Oxford’s Charity Comedy Night

Date: Thursday 24th October

Time: 7pm

Location: Cirkus, 29-31 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AY

*Please note that this venue is not accessibility friendly and has stair access only*

Early Bird Tickets: SOLD OUT | Standard Tickets: SOLD OUT


It’s back!

After a successful first ever Oxford’s Charity Comedy Night back in March, the comedy show in aid of Headway Oxfordshire is making a return THIS October!

Join us for a night of comedy at Oxford’s newest bar and club, located in the heart of the city centre, whilst raising vital funds in aid of Headway Oxfordshire, a charity that supports people who have been affected by brain injury.



Francis Boulle

Star of Made In Chelsea, Business Tycoon, Man of the People, Francis Boulle brings you a late night extravaganza. Come and join this comedy newcomer hold his nerve and earn his stars.

In 2009 Boulle was approached by production company Monkey Kingdom (now a subsidiary of NBC Universal), to create a pilot for a “London version” of the popular hit US reality show The Hills. Boulle and Monkey Kingdom collaborated to create a pilot for a TV show which would follow the social lives and business ventures of West London’s most aspirational young people.

This pilot went on to be commissioned by E4 (Channel 4) and became an international success as TV show “Made in Chelsea”. In 2013 Made in Chelsea won a BAFTA award for best “Television Reality and Constructed Factual” and Boulle accepted the award on behalf of the cast, the production crew and NBC Universal.

Boulle’s first book, Boulle’s Jewels: The Business of Life, is a tongue-in-cheek essay on the lessons he learned as a young entrepreneur. Published in 2012, it became a best seller in its first few weeks on the shelves. Boulle is currently working on a follow up book, focusing on principles of business for fledgling tycoons.


Kitty Speed

Trained at RADA and based in Oxford, Kitty Speed is earnest, quirky and joyful. She’s a storyteller obsessed with all the things we never talk about.  As heard on BBC Radio Oxford and Union Jack Radio. As seen on Netflix.


Chris Norton Walker

Nominated for Best Joke at Leicester Comedy Festival 2018

“Highly promising one-liner specialist” – inBurton.com

Chris has been making a name for himself performing all over the UK as well as Europe and as far as the Comedy Store in LA. “Cementing his reputation as one of the best up and coming acts around” – Funny First Mondays

Showcasing his talents as a gag writer and one of the best compares around. He will enthral and amaze in equal measure. Don’t just take my word for it. “Chris is a massive stage presence… he doesn’t warm the audience, he sets them on fire. A hearty mix of exciting crowd work and delicious material” – Honest Comedy

Come and see a man who may have appeared on TV shows including Eastenders, Take Me Out, Crackanory, and several more. “Hilarious to watch” – LocalSecrets.com

Come and see a comedian once described as “…a man who could inject atmosphere into a vacuum, it was a joy to watch him work… He never missed an opportunity to inject fun into the room… He was very sharp, without his efforts and natural charisma, it would have been a very different gig.” – Notts Comedy Review


Brendan O’Leary

Bren is a former member of An Garda Siochana (Irish police officer) who’s life is at best described as being directed by Quentin Tarantino. From rescuing Kidnapped penguins to dealing with mental health and suicide he tries to bring laughter to some of the darkest parts of his life. Best described as a dark comedian there are very few things he won’t try make a joke about.

“I suppose he’s funny at times ” – my Mum

“I feel like a terrible person laughing at this” – some bloke down the pub


Ania Magliano

Ania is a comedian, actress and writer from London. She ventured into comedy at the tender age of fifteen with a highly successful YouTube channel that attracted over 26,000 subscribers and currently boasts over one million views. Ania is currently in her final year reading English at Cambridge University and has been a member of the esteemed Cambridge Footlights since her first year. Her first show in 2017 ‘Dream Sequence’ enjoyed a complete sell out run at The Pleasance Ace Dome and further success with a US tour immediately afterwards in the September of that year.

Since then she has appeared in many Footlights shows across the UK. As a solo performer, Ania is making quick and impressive strides into stand-up comedy.  In 2018 she was a Funny Women Regional Finalist and Chortle Student Comedian Finalist. She added Finalist in the 2 Northdown New Act Competition to that list in early 2019. She organises, promotes and co-hosts their regular comedy night, Cambridge’s only exclusively female/non-binary night. Ania performed her first half hour of stand up at The Fringe in 2018 alongside fellow Cambridge Footlight Riss Obolensky. The show earned a five-star review from Diva Magazine and was listed by Comedy Central as a “show not to miss’. She has since previewed her debut Edinburgh hour ‘LasAnia’ to audience and critical acclaim at Vault Festival in 2019.


Luke White-Thomson

Luke White-Thomson is a 20-year-old stand-up originally from Suffolk. Having established himself on the Oxford comedy scene, he went on to reach the latter stages of both the Amused Moose National New Comic Awards and So You Think You’re Funny within his first year. Despite having “much potential” (Geoff Whiting, Mirth Control), Luke performs comedy that “taps into the social anxiety we all have thrust upon us” (DailyInfo), so chances are it could all end in tears.


And your host for the evening….

Ben Hurdman

As you may know, he appeared on Take Me Out and still sponges off the story to this day. Since his time away from Brookes he has an “adult job” now but also dips into any hosting or TV opportunities that come his way. He’d also like to add he’s finally had a haircut and can still offer half-decent hosting skills, with the worst one liners you will hear all night. But one thing he’s sure to bring us some energy to the stage.


Early Bird Tickets SOLD OUT


Prizes up for grabs!
There will be a raffle with some fantastic prizes, including tickets for Blenheim Palace, Junkyard Golf, O2 Academy, Eynsham Hall and Cotswold Wildlife Park, as well as vouchers for Nandos, Oxford Wine Company, X90 London and many more!

Raffle tickets are £5 per strip of £10 for 3 strips.

All funds raised go towards supporting people with brain injury.

Headway Oxfordshire is a charity supporting people who have been affected by brain injury. Find out more on our website: www.headwayoxford.org.uk.

All funds raised go towards supporting people with brain injury.

Headway Oxfordshire is a charity supporting people who have been affected by brain injury. Find out more on our website: www.headwayoxford.org.uk.

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*Please note that this venue is not accessibility friendly and has stair access only*


If you would like to spare a couple of hours to volunteer on the night, supporting a local charity, please get in contact by calling 01865 670541 or email events@headway-oxford.org.uk.