Ria Lina

‘Fearless, provocative and very funny’ – The Scotsman

Ria Lina is a touring Filipina comedian, actress and writer known for her appearances on BBC’s Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, The Now Show and Mock The Week – and in November was named as one of The Evening Standard’s ‘Hottest Comedians You Should Be Watching Now’. Throughout her stand-up career Ria has taken five shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her work tackling topics such as autism, topical news and racial identity. Her career stretches from stage and screen, to radio and the occasional ukulele – all in a unique style described by ‘The Scotsman’ as ‘fearless, provocative and very funny’.

Ria is the only Filipina comedian in British stand up and has a BSc in Experimental Pathology, an MSc in Forensic Science and a PhD in Virology under her belt, so it’s not only Ria’s comedy that’s highly intelligent. A regular pundit on Sky News, BBC News, Times Radio and TalkRadio, Ria is in demand for both her scientific insight, confident delivery and biting wit.

A prolific writer, Ria has written for the Ladyboys of Bangkok ‘Fantasy & Feathers’ and ‘Glamorous Amorous’ tours, and wrote and acted in ITV2 comedy sketch show ‘Meet the Blogs’. She has also written and presented her own Channel 4 documentary that revealed the truth behind the myths that surround East Asian women in Britain.

Moving to the UK from Mallorca, Spanish/Welsh comedian Ignacio Lopez quickly made a name for himself as a charismatic, rock-solid headliner; a one-man armada of hilarity. With sell out tours in theatres and clubs around Europe, viral success with comedy songs and sketches online, and TV appearances on Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You, Ignacio has cemented his position as Spain’s Best Export™.

Eshaan has appeared on shows such as Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, QI (becoming the first person of Bangladeshi heritage to appear on these shows), The Now Show, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, The Big Asian Stand Up Night, Sunday Morning Live, A Pie and a Pint, and many more.

Eshaan can be seen starring as Principal Lakhani in season 4 of Netflix’s hit show, Sex Education.

Eshaan was the voice of Rishi Sunak, Sajid Javid, and Narendra Modi on Spitting Image. He has hosted his own podcasts including But Where Are You Really From? on BBC Sounds, Panic Room on Audible, and the European award-winning business podcast Nine Twenty Nine. He was the host of his own Saturday afternoon radio show on the BBC Asian Network, and Newsjack Unplugged on Radio 4Xtra. He is a regular guest on the Have A Word podcast.

In 2023, he toured the UK with his show, The Pretender, (“refreshingly funny hour that suggests a big talent in the making ****” The Times). He has performed three sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe – ‘Not for Prophet’ (2017), ‘Prophet Like it’s Hot’ (2018), and ‘Infidel-ity’ (2019) as well as sell out London transfers at the Soho Theatre.

Eshaan supported Micky Flanagan on his recent tour, including 9 sold-out dates the O2 Arena, and has supported a plethora of comedians, including Akaash Singh, Sindhu Vee, Kae Kurd, Adam Rowe, Dan Nightingale, Hal Cruttenden and many others.

Clint Edwards is an award-winning stand-up comedian who has written for many shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, QI, HIGNFY, and Mock the Week. He has also done TV warm-up for Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish and Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out.

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