LAUGH Out Loud Comedy Club returns to York Barbican on May 11 with a line-up of Eddy Brimson, Omid Singh and Tony Cowards, introduced by host Damion Larkin.

Since turning to comedy in 1999, Eddy Brimson has established himself as a headliner, his gigs taking him from Dundee to Dubai.

He has appeared on television in many guises, varying from Hari Krishna in both Smith & Jones and Heartburn Hotel, to a hard-nosed villain in EastEnders, where he turned over Frank Butcher's car lot.

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Omid Singh: force for positive change

Other television appearances include Absolutely Fabulous, The Bill and Casualty, and many more, as well being a regular radio contributor to shows on BBC Radio 5 Live and TalkSport and also a prolific writer.

Born to an Iranian mother and Indian father, Omid Singh is among the top multicultural comics working today, not that he considers himself a public symbol or boundary-breaker. As he puts it on stage: "I don’t do anything scary when I go to the airport, but I do like to see how far I can walk away from my luggage."

Between touring clubs and colleges across the country, every April Singh curates the comedy stage at Broke L.A.’s indie-arts weekend. Creating opportunities for others to perform is a responsibility he takes seriously; he even hosts an open mic in his family’s downtown clothing shop.

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Tony Cowards: arsenal full of one-liners

For Singh, being a member of the comedy community means belonging to an extended family, but also serving as a force for positive change in society at large. He always strives to give his best performance possible, both on stage and off, he says.

Tony Cowards is a rapid-fire gag merchant with an arsenal full of one-liners, his quick wit making him an act and compere sought by comedy clubs and promoters across Britain and even for shows worldwide. His affable character and wide-ranging humour means he is comfortable in front of any audience.

Something of a Twitter sensation, Cowards' jokes turn up in all sorts of places, from greetings cards to The Times newspaper. Even if you have never heard of Cowards, there is a good chance that you will have laughed at one of his gags.

As ever, promoter and host Larkin will be improvising his own set. Tickets for May 11's 8pm show are on sale at £19.70 to £23.15 on 0203 356 5441, at or in person from the Barbican box office.