Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell and Glenn Wool reform The Lumberjacks for 2013 UK tour

Posted: 20th November 2012
The hilarious Canadian trio are Back By Poplar Demand, tickets on sale now
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Take three unknown Canadian comics, throw them on stage together and sit back. Depending on the chosen comics, the results could go either way - in the case of The Lumberjacks, alias Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell and Glenn Wool, you're in safe hands.

Originally formed in the '90s, when none of the three were a known entity, the comedic trio first performed at that year's Edinburgh Fringe, playing to tiny but keen audiences at the city's The Stand venue. To some extent, it kick-started their respective careers, with Francis perhaps the most obvious name amongst the three to gain a reputation for his relaxed demeanour and pin-sharp pun-laden gags, winning acclaim for his own shows such as "Outstanding In His Field".

Stewart won this year's prize for Best Joke at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, a portent of things to come perhaps for his newly-regrouped threesome. You're guaranteed quick-fire one-liners for sure but you have the added bonus of the multi-talents of Craig Campbell, familiar for appearing on Russell Howard's Good News and supporting Frankie Boyle on tour. Completing the trio is Glenn Wool, a UK resident whose early shows include another Fringe success, "Let Your Hands Go" and the recent "No Lands Man".

The Lumberjacks, not to be confused with the strutty rap outfit from the States, will be touring the UK in the spring, following on from their Back By Poplar Demand Edinburgh Fringe comeback in August of this year, starting with Wolverhampton on 27th April 2013 and followed by the likes of Nottingham, Guildford and London (three nights). Tickets are on sale now, priced from £16 upwards.

Paul Pledger