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Jay SodagarJay Sodagar

Jay Sodagar is a leading UK comedian, who has been performing in the UK since 1998, and can be seen regularly at Jongleurs and Highlight comedy clubs across the country, as well as at numerous other venues including the Comedy Store, Comedy Cafe and many others.

Since 2004 Jay has taught comedy at the Hastings adult education Forum, leading students of all standards to becoming successful stand-up comedians with a programme similar to that of the About Comedy Courses, and is one of the most established tutors on the Laughing Horse Courses, teaching them since 2006, and working with students of all skill levels to improve their stand-up performance.

Jay has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in his own shows annually since 2003, and knows the comedy circuit at all levels.

"A very slick performer" - Edinburgh Evening News "Challenging and extremely funny" - Evening Standard "Induces Belly Laughter" - The List “What comedy night would be complete without the talents and rapier-like wit of Jay Sodagar?" - The BBC

Jojo Sutherland

Jojo Sutherland runs our Edinburgh courses, and is one of Scotland's leading female comedian. A charismatic performer Jojo performs in all of the major comedy clubs across the UK, and she is also a contributor to several newspapers, a radio presenter, and an actress that works in theatre and film.

She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2000, with her own theatre company and solo stand-up shows, and she now also runs her own comedy venue - The Shack.

Jojo had been teaching stand-up at all levels for a number of years now.

Kevin McCarronKevin McCarron

Kevin McCarron started performing in the UK in 1997,and the skills that make Kevin a natural performer have been developed over a number of years as a comedian, and also through lecturing at the University of Surrey, both in Stand-up and Performance, and as a Reader in English Literature.

Since 2001 Kevin has taught stand-up comedy at the University of Surrey, and he has also taught a course entitled "The History, Theory and Performance of Stand-Up comedy". In 2002 he was invited to offer advice to new comedians which was dramatised in a radio programme called `Starting in Stand-Up’, produced by Felix Gill and Rajan Malhotra (Montreal Solutions Ltd), and broadcast on radio stations in Great Britain and Canada. It was also commercially released as a compact disc.

In his role as Reader in English Literature, Dr. McCarron is the leading UK expert in William Golding, and has published books in nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature, addiction, popular music, adolescent writing and Dystopian and Utopian literature. Since 2001 he has performed a number of comedy routines after academic 'away days', after academic conferences, at fund-raising events and social events. Kevin was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in 2005. He has been nominated twice for a National Teaching Fellowship and in 2007 he received a UCU `Life Changers' award in the category of `Inspiring Students'.

Nik Coppin

A stand-up comic for more than 15 years, Nik Coppin has performed all over the world and developed an international cult following. He has performed many solo shows at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, New Zealand and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, all over Australia and the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, all to critical acclaim. 

As well as the festivals, Coppin has made himself a worldwide circuit comedian having performed in many European countries such as Germany, Ireland, Hungary, France, Denmark and Norway. He has also frequented Southeast Asia doing shows in Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and The Philippines.

His confident, affable and energetic style of comedy is quick to build audience rapport, as he talks about subjects as wide-ranging as human nature, his experiences in The Antipodes, Europe and Asia, his extensive knowledge of wildlife, superheroes, current affairs and his mixed-race up bringing in London. His mother is English and his father is from the Caribbean island of Barbados.

As well as becoming one of the most professional acts on the comedy circuit, his versatility has also made him a much sought after compere. He has the ability to adapt to a multitude of audiences and is skilful, observant and affable enough put them immediately at ease.

Nik Coppin is also the creator, producer and MC of the international and hugely popular hit show 'Shaggers' where comedians of all varieties and sexual orientations are encouraged to talk about their sexual exploits to hilarious effect. A themed stand-up comedy show which has experienced sell-out performances around the globe, also to critical acclaim. A spin-off of this show is the family friendly show ‘Huggers’, which has become extremely popular and loved at festivals in the UK and Australia and added yet another notch in Coppin's belt having entertained small children.


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