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 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Having originally made a name for himself on the live circuit as a topical comic, in recent years James has incorporated a number of self-penned, original comic songs into his act.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 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
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
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