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luke benson

“a quirky observational set that earns him lots of applause…He looks the part, he’s got the talent, and it’s easy to imagine him on the telly..”  Sunday Times

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Luke is an established act, currently moving from opener & compere to closer.

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Festivals:

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Edinburgh 2013: Legendary Feet @ the Pleasance Courtyard / Working Mens Club at Free Festival
^^Edinburgh 2012: Backseat Hero at the Pleasance Courtyard. 
^^Edinburgh 2011 Performed in the Pleasance’s Comedy Reserve at the Pleasance Dome.
^^Edinburgh 2010: Appeared in the prestigious Big Value Comedy Showcase with Just the Tonic

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Clubs/Promoters performed for:
^^Comedy Store (London & Manchester) / Banana Cabaret / Jongleurs / Comedy Cafe / Off the Kerb
^^Just the Tonic / Frog and Bucket / Amused Moose / CKP / Highlights / Komedia
^^The Stand – Edinburgh & Glasgow / XS Malarkey / Mirth Control / Up the Creek
^^Slaughterhouse / Downstairs at the Kings Head / Spank - London & Edinburgh
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^^Music Festivals:
^^Bestival / Camp Bestival / Beni Cassim / Hop Farm / Guilfest

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Competitions:
^^Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Finalist
^^Amused Moose Laugh off Finalist
^^Mirth Control New Act Competition Finalist
^^Leicester Square Theatre New Act of the Year Finalist
^^Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year nominee
^^So You Think You"re Funny Semi Finalist

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TV & Radio:
^^BBC 4Extra Fringe Diary – “Taking Down Demons
^^BBC – The Blame Game
^^BBC Radio 1 – Guest & act
^^Capital Radio - Guest
^^Shoreditch Radio – own show
^^Has written for Sky Atlantic and Virgin & is currently working on several projects.

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Quotes:
^^“a confident and experienced comic, quick as a whippet with razor-sharp intelligence, delivering punch lines with fantastic physicality.” – Broadway Baby

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“one of the most instantly likeable personalities on the line-up. His punch-lines hit the targets... even more impressive was how he found a clear voice whatever style or subject of comedy he tackled.” The Stage

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“Luke Benson with a finely accomplished set…packed full of word-play. His is a mellow demeanour & effortless delivery that we’re sure to see more of in the future.” Chortle.

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“Likeable Geordie Comic Luke Benson brings enjoyable audience-based improvisations & clever wordplay”. The List

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“an instantly lovable and clever comic used the intimate setting to create a warm, friendly atmosphere. The show was pieced together like a jigsaw, and if you don’t stalk the man himself, you should definitely start stalking his career.” - Three Weeks

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“a definite must-watch, showing plenty of potential & a great delivery”: Such Small Portions

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“Hugely likeable, experienced & really funny” Time out

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****: 3 Weeks
^^**** Broadway Baby
^^****: The List
^^****: ViewLondon

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Luke co-runs Working Men’s Club, The Newcastle Natter Podcast & will be taking a new show around festivals in 2013.

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