Altitude co-founder Marcus Brigstocke is one of the funniest, smartest and most humble men we know. He’s been so snowed under with rave reviews for his work that it’s a miracle he hasn’t gotten too big for his ski-boots.
We’re thrilled that we have another chance to witness his achingly funny satirical wit and enviable snowboarding skills for #altitudefestival19.
Marcus has appeared on numerous TV shows including Have I Got News for You, Argumental, Live at the Apollo and QI.
“Rare is the stand-up that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears”- The Daily Telegraph
“Sharpest one-liner merchant” – The Sunday Times
“Charming, hilarious and utterly refreshing” – The Sunday Mirror
No-one could be more thrilled about the return of Altitude for 2019 than co-founder Andrew Maxwell. Ireland’s wisest, giggliest and shoutiest comedian will return with his intrepid social comedy and his world-famous lederhosen. Let’s just hope he doesn’t spoil them again…
As seen on Live At The Apollo (BBC One), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Mock The Week (BBC Two) and the voice of Love Island (MTV).
His fiery wit will melt your heart while he relentlessly pokes you with his funny bone.
“it’s a genuine treat to be in the company of such unabashed optimism” ★★★★★ Fest
“One of the best comics around” ★★★★★ Time Out
“Infuriatingly excellent…he delivers a superb set” ★★★★★ Sunday Times
Rachel Parris is making her debut at Altitude this year & we’re giddier than a mountain goat to have her! Rachel an award-winning musical comedian, actress and improviser. Her songs have been played on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music, and she has enjoyed three highly successful solo Edinburgh runs. Rachel was named The Independent’s One To Watch 2014, and was nominated for a Chortle award.
As an improviser, she has performed with The Comedy Store Players, The Oxford Imps, The Beau Zeaux, Scenes From Communal Living and The Bishop, as well as guesting with Grand Theft Impro and at The PIT and the Magnet in New York. She has appeared on Channel 4’s The IT Crowd and in BBC Three’s Murder in Successville, and presented Thronecast on Sky Atlantic. She also hosts the popular Throneroom podcast.
“One sometimes doubts that Britain’s got talent, but Parris has it in spades.” The Guardian
“Tim Minchin in a frock” – Londonist
“Blonde, gorgeous, talented and very funny – uproarious ” – Scotsman
TV regular and Altitude favourite Terry Alderton is returning to Mayrhofen for #altitudefestival19, to baffle your brains and make you laugh your ski-socks off!
Over an incredible comedy career, he’s been nominated for the coveted Perrier award in Edinburgh and won both the 3 Weeks Critics award and Best International Act at the New Zealand Comedy Festival. Terry has toured the world, including Melbourne, New Zealand, India and Edinburgh’ Comedy Festivals. He frequently performs alongside comedy’s biggest stars. Michael McIntyre found Terry a source of inspiration. Joan Rivers became an instant fan and Eddie Izzard proclaimed him to be a ‘very funny comic with a fantastic comedy mind’, but also ‘someone who ought to seek some sort of professional help’.
“He creates a joyousness that raises the spirits of the whole crowd” – Chortle
“An exceptional and curiously loveable stand-up” – The Telegraph
“The comedy thrill of a lifetime” – Scotsman
“This is a mainstream act that dares to be different, comedy that comes from the soul… Effortlessly enjoyable yet excitingly different..” – The Times
If we can successfully prize her off the slopes, then our ski-mad lady will be splitting your sides again at #altitudefestival19! There is never a dry eye in the house as Zoe without fail reduces our audiences to tears of laughter.
She’s conquered just as many comedy awards as she has glaciers, delighted live audiences around the globe and has had numerous appearances on TV, including Celebrity Masterchef, Mock the Week, The John Bishop Show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Dave’s One Night Stand, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Celebrity Mastermind.
“Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd” The Guardian
“This woman is a seasoned stand-up at the top of her game” The Herald
“Entertaining, feel good comedy that will leave you smiling long after you leave the venue” Ed Fest Mag
Compared to some of the comics on our line up, Emmanuel has only been on the comedy circuit for five minutes – but he’s already garnered himself a reputation as “THE one to watch out for”
Ex-bouncer Emmanuel extracts most of his hilarious interactions with the vibrant cockneys and reprobates he’s encountered in East London, the pranks he’s played on his kids & his awful parenting skills.
A regular performer at numerous high profile shows including “The Best In Stand up” at The Comedy Store, Glee Club, Comedy Loft, Manfords, The International Comedy Festival Rotterdam, Altitude Comedy Festival at The Ski Show, plus regular shows in Ibiza, Cyprus, Turkey and Holland. He has even headlined the Bestival comedy tent (by accident)
“We already know he’s huge, but this guy will be huge HUGE!” Rotterdam Comedy Festival
“A new talent at the door of Stand-Up, his name’s down and he’s definitely coming in”
Russell Kane, Comedian
“I’ve only seen this guy destroy rooms”
“Emmanuel is so incredibly funny, and I’m not just saying that because I’m scared of him”
We are super excited to announce an Altitude virgin making his debut at #altitudefestival19 – Naz Osmanoglu!
Praised by the Evening Standard as “the heir to Rik Mayall’s throne”, livewire Naz will inject you with some of his endless abundance of energy after a long day on the slopes ❄⛄
Naz is the star of BBC’s Flat TV, Horrible Histories and Comedy Central’s Drunk History, is an actor, writer and comedian. Regularly a face on our screens, Naz has appeared on Live at the Electric(BBC Three), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and Horrible Histories(CBBC) as a core cast member in the 7th series. He’s also acted in Drunk History (Comedy Central), Plebs (ITV2) and Bull (UKTV Gold) to name a few!
“Particularly magnetic” – The Guardian
“He is a name to remember, however difficult that might be. Very confident, very original and tightly performed” – Richard Herring
“Beautiful narrative sketch comedy … masterful” – The Sunday Times
We’re super excited to have another bloody brand spanking new Altitude debutant – Abigoliah Schamaun!
Abigoliah is a product of her New York stand up roots; frank, funny, and unapologetic. She was named “One to Watch” at Leicester Comedy festival 2017 and The List named her “Top 5 Up and Coming Female Comedians”.
After a day in the snow, Abigoliah will bring you into her world with the warmth and excitement of a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
“Abigoliah Schamaun bursts on stage with the energy of Mr. Motivator and the stage presence of a high-level Scientologist” – The Wee Review
“She is a tour-de-force and should not be missed” – One4Review
“Gloriously candid’ – The Reviews Hub
After making his debut at Altitude Christmas in 2016, Gareth Waugh & his snowboard are back for Altitude 2019 – and we can’t wait! Described by the BBC as “One of the fastest rising stars of the Scottish comedy circuit”, Gareth is a two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist and winner of Radio Forth’s Big Comedy Audition. Gareth has toured with artists including Kathryn Ryan, Iain Stirling, Jamali Maddix, Tom Stade, and Daniel Sloss, and regularly performs at clubs & festivals around the world.
“This is proper stand up… Excellent… my highlight of the evening” – Broadway Baby
“Very funny… impressive comic chops… an engaging, friendly onstage manner” – Beyond the Joke
“Loads and load of laughs… Potential to be a major player in Scottish if not World comedy” – One4Review
Once known as one of the youngest comedian’s on the circuit, Elliot has made a name for himself with his hilarious and gritty real-life tales of growing up on a South London and a confidence and stage presence beyond his years.
His Comedy Central Roast Battle saw Elliot and his dad Mark Steel go head-to-head to roast each other with the most brutal jokes imaginable. His Comedy Store clip went viral earning over 2 million views & he even received a nomination for his debut show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Elliot is also regularly abused for his aherm, ‘questionable’ levels of intelligence by fellow comedians Daniel Sloss & Kai Humphries on their popular podcast ‘Sloss & Humphries on the Road’.
“Steel relates anecdotes with the skill of a veteran” – One4Review
“brutal honesty parcelled in a South London charm” – EdFestMag
“One to watch” – The Independent
We wouldn’t be surprised if the next act on our line up actually owned parts of the ski resort…it’s the poshest man in comedy, Tom Houghton!
Tom was raised amongst the height of the British Upper Class, attended boarding school from 6 years old, his father is the ex-professional head of the entire UK Armed forces, he currently resides in The Tower of London, his dad has just been made a Lord and Tom is now ‘The Honourable’… so naturally, a career in comedy beckoned! Funny and charming, with roguish tales and hilarious songs, Tom Houghton is star on the rise.
An accomplished and playful performer, Tom frequently shares line-ups with the likes of Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall, amongst others and has supported Daniel Sloss and Justin Moorhouse on tour.
“Please take my advice. Get a ticket today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born.” – One4Review
“This unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute” – The Daily Telegraph
“A funny, emotional and totally unrelatable show by a charming – and completely fascinating – comedian […] he’s going to be big!” – Voice Mag
Altitude Veteran Vincent is back. André is one of those rare entertainers who does it all. A comedian, actor, writer, director, circus boy…a born show-off. In an expansive career he has performed his gut-busting comedy across the continents and entertained in the world’s most prestigious venues. He has also co-hosted the Early Edition with our very own Marcus Brigstocke, supported Bob Hope and starred on TV with Harry Hill and Lee Evans.
“An improvising comedy genius” The Guardian
“Ferociously funny” The Sunday Times
“He possesses the energy of Lee Evans with the improvisational Skills of Paul Merton and is one of the best comedians in the business.” The Times
The deliciously charismatic JoJo performs in comedy clubs worldwide, & is in as much demand for her compere abilities as she is for her comedy routines.
When not performing solo shows, she is supporting other comics on tour, such as Jenny Éclair, US Comic Louis Ramey, 4 poofs and a piano and Tom Stade. She also starred in M.U.F.F. Productions alongside Altitude favourite, Daniel Sloss. JoJo also frequents studio based shows which have included the BBC1 sitcom The Old Guys and Badults on BBC Three
She will sleigh you with laughter this #altitudefestival19
“A performer the audience could watch all night” The Herald
“Outclasses her colleagues.” Evening News
“Deliciously cruel…The best antidote to mewling rugrats” The Herald
After keeping both our audiences & our clowns in stitches throughout all of #altitude16xmas, Barry Castagnola is back for #altitudefestival19!
Having conquered Kilimanjaro with Rhod Gilbert on BBC1 in the achingly funny ‘Rhod Gilbert VS Kilimanjaro’, it seems he’s becoming a bloomin’ mountain addict! Barry’ll be joining us on the slopes with a sleigh full of anecdotes and his hilarious trademark style of political commentary. Festival veteran Barry has made sides split internationally in New York, Ireland, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Glastonbury, on BBC1’s The Stand-Up Show and more.
“It’s the eloquence of his tales, with their sharp, effective comic imagery, that nails the deal” Chortle
“A satire on stand up, comedy agents and much more, it is also hysterically funny, faced paced and full of energy…an unmissable show.” GQ (Top 10 Picks of the Fringe)
Runner-up Irish Comedian Of The Year 2016, Donegal native Ryan Cullen is rapidly establishing himself as one of the foremost names on the Irish comedy scene. Ryan is a regular performer at many of Ireland’s most prestigious comedy venues, such as The International Comedy Club and the Roisin Dubh, and is also a festival favourite having performed performed a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on stages at Longitude, Electric Picnic and many more. With a viral youtube channel & having recently supported Jackass’ Steve-O, we can’t wait for Ryan to make the mountains of Mayrhofen a little bit blacker with his dark humour.
Hear him surviving living with fellow comedian & utter reprobate Daniel Sloss, as a regular guest on his & Kai Humphries popular podcast ‘Sloss & Humphries on the Road’.
“One-liners with dark twist, could write for Frankie Boyle/Jimmy Carr” – The Stand
“the cherry on top, with dark humour and tainted jokes which delighted the audience” – I Love Limerick
“Absolutely blew us away. His hysterical one-liners had the audience in tears” – Reviews & Rambles