Welcome to The Velvet Onion

tvohomelogoA central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy.

Since 2010, TVO has been chronicling the exploits of a range of frequently collaborating artists on both sides of the camera. Initially sprung off the back of celebrated early 00s comedy night Ealing Live, and the simultaneous rise of connected Edinburgh darlings Garth Marenghi and The Mighty Boosh, the group has continued to expand its ad-hoc collaborative relations, bringing in pioneers from the previous generation of comedy greats, and helping develop new, emerging talent.

Many of those initial faces are now as widely recognised names in alternative comedy, as those prestigious talents who helped them along the way, and as the current crop begins its upwards swing towards the mainstream, it’s safe to say the cult of The Velvet Onion remains as strong as ever.  Taking in television, radio, film, stage, print and online, there’s always something going on, and the only solution to staying on top of it is simple: Keep on Peeling.


It’s August, which can only mean one thing: the Edinburgh Fringe is in full swing! Nine TVO regulars are up at the Fringe this summer, so if you’re heading up there, check them out, and send us a review! Here’s a breakdown of who you can see, where and when, plus a few of our other favourites too.

©  Aisling Bea / Kernan Andrews

© Aisling Bea / Kernan Andrews

Aisling Bea: Plan Bea

August 5th-30th (except 19th) at The Gilded Balloon.
9:30pm. Tickets £7-£12. BOOK NOW!

© Paul Foot

© Paul Foot

Paul Foot: Comedy

August 6th-30th (except 17th) at Underbelly, Cowgate.
7:20pm. Tickets £6-£12.50. BOOK NOW!

© Sarah Kendall / PBJ

Sarah Kendall: A Day in October

August 5th-30th (except 17th) at Assembly George Square Studios
6:45pm. Tickets £6-£12. BOOK NOW!

© Tony Law

 Tony Law: Frillemorphesis

August 5th-30th (except 17th) at The Stand Comedy Club
1:00pm (except previews). Tickets £10-£12. BOOK NOW!

© Joey Page

© Joey Page

Joey Page: Catastrophe Party

August 6th-30th (except 18th) at Underbelly, Cowgate
8:00pm. Tickets £6-£11. BOOK NOW!

© Lou Sanders

© Lou Sanders

Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting On My Penis Again

August 7th-30th (except 19th) at City Cafe
5:30pm. FREE!

© Annie McGrath / Nico Tatarowicz

© Annie McGrath / Nico Tatarowicz

Annie McGrath and Nico Tatarowicz: #Pray4AnnieAndNico

August 7th-30th (except 18th/24th) at ‘Just The Tonic At The Caves’ Salvation Rooms
8:00pm. FREE!



Natasha Demetriou and Ellie White are Mother and Baby

August 8th-30th (except 23rd) at Banshee Labyrinth
8:30pm. FREE!

© Ditto Productions

© Ditto Productions

Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure

August 25th-29th at Pleasance Courtyard
11:00pm. Tickets £8-£12. BOOK NOW!

© Dan Clark

© Dan Clark

Dan Clark: The Wow Wow Show

August 27th-29th at The Guilded Balloon.
10:45pm. Tickets £12-£14. BOOK NOW!


For all the latest news, click here. Recent stories include:

Doll & Em Series Two gets a US air date ✪ Various screening dates for Aaaaaaaah! are revealed ✪ The Last Sparks of Sundown reviewed ✪ Tracy Ann Oberman joins New Tricks Matt Berry gets involved with Battlefield Casualties ✪ Crackanory returns for a third series ✪ Dolly Wells joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ✪ Father Ted fan-art every single day! ✪ Colin Hoult is Messing with Ouijaboards ✪ How The Mighty Boosh saved a young man’s life! ✪ McQueen to return in the West End ✪ TVO connections in the Bad Education Movie ✪ Hate Mail fundraiser ✪ Noel Fielding at Just For Laughs broadcast ✪ Stuart Silver Goes Behind ‘The Double’ ✪ A breakdown of 2015’s Comedy Feeds ✪ The first trailer for Dangermouse The return of Yonderland ✪ The first trailer for Doctor Who Series Nine ✪ The forthcoming launch of the BBC Store ✪ Kayvan Novak appearing in new film The Last Sparks of Sundown  Free comedy podcasts from Audible ✪ Paul Foot’s live retrospectives ✪ Première details for Aaaaaaah!  Katy Brand‘s new book pledge ✪ The Return of Brian Pern

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter profile for more news as and when we hear about it!thisweek

Here’s what’s coming up over the next 7 days on your TV screens and beyond.


© Mark Johnson / Sky / Working Title Productions

Mondays, 8pm, Sky1

The family-friendly comedic fantasy series from the makers of Horrible Histories returns for a second series. Starring Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, Dan Skinner, Mackenzie Crook and Clare Thomson.

For Yonderland coverage, CLICK HERE.

New Tricks

 © Headstrong Pictures / Amanda Searle

© Headstrong Pictures / Amanda Searle

Sundays, 9pm, Channel Four

The comic drama – which has previously featured a number of TVO relate guests – returns for its twelfth and final run, and Tracy Oberman has joined the regular cast. 

For New Tricks coverage, CLICK HERE.

In and Out of the Kitchen

© Gary Moyes / BBC

© Gary Moyes / BBC

 Wednesdays, 11:30 am, BBC Radio Four

Miles Jupp’s celebrity chef returns to radio with Justin Edwards back as his long suffering partner.

For In and Out of the Kitchen coverage, CLICK HERE.

Horrible Histories

© Lion TV / Laura Rawlinson

© Lion TV / Laura Rawlinson

Mondays, 5:00pm, CBBC

Simon Farnaby stars in the smash-hit CBBC comedy, based on the series of educational books. Previous series have also co-starred Alice LoweKaty Wix and the cast of Yonderland and Bill.

For Horrible Histories coverage, CLICK HERE.

Comedy Feeds

© Tiger Aspect / Ollie Upton

© Tiger Aspect / Ollie Upton

Available on iPlayer from 11pm, Monday 13th July

A series of six comedy shorts available exclusively on iPlayer. These include:

Dead Air: featuring Greg James, Tom DavisNico Tatarowicz and music from Waen Shepherd

Fishbowl: featuring Michael Smiley

People Time: featuring Ellie White

For Comedy Feeds coverage, CLICK HERE.

TVO Recommends: Taskmaster



Tuesdays, 10pm, Dave

Greg Davies and Alex Horne set Roisin Conaty, Tim Key, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Skinner and Josh Widdicombe random tasks in a bid for comic madness, in this new panel show from Dave.


From time to time, TVO catches up with our regulars – and a few extra curricular types – to find out what’s making them tick. Some of the latest examples are below… for more, visit the Interviews section, or search “Onion Talking“.



From exclusive preview clips and trailers, to our own unique content, TVO like to play with YouTube whenever we can. Here’s our three latest efforts… for more, visit our channel.



We don’t really bother with the rest… yet!


For news specifically about a particular artist, simply click on their lovely faces below.



The Velvet Onion Amazon Store was set up purely to help us pay for our domain name and bandwidth, and any extra treats we set up throughout the year like competitions, videos and the like.  By buying directly from us, you’re helping to keep the site running.  So thanks, buyers.  Thuyers.

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