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Upfront Comedy "the most enterprising black comedy promoters in the country" (The Guardian) was set up in 1992 by comedian John Simmit, best known for playing Dipsy in BBC TV's international phenomenon Teletubbies, originally for a one-off show at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre.
Since then Upfront has produced regular comedy series in all the UK's major cities, programmed Club Class, a 13 part series for Channel 5, giving the first UK dates & TV exposure to some of today's biggest international comedians such as Russell Peters, JB Smoove & the late Patrice O'Neal. Upfront's many national UK tours include Sistas Wid Gags, New York Talk & 3 Kings, as well as debut tours for Gina Yashere & Curtis Walker.
Internationally Upfront has produced the revue show Getting Any at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina & Stand Up Black Britain at the New York Fringe Festival. Upfront continues to produce the most diverse shows for the most diverse audiences in the country's best theatres as it approaches its 25th anniversary
BBC viral sensation Aurie Styla introduces Tottenham’s future star Kevin J, the Cockney Prince Quincy and new brummie on the block, internet star Roadman.
Urban comedy’s original queen Angie Le Mar makes a rare Upfront appearance with lots to get off her chest, on Upfront’s new regular day, alongside Mickey Sharma, the livewire Mo The Comedian; hosted by Andre Soul
John Simmit returns to introduce comedy’s don Curtis Walker, bad girl Thanyia Moore, and Nigerian jokester Lateef Lovejoy (the face of the ITV Hub).