Half-English posh-boy, half Turkish warlord, His Imperial Highness Prince Nazim Ziaeddin Nazim Osmanoglu (aka Naz) wields the only scimitar he’s got – a sharp sense of humour and a claim to the Turkish throne. Join the coup!
Among those to heap praise on the would-be Ottoman heir are The Evening Standard: “Livewire Naz Osmanoglu is surely the heir to Rik Mayall’s throne”, and Steve Bennett in the Chortle: “Spirited, witty and individual… more energy than a dozen Duracell bunnies”.
Joining Naz (pictured above) on the bill for two nights at Hereford’s Heineken Comedy Club is East London lad Bilal Zafar. With an instantly amenable onstage demeanour, Bilal’s material is a mix of the topical, the anecdotal and the mildly bizarre, doused in a liberal smattering of inventive imagery. He won Edinburgh Comedy Awards New Act of the Year in 2016 and in 2015 he was the runner-up at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year competition.
Completing this multi-cultural trio is Hayley Ellis, a Manchester comedian and former regular contributor to XFM’s breakfast show, who has gone from strength to strength since she began performing in April 2009. A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley’s natural warmth and girl-next-door charm make her impossible to dislike, something which has become evident in her success in new act competitions throughout the UK.
Giggle Beats wrote she is “Small in stature yet big in energy, Ellis simply makes you laugh”, while a review on View From The Gods described Hayley as, “Warm and engaging, she’s a refreshing, dissenting voice in the current female trend of twee, patchwork niceties”.
You can catch all three at the Courtyard Centre in Hereford, a small cathedral town 16 miles east of the Welsh border.
COMEDY GIG DETAILS
Date: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December 2017
Venue: The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Penhaligon Way, Hereford HR4 9YJ
Start time: 8pm
Duration: 140 minutes
Admission: must be 18 or over