Comedy at the Castle with Grinstock Comedy Club
Wed 23 Aug 8pm
Two Sisters’ Theatre
Award-winning Grinstock Comedy returns to the Festival Theatre this summer, the South East’s longest running independent providers of comedy. Now in their 14th year, and twice nominated for Comedy Club of the South, by Dave TV and Absolute radio. You are always guaranteed a show packed full of some of the country’s leading comedians from the TV and UK National circuit.
Expect nothing less than belly aching laughter and sore faces from a night crammed full of great live comedy.
It’s one of our special, double headliner shows
it’s packed full of some of the country’s leading comedians. this is a show not to be missed.
A fantastic night of comedy is in store, as we return for the first of two amazing nights of live stand-up comedy at the truly stunning outdoor stage of Hever Festival Theatre this summer.
Get everyone together, call your friends and family, as this is a show packed full of 5 acts you won’t want to miss. Grinstock have pulled out all the punches for this show. The setting is breath takingly beautiful. Take a British Summer night, the stunning castle gardens of the former home of Anne Boleyn, set in the heart of Kent and the garden of England, and sprinkle it with 5 UK leading comedians. For an evening of comedy that will leave you with aching faces, bellies full of laughter & a tear in your eye.
It’s exactly what you need.
After our last 14 seasons of packed-out shows, we’ve got years of experience in providing award-winning comedy shows. Having been nominated for comedy club of the South two years running, you can rest assured in you’re in safe and well experienced hands, when it comes to first class live comedy shows, that are packed full of fantastic TV & National touring comedians.
The South East’s, largest Independent comedy club provider for 14 years
Acts Performing on the night
South Coast Comedian of the Year 2014
Not So New Comedian of the Year 2022.
Amused Moose Laugh Off 2016 -FINALIST
“Like an Everyman, if that Everyman had delicious cynicism and razor-sharp wit” – Romesh Ranganathan
“If Rob Beckett is the new Micky Flanagan, then Cox could be the new Rob Beckett” – Bruce Dessau
“Mike Cox has the sharpness of any highbrow comic. A refreshing and hilarious act to watch and work with” – Dane Baptiste
Mike has been performing comedy since 2011 and quickly made his mark on the comedy scene with his sharp-witted observational style which saw him crowned South Coast Comedian of the Year in 2014 and the Not So New Comedian of the Year in 2022. Also, both the semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny in 2012 and The Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year in 2013. Mike’s accessible style and ease with both mainstream and alternative audiences currently make him one of the most enjoyable comics to watch.
“Mike’s set was packed with relatable observational content that the audience enjoyed from start to finish. The delivery was spot on.” – The Stand, Newcastle
OPENER TOUSSAINT DOUGLAS
Tour support for Russell Howard and Paul Chowdhry.
Finalist Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2018
As seen on Stand Up for Live Comedy (BBC3), and
recently seen on Alan Davies ‘As Yet Untitled’ (Dave TV)
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018 – FINALIST
Get-Up, Stand-Up New Act Competition 2018 – FINALIST
Up the Creek’s One to Watch 2019 – RUNNER UP
Toussaint Douglass is one of comedy’s most exciting and talked about new names and is already making serious waves across the industry. His innovative brand of stand up mixes the personal with the political, whilst adding a uniquely absurdist slant to brilliant comic effect.
In 2018 he burst onto the circuit gigging at top venues such as The Comedy Store, Top Secret Comedy Club, Banana Cabaret, Backyard Comedy Club, The Glee Clubs, Frog & Bucket, Komedia Brighton & Up The Creek and achieved rave reviews for his outstanding performances at several major UK comedy competitions.
Toussaint made his TV debut on BBC Presents: Stand Up For Live Comedy (BBC Three) and has supported massive comedy names including Russell Howard and Paul Chowdhry.
Toussaint is currently writing on The Russell Howard Hour for Sky One and contributing to multiple BBC scripted projects.
Seriously talented, joyfully absurd and charmingly awkward with deceptively subversive writing, there is never a dull moment when Toussaint Douglass takes to the stage
There’s something of a Richard Ayoade vibe to Toussaint Douglass, stiffly awkward and on a different plane from rest of the world. He creates vivid, slightly absurd, images of his life…but it’s skilfully concealed beneath a charming quirkiness. One of the best and most distinctive acts… ” His innovative brand of stand up mixes the personal with the political, whilst adding a uniquely absurdist slant to brilliant comic effect. – STEVE BENNETT | CHORTLE
HEADLINER 1 – ROBERT WHITE
Runner-up Britain’s Got Talent 2018
‘He’s manic, camp and mildly afflicted…absolutely cracking gags.’ Chortle
‘Precociously talented…With his quickfire wit and relentless energy reminiscent of Lee Evans, he had the audience in the palm of his hand.’ Brighton Argus
Winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award for comic originality at the Edinburgh Festival 2010.
‘Get him on Shooting Stars – Robert White’s show is a jaw-dropping riot. Makes for a side-splitting hour.’ – The List
‘Robert White is a ball of comedic energy, so sharp and expansive you could almost feel the static crackling through your hair. Fantastic – BBC
Robert worked his way up the stand-up scene, starting in 2004 and found early success as a finalist in the prestigious Hackney Empire competition 2006, he has gone from strength to strength and in 2010 won the Malcolm Hardee main award at the Edinburgh Festival. He now is a sought-afteract who regularly performs in big clubs, little clubs, those in-between, theatres and festivals around the UK and abroad, after gaining 2nd Place Britain’s Got Talent – 2018. He divides his time between comedy in gigs, tours and whatever else comes up, writing; songs & musicals and talking to people about autism and he is available in each of these areas.
‘Just one of the funniest performers I’ve ever seen, I’ve never laughed like that !’ –David Walliams
‘He may sound like a niche act, but the musical comedian has managed to garner a wide appeal with his chaotic style and improvised musical skills.’ – The Sun
‘ … souped-up risqué keyboard-based songs, waspish asides and neurotically charged camperie from a hyperactive man-child who is among the most original of this year’s Fringe…. Superb’ – Telegraph
“surprisingly original, and funny…. exactly the sort of act who should win Britain’s Got Talent.” – The Daily Mail
HEADLINER 2 – LATEEF LOVE JOY
“Magnetic Stage Presence” Time Out
“A charismatic comedy maestro” The Metro
Nominee Best Comedian Pride Of Africa Awards
Nominee BECA Awards Best Male Comedian
Nominee Emerging Talent Screen Nation Awards
Lateef is an extremely gifted entertainer, who made his show business debut as a witty 12-year-old on ITV’s famous morning gameshow “Mousetrap”. After that experience on the big screen, he has never looked back. Not many performers can boast of having exceptional skills in all the main areas of the performing arts, Lateef has these multi-faceted skills in abundance!
As an Actor he has trained at the legendary Young Actors Theatre and to date, has worked on a range of Feature Film, TV, Radio and Theatre projects, both in the UK and internationally, and has recently completed writing, starring, and producing his own comedy sketch show pilot “HeSaidSheSaid”.
Lateef also has tremendous comedic talent, and is one of the most unique and distinctive acts on the comedy circuit, and vastly gaining the reputation of becoming a force to reckoned with, both on the Black Mainstream, and international comedy circuits. Lateef played to sold out shows at the Oude Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam and the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam when he toured Holland and has featured in many of the UK’s top comedy clubs and venues.
Always looking to explore his boundaries the past few years have been exceptional for Lateef as he was made one of the faces of the Channel 4 Slash Music promotion that generated heavy rotation on channel 4, E4, and Internet promotions, as well as playing the comedy creation “Father Kissmass” for Kiss 100’s “All I Want For Kissmass” successful radio promo in addition to being chosen as the official face of the ITV Hub and the commercial mascot for major energy brand U Switch as seen on TV and all major media platforms and already has over 4 million views on YouTube.
HEADLINER 3 – BOBBY MAIR
‘Bobby Mair is clearly a brilliant stand up.” – Jimmy Carr
“A bona-fide tour de force.” – The Guardian
Laughing Horse New Act of The Year 2012 Winner
‘This Canadian comic possesses a vital spark, a certain way about him that makes him exciting to watch.’ – Broadway Baby
As seen on, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle multiple times, 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Russell Howard’s Good News and Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2)
Tour support for Doug Stanhope, Bill Burr and Bill Maher
Originally from Canada, Bobby Mair is a uniquely talented stand-up comedian that can set any comedy room ablaze. Winner of multiple comedy competitions, Bobby has opened for global touring comedians, including Bill Burr, Bill Maher, and Doug Stanhope. Since moving to the UK, he has established himself as a stand out headliner with many TV appearances, including Roast Battle (Comedy Central), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three).
He was also the host of the reality horror show, Killer Camp (ITV2), and starred in the reality sitcom, Bobby and Harriet: Get Married (Vice), his own sitcom with his wife on Vice and Comedy Central. He’s appeared three times at Just For Laughs in Montreal and once appeared on Katie Hopkins TV show just to give the fee from the show to everyone she hates.
‘Bobby Mair is clearly a brilliant stand up. He’s either going to be a huge international comedy star or the funniest homeless man ever.’ – Jimmy Carr
‘A gleefully profane, joyously explicit comedy where the sickest images can be conjured up and the most cherished taboos broken, all for the sake of laughter.’ James Kettle – Guardian
‘Will stamp pictures in your brain that may never go away.’ – The Scotsman
‘This Canadian comic possesses a vital spark, a certain way about him that makes him exciting to watch.’ – Will Pope, Broadway Baby
‘It was all bad sex, bad drugs and dysfunctional childhood. And very funny. Mair is a little scattershot and disconcertingly candid, but also very engaging.’ – Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke.
‘Functionally mentally ill’ comic who’s capable of greatness, as long as you don’t mind it steeped in grubby depravity’ – Niki Boyle, Time Out.
View more on Grinstock Comedy Club’s Website
Acts may need to be changed without warning
|Standard Covered Ticket||£19.50|
|Discounted Joint Covered Theatre and Garden Ticket ADULT||£32.50|
|Standard Covered Ticket FESTIVAL FRIENDS||£17.55|
|Standard Covered Ticket HEVER CASTLE & GOLF CLUB MEMBERS||£17.55|
|Standard Uncovered Ticket||£18.50|
|Discounted Joint Uncovered Theatre and Garden Ticket ADULT||£31.50|
|Standard Uncovered Ticket FESTIVAL FRIENDS||£16.65|
|Standard Uncovered Ticket HEVER CASTLE & GOLF CLUB MEMBERS||£16.65|
Two Sisters’ Theatre
Our main theatre, located on the Two Sisters’ Lawn has allocated, covered seating in the Centre, East and West Tiers. There is additional uncovered seating in the Centre Tier.
The Theatre Bar will be open on the theatre lawn before the show and during the interval for hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, ice cream and snacks.
NEW for 2023 – freshly made crêpes. Savoury, sweet and allergy friendly options available from the concession by the lake, before shows only. View the menu here.
Please check our access page for further information.