Stand up Comedy Night with Michael Akadiri, Ian Smith, Sunil Patel & Sarah Callaghan

Thursday 15th June

Stand up Comedy Night with Michael Akadiri, Ian Smith, Sunil Patel & Sarah Callaghan at the New Forest Comedy Festival


Michael Akadiri is an multi award-winning stand up comedian and junior doctor who has been seen on the ITV2s Stand Up Sketch Show, BBCs New Comedy Award & has recently starred in the latest series of Comedy Central LIVE. His sold out debut Edinburgh Fringe ‘consistently funny, occasionally dark’ (Scotsman) show, No Scrubs was nominated for NextUp’s inaugural Biggest Award in Comedy and tours the UK in early 2023.

 Winner – Komedia New Comedy Award 2020

NextUp Biggest Award in Comedy nominee 2022
London Finalist – BBC New Comedy Award 2021

Michael Akadiri

  • Stand up comedian & junior doctor
  • Winner – Komedia New Comedy Award 2020
  • NextUp Biggest Award in Comedy nominee 2022
  • London Finalist – BBC New Comedy Award 2021
  • Winner – South East New Comedian of the Year 2019
Chortle: “Charismatic”, “Sharp-witted everyman”, “In effortless control”.
Metro: “Supremely talented and likeable”
Evening Standard: “Expect to be laughing regularly at him in the future”.
As seen on ITV2s Stand Up Sketch Show, BBC New Comedy Awards & Sky Sports.
“Charismatic”, “Sharp-witted everyman”, “In effortless control”
“Supremely talented and likeable”
“Expect to be laughing regularly at him in the future”
Evening Standard

Ian Smith

Ian Smith is a multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer. He has appeared on BBC Fresh From the Fringe, BBC3 panel show Sweat the Small Stuff and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. He was also one third of popular Dave podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Rob Beckett, which has previously topped the iTunes comedy charts.

Ian’s Edinburgh Fringe shows have received critical acclaim, an Amused Moose Comedy Award, ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award, various nominations and runs at Soho Theatre. In 2015 he was also part of the hugely successful, multi-award winning, Richard Gadd – Waiting for Gaddot. His latest show Half-Life received rave reviews and played to sold-out crowds.

His last three shows have seen him invited to perform at New Zealand Comedy Festival, and perform at the prestigious New Zealand Comedy Gala (TVNZ). This year Ian will also be travelling to Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals as part of Best of the Edinburgh Fest.

Ian is also a talented actor – starting off as a lead in BBC2 sitcom Popatron. He has gone on to star alongside Katherine Parkinson in Sky comedy Officially Special and have a leading role in BBC1 drama, The Ark– as well as a number of supporting roles including SiblingsPls Like and BBC drama The Syndicate.

Ian is a regular writer on The News QuizThe Now Show and Newsjack(BBC Radio 4), as well writing for various other comedians (including for Mock the Week). He’s also written two of his own web series – Hope You Come Up Here and the Chortle Award nominated 100 Reasons to Hate…

His debut Radio 4 show, the comedy documentary Girl Stuck in a Basketball Hoop will be broadcast in May.

“A riot of sprightly silliness”★★★★ Chortle

Sunil Patel

Sunil is a stand-up comedian and actor, who made his standup debut on Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV) in 2020 and has appeared in This Time with Alan Partridge (BBC), Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4), and Live at the Moth Club (Dave). He is the host of Dave’s Backchat series on Youtube, and also his own BBC Radio 4 series titled An Idiots Guide to Cryptocurrency.

Sarah Callaghan

In 2014 she was named as ‘One to Watch’ by Time Out and in 2015 she took her critically-acclaimed debut hour show Elephant to the Edinburgh Fringe. A confessional exploration of escape and ambition, Elephant played to packed houses and received great reviews across the board. Sarah was widely heralded as an exciting new comedic voice, a status cemented by her Malcolm Hardee Award nomination for ‘Act Most Likely To Earn A Million Quid’. She also appeared on E4’s Virtually Famous as a guest on Seann Walsh’s team. Elephant subsequently toured to the prestigious Soho Theatre for a run of shows in 2016, again to acclaim, and then on to the Perth and Sydney Comedy Festivals in Australia.
Since then Sarah has performed all over Europe in places such as Brussels, Norway, Estonia, and Andorra to name a few. In 2018 she took ‘The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan‘ to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival which was well received; along side her first stand up debut on TV in the same country. She continues to take the circuit by storm.

Fiercely impressive

★★★★ Scotsman
Sarah Callaghan is an award-winning comedian and writer.
The instant she steps on stage you know you’re in the presence of someone new and special ★★★★★ The Mirror
Armed with bags of attitude, she’s a refreshing working-class comedy voice…reminiscent of a young Kathy Burke ★★★★ The Herald
A powerhouse. She’s an utter natural on stage… radiates confidence
★★★★ Chortle