comedy

In association with Comedy Agency Just Fair Laughs, Northampton's newest and funniest Comedy night out, showing at both Duston Sports Centre and Cripps Recreation Centre throughout the year, generally the first Thursday/Friday of every month.

★★ SuperGold Members get 1/2 price tickets ★★

Three of the UK's funniest Pro Comedians will perform cutting edge stand up at our great venues. Many of the acts you will recognise from the Television such as Russell Howards Big news, 8 out of 10 Cats & Mock the Week.

Get Your Tickets HERE

Please Note: Over 16s only. Please note some material by comedians may be of an adult nature. Many of our acts are in demand from TV and Radio, so occasionally line-ups may be subject to alteration. Replacements will always be of a similar standard.

COMEDY @ CRIPPS RECREATION CENTRE

Cliftonville Road, Northampton, NN1 5BD

Doors open 7pm - Show STARTS 8pm     

On Thursday 6th April 2017 we have:

Get Your Tickets HERE

Duncan Oakley

duncan oakley 2

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.

Welcome to the world of Duncan Oakley.

"Leaping between stupidity and pure brilliance"

Yorkshire Evening Post

"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

See more of Duncan here

Get Your Tickets HERE

  

Ava Vidal

avaAva Vidal is a cool and composed performer with an intriguing past. She was a teenage mum, she earned a living as a prison officer before turning to stand-up, a move inspired by watching Chris Rock.

Ava became a mother at 18, and spent five years as a prison guard at Pentonville. A chance viewing of a Chris Rock routine inspired her to pursue a career in comedy, and she quickly became a fixture of the stand-up circuit.

Ava Vidal juggles motherhood with a hectic schedule of club dates and TV appearances, both as a comedian and a commentator. Critically judged as 'a face of the future', Ava performs in the UK, America, Canada and Australia, and is an occasional journalist.

Ava Vidal has become a regular presence on television since she turned heads as the BBC New Comedy Awards' only female finalist in the very first year of her career. She has appeared on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Comedy Central's The World Stands Up, Edinburgh and Beyond and C4 reality show Kings of Comedy. Ava was the subject of the documentary From the Top, detailing her background and development as a comedian.

As a commentator, Ava has contributed to The Wright Stuff, Daybreak, ITN News and BBC World Have Your Say. She has written for The Independent and The Guardian, and has used racist abuse directed at her as fuel for her acclaimed solo stand-up show.

In a less serious vein, she has also appeared on 'a couple of Top 100 shows where people like me who have achieved nothing get to comment on more successful people that have made a few mistakes.'

'Well-structured, well written and skilfully delivered' - The Scotsman

'Effective laughs from a position not often heard... Juggles the profound and the irreverent rapidly alternating between the two.' Chortle

'Stand-up with a harsh, dark edge, a refreshing change from all the feel-good crap.' Melbourne Age

See more of Ava here

Get Your Tickets HERE

 

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony VinoPreston’s very own funnyman. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine"Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

Get Your Tickets HERE

 

COMEDY @ DUSTON SPORTS CENTRE

Duston, Cotswold Avenue, Northampton, NN3 6QF

Doors open 7pm - Show STARTS 8pm     

On Thursday 1st  June 2017 we have:

Get your tickets here

 

GEOFF NORCOTT

GeoffNorcott

 

From a nomination for ‘Best New Show’ at Dave’s Leicester Comedy festival to a commissioned writing job on the ‘Sarah Millican Television Programme’ and a starring part in a recent Youtube smash – Geoff’s career is heating up.

Live stand up show ‘Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out’ was nominated as ‘Best New Show after it’s first outing at the Leicester Comedy Festival. He then took the show on a short tour of the North – supporting Sarah Millican – before hitting the Edinburgh festival where he played to sold out crowds and rave reviews.

As Geoff’s writing career hots up, he has landed numerous commissioned jobs: including ‘Stand Up For The Week’ (C4) and the ‘Sarah Millican Television Programme’ (BBC2) ‘A League Of Their Own’ (SKY1) ‘The British Comedy Awards’ (E4) and ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1).

Geoff also had a sitcom comissioned for Radio 4 – with makers of ‘The Inbetweeners’ Bwark Productions, working together closely to bring exciting new projects to the airwaves in 2015.

The Youtube project with top golfer Rory Mcilroy was one of the smashes of the year. The clip – which saw Geoff live voice a robot character – was top trending video the day it was released and went on to smash two million views within 5 days. You can view the video currently pushing beyond 5 millions views!

As a performer on TV, Geoff can be seen twice in the current series of ‘The Comedy Store’ on Comedy Central.

On the live circuit, Geoff continues to regularly headline the top clubs, including The Comedy Store, Glee clubs, Komedia and many more. Geoff also closes big shows all around the world, in the last 12 months he has performed in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Egypt and Jersey. All of which was capped by receiving an operational services medal for his five tours of forward positions in Afghanistan.

“Master of anecdotal storytelling” The Stage     

‘Genuine iconoclast…more importantly makes it funny’ Chortle

“Geoff Norcott is a comedian with a big future.” Daily Mirror

See more of Geoff Here

Get your tickets here

 

  Kate Lucus

kate lucus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 WINNER LEICESTER COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 

‘Comedy perfection’ THE LIST 

Award winning musical comedian Kate Lucas is known for her razor sharp and deliciously dark songs. She combines catchy melodies with original lyrics to showcase her playfully bitter musings on life. Audiences have come to expect examples of what not to say and how not to behave from this gloriously talented young comic.

‘A true musical genius’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

In 2014 she took home the title for the prestigious Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year and her performances since have been met with huge critical acclaim.

‘Wickedly naughty and deliciously dark’  Broadway Baby

Lucas since gone on to build a seriously impressive reputation on the circuit, storming it every weekend to packed out crowds at the country’s most famous comedy venues including The Glee Clubs, The Comedy Café and Up the Creek.

‘Belly laughs and wide-eyed did-she-really-say-that horror’ Fest Magazine

In 2016 her debut show Whatever Happened to Kate Lucas? was met with huge critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

See more of Kate here

Get your tickets here

 

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony VinoPreston’s very own funnyman. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine"Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

Get Your Tickets HERE

 

COMEDY @ DUSTON SPORTS CENTRE

Duston, Cotswold Avenue, Northampton, NN5 6EX

Doors open 7pm - Show STARTS 8pm     

On Thursday 2nd November 2017 we have:

 

PATRICK MONAHAN

 

 4768

 

‘Perfect game show host.  Tiggerish energy that could power the National Grid’ London Evening Standard

Funny and adorable Irish/Iranian/Teessider comedian Patrick Monahan  knows how to work a room and engage an audience with a strongly skilled blend of ad lib banter and stand up.  ‘He has the dark looks and stubble of the Middle East, married to the charm of the Irish and the sense of fun of the Teessider. Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen you might say.’ Daily Mail

WINNER – ITV SHOW ME THE FUNNY  

Patrick Monahan started off on the glamourous Irish/Iranian/Geordie circuit in his native home land of the north east of England before being invited to perform all over the world from as far away as the Adelaide Fringe Comedy festival 2011 in Australia, to Dubia, Doha, Abu Dabhi, Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Estonia, Ireland, Germany, to the Edinburgh International Festival and various venues and comedy clubs up and down the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall in London!

Due to his extremely clean and highly accessible material Patrick has developed a solid footing on the

Corporate Circuit as an After Dinner speaker as well as a Awards Host.

 ‘He is simply the nicest person ever born’ Time Out London

To see more of Patrick click here

Get Your Tickets Here

 

  

Jonny Awsum

jonny awsum

 

A comedic whirlwind, Jonny’s feel-good brand of musical comedy has seen him rise from fresh faced newbie to a highly sought after headline act, in a matter of months. Audience members don’t just leave entertained, they leave as fans.

"He’s awesome!" – Time Out

"Awsum's exuberance is infectious, pumping out into the crowd and lifting everyone's spirits… totally frivolous” span – The List

"Using only the bare essentials of a guitar, some toy instruments, and a few lighting changes, Jonny Awsum delivers an hour of musical comedy with plenty of laughs and the sort of thing musical theatre PR people call the ‘feelgood factor’." – Broadway Baby

Jonny has been traversing the UK and indeed the World, armed with an impressive arsenal of jokes and his trusty guitar. He’s a must for comedy clubs, as his crowd-pleasing set sees Jonny regularly ending his sets to standing ovations and demands of an encore.

"Jonny Awsum positively smashed this musical comedy show, taking the audience all the way with him. It's a dead simple, but absolutely cracking show. That’s entertainment” –★★★★ CHORTLE 

Read the full review here

Jonny's feel-good set has captivated audiences at every kind of venue from tiny to large comedy clubs, playing to our Armed Troops abroad, to nationwide theatres as part of the Paul Hollywood Tour. His sell-out debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 made him a Fringe favourite, and in 2014 his hit show ‘Sexy Noises’ achieved a ★★★★★ and five ★★★★ reviews.

"it is great fun, with lots of big, silly laughs..." – The Scotsman

Jonny Awsum went on to have an incredible Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, including receiving smash reviews from Chortle, becoming Three Weeks' ‘Three Top Shows to see’ and getting 5 stars and a wonderful review from them, and featuring on BBC Radio 2’s late night Arts Show with Anneka Rice.

"guaranteed to lift your spirits." – ★★★★★ The Mirror

"pure, unadulterated fun” – Whats On Stage

"Awsum is sharp, likeable and his infectious and amusing songs, largely inspired by his day-to-day observations, provide numerous belly-aching, laugh-out-loud cheers. This is a fine burst of late-night slapstick goodness from promising debutant Jonny Awsum." – The Big Issue

" This person is unbelievable. Jonny Awsum; brilliant comic who has definitely got big things ahead for him."– Jason Manford

To see more of Jonny click here

Get Your Tickets Here

 

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony VinoPreston’s very own funnyman. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine"Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

Get Your Tickets Here

COMEDY @ DUSTON SPORTS CENTRE

Duston, Cotswold Avenue, Northampton, NN5 6EX

Doors open 7pm - Show STARTS 8pm     

On Thursday 2nd November 2017 we have:

 

RUDI LICKWOOD

rudi lickwood

 

Maybe you saw him on ITV's recent series, Show Me The Funny? As the top black comedian on the UK comedy circuit, Rudi Lickwood is far more than just a stand-up. Rudi’s recent achievements including earning his status in the ‘Black 100+’ awards for the greatest Black British Achievers, picking up a BECA award for outstanding contribution to comedy, and taking up a high profile request for Rudi to host an exclusive Brit Awards after-show party.

With a super confident playful personality oozing charisma, Rudi’s infectious charm has made him a desirable commodity. Using his sense of humour and razor sharp material, Rudi has built an outstanding list of Radio and Television projects alongside his headline performances at esteemed venues across the UK. Recent television and media projects include; Get me the Producer (Ch4) and Funny Business (BBC2), plus a nationwide project with Mediatheme hosting the most comprehensive comedy entertainment system to date. Rudi is currently working the series ‘Lickwood’ with BAFTA award winning writer Sharon Foster.

‘Irresistible...he's going to be massive' The Guardian

“Wembley should just about contain him” The Stage

'Easily the funniest new comic I've seen this year' GLR

See More of Rudi Here

Buy Tickets Here

  

George Zach

George Zach 1

 

George moved from Greece to study Biochemistry in Newcastle Upon Tyne and, in doing so, avoided joining the Greek army for his national service. He discovered stand-up soon after and has gone to sell out his show Greek Tragedy at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and support Luisa Omielan on her Am I Right Ladies tour. Recent BBC One appearances include the One Show and numerous appearances on This Week, discussing the Greek financial crisis.

George’s first gig was on St Patrick’s Day in a dark room above a pub in Newcastle’s city centre. Fortunately for him, it turned out that he had a grasp of the English language as well as a talent for the art of comedy and soon this “really likable comic” went on to play all over the UK and abroad at some of the most prestigious comedy clubs. After impressing in the CKP LunchTime Special at the Edinburgh Festival he came back with his one man show Greek Tragedy, which recently sold at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He’ll be returning to Australia in 2016 and will also be helping to spearhead a burgeoning comedy scene back home in his native Greece.

Pulls it off well with a style that is thoughtful and unexpected Broadway Baby

Accessible, likeable, his jokes are solid and his timing impeccable The List

See more of George here

Buy Tickets Here

 

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony VinoPreston’s very own funnyman. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine"Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

Buy Tickets Here

TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST

COMEDY @ CRIPPS RECREATION CENTRE

Cliftonville Road, Northampton, NN1 5BD

Doors open 7pm - Show STARTS 8pm     

On Thursday 7th December 2017 we have:

Buy your tickets here.

 

ROGER MONKHOUSE

roger

 

"packs in more observations on the human condition in a twenty minute set than

a whole lecture on Jean-Paul Sartre"

Venue Magazine

A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. A highly original and quirky performer, Roger Monkhouse`s trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit. Supremely confident, with audience banter down to an art form, Roger is happy to improvise freely but has no shortage of first class material in his armoury. A master of observational comedy with a routine that is universally and unfailingly hysterical.  A sought after compere and headliner across the UK and internationally. 

Look out for Roger Monkhouse`s recent performance on The Comedy Store for Comedy Central. 

"UNFAILINGLY ENTERTAINING AND SKILFULLY ABLE TO PULL PUNCHLINES, SEEMINGHLY, OUT OF THIN AIR" Chortle

See more of Roger here

Buy your tickets here.

 

 Josh Pugh

Josh Pugh 580x350

 

offbeat ideas, strong imagery and dry observational asides, he finds laughs in unusual places. A promising voice
Steve Bennett (Chortle)

From his very first gig in May 2014, English Comedian of the Year 2016 Josh Pugh has gained a proven track record of being a winner.

He won that Funhouse gong show and has since gone on to win Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2015 and the Nottingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Award 2015. In between he somehow won Midland New Act of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 (we don’t know how it works either). This year, he came 3rd in the NATYS (formerly Hackney New Empire Comedian of the Year) before going on to win English Comedian of the Year 2016.

Winner – English Comedian of the Year 2016
Winner – Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2015
Winner – Nottingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Award 2015
Winner – Midland New Act of the Year 2014 (and 2015 somehow)
Finalist – NATYS (formerly Hackney New Empire Comedian of the Year) 2016

A keen comic mind.
Bruce Dessau (London Evening Standard)
But that’s enough about his multiple award-winning status. More importantly, he’s funny. That’s why he does well in competitions, with confident and clever writing that takes you off on glorious tangents. Steve Bennett of Chortle.co.uk calls him a “promising voice” who “finds laughs in unusual places” whilst The Londonest says he’s “pleasingly off the beaten track”. Josh has a unique, interesting and funny voice with a very exciting future.

Pleasingly off the beaten track.
The Londonest

See more Josh here
Buy your tickets here.

 

Tony Vino (MC)

Tony VinoPreston’s very own funnyman. Tony Vino (**** The Scotsman) has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005. Well aware of social and political issues he mixes friendly well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. A finalist in 2006 Funny Bones competition, Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and comedy compere of renown. His life and interests are wide ranging and so is the subject matter he weaves together on stage.

“A Great Show the assured Tony Vino copes with a mixed audience really well” Kate Copstic, The Scotsman

 “Uplifting style, great delivery and consistently funny throughout” BBC Manchester

“Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods” Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events

“Funny, straight-talking. Not afraid to dabble with religious issues, silly not sacrilegious, had to smile.” Tim Park BBC Website

“Life Affirming Comedy” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show 
"Tony Vino makes me laugh on and off stage. He's always funny and has some
of the same letters as my name". Tim Vine"Like my boots Tony knows how to give a joke welly!" Jimmy Cricket

Buy your tickets here.