Comedy Stage Line Up

Tom Can't Make It Mix up some Country, Americana and a bit of Rock N Roll and you get Tom Can't Make It. Dick, Harry, Dave, Katie & Steve bring their enthusiasm and 3 part harmonies for a musical adventure that will have you singing along.  
Roberta Smart Roberta takes an irreverent sideswipe at family life, mental health and being a part time witch! Weird, wacky and wonderfully heart-warming, she's making menopause magical one gag at a time.
Darren Archer Raised in Herefordshire and a new up and comer on the comedy scene. Performing in pubs and clubs across England and Wales Darren is a larger than life character, a very likeable comedian with a gift for storytelling.
Eddie O'Keefe

Eddie is a man full of puns who Richard Herring once described as having “A heavy Rasputin vibe”. As well as firing off jokes that will make you both laugh and groan (in the good way) he also runs Rocket Lemon Comedy at Smokey Joe’s Café Bar in Cheltenham.

Nick Mazonowicz

A writer and comedian who performs stand up, sketch comedy and improvisation. He regularly performs with the Knowing Smirk Comedy Group.

“‘A hilarious mix of buffoonery and angry ranting, both intelligent and silly"

Gavin Pond

'Gavin Pond is funnier than your average Christmas cracker' (some bloke I met on the street).
He has done for comedy what mother Theresa has done for pole dancing. “The funniest thing I seen in years” said recent Cataracs patient.

Gavin’s mixture of stand-up and comedy songs will not only leave you laughing but with a good tune stuck in your head as well.

Lynsey MacDonald Lynsey is a new-comer to the comedy scene and is already storming her way through the local circuit. A sharp wit that will have you shouting for more.
Paul Avery Paul is a stand-up comic and MC who started his comedy career when he was a sales manager, trying to keep people awake in meetings. He will tell you his deepest confessions and if you’re very lucky, tell you what Salesmen do to keep themselves awake whilst driving.  
Joy-Amy Wigman

Festival Chronicle once said of Joy-Amy – “Anyone who name checks Dr Who girl Amy Pond as a source of Bi-sexual longing and then delivers a storming song pleading ‘I didn’t mean to kill you’  to an unrequited love is alright in my book.”
Stand-up, comedy songs and the odd bit of poetry thrown in to boot.

Jake In The Box


Saturday 8:10pm

Poignant, nostalgic and hilarious in turns, Jake Thackray’s songs deserve a renaissance. Jake was an outstanding singer-songwriter; Ron Middleton and Paul Kearns performing as Jake in the Box continue to celebrate the work of this unique and sadly missed troubadour.  In the 1980’s, Ron heard Mike Harding performing “On Again, On Again” at Stainsby Festival and sat with a grin all the way through. Recalling earlier Jake songs that he had heard on “That’s Life” and “Braden’s Beat”, he knew that Paul would be as taken with the guitar playing as he was with the lyrics and singing style.

They were soon both hooked on Jake’s brilliantly crafted songs and have performed a growing repertoire extensively across Derbyshire venues. They are starting to be recognised on the festival circuit (Maddy Priors Stepping Stones Festival) and are delighted to have the opportunity to perform Jake’s songs to new audiences further afield.

Matt Macaulay

Matt addresses the crowd with the confidence and the prowess of a slightly jaded schoolteacher. Delivering a quirky and sometimes awkward take on rural middle class life, he takes the audience on a journey through tales of vicars, prudish mothers and his own awkward experiences with sex and drug taking.”
Matt Macaulay is a warm, welcoming personality with a gift for topical humour. Brilliantly interactive with the audience and a great presence on stage.”

David Hoare    
Alex Black  


 Friday from 7pm; Saturday from 8pm in the Edward Bays Comedy Tent