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image for Comedy item typeNATHAN CATON at Clifftown Theatre

Comedy, Sun 23 Oct 2016

Jason Caton

Jason Caton



01702 328335


Nelson Street,


Here’s something to make you smile – the fourth annual Rossi Ice Cream Southend Comedy Festival is to take make its bow on Sunday, October 23, with a star-studded Grand Launch Evening at The Clifftown Theatre, Southend.
Star of the show will be award-winning, TV comedian Nathan Caton of Live At The Apollo, Russell Howard's Good News and Mock The Week fame. Nathan tops a bill that also includes the final of the comedy festival’s New Comedian of the Year contest.
Organised by local comedian Ross “Little Smash” McGrane, eight of the hottest up-and-coming comedians on the circuit perform before a panel of judges and the evening’s audience, vying for the prestigious title.
“Don’t miss out on an evening Southend will be talking about for years to come,” says Ross, “as the cream of rising stars on the circuit throw their best stuff at you followed by a comedic masterclass from one of the biggest names in the industry.”
Ross, who will be compering the evening, was recently the support for live performances by TV comedian Russell Kane and ran the successful Funny Bunny’s Comedy Club for many years.
Nathan Caton’s TV appearances also include: The Comedy Store; Soccer AM; FHM Stand Up Hero; The Nathan Caton Show (Comedy Central); Richard Hammond’s 5 O’Clock Show (ITV).
This Southend performance is promoted by Southend-based GRT Productions who were responsible for the SOS Live concerts in Priory Park in July which attracted crowds exceeding 5,000. MD Pete Tobit says that he is thrilled to be have been invited to launch the Southend Comedy Festival, and even more excited to be introducing stand-up comedy to the Clifftown Theatre’s autumn programme.
“The beautiful, gothic-style, 1865-built church has been transformed into a stunning state-of-the-art theatre,” he says. “The facilities there are truly incredible and it’s intimate atmosphere is the perfect setting for stand-up comedy.”
A minute’s walk from Southend High Street, the venue features a licensed bar and a 166-seat capacity.
“Due to the limited capacity, we’re expecting the event to sell out very quickly – so would advise purchasing tickets well in advance,” Pete says.
Tickets are available from the Cliffs Pavilion box office either by phone 01702 351135, online at www.southendtheatres.org.uk or in person at The Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Westcliff SS0 7RA.
Pete is keen to stress that although the show is taking place at The Clifftown Theatre, tickets are available from Southend Theatres.
“Although the Nathan Caton will be performing at the Clifftown Theatre in Nelson Street, Southend, the tickets will be available from the Cliffs Pavilion Theatre in Westcliff, thanks to GRT’s close working relationship with Southend Theatres,” he says.
“In fact, our biggest concern is not whether the show is going to be a success, but that ticket purchasers will turn up at the wrong venue on the night!”
Ross shares Pete’s confidence that the show will be a box office hit.
“The Clifftown Theatre is a stunning, hidden gem. This promises to open the festival with a bigger bang than any controlled explosion of a landmark chimney!” he says.
The six-day Southend Comedy Festival features further events at O’Neill’s, Southend, and the Park View Suite, Westcliff.

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 23 Oct 2016 19:30


Tickets £12.50 (plus booking fees).
Tickets purchases for those with special access requirements – please call the venue 01702 328335
Further info: GRTEntertainments.com & LittleSmashComedy.com

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