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Fri, 12 Aug


Old Court Room, The Flying Horse

Rochdale Feel Good Festival Comedy Night

Sam Harland, Steve Royle, Anna Thomas, Jon Capewell, Ben Silver, Duncan Oakley

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Rochdale Feel Good Festival Comedy Night
Rochdale Feel Good Festival Comedy Night

Time & Location

12 Aug 2022, 20:15 – 23:00 BST

Old Court Room, The Flying Horse, 37 Packer St, Rochdale OL16 1NJ, UK

About the event

Ace Lips Events presents a Comedy show for the Rochdale Feel Good Festival  in aid of Maximus Foundation UK and the Mayor of Rochdale's Charity Fund. 

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MC for the Comedy Night is Legend from Hull, Sam Harland

Sam Harland's unique,  observational humour, is drawn from his working class roots. He is able to engage his audience in a warm, quick-witted and friendly manner. Sam's material is self-deprecating, ironic and honest, particularly in relation to his colourful past escapades. Known as the Recovering Comedian, Sam promises to bring the room and acts together for a great night of fun and laughter.

Opening the Show is Actor, Performer, award winning radio presenter, writer,  Juggler and Britain Got Talent finalised Steve Royle 

Steve has travelled the world entertaining sold out audiences at Manchester Arena with 'Phoenix Nights Live' show to Cruises around the Norwegian Fjords, Hong Kong, Japan and more. 

He spent many years as "Special Guest" on Dave Spikey's Tours and has supported several other top comedic names including Peter Kay, Mick Miller, Roy Walker and The Lancashire Hotpots! He was also the first comic, ever, to act as "Warm-up" for The Royal Variety Show featuring Take That, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Meatloaf. 

Steve is a regular Television "warm-up" for programs such as "The Rob Brydon Show", "A Question Of Sport", "Mastermind" and even survived over 150 episodes of "The Price is Right" with Joe Pasquale a few years ago. 

Anna Thomas 

Anna Thomas was the Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2021 appearing on live BBC shows to reach and win the final. Originally from Burry Port, South Wales, Anna now lives in Manchester plus, she's a bit daft

“Welsh starlet, Anna is the breakthrough act of the moment and highly touted for a successful career in comedy. Comparisons with fellow Welsh comic, Rhod Gilbert don’t end with their accents; Anna’s delightfully grumpy and gruff delivery leaves audiences belly laughing”

Punch Drunk Comedy

“Playful and whimsical, Anna Thomas has instant likeability. Anna is definitely an act to watch out for… one of the most promising acts on the North West circuit" “One to watch”

Nodding Dog Comedy

“Welsh whimsy… one of the UK’s hottest new acts”

Dead Cat Comedy

“Super refreshing and original in an often comedy sea of beige… one of them with funny bones she is.”

Barking Tales/ Harriet Dyer

“Welshwoman Anna Thomas...exudes a convivial daftness”  “She's an odd fish, that's for sure, but owns it.” “distinctive rhythms and charmingly dotty attitude that wins our affections” 


Ben Silver 

Ben Silver is a comedian, podcaster and lab rat from Manchester, Finalist in Beat the Frog world series and winner of the Comedy Store King Gong. He's a masterful joke writer and an interesting guy who’s is taking  the Comedy Circuit by storm 

Jon Capewell

Jon is known as the Comedian Rock star from Liverpool,   Certainly heading in the right direction and starting to perform at some of the biggest clubs out there, Jon has an affable and friendly style of comedy which we are confident is going to see him hit some dizzying heights sooner than later!

Quick-witted, with perfect timing and most importantly, a truly funny man

Hot Water Comedy

Charming, relatable and hilarious. Definitely one to watch

Giggle Shack Comedy

Headliner is Duncan Oakley Comedian, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, One man band!

Duncan Oakley has been a musician since the age of six, has performed on the UK comedy circuit since 1999, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on BBC Radio 4 and at many summer festivals as well as starring in Beat24's feature film 'Frontman' and short film 'Read Between the Signs'

With musical skills that would easily fit into many rock bands Duncan Oakley performs an infectious mix of musical comedy and stand up with one of his trusty guitars – Maurice (Fender Strat), No.7 (acoustic) or his Les Paul (the Lezza) by his side. 

He has been a musician since the age of six, has performed on the UK comedy circuit since 1999, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on BBC Radio 4 and at many summer festivals as well as starring in Beat24’sfeature film Frontman and short film Read Between the Signs. Duncan was voted English Comedian of the Yearin 2015 and Midlands Comedian of the Year 2016.

With an eye and ear for the silly, rude, playful and downright irritating occurrences of life Duncan musters up songs that not only make you laugh, they bury into the recesses of your mind and find you a humming tune with a smile on your face three days later, confused and wondering where it’s come from.

Duncan performs regularly at some of the UKs biggest clubs and festivals. A talented all-round musician Duncan can also perform with harmonica, drums & piano as a one man musical whirlwind.

Leaping between stupidity and pure brilliance!


Unlike some musical comics who rely on a guitar to get them through, Oakley’s routine deftly mixes the tunes with the stand-up 


24 Carat likeability!


Profits from the Rochdale Feel Good Festival Shows will be donated and shared between, The Maximus Foundation UK and the Mayor of Rochdale Appeal 

The Maximus Foundation focuses our grant giving to carefully selected partners who have the expertise and capability to enhance our communities and the quality of life of the people we serve. We provide financial support for non-profit organisations and charities that share our commitment in helping disadvantaged populations and underserved communities. The Foundation's aim is to help people in need. It's why we support charities that are committed to helping disadvantaged people and making a real difference to people’s lives through health, employment or community development. 

So far, 180 different charities have received grant funding


has been awarded in each grant


has been donated so far

Rochdale Mayor Appeal will be decided by Councillor Ali Ahmed

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