Saddleworth’s Off The Rails Comedy Club is kicking off 2020 with a BANG!…but what do they have lined up?
The fun starts on Saturday 11th January with a fundraiser for Saddleworth Rangers.
Now best known for winning last year’s Britain’s Got Talent (and £250,000 into the bargain!) Lost Voice Guy speaks via his iPad due to cerebral palsy. After watching Ross Noble perform a lengthy set about Stephen Hawking, Ridley threw down a challenge that he could do the better impression. Noble found this so funny he incorporated it into his act which spurred Lee into taking to the stage himself.
Newcastle’s Dave Johns was a highly acclaimed comedian long before landing himself the lead role in Ken Loach’s critically acclaimed film ‘I, Daniel Blake.’ Dave’s career now exists in a rather unique Venn diagram between stand up and cinema! Expect top class comedic fayre plus how a jobbing comedian ends up being plucked from obscurity onto a roller coaster ride of red-carpet surrealism. Dave will be giving you the highs and the lows, all told in his inimitably hilarious style! Rob Riley comperes and Kelly Convey makes her Greenfield debut.
Sunday 26th January sees Mick Ferry introducing Christian Reilly and Rich Wilson. Christian entered the world of comedy as Otis Lee Crenshaw’s (AKA Rich Hall) guitar-wielding sidekick – a bizarre six-year odyssey that would take him from the Sydney Opera House to NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Christian also collaborated on Richard Herring’s BBC radio shows and award-winning podcast as well as being guitarist in Bill Bailey’s band Beergut 100. As The Guardian quite rightly point out – ‘If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re a Christian Reilly fan already”
Rich Wilson has loved comedy ever since his older next door neighbour gave him an Eddie Murphy cassette;
“It was the most mind blowing thing I’d ever heard. My young ears had never heard language like it.”
His comedy aspirations lay dormant until he got a job as a barman at London’s notorious comedy club Up The Creek. After getting friendly with a few of the comics, a couple of them suggested that he should give comedy a go himself and so in October of 2004, Rich took his first tentative steps at a club called The Bullingdon.
“I was booked to do five minutes and I managed about two and a half before I legged it. I’ve never known fear like it.”
Since then Rich hasn’t looked back, works both nationally and internationally and counts Frank Skinner and Sarah Millican as firm fans.
The parents of Greenfield Primary school will be aiming to raise £100 for school funds on Saturday 8th February. Former Scottish Comedian Of The Year Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners have seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses. With a likeable manner on stage belying some of the stronger content, Nelson often has audiences laughing at things they know they really shouldn’t be laughing at. As he understatedly says: “With my show, there’s no message, no theme, no overarching narrative, it’s just a collection of jokes.”
Justin Moorhouse has performed around the world and his TV and film credits include tiger-faced Young Kenny In Phoenix Nights, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, 8 out of 10 Cats and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.
He has won Celebrity Mastermind majestically, won fortunes for charity on Celebrity Storage Hunters and lost even more magnificently on Celebrity Eggheads and Pointless Celebrities (twice) On radio he has written and starred in two series of his own Radio 4 sitcom Everyone Quite Likes Justin and often appears on Radio 4’s The News Quiz. He’s a regular on 5 Live, 6 Music and TalkSport as well as helming his own critically acclaimed podcast, About 30 Minutes, No More Than 45.
Justin returns on Sunday 23rd February to introduce character comedian Troy Hawke who engages with the 21st century like someone who has spent the last forty years in suspended animation. Whether recounting an afternoon at the football with ‘the chaps’ or engaging in ‘audience badinage’ with the front row, you can be sure the laughs will come thick and fast!
Rubber faced clown Paul Pirie will be making a more than welcome return with his frantic physical comedy combined with some very funny noises and pogonophile (Look it up). Daniel Nicholas completes the bill.
All the above shows take place in the function room at Greenfield’s Royal George pub and you can see full details and book online at