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Jon is a familiar face at comedy festivals across the UK having taken three solo shows to the Leicester, Nottingham & Edinburgh festivals with the highlight of the all coming in the form of a sold out show at his home town Melton Theatre in Melton Mowbray.

Jon has also provided tour support for Darren Harriot and Lucy Porter and his Leicester Comedy Festival Show – What have you been up to? Won Best Show 2023!

Jon’s laid back storytelling has audiences hanging on his every word. With tales based around his own life experiences, his anecdotes are relatable and certain to have people in hysterics. Jon is a prefect addition to any line up and can both MC and do a set.


Multi-award winning comedian Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike.

In 2013 Tom reached the final of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition, and the following year he was a finalist in the Hobgoblin Comedy Award. More recently he picked up the Audience Favourite Award at the Musical Comedy Awards 2017 and reached the final of English Comedian of the Year 2018.

A favourite of live bookers across the UK, Tom has also supported John Bishop, Jason Manford and John Kearns on tour and performed on Radio 2 and Radio 4 as part of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award.

Tom’s debut Edinburgh show, Tom Taylor is the Indie Feel-Good Hit of the Summer, was one of The Telegraph’s must see shows of 2019 and was described by The Scotsman as “a genuine joy”.


Ricky Balshaw is a comedian and Paralympic, World Championship and European Championship dressage medallist.

Ricky reached the semi-final stage of the 2021 BBC New Comedy Award competition, and appeared on on BBC One and BBC Three. He also won Best New Act in the 2021 Midlands Comedy Awards and he has performed at comedy clubs and festivals around the UK including The Comedy Store, Just The Tonic, Glee, Leicester Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe and of course, Comedy Hotspot.

Born with cerebral palsy, he started riding as part of his physiotherapy at the age of 4. At the age of 14 he was invited to join the British Paralympic dressage team and is still the youngest person to be inducted to the senior team.

Look out for Ricky in the summer during the coverage of the Paris Paralympics as a pundit.

Ricky’s comedy is upfront, personal, in your face and bloody funny.




Comedian, presenter, actor and writer, Stephen Bailey is a proud northern, working class, gay man.

The multi-award nominated star’s brand of gossipy humour has singled him out as one of the UK’s most sought-after talents for comedy and entertainment formats. As well as boasting over 110k followers on Instagram after one of his videos was shared by none other than Melissa McCarthy.

Stephen’s credits include hosting and starring on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and appearing on shows including Would I Lie To You. Richard Osman’s House of Games, Celebrity Weakest Link, Pointless Celebrities, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Roast Battle, Celebrity Mastermind, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Love Island: Aftersun, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars and as a regular on CelebAbility.

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One of the few comics able to play to any audience without compromising on his material, David Longley can delight a hen party and the comedy connoisseur on the same night. Intelligent, silly, thought-provoking and filthy, Longley has found himself headlining comedy clubs all over the country and is also one of the best MC’s in the UK.

Longley has performed 4 full-length solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe each one being greeted with critical acclaim.


Award-winning comedian James Ellis is a rising star in the UK comedy scene.

His sharp observational humour and clever punchlines have won him rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. James’ comedy is rooted in everyday life, and he has a knack for finding the funny in the mundane. A gifted writer, his jokes are well-crafted and delivered with precision.

In 2021, James was named South Coast Comedian of the Year, and was a regional finalist for the BBC New Comedy Award. He has done tour support for Angela Barnes on her “Hot Mess” Tour.


Doug Carter is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian who has over 100,000 online followers, not bad for a man whose face is very easy to scroll past (his words not ours!) His storytelling observational style is popular with all different types of audience as he gigs around the UK pro comedy circuit.

Doug has established himself on the circuit as a rock solid comic who guarantees laughs.


At the age of 15, Christian Reilly joined a band to get laid. The Salvation Army had different ideas… As former integral part of the Perrier award-winning show Otis Lee Crenshaw and the Black Liars, with comic/songster Rich Hall, Christian’s career has taken him around the world three times. On his way, he received accolades at international festivals and numerous network TV credits in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. Now a solo stand-up performer and playing all the major comedy venues in his own right, Christian uses his dynamic guitar and vocal skills to target histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie musicians. He recently wrote and performed for ‘That Was Then This Is Now’ (BBC Radio 2) as musical counterpart to Richard Herring and Emma Kennedy, as well as giving his improvisation skills an outing on Radio 2’s ‘Jammin’. Christian’s comic songs, improvisations, sharp wit and youthful energy have delighted audiences wherever he performs.


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Comedy Hotspot returns to Bonington Theatre in Arnold with another cracker of a line up, packed to the brim with comedic excellence. 4 very different styles, but all of them hilarious. Add to that a wonderful venue and an award winning Comedy Promoter to make sure the evening runs like a dream on the night, and you have all the ingredients for a brilliant comedy night. Here is a little insight into the 4 comedians coming to see us in April


Prepare to be captivated by the razor-sharp observations and dry wit of John, a comedian who effortlessly blends humour with a gentle and confident stage presence. With a knack for finding hilarity in everyday situations, John’s comedic style is characterised by his ability to weave witty anecdotes and relatable tales that leave audiences in stitches. One of the best comperes is comedy and he has gigged all over the world and has written for some of the best comics in the UK.


The multi award winning The Halls of Ridiculous create quick fire improvised comedy and cleverly crafted character based sketches. It’s high energy, it’s interactive, and its mostly VERY RIDICULOUS! Feat: Chris Lumb (as seen on BBC3: Russell Howards Good News) & Phil Allan-Smith (as seen on BBC1: This is MY House).

WINNER – ‘Best Alternative Act’ – Yorkshire Comedy Awards 2023, WINNER – Southport New Act of the Year 2023, 2024 Tour Support for Russell Kane


Roger Monkhouse Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Presenter, Writer and Voiceover Artiste A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. A highly original and quirky performer, Roger Monkhouse`s trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit. Supremely confident, with audience banter down to an art form, Roger is happy to improvise freely but has no shortage of first class material in his armoury. A master of observational comedy with a routine that is universally and unfailingly hysterical. A sought after compere and headliner across the UK and internationally.


JJ Whitehead’s rangy swagger and fearless, electric wit has charmed audiences around the world.  Disarmingly comfortable, JJ delivers unabashedly personal stories and blistering social satire in a unique performance style that can only come from a North American who cut his comedy teeth in Great Britain.

He has been a welcomed regular on British and Canadian TV; at international comedy festivals and as a headliner at such clubs as The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Highlight, The Glee Clubs, Manfords and Yuk Yuks.

JJ Whitehead has recently brought his honest, uncensored brand of humor to LA. As well as performing on local stages such as The Improv, he has joined the controversially outspoken Australian comic, Jim Jefferies, on his 2019  Night talker tour slaying audiences on the largest stages in the country.

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Charms audiences with his unique brand of disarming wit and wry, and down-to-earth observational humour. A talented storyteller who uses whimsical imagery and evocative observations, Barry is an assured closing act, with regular bookings at many of the UK’s top comedy clubs including The Stand, XS Malarkey and The Frog and Bucket. His comedy has even taken him to Luxembourg, where his solo show proved so popular, he became the first ever comedian to perform on Luxembourg TV. Barry has recently been supporting Jason Manford, on his UK Tour.

His calm, inclusive persona has ensured that Barry has also proven himself to be a popular and amiable MC, garnering a reputation as a strong and reliable choice to hold a quality line up together. In January ’16, Barry Dodds was awarded Best MC at the Midlands Comedy Awards 2016.


Phil Reid is an award winning comedian who has been in entertainments for over a decade and travels the world performing to audiences all over.

He has a natural ability to connect with the audiences of all ages. Friendly and enthusiastic his observational style instantly puts the audience at ease, allowing him to regale them with tales of his observations of every day life. He has performed at a number of big venues throughout the UK, including the world famous Hammersmith Apollo & the O2.

Phil has had the pleasure of working along side and supported some of Britain’s top comedians such as Jason Manford, John Bishop, Tim Vine, Lee Nelson, Patrick Monahan & Bobby Davro.


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.


Danny Posthill is undoubtedly one of the most promising British comedians around today. He is a well-known and much loved stand-up comedian and impressionist, well remembered for his outstanding performance on the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2015.

Since then Danny has never stopped, performing all over the world, working around the Mediterranean and South America, plus taking his Donald Trump Act far and wide, performing at events from London to Singapore.

His TV credentials include Pointless Celebrities, where he appeared alongside fellow impressionists Alistair McGowan, Rory Bremner and John Culshaw.

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You could be forgiven for thinking its going to be hard to better the first two shows, but fear not. Comedy Hotspot only puts on the finest comedy shows, and show 3 will be one of the finest line ups of stand up comedy anywhere in the UK! So, here is who we have in November making a full on assault on your laughter muscles.


Cerys is the current holder of the UK’s Best MC award, as voted for by the industries finest. Her West Country charm is easy to warm to, and she has the ability to warm up any room. So much so she is one of the UK’s leading TV warm up comedians. She has been in numerous nation TV ads, and is currently the voice of the National Lottery ads. She has also been a regular on Casualty as a paramedic since 2018. She is without doubt on of the very best, and she will live long in the memory, that’s for sure.


Sally-Anne is an multi award-winning comedian and a sought-after corporate performer (with clients including Virgin Media and Alcatel).  She is also a regular compere at Glastonbury Festival. She has performed all over the world and has provided regular tour support for Sarah Millican, Russell Howard,  Russell Kane, Hal Cruttenden and Suzi Ruffell. An accomplished breakfast radio presenter (Star 107.2), with TV credits (The Blame Game) and radio panel show credits (BBC Radio 4’s Elephant in The Room), as well as TV warm-up (Deal or No Deal Channel 4).


Ant Dewson is a comedian, mediocre piano player and singer of silly songs. Many of which are rude, all of which are hilarious. He’s a regular performer at the UK’s best comedy, a British Comedian Of The Year Semi Finalist and one of the funniest musical acts on the UK circuit. Ant has shared the stage with some of the country’s finest comedians including Michael McIntyre, Micky Flanagan and Lee Mack. He’s also performed with some shockers, all of whom he is too polite to mention here.

“Highlight of the night” – Tom Robinson BBC 6Music


In August ’23 the good people of NextUp Comedy filmed Alistair’s critically acclaimed Edinburgh show ‘Alistaircratic’, and it is now available to watch both on NextUp and streaming on ITVX. According to Fringe Review, ‘This is about as good as it gets’ while Entertainment Now called it ‘An absolutely stunning hour of comedy’. Alistair Barrie is one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit. A regular at London’s world-famous Comedy Store, he has performed in over 40 countries including acclaimed performances in Australia, Cape Town, Mumbai, New Zealand and the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York.

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Comedy Hotspot are back with another blockbuster of a comedy night! With award winners galore, TV appearances in abundance and all with one thing in common – they’re all hilarious! Check out the line-up below…


Joe is one of the finest MC’s in the country and the perfect host for our second show. Lincolnshire born Joe Rowntree is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and presenter. His television career started writing withering put-downs for Anne Robinson on The Weakest Link. He has hosted 2 UK tours of Brainiac Live which culminated at the Hammersmith Apollo after appearing in all six series of the award-winning hit Sky 1 show Brainiac: Science Abuse and has recorded a TV stand up special on Dave’s One Night Stand. One of the best MC’s in the UK!


Jack Carroll is a 23 Year Old Comedian, Actor and Writer. He starred in CBBC sketch show Vic Reeves Ministry of Curious Stuff aged just 11, won a Pride of Britain award at 12, was runner-up on Britain’s Got Talent aged 14 and was nominated for a National Soap Award aged 15 for his appearance in Doctors. What he did when he was 13 remains a mystery. Since then, he’s made stand-up appearances on Live at the Apollo, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, acted in 4 series of Sky 1 sitcom Trollied, appeared in ITV’s Stand Up Sketch Show and most recently starred in the BAFTA nominated feature film Eaten By Lions.


Jacob Nussey unassumingly draws in audiences with his deadpan style, sharp jokes, and ill-fated anecdotes with clever punchlines. Jacob won West Didsbury Comedy Festival New Act of the Year and was a finalist of Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year in 2022. After reaching the semi-finals of British Comedian of the Year and semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny in 2021, Jacob has been named by Chortle as one to watch for 2023. He’s a rising star of British comedy, seriously funny and well worth seeing in person!


Lightning fast choreography meets uber swift editing in a fantasmagorical collision of quality entertainment. An overload of velvet, sandals and multi-hued wool provides a startling accompaniment, the whole effect being that of a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face. Headlining at venues from the Falklands to Ashby De La Zouch, they’ve circumnavigated the planet, spurting amusement in concentrated twenty minute bursts. If you like music and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you’ll like it. If you like silliness, middle aged men dancing and unsavoury acts, you’ll probably love it. You should try it either way. See you there. UK’s Best Comedians 2019, as voted for by the very best in the comedy business.

To make this the perfect evening of live comedy, we need an audience up for a laugh. Is that you? Come and join us and see what an award winning comedy show looks like…

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Mark Ritchie – As Seen O̶n̶ Near a TV

Mark Ritchie, has toured the world and is a regular at the Edinburgh fringe. He returns with a hilarious new storytelling show, that he will be taking to Edinburgh later this summer… As Seen o̶n̶  Near a TV

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Hello there comedy fans. The award winning Comedy Hotspot have teamed up with the wonderful Bonington Theatre to bring you the very best in British Comedy. So, who is coming to entertain you on launch night?

I can tell you this, we will have probably the finest line up of live comedy anywhere in the UK that evening, and here’s a little more information on each act.


A repeat award winner of Best UK Compere, Stephen Grant  has written for some of the best in Britain and is widely regarded as being one of the very top TV warm ups!.


Longley has found himself headlining comedy clubs all over the country and is without doubt one of the best comedians working in the UK today.


A multiple award winning Brummie and a rising star of British comedy, her deadpan style sees her deliver a blend of sarcastic, observational humour with self-deprecating stories based on her own life experiences.


The multi-award nominated star’s indecorous brand of gossipy humour has singled him out as one of the UK’s most sought-after talents for comedy. You may have seen him in shows such as Live At The Apollo, Unbreakable, co-host on Date or Drop alongside Amanda Holden, Would I Lie To You, Richard Osman’s House of Games, Strictly: It Takes Two, Pointless Celebrities and The Stand Up Sketch Show to name just a few. A superstar in the making – British Comedy Guide

To make this the perfect evening of live comedy, we need an audience up for a laugh. Is that you? Come and join us and see what an award winning comedy show looks like…

18+ | Line-ups are subject to change