Wednesday June 5th: Comedy At The Albion Presents Chris Chopping

The fun doesn’t stop at The Albion! It just takes four weeks off to recover from the last night. But we’re back on June 5th with a stellar lineup guaranteed to have you laughing.

CHRIS CHOPPING started performing in 2011, and by now, his dry outlook and hilarious punchlines have secured him regular professional work on the live circuit. His strong material and deadpan persona have led to a cult following. Chris also gets a lot of bookings as an MC, proving himself to be a, “laconic host and quick witted raconteur” (South Wales Echo)

“Chopping manages to fuse astute observation with real, razor-sharp wit whilst always avoiding cliche. His comedy feels fresh and cutting. A hardworking comic whose love for comedy shines through” Chuckle Busters

“Crafts clever jokes and delivers punchlines that the comedy savvy don’t even see coming” Shortcom.co.uk

PRYA HALL will be opening for us this month, after proving a big hit with the Albion audience last year. We’re delighted to have her back.

‘Up and coming comic Priya Hall is making a name for herself on the circuit by mainly telling jokes about her mum. She’s been reliably informed that her mum is not happy about this but people seem to like it. Her comedy has been described as “Hilariously oversharing”‘ (Bristol 24/7).

JON MATTHEWS is an insightful stand up comedian whose work has been described as a ‘a hilarious post-modern commentary on politics and popular culture’. Full of irony, surrealism, political comment and a dry crowd pleasing delivery, his performances have created much mirth wherever he has travelled.

“Even the depressed middle-aged men who wear polo shirts were amused.” – CBN Weekly.

And in support we have ELIZA FRASER, FIRUZ OZARI and our own SAM LLOYD

RUTH HINE is your ring mistress for the evening.

A bumper evening of comedy and it’s all FREE to get in. We do pass the hat at the end of the show.

Sunday June 2nd 2019: Comedy At The Keys Launch Night

Dan Thomas at the Cross Keys

Brand New Comedy Night at the Cross Keys on June 2nd 2019.
Pro-Headline Act with support from local comedians.
Free Entry with Bucket Collection.
Hosted By Dai Davies.

Our Headliner this month is DAN THOMAS
A barnstorming frenetic b*stard after my own heart. Quality.” Russell Kane
“Dynamic, dramatic, and funny. If you want comedy this guy is for real. Catch him while you can!” The Glee Club
“Leading the next generation of Welsh comedy” 24/7 Magazine
“Dan Thomas shone brightest… The crowd approves.” Buzz Magazine

Dan has been a stand up since 2005, and a professional stand up since 2010. As well as supporting Russel Kane on two tours, Dan regularly appears at The Glee Club, Highlights, The Comedy Store and Komedia. He is also a regular warm up guy for TV.

Basically, the guy is class. A very funny, high energy story teller who will have you in stitches.

Opening for Dan is the supremely talented SARAH BRIDGEMAN.
A good performer, she simply soared” South Wales Evening Post

“It”s the warmth of her personality that endears her to the crowd and gets them in a fun sort of mood” Paul James founder and MC of The Clowns Pocket Comedy Club, Neath

Sarah Bridgeman is a woman trying to figure out life as she knows it, from her relationship with her two cats, to the populous of the local gym and the strangers making a change in their lives. She can only do this on stage whilst making people laugh.

With support from GILLY WEBB and SIMON BRACEY..

Your host for the evening is DAI DAVIES
“A comedic version of the Super Furry Animals, a pleasure to watch” – David Owens, Wales online.

“He’ll make you think, he’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you think WTF. You’ll definitely want what he’s on” – Paul James, The Clown’s Pocket.

And it’s FREE to get in But if you’ve enjoyed the evening you are welcome to donate to our bucket collection after the show.

See you there.

Wednesday May 1st 2019: Comedy at The Albion Presents Matt Rees

Wednesday May 1st: Comedy at The Albion Presents Matt Rees

In Old Penarth there is a secret oasis of laughter and enlightened thinking. That place is The Albion – a haven for liberal intellectuals, music fans and bar flies. And in his hallowed hostelry there is a comedy club. On the first Wednesday of the month (usually) the initiates gather to drink deep of the draught of Mirth. Put simply. There’s this great comedy night at the Albion in Penarth and it’s back on May 1st with an amazing line up of very VERY funny talent.

MATT REES has generated a huge buzz on the circuit over the past year with his unique brand of well-crafted gags and acerbic delivery earning him high praise from audiences and critics alike.

This rising star has won a whole host of awards including Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2012, Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up Award 2011, Loaded Laftas New Act Award 2011 and the Leicester Square Theatre New Act of the Year Award 2011 as well as being nominated for Chortle Best Newcomer 2012. Having recently supported the sublime Elis James on tour, Matt can be seen performing as part of the prestigious Pleasance Reserve at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012.

“a properly original comedy mind” Guardian

“Comedians to watch 2012” Times

“A gem in the form of a laconic youngster with an instinctive comedic talent” Metro

“The boy is good… Damn good” The Glee Club

“His deadpan and instinctive delivery underlines his natural flair” South Wales Echo

“Matt’s writing was a stand out. Apparently casual asides spin out into fresh routines” Steve Bennett chortle.co.uk

“The timed patience of a professional” The Stage

JOSH ELTON adds his support. to this fine bill. Josh is also a winner of the Welsh Unsigned Stand Up of the Year Award, and blends observations, satire and music into an immensely funny performance dripping with confidence and self deprecation in equal measure.

Following his success in Cardiff’s Glee Club, Josh has played numerous festivals including Edinburgh, Neath Comedy Festival, The Settlement at Greenman and Radnor Fringe.

Matt and Josh are joined by Ogmore’s SIMON BRACEY, time travelling cyberpunk comedian ALI HANCOCK, and Margam motormouth SANDRO FORD.

And it’s FREE ENTRY. We ask for a donation after the show to keep us going. We start at EIGHT O’CLOCK SHARP (ish)

See you there.

Wednesday April 3rd 2019: Comedy at The Albion Presents Noel James

Wednesday April 3rd 2019: Comedy at The Albion Presents Noel James

Yes that’s right, him off the telly!

NOEL JAMES recently became an overnight sensation after twenty five years as a professional comedian when he reached the semi final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Anyone who knows comedy will know that his “apprenticeship” involved headlining most comedy clubs in the UK, including the Glee, Frog and Bucket. Banana Cabaret, Hyena, The Stand, Up The Creek, Baby Blue, and more. He has worked all over the world in places like Dubai, Shanghai, Berlin, Cape Town and Canada.
He has appeared on numerous tv programmes, and written for many more.

James’ wordplay id second to none. He comes alive on stage and always succeeds in his one aim, which is to cheer everybody up.

“The funniest joke I’ve ever heard – Almost certainly it was by Noel James. Go and see him live to hear it.” – Jon Richardson, The Guardian 2017

“Any stand-up can struggle to connect with an audience. But James betrays the soul of a poet and accomplishes it with such rare panache and commitment that it approaches art.” – Jay Richardson, March 2010

Supporting Noel is musical oddity and very funny guy JEFF JAPERS.

JEFF JAPERS is known for his hilarious comedy songs accompanied by a foot triggered slideshow and a stuffed sheep resulting in an entertaining performance of inoffensive daftness. His show really is a must-see. And afterwards it can’t be unseen. An adopted son of Pontypridd, Jeff has been described as “a musical comedy genius/idiot” by Neath Comedy Festival.

“The audience loved the daftness of it” Chortle.

GILL WEBB is a newcomer to the scene, but her talent belies her short time on the circuit. Her warm, self deprecating style and razor sharp observations are winning her new friends wherever she performs. We know you’re going to love her.

The evening is held together by MC DAI DAVIES.

“A comedic version of the Super Furry Animals, a pleasure to watch” – David Owens, Wales online.

“He’ll make you think, he’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you think WTF. You’ll definitely want what he’s on” – Paul James, The Clown’s Pocket.

The show also features rising stars on the Welsh Comedy Circuit DAF RHYS and the naughty but lovely SIAN FISHER.

The night is FREE ADMISSION, but we take a collection after the show.

Wednesday March 6th 2019: Comedy at The Albion Presents Rob Hughes

Wednesday March 6th: Comedy at The Albion Presents Rob Hughes

The ever more popular Comedy Night returns to The Albion on Wednesday March 6th with a stellar line-up guaranteed to lubricate your laughing gear.

Top of the shop is Penarth’s own ROB HUGHES.

Rob has been a regular at the big clubs around the country including Jongleurs and the Glee. His act is jam packed with sharp jokes and wry observations that are guaranteed to get you laughing!!

“Wicked sense of humour, a pure joy.” – Lee Sigerson (Manager of Cardiff Glee Club)

“Had the audience eating out his hand within seconds.” Martin Brown (Moonrakers Comedy)

“Sometimes bleak, sometimes silly, always very funny.” Paul James (Clowns Pocket)

In the Comedy Co Pilot seat is rising star LORNA PRICHARD.

Lorna is admired for her “charismatic stage presence”, and “always clever, engaging and effervescent – her humour was precise and well plotted” (From the Margins)

Middle for Diddle we have musical comedy from a duo making waves on the scene SHEEP & MASH.

‘Sheep and Mash have that rare musical cabaret ability- they can compose and play whilst being very funny with it. Loveable and hilarious!’ – Alex Lowe (Barry from Watford).

BY popular demand we welcome back BETH JONES.She describes herself as “Awkwardly short – too short for Petite but not quite short enough for 3/4 trousers to be fully advantageous.”. We describe her as highly likeable and very funny. She was a real hit with the Albion audience last time around.

Aled Richards has been on Radio Wales and his act celebrates the strange things which happen in his life. “If anyone can make a heart attack sound funny he can”! (Phil Evans)

Keeping this bundle of funsters in order is Liverpool Loudmouth Ruth Hine.

The venue fills up for comedy nights to get there early. We’d suggest about mid February!

See you in March!

Wednesday February 6th 2019: Comedy at The Albion Presents Drew Taylor

Wednesday February 6th: Comedy at The Albion Presents Drew Taylor

Ah February. The month of leap years, Valentine’s Day and massacres. Well February is now Fun-u-ary! Here at the Albion we have a cohort of highly skilled funsters to melt away your winter blues.

Headlining our show is DREW TAYLOR. Sharp observational comedy at its best, Drew performs at some of the biggest clubs in the UK, such as The Glee Club and Hot Water. Often heard on on Radio Wales, as well as writing for BBC Sesh, Drew is a massive part of the South Wales comedy scene. He’s performing here as a warm up for his new show at the Leicester Comedy Festival: “The Taming of the Drew”.

He “delivers well crafted, understated routines that always get big laughs”. Simon Donald, editor Viz Magazine

COL HOWARTH opens the show. Highly experienced, engaging and warm, “Energetic, clever and fun, with perfect comic timing” (Wing It Comedy) Col’s infectious personality lights up the room. Col will always leave you with a smile on your lips and slightly damp pants from laughter. Col is a highly sought-after MC who never fails to get the crowd going. He recently supported DREW TAYLOR’s on his last tour, and is a festival veteran with his own shows.

In the middle we have a returning headliner. STEFFAN EVANS headlined the first Comedy at the Albion back in July, where he proved an instant hit. Steffan writes and stars in many BBC Sesh videos, and has appeared on S4C’s ‘Gwerthu Allan’ . He has also guest hosted on the Rhod Gilbert Show. Steffan takes a middle spot to try some new material. ‘A roaring boy if there ever was’ (Chortle)

Not to be missed is Rebekah Louise – an honest, self depreciating comedian swiftly rising up the ranks of the circuit.

Your host for the evening is RUTH HINE. Ruth hails from Liverpool, and has years of experience on the London and national circuits. An adopted Penarthian, Ruth’s material has been described as “Hilarious … Next Year’s Perrier Winner’s Material” by the Edinburgh Guide.

And just how much does this carnival of comedy cost? Well, if you’ve enjoyed it, and can afford it, we pass the hat at the end of the show.

So come to the Albion for a rollicking great lump of comedy. It’s grin, up ‘Narth!

Wednesday December 5th 2018: Comedy at The Albion Presents Mike Bubbins

Wednesday December 5th: Comedy at The Albion Presents Mike Bubbins

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We’re back after a short break with a cracker if a show for you. We proudly present an all star local show for local people.

MIKE BUBBINS is a man. ALL man. A man’s man who is, at the same time, very much a woman’s man. Bubbins spent the 1970’s “constantly hopping from one bed to another. Monday to Friday Mum and Dad’s house – weekends, one or other of my grandmother’s houses. No regrets. I just went with it”.

Barry based Mike is a legend on the UK comedy circuit. He has supported Rich Hall on tour, and performs at festivals up and down the country.

Mike has written and starred in three series for BBC Wales: his paranormal comedy “The Unexplainers” reached number four in the UK Comedy Podcast Chart..

Currently starring in BBC Wales’ “The Tourist Trap”, be prepared to laugh your Christmas socks off and sniff his Brut.

Opening for Mike is Penarth’s own ROB HUGHES. Glee Club regular Rob is a veritable wizard of word play. Rob’s playful, often experimental style of comedy invariably leaves audiences wanting more.

“Wicked sense of humour … a pure joy” – Glee Club.

Also able to walk to the gig is Penarth’s SARAH BREESE.

Sarah is a mischievous ball of comedy nonsense. Since joining the comedy circuit in 2015 Breese has been making waves on the Welsh stand up scene and beyond. Funny, excitable and engaging, her comedy is a combination of sharp observations, skewed logic, and boundless enthusiasm.

Winner of Wimborne New Act Competition 2018, and finalist of the Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards 2015, Sarah is a circuit regular and has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and Machynlleth Comedy Festivals.

All this held together by your MC for the evening RUTH HINE. Ruth hails from Liverpool, and has years of experience on the London and national circuits. An adopted Penarthian, Ruth’s material has been described as “Hilarious … Next Year’s Perrier Winner’s Material” by the Edinburgh Guide.

And just how much does this carnival of comedy cost? Well, if you’ve enjoyed it, and can afford it, we pass the hat at the end of the show. Start your Christmas with a giggle at The Albion.

Wednesday October 3rd 2018: Comedy at The Albion Presents Karen Sherrard

Wednesday October 3rd: Comedy at The Albion Presents Karen Sherrard

Just when you thought summer was over, we take you to the Village Fete of the peaceful Rhondda community of Llanfairchwaraesboncen. Your host is seventy six year old Eirys Evans, Queen of the Tombola. You are all entered in the raffle. Eirys promises the event will be “A Fete Worse Than Death”.

Eirys is played by this month’s headliner KAREN SHERRARD, whose impish one liners and commanding audience interaction both surprise and delight. She has been described by Radio 4’s Colin Sell as “Warm, witty and winsome, with always the unexpected twist in the outcome and the constant readjustment of a view on the world. You want to bottle Sherrard and take her home.”

Karen has been touring her show around the UK, and has completed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Top quality support is provided by Butetown’s Finest LEROY BRITO,. Actually he lives in Penarth, just two streets away from the gig.

Since his debut in 2011, Cardiff based comedian Leroy Brito has developed a reputation as one of the rising stars of Welsh Comedy.

A regular on the comedy circuit throughout the UK, in 2016 Leroy had a successful stint performing across the Atlantic in New York City. This was quickly followed with further success at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Back home in Cardiff he’s had sold out solo shows at the Wales Millennium Centre (Ffresh) and Cardiff Glee, the latter being broadcast on Made In Cardiff Television.

Leroy joins us as he warms up for his new show at the Cardiff Millenium Centre, “Three Dads”, in November.

Not yet twenty years old, CALUM STEWART has been called “An exciting new comic with an armoury of killer jokes. His is a name to remember” by none other than Joe Lycett, and “A national treasure in the making” by Scott Capurro, Calum uses his youth and Asperger’s to present a unique comic vision to the world. Definitely one to watch.

Our Newcomer this month is the talented LIAM HOWELLS. Liam learned his craft with our August headliner Ignacio Lopez, and we were very impressed by his debut performance at The Glee Club in Cardiff.

All held together by your MC for the evening, RUTH HINE. Ruth hails from Liverpool, and has years of experience on the London and national circuits. An adopted Penarth resident, Ruth’s material has been described as “Hilarious … Next Year’s Perrier Winner’s Material” by the Edinburgh Guide.

And just how much does this carnival of comedy cost? Well, if you’ve enjoyed it, and can afford it, we pass the hat at the end of the show. You won’t get a better comedy offering in Penarth this month.

Wednesday September 5th 2018: Comedy at The Albion Presents Dan Thomas

Wednesday September 5th: Comedy at The Albion Presents Dan Thomas

After last month’s amazing sell out we’re back at the Albion with even more laughs!

Our Headliner this month is Dan Thomas
A barnstorming frenetic b*stard after my own heart. Quality.” Russell Kane
“Dynamic, dramatic, and funny. If you want comedy this guy is for real. Catch him while you can!” The Glee Club
“Leading the next generation of Welsh comedy” 24/7 Magazine
“Dan Thomas shone brightest… The crowd approves.” Buzz Magazine

Dan has been a stand up since 2005, and a professional stand up since 2010. As well as supporting Russel Kane on two tours, Dan regularly appears at The Glee Club, Highlights, The Comedy Store and Komedia. He is also a regular warm up guy for TV.

Basically, the guy is class. A very funny, high energy story teller who will have you in stitches.

Opening for Dan is former rugby prop Gareth Thomas, who’s first gig was supporting Gregg Davies. The high octane gag machine and Weigh watchers Slimmer of the Month is hand picked for the Albion and we think you’re going to love him.

Beth Jones is returning to the circuit from maternity leave, She describes herself as “Awkwardly short – too short for Petite but not quite short enough for 3/4 trousers to be fully advantageous.”. We describe her as highly likeable and very funny.

Our tip for the top this month is Prya Louise Hall. We saw her very first gig a short while ago and were impressed with what we saw. We know how to pick them!

As if that wasn’t enough your evening will be “skillfully intertwined” by the Windsor Road Wizard Dylan Jones.

“strong material stonking lines” – Chortle
“an old-fashioned stand up with plenty of one-liners and quick gags … smooth stuff from a man who looked like a natural” Grin Reaper
“a very funny guy” – Noel James

The night is FREE, but there is a collection after the show.

Remember, you’re having a Penarth, mate”