Date - 18 September 2023

The Real Variety Show 2023

Stephen Mulhern hosted this year’s show which was another unforgettable...
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Stephen Mulhern hosted this year’s show which was another unforgettable night of laughter, magic, and electrifying dance. The fantastic ensemble of comedic talents included Emmanuel Sonubi, Tatty Macleod, Susie McCabe, Amy Gledhill, Lou Sanders and Scott Bennett, who all had everyone roaring with laughter. The comedy was punctuated with the spellbinding magic of Stephen Mulhern and Pete Heat as well as the sensational, high-energy dance moves of Frobacks and their glow-in-the-dark alter egos Globacks.

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring

- Amy Gledhill
- Scott Bennett
- Stephen Mulhern

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Date - 12 September 2022

The Real Variety Show 2022

The brilliant duo of Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell hosted a line-up of fantastic...
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The brilliant duo of Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell hosted a line-up of fantastic new talent, including the Soul Brothers’ feel-good medley & impressive dance moves, and comedy new-comers Aurie Styla, Aaron Simmonds, Kelly Convey, Sikisa, Ben Hanlin, Jake Lambert, and Josh Jones. Ben Hanlin’s interactive magic wowed the audience, whilst Musical Bingo got everyone up on their feet, doing the YMCA, Macarena, and more!

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring

- Aurie Styla
- Sikisa
- Ben Hanlin

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Date - 27 September 2021

The Real Variety Show 2021

Joel Dommett hosts a remarkable and wonderfully diverse line-up celebrating the...
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Joel Dommett hosts a remarkable and wonderfully diverse line-up celebrating the return to Cadogan Hall. Daliso Chaponda, who broke through on BGT, warms up the audience for the legendary Dara O Briain – who’s clearly delighted to back onstage (albeit nursing a knee operation). Nigel Ng, creator of online cult Uncle Roger, explains his difficulty with the British diet; Sindhu Vee explains her difficulty with her children; and Alun Cochrane admits he has a problem with thrill seekers. Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, one of a whole family of ‘virtuosi,’ raises the tone with Lizst’s Hungarian Rhapsody – only for Beardyman’s beatboxing video looping to raise the roof. The biggest applause of the night goes to Nina Conti, the brilliantly entertaining ventriloquist, and newcomer Jayde Adams. Her retaliatory Nessun Dorma will go down in RVS history!

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring:

- Dara Ó Briain
- Nigel Ng
- Jayde Adams

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Date - 21 September 2020

The Real Variety Show 2020

Our first virtual Real Variety Show. Fresh from helping Peter Crouch to Save our...
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Our first virtual Real Variety Show. Fresh from helping Peter Crouch to Save our Summer, Alex Horne plays host accompanied by his wonderful Horne Section. Russell Kane gives corporate events a Kaneing (more like a love letter), Mark Watson drops in to say hello, and Jimmy Carr previews his Christmas Quiz – “the perfect way to party in a pandemic.” The mood softens with a beautiful piece from Ukrainian sand artist Kseniya Simonova (known to BGT fans), before descending into anarchy when Alex attempts to join George Egg in a pancake cook-along with upturned irons! Abandoman (aka Rob Broderick) tops the bill, proving beyond doubt that ‘virtual’ was invented for improvised hip hop with an Irish twist.

Location

Online Stream


Featuring:

- Alex Horne
- Jimmy Carr
- Mark Watson

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Date - 23 September 2019

The Real Variety Show 2019

Radio 1’s Scott Mills delivered a cornucopia of new to talent to the stage including...
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Radio 1’s Scott Mills delivered a cornucopia of new to talent to the stage including laughs from Christopher Macarthur-Boyd, Foxdog Studios, Laura Lexx, Alasdair Beckett-King, Suzi Ruffell, Huge Davies and Adam Rowe, impressions courtesy of Josh Berry and thumping tunes provided by The Brass Funkeys.

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring:

- Laura Lexx
- Adam Rowe
- Scott Mills

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Date - 24 September 2018

The Real Variety Show 2018

Vernon Kay hosted a superb night showcasing the exceptional up and coming talents...
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Vernon Kay hosted a superb night showcasing the exceptional up and coming talents of Ember Trio, Luke Kempner, Sindhu Vee, Flo & Joan, Maisie Adam, Darren Harriott, Mr Swallow, Geoff Norcott and Zoe Lyons.

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring:

- Luke Kempner
- Maisie Adam
- Mr Swallow

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Date - 25 September 2017

The Real Variety Show 2017

Alexander Armstrong presented a vintage year of breakthrough and up and coming...
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Alexander Armstrong presented a vintage year of breakthrough and up and coming talent, featuring a showstopping performance by DUKE. And there was a plethora of comedic talent – Paul McCaffrey, Kerry Godliman, Phil Wang, Tom Allen and Tom Ward all raised the RVS bar yet again.

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring:

- Tom Ward
- Duke
- Kerry Godliman

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Date - 19 September 2016

The Real Variety Show 2016

Claudia Winkleman hosted an incredible night of cabaret where Jo Caulfield, Ivo...
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Claudia Winkleman hosted an incredible night of cabaret where Jo Caulfield, Ivo Graham, Marcel Lucont, Jess Robinson, Richard Herring, Sons of Pitches, Felicity Ward and special guest Jimmy Carr all stole the show!

 

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring:

- Ivo Graham
- Sons of Pitches
- Jimmy Carr

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Date - 14 September 2015

The Real Variety Show 2015

Holly Walsh shows how to get laughs with PowerPoint, Rich Hall appeals to the...
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Holly Walsh shows how to get laughs with PowerPoint, Rich Hall appeals to the events industry – but Chris Turner is the stand-out discovery from this year’s show.

Location

Cadogan Hall


Featuring:
- Beardyman
- Mark Watson
- Rich Hall

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Date - 22 September 2014

The Real Variety Show 2014

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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.

Location

London


Featuring:
- Al Murray
- Nish Kumar
- Lucy Porter

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Date - 23 September 2013

The Real Variety Show 2013

Presented by Russell Kane, this year’s bill included stand out sets from...
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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.

Location

London


Featuring:
- Romesh Ranganathan
- Sean Collins
- Mitch Winehouse

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Date - 24 September 2012

The Real Variety Show 2012

Jason Manford introduces a bill of brilliant new cabaret talent, including the...
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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.

Location

Cadogan Hall, Chelsea


Featuring:
- Rob Beckett
- Miles Jupp
- Josh Widdicombe

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Date - 19 September 2011

The Real Variety Show 2011

The nation’s favourite satirist Rory Bremner hosted another bill of superb...
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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.

Location

Cadogan Hall, Chelsea


Featuring:
- Seann Walsh
- Imran Yusuf
- Alex Horne

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Date - 20 September 2010

The Real Variety Show 2010

With Alistair McGowan playing host, this year’s bill includes Ian Moore,Canadian...
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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?

Location

Cadogan Hall, Chelsea


Featuring:
- Sarah Millican
- Micky Flanagan
- Abandoman

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Date - 21 September 2009

The Real Variety Show 2009

Mock the Week’s Hugh Dennis introduces a bevy of talent. The new wave of stand-up...
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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.

Location

Cadogan Hall, Chelsea


Featuring:
- Jack Whitehall
- Kevin Bridges
- Jon Richardson

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Date - 15 September 2008

The Real Variety Show 2008

Rob Brydon, star of Gavin & Stacey, hosts the 17th Real Variety Show and pays...
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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.

Location

Cadogan Hall, Chelsea


Featuring:
- Stephen K Amos
- Reginald D Hunter
- Beardyman

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Date - 17 September 2007

The Real Variety Show 2007

Michael McIntyre and Frankie Boyle, two rapidly rising comics, demonstrate consummate...
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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.

Location

Cadogan Hall, Chelsea


Featuring:
- Michael McIntyre
- Rhod Gilbert
- Frankie Boyle

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