Phoenix Nights comic to star at village venue

Elvington has become an unlikely comedy mecca in recent years, with some of stand-up’s biggest names having the locals rolling in the aisles.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:15 pm
Britain’s Got Talent runner-up and Phoenix Nights guest star Steve Royle.

The village hall has regularly been packed to capacity since clinical pharmacist and unlikely entertainment promoter Andy Owen staged the first Comedy Night back in 2014.

Mr Owen’s headline act that night was Britain’s Got Talent runner-up and Phoenix Nights guest star Steve Royle, and Steve’s back at Elvington on Saturday, July 17 for two one-hour family shows.

Then it’s a return to a full-on Comedy Night on the same date with Mock The Week’s Alan Cochrane, plus Phoenix Nights and Coronation Street star Justin Moorhouse headlining, under the guidance of madcap MC Jonathan Mayor.

July 17 isn’t the only landmark date for Elvington’s return to post-Covid normality.

On Saturday, October 9 Tom Binns from TV’s 8/10 Cats Do Countdown brings his Ivan Brackenbury psychic comedium and ventriloquist comedy sets to the venue.

These acts are following in some comedy-star footsteps.

Stand-up big-hitter Tom Wrigglesworth, Radio 4’s Kiri Pritchard-McLean, John Bishop’s writer Alex Boardman and Britain’s Got Talent winner The Lost Voice Guy have all trodden Elvington’s boards.

Mr Owen said: “I like to think these shows really help builds community spirit, and it’s something different for a small rural village. But long may it keep being popular!”

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