'Witty and intelligent, hilarious and cheeky with
proper laugh out loud gags.'
'One of those comedians who truly lights up the room...'
'Nobody is immune to Col’s relentlessly cheerful arsenal of quips,
darkly silly one-liners and anecdotes.'
Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up Awards
'This charming gagsmith.
A natural comic who tickles everyone's funny bone.'
Lee Sigurson, Former Manager, Cardiff Glee Club
'Razor sharp, inventive and surprising all at once. Totally hilarious.'
Nolton Comedy Corner
'...one of the most likeable comic minds we've seen.'
'We love Col Howarth. Do not be fooled by his winsomeness:
he's got a hilariously wicked streak.'
Dolly Chicken Comedy
'The smiling assassin.
Sometimes quirky, sometimes affable, always funny.'
Paul James, Clowns Pocket and WUSA
'...energetic, clever and fun, with perfect comic timing.'
Wing It Productions
Manchester-born, Cardiff-based Col Howarth burst onto the live stand-up circuit in August 2013 clocking up gigs all over Wales and England at a tremendous rate and making waves from day one!
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 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.
Col's energy makes him an ideal opener or MC though he is a strong addition in any spot having closed rooms on the local circuit and having performed hour-long festival shows.
Finally, Col enjoys nothing more than picking the brains of stand-up comedians, and you will find interviews and articles on the 'stand up for comedy' tab above. Interviews are with the likes of Tony Law, Craig Campbell, John Moloney, Mike Gunn, Romesh Ranganathan, Dave Spikey, Craig Campbell, 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.
Corporate / fundraisers:
NAS Cardiff - MC: with John Williams My Son's Not Rainman
Autism Puzzles - Host: Gala Dinner and Comedy Night
BBC Radio Bristol - Dr Phil Hammond Show
Made in Cardiff interviews - Lowdown
Made in Cardiff live broadcast - The Crunch
Photo Credit: Dave Daggers