Tony Cowards - Comedy Biography

Tony is a rapidfire gag merchant with an arsenal full of one-liners, for laughs-per-minute he's a tough act to beat!

His quick wit has made him a sought after act and compere by comedy clubs and promoters across the UK and even for gigs worldwide. Something of a Twitter sensation, Tony's jokes turn up in all sorts of places, from greetings cards to The Times newspaper, even if you've never heard of him there's a good chance that you'll have laughed at one of his gags.

Tony’s likable ‘everyman’ character and wide ranging humour (mostly clean) means he is comfortable in front of any audience and is regularly booked to host comedy nights for the military (from the Irish Guards to the Royal Army Dental Corps to top brass at Norwood HQ), universities, football, rugby, golf and cricket clubs, festivals and for corporate and after dinner work.

Tony is also an accomplished MC and has had residencies at several clubs in London, Essex and the South-West, he expertly warms up audiences and sets up rooms so that everyone has a great night.

In 2013, Tony supported Billy Pearce on tour at London's Bloomsbury Theatre and won the AudioGo Comedy Competition.

In July 2014, he won third place in the prestigious 'English Comedian of the Year' competition.

Writing & TV

As well as performing, Tony is also a prolific writer; his credits include material for the Comedy Unit at BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 4's "The News Quiz & "The Now Show", BBC Radio 2's "Ian D Montfort is: Unbelievable", "Newsjack" for BBC7 and he is also the principal gag writer for Bristol based Jack FM (for which he won a silver Sony Award in 2013), as well as regularly contributing to "Viz" and featuring in "The Times" newspaper.

In 2008 he co-scripted a series of popular Christmas podcasts featuring Tony Blackburn, Christopher Biggins and Lesley Joseph and has written several columns for satirical news website "The Daily Mash" and TV comedian, Mark Watson's football site, "Back of the Net". He also supplies jokes for several greetings card manufacturers and his material has been used by major international brands such as Nestlé.

In 2012 he was responsible for writing, and performed in, a popular radio series for TalkSPORT "TalkSPORT's Guide to the Olympics".

He is currently the 'comic voice' of international cider brand 'Savanna Dry's UK advertising campaign.

Edinburgh Shows

Tony has taken his hour-long shows, “Festival of Football 1 & 2 and ‘Everyman’” to the Edinburgh Fringe, which were well received by critics and audiences alike. He has since performed them at many different festivals and football clubs and continues to tour with them across the country.

Awards

2015 - Finalist Dave's Pun Championships
2014 - Third Place, English Comedian of The Year
2014 - The Dog's Doodah's Funniest Twitter Account
2014 - Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards - 2x nominated as part of Jack FM Writing Team
2013 - Silver Sony Award - Lead writer for Jack FM.
2013 - AudioGo Comedy Competition
2013 - One of UKGold's Top 10 Cracker Jokes of the Year
2012 - Finalist New Act of the Year
2010 - Second Place, World Toilet Day Golden Poo Award<
2010 - Second Place, Highlight Joke Writing Competition