Zoe Lyons at Cotswold Comedy Club

Zoe Lyons

We are thrilled to announce that Zoe Lyons is our hedline act for our annual* Christmas Gig at Rye Hill Golf course. Zoe performed for us at Chippy Theatre last year and went doown a 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.

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… and the line up is (drum roll)…

Andrew BirdANDREW 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 is a regular and popular act at Cotswold Comedy Club.

“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

laura lexxLAURA 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 Club

 
Dave arnold 2DAVE ARNOLD
A body-building, and self-confessed DILF Dave Arnold tells tall tales of life as stay-at-home dad and sings you the songs he sings to his kids! Dave starred in Maff Brown’s 2012 show “A Piece of This” at The Edinburgh Festival and is a regular MC for us at Cotswold Comedy and at the ever popular Fat Lil’s Comedy Club in Witney.

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.

 

St Marys

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

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

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 – a long time ago!

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.

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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

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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

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Headlining Act – Ginger & Black

ginger & black at Cotswold Comedy Club in Chipping Norton

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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

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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

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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

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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 cotswoldcomedy@gmail.com or enter on line. We need your e-mail address, your name and of course, the sheep’s name.

Thanks and Good Luck!

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