Everyone's favourite Stockport housewife heads for south coast gig

Mrs Barbara Nice is the comedy creation of Janice Connolly. Barbara is your average Stockport housewife who given up the domestic bliss of Tupperware and Poundstretcher shops for the unpredictabilty of the comedy world.

No audience is too rowdy for her to handle she's already raised five teenagers. With the affectionate attitude of a playgoup leader at a wild Iggy Pop concert, Barbara is guaranteed to warm the heart of any audience.

Barbara headlines at Matt's Comedy Club at the Connaught Studio, Worthing on Thursday 18 September (8pm) and a cracking night is guaranteed.

Having recently supported both Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay, Barbara is now a circuit headline act in her own right, as well as being one of the most experienced comperes in the country. She has also performed solo shows in Edinburgh (Stand and Guilded Balloon), Brighton (Komedia and Pavilion Theatre) and Manchester(The Lowry).


" She doesnt just blur the gap between audience and performer-she obliterates it" Edinburgh Evening News

" Imagine a hybrid between Mrs. Merton and Victoria Wood" The Times

"A refreshing blast of hilarious humanity" Zone Magazine

" A cross between Victoria Wood and Janis Joplin" The Stage

" As hilarious as it is possible to get " The Scotsman

" Excellent...Has the audience eating out of her hands within seconds" Manchester Evening News

" Shes on the road to comic stardom " The Times

Barbara has performed at comedy festivals all over the UK including Birmingham, Brighton, Leicester, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester, and gigged overseas in Dubai and Paris.

Her extensive TV experience includes Coronation Street (where she played Peter Kay's mother), Holy Mary in Phoenix Nights (C4), Yvnne in The Locksmith (BBC2), Shirley in Doctors (BBC1) and Carole in Dead Man Weds (ITV). On radio, she's been a regular guest on The Mark Radcliffe Show (BBC Radio2) and The Fred McCauley Show.

Janice has written a large number of plays which have been performed professionally for Women and Theatre, the award-winning Birmingham-based community theatre company. The company uses the voices of real people and tells their stories. She has also written On The Slate for Pentabus Theatre company, "An everyday tale of home freezing and homicide".

A very experienced actress, she has worked at The Birmingham Rep as well as performing extensively throughout the Midlands community theatre circuit.

Main support act is the madcap magic of Canadian Wes Zaharuk, where anything from a vacuum cleaner to power tools can make an appearance. Prop lunatic Wes takes the audience on a joy-ride of frenzied anarchic physical comedy routines and maniac physical audience interaction.

He's toured Germany, Israel, Cyprus, Denmark, Australia and Singapore, and has a wealth of experience in both the club and corporate worlds across North America and Europe.

"Twin Peaks meets Cirque du Soleil" Toronto Sun

"A rib-tickling dive into the surreal" Channel 4

MC for the evening is Russ Bravo, who will also be introducing a few up and coming local acts.

Tickets are just 9 (7 concessions) from Worthing Theatres on 01903 206206 or www.worthingtheatres.co.uk, as well as from local outlets Parklife, Music Mania and The Lazy Brunch.

Matt's Comedy Club is a family-friendly club offering a fun night out for the whole family. Find out more at cloudpage.co/mattscomedyclub or facebook.com/mattscomedyclub

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