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'Col is the perfect host. Great, friendly and funny, he moved everything along brilliantly.'

Barbara Nice

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About Col

Col Howarth is a writer and stand-up comedian. He is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing at the Open University, specialising in fiction and scriptwriting.


Col is the co-writer on successful fictional podcast Moonkarta which he writes with Terry Mynott (Motherland, Toast of London, Murder in Successville, The Mimic and more).

Released in December 2023 the podcast shot into the top-40 Apple Podcasts fiction charts. It was featured in The Guardian among its Best Podcasts of the Week, and in the Radio Times as a Pick of the Best Audio On Demand. In its first month Moonkarta was downloaded in 30 countries.

Col and Terry are currently writing Series One, Part Two and have three series in development.


Col burst onto the live stand-up circuit in August 2013.

He soon became a semi-finalist in Cardiff's Last Mic Standing, a runner-up in Hereford's Wye Valley Brewery Scratch Night and was a Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards Finalist, playing a packed out Cardiff Glee Club in the final. He established several monthly comedy nights in Cardiff and Hereford, and ran a pop up comedy festival in Cardiff over two weekends, called the Comedy Arcade.

In 2017 Col took his first show End to End to a hand full of comedy festivals including a short run at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has since performed at comedy and fringe festivals with this and two other shows titled Id Ego Superego and Gubbins in Leicester, Bath, Cardiff, Shaftesbury, Ludlow, Buxton and others and has performed spots at The Little Orchard Festival, Breaking Bread (Bristol), Swansea Fringe, Nottingham Comedy Festival among others.

In 2017 he was also the resident tour MC for Tales From Wales, performing at numerous festivals and theatres over the course of two years.

In 2018 Col performed a 20 minute spot in the Green Man Festival Settlement Field. His profile was also included alongside some of the very biggest names in stand-up in Steve Best's book Joker Face.

In 2022 Col was selected to compete in the national British Comedian of the Year competition from thousands of applicants.

Under the guise of Col has promoted countless gigs. You will also find interviews and articles on this site. Interviews are with the likes of Tony Law, Craig Campbell, John Moloney, Mike Gunn, Romesh Ranganathan, Nathan Caton, Dave Spikey, Iain Stirling and many more.

Col has also contributed to the Indie Comedy Mag where some of these interviews are available to read in print.

Stand Up Comedy Highlights:

Selection: British Comedian of the Year, 2022

Finalist: Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards

Semi Finalist: Last Mic Standing

Runner-Up: Wye Valley Scratch Night, Hereford

Green Man Festival: Settlement Field, 20 minute spot

Little Orchard Festival

Swansea Fringe, closing spot

Tour MC: Tales from Wales, including festivals and theatres

Breaking Bread Festival - spot

As Promoter and Resident MC:The

The Confessional at Chapel 1877, Cardiff - throughout 2022:

Closers include: Sarah Keyworth, Glenn Moore, Harriet Kemsley,

Ahir Shah, Jordan Brookes, Barbara Nice and many more.

Crafty Laughs at the Cambrian Tap, Cardiff

Comedy Idols, Cardiff

The Comedy Booth, Hereford

The Comedy Arcade, Cardiff

Col has performed full shows at:

The Edinburgh Fringe

Bath Comedy Festival

Leicester Comedy Festival

Shaftesbury Fringe

Ludlow Fringe

Buxton Comedy Festival

Media Appearances:

Radio Cardiff

BBC Radio Bristol - Dr Phil Hammond Show

Made in Cardiff interviews - Lowdown

Made in Cardiff live broadcast - The Crunch


Tony Law - 'My Pure Funny' in The Indie Comedy Mag

Lloyd Langford - 'Why the Big Face?' in The Indie Comedy Mag

Comedy Profile in Steve Best's book, Joker Face

Corporate / fundraisers:

NAS Cardiff - MC: with John Williams My Son's Not Rainman

Autism Puzzles - Host: Gala Dinner and Comedy Night

British Gas Gala Dinner - Leicester King Power Stadium

Photo Credit: Dave Daggers

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