Standup comedy night Laugh Riot made an appearance at the Waterside Arts Centre as part of the week-long Pride in Trafford festival which explores and celebrates identity and LGBT+ life locally and beyond.
Comedian Paul Sinha was born in the UK to Bengali parents. Whilst studying medicine in the 1990s, Paul took his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit.
He pursued both careers and at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he earned a nomination for the highest accolade in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy Award.
Shortly after his nomination, Paul became a full-time comedian.
PAUL SINHA is probably best known as 'The Sinnerman' in ITV's 'THE CHASE.' But he's also an award-winning comedian and will be performing live at Leatherhead Theatre ahead of his 2021 autumn tour 'Hazy Little Thing Called Love.' https://t.co/IfYtGz6BNS#leatherhead #surrey pic.twitter.com/qQOnfk12gR
— House of Stand Up (@HouseofStandUp) May 14, 2021
He is a familiar voice on radio and television including programmes such as QI and Would I Lie to You? and is a competitor on Taskmaster.
Paul is also one of the UK’s finest quizzers and this has led to another concurrent career as a general knowledge expert on the award-winning ITV quiz show, The Chase.
Paul is currently the fourth-best quizzer in the UK and his husband, Oliver, is the eleventh. Out of all the chasers, he has the worst nickname – the Sinha-man – but he is definitely the best at reciting the periodic table whilst hula-hooping.
This was my first night out in over a year- the event was live but there was also an at-home live stream recording.
There were robust measures in place to reassure people regarding Covid safety, including mandatory use of face masks (unless exempt), staggered arrival times, a one-way system, and reduced audience capacity.
It was a pleasure to join @TraffordCouncil @PrideTrafford this morning as they raised the #ProgressFlag for #IDAHOBIT2021 & to launch their calendar of events this week as part of #PrideinTrafford powerful speeches from @Saratodd16 @AndrewHWestern great to hear @The_SundayBoys pic.twitter.com/kc9c6iJTh4
— Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL 🐝 (@CarlAustinBehan) May 17, 2021
The MC was Kerry Leigh and she introduced the best in alternative comedy – Josh Jones, Jessica Fostekew, and Paul.
It was also the first night out for the performers for over a year and there were some nerves. Most of the performers had notes written on the backs of their hands.
It was a fun night of LGBT+ humour, but it was also just great to be out and about and was an all-around fantastic experience!
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