Oxford Comedy Festival 2014

Event Details


Saturday March 29th, 2014


2:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm

7:00 pm ~ 10:00 pm


Old Fire Station
Oxford, UK


A festival of comedy on March 29th, with all profits going to charity.

Welcome to the website for the all-new Oxford Comedy Festival. Curated by Oxford-based sketch and improvised comedy group 'The Dead Secrets', the festival has been set up to bring together fanstastic comedy acts from across Oxford, and further afield. There will be sketch, stand-up, improvised and musical comedy, all for your wonder and delight. Oh, and for charity, did we mention it's for charity?

We'd like to say a big thank you to the awesome Empathy Environmental Consultants and The Daily Information for kindly sponsoring the comedy festival. Their generous support will ensure that we can donate as much money as possible to the nominated charities. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival to help us raise even more money for charity then please get in touch via our facebook page.


The following Acts will be performing at the Festival

Daryl Perry

Daryl Perry

Daryl Perry is a stand-up comedian and MC.
Winner of Bladock New Comedian of the Year Award, and runner-up in the Welsh Unsigned Act of the Year Award (sponsored by the Glee Club), Daryl Perry is a regular on the comedy circuit. He has been a finalist in a number of prestigious comedy awards including: Leicester Square Theatre’s coveted New Comedian of the Year Award, the Comedy Store’s King Gong, Reading Comedy Festival’s New Act of the Year, Lastminute Comedy New Comedian of the Year and in the Max Turner Prize. Daryl has also been a semi-finalist in ‘So You Think You’re Funny’.

Described as a “Welsh, bearded, bespectacled, still alive Barry White,” who brings “smooth tones and big punchlines to [an] evening” (Fat Controller Comedy), Daryl is a firm favourite with crowds. He recently MC’d the heats and Semi Finals of Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2013.
Daryl has recently made it through to the audience vote of the BBC New Comedy Award 2013.

The Awkward Silence

The Awkward Silence are a sketch group, basically. They've been trudging around doing their thing for a while now, and they're getting better as they go. They're in it for the big big laughs and good good times. They met in Oxford but let's be honest, the world's their oyster. Not much call for sketch comedy in Hungary, though; sometimes you have to stop trying to service a market that doesn't exist. The Awkward Silence have been nominated for a Writer's Guild Prize and shortlisted for a BBC Writer's Prize. They have been running a successful Special Guests night for two years, at which they have hosted acts like Robin Ince, Isy Suttie, Sara Pascoe, and the Pajama Men.

“Clever, untelevised sketch comedy" - The Independent
"Go see The Awkward Silence or die in regret" - Pajama Men

Impromptu Shakespeare

Bursting with comedy, love, poetry, tragedy, power struggles, the supernatural, mistaken identity and everything you'd expect from a Shakespearean play. Join some of the most exciting improvisers on the circuit for 60 minutes of riotous fun. Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of The Bard. Whether your knowledge of the Complete Works is 37 plays or none, this is the show for you.

"Shakespeare from the hip. Ingenious and very funny" Will Gompertz - BBC Arts Editor

'After this outstanding hour of theatre, judging by the whooping applause of the audience, those on stage weren't the only ones to leave happy' - ★★★★ Broadway Baby

'A joy to watch master improvisers at work' - Bristol Improv network

Elf Lyons

Elf Lyons is a 22 year old stand up comedian and storyteller. Performing since she was 17years old, this year Elf will debuting her new solo show ‘Elf Lyons : Underground Success’ at the Edinburgh Festival. Recently Elf came 2nd in Funny Women 2013 at Leicester Square Theatre. She has performed all over the country and organises and MCs the successful comedy nights ‘The Secret Comedians’ in London.

Inter:Mission Magazine Bristol ★★★★★

'Real highlight of the Night .... One to watch' - The Feminist Times

'Refreshingly Real' - Broadway Baby

Lead Pencil

Imagine the lovechild of Saved by the Bell and Art Attack. That’s Lead Pencil and they've made a sketch show by literally sketching it! In 2013 Lead Pencil performed their 5 star show at the Underbelly in Edinburgh. They have also played at The Leicester Square Theatre, Canal Café Theatre and various student unions. Oh, and they make their own props, that’s pretty cool right?

“a slick show with strong jokes and great performances throughout” ★★★★★ The Public Reviews

The Dead Secrets

'The Dead Secrets' are a six-strong sketch comedy troupe who formed in 2012 after several years performing together in improvised comedy shows in Oxford. They write, perform, direct and film their own material, and to date have only broken one camera. 'The Dead Secrets': quite secret, but not dead. Except Steve. Poor Steve.

"I was simply left wanting to watch more from this talented group" ★★★★ Three Weeks
"The Dead Secrets remind us of the power of the sketch show, woven stories, intelligent scripting, and the unraveling absurdity of the human mind … one to watch" ★★★★ TVBomb.co.uk
"These Jesters are going places" ★★★★ EdFringe Review

Matt Winkworth

Matt Winkworth is a singer-songwriter of cabaret pop songs, telling forgotten stories and tall tales from the piano. Gig highlights have included supporting Eliza Carthy, Sam Amidon, and Thomas Truax. Matt is currently a finalist for the Perfect Pitch Award for new musical theatre writing.

The RH Experience

One of the winners of YouTube’s NextUp in 2011. Performed at the Fringe in 2012. Just finished a run of shows at The Leicester Square Theatre, and regularly performing and running nights at Hoopla Improv’s Comedy Club.

"absurd and tear-inducingly funny" - Broadway Baby ★★★★

"youthful update of traditional improv" - ThreeWeeks ★★★★

"these pioneers of tomfoolery make us laugh to the point of exhaustion" - The405

Surname and Surname

Paul Foxcroft (word assassin) and Briony Redman (word support worker) are one half of sketch group Ladies and Gentlemen (Best Free Fringe Shows, Scotsman, 'spot on' ThreeWeeks). Now they've decided to go it alone. Together. Paul and Briony are veteran improvisers who can also write things down. Paul is a Just For Laughs scriptwriting competition finalist and Briony was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum NYTV Festival. Together they are an amiable new double act with big characters and surreal sketches.


From the minds and mouths of Ruth Bratt, Andrew Pugsley and David Reed. Pantercannon improvise sketches, stories and high speed nonsense.

Featuring: Ruth Bratt (Channel 4's Derek, BBC 3's Mongrels, CBBC, BBC 2's Fast and Loose, The Showstoppers): "...blissfully comic" - What's On Stage

Andrew Pugsley (The Showstoppers) "Achingly funny. Top-class." ★★★★★ - Time Out

David Reed - (The Penny Dreadfuls, BBC Radio 4, BBC 2's Fast and Loose, Gary Tank Commander) "There's no shortage of heart and soul...Reed is a master” – The Independent

Paul Fung

Bearded stand-up Paul Fung presents his unique blend of strange stories, baseless speculation, and jokes he’s reluctant to tell. Paul has performed in Oxford, London and Edinburgh.

'Gruffly Brilliant' - The Londonist

Annabel O'Connell

Annabel O'Connell is a comedienne who has been described as a funny Charlize Theron from a distance in the right light with a squint.
Annabel has been a Finalist in: What the Frock (2013), and Craic Attack (2012). She has also been a semi-finalist in the prestigious Funny Women Awards (2013) and 'So You Think You're Funny' Award (2013). She has also appeared on RTE Comedy Awards (Ireland)

Lazy Susan

Sketch squad Lazy Susan (formerly lebensmüde) roll out their unique brand of daft and dark (or light, whichever you prefer) comedy. Expect an array of characters with big dreams and even bigger wigs.

'Skillfully performed and delightful to witness' – The List‘
Very funny and different’ – Jack Dee.

They also run all-round-fun comedy night 'Lazy Susan & Friends' in Peckham.

Ben Galpin

Ben is a comedian, actor, scientist, producer, designer, photographer & editor who clearly suffers from a short attention span when it comes to his career.
He has been performing since anyone would let him near a stage, and has recently appeared on screen in new sitcom pilot No Point, on stage in The Double, Ward No.6 and Romy & Julian, and on the air waves in Radio 4's Qualms.

"Ben Galpin whips up a frenzy... Galpin is evidently a thoughtful performer" - The Stage

"His comic ability and timing is a joy to watch" - RemoteGoat


Did we mention it's for charity?

Tickets: £14 (Tickets Oxford).

  • 2pm – 5pm
  • The Awkward Silence
  • Ben Galpin
  • The Dead Secrets
  • Lazy Susan
  • Lead Pencil
  • Panthercannon
  • Paul Fung
  • Surname and Surname
  • The RH Experience
  • 7pm – 10pm
  • Annabel O'Connell
  • The Awkward Silence
  • Daryl Perry
  • The Dead Secrets
  • Impromptu Shakespeare
  • Lazy Susan
  • Lead Pencil
  • Matt Winkworth
  • Panthercannon
  • Paul Fung
  • Surname and Surname
  • The RH Experience

Tempted by both shows? The acts will be performing different sets. (All shows are subject to change, particularly where those pesky improvisers are concerned.)

Here's that Tickets Oxford link again, saving you valuable seconds you would have otherwise lost to scrolling.

Supported Charities

A festival of comedy on March 29th, with all profits going to charity.


The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is an umbrella organisation for 14 humanitarian aid agencies that unites aid efforts in times of disaster - such as flood, earthquake or famine – in poorer countries around the world.

The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.

Pathway Workshop is a registered charity for productive employment and training for disadvantaged adults between 16 and 80, with both physical disabilities and those with learning impairment. Pathway Workshop seeks to improve the job prospects of people with disabilities, and those who may be disadvantaged in today's labour market. Pathway Workshop is committed to providing training and paid employment to as many disadvantaged individuals as they can.

Pathway Workshop