Wednesday, 12 February 2020: Barrel of Laughs Presents Ben Thurston

Barrel of Laughs returns on February 12th with a barrel full of excellent acts from the Westcountry.

Out headliner this month is BEN THURSTON. Starting out in 2013, Ben’s mix of clever observations, one liners and stories of his own embarrassment and stupidity have led to him being heard on Radio 4 Extra as part of the BBC New Comedy Act Competition 2013 and doing gigs all over the UK.

Opening the show is JON MATTHEWS. Jon 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, self deprecation and political comment with a dry crowd pleasing delivery, his performances have created much mirth wherever he has travelled.

“Punchlines you can feel smart for getting.” – Steve Bennet, Chortle

“Even the depressed middle-aged men in polo shirts were amused.”- China Business News

Ben and Jon are supported by the excelloent up and coming JESSIE NIZON, BURT WILLIAMSON and FIRUZ OZARI.

The night is held together – just – by DYLAN JONES.

“Hilarious … Next Year’s Perrier Winner’s Material” – Edinburgh Guide “strong material … stonking lines” – Chortle “an enviable collection of one liners” – Toby Foster “One of the stars of tomorrow” – Miles Crawford “Hilarious and entertaining” – Jokepit.co.uk

Snd how much does it cost for thie barrel of fun? Nothing. Nowt,. De Nada, If you have enjoyed the show we pass the hat at the end of the evening fo we can buy the acts a drink.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020: Barrel of Laughs presents Tom Little

We have a great big wodge of new comedy to see in the New Year at The Barrels.

Top of the shop is TOM LITTLE – awkward, frenitic and very funny. self styled chronically underachievig loser and waste man. Tom is much more than a Little bit funny. Tom’s syle is refreshing and sparky. Chortle descrbes him as a “hidden gem” and we’re looking forward to hosting the lanky Cumbrian at The Barrels.

Opening for us is DONNA SCOTT – a Finalist in the Not So New Comedian of the Year, Donna combines “a loveable , zny personna with skillfully written material”.. You can catch her unique brand of stand up poetry and jokes at The Barrels.

With support from Mattr Williams, Jinder Singh and Ian Allerston, the night is hosted by Cardiff’s own Mister Mirth Dylan Jones – “Hilarious … Next Year’s Perrier Winner’s Material” – Edinburgh Guide “strong material … stonking lines” – Chortle “an enviable collection of one liners” – Toby Foster “One of the stars of tomorrow” – Miles Crawford “Hilarious and entertaining” – Jokepit.co.uk

Snd how much does it cost for thie barrel of fun? Nothing. Nowt,. De Nada, If you have enjoyed the show we pass the hat at the end of the evening fo we can buy the acts a drink.

Friday, 13 December 2019: Croc of Wit at the Prince of Wales Christmas Cracker

We’ve put together a real Christmas Cracker of a comedy night for you.

Top of the shop is our headliner MARTI.played by Tewksbury’s Tim Hoskins.

Tim’s been performing since early 2015 and received interest from agents and regular repeat bookings from professional promoters, including Glee Club.

It’s been said of Marti that “This act completely blew the audience away. Indeed, at one stage I was laughing so much at his jokes, I was struggling to breathe. Marti is a German stand-up with a nervous facial twitch, who tells us funny stories from his day-to-day life…this could be a massive act.’

Our opener is from the other side Offa’s Dyke. 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.

It’s FREE ADMISSION, but we pass the hat at the end of the show to buy the acts a drink.

With able suppport from SION OWENS, EMMS COOMBES and ROB AUTY we’re the gift that keeps on giving.

So get your laughing gear down to the Prince of Wales for this Christmas Cracker!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019: Barrel of Laughs Presents Matt Rees

Every few months we like to offer something a bit special at The Barrels. While we normally bring you the best bubbling under comedy talent, every so often we like to bring you an established act doing their best stuff just for you.

We’re delighted that MATT REES will be headlining our show.

Matt has been Chortle Best Newcomer nominee, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, the Loaded Laftas new act of the year, the Leicester Square Theatre comedian of the Year, and the Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up of the year. Matt 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.

“a properly original comedy mind” Guardian

“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

Supporting Matt is ED POWNALL.

Ed has played 100s of gigs all over the UK including at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, Backyard Comedy Club, Downstairs at the Kings Head, Angel Comedy, The Vic (Swindon), The Cellars (Portsmouth), The Wild Boar (Warwick), UWE Bristol, Belushi’s Covent Garden, RAF Brize Norton, Jongleurs; Battersea and Covent Garden.

“Amazing and impressive. I loved the material” – Dane Baptiste

We’re joined by the Worcester Wonder KATY TREV – a real find. Pint sized, potty mouthed, clever and original – Oh and very VERY funny.

JOSH KINGSFORD – An adventurous and charming spirit, Josh won Best New Comer in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2018, for his first solo stand up show ‘Bear With Me’.

Holding things together is compere DYLAN JONES – A playful, subversive comic writer who’s assured delivery allows him to navigate the most treacherous topics. A strong, audience focused performer who’s daring style ensures that no two live events are the same while making sure that all of them are memorable.

And how much will it set you back to see such a collection of funny? Just five of the Queen’s Pounds. Book here – and book early as this is going to sell! Or get your tickets at the Barrels Bar.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019: Croc of Wit at The Prince of Wales Presents Marti


After the fun we had last month, The Croc of Wit Comedy Club returns to the Prince of Wales with a stunning line up of comedy.

Top of the shop is our headliner MARTI.played by Tewksbury’s Tim Hoskins.

Tim’s been performing since early 2015 and received interest from agents and regular repeat bookings from professional promoters, including Glee Club.

It’s been said of Marti that “This act completely blew the audience away. Indeed, at one stage I was laughing so much at his jokes, I was struggling to breathe. Marti is a German stand-up with a nervous facial twitch, who tells us funny stories from his day-to-day life…this could be a massive act.’

With top level support from opener NIK HiILL, and JULIE_ANN AMOS, BEN HARRINGTON and BIG D ARCHER.

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

Wednesday, 13 November 2019: Barrel of Laughs Presents Karen Sherrard

We’ve got a bumper of a bill for you this month at the Barrels in Hereford.

Top of the shop is character comedian KAREN SHERRARD.

One of Karen’s comedy characters, Esme de Flange, is a lascivious TV gardener who puts the viewer in mind of Nigella Lawson. Offering horticultural tips and probing into gardening problems, you’ll be invited into Esme’s world of overgrown shrubbery, hard-to-find Clematis, pricking out and juicy Cox. Alluding to the men in her life – her darling Anthony fiddling with his topiary balls and Serge, the lovely Frenchman whose 50 metres adjoins her rear, Esme reveals that life is not exactly the bed of roses one might have first thought.

In contrast to Esme, meet Iris Evans, a 76 year old woman from the South Wales Valleys. Her life’s work is to run the annual fête in the village of Llanfairchwaraesboncen without a hitch – a nigh on impossible task what with savage rabbits in the petting zoo, little Evan Morgan sneaking Class A crack into his Mam-gu’s competition welshcakes and a fraudulent raffle.

“Refreshing, why and laugh-out-loud material”. Colin Sell Radio 4.

Our opening act this month iis musical duo SHEEP & MASH.

Sheep & Mash stumbled into the world of live performance by accident. They can’t find the way out now.
By day, Martin Sheep and Mark Mash are humble jingle writers (you may have heard the work we did for Specsavers? or maybe not, don’t think they actually used it). By night, they become Sheep & Mash, a musical duo with enough talent to bring down an elephant.

‘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).

With support from GEORGE WILLOUGHBY, a Bristol based stand up comedian. He has performed all over the UK at comedy nights showing off his unique saxophone comedy act. George is the perfect blend of dark comedy and light hearted humour at the same time.

Even more support from the subline Gilly WEBB, and PRIYA HALL.

‘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).

The night is held together by MC DYLAN JONES. “A playful, subversive comic writer who’s assured delivery allows him to navigate the most treacherous topics. A strong, audience focused performer who’s daring style ensures that no two live events are the same while making sure that all of them are memorable”.

And how much does such a fine evening packed with top quality comedy cost? Nothing. That’s it. You heard. Nowt. We pass the hat at the end of the show, and if you’ve enjoyed yourselves we welcome donations.

Thursday Octover 24th 2019: Croc of Wit Ross Presents Simon Emanuel

We’ve got a bumper of a bill for you this month at the Prince of Wales.

Top of the shop is SIMON EMANUEL. Simon’s frenecitc pace and style make him highly watchable.

Starting in 2008 he has had a successful live career working with some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit and appearing at most of the top clubs nationally and internationally.

His manic energy, quick wit, far flung Observations and abstract delivery of ridiculous punch lines make him a firm favourite wherever he goes.

In 2012 after a successful fringe festival he moved his comedy stylings to Norway to be part of the English speaking comedy scene where he was the house MC for The Oslo Comedy Clubs for a ten month period, During this time he moved regularly around the Scandinavian scene doing live work in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Upon his return to the UK in 2013 Simon was awarded the Welsh Unsigned Stand Up of the year award, He then went on to appear on Rhodd Gilberts BBC Wales Radio show and was selected to support Alan Davies on the final day of Cardiff Comedy Gala at the prestigious Cardiff Millennium centre.

In 2014 Simon was named on the Wales Online list of “Top welsh comics to keep your eye on at the fringe” and since March 2015 he has been a regular guest on BBC Radio Wales’s “The Jamie Owen show” where he offers his unique views on weeks news and current affairs.

In 2016 after a few guest spots for the Channel Simon started writing and presenting for the sky channel “Made in Cardiff” working on a weekly show “Bad Press” with fellow comic Ignacio Lopez, They have also worked closely on other programmes including the entertainment show “The Lowdown” and the live comedy show “Live at the Glee”
In 2017 he was support for Tom Green’s European tour at the Glee Club Cardiff and since January 2018 Simon has been one of the main writers and stars of the BBC Sesh online content.

“Hilariously inappropriate” – Buzz Mag

“One man comedy scene” – Wales online

“A Welsh bundle of charm, Simon turns the problems he encounters in life into a unique brand of observational comedy with brilliant delivery. Simon is summed up in one word “hilarious” – Comedy Callback

Our opening act this month is Ed Pownall.

You may recognise Ed from his five year atint on The Daily Politics as Ed the Bookie, who tried to prodict what would be asked at Prime Minister’s Question Time. Ed is a credited TV sketch writer on both sides of the Atlantic and has survived gigs at the imfamous Jongleurs.

“that’s so good, wish I thought of that!” – Dane Baptiste

With support from GEORGE WILLOUGHBY, a Bristol based stand up comedian. He has performed all over the UK at comedy nights showing off his unique saxophone comedy act. George is the perfect blend of dark comedy and light hearted humour at the same time.

We also introduce Welsh Unsigned Standup of the Year FInalist COSTAS LUKARIS to Ross on Wye. Cosas’s unique take on the vagueries of light entertainment are a joy.

‘Very funny, scarily creative with a delivery that makes Fedex look like a bunch of sloppy paperboys’ Scott Fitzgerald, Welsh Unsigned Standup Award
‘A walk through the subconscious of lunacy’ Tom Wakenham, Cardiff Comedy Festival

Even more support from the sublinely debauched Katy Trevor.

The night is held together by MC DYLAN JONES. “A playful, subversive comic writer who’s assured delivery allows him to navigate the most treacherous topics. A strong, audience focused performer who’s daring style ensures that no two live events are the same while making sure that all of them are memorable”.

And how much does such a fine evening packed with top quality comedy cost? Nothing. That’s it. You heard. Nowt. We pass the hat at the end of the show, and if you’ve enjoyed yourselves we welcome donations.

So please reserve your FREE TICKETS by registerig below.

Thursday October 16th 2019: Barrel of Laughs Presents Richard Lindsay

Richard Lindesay standup comedy includes a sharp mix of observational jokes, and flute-based antics.

Richard can perform at comedy clubs and corporate events.

Richard has performed professionally throughout Australia, Europe, and the UK.

He is currently based in South West UK, and available to perform nationwide

‘Richard is a comedy wunderkind!’

Tim Ferguson, Doug Anthony All Stars, and Writer/Director of “Spin Out”

‘Richard Lindesay is a master of the of art of one-liners. He brings both content and delivery that can easily go toe-to-toe with the heavy punchers in the game. And on top of that, his flute playing antics will leave you holding your jaw, and grabbing at your gut.’

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06 NOV 2019: Comedy at The Albion Presents Simon Emanuel

We’ve got a bumper of a bill for you this month at the Albion

Top of the shop is SIMON EMANUEL. Simon’s frenecitc pace and style make him highly watchable.

Starting in 2008 he has had a successful live career working with some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit and appearing at most of the top clubs nationally and internationally.

His manic energy, quick wit, far flung Observations and abstract delivery of ridiculous punch lines make him a firm favourite wherever he goes.

In 2012 after a successful fringe festival he moved his comedy stylings to Norway to be part of the English speaking comedy scene where he was the house MC for The Oslo Comedy Clubs for a ten month period, During this time he moved regularly around the Scandinavian scene doing live work in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Upon his return to the UK in 2013 Simon was awarded the Welsh Unsigned Stand Up of the year award, He then went on to appear on Rhodd Gilberts BBC Wales Radio show and was selected to support Alan Davies on the final day of Cardiff Comedy Gala at the prestigious Cardiff Millennium centre.

In 2014 Simon was named on the Wales Online list of “Top welsh comics to keep your eye on at the fringe” and since March 2015 he has been a regular guest on BBC Radio Wales’s “The Jamie Owen show” where he offers his unique views on weeks news and current affairs.

In 2016 after a few guest spots for the Channel Simon started writing and presenting for the sky channel “Made in Cardiff” working on a weekly show “Bad Press” with fellow comic Ignacio Lopez, They have also worked closely on other programmes including the entertainment show “The Lowdown” and the live comedy show “Live at the Glee”
In 2017 he was support for Tom Green’s European tour at the Glee Club Cardiff and since January 2018 Simon has been one of the main writers and stars of the BBC Sesh online content.

“Hilariously inappropriate” – Buzz Mag

“One man comedy scene” – Wales online

“A Welsh bundle of charm, Simon turns the problems he encounters in life into a unique brand of observational comedy with brilliant delivery. Simon is summed up in one word “hilarious” – Comedy Callback

Opening the show we have Albion favourite DAI DAVIES, who was a big hit the last time he appeared.

“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.

With support from Pippa Loader, Carl Morgan and Chris Rio

We’re hosted once again by Ruth Hine

You’d be a fool to miss this show. Be good to yourself and come see the Comedy at The Albion.

Wednesday October 6th 2019: Comedy at The Albion Presents Laura Monmoth

Refreshed from our summer break we bring you another evening of fresh comedy at the Albion in Penarth.

Our amazing headliner is appearing at Cardiff Glee this week. This is your chance to see her for FREE (Donations extremely welcome)

LAURA MONMOTH comes to Penarth with a multi-media tale of friendly trolling, obsession and improving our own personal reality. And karaoke, obviously. Winner of the 2018 Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award, Best Show, Morcambe Festival and nominated for the Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Laura’s understated performance belies her spot on target jokes and confident delivery. With “real gems of one liners” she is “a beacon of geekery” (Lancashire Evening Post)

Opening up the show we have Albion Favourites SHEEP & MASH.. This musicical duo were a massive hit in their support slot earlier this year, and we welcome them back to blast out their songs about the important issues that affect Britain and the world. Equality, loss and dressing gowns to name a few.

“Loveable and hilarious!” – Alex Lowe (Clinton Baptiste)

We have support from dark saxophonist GEORGE WILLOUGHBY. George is a Bristol based stand up comedian. He is the perfect blend of dark comedy and light hearted humour at the same time..

And even MORE support from Bristol baed KATY TREVOR.

All held together by the Hostess with MS Ruth Hine.

And unlike ome comedy nights we shan’t mention we don’t charge to get in. You pay what you think the show is worth after the show. Which is more than fair. It’s an absolute bargain.