Josh Pugh, Tez Ilyas, Stevie Gray & Danny Mcloughlin at the Lion & Swan, Congleton on Wednesday 6 September 2023 (C) Comedy In A Van

Comedy @ Lion & Swan, Congleton

Comedy @ Lion & Swan, Congleton

Josh Pugh, Tez Ilyas, Stevie Gray and MC Danny Mcloughlin at Radley & Co, beneath The Lion & Swan, Congleton. Please scroll down for comedians’ details.

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Warwickshire’s Josh Pugh had been telling jokes to strangers for less than two years when he was named English Comedian of the Year and ended up briefly touring Australia as a result! Josh’s warm but slightly weird style has won him fans on both sides of the planet ever since and he once wrote a full length show about the time he got stuck in a puffa jacket. For two days.

If you have ever wondered who was behind Twitter’s @GrassrootsCoac5 cult account then you need look no further than Josh. In fact, his spin off book; ‘Grassroots: A Step Dad’s Quest For Silverware’ is now available on Amazon. Surely someone with this level of commitment has a podcast? Loads, mate.

And when he’s not reducing audiences to howls of laughter. podcasting, winning awards, running Twitter or writing books about it, how does Josh wind down? Well, he just plays football for England’s Partially Sighted team and has played in three World Championships!

Look. He’s very funny. Promise. Come and see him.

‘Wonderfully off-kilter… Pugh proves that semi-surrealism is alive and well’ The List ‘Ceaselessly impressive’

A regular on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, Tez Ilyas is also known for Tez Ilyas’ Christmas (Sky Arts), Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three) and has also appeared on everything from The One Show to The News Quiz and, of course, his very own The Tez O’Clock Show on Channel 4. A phenomenally funny comedian who refuses to shy away from trickier subjects yet never forgets that the laughs need to come thick and fast.

★★★★★ Mirror ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ Sunday Times

“A slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up” The Guardian

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Alexander’s Comedy Club in Chester ( Britain’s longest running provincial comedy club, we are told) then, the chances are, you have had the pleasure of seeing it’s resident compere; Danny Mcloughlin.

Overflowing with natural charm, Danny instantly endears himself to the crowd but don’t let that occasional jafakin twang fool you.. Danny’s as sharp as a tack. Crowd work is just one of Mcloughlin’s skills though, his material is highly distinctive and often falls back onto his twin obsessions with chocolate bars and all things Disney. He has even been known to mine maniacal laughter from simply eating a trifle on stage. ( This was even funnier for us the night it had gone off. )

As well as Alexander’s he regularly performs at The Comedy Store, The Glee and Manford clubs, various music festivals and been regular MC for the coveted Edinburgh Comedy Awards Gala. Both Micky Flanagan and Sean Lock have asked him to support them on tour, so he did!

His Damn Daniel podcast has won him a new legion of fans which have made his 2022 UK tour ‘More Fire’ possible, although Danny claims it’s just so he can get a dressing room to himself.

‘Innate comic timing, insightful digressions and ability to think on his feet puts him alongside the most talented and genuinely funny comedians!’ Three Weeks

Middle act for the evening is Oldhamer in exile Stevie Gray. The comedians you see at Comedy @ The Lion & Swan, Congleton are booked by Comedy In A Van.

Josh Pugh, Tez Ilyas,  Stevie Gray & Danny Mcloughlin at the Lion & Swan, Congleton on Wednesday 6 September 2023 (C) Comedy In A Van