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Worthing Pavilions First Comedy Night.

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Worthing Pavilion Bowling Club will present its first Saturday night comedy show later this month at Venue5, its revamped bar.

Three jokers with distinctive but complementary acts have been booked for October 28.

The rose between two thorns (though she would never allow such a corny phrase to pass her lips) is Harriet Kemsley, an award-winning comedian, writer and actress. She describes herself as a vegan who is allergic to raw fruit and vegetables

An English literature graduate, Harriet launched her stand-up career in 2011 and was quickly named new act of the year at the Bristol and Brighton comedy festivals. She has starred in the Viceland reality sitcom Bobby & Harriet Get Married, which she co-created and co-wrote with her husband, Bobby Mair, to huge critical acclaim.

Harriet can also be seen on television in Dave's Hypothetical, ITV's Hey Tracey and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. She is a recurring guest on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Her other credits include hosting the BBC Radio 4 Comedy Club, The Radio 1 Comedy Lounge, BBC3’s Comedy Marathon, The One Show (Edinburgh Special) and Kevin’s Hart’s LOL Live.

Away from stand-up, Harriet's stage work encompasses the roles of Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Cecily in The Importance Of Being Earnest and the Virgin Mary in The Mystery Plays at Canterbury Cathedral, her home town.

The second headliner at Venue5 is Patrick Carmody, who could be unkindly described as a social climber in the literal sense of the term. He's a West Country actor turned scaffolder turned stand-up comic. Patrick has been gigging for more than six years and was a big hit at the Brighton Fringe with his show Patrick Says Stuff. His humour is cheeky yet charming: think loveable rogue and you'll not be far wide of the mark.

And he has that built-in bonus when telling jokes, a thoroughbred Bristolian accent. Expect anecdotes about the dark side of the scaffolding world, rude New Zealand skydivers and why "van life" isn’t quite as glamorous as Instagram would have us believe.

Dave Wilder is the third comedian on October 28 for what Venue5 hopes will develop into a regular series of comedy shows. Known as the Original Gagster (at least in his own household) Dave has built an impressive portfolio of reviews. Judges at the West End new act of the year competition said he "has a ton of great jokes. Big laughs with sound delivery. A cracking act for any comedy room."

Fellow comedian Matt Price says Dave is "an excellent joke writer who keeps the audience laughing and guessing in equal measure. Tells the kind of jokes other comedians wished they'd have thought of."

Alexander Voodoo from the Secret Comedy Club describes him as "my favourite one-liner comedian on the Brighton scene. Dave is one to watch. You'll be seeing his name in all the big clubs in no time. Definitely one of Brighton's top up-and-coming acts."

Doors open at 6.30pm. For booking details go to and click on "events".

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