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Gareth Ellis & Rich Rose are comedy performers who blend elements of clowning, sketch, cabaret, audience participation, arguing and nonsense into something people can laugh at. 

We are a truly live act whose anarchic energy ignites audiences by creating moments never to be witnessed again. As adept improvisers and ad-libbers, we perform our nonsense totally in the moment and ready to play with the audience – making us a refreshing antidote to people strictly sticking to a script of gags based on their own life stories, holding a microphone steadily in front of their face with little or no flailing about or gurning.

We are consummate compères and have appeared at such venues as Cafe De Paris, The Clapham Grand, muddy festivals and that goth pub in Brighton. We regularly have the pleasure of hosting comedy/variety wonderment at own own night, Brainwash Club (at London’s prestigious Backyard Comedy Club) which has featured many top names including Harry Hill, Reginald D Hunter, Tony Law, John Kearns, Max & Ivan, Phil Kay and others great and good. Our respective training in Drama & Theatre Arts and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths Uni of London drives us to create theatrical comedy which is innovative and engaging.

Check the praise:

“The best double-act I’ve seen in years” – Harry Hill

“Ellis & Rose are exciting, inventive, unpredictable and compelling” – Matthew Crosby of Pappy’s

“Ellis & Rose are the best thing I’ve seen in ages… the show was a smorgasbord of wonder, and the audience were ecstatic” – Phil Kay

“Just some intellectual twats trying to be funny” – Jim Davidson

‘Brilliance bordering on lunacy’ – The Skinny

‘High energy, innovate stuff from two entertaining, engaging guys’ – The Scotsman

Ellis & Rose are Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award winners, and London Cabaret Award nominees (for Best Alternative Act). They were included in The Scotsman’s 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Round-UpTime Out’s Edinburgh Fringe A-Z Comedy Highlights 2014, The List’s Top Shows About Death 2014 and Such Small Portions’ Pick of Interactive Shows 2014.

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