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 at Cotswold Comedy Club

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.

Rye Hill - where we continue to enjoy the friendliest of welcomes.

Rye Hill – where we continue to enjoy the friendliest of welcomes.

Tickets prices £12 are available from the Wychwood School.

Jan-Feb 2014 -Shipton

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:

2014 Headliners flyer

He stormed our gig at Rye Hill Golf Club last month – so we just had to have him back. Yes, we’re flying him all the way back from Canada to headline at Chipping Norton Theatre on Thursday 17 April. Put it in your diary now – YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE.

Byron Bertram 2013

Rumbustious, uproarious and gregarious are all words that end in ‘ious’ … as does hilarious.  All too are apt in describing the magnificent Mr Byron Bertram. Cotswold Comedy Club

News of a very special gig in Chipping Norton. Another of our Charity Fundraisers – this time for the amazing Emma’s Trust on Friday 13 December. The event will be held at Chipping Norton School, Burford Road.

xmas 2013 emmas trust poster

Tickets priced £15 will be available soon from Jaffé & Neale, Bookshop & Café


Headlining Act – Ginger & Black

ginger & black at Cotswold Comedy Club in Chipping Norton



Ginger & Black are a double act, featuring the talents of Eri Jackson and Daniel Lawrence Taylor. They have been performing together since 2006, when they were runners up in SO YOU THINK YOU`RE FUNNY and THE AMUSED MOOSE LAUGH OFF at the Edinburgh Festival.

As well as sketch comedy, they perform songs,are dark, contemporary and very funny.

They perform on the London circuit and all over the UK in clubs and at Festivals. Ginger and Black have appeared on BBC Radio 2, The Annie Mac Show, and had regular slots on 4Radio’s ‘The Weekly Show’ and Channel 4 Radio.

In 2013, Ginger & Black have perform on RUSSELL HOWARD’S GOOD NEWS and Stewart Lee’s ALTERNATIVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE

‘Ingenious concepts and musical wit blew me away’
Three Weeks

Opening Act – LetLuce

LetLuce at Cotswold Comedy


LetLuce are Letty Butler and Lucy Pearman (Chippy born and bred) who met & trained together at LAMDA.

Letty and Lucy have worked with esteemed comedy directors Steve Bendelack and James Griffiths and took their debut show LIVE BAIT to the Edinburgh Festival on the Free Fringe this year.

They are developing live material for the 2014 festival.

They are currently working alongside James Griffiths & Charlie Hanson on their debut comedy short and are also collaborating with Victoria Pile, Fay Rusling & Oriane Messina (creators of Smack The Pony & Green Wing) on a new comedy pilot.

“I have unreserved support for the extremely talented comedy actresses Lucy Pearman & Letty Butler”
James Griffiths (Director of Episodes, Free Agents, Cuban Fury)

“LetLuce are very funny, they have an instinctive sense of comedy pitch”
Steve Bendelack (Director of French & Saunders, Little Britain, League of Gentlemen)

Middle Act (1) Tom Goffe

tom goffe

Thomas Goffe was born in Essex in 1591. Goffe received a scholarship on 3 November 1609 to attend Christ Church, Oxford. Here he received his bachelor of arts in June 1613 and became involved in acting and writing plays at Christ Church. The other Tom Goffe is a stand-up comedian again from Chipping Norton, who was supported during his comedy apprenticeship by Emma’s Trust. With tales of life in the bedroom it will be interesting to see him perform in the very place he went to school! Tom was winner of the  first ever Hobgoblin Gong show in June 2012.

“Very endearing, extremely funny and definitely not the fifteenth century playwright”
Cotswold Comedy Club

MIddle Act (2) James Shakeshaft

James SHakeshaft


James Shakeshaft is a funny man. He is based in London but does the funny all around the country.  James Shakeshaft is another of our comedians making a pilgrimage back to his home town of Chipping Norton

You’ll find the school here:

name that sheepOur competition is nearing the end. You could name our friend the sheep who has been our mascot and logo since our very first gig. Someone asked its name and we realised… it doesn’t have one.

In fact we’re not even sure if its a boy or a girl sheep – the fact that Dave fancies it quite a bit doesn’t help in that regard.

So, in conjunction with our friends at Whistlers Cafe, Bar & Restaurant – we’re running a competition to find him/her a name.

Just sign up for our newsletter and name the sheep and you’re in with a chance of winning our VIP Night Out: Pre-show dinner for two at Whistlers PLUS  a bottle of house champagne courtesy of Whistlers PLUS two tickets to our gig on Thursday 28 November.

Terms & Conditions of the competition

1. By entering you agree to join the Cotswold Comedy Club mailing list

2. The winner will be chosen on 4 Nov 2013 and notified by e-mail

3. The prize is two tickets to our 28 November 2013 gig at Chipping Norton Theatre PLUS dinner for two before the show at Whistlers, Chipping Norton to value of £50 PLUS a bottle of house champagne, courtesy of Whistlers. There is no alternative prize.

4. You may enter by leaving an entry with us at one of our gigs, or write to us at 16 The Leys, Chipping Norton, OX7 5HH, or e-mail to or enter on line. We need your e-mail address, your name and of course, the sheep’s name.

Thanks and Good Luck!


Maff Brown

Thursday 28 November

The Theatre Chipping Norton

James Alderson
Tez Ilyas
Maff Brown

Friday 6 December

DuncanOakleyMarch2011PromoRye Hill Golf Club

Jeremy O’Donnell
Ivo Graham
Duncan Oakley

Friday 13 December

ginger-blackChipping Norton School, Burford Road
Fundraiser for Emma’s Trust

Tom Goff
Ginger & Black
and LetLuce

Thursday 16 January

robdeeringThe Theatre, Chipping Norton

Rob Deering
Andy Robinson
Simon Feilder

Ivo at Cotswold Comedy Club

Friday 31 January

New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-under-Wychwood
Fundraiser for Wychwood School PTA

Duncan Oakley
Ivo Graham

Thursday 13 February

chris-150270-cropmore2The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Chris McCauseland
Ben Van der Velde
Will Sentance
Rob Coleman

On Friday 20 September Cotswold Comedy Club takes stand-up to the masses of Stonesfield, deep in the heart of rural Oxfordshire. We’ll be bringing some of stand-ups hottest acts to a country village hall. The Friend of Stonesfield School are getting desperate for a toilet and asked if we could help. “Why not?” we thought, “It’ll give the comedians something to go on.”

Tickets are just £12 and are available from Amlu’s Store or from the School.


So, who’s on the bill?

Headlining: James Sherwood

james sherwood

James Sherwood

 James Sherwood has become one of the country’s foremost comedy writers and continues to rapidly ascend the stand-up circuit. Having received the BBC Radio Entertainment writers’ bursary in 2008, James contributes the funnies to radio shows across the BBC, including The Now Show, The News Quiz and BBC7’s new topical comedy sketch show, Tilt.

As well as that, he regularly reviews the newspapers on Sky News, writes a regular blog on the Guardian website and spends most Sundays singing in a church choir, despite not actually being religious.

His debut Edinburgh show in 2006, ‘I Know What You Did Last Sunday’, was a total sell-out and was followed in similar fashion with 2007’s offering, ‘James Sherwood’s Somewhat Premature Review Of 2007’. He plans to take his third show, ‘Songs Of Music’, to the Fringe this summer.

Having originally made a name for himself on the live circuit as a topical comic, in recent years James has incorporated a number of self-penned, original comic songs into his act. Although this involves lugging a keyboard around with him, it’s worth it – songs about grammatical inaccuracies and failed nightclub courtships have had audiences literally crying with laughter.

“brilliantly conceived and very funny … Sherwood has phenomenal stage presence” The Scotsman

“his piece grammatically correcting songs is worth the ticket price along … clever, funny and will have fans singing along” Chortle

“anyone who can make a song about inflation and unemployment funny is surely worthy of your attention” **** Three Weeks

“savage satire” Sunday Times

Opening Act – Ben Van der Velde

Ben Van der Velde

Ben Van der Velde

Ben Van der Velde is currently resident MC for HaHaComedy Clubs in Peterborough and at the brand new St.James Theatre in London.  He has also served residencies for Really Lovely Comedy and the Free Beer Show where he has compered for top acts such as Omid Djalili, Reginal.D.Hunter, Sarah Millican, Tom Stade, Brendon Burns, Jim Jeffries and Andrew Maxwell. In 2011 he was named Comedy Cafe New Act of the Year and in 2012 hosted one of the Big Value Comedy Showcase shows at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as hosting the comedy tents at both Bestival and Festival No.6. Ben has been dizzying himself on the stand-up merry-go-round for the past five years. In that time, this has been said about him:

“a sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on…an impressively wide range of topics…bringing flair and confidence to them all.” Steve Bennett, Chortle

“Highly promising…an accomplished comic.” Time Out

“Left the audience beaming from ear to ear with satirical quips and hilariously sinister tales.” BBC 3 Counties

Middle Act – Ivo Graham

Ivo at Cotswold Comedy Club

Ivo Graham

At just 20 years old, Ivo Graham‘s gauche charm belies a talent rarely seen in someone so young. The Eton alumnus combines insightful stories of adolescence and fellow students with a sharp witted presence that has rapidly gained him the acclaim of his audience, fellow artists and the critics alike.

After only eight months of performing Ivo was awarded the acclaimed So You Think You’re Funny 2009 New Act Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, nominated for Chortle Best Newcomer Award before being chosen to perform at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Graduation from Oxford University in 2012 promises to see Ivo continue on his path to success.

“One of the best young comedians around…” Time Out

“The intelligence and maturity of Ivo Graham is remarkable” ★★★★ Three Weeks

You’ll find Stonesfield Village Hall here:

We have a special Fundraising gig for local charity The Lido at Chipping Norton. Tickets are £12 and the gig will be held in a marquee at The Lido.

July 13 Lido

Headlining: Kockov



Kockov is a leather-trousered, mullet-haired Monrokvian master mind-reader and magician. Using psychological influence, suggestion and illusion, Kockov takes you on a non-stop ride of mind-blowing feats, all mixed with his trademark off-the-cuff remarks and outrageous humour.Kockov is Magic Circle and multi-award winning international magician and comedian, Jasper Blakeley.

In recent years he’s performed in a multi-million dollar illusion show at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, appeared on numerous regional and national TV shows and had a sellout run of his ‘Free Your Mind’ show at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He’s released two best selling mind-reading DVDs, and is the only person currently licensed to perform Real Live Russian Roulette with four revolvers in the UK. Kockov also played a packed house at Cardiff’s Glee Club in early 2011 with his one-man show ‘Mind-Messer’.

‘Outrageous…hysterical…laugh out loud’  Genii Magazine

‘Truly remarkable’   Rob Brydon

‘Brilliant…awesome…genius’  On-line

‘I’m speechless’  Simon Cowell

Opening:  Jonathan Elstson

Jonathan Elston

Jonathan Elston

Jonathan Elston is a comedian in his early twenties. Despite his tender age he has been gigging ferociously since his teens. He first started comedy while at univeristy. However due to early victories at infamously difficult gong shows it meant that the degree soon lost it’s importance and he limped towards his 2:2 and the inevitable dissapointment this brought his parents.

The degree wasn’t the only thing to have been negativity affected by Jonathan’s new found love of comedy. Due to his early successes and the bookings that they brought it meant that he was rarely to be found out of a coach or car. The carbon footprint that Jonathan has created since his career began is big enough to have destroyed a football pitch sized hole in the Brazilian rainforest. Despite the havoc he is wreaking on the rainforests Jonathan is steadfast in his focus and continues to be one of the most sought after young acts working the circuit.

An act of his age with this amount of stagecraft and quality material will undoubtedly be a mainstay of the circuit for years to come.” Toby Hadoke

Has the tools to go all the way, an excellent prospect filled with potential’ Crewe Limelight Club

A young comic with incredible talent and a natural warmth. If he carries on like this his success is certain.” Black Cat Comedy

An excellent act – good jokes, well-delivered – reminiscent of a young, cheaper Ricky Gervais” Paul Kerensa

Cal Halbert

Comedian Cal Halbert

Cal Halbert

Cal Halbert is a young, energetic, and enthusiastic Comedian and Comedy Impressionist, raising the roof wherever he goes, with his impersonations of well known celebrities ranging from Rob Brydon to Chris Tarrant. Cal is able to adapt his act to suit his audience due to his range of voices and personas. Cal’s impersonations are so lifelike it’s as if you have gone to see the real Billy Connoly or Alan Carr.

At only 19, Cal’s presence on stage makes the audience feel he has been a professional for years. Cal entered ITV’s Britains Got Talent 2011 and successfully got three yeses From The Judges; reaching the final 200 acts. Having been shown on ITV2, Cal received comments such as:

‘Your Timing Is Perfect!” David Hasselhoff

You’re So Energetic.” Michael McIntyre

‘You’re Like A Breath Of Fresh Air!” Amanda Holden

He’s way too talented for his tender years. The bastard.” Cotswold Comedy Club

You’ll find the Lido here:



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