Best in Class

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Best in Class is an Edinburgh Fringe show promoting the rich talent of working class comedians.  

As up and coming working class comedians we know how hard it can be to break into the industry. There are so many barriers facing working class performers, who remain underrepresented in comedy and at the worlds biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Often parodied and mocked in mainstream comedy, working class comedians have strong voices and unique experiences that need to be heard at the fringe. Growing up, they often have little access to the arts, they don’t have industry contacts or money and are unable to finance Edinburgh shows. They also struggle to take the time off work and to justify a full run at the fringe. 

Best in Class gives talented comedians the opportunity to perform at Edinburgh Fringe whilst minimising the barriers they usually face, such as cost and length of commitment. Talented comedians from working class backgrounds can perform at Best in Class for a maximum of one week. They won’t have to pay anything towards the running costs of the show and will receive a share of any profits (because Socialism). 

This show was created because/in spite of (but not limited to) the following: 

Spam, chippy teas, waste grounds, hanging around, knock off trainers, a fella your dad knows, weed, the unions, crap schools, bunking off, electric metres, Brixton, Toxteth, hand me down clothes, holidays in caravans, shit on a stick, the back of a lorry, failed MOT’s, failed GCSE’s, bus stops, pay day loans, Daniel Blake, Grenfell, cheap meat, pubs, pints, tobacco, Margret Fucking Thatcher, cash converters, job seekers allowance, zero hour contracts, jam butties, gravy, pyjamas, broken glass, broken homes, playing out, white lightening, E, backyards, slums, tenements, The housing, The social, The NHS, grants, grasses, benefits, belts, credit unions, hiding from the milk man, tired dads, fierce mums, dying young, Aldi, Iceland, fighting, skin heads, Grime, underdogs, mental health, beans on toast, second hand everything, Brookside, watching the match, endless cups of tea, futility and empowerment. 

Best in Class had a successful first year at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. The comedians received several four star reviews and excelled in front of receptive audiences from a mixture of social backgrounds. This success has shown the industry that there is a need for a show like Best in Class. In 2019 Best in Class will return to Edinburgh with a new intake of working class comedians. 

Reviews for Best in Class 2018

Putting on a show at Edinburgh Fringe is a costly experience. Costs  include £100 to secure a venue at the Fringe, £300 to register the show in the Fringe programme, £100 for poster/flyer art work , £100 for poster and flyer printing. Plus the cost of marketing, advertising and promoting the show. Not to mention the exorbitant accommodation costs that the comedians will pay to perform at the fringe. 

This fundraiser has been created to minimise any out of pocket expenses in giving talented working class artists a much needed voice at the fringe. Become a part of something, join the collective, contribute to getting the best working class comedy talent to the Edinburgh Fringe.

If you can't donate, please share this page with your contacts and talk to them about Best in Class.  Remember, any profit that is made from the show, after costs are deducted, will be split proportionately between the acts.
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The 2019 Best in Class line up features:

William Stone
Stuck somewhere between reality and dreams, offering glimpses into his world through whimsical one-liners and oblique observations.
BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2018. Leicester Square Theatre new act of the year finalist 2018.
"William Stone cracks me up, he's got some belting gags that I wish I'd thought of. Highly recommended" Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo)
"excellent writer of quirky one-liners" Steve Bennett, Chortle.

Jordan Gray
Jordan wrote and co-starred in the award-winning Tall Dark Friend webcom and her 2018 show “People Change” was met with critical acclaim. She hosts a weekly radio show on Phoenix 98FM and writes a monthly column for Diva Magazine.
Panic Awards Comedian of the Year (2018)
Colchester New Comedian of the Year (2017)
DIVA 100 Most influential Les/Bi/Trans Women in the UK (2018)
“Hilarious!” Jim Norton
“She’s amazing!” Boy George
“Open, honest, creative genius.” Scroobius Pip

Fran Garrity
Fran has been making waves on the comedy circuit for some time now. As well as headlining a showcase for BBC Radio comedy series 'It's Grin up North' he also has writing credits on the show. His tour shows ‘Secret Agent Fran’ and ‘Faith, Hope and Garrity’ both enjoyed sell out runs. Fran has also provided tour support for Jason Manford.
“Gritty and punchy, backed up with a keenness in observation and a good turn-of-phrase.” (The Stand, Newcastle)
"Fran Garrity has an easy and instant rapport with the audience and not only gets frequent laughs but also they are always big laughs" (Agraman, Buzz Comedy)

Hannah Platt
Hannah Platt has a frank, acerbic and brutally honest approach to stand up, never shying away from sensitive topics.
‘Dark, damaged and hilarious’, Josie Long
‘Voice of a new generation’, The Skinny
‘Liverpudlian Daria’, Ents24

Wilson Milton
Wilson is the cheeky chappie from a council estate in south london. with sharp observations, curveball one liners and pin point accents, he is sure to please any audience.
"Smart, charismatic and a huge hit with audiences, Wilson is fast becoming a great name to watch out for" - David Geli, Up The Creek

Kimi Loughton
Dirty stories delivered with a uniquely infectious energy, Kimi is one of the fastest rising stars in Scottish comedy. Bold brash, brave and busy, Kimi brings plenty of laughs while leaving you pondering about your own views.
“Promising young stand- up... Kimi Loughton is confident & engaging” Fringe Monkey

Ash Preston
Ash has been on the circuit for over two years. He has performed all over the country with his eccentric storytelling and high energy stage persona. Once described as a 'friendly misanthrope.' Fiercely proud of his working class upbringing and underdog mentality... He also resembles several murderers

Charlie George
Charlie is a former circus performer and dancer, she came to comedy to find her voice. Turns out her voice is a lot like an 18th century white man’s trapped inside the body of a queer brown lady, so, that should be comfortable then…
Pride's Got Talent Finalist 2018. Leicester Square New Comedian Award finalist 2018
"Charlie George has an elegantly calm and collected demeanour, wry observations and her situation and background are interesting." - Steve Bennett, Chortle.

Hosted by commander and chief Sian Davies
Liverpool based comedian with a passion for social justice and equality. Often hindered by her dog, who is too posh for his own good and would probably vote Tory if given half the chance.
Recipient of The Hive Mentorship Award 2019
Hilarity Bites New Act Winner 2018
Finalist Nando's New Comedian and Harrogate New Comedian 2017
“Excellent compere” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
“Sharp and focused… fantastic ability as a comedian and compere” **** Backstage on the Fringe
“Perfect timing and audience engagement. A confident performer with an appetite for politics and challenging the status quo” Lynne Parker, Funny Women.

You can be one of the first to see the 2019 comedians as they launch their journey to the fringe at Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool at 7pm on Sunday 26th May. The also have a huge benefit party planned at 2Northdown, Kings Cross on Saturday 22nd June and a show at the Greater Manchester Fringe on Sunday 14th July.
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