Tuesday 10th March
The Coach House, Kings Arms, King Street, Tring.
This year's Tringe Aperitif continues with a fabulous line of great acts - the wonderful Bilal Zafar is joined by Kai Samra and Lauren Pattison to make up this great line up. They are all testing their new shows in the most intimate of settings at the Coach House.
Come early and have a meal in the Kings Arms - Call 01442 823318 and tell them you're coming to the comedy.
Kai Samra has quickly risen to become one of the most exciting acts on the circuit today. Combining an edgy stage presence and a confident delivery, he talks frankly about issues such as class, race and modern culture from an intelligent and fresh perspective.
Most recently Kai won the Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2017, where a hand-picked selection of emerging acts from across the West Midlands compete for the prestigious annual title. Within his first nine months of his stand up career, he won the Up the Creek Blackout Competition three times, was a Finalist in the Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition and a Semi Finalist in the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2017.
Kai has appeared on the comedy stage at the Mayor of London’s Diwali Festival in Trafalgar Square presented by Soho Theatre He’s opened for Paul Chowdhry at Watford Colosseum Arena in front of 2000 people, performed a sold out showcase at Soho Theatre as part of the Soho Young Company, gigged professionally with people like Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar, Dane Baptiste and now gigs regularly at Top Secret Comedy, Up the Creek and Angel Comedy club.
A unique voice in the comedy industry he is unafraid to tackle lazy stereotypes perpetuated by comedy. This has led him interviewed live in studio at the BBC Asian Network and also to be featured on BBC Radio 4.
‘Slick and confident…A strong comic voice that tangentially addresses big issues, but from a distinctively personal point of view‘ Steve Bennett, Chortle
Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2017, Lauren is a comedian, actor and writer. Her vast TV appearances include two episodes of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), hosting an episode of Takeshi’s Castle (Comedy Central), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), The Great Christmas Rant (ITV2), The Blame Game (BBC One Northern Ireland) and internationally on New Zealand’s 7 Days (TV3), Australia’s Comedy Up Late (ABC) and Canada’s The Stand Up Show with Katherine Ryan (The Comedy Network Canada). As an actor her credits include Drunk History (Comedy Central), Jerk (BBC3) and Climaxed (BBC3).
Bursting out of the North East and onto the international circuit, Lauren has performed at numerous national and international festivals. In 2018, she was the only UK rising star invited to Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, performing on the Brit(ish) lineup alongside Sara Pascoe, Joel Dommett, Ed Gamble and Nish Kumar. Along with Montreal, she has performed at Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand and Kilkenny International Comedy Festivals. In Autumn 2017 she toured India for two weeks with Soho Theatre, playing in Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai.
After finishing runner up at the Funny Women Awards in 2014 aged just 20, Lauren went on to make the final of every major new act competition. She was the only female comedian to reach the final of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards in 2015 and in 2016 reached the final of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards. A sought after act, Lauren is a regular at all the major national comedy clubs and has provided tour support for Katherine Ryan, Jason Manford, Kerry Godliman, Stewart Francis and Dane Baptiste, as well as gracing the comedy stages of Latitude and Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Bilal Zafar was nominated for the Last minute.com Best Newcomer Award for his debut show at the Edinburgh fringe 2016.
Earlier the same year Bilal won the New Act of the Year award joining the company of previous winners such as Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Joe Wilkinson and Linda Smith.
In 2015 he was the runner up at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year competition. He has appeared on BBC3, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for The Independent.
“witty and absorbing…highly entertaining. I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“Delivers big laughs” Brian Logan, The Guardian
“fascinating and hilarious in equal measure”
Ian Jones, i-D
“Zafar really delivers on the absurdity of an escalating social media farce running in parallel with growing prejudice and tensions, joyously exposing the stupidity on all sides”
Ben Venables, The Skinny
“endearing, relaxed and naturally funny…hilarious”
Emily Phillips, EdFest Mag
Line up subject to change. We will endeavour to replace acts on a like-for-like basis. In the event of a line up change, you will be offered the option to either reconfirm your order for the altered event, to exchange to a different event or to take a credit note for a future event. Due to the preview nature of the event, refunds will not be available.