Northern Charmer at LOL Comedy Club Bournemouth this April

News 21 March 2023
Danny Deegan

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With the confidence and swagger that you might expect of a North-West comedian at the very top of his game, Danny Deegan is a comedian, writer and actor who has become a regular at most of the major comedy clubs in the UK since he began performing in 2003.

Danny’s tales of mischief and the characters he creates have kept audiences all over the country enthralled as he weaves in and out of the people he has met traveling. His talent and likability coupled with his confidence make him one of the most popular acts in the North, a master at dealing with a tough crowd, and an act that promoters always turn to when booking gigs. Danny is a seasoned headliner and MC, and was a smash hit as the headline set for Green Man festival in South Wales with 400 people in the comedy tent going wild. Then Danny was asked to wrap up for Manchester band “The Doves” after their headline set in front of 12,000 people.

Away from live work, Danny has made several radio appearances:, from being a guest on Radio GMR to having his own show “Afternoons with Danny Deegan” on CAT FM in Crewe, whilst his TV credits include appearances on “Made in the North” and “The Adam and Shelley Show” to name but two.

Danny has also provided tour support for Chris Ramsey, Mick Foley, Dave Spikey & Paul Sinha as well as performing in Switzerland.

  • Life Winner – 2013 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • From Beginning To End – 2014 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Taller Than Jesus More Visible Than God – 2016 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

“Deegan has a mature confidence in his abilities” Chortle

“Charming, witty and most importantly funny” Metro

“Blisteringly funny comedy that left us all breathless and aching” BSH Magazine

Danny Deegan

Aaron Simmonds has been failing to stand up for 32 years; luckily he is far better at comedy than standing up. He has a unique perspective on life, usually of people’s belly buttons, which gives him stories to tell, and a sore neck.

He’s been described as “a comedian going places”

Places that are wheelchair accessible

Aaron’s comedy demonstrates expert storytelling, whilst packing jokes and opportunities for mirth into every moment. A comedic style is story-based, with clever one-liners interspersed throughout. He offers sharply-observed comedy which is grounded in his disability, but is by no means limited by it. Amiable, likeable and with a commanding presence on stage, Aaron is an exciting talent and is destined for great things.

Aaron also has cerebral palsy and is a professionally-trained personal trainer, as well as a former international basketball player and world champion powerlifter.

It detailed a complicated relationship alongside the absurdity of “competitive disability”. Some people have got the idea, he explains, that because of his upper body strength and background in sport, he is “not disabled enough”.

Television & film:

  • Rob Beckett’s Undeniable – Comedy Central – 2021
  • The Russell Howard Hour – Sky – 2021
  • Guessable – Comedy Central – 2021
  • ‘Disabled Coconut’ – NextUp Comedy – 2020
  • The Stand Up Sketch Show – ITV2, 2020
  • BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals – BBC Two, 2019
  • The Edinburgh Show – BBC Scotland, 2019


  • BBC Radio 1, 2019
  • BBC Radio 1Xtra – Unexpected Fluids Podcast, 2019
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2019
  • BBC Radio 5 Live – Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session, 2019
  • Online: BBC Quickie with Brennan Reece and Rosie Jones

“a superb storyteller.. a confident, sparky, smiley presence onstage, it is easy to see why he is an award winner.. This show has the most beautifully constructed and the most unexpectable narrative line of pretty much any I have seen. There are twists and turns and in every single one there is a laugh.. a perfect lesson in how to deal with the terminally patronising, this hour belts along on wheels of laughter.” – ★★★★The Scotsman

“Amiable, likeable, and a commanding presence on stage, Aaron Simmonds is an exciting talent” ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Aaron Simmond

Meryl O’Rourke has worked for over 12 years as a high level topical TV gag writer and as a stand-up in her own right. She has written for Frankie Boyle for much of this time, from panel shows like Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, through to BBC’s Frankie Goes To Russia, Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland and four series of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. Meryl wrote for the 2019 Olivier Awards, broadcast on ITV and has also written for ITV 2’s Dress To Impress.

For her solo shows she has garnered awards winning The Times’ and The Observers Critic’s Choice. Meryl was also the inaugural winner of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers/Big Talk comedy writing programme and as a stand-up, she has supported Frankie Boyle many times as part of his national tour, including at Hammersmith Apollo.

Meryl’s radio credits include writing and performing her own comedy series The Hysterical Method Of Conception for Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) and a Sony Radio Academy Award Nomination for Best Breakfast Show. More recently, Meryl has written gags for BBC World Service’s Comedians vs The News.

As an experienced journalist, Meryl has written extensively as a columnist for Time Out and as a feature writer for Mark Millar’s magazine CLiNT. She also works as a script editor and writing coach.

Selected Credits

  • Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC 2)Writer
  • Comedians Vs. The News (BBC World Service)Writer
  • Frankie Boyle’s Tour Of Scotland (BBC 2)Writer
  • Have I Got News For You (BBC 1)Writer
Meryl O Rourke

Sunjai Arif quickly wins over audiences with his confidence and warm personality. He is an engaging comedy story teller and covers tales about his family, speeding tickets and extremist rodents.

Sunjai is a solid comedy act, oozes charm and will leave you grinning ear to ear. What really gets people talking is when Sunjai brings his more alternate comedy routines to the stage. Audiences lean forward with excitement and anticipation of what he’ll do next. Experience the sheer joy of seeing Sunjai share his memories of nostalgic pop culture in a way only he could imagine.


  • Winner “Bath Comedy Festival New Act 2017”
  • Runner up “South Coast Comedian of the Year 2016”
  • Finalist “Max Turner prize 2016”
  • Runner up for the 2018 Guide Awards: Best Comedian
  • Tour support for Tom Green: European Comedy Road Trip
Sunjai Arif

This line up comes to the Bournemouth Pavilion Ballroom on Friday 28 April 2023. Click here to book your tickets.

*Please note that Kat Price will no longer be performing o 28/04/23 as previously advertised.

All line ups are subject to change, but don’t worry, we’ll only replace them with someone just as funny!