Marcel Lucont is a fanatical Frenchman with an unsurprising disdain for everything English. His dead-pan delivery and dry wit have earned him a spot on 'Comedy Central At The Comedy Store’, 'The John Bishop Show' (BBC1), 'Set List' (Sky Atlantic) and 'Russell Howard's Good News' (BBC3), as well as winning the Fringe World Award for Best Comedy.
This rude, yet oddly charming comic is also the host and creator of ‘Cabaret Fantastique’, a wonderfully excessive burlesque show featuring a medley of hit-performers. So, 'who’s in the line-up?' we hear you ask. Well, thankfully we’ve got you covered.
Thursday 17th June
First up is Laura Lexx, a comic best known for her knock-out performances on Mock the Week, Roast Battle and Live at the Apollo. She’s been described as "one of the most delightful performers you're ever likely to see” by GQ, and in 2016 she shut down a sexist heckler in such a brutal fashion that the clip went viral (honestly, it’s worth a watch). Winner of the She also Comedians Choice at the 2019 Chortle Awards.
Brighton-born burlesque girl Cherry Shakewell has travelled the world as a tantalizing, twirling tease, performing for the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Richard Branson, and Gucci. The internationally renowned dancer knows how to excite her audience, twisting the captivated crowds around her finger with absolute ease.
Last on is a mystery guest. What else can we say? It’s a surprise. Use your imagination or something.
Friday 18th June
Jess Robinson is the brilliant impressionist who reached Britain's Got Talent semi-finals back in 2017, and now voices nearly every female character on BBC’s Spitting Image. Her talents are certainly not limited to imitations, however. Expect a blistering banquet of slick comedy, stunning vocal performances and a few genuinely moving moments, for a delightful live show that's sure to leave you smiling.
Following Jess is Chi Chi Revolver, an undeniably gifted burlesque dancer who was quite literally a child of the circus. Her colourful acts range from dizzying hula hooping to graceful trapeze routines. Chi Chi’s energy is contagious and she guarantees to get any crowd roaring with delight.
Friday’s headliner was Leicester Mercury Finalist 2020 and winner of South Coast Comedian OTY 2019. Dinesh Nathan is a “class act” (Chortle) with 'Outstanding material" (Fringe Review), and all the characteristics of a stand-up set to go far. We’re always happy to welcome back a Fringe favourite, especially when they’re as original, creative and downright hilarious as Nathan.
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th
Comedy cabaret chanteuse Miss Hope Springs (winner of Best Cabaret Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Broadway World Awards) was once the toast of Las Vegas, now she’s down on her luck and highly medicated. Expect fabulous musical numbers from her all-original vintage repertoire and torrid tales from her disastrous 'Ritz to the pits’ life in Hollywood, Paris and... Dungeness!
You don't have to go far to find glowing reviews for Miss Hope Springs, with Broadway Baby, British Theatre, and Fringe Review all awarding her a full five stars.
It's not often we can say this, but Luca Cupani just gets better with every show. His nice-guy act gives him the perfect platform to explore darker subjects from hysterical new angles, simultaneously shocking and charming his audience throughout. Don't just take our word for it though. "Cupani is Funny and fresh and so, so moreish" (★★★★ The Scotsman), winning the highly prestigious 'So you think you're funny' award back in 2015.