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

Barbara Nice

 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!

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.

Under the guise of Col is also the promoter for The Confessional at Chapel 1877, a new monthly professional show in Cardiff which launched in 2022.

Finally, Col enjoys nothing more than picking the brains of stand-up comedians, and you will 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:

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

Aftermirth - opening

Cafe Mode, Covent Garden - closing spot

Hot Water Comedy, Liverpool - spot

Finalist: Funhouse Comedy Gong Shows x 2

Mirth Control: several spots


End to End

Id Ego Superego


As a Promoter under the name
From April 2022: The Confessional, Chapel 1877, Cardiff


Crafty Laughs at the Cambrian Tap, Cardiff

Comedy Idols, Cardiff

The Comedy Booth, Hereford

The Comedy Arcade, Cardiff

Corporate / fundraisers:

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

Autism Puzzles - Host: Gala Dinner and Comedy Night

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


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Photo Credit: Dave Daggers

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