About Col

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!

Described as enthusiastic, hilarious, engaging and clever, Col packs an energetic punch, bringing skewed observations wrapped up in a lively set that is packed with sharp one-liners and anecdotes that have audiences laughing from start to end.

In 2017 he took his first 45 minute show End to End to a hand full of comedy festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe and was also the resident tour MC for Tales From Wales. He was also a Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards Finalist in 2017.

In 2018 Col took his second show Id Ego Superego to a number of festivals and performed a 20 minute spot in the Green Man Festival Settlers Field to around 350 people.

Now, Col is booked for paid opening 20s, paid middle spots and closes rooms on the local circuit. His energy makes him an ideal opener or MC though he is a strong addition in any spot. Outside of the festival shows he can perform sets of up to 30 minutes. Also in 2019 Col is taking his 3rd show Gubbins to festivals all over the UK.

Col has appeared on bills with acts as diverse as Stuart Goldsmith, Tony Law, Jessica Fostekew, Bobby Mair, Tiff Stevenson, Carl Donnelly, Raymond Timpkins, Daniel Sloss and Jimmy Cricket. His profile was also included alongside some of the very biggest names in stand-up in Steve Best's book Joker Face.

Finally, Col enjoys nothing more than picking the brains of stand-up comedians and you will find a load of 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, Craig Campbell, Iain Stirling and many more. Col has also contributed to the Indie Comedy Mag where some of these interviews will be available to read in print.


'Witty and intelligent, hilarious and cheeky ​with proper laugh out loud gags.' FringeReviews.co.uk

'One of my go-to guys. A quality act that will make a night go well. Witty, clever and charming.' Clwb Comedy

'Razor sharp, inventive and surprising all at once. Totally hilarious.' Nolton Comedy Corner

'End to End is a hilarious journey from one of the most likeable comic minds we've seen'  Clwb Comedy

'It's always a pleasure to see someone with true enthusiasm for their craft. Col has that for comedy. He is one of those comedians who truly lights up the room...' Comedy Den

'We love Col Howarth. Do not be fooled by his winsomeness: he's got a hilariously wicked streak.'   Dolly Chicken Comedy

'Sometimes quirky, sometimes affable, always funny. The smiling assassin always seems to surprise by pulling a dark twist out of left field.' Paul James, Clowns Pocket and WUSA

'...energetic, clever and fun, with perfect comic timing. He told hysterical stories that had the audience laughing from start to end.' Wing It Productions

'...a really wonderful MC with a real like-ability on stage and a very warm and engaging manner. Excellent!'  Hannah Silvester, The Roadhouse

'No matter how resolute an audience might be, 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 - Col makes you feel like you are in a comedy bath of mirth. Soak it up and relax. A natural comic who tickles everyone's funny bone'. Lee Sigurson, Former Cardiff Glee Club Manager

Corporate / fundraisers:

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

Autism Puzzles - MC, Gala Dinner and Comedy Night


Radio Cardiff

BBC Radio Bristol - Dr Phil Hammond Show

Made in Cardiff interviews - Lowdown

Made in Cardiff live broadcast - The Crunch



15th - Nailsworth Community Workshop

23rd - GUBBINS - Leicester Comedy Festival, Richard III Centre, 6pm

24th - GUBBINS - Leicester Comedy Festival, Wygston's House, 8:30pm

28th - Closing Nolton Corner, Bridgend


2nd - MCing, Lions Den Comedy Club, Treorchy

13th - Closing, Joke in the Oak, Cardiff

14th - MCing, Maesteg Town Hall

15th - MCing, Comic Relief Fundraiser, Cardiff


6th - MCing, Tales from Wales, Pontypridd

12th - Corporate Awards Presentation

17th - Opening, Hereford

19th - Closing, The Globe Arts Centre, Hay-on-Wye

25th - MCing, Merthyr Comedy Festival


3rd - Drones Comedy Club, Cardiff

17th - MCing, Drones Comedy Club, Cardiff

18th - GUBBINS - Brighton Comedy Festival (sharing an hour with Rob Hughes), 4:15pm at the Caxton Arms

25th - GUBBINS White Swan Comedy Festival, Swansea, show at 5pm

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