News: Reginald D Hunter, Tim Key, Lauren Pattison, Stuart Goldsmith, Spencer Jones, Jayde Adams, John Kearns For Festival No 6

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Festival No.6 has revealed the first names on this year’s comedy line-up at The Gatehouse as part of the Arts and Culture programme. With a mixture of heritage names and emerging talent, this year is set to be the best edition yet.

Reginald D. Hunter makes his debut at Festival No.6 in north Wales this year. During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fanbase that spans the generations. In the past 12 months he has completed a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe. His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdownand the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.

Headlining Sunday evening is cult poet, comic and actor, Tim Key. Billed as “one of the funniest shows of the year” by Time Out, Kay was crowned winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2009 and was also nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality.

Key (pictured) has appeared in a variety of shows, from ‘Sidekick Simon’ alongside Steve Coogan on Mid Morning Matters, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Skins, Taskmaster, Inside No.9, Peep Show and the Alan Partridgefranchise. His Sunday headline performance at No.6 will blend a mix of poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness, and certain to get the crowd roaring with laughter.

Stand up circuit regular and one-to-watch Lauren Pattison is also gracing the stage at No.6 for the first time.  She’s been on the comedy circuit for five years, which at the age of just 23 makes her one of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene. Last year Lauren triumphed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a sold-out run of her critically acclaimed debut show Lady Muck. This 5 star show was so popular three extra performances were added and subsequently sold out. Not only was ‘Lady Muck’ the best reviewed show at The Pleasance this year, Lauren also won a Herald Angel Award and was nominated for Best Newcomer 2017 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. 

Stuart Goldsmith brings his energetic storytelling to this year’s festival. With a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, Stuart’s enthusiasm and natural charm conceal a quick wit and fearlessness honed by his early career as a street performer. Surprisingly candid about his exploits, sexploits and textploits, Stuart likes to get his teeth into love, romance and the downside of getting what you want.

Prop comic Spencer Jones, renowned for his masterful physical comedy, has been nominated for both the Edinburgh Comedy Award and a BAFTA. His latest live show The Audition was nominated for the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award and received glowing reviews. Spencer recently wrote and starred in a pilot, The Jonah Man, for Cave Bear and Sky One. In 2017, he reprised his role in Upstart Crow for BBC Two. He also recently starred in BBC Studios' pilot, Mr Winner, for BBC One.

Award winning comedian and cabaret performer Jayde Adams returns to Festival No. 6 for a second year. Originally from Bristol Jayde is an award-winning comedian as well as a cabaret performer, MC, all dancing, all opera singing, ex fish mongering West Country woman. She has performed all over the UK, including 10 years of Freestyle Disco Dancing competitions up and down the country, and has travelled internationally with her ‘barnstorming’ performances. In 2014 she was named winner of the Funny Women Awards and she received the London Cabaret Audience Award in 2013. 

Also appearing on the bill are John Kearns, Fern Brady, Rich Wilson, Lou Sanders, Jarred Christmas, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean (pictured), Jack Gleadow, Alistair Barrie, Joey Page and George Rigden and Chris Washington. 

Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture, taking place over the weekend of the 6-9 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner.

Acts will perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, the picturesque Estuary stage, the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd. 

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