BEN VAN DER VELDE ‘SIDEKICK’
Get ready for the comedy ride of your life as Ben spins thrillers, self-help books, romances and fairy tales out of thin air, his own mind and the audience in front of him. After a cracking run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a hometown gig at the Newcastle Stand in October 2017, Ben is going on tour for the first time with his latest show. He’ll be doing 13 dates across 7 different cities, including Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Hungerford, Leicester, Margate and Norwich.
“The perfect comedy club host – he is a master of audience interaction. The audience weren’t just warmed up, but pretty hysterical even before the first act of the night hit the stage.” Huffington Post
Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter. He is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Stand, Komedia, the Frog & Bucket and The Boat Show as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. Ben is currently helmsman of the Chortle Award-winning Good Ship Comedy Club in Kilburn.
Outside the circuit, Ben has performed a voodoo re-marriage ceremony, founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, and walked the entire London Underground network to raise money for The Refugee Council.
Ben is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has performed three critically-acclaimed shows. In 2016, his show Barbarians, received 5 and 4 star reviews, whilst several of its jokes made it into ‘Best Joke at the Fringe’ lists compiled by The Scotsman, i-News and The Huffington Post.
“Whipsharp…with an air of mischievous mayhem…his hit rate is impressive, while his in-the-moment style creates a buzz of excitement in the room.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Highly promising…an accomplished comic.”
“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue”
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Turns lazy stereotypes and political messes into biting, personal, satire.”
**** Ed Fringe Review
“On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.”