Ben hosted the Just the Tonic Big Value Lunchtime Club in 2012 with fellow comics David Murphy, Andrea Hubert and Jonathan Elston performing alongside him throughout the festival.
Ben Van Der Velde. Hailed as “a sharp and crafty gagsmith” and a “life-giving compere”, Ben Van der Velde is a warm, friendly host who is as adept at quickfire audience interaction as he is with exuberant playground daftness.
David Murphy, 20 years old, is a rising young talent on the comedy scene. He is adorably innocent yet brilliantly entertaining with hilarious stories that should have you in stitches. ‘He was first class. He should go far.’ – LoveFringe
Andrea Hubert, began comedy when a friend begged her to “bother someone else with your problems.” She blends dark, eccentric storytelling with quirkily offbeat observations – like how deal with unnecessarily aggressive hippies, or the correct response to “Do you want to choke a swan?”
Jonathan Elston, is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic who combines sharp joke writing and quirky observations with a youthful likability that charms his audience and endears him to any room “A young comic with incredible talent” – The guardian “had the audience roaring with laughter” – Hartlepool mail.