Comedy Night, #BVfunE

This year BVE, as part of its mission to be more than a trade show, will be hosting a comedy night lock-in. The unique night of entertainment, taking place from 5:30pm – 7:00pm on Wednesday 24th Feb, will introduce awarding winning comedians from all over the UK and Ireland.



The special guests have appeared on; BBC Radio 1, Radio 4, XFM, Absolute Radio, BBC Radio London and at The Edinburgh Festival as well as gracing our screens via TV and cinema.

On the night we’ll have a special hashtag for you to tweet your pictures and favourite jokes, HashtagBVfunE

So, without further ado … Introducing our acts:

Our Compere - Matt Green

matt green

Comedian, actor and writer

Twitter: @mattgreencomedy

Matt has been performing stand up comedy for over a decade, and has appeared at venues all over the UK and across the world, including The Comedy Store, The 99 Club, Jongleurs, Komedia, Banana Cabaret, The Stand, The Glee Club and many more. His act is a mixture of high energy observational and topical jokes combined with more personal stories and anecdotes. He is also a highly experienced compere and is excellent at audience interaction. He has taken 5 solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and written for and appeared in many TV and radio shows, including The News Quiz, The Now Show, Cabin Pressure, Inspector Steine, Cradle To Grave, Fresh Meat, Comedy Showcase, Comedy Lab and even Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders.

  • "Really funny" **** (The Scotsman)
  • "Classic stand up expertly delivered" **** (Broadway Baby)
  • "A perfectly paced hour" **** (The List)
  • "Fast, fluent and very funny stand up" **** (Venue)

Opening - Mae Martin

Mae Martin

BBC Radio 4 Extra, Fake Reaction on ITV

Twitter: @TheMaeMartin

Mae has enjoyed many live appearances on radio throughout 2014, such as performing stand-up for The Phil and Alice Show’s, Lolz Lounge for BBC Radio 1 and again for their Live at the Edinburgh Festival feature, as well as Series 2 of live comedy night Sabotage for BBC Radio 4 Extra and again for the third series of Life: An Idiots Guide with Stephen K Amos.

She has also toured with The New Wave, produced by The Invisible Dot – producers of highly inventive, often left-field comedy shows. Mae has written for series 10 of Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra and for Endemol and Beyond’s new all-female sketch series Sketch My Life for YouTube.

In 2013, Mae appeared on the second series of ITV2’s comedy panel show Fake Reaction and Channel 4’s 50 Funniest Moments of 2013.



Middle 10 - Joe Sutherland

Mae Martin

Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian Finalist 2014

Twitter: @JoeSutherland

Joe was selected for the Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, supported by the Charlie Hartill Fund. Steve Bennett, Chortle, Comedy Knights Final "Demands attention... He exudes a star quality, and on his own terms... Definitely one to watch" - "Takes to the stage like an old pro, oozing star power from every pore.”

Joe is said to combine borderline offensive self-confidence and biting punch-lines with an openness that leaves the audience totally tamed." - The Daily Mirror, Edinburgh 2015

  • FINALIST - NATYs 2015 (Formerly Hackney Empire New Act)
  • FINALIST - Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian 2014
  • 2nd Place - Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2014
  • FINALIST - Colchester New Comedian of the Year 2014
  • FINALIST - Comedy Cafe New Act of the Year 2013

Middle 10 - Catherine Bohart

Catherine Bohart

BBC Radio 4 Extra

Twitter: @CatherineBohart

Originally from Dublin, Catherine fell from acting into comedy and is fast becoming a regular on the London comedy circuit. Described as "Effortlessly funny, engaging and occasionally acerbic." By Logan Murray. Often referred to as producing material that is ‘anecdotal and satirical’, Catherine has achieved the following in her first year:

  • Laughing Horse Semi-Finalist 2015,
  • Funny Women Semi-Finalist in 2015, seen on BBC World with comedy sketch and heard on Radio Four Extra.


Headliner - Tez Ilyas

Samantha Baines

BBC New Comedy Award Finalist, E4, Radio 4

Twitter: @tezilyas

Lancashire born Tez Ilyas started performing comedy in 2010 - hitting the ground running he found himself in no less than eight competition finals (Including the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award and Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year). 

2015 was a huge year for Tez with performances on BBC1, BBC3, Radio 4 and E4 as well his debut show Tez Talks being met with huge critical acclaim.

  • Daily Record
  • The Mirror
  • The Sunday Times
  • Fringe Guru
  • The Herald
  • The Skinny
  • Broadway Baby
  • One4Review
  • Arts Awards Voice


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