Ben Pope: Dancing Bear

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)

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Ben Pope is a 'classy, stylish and accomplished' (Chortle) comedian. But he's also been a ghost-tour guide, teacher and actor. He's worked in museums, cathedrals, toy shops and bakeries. In the space of only five years, he's worked a million different jobs when his dad spent his life only working one. Now Ben's new job is to make jokes about work work work work work and how it's all a bit knackering. Time to clock in. As heard on BBC Radio 4 and seen on Comedy Central. 'Undeniably funny' **** (

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  • Accessible entry: Access via driveway off main road.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

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Mia 110 days ago

My friend and I went to see Ben Pope's show on a whim (we literally took our tickets three minutes before the beginning of the show), and we both loved it ! A great comedian and storyteller, who kept us laughing all through the show, while still trying the tackle the conundrum of how to give meaning to our lives when we often define ourselves by our work. His personal and ever so funny stories resonate with the fears we experience as young adults, and it feels good to hear someone talk openly about it for once !
Really there's more to this show than just one hour of laughter (even if it IS one hour of laughter): go and see him, it has been one of the best shows out of the dozen I've seen so far, he deserves to be heard, and you deserve to hear him !

Jenny Collins 111 days ago

I went to see Ben Pope with my husband a another couple - we all loved him. A very likeable young comedian who kept the audience captivated, entertained and involved. Clevery witty and no swearing! A great show, definitely recommend seeing him.

SC 121 days ago

Saw the show this evening, was great! Loved the bit about the rival bakeries and the ensuing plague of donuts

KB 126 days ago

Ben Pope is an affable chap who does all the right things a good comic does. There’s good interaction with an audience which readily warms to him, self deprecation in his scatter gun delivery with stories a plenty.
So what’s the problem ?
There’s a reason he’s still performing in the confines of Bunker Two dreaming that one day he’ll make it into Bunker One – a few good laughs aside, his material just ain’t funny enough – not enough to sustain a full hour anyway. Which is a real shame as the audience is supportive throughout and he can’t be faulted for effort or likeability.
Maybe time to consider another career path, Ben ?

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

Ben Pope seems like a lovely, warm fellow, without a cynical thought in his head or malice for anyone. He didn’t even have anything particularly negative to say about the sassy, nonchalant ghost, just accepted it, decided to find it … Read More...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

Ben Pope is a deeply uncynical man. Wearing pyjamas, he bounds in and high fives everyone, does some winning crowd work and tells us how gifted he is at sleeping. It’s kind of adorable, and the audience are completely on his side from the beginning.He cre...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 121 days ago

At a time of destabilising tribal politics pitting everyone against each another, Ben Pope has identified the true division in society – between the punctual and the routinely late, like himself. ...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 122 days ago

Is it too much to insist, as part of a routine about coffee (key point: we drink a lot of it) that a comic get their punchlines factually correct? Chai lattes might be the hippest drinks around, but coffee they do not contain. It feels churlish, because Pope is so...

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