Park Laughs Previews

Iain Stirling and Nic Sampson

Avalon in association with Park Theatre presents


Iain Stirling

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is best known as the brilliantly funny voice of the hit reality show Love Island (ITV2), and spin off series Love Island USA (ITVX), which are in their tenth and fifth series respectively. Buffering, a refreshingly relatable comedy sitcom which Iain created, wrote and starred in ran for two series on ITV2 and, now in its seventh series, Iain continues to host the hilariously silly Iain’s Stirling’s CelebAbility (ITV2). Iain also hosts Partners In Crime, a hit UK true-crime podcast alongside his wife, Laura Whitmore, on Spotify. 

Iain has recently appeared on The Lateish Show with Mo GilliganCelebrity Gogglebox (Channel 4), Richard Osman’s House of Games (BBC Two), Blankety BlankMichael McIntyre’s The Wheel (BBC One), and Rod Gilbert’s Growing Pains (Comedy Central). This adds to an extensive list of television credits including, Taskmaster Series 8, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (Channel 4), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky Max), Comedians Watching Football with Friends (Sky One), The Jonathan Ross ShowThe Chase: Celebrity SpecialCelebrity Catchphrase (ITV), Pointless CelebritiesSaturday KitchenThe One Show (BBC One), The Comedy BusRussell Howard’s Stand Up CentralThe Chris Ramsey ShowDrunk History, and The Comedy Store (Comedy Central). 

An Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourite, Iain has performed six sold-out and critically-acclaimed shows, including U OK Hun? X in 2017 which sold out the entire Edinburgh Fringe run in advance. Following the success of his 2021 nationwide tour, Failing Upwards, which was recorded for his first full length special on Amazon Prime. Iain will be back on the road in 2024 with his brand-new show Relevant


Nic Sampson 

Nic Sampson is a comedian, actor, improviser and writer originally from New Zealand. 

As an actor, Nic portrayed popular character D.C. Sam Breen in New Zealand detective drama The Brokenwood Mysteries, which airs in 17 countries including the UK, where it is one of UKTV’s most successful programmes. He has also appeared in the BBC3/HBO Max series Starstruck and featured in films including Netflix’s The Breaker Upperers and Baby, Done, which was executive produced by Taika Waititi. He previously played the Yellow Ranger in Disney’s Power Rangers: Mystic Force

Nic is one of the co-writers of BBC3/HBO Max’s Starstruck and is a writer on the Internationally Emmy Award-winning short series Inside. Previously, Nic was a core writer and performer on the New Zealand sketch series Funny Girls for TV3. In New Zealand, he was head writer for the weekly topical comedy show Jono and Ben. Nic is a co-creator of the sitcom Golden Boy and has written episodes of The Brokenwood Mysteries

At the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Nic won Best Newcomer in 2014, then returned the following year earning a nomination for the Billy T Award which recognises New Zealand comedians with oustanding potential. The next year his show was nominated for Best New Zealand Show (Fred Award), the highest honour at the festival, making him one of the fastest rising stand-ups in New Zealand.