Oakham Festival Comedy Special
Oakham Festival returns with another stellar line up of events for 2018.
The Grainstore Brewery is delighted to team up with the Festival once again to bring you a night of top class comedy.
Our headline act is Andrew Bird. Andrew hails from Northamptonshire and moved to London to pursue a career in stand-up. He worked in a bar where he practised making the regulars laugh before his career in live comedy took off. Since then, Andrew has become a top headline act up and down the UK as well as performing around the world from Dublin to Doha.
He has also supported Rhod Gilbert and Lee Hurst on tour, and been the warm-up artist for TV shows including Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Room 101 and Pointless. Andrew is also a writer in demand having written for series such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week. Andrew’s 2011 and 2012 Edinburgh were sold out and received glowing reviews across the board.
“Comedy gold…going to be a star” The Scotsman
“A great storyteller. Funny, likeable and effortless” Time Out
“Funny as hell” Rhod Gilbert
“Beautifully observed and insightful” Chortle
Opening the evening will be the Noise Next Door. The U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe have taken the comedy world by storm. Ten time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. They have been performing their own distinctive brand of off-the-cuff comedy together since they met at university.
Taking audience suggestions, the cheeky and charming quartet, transform them into fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.
The Noise Next Door have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, they were nominated for a Chortle Award in 2014, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill. Having received standing ovations in front of corporate dinners, the British forces, secondary school students and even fans at ‘Download’ Heavy Metal music festival, they are also one of the most versatile acts in the business.
Unstoppably funny and uniquely talented, The Noise Next Door are the next big thing in British comedy.
Also on the bill is the wonderful Tony Cowards. Tony is a rapidfire gag merchant with an arsenal full of one-liners, for laughs-per-minute he’s a tough act to beat!
His quick wit has made him a sought after act and compere by comedy clubs and promoters across the UK and even for gigs worldwide. Something of a Twitter sensation, Tony’s jokes turn up in all sorts of places, from greetings cards to The Times newspaper, even if you’ve never heard of him there’s a good chance that you’ll have laughed at one of his gags.
Our resident compere Scott Bennett will be your host for the evening.
Last orders for food 7.15pm