Captain Hotknives, Romesh Ranganathan, Patrick Morris and much more When: Thursday 7th MarchMusic: Comedy, House, Disco, Funk and more 8.30pm - 2am £10/12/15Funny Farm is back for some more side splitting, laugh out loud action! An idea concocted by Liz Edwards (Kerfuffle) and Nathan Coles (Wiggle) to bring together some of the funniest stand up comedians on the circuit and then finish the night off with a smooth selection of grooves, while you bust some moves. This ones a school night, so we're being a tad more sensible than usual..... at least until 9.30 anyway! There's plenty of time to book the baby sitter, the friday off work and when you take a look at the laughathon we have lined up, we're sure you will. Past Funny Farms have included all star line ups, with Stephen K Amos, The Men in Coats, Simon Munnery, Shazia Mirza, Helmet (utube), Jo Caulfield, Griff Griffiths, Martin Soan, James Branch and many more.The Line up:Captain Hotknives Born on a mischievious night in 1969, in Keighley, West Yorkshire UK, local doilum "Captain Hotknives" initially got into the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, and The Clash. Jimi Hendrix has also been a big influence, although he did not help with the maths exams. Initially, Captain Hotknives was a bassist in various bands from late teens to early thirties, when a gap between bands inspired a move to doing solo stuff. Unhindered by concepts such as "being able to sing", or "making words which rhyme", the first two albums were recorded in the top of a terraced house. "The Pigeons Told Me to Shoplift" and "Blarneystoner" were then largely given away to random people at the back of pubs, resulting in the beginning of 'The Longest Slowest Tour wi the most Gaps ever', which is haphazardly continuing to this day. Tackling subjects such as begging, solvent abuse, pigeon hypnosis, skankin yr nana, the pathetic nature of petty racism and the terrible quality of muffins on trains, the lyrics are improvised stories over simple riffs. Having found that giving up on success brings an artistic freedom of sorts, you may well meet him in a field but probably not see him on any telly. Captain Hotknives is also occasionally to be found playing bass for Babar Luck. No one was hurt during the making of this biog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMBQN7JXj7c Romesh Ranganathan Romesh burst onto the comedy circuit in 2010, gigging regularly at Brighton's Komedia as well as performing at top venues all over the country. As well as turning in storming turns on a regular basis, he has also found time to reach the Latitude New Act Final 2010, The So You Think You're Funny? Final 2010 as well as coming runner up in The Amused Moose Laugh Off 2010. He has forged a fearsome reputation with a set that combines cutting one liners with an acerbic take on the world around him. Definitely one to watch out for. http://www.romeshranganathan.co.uk/ Patrick Morris At just 21, Patrick Morris has already made a big impact on the comedy scene. Within just a year of starting stand-up in 2011, he reached the finals of two major new act competitions and performed at some of the UK's biggest and best venues. In 2012, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the stand-up showcase 'Late Night Laughs' at the Gilded Balloon, and a two-hander show with SYTYF? finalist Alex Kealy, receiving a string of four-star reviews from leading publications. As well as these shows, he also put in appearances at other gigs during the festival, including LA's Super Serious Show and 'Free Footlights' run by the Cambridge Footlights. Patrick regularly performs at comedy clubs around the UK, and will be taking his debut hour show to festivals in 2013. Competitions: Winner: 'Off With Their Head's Gong Show' (Run by Get Comedy) 2011 Finalist & Overall Runner Up: Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2011 Finalist: Newbury Comedy Festival's "You Must Be Joking" 2011 Iszy Lawrence Iszi is a seasoned performer, having appeared on stage at the Fringe since she was 17, in critically acclaimed shows, Iszi Lawrence's Wotnot, Matter of Tact, Skitzaphrantic, Spinning Jenny, Unproper and, perrier winning The Passion Of The Hodgson (provided sketch and musical backing to wonderful Wil Hodgson). Having tried stand-up comedy on an off during university, Iszi decided to give up her life in 2008 and regularly began appearing on the circuit. She had worked her way up to appear in many of the most prestigious venues in the UK as well as performing in Ireland, Belgium, the Channel Islands and Norway. She has performed alongside and supported acts including Richard Herring, Sarah Millican, Stewart Lee, Susan Calman, Ray Peacock, Alun Cochran, Andy Zaltzman, Phil Jupitus, Tony Law, Paul Foot etc. http://www.iszi.com/ Kathy Evans (Compere) If you haven't heard of Kathy Evans that really shouldn't be a surprise. Kathy is a friend of the Funny Farm family who's stepping up to compere our night, albeit with a bit of standup experience in her deep and distant past. Strictly 'old school' in her approach to compering, she'll be making sure the acts all get on and off in the right order, and letting their talent shine without competition. Anything else will be a bonus...and really quite a surprise!