The 2024 11th Old Town Beer Festival opens with a Comedy Night on Thursday 9th May at Christ Church Swindon.

Doors open at 6pm for Food & Drink ready for an 8pm Show Start!

The night promises to be full of side-splitting laughter with a great line-up of comedians including:

Headliner: Fiona Allen

as seen on: SMACK THE PONY, MOCK THE WEEK, ALAN PARTRIDGE, 8 OUT OF 10 CATS, NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS, THE FRANK SKINNER SHOW

 with the hilarious Jonathon Elston and Ian Macdonald supporting.

Holding it all together will be your host and MC, Sam Michael.

Tickets for the evening are only £12 and include entry, festival glass, festival guide, and first drink

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More about the comedians …

Twice Emmy-winning actor and comedian Fiona Allen has been a mainstay of our TV screens over the past two decades as well as an excellent stand-up comedian. She has starred in various sketch shows, including Goodness Gracious Me and The All Star Comedy Show, but most famously Smack the Pony.
Fiona has also appeared in television dramas such as Dalziel and Pascoe, Coronation Street, in Happiness alongside Paul Whitehouse, and on film as Sandra in the film version of the famous Viz comic strip Fat Slags, and Smirgut the Fierce in Gladiatress. Most recently she has been in that little-known soap Eastenders.
Fiona won a whole new generation of fans in the second series of the hit E4 teenage drama Skins, playing Maxxie’s mum, Jackie Oliver (her on-screen hubby was Bill Bailey). She has also played the role of Georgia Stevenson in the BBC drama Waterloo Road, while often appearing as herself on comedy shows like Mock the Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.
She is fresh from her new rib-tickling show ‘On The Run’

 

Ian Macdonald has been gigging since he made 400 vicars laugh (at the same time!) and realised that Stand Up Comedy was the mid-life crisis he was searching for. Delivering his own brand of cheerful incredulity, he has been described as ‘warm,’ ‘full of heart’ and ‘very very funny.’
Ian was Semi finalist in the ‘Laughing Horse’ national New Act competition 2015, and Finalist at the “Laugh out Loud” Competition, Wimborne.

 

Jonathan Elston has been a permanent fixture of the UK comedy circuit since beginning stand up at the age of 19. His adaptability either as a quick witted MC or delivering a set of packed fully relatable punchlines means he is at home performing in a wide range of venues from Art centres and Parent Teacher Associations to Military bases.
He was the youngest ever headliner of the prestigious Big Value Showcase and MC of AAA at the Edinburgh Festival.
His likability and sharp writing means he is sought after act at many of the UK’s major clubs, alongside multiple shows in New Zealand, Norway and Spain.

 

Sam Michael – Our local MC living in Swindon is a Stand-up comedian, radio presenter and events host.  Described as ‘observational’, ‘topical’ and ‘very physical’.  He has written and performed comedy to audiences across the UK and has a YouTube following with over 1,200 subscribers.

Doors Open from 6pm for Food and Drink – with Fish & Chips available until 8pm

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View and download our full festival brochure here!