Tony Cowards

"The best joke writer around" - GQ Magazine


Thursday 9th November 2017
8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Gateway Café,
Centenary Park, Piddinghoe Ave, Peacehaven (map)

£10 - Advanced
£12 - On the Door

£8 - Advanced
£10 - On the Door

Russell Hicks Live Stand Up 

Tony is a highly regarded comedy writer and comedian. Described as 'The best joke writer around' by GQ magazine, he is a regular contributor to a number of programmes and publications. 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. In July 2014, he won third place in the prestigious 'English Comedian of the Year' competition.


2015 - Finalist Dave's Pun Championships
2014 - Third Place, English Comedian of The Year
2014 - The Dog's Doodah's Funniest Twitter Account
2014 - Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards - 2x nominated as part of Jack FM Writing Team
2013 - Silver Sony Award - Lead writer for Jack FM.
2013 - AudioGo Comedy Competition
2013 - One of UKGold's Top 10 Cracker Jokes of the Year
2012 - Finalist New Act of the Year
2010 - Second Place, World Toilet Day Golden Poo Award<
2010 - Second Place, Highlight Joke Writing Competition

What the press have to say:
"A beaut of a one-liner merchant" - LondonisFunny.com
"Tony Cowards as the MC skilfully whipped the full house into a state of rapture in anticipation" - Three Weeks
"The Punosaurus"- The List

MC Chris Betts

"Properly hilarious" - What's On London
MC Chris Betts Stand-up Live

Chris Betts began his comedy career in Montreal, Canada and has since performed all across Europe and North America at clubs and festivals such as SXSW (USA), Comedy Box International Comedy Festival (Norway), Dark Comedy Festival (Canada) Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival (UK) and the Zulu Comedy Festival (Denmark). Chris was chosen as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and he returned to Edinburgh to perform his successful first solo show, Social Animal, in 2015. 

He has been published in the Huffington Post and the Alarmist and voices a number of characters in the cult hit animated comedy Sam Sweetmilk. Chris Betts’ mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. His shows are a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness. 2015 NATYS New Act of the Year (Finalist) and 2014 Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year (Finalist)

What the press have to say:
Top 20 jokes of the Fringe (2015) - Daily Telegraph
Top 25 Jokes of the Fringe (2015) - Mirror
"...an enticing prospect, a Canadian who deals in off-kilter thoughts sharpened by the occasional prod at taboo topics." - The Independent
"Canadian Chris Betts has a confident style and a solid set... a glint of steelier edge."-Steve Bennett, Chortle
"Chris Betts is tremendous"- Such Small Portions
"Properly hilarious" - What's On London
"Top 10 Montreal Comedians" - The Mirror

James Bran

"A hard act to follow ★★★★" - ThreeWeeks
Saskia Preston Stand-up Live

Highly creative and refreshingly different, James is a stand-up, comic poet and MC. Having honed his craft through residencies, he's now making a splash on the circuit at large and attracting considerable critical acclaim. A rising talent and definitely one to watch, despite being a relative newcomer to the comedy scene at large, James is a resident MC at both Crack Comedy and The Patchwork Club. This experience has made him a polished and confident performer belying his limited time as a circuit act.

What the press have to say:
"★★★★" - Broadway Baby
"Guaranteed to have you in stitches" - The U-Review.  
"★★★★ His quirky performance showcases his talent as both actor and comic. Creative and rather unusual, it opens the show with a high and Bran's a hard act to follow" - ThreeWeeks
"★★★★ Succeeds in creating something both intriguing and funny...most notably very promising for the future" - BroadwayBaby
"Guaranteed to have you in stitches". - The U Review

Ben Clover

"One to watch" – Grinstock Comedy Club

Now with over three years of gigs behind him Ben has won and been a finalist at a range of comedy competitions and awards, these include; BBC New Comedian, Laughing Horse New Comedian, Piccadilly Comedy Club, Colchester Comedian of the Year. Fast rising up the ranks and one to watch out for over the year ahead. His Edinburgh show in 2015 was a great hit and has set him up on the UK comedy circuit.

Changes to the line-up on or before the night may unfortunately occur and is completely out of the control of Grinstock and our promoter.