ON a Bank Holiday weekend, what better way of celebrating the extra day off work than with a night of laughter?
Headlining Saturday's bill at the Hyena Lounge Comedy Club will be Dom Woodward, back in York at the double. Didn't he play there last weekend too?
"Yes he did, and it was such a huge success we’ve asked him back," says promoter Toby Clouston-Jones. "Always a hugely popular act, Dom started comedy young and wide eyed back in 2001, and with over a decade of experience on the UK circuit, he's a safe pair of hands. He's cheeky, charming, full of energy and hilarious."
Now married with a mortgage, Woodward weaves together stories from his life. "There’s a naughty twinkle in his eyes but his act is warm, personal and inoffensive," says Toby.
Comedy legend Phil Nichol will open the 8pm show at the Duchess, direct from performing alongside the likes of Bill Bailey at the Leeds Festival earlier in the day. "Originally making his name in his native Canada as lead singer of Corky & The Juice Pigs, Phil is an astounding madcap ball of energy mixed with hysterical and at times very moving material," says Toby.
Nichol played the role of Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam in BBC 4’s Holy Flying Circus, performing with Rufus Hound and Steve Punt, and starred as Rob Brydon's producer in the BBC show Annually Retentive. He has also acquired cult status for his turn as camp showbiz reporter Josh Cashman on Broken News.
"Phil has a well-respected career in the theatre too, having starred alongside Christian Slater in the West End smash hit One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and with Bill Bailey and Alan Davies in The Odd Couple. He really is a unique talent," says Toby.
The returning Ben Schofield will take Saturday's middle slot.
"Hirsute, hectoring and hilarious, Ben marries a distinctive animated delivery with a cerebral comic voice and a keen eye for the absurd," says Toby.
"He boastfully maintains the unique record of being the only comedian ever – as far as he is aware, or seems reasonably likely – to have written a joke about galvanising dustbins, and a rather good one at that. This stands as testament to his ability to mine comedy gold from even the most unlikely of seams."
Sam Harland will head over from his Hull home to make his Hyena Lounge debut as this weekend's compere. "He will ensure that the laughter flows all night long," says Toby, ever keen to showcase new names in York.
Tickets cost £14 on 01904 641413 or at hyenalounge.com or on the door from 7pm.