It’s not all about music at Standon, we also have award winning comedians who will be bringing the laughter and positive vibes to Hertfordshire this summer. So, what better time to get acquainted with a few of our favourites from this years lineup? Be sure to check them out if you’re in need of some comedic relief over the weekend!
The Welshman has enjoyed a career spanning almost 20 years, as he initially scooped the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year award back in 2004. Since then, Langford has built up quite the CV, appearing on ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ and ‘QI’, whilst also collaborating with partner in crime and fellow Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert on the ‘Ask Rhod Gilbert’ quiz show in 2010. A long time Edinburgh Fringe Festival performer, Langford will have you in stitches with his deadpan delivery straight from the Valleys.
Somewhat of a veteran in the comedy circle, Zoe has been plying her trade since 2004 when she won the Funny Women Award, before touring the UK extensively and becoming a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has starred on ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ and has regularly appeared on ‘Mock the Week’. Lyons is also a human rights campaigner and appeared in The Independent’s ‘Pink List’ in 2009 – a list that documents the most influential gay and lesbians in Britain. What a woman!
Following on from Lyons, Gabby Best also bagged the Funny Women Award in 2012 with her character ‘Marijana’, whilst also appearing on TV – most notably on ‘Siblings’, ‘Glitchy’ and the BAFTA award winning ‘Morgana Robinson’s Summer’ on Sky. Often touted as the ‘best kept secret’ in comedy, Best has also recently been MCing ‘Canned Laughter’ in Waltham Forest – a comedy fundraiser that donates to a local food bank. Funny AND thoughtful, what’s not to love?!
Everyone’s favourite metalhead comedian, Ed Gamble’s stock has soared in recent years – as he started his career by co-presenting numerous podcasts with longtime collaborator Ray Peacock. Since then, Gamble has been a regular at Edinburgh Fringe and has featured on ‘Russel Howard’s Good News’ and ‘Mock the Week’ on various occasions. He is now presenting the brilliant ‘Off the Menu’ podcast with James Acaster and channels his love of music by presenting a weekly show on Radio X with Matt Crosby.
If you’re into surrealism, costume comedy and audience participation then Lucy Pearman is for you. The Harry Hill endorsed comedian and actor cut her teeth as part of the aptly named ‘Weirdos Collective’, before she was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 for her pioneering ‘Maid of Cabbage’ show. She also claimed a nomination for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival last year and is touted as one of the most talented character comedians in the UK.