Comedy Cottage

23rd February 2024 @ 8:00 pm
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
Redhill RH1 1NN
Sajeela Kershi
01737 276500

Hello Lovely Cottagers!

It’s almost time for our annual anti-valentine show in aid of BHF for Heart Awareness month!

An awesome smorgasbord of talented acts from International, TV, Circuit legends alongside stars of the future all await you at our new temporary pop-up venue in the Belfry Shopping Centre – which has been described by comedians last month as having and ‘Edinburgh fringe vibe’

This month another Cottage fave headlines:


CHRISTIAN REILLY (@christreilly)
Musical Comedy
Perrier/Chortle Award winning international musical Comedian.

Christian first moved into the world of comedy as Otis Lee Crenshaw’s [Rich Hall] guitar-wielding sidekick – a job which took him from Nottingham to Nashville, Tennessee. Now an international comedian playing all the major comedy venues, Christian blends stand-up with dynamic guitar/vocal abilities to relate his unique experience with a sharp wit, youthful energy and effortless charm – with the occasional snipe at histrionic rock bands, musical theatre and morose indie musicians.

He has written for and appeared on two series of ’That Was Then This Is Now’
(BBC Radio 2) as musical counterpart to Richard Herring and Emma Kennedy as well as giving his improvisation skills a regular outing on Rowland Rivron’s ’Jammin’ (BBC Radio 2) with Kim Wilde and Hazel O’ Connor

‘If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re a fan already’ (Guardian).

“His stand-up is witty and heaving with punchlines…will win over all but the hardest hearts and minds” (Chortle)


Supporting Christian:


GARY SANSOME (@garysansome)
Gary Sansome is a world travelled, award winning Scottish comedian. A veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe – Gary has performed all across the globe from Broadway in New York to Shanghai in China.

“pure entertainment and hilarity” (Bunbury Magazine)

“…The most improvised, effortless stand-up show I’ve ever seen” (Connecting Wellington NZ Fringe)


Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Finalist 2020

Katherine Kenway is a regular on the comedy circuit, delighting audiences with her jokes on being a lazy mum. She has a sardonic view on life and is like your slightly scary straight-talking best friend, but with punchlines.

“…a comedian so deadpan she makes Jack Dee look like Timmy Mallett.” (Steve Bennett, Chortle)

“…an acerbic wit with a sideways view of motherhood.” (Funny Women)


JOSEPH EMSLIE (@josephemslie)
Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year Final 2018
Runner Up Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2023
Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic Final 2017
So You Think You’re Funny Semi-Final 2017

Joseph is the number one go to gluten free comic on the circuit. During the pandemic Joseph took the opportunity to start, and grow, his TikTok account to over 15,000 followers, well over 1 million views and just shy of half a million likes on all his videos combined. He also co-hosts a comedy podcast called BillyJoeMates which takes comedians back to school to re-sit a subject of their choosing.

“Definitely a name to keep tabs on.” (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke)

“Radiating comic innocence and making great play on his schoolboy looks” (Chortle)


Winter has performed in many locations around the world. As well as a hectic touring schedule he is writing his first a Radio & TV sit-coms. An energetic, likeable and interactive comedian whose comedy is surreal, silly dark and sometimes wholly improvised.

‘Well Weaved Jokes’ (Bunbury Magazine)

‘ Bloody Funny’ (Mark Dolan, Balls of Steel)


Comedian/Writer who has been commissioned to write for TV/Film/0Radio
Daniel is also the mastermind of Radio shows (The Letter) and podcast (Daniel Ruiz Tizon is available)

‘Darkly comic’ – (Vogue Italia)

‘An oddball pleasure’ – (The Observer)


Mc SAJEELA KERSHI (@SajeelaKershi)
Multi award winning International comedian/writer/broadcaster
‘Smart Funny With a mischievous glint’ (Times)

‘Magnetic loveable and extremely witty’ (The Spectator)

‘Hugely talented, extremely funny, divine diva (Time Out)


House Tunes
Pete Dennis

Not forgetting our lovely Team Angels to take care of you on the night.

Tickets £13 (please book early as this pop up has limited capacity)
Comedy Cottage – Harlequin (

The pop up is in the Redhill Belfry Centre by the lifts on the upper floor shopping mall.

Address: The Belfry Shopping Centre, RH1 1ST

*This month collecting for the British Heart Foundation* Welcome to British Heart Foundation – BHF

You can also add your attendance on our facebook events page. COMEDY COTTAGE – FRI 23rd FEB – with CHRISTIAN REILLY | Facebook


NB: Feel free to also book March 29th Show 

Which has in the past always been hosted by the late great Annabel Giles for Comic Relief – she generously hosted our March show’s from when the club first started. Given this remarkable lady was such a great friend to the Cottage and she so generously helped us raise funds for the club charities with her annual ‘Annabel’s Rubbish Raffle‘ we thought it would be fitting tribute to donate this March’s show profits to her charities that helped her.

Martlets Home – Martlets the hospice that helped her towards the end and AMAZE For families with disabled children and young people in Sussex – Amaze ( that helped her and her dear son Tedd.

Some of you will remember her son Tedd who she often bought down to the gigs both mother and son loved being part of the Cottage and loved you our beautiful audience. So much so that she via her family requested that there be representation from the Cottagers at the funeral at the end of last year.


We have invited Tedd to come and do one last ‘Annabel’s Rubbish Raffle’ although he has put his own spin on it and called it the ‘RubbRaff’.

Please help us sell this show out in aid of these wonderful two charities.


A Fabulous line-up with Simon Donald (creator of Viz), Suzy Bennett (Winner of Funny Women), Nat Tapley (Bafta winner) and more tbc.


Hope to see you wonderful people at the next two show.


Big Love

Team Angels



PS – Thank you to those who attended last month show. We raised £200 in the collection for Forgotten Women’s work in Palestine – it will help two families receive emergency packs.

If you would like to help further – please go here Gaza In Blood And Pain – Forgotten Women





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