician. Ninja. Hailing from New Zealand, Javier Jarquin presents CARD NINJA, a riotous and dazzling display of comedy and card stunts. Following his journey from mild-mannered card player to silent assassin using ordinary playing cards as weapons, Card Ninja ditches the wand and resurrects the classic, lost art of scaling, or card throwing. The result is a combination of award-winning comedy and amazing feats with cards. Part comedy. Part magic. All class. This award-winning one-man comedy show takes card stunts to a whole new ninja level. Expect deadly, card-flicking fun in the Big Top!

Horrible Stunts for Kids

Horrible Stunts for Kids

The people who pull crazy stunts for our entertainment on films, so the overly pampered stars don’t have to, are perhaps the most under-appreciated performers in the whole showbiz world! We plan to right that wrong at Deer Shed with Horrible stunts for Kids, an interactive kids comedy show featuring mind-blowing stunts, mesmerising magic and hilarious jokes. How dangerous are the stunts? Well, we’re about to let the kids decide, which could go one of two ways: as the most entertaining, or horrifying, stunt show the world has ever seen. Guaranteed carnage, fun and hilarity for the whole family.

Haus of Dench

Haus of Dench

Haus of Dench are one of the most glamorous, fastest rising drag queen acts in Yorkshire. Starting out as a group of fans of the TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race in 2015, they would regularly meet up to chat about the latest episode whilst making trips to local drag bars to study the craft. Founding member Matt “Stalls Stallworthy” began developing a cabaret club night called Stalls’ Lip-Sync Lollapalooza, which began on the University of York campus, before moving to Fibbers in the city centre. Haus of Dench became the starring act, while their flagship night is now the most popular alternative night in York’s clubbing calendar, and have now bedazzled audiences at pride events, the Edinburgh Fringe and other festivals around the country.

Katie Pritchard - Hysterical Histories

Katie Pritchard - Hysterical Histories

It’s fun to play a bit fast and loose with history, especially when you’re writing in song-form! Self-appointed freelance historical tour guide Katie Pritchard knows this and has subsequently written a collection of brilliant songs about how much King Henry VIII loves his wives, Joan of Arc’s obsession with cheese, and many more subjects to transport you out of your historical comfort zone. Armed with her many handmade costumes (that, to be fair, do sometimes look like the historical figure they’re meant to represent), and high-energy songs, this show promises laughs for all, whether you’re a kid, adult, history buff or history bluffer!

Comedy Auction

Comedy Auction

The newest show from This is Your Laugh, the team behind This Is Your Trial, Comedy Auction asks the questions: what is anything truly worth? Chief Auctioneer Tony Law and his team of "experts" - Tom Houghton, Thom Tuck, Katie Pritchard - plan to find out. Collectible and charismatic curiosities are sold under auction, each has a hidden reserve price. The experts explain to the audience why you should bid with your free 250 auction dollars, and whoever sells the most gets their fee!

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