Ali Woods & Michael Akadiri: Work In Progress (WIP)

19/07/2023 @ Aces and Eights Saloon Bar
Doors: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Price: £5

Two of comedy’s rising stars (combined social media following, 300K – predominantly Ali’s) present a joint work in progress show.

Following April’s SELL OUT work in progress double header, we’re back with two more!

Join Ali Woods (social media sensation, BBC New Comedy award double nominee) & Michael Akadiri (as seen on Comedy Central LIVE & ITV2s Stand Up Sketch Show) present a joint work in progress show.

Fresh from being Edinburgh 2022 flatmates where they both sell out their debut runs, Ali & Michael need to work on next shows.

Come see them both sweat it as they try out material, concepts and perhaps there are and then, consign some jokes to the graveyard.

Expect a relaxed and intimate feel to the evening (notepads etc) in the very cosy basement that is Aces & Eights.

Doors: 7.30pm

Show: 8pm

There will be an interval.

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Ali Woods is a half-English, half-Scottish comedian, podcaster and content creator. Fresh off his first sold out show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, Ali is a refreshing mix of the ‘every man’ and the ‘modern man’, whose sensitivity and genuine interest in men’s mental health gives him a great perspective on the modern ‘lad’ culture which often features in his comedy. Ali is that wonderful blend of comedy with a heart, speaking on topics such as football, the environment, and many social causes close to his heart.

Ali won Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2020 and has appeared on BBC Radio 4, TalkRadio, TalkSport alongside hosting his own podcast ‘All I Do Is Fail’. His online comedy sketches under the tag @aliwoodsgigs have gained millions of views and likes, and featured on LadBible and Buzzfeed UK. Many of Ali’s followers found him after he supported Russell Kane on tour in 2022.

“In a world of wannabes, Woods is the real deal”

Evening Standard

“A brilliantly witty, funny, and relatable comedy gig delivered flawlessly by a new comedian”

Everything Theatre

“Expect to see big things from this rising star”

The Wee Review

“I was blown away by this comedy hour”


“It becomes immediately apparent why the show was sold out, as Ali starts early with some high-quality stand-up worthy of a pro”

Deadline News

“Hilariously good stand up”

Entertainment Now

“A compelling debut hour of stand-up”

The Scotsman

“One to watch”


“A natural performer”

Voice Magazine

Michael Akadiri is a fast rising, multi-award winning comedian. His natural charm and cheeky, observational style has already seen him make an impact on the UK comedy scene, winning the Komedia New Comedian Of The Year Award 2020 and making it to the London final of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2021 (BBC3).

Michael can be seen on the latest series of The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2). His radio credits include the breakfast show panel on Times Radio, hosting on BBC Radio Kent, and stand-up on BBC Radio 4’s Fred at the Stand . Michael has also written and performed sketch collaborations with LadBible UK.

Michael performs at the top comedy clubs in the country including the Comedy Store, Glee Club and Up The Creek. He has also already performed at high profile events for Apple UK and Newton Europe.

As well as performing comedy, Michael works as a junior doctor in the NHS, he’s just completed his early surgical training in London. He has returned from a sold out debut run at the Edinburgh festival.

As seen on ITV2s Stand Up Sketch Show, Channel 4 (Tik Tok), LadBible & BBCs New Comedy Award.

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