The Relais New Venue for Honk! Comedy Nights

Henley’s Honk! comedy nights have a new venue at The Relais Henley hotel with the first event on Thursday 27 April with comedians Fergus Craig (BBC2), Iszi Lawrence (Radio 4) and Richard Stott (Comedy Central).

A night of live comedy in a relaxed, intimate setting in the Palm Court with a pop-up bar and three top stand-ups.

Fergus Craig is a multi-award-winning actor, writer & comedian. He created the character Martin Fishback, whose titular BBC2 pilot won rave reviews and who will soon be appearing in a run of sell-out live shows in London. Winner of a Writer’s Guild Award for live comedy and a Chortle Award for online videos, Fergus costarred with David Hasselhoff in International Emmy-winning sitcom Hoff The Record, appeared in Extras & Stath Lets Flats, and wrote the bestselling parody crime novel Murder at Crime Manor. He returns to Henley after a Henley Literary Festival event alongside Katy Wix & Tim Key.

Iszi Lawrence has performed at venues such as the British Museum and the Gielgud Theatre to festivals Truck and Edinburgh, including a Perrier-winning show at the latter. As well as stand-up, she is an in-demand history presenter, including co-hosting Radio 4’s Making History with Tom Holland, and a much-loved children’s author, with Bloomsbury titles Blackbeard’s Treasure & The Unstoppable Letty Pegg.

Richard Stott, as seen on Comedy Central and ITV2’s Stand Up Sketch Show is making a name for himself thanks to his anarchic storytelling style and razor sharp one liners. Runner-up in Dave’s Jokes of the Fringe 2019 and listed twice in The Times Best Jokes of 2022, catch him now before he’s massive!

Tom Ryan from Tipi Events said, “For me, this is the iconic building of Henley – so it has been wonderful to see so much investment and care poured in by The Relais over the last few years. So when Michaela from the Herald put us in touch, knowing that we needed a new home for Honk! I was thrilled. The support of The Relais – as previously with Drifters and Spice Merchant – has been pivotal in keeping this an affordable night with tickets below a tenner.”

Craig Sands, Operations Manager at The Relais said, “We’ve been looking at starting some new events at the hotel to encourage those who maybe haven’t visited the hotel yet.  We’re delighted to be partnering with Tom Ryan from Tipi Events with his Honk! stand-up comedians after he sold out his first three events elsewhere.  We hope it will be a great new partnership and we look forward to introducing new events in Henley and working with the community.”



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