Real Variety Show

According to The Stage, “JLA’s annual Real Variety Show is known throughout the entertainment industry as the best showcase in the business.” We scour the country (and beyond) for the most exciting new stand-ups, musical comedians and visual acts suitable for corporate audiences – often uncovering future stars like Michael McIntyre and Tim Minchin!

In this section you can see clips from the latest Real Variety Show and short compilations from recent years. We hope you enjoy them and share your favourites with colleagues and friends.

Host Al Murray introduced this year’s bill including the spectacular acrobatic feats of Circulus, laughter packed sets from Lucy Porter and Rob Deering , and the glorious harmonies of Band of Voices.

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Pete Firman
Nish Kumar
Rob Deering
Lucy Porter
Mr Wilson's Second Liners
Gary Delaney
Circulus
Jimmy McGhie
Band of Voices

Location London

Date September 22 2014

Presented by Russell Kane, this year’s bill included stand out sets from Canadian stand up Sean Collins, comedy musicians Four Screws Loose and Jonny and The Baptists, and a fantastic performance from Mitch Winehouse and his band.

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Location London

Date September 23 2013

Jason Manford introduces a bill of brilliant new cabaret talent, including the soulful CK Gospel Choir’s feel-good medley, comedy new-comer Rob Beckett and the silently hilarious The Boy With Tape On His Face. Piff The Magic Dragon had help on stage from his chihuahua Mr Piffles, whilst The Noise Next Door composed personalised songs for members of the audience.

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Location Cadogan Hall, Chelsea

Date September 24 2012

The nation’s favourite satirist Rory Bremner hosted another bill of superb comic and cabaret talent which featured Tasmanian newcomer Hannah Gadsby’s unique deadpan take on the world, and Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer introducing hip-hop and rave tracks to the Queen’s English. The excellent Seann Walsh proved why he’s likely to be a star of the future whilst The Horne Section demonstrated that jazz and comedy can work together especially with the addition of a man in a balloon in the shape of Bruce Airhead. Up-and-coming star Imran Yusuf and the wry Simon Evans supplied more comedy of the highest quality and Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee combined flute playing and beatboxing to create something truly original.

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Location Cadogan Hall, Chelsea

Date September 19 2011

With Alistair McGowan playing host, this year’s bill includes Ian Moore,Canadian one-liner merchant Stewart Francis and Geordie favourite Sarah Millican – alongside masterful sets from Micky Flanagan and Terry Alderton. There’s also hilarious hip-hop improv from Abandoman, breathtaking hip-hop dance from Boy Blue, ‘oom-pop’ from Oompah Brass and unbelievable a capella from The Magnets. Many of the 860 organisers and producers in the crowd at Cadogan Hall said this was the strongest ever Real Variety Show – who are we to disagree?

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Location Cadogan Hall, Chelsea

Date September 20 2010

Mock the Week’s Hugh Dennis introduces a bevy of talent. The new wave of stand-up is represented by Jon Richardson, Jack Whitehall, Kevin Bridges and Alun Cochrane. Meanwhile Strictly dancers Fortuna and Rihanoff defy gravity, whilst James Rhodes and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers add flawless musicianship.

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Location Cadogan Hall, Chelsea

Date September 21 2009

Rob Brydon, star of Gavin & Stacey, hosts the 17th Real Variety Show and pays tribute to fellow Welshman Tom Jones – with the help of Far From Kansas. The line-up includes Manchester’s Jason Manford and the Samuel L Jackson of the comedy circuit, Reginald D Hunter. This year’s top of the bill is the legendary Italian performer Ennio Marchetto, who thrills the Cadogan Hall audience with ‘living cartoons’ of everyone from Mona Lisa to Amy Winehouse.

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Location Cadogan Hall, Chelsea

Date September 15 2008

Michael McIntyre and Frankie Boyle, two rapidly rising comics, demonstrate consummate skill in front of 850 event producers and organisers. Bruce Airhead takes the balloon act to new heights. Celloman shows supreme cool, and Lenny Henry struts his stuff with Poor White Trash; but the evening belongs to the Australian shadow puppeteer Raymond Crowe, who reprises the Wonderful World routine that made him a worldwide sensation on YouTube.

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Location Cadogan Hall, Chelsea

Date September 17 2007

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