BURNING Duck promoter Al Greaves has wanted to bring Vince Atta to York from the day he launched his comedy club in 2014.
"For our debut show of 2016, we finally welcome an act we've been looking forwards to booking since we started our night," says a delighted Al, ahead of Tuesday's 8pm gig at the Black Swan Inn in Peasholme Green.
"Vince Atta uses a multi-track looper and pedals to create live on-the-spot hip-hop/reggae/techno/anything, fusing it with natural stand-up, storytelling and characters to make the most infectious songs you're ever likely to hear. It really is quite a show. Admired by audiences and peers alike, this unique, talented and incredibly funny act has to be seen to be believed."
Fellow comedian Andy Watson says of Atta: "I've seen a lot of comedians over the past 12 years; this guy is unlike anything you will have seen before. You have to see it to believe it, he's a combination of jaw-dropping amazement and non-stop belly laughs.”
Tuesday's support acts are yet to be confirmed but the compere will be Joby Mageean, a finalist in last summer's inaugural Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year competition in York.
"We're very pleased to have booked Joby to host this month's show," says Al. "His Edinburgh Fringe preview show, Billy No Immune System, was a highlight of our Woodsduck Comedy Festival last year and we appreciate his unwavering commitment to the ukulele.”
Burning Duck's successful 2015 culminated in a December fundraiser for York’s Arc Light homeless hostel. "It was a fantastic evening of comedy and we're very pleased to be able to say we raised £370," says Al.
"Now we have lots of exciting names lined up, ready to announce for 2016, including the return of the exuberant, inventive Bec Hill with her tour show Caught On Tape on February 24, after headlining our May show last year."
That night Bec asks herself "What do you regret?" in a show that combines stand-up with paper puppetry. "I've only one life regret and it haunts me, but now it’s time to change that," she says. In the support slot will be storytelling raconteur Sarah Bennetto.
Burning Duck Comedy Club usually runs on the second Tuesday of each month, although Bec Hill's show will be on a Wednesday, and Al recommends signing up to his online mailing list for exclusive announcements on upcoming gigs. "There are also subscriber-only links to discounted tickets for future shows and the chance to win free tickets for a future night," he says.
Burning Duck tickets for all shows are on sale at burningduckcomedy.com and also can be bought in person at Bison Coffee and The Inkwell in York or on the door.