After a pandemic induced hiatus, Allington’s comedy night will make a welcome return to the village hall on 26 March. There will be three professional comedians plus a compere. Our headliners will be Jonny Awsum and Bennett Arron. They will be supported by Aaron Simmonds and compere Tony Cowards.
The doors open at 7:30pm and the show will start at 8,00pm. There will be a licensed bar throughout.
Tickets are £10 each. You can buy them online using the link below or get them in person from the Welby Arms where they will be available from 25 February. Entry is restricted to 16’s and over. All proceeds go to Allington Playing Field.
Jonny Awsum headlined our very first comedy night in 2016. He was superb. After building his reputation on the UK comedy circuit, where he is a regular headliner and closing act, Jonny shot to national fame on Britain’s Got Talent. His TV performances won standing ovations and unanimous praise from the judges and went viral on the internet, racking up over 50 million views on YouTube.
Following BGT, Jonny enjoyed a whirlwind 18 months including a sell-out five-star reviewed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, a starring role in his first pantomime, and tour support to both Lost Voice Guy and Tape Face on their hit UK theatre tours.
Jonny regularly pops up on TV and radio. He has featured on BBC Breakfast, GMTV, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live and Absolute Radio and has appeared in TV commercials for brands including Cravendale, EDF, The Post Office, VW and Samsung.
Bennett is an award-winning screenwriter, author, comedian and actor. He plays all the major London and UK clubs, including The Comedy Store, The Glee and The Stand as well as venues all around the world.
He is a regular on Radio-4, a host on BBC Radio and presenter on BBC TV and Channel 4.
Bennett’s one man show at the Edinburgh Festival has sold out in all five years that he has appeared there.
His CV includes comedy acting roles include one of the main characters in the BBC Sitcom, ALONE.
“Brilliant, Funny Comedian. Made our event a huge success. Best we’ve ever had. Even made our MD laugh! Genius!”
Aaron Simmonds’s comedic style is story-based, with clever one-liners interspersed throughout. He offers sharply-observed comedy which is grounded in his disability, but is by no means limited by it. Amiable, likeable and with a commanding presence on stage, Aaron is an exciting talent and is destined for great things.
Aaron performed his critically-acclaimed debut show, Disabled Coconut, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. It detailed a complicated relationship alongside the absurdity of “competitive disability”. Some people have got the idea, he explains, that because of his upper body strength and background in sport, he is “not disabled enough
” This show has the best, the most beautifully constructed and the most unexpectable narrative line of pretty much any I have seen…his hour belts along on wheels of laughter. “
★★★★ The Scotsman
Our compere, Tony Cowards, is a regular on the comedy stages across the UK and regularly performs to a variety of service personnel, at sports clubs and awards dinners.
He has performed 6 Edinburgh Festival Shows, Festival of Football (2007), Festival of Football 2 (2008), Everyman (2009), Daft Pun (2016), Punderdog (2017) and Step Dad Jokes (2019). He also took Daft Pun to the Adelaide Fringe in 2017.
In 2011 “performed” one of the first online stand up comedy shows, No Ticket Required, on Twitter as part of the Edinburgh Festival.
Cowards is known for his one liners, wordplay and puns and is a prolific Twitter user. He is also renowned for his ability to take random subjects from audience suggestions and improvise jokes off the cuff. He performed an entire show based on this premise (audience suggestions), The Bespoke Joke Show, as part of the Camden Fringe in 2013.