Nitro Nites – Comedy Fun!

Diary Dates

  • Bobby Nitro Election Special, Crooked Billet Beer Festival, Milton Keynes, 7pm Sunday 3rd May 2015
  • Bobby Nitro Gong Election Special, Milton Keynes Casino, Milton Keynes, Wednesday 6th May 2015
  • Nitro Nites Bank Holiday Monday, The Commercial, Castleton, Rochdale, Monday 25th May 2015
  • Bobby’s Copenhagen Chill, Venue tbc, Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday 26th May 2015
  • Bobby’s BOP Party, Oskarstrom Arena, Sweden, Saturday 30th May 2015

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 24th to 30th August 2015

Paradise in Augustine’s, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
The heart and soul of the largest theatre festival in the world in the old town, off the Royal Mile. Venues now come in all shapes and sizes, with use being made of every conceivable space from proper theatres (e.g. Traverse or Bedlam Theatre), custom-made theatres (e.g. Music Hall in the Assembly Rooms), historic castles (C venues), to lecture theatres (theSpaceUK, Pleasance, George Square Theatre and Sweet ECA), conference centres, other university rooms and spaces, temporary structures (The Famous Spiegeltent and the Udderbelly ), churches and church halls (Paradise in Augustines), schools, a public toilet, the back of a taxi, and even in the audience’s own homes.

Augustines church Augustines StudioThis 100 seater venue will host Nitro Nites After Dark from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th August – Interactive comedy, chat and satire with special guests including comedians, performers, politicians and musicians – expect a couple of faces off the telly, all produced and hosted by yours truly.

For regular updates on who will be appearing on the show as guests and for the all important information on how to grab yourself some tickets be sure to click on the twitter link to follow me. My permission has been given, so technically you’re not stalking.

In the field of comedy, the Fringe has provided a platform that has allowed the careers of many performers to bloom. In the 1960s, various members of the Monty Python team appeared in student productions, as subsequently did Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, the latter three with the 1981 Cambridge Footlights. Atkinson was at Oxford. Notable companies in the 1980s have included Complicite and the National Theatre of Brent. More recent comedy performers to have been ‘discovered’ include Rory Bremner, Fascinating Aïda, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Steve Coogan, Jenny Eclair, The League of Gentlemen, Al Murray and Rich Hall.


Bobby Nitro hosts After Dark, a comedy chat show and showcase. The alter-ego of consultant, writer, raconteur and mentor Andrew Hutchinson, Bobby puts aside his stand-up act and takes to the couch. His guests, spread over seven performances, are an eclectic mix of politicians, musicians, actors, writers, comedians and bohemians at large. The audience interacts, their takes on random topics are forensically dissected and their talents showcased, as the banter and fun flow. Why would you attach a condom to your ballot paper? Will Werner sit down? Je suis Bobby. Follow @NitroNites on twitter for guest updates.

Tickets for all seven performances are available from Paradise Green, whereas only tickets for Tuesday through to Saturday’s performances are available from the Fringe Box Office on 0131 510 0022 quoting V#: 152 GR: E5

The performance on Monday will be a combination of press interviews, interaction with the audience and jamming. Sunday’s performance, on the last night of the Fringe, will be a charity fundraiser with all set props auctioned to raise funds and maybe even including the chance to bid to spend a day … and maybe a night with a French rock band.


Nitro Nites Northern, New Comedy Venue Launch, Greater Manchester

First Friday of the month: 4th September, 2nd October, 6th November, 4th December

In Bobby Nitro’s Grotto everything is not always in order. For example, Friday can come before Thursday, the cart often comes before the horse and military inteligence is not an oxymoron.

As the founder of Criticalfriend morphed from a consultant into a writer and satirist he recognised that typing with one finger presented its challenges and after-dinner speaking was more fun. As his appetite grew he felt particularly naughty one February and delivered a thirty minute one-man show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, the fifth largest in the world, Andrew’s alter-ego Bobby Nitro was born and the gigs followed.

As a prankster he’d brought comedy to consultancy, regularly stealing his clients’ watches to tell them the time. He loved the comedy circuit and meeting a lot of wierd and wonderful people. Half of them were proper good eggs, half of them had no sense of humour and half of them had egos the size of Belgium. A lot of them were not good at sums unless they were cashing cheques!

It seemed a natural progression to bring his consultancy skills to comedy: organising regular monthly stand-up comedy nights up and down the country; compering gigs and running improvised comedy workshops where he could turn all of those icebreakers into gags – the Nitro Nites brand was born and Bobby decided to get a head!


Seven things you didn’t know:

  1. Bobby is available for hire as a tested after-dinner speaker and charity fundraising MC with a growing reputation for providing a unique take on events which is both challenging and thought provoking.
  2. Bobby does open spots at comedy nights throughout Europe – he rarely ventures beyond Europe because of the increasing risk of ending up on a rendition flight!
  3. Bobby comperes Nitro Nites, comedy nights
  4. Bobby is hosting Nitro Nites After Dark, an interactive comedy chat show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  5. Bobby organises Nitro Nites – Early Doors, an hour of comedy between 3pm and 6pm as part of your charity fundraising day – he get’s the stars on the cheap because an early slot gives the big boys the chance to go off and make some money headlining elsewhere later that night.
  6. Bobby is writing a book.
  7. Bobby can count!

So the procedure is nitro dot nites over at yahoo ;) com

MC at the ‘House of Fun’ as part of The Love Lanes Festival, Leicester, raising funds for Sue Ryder

MC at ‘The Christie Fundraiser’, The Commercial, Rochdale

Compere of ‘Macmillan Nurses Fundraiser’, Kirkholt Social Club, Rochdale

MC at ‘Comedy Hour – Springhill Hospice Fundraiser’, The Harrows, Rochdale

MC at ‘Comedy and Cabaret for Ninewells ICU’, Arbroath

‘Lest We Remember – WWI Centenary Show’, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Headliner at Square Mile Smiles, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

Compere of ‘Nitro Nites’, monthly stand-up comedy nights in Lancashire and Leicestershire

Syndicated satirical article writer

Contributor to ‘Portrait of a Weird Society – Etranges Soirées Modéles Et Artistes’, Paris


“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads” – Erica Jong

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