Lyle Barke: Tragic Potential
  • West End

Join Max Turner Prize and Get Up, Stand Up Semi Finalist Lyle Barke for a series of embarrassing and often sordid tales.

He'll delve into his wife (not literally), his often talked about "potential," and hardcore internet pornography, all intertwined with quotes from his 86 year old Nan.

An in depth look into Lyle's shortcomings as a human man. Despite being given a huge leg up in life by being born a white middle class male, Lyle has never lived up to what was expected of him.

A show about leaving your potential well alone, as trying to live up to it may prove very disappointing. And then suddenly you're 30.

Lyle has previously been a support act for the likes of Rhys James, John Kearns, Tony Law, Lou Sanders, Paul F Taylor, Alex Edelman and Dane Baptiste.

'Superb Comic Performance.' PleaseMindTheBlog

'Great stage presence. This guy is NOT shit!' Leo Kearse

*Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Quarter Finalist 2018

*Max Turner Prize Semi Finalist 2019, 2020

* Get Up, Stand Up Semi Finalist 2019

* Honk Show Finalist 2020

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