We are delighted that we’ve managed to bag LetLuce for gigs on 13 and 14 March 2015. Friday 13 sees the madcap duo play our regular gig at Rye Hill and the next night, Saturday 14 March, at Fritwell* as one of “The Good Night Out” initiative taking entertainment into Oxfordshire Village Halls. We love LetLuce – they’re absolutely bonkers. Oft compared to a cross between The Mighty Boosh and French & Saunders we’re just pleased we’ve nabbed them now as they’re surely on the verge of becoming famous and not wanting to have any more to do with us. The pair will be joined by Cal Halbert and Lee Kyle at both gigs. See here for details of The Rye Hill gig – and for Fritwell see the poster below. *to be honest we don’t even know where Fritwell is but if we set out early I’m sure we’ll find it.
A year ago we ran a gig for the PTA of Wychood CofE Primary School at Shipton-under-Wychwood. One year on we’re back with a trio of fantastic comedians!
Our Headliner is one of our favourite comedians Chris McCausland who is held in high esteem by the national media. Chris has starred in three series of ‘The Comedy Store’ for Comedy Central. He has worked with Jimmy Carr and Miranda Hart on shows across BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He performs at the top of the UK comedy circuit at all of the country’s major comedy clubs, including being a regular at London’s world famous Comedy Store in the heart of the West End.
He has had great success and recognition with shows at the Edinburgh Festival for the past five successive years.
Chris is the only professional comedian in the UK and probably even the world who is blind. This only serves to make his particular brand of observational comedy all the more unique as he chooses to talk about his disability only moderately; instead, priding himself on the variety and originality of his writing and performances. His comedy is not what you might expect. Nominated 2012 ‘Best New Show’ at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival – Chris responded to the suggestion that he’s ‘not being blind enough’ and masterfully deconstructs the stereotype he’s worked so hard to avoid. Chris recently featured in a series of adverts for Barclays Bank.
Balls-out Funny! Proper Stand-up” Chortle
Truly brilliant observational humour! One of the funniest stand-ups I’ve seen in recent years” Three Weeks
A Must See!” The Sunday Times
Instantly likeable – his language is a treat” Hairline
McCausland will be huge in the very near future!” one4Review
Intelligent, accessible comedy from a charming, self-effacing Scouser (you don’t meet many of those, do you?) Chris has greater vision and observes more than most sighted people! Cotswold Comedy Club
Our opening act is Sheraz Yousaf who draws entirely on his own life experiences in a fresh, forthcoming style. Using humble self-depreciation blended with brilliant comic delivery, his likeable personality will make you laugh and want to go for a pint with him after the show!
He closed the night in wonderful style. Difficult to categorize as he manages to draw laughs in so many different ways, hitting you with punchlines from unexpected angles. A good balance of stories and punchlines, with some excellent audience interaction. Well worth booking.” Dashwood Comedy, High Wycombe
Tony Cowards has been performing stand up comedy all over the country since 2004 and is originally from sleepy Suffolk but now lives in rural Wiltshire, where he sits around in his pyjamas, drinking tea, eating Jaffa cakes and playing with his cat whilst training as a world class procrastinator for the 2016 Olympics.
A quickfire joke teller (described by the List magazine as a “Pun-osaurus”) whose one-liners cover a wide spectrum of subjects, his quick wit has made him a sought after act by various promoters and clubs around the UK including The Comedy Company, Up The Creek, Downstairs at the Kings Head, CKP, Best Medicine, Komedia and many, many more; performing opening, middle and, increasingly, headline spots.
As well as performing, Tony is also a prolific writer; his credits include material for the Comedy Unit at BBC Radio Scotland, “Newsjack” for BBC7 and he is also the principal gag writer for Bristol based Jack FM, as well as regularly contributing to “Viz” and featuring in “The Times” newspaper.
He spends more time than is strictly healthy trying out new jokes on Twitter and is scared of buttons.
My favourite joke of the Festival so far was told to me by a Suffolk stand-up comedian and die-hard Ipswich fan Tony Cowards” Hardeep Singh Kohli
Tickets for the show are £12 available from Wychwood Library or The School Office.
Well, we’ve helped put the FUN into fund raising events before – we’ve helped out at Chippy Lido, Emma’s Trust, school PTAs at Shipton-under-Wychood and Stonesfield (who were after new loos for the kids) and now it’s the turn of Deddington Library. The Friends of The Library have asked us to put on a Good Night Out for them on Saturday 22 November 2014.
We have FOUR fab comedians and an MC lined up for just £10 (£6 concessions) and tickets are available from… The Library of course! Or you can reserve by calling 01869 338413.
Andy commenced his meteoric trajectory into the glitzy world of show business from a pub in Dudley where he sharpened his trade compering a ‘free and easy’ night every fortnight. The discipline of cracking funnies between bare-knuckle boxing and dogfights was an invaluable experience.
Andy enjoyed a brief dalliance with the world of local radio where he worked in Birmingham as a DJ, however, matters came to head when some light hearted on air comments about a popular boy band did not correspond with the management’s point of view – coincidentally, the station was running a promotional weekend with the aforementioned boy band.
Andy also ran a strange hybrid of what he calls “quiz based entertainment” last year at The Glee Club, Britain’s largest comedy club outside London. An evening called ‘Quizburger’ which combined comedy, music, a pub style quiz and theatre.
Robinson is the comedy equivalent of gold dust – pure talent” Birmingham Post
Robinson clearly has what it takes, he’s a natural” The List
Our other acts for the evening are Mark Silcox, local boy Tom Goffe and Neil McFarlane.
We are thrilled to announce that Zoe Lyons is our headline act for our annual* Christmas Gig at Rye Hill Golf Club. Zoe performed for us at Chippy Theatre last year and went down an absolute storm!
Edinburgh Comedy Award best newcomer nominee and Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe winner Zoe Lyons is also a familiar face on TV with credits including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave) and Don’t Sit in the Front Row (Sky Atlantic). She also regularly appears on The Wright Stuff (Five) and Mock the Week (BBC2). Her Mustard Cutter show covering everything from pan pipes to the price of lobster was a firm favourite at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
‘Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd’ **** Guardian
Traditionally we serve a non traditional Christmas Menu – this year it’s an Oriental Buffet followed by a disco. The bar opens at 7pm, closes at 00.30am £27 per person
*It happens every year, you know.
We’re going to our first festival! We’re delighted to be part of the brilliantly successful Deddington Festival (or Deddy Fest as it’s fondly known!)
We’re taking three comedian to the 180 seater Windmill Centre. Tickets are just £10! That’s better than the average deal on sausages at Tescos. They are available (the tickets, not the comedians) from The Flower Shop or may be purchased from the online Box Office. We’re on, on the Thursday night: 19 June at 8:00pm.
… and the line up is (drum roll)…
“Superb… the exciting rising star” Time Out
“A natural comedian” The Stage
“Effortlessly engaging and funny as hell” Rhod Gilbert
“There’s an undercurrent of wisdom, hope and self-acceptance which delivers more soul than most shows you’ll see this year, but never undermines the comedy. Although his material is always funny and frequently hilarious, it’s his personal charm that makes this special.” Fest
“One of the most delightful performers you’re ever likely to see.” GQ
“Upbeat and delightful” Chortle
“A wonderfully quirky and playful performer with unrelenting energy… guaranteed to deliver and rouse the most timid of audiences into an excitable frenzy.” Outside The Box
“Quirky, sassy, cheeky and hysterically funny.” Cotswold Comedy Club
I was fortunate to attend my third comedy club and as usual had a great experience. The comedians themselves were outstanding and I left that night with a sore stomach and face from laughing too much. I would recommend the Comedy Club to anyone and I am already planning my next trip… Excellent!
This event is suitable for people aged 16 or older
May contain a few rude words, but won’t be blue.
Please join us for an evening of stand up comedy to raise money for St. Mary’s Primary School on Saturday 17 May.
We have the Brilliant Maff Brown headlining for our fund raising event. Also we have Ashley Frieze and Laura Lexx bringing the funnies for an awesome night of comedy. Tickets from the school office 01608 642673 or from Polly 07748 962837 or from Jaffe & Neale Bookshop & Cafe or from Bippety Bop in town. Come and support the night and have a giggle while you do!!!
Headlining Act – Maff Brown
Maff Brown played right back and as a central midfielder for Brentford F.C. and Hamilton Academical. In May 2005 he completed the Amused Moose stand up comedy course run by Logan Murray and began performing almost immediately. He founded Outside the Box Comedy Club at the Fighting Cocks pub in Kingston winner of The Best Comedy Club Award from the renowned website Chortle.co.uk. The club has reached cult status among big name comedians. To date guests have included: Jimmy Carr, Frank Skinner, Stephen Merchant, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Sean Lock, Russell Brand, Rich Hall, Omid Djalili, Dara Ó Briain, Andy Parsons, Jo Brand, Robin Ince, Tim Vine, Russell Kane, Rhys Darby, Russell Howard, Lenny Henry and most notably Robin Williams.
Aside from MCing Outside The Box every Monday, Brown tours the UK comedy circuit developing his own material. March 2007 saw him tackle the comedy clubs in New York City. After landing three open spots, he took on Village Lantern in Greenwich Village and on to the Broadway Comedy Club with its three rooms. On the first night he was in the smallest one and was only supposed to do five minutes, but the MC told him to stay on. He did over 15 minutes and on the strength of that, got invited back to play the next room up. Brown did 25 minutes and got a standing ovation.
Brown has had numerous gigs in London’s Comedy Store, most popular were the charity fundraiser gigs for Macmillan Cancer Support. A regular performer in Edinburgh, in 2012 Maff took an award-winning sketch show “A Parade of This” along with our very own Dave Arnold.
Vastly entertaining, proves that this comedian have great things ahead of him.” Three Weeks
Boundless energy and enthusiasm with funny material was certainly the icing on the cake.” one4review.com
Maff is one of those comics that doesn’t need to try. Jokes fall out of him like gold coins coming out of a pirate’s chest” Frank Skinner
I felt like I was being led by a mischievous child but one who was going to take me on a very funny journey and I wasn’t disappointed” BBC Radio
Brilliant Stand Up, Great Material” Bill Bailey
Bloody funny! P*ss*d myself laughing! Cotswold Comedy Club
Opening – Laura Lexx
Quirky natural Laura Lexx is one of the most effortless comedians making a splash in the comedy scene today. She indulges her audience with childish glee and attention, described as “upbeat and delightful” (Chortle) her shows are never the same twice. A finalist at both the Paramount and Chortle student comedy finals, she’s “a true pro” and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
one of the most delightful performers you’re ever likely to see.” GQ
upbeat and delightful” Chortle
A wonderfully quirky and playful performer with unrelenting energy… guaranteed to deliver and rouse the most timid of audiences into an excitable frenzy.” Outside The Box
Quirky, sassy, cheeky and hysterically funny. Cotswold Comedy Clu
Middle Act: Ashley Frieze
Ashley Frieze has been performing on the UK stand-up comedy circuit since the beginning of 2003. In that time he has performed across much of the UK, as far north as the Highlands of Scotland and as far south as Penzance. Ashley has appeared extensively at clubs in the North and Scotland. Now based in the South East, he is bringing his comedy to a new audience.
While many guitar-based acts use their musical skills to show off to an audience, Ashley has a unique angle. He cannot play the guitar that well. To distract from his mediocre musicianship, his songs are full of jokes and wordplay. With an infectiously joyous style of delivery and a collection of ludicrous tips and observations, Ashley’s self-effacing manner on stage quickly brings an audience to a state of merriment and then keeps them there.
Ashley has recently been developing the non-musical side of his act and has acted as resident MC for a couple of clubs including The George at Brailles.
Controlled bursts of energy” Pure Space
Walking on stage with guitar in hand, Ashley Frieze’s overly tight trousers aid him in his soprano comedic songs.” Karen Slater, BBC Tees
Ken works for local solicitors Brethertons LLP. They’ve asked for our help with a charity event for the Rugby Office’s Charity of the year Myton Hospice. So we have a slimmed down club night at the Rugby Workers’ Club on TUESDAY 29 April. We’ve booked two great acts Andrew Bird and Duncan Oakley with Dave Arnold in the MC role. Tickets are just £12 and available from Radhica Joshi at Brethertons.
Opening Act – Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird is from Northamptonshire. He watched The Young Ones with his brothers when he was eight years old at two in the morning on Comic Relief. He’s wanted to try and be funny in some way ever since. He moved to South London a while back and has been doing stand up ever since.
Andrew is always a favourite at Edinburgh and has performed for us before in Chippy, Hooky and at Rye Hill – he always goes down very well with our audiences and it’s a pleasure to have him back again.
Superb… the exciting rising star” Time Out
A natural comedian” The Stage
Effortlessly engaging and funny as hell” Rhod Gilbert
Beautifully observed and insightful…not only an entertaining story but a very funny hour of fine stand-up.” Chortle
There’s an undercurrent of wisdom, hope and self-acceptance which delivers more soul than most shows you’ll see this year, but never undermines the comedy. Although his material is always funny and frequently hilarious, it’s his personal charm that makes this special.” Fest
Andrew Bird is consistently bloody funny, intelligent and brilliant at tapping into the mindset of our audiences here in The Cotswolds.” Cotswold Comedy Club
Headliner – Duncan Oakley
Duncan Oakley has been a musician since the age of six, has performed on the UK comedy circuit since 1999, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on BBC Radio 4 and at many summer festivals as well as starring in Beat24’s feature film ‘Frontman’ and short film ‘Read Between the Signs’
With musical skills that would easily fit into many rock bands Duncan Oakley performs an infectious mix of musical comedy and stand up with one of his trusty guitars – Maurice (Fender Strat), No.7 (acoustic) or his Les Paul (the Lezza) by his side. With an eye and ear for the silly, rude, playful and downright irritating occurrences of life Duncan musters up songs that not only make you laugh, they bury into the recesses of your mind and find you a humming tune with a smile on your face 3 days later, confused and wondering where it’s come from.
Duncan has performed for nearly 10 years on the stand up circuit and performs regularly at some of the UK’s bigger weekend clubs as well as festivals, & Uni gigs. A talented all-round musician Duncan can also perform with harmonica, drums & piano as a one man musical whirlwind.
Unlike some musical comics who rely on a guitar to get them through, Oakley’s routine deftly mixes the tunes with the stand-up”City Life
Duncan is a firm favourite with Cotswold Comedy Club audiences. He always gets the room going and people laugh . A lot.” Cotswold Comedy Club
Rugby Workers Club, 32 Oliver St, Rugby, CV21 2ET
We’ll be taking a break after our April gig at Chipping Norton Theatre to concentrate on developing some other ideas. We will not be disappearing altogether as we find ourselves being booked more and more by PTAs at schools (recently by Stonesfield, Wychwood and Chippy’s St. Mary’s schools) and charities like Special Effect (watch this space). March also sees us deliver a second Corporate gig at Warwick Business School. You can also see us at the Deddington Festival on Thursday 19 June. We are continuing with our events at Rye Hill Golf Club where the audiences continue to turn out in high numbers at this friendliest of venues.
Dave “The Dilf” Arnold is also playing regular MC at Fat Lil’s Comedy Club in Witney
If you’d like to book us to raise fund for your good cause then call Ken on 07790 670 234 or even book us through the rural touring initiative A Good Night Out.
Tickets prices £12 are available from the Wychwood School.
We’ve rustled up three of our favourite comedians for this fundraiser: Laura Lexx, Ivo Graham and the marvellous Mr Duncan Oakley. The venue is the lovely New Beaconsfield School which you’ll find here: