EDINBURGH PREVIEWS: Darren Harriott & Eshaan Akbar
Darren Harriott: Defiant
Three things are guaranteed in life: failure, strong opinions and death. This (very funny) debut show from Darren Harriott is about all three.
Darren Harriott is one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit. Over the last year, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, supporting Jimmy Carr. He also provided tour support for Funmbi Omotayo on his national tour. Darren then headed to the Edinburgh Festival 2016, as part of the prestigious Pleasance Reserve, where he featured on the comedy show, BBC Radio 4 Extra Stands Up.
Originally from Birmingham, and now living in London, Darren Harriott is a regular at clubs such as Comedy Café, Top Secret, Backyard Comedy Club, The Boat Show, Piccadilly and Covent Garden Comedy Club.
A confident performer with a captivating charm, Darren’s comedy deals with everything from subverting stereotypes, to everyday observations, to that juiciest of topics, religion – all with a cutting edge.
‘A likeable and charismatic performer’ Paul Sinha
‘Darren Harriott had the biggest beard and got some of the biggest laughs of the night… Harriott, is definitely going to make an impact’ Bruce Dessau
Eshaan Akbar: Not for Prophet
The debut Fringe show from Piccadilly Comedian of the Year 2016. The privately educated, former banker, ex-Muslim and son of a Thatcherite and a Labourite is as confused as you are.
Since starting comedy in March 2014, Eshaan Akbar has established himself as an act with exciting potential.
A winner of the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year 2016, Eshaan has been in the finals of other prestigious competitions, including So You Think You’re Funny 2014 and Laughing Horse 2014. He has performed across the UK and in Germany and Bangladesh. In 2016, he supported Dane Baptiste on his UK tour.
His professional career has taken him from private banking through to corporate communications via a career in local government public policy. He has previously written for The Guardian, The Times online, The Observer New Review and The Huffington Post UK. He is a member of the UK Speechwriters Guild and Fellow of the RSA.
Born and raised in East London, he is a Manchester United fan (obviously) and has torn cricketing allegiances – he fails the Tebbit test every time. He has previously dabbled in Bollywood dance choreography.
‘So slick, I could have been watching a Live at the Apollo set’ Bruce Dessau
‘A story that’s likely to go far’ Steve Bennett, Chortle
‘Saved one of the best till last’ Remotegoat
‘Likeability and charm’ Julia Chamberlain, Chortle
UNRESERVED CABARET SEATING // 16+
7.30pm-8.30pm (Darren Harriot)
8.30pm-8.45pm approx. interval
8.45pm-9.45pm approx (Eshaan Abar)