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NABD – You’ve Been Nabbed 18 Rally

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Smacked Arse Comedy Presents

The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club Roadshow

At the NABD – You’ve Been Nabbed 18 – Rally

Astle Park, Chelford, Cheshire. Saturday May 9th 2009


The stand-up comedy show at the You’ve Been Nabbed rally first began in life in 1993 as an experiment to see if there was a place for comedy at motorcycle events. The popularity of these shows grew with phenomenal speed and in 1997 the stand-up show at the You’ve Been Nabbed event adopted the name “The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club Roadshow” due to the support Rick Hulse was getting from Manchester’s famous Frog & Bucket Comedy Club in setting up the shows. Over the years since, the popularity of these shows has grown immensely.


Rick’s ‘Smacked Arse’ comedy shows now feature at many of the most iconic bike rallies in Britain and in many cases have regular audiences of well over 1,000 Bikers.


The 2009 Frog & Bucket Comedy Club Roadshow at You’ve Been Nabbed 18 promises to be a laugh-fest of epic proportions:

Phil Nichol (Headline Act)
Phil Nichol








NZ Comedy Guild voted PHIL NICHOL - Best International Guest for 2003




Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, Phil Nichol was first known as the guitar playing member of top classic musical comedy trio ‘Corky and The Juice Pigs’. Phil’s solo performances have earned him huge critical acclaim and many awards. He is a Tasmanian devil with a guitar, wickedly funny songs and superb improvisational skills. Phil is also a superb character comedian performing Greasy Fist Joe, Kenny Smiles and his own rendition of Bjork as part of the Lenny Beige show.


Phil spent five and a half months during 2002/2003 in TABOO in London’s west-end playing the role of Philip Sallon. This was followed by playing Juror 10 in the Guy Masterson’s acclaimed production of TWELVE ANGRY MEN,which played to sell out crowds at the Assembly Rooms.


At the Edinburgh Festival 2005 Phil performed a brand new solo show “Nearly Gay” for which he has garnered a host of rave reviews.


He recently starred in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Gielgud Theatre with Christian Slater and in The Odd Couple at the Assembly Hall with Alan Davies and Bill Bailey.


“Springing like a wound up squirrel from the woods of his ridiculous imagination, Nichol's performance is an all- singing, all-bouncing, all-paper folding ode to the joys of Being Silly. This shockingly talented, breathlessly versatile performer could render the Financial Times a frothing tsunami of fun.” Metro ****


"Maybe he's just a comic genius who can take old crap and transform it into something jaw-achingly funny. * * * * " - The List


"hovers between insanity and brilliance" - The Sunday Times

“The face of an angel, the tongue of a whore and the energy of a toddler on an Iron – Bru binge.” The Times

Sarah Millican:
Sarah Millican

Chortle Awards Breakthrough Act 2009 (Winner)


If.Comedy Best Newcomer 2008 (Winner)


Best Breakthrough act, North-West Comedy Awards 2006 (Winner)


Amused Moose Comedy Awards 2005 (Winner)


Sarah recently returned from an incredibly successful Fringe Festival run for which she was awarded Best Newcomer at the If.Comedy Awards for her debut solo show, “Sarah Millican's Not Nice”. She received rave reviews and enjoyed sell-out audiences for the entire run with critics pinpointing her as a hot new talent to keep an eye on.


Recent television appearances include Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Secret Policeman’s Ball for Amnesty at the Royal Albert Hall.


Having gigged at just about every venue across the country, Sarah has established herself as a crowd-pleasing act with well-written material and a gentle delivery style that disguises her cutting observations on life.


An experienced and hard working live performer, Sarah will be heading to the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April and to Kilkenny in May and will be returning to the Fringe with an all new, hotly anticipated show in August.


One of the hottest comics on today’s circuit, Sarah currently performs at all the top comedy clubs including The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, The Glee Club, The Stand, Comedy Café, Banana Cabaret, Hi Fi, Funny Bones, Rawhide, The Frog and Bucket, Just Laugh, Up the Creek, Ginglik, The Monday Club and more.


Rick Hulse first saw Sarah previewing her Edinburgh Fringe show at the XS Malarky comedy club in Manchester last year and immediately asked who he would have to kill to get her for the 2009 You’ve Been Nabbed rally. Fortunately Sarah had already heard of the Smacked Arse comedy shows on the bike rally scene and was very happy to take part, so nobody had to die.


“Probably the finest female comedian working at the moment” – Time Out


“Her laughter rate is exceptional” – The Scotsman


“Wonderfully wrong . . Incredibly funny” – Metro


“Like a young Thora Hird” – The Observer

Ruff Daddy

(Written and performed by Steve Wright and Simon Kerrigan):

The puppet can stand up…

‘Les Dawson meets John Prescott pissed in a kebab shop’

Visionary insight and outright filth with puppetry so sharp it’ll get you over Kermit.

Rick Hulse first saw Ruff Daddy when they performed on the same bill at Manchester’s famous Frog & Bucket comedy club in an Asylum show. He laughed so hard that he spilt his own drink (that really doesn’t happen very often). A packed room of hardened comedy club regulars and nine other comedy acts, including the marvellous Richard Herring, were smitten by a rude, grumpy, incredibly funny, beer-swilling puppet and there was no question that Ruff Daddy just had to be introduced to the bike rally scene.

“The audience loved it!” – Richard Herring

“I tried to think which of my mates it reminded me of, then I realised it was all of them. It was almost a shock at the end to remember that two very clever men were in plain view operating Ruff Daddy your attention is so drawn to Ruff Daddy and his little room.” – Rick Hulse

Gary Delaney:

Gary Delaney


Gary Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. The high quantity of stand out gags leaves the audience struggling to remember them all.


Gary is at home in venues from arts centres and theatres to rowdy pubs and clubs and has played corporate gigs including the Labour Party Conference.


Gary regularly plays all the big clubs including The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Komedia, Glee, Rawhide, The Frog and Bucket, Hyena, Baby Blue, The Stand, Comedy Café, Lee Hurst's Backyard, Banana Cabaret and at clubs throughout the UK.


Gary co-wrote Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow, which was nominated for the If.Comedy award (formerly the Perrier award) in 2007. Gary has recently appeared on Paramount's 'Comedy Blue'.

unremittingly vicious comic Gary Delaney, master of the one-liner”  – The Scotsman

“razor sharp one-liners” – Daily Telegraph

“verges on the genius” – Chortle



“Quickfire material of the very highest quality is pretty much guaranteed from the fast-thinking Delaney, a master of the deadpan one-liner.” – The Guardian


“the man Jimmy Carr tries to be”


– BBC Online


Rick Hulse (Host & Compere):
Rick Hulse

Rick Hulse's comedy style is brash, uncompromising and down-to-earth. Though the language can be raw, his insights into the world of, dieting, drugs, marriage, sex, and motorcycling never fail to entertain.

Having a twisted philosophical view on just about any subject, from ranting against life’s inequalities to musing on the design of human genitalia, makes for an unpredictable show. His long involvement in the biking scene, seventeen years as the Chairman of the NABD and thirteen years of writing comic fiction and manic articles under such names as Professor Pierre O’Bollox, M Phetamine and Shirley Crabtree, together with his off-hand Mancunian manner have made him a firm favourite in hosting bikers parties and rallies.

If you are looking for political correctness bring a microscope. Rick’s acerbic Mancunian wit bulldozes its way through life, the universe and everything (everything sex or alcohol related anyway).


“If you need a good comedian for your rally, just get Rick Hulse. He’s as funny as fuck!”


– 100% Biker Magazine


“Rick Hulse once again had the crowd in hysterics” – BSH Magazine


“Despite the scary appearance, Rick Hulse proved to be an affable chap with a wry wit” – Manchester Evening News

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