Chris (Dave's One Night Stand, BBC Radio 4) was a comedian, then a van driver, and now he's a comedian again. He also used to have a juicer but doesn't now. He tried to convince himself a change was as good as a rest but, looking back, it was clearly a breakdown. Now he's back finding the funny. A story about - among other things - love, crisis, recovery and a seagull. 'Hilarious' (Scotsman). 'Very gifted' **** (List). **** (Skinny). **** (ThreeWeeks).
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- British Comedy Guide: Chris Stokes answers 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions
- The Independent: Edinburgh Fringe 2015: the trials of being a comedian
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Fresh from supporting Milton Jones on tour, new Phil Mcintyre management signing, Chris Stokes brings his third solo show Altruism In Birds to the Pleasance Courtyard for the whole month of August. With Chris's hilarious and erudite turn of phrase, his act has been described as playing on social misconceptions and dismantling them on stage via gag-packed first-hand anecdotes told with a charming and offbeat sincerity.
Chris is only 30 years old and has already had one nervous breakdown and one failed marriage behind him, primarily because he strongly believes in getting things out of the way as soon as possible. Not that he knew he was having a nervous breakdown. In his mind, he calmly walked away from comedy and went to drive a van for an animal charity, although with hindsight it was obvious he was running away. And he has one thing to thank his for realising that. A seagull.
Having turned away from comedy he briefly relocated to his parents' home in a small village in the West Midlands populated by people who serve to highlight why he wanted to leave in the first place, a distressing phone call from his ex-wife prompted him to take a head-clearing walk along the canal where he discovered an infant seagull with a broken wing....
Award-winning (Best Show - Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2012), he has been performing stand-up comedy since 2007 and since then has supported Milton Jones and Pete Firman on UK tours, recorded a short spot for Dave's One Night Stand, What's So Funny? (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and Word Of Mouth (BBC Radio 4). He has performed at both Latitude and the V Festival as well as taking two solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. As well as stand-up, Chris is also one third of new sketch comedy group The Mitford Sisters.
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