ONE of the pioneers of the alternative magic scene is performing at the Lakeside Theatre this weekend. Along with acts such as Pete Firman and Barry and Stewart, Ali Cook has made magic the new stand-up.

He began as a sketch actor on Jerry Sadowitz’s controversial television sketch show, Jerry@Trick Show, before moving on to co-write and star in many high-profile TV series, including Penn And Teller.

As well as sell-out shows in Edinburgh and all over the country, Ali has also managed to find time to carve out a successful acting career.

His latest film role is in Bob Hoskins’ feature, Outside Bet, and he has just co-written the feature film Get Lucky, in which he plays a professional thief alongside Luke Treadaway.

But it’s his sleight of hand and witty banter that audiences will be paying to see at the Essex University theatre on Saturday.

He’s headlining as part of a triple bill of stand-up organised by comedy Central. As well as Ali, also on the bill will be comedy circuit regular, Paul Chowdhry, with MC duties in the more than capable hands of talented newcomer Matt Richardson.

Comedy Central Triple Bill
Lakeside Theatre,
Square 5,
Essex University.
Saturday,  February 9, 8.30pm.
£12, £8 concessions.
01206 873261