Laugh Out Proud!


Featuring the best in established and upcoming acts from the community on the UK comedy circuit. This is night is all about giving acts and audiences alike a fun and friendly place to express themselves, kick back, have a laugh and good time in an inclusive and welcoming comedy club environment. Whether it's comedy, cabaret or anything in between-Laugh Out Proud is the queer night out you're looking for. Laugh Out Proud at The Hat Factory will feature the stand-up-comedy delights of Mark Cram, Joe Sutherland and Shelf!

Do note that lines ups are subject to change

Joe Sutherland

Joe Sutherland is a comedian and Greggs brand ambassador. Stand-up, acting, writing, influencing, there is nothing he won’t think about doing and maybe even get around to. He performs all over the UK and internationally, sometimes on the internet and sometimes on the television (nature’s internet). Recent appearances include Dave’s Hypothetical and the BBC’s Eastenders. Yes, really. Some other things he did:

Sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Top ten best reviewed shows of Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Tour support for Ellie Taylor 2016-18

UK tour support for stars of RuPaul's Drag Race including Alyssa Edwards, Trixie Mattell, and Sasha Velour

‘Takes to the stage like an old pro, oozing star power from every pore. He combines borderline offensive self-confidence and biting punchlines with an openness that leaves the audience totally tamed.’ The Mirror

‘As sharp as his cheekbones and as splendidly turned-out as his attire, the gags fly thick and fast... Surely this is a star in the making.’ The List

‘Drooling cynicism, punchy jokes and shrewd sarcasm. I think I've found my new favourite comedian.’ Voice Mag


Shelf are an "easy to fall in love with" (The Scotsman) double act / pair of lifelong friends, made up of Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde. They perform for adults and children across the UK. Their debut hour, Hair, sold out both its Edinburgh Fringe run (The Pleasance) and its transfer to Soho Theatre. Hair was recommended by the British Comedy Guide and The Guardian, and nominated for the Comedian’s Choice Award (2022).Shelf started out at open mic nights, honing a style that blends stand up with musical comedy. Since their formation Shelf have performed across the UK comedy and festival circuits and their work has appeared on NextUp, LADBible, and on BBC3 with over one million views. They were featured as part of Penguin’s audiobook Edinburgh Unlocked in 2020. Finalists: Sketchfest’s Best New Act 2016; Funny Women 2020; Musical Comedy Awards 2020.

"nuanced and fresh" The Guardian

"absolutely storming" The Scotsman

“Assured and very funny” The Skinny

“The kind of chemistry you can’t manufacture” Funny Women

“Clever and catchy” Evening Standard

Mark Cram

Mark is quite the all-rounder; with both a killer set and strong MCing chops. For the last few years Mark has been plying his comedy trade across the UK. Constantly evolving, usually unpredictable; he is garnering positive reactions everywhere he goes. Mark thrills crowds with his tales of dead-end jobs, his family and being the less than grateful winner of Bedford Comedian of the Year.

“A Masterclass in comedy design” Newbury Weekly News

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