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Overdue Comedy Club: work in progress shows

by The Leeds Library


Work-in-progress shows from Rob Rouse & Phil Ellis

Join us at the oldest surviving subscription library in the British Isles for the Overdue Comedy Club at the Leeds Library.

This month we’ve got two work in progress tour shows for you. That’s two 60 minute shows from two of the most sought after comedy acts on the UK comedy circuit – and for one brilliant ticket price.

7:45pm – 8:45pm

Rob Rouse – Work In Progress Show

Rob Rouse as seen on the BBC’s hit show ‘Upstart Crow’ as ‘Ned Bottom’ and also featured on popular TV shows ‘8 Out of 10 Cats ‘ (CH4) and ‘Dave’s 1 Night Stand’.

Rob has performed stand-up since winning the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1998. Now, aged 49, he is no more mature.

‘Belly laugh funny’ (Herald).

‘He’s a man with genuinely funny bones’ (Sunday Times).

9:00pm – 10:00pm

Phil Ellis – Work in Progress Show

Phil Ellis is an award-winning comedian who has entertained audiences of all ages with his amalgamation of off-beat observational material and physical comedy.

Phil won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award’s panel prize in 2014 with his undisputed anarchic sleeper hit of a show Funz and Gamez. After meeting incredible critical acclaim, Funz and Gamez was broadcast as part of Fresh from the Fest (BBC Radio 4), as well as part of BBC Comedy Feeds (BBC Three). The show went on to have an 18-show run at the Soho theatre as well as a further run at the Udderbelly on Southbank.

Phil has written and starred in three series of his radio sitcom Phil Ellis is Trying (BBC Radio 4), with cast including Lolly Adefope, Johnny Vegas, Sean Lock and Lee Mack. The second series was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020.

Phil’s TV appearances include Roast Battle (Comedy Central), The Tez Show (Channel 4), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky) and Drunk History: UK (Comedy Central), as well as writing and performing credits on The Tapeface Tapes (BBC Three).

Currently touring his latest show ‘Hedgehog’ which again received rave reviews at last years Edinburgh Fringe, Phil will be stepping away for the night to run out his new show with us on June 8th.

‘Nothing is ever what it seems in a Phil Ellis show… there are surprises and treats lurking in every nook and cranny’ ★★★★ (List).

‘Ellis, as a character is both completely likeable and absolutely appalling’ ★★★★★ (Scotsman).

★★★★ (Guardian).

★★★★ (Times).

Please note, the ticket is to attend both shows and can not be offered as separate show tickets or sold cheaper to attend just the one show.

The Leeds Library is located on Commercial Street (near the Starbucks opposite Trinity Shopping Centre) – we are not the Leeds Central Library located on Calverley Street.

Date and Time

Thu, June 8, 2023

7:45 pm - 10:00 pm


The Leeds Library

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Leeds, England LS1 6AL United Kingdom

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