Stephen Evans

John Pidgeon, RIP 1947-2016

The Velvet Onion is saddened to report on the death of journalist, author, historian, radio producer and comedy executive John Pidgeon, following a long illness. A celebrated critic whose work in the 1970s included collaborations with The Faces, Slade and Eric Clapton, John moved into radio in [...]

July 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yoga Evans

A little bit like buses, it seems… TVO favourite Stephen Evans is the latest regular face to crop up in an online production from the recently revamped BBC Three. Longstanding readers will be familiar with Evans work to date: part of cult sketch quintet Dutch Elm Conservatoire, [...]

June 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

New Film Festival To Champion Indie Talent

Friend of TVO, the very wonderful James Wren, will be hosting Unrestricted View‘s first film festival at his iconic Hen & Chickens theatre later this month. Unrestricted View has championed new, innovative  comedy and theatre since 1999, and now the group is turning is attention to film [...]

April 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Velvet Onion Is Five Again

The Velvet Onion is proud to bring you an updated version of our TVO IS FIVE video for your perusal, featuring a cavalcade of comedy legends wishing us a very happy birthday. Some of you may remember at the end of January, The Velvet Onion marked its official fifth anniversary with a string of [...]

March 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Box of Issues & the Work of Tom Golding

One of the joys of The Velvet Onion is that, by concentrating on a particular family of regular collaborators, we get to draw your attention to some great material that could potentially go unnoticed by more mainstream comedy websites. Of course, the downside to this is that it’s very rare we [...]

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #15

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. SEVEN IN ONE This week sees not one, not two, but SEVEN great shows with direct TVO connections airing across UK [...]

January 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Words of Glover

He’s currently wowing the crowds in a mainstream Hollywood film, but Richard Glover still has the time to be suitably bonkers. This needs so few words to describe, so we’ll hand right over to Richard, as he tells us the true origins of a very well known phrase. Enjoy. As a cheeky [...]

January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #13

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. DRUNK HISTORY Over on Comedy Central UK, a brand new British version of Drunk History is about to begin – [...]

January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #12

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. LOVE IN RECOVERY This week sees the launch of a brilliant new radio 4 comedy drama, Love in Recovery, featuring [...]

January 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #11

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR TVO TELLY FANS! As Noddy Holder once sang: IT’S [...]

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #9

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. THE RETURN OF BRIAN PERN This week sees the long awaited return of Brian Pern to our screens, in the brand new [...]

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brains Movie is a (indy) Go-Go!

It’s the news we’ve been waiting for… The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains is becoming a movie – and YOU can get involved with the production! Written and created by Bob Pipe (the man behind The Forgery Club) and James Wren (the man behind The Hen & Chickens), [...]

October 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

Freaking Forgery

Seminal comedy night The Forgery Club is to return next month, in its spiritual home of The Albany, Great Portland Street. The club night is the brainchild of Bob Pipe, and has seen many a TVO regular grace its bills over the years.  The last event took place back in December, though [...]

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Stephen Evans Live!

Stephen Evans is appearing at ACMS (Alternative Comedy Memorial Society) on Monday (5th) at The Soho Theatre, alongside Rachel Stubbings. More information and tickets can be found here. He will also be performing as a solo guest at Colin Hoult‘s Mega Carnival on the 11th May in Brighton. [...]

May 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

St Albans Welcomes The Baron & Philomena

The Baron, the short film directed by Gareth Tunley, starring Tom Meeten and written by both of them, will be shown on Saturday (3rd May) as part of the St Albans Film Festival. The film also stars Steve Oram, Stephen Evans and Barunka O’Shaughnessy, with music by Waen Shepherd and Nick [...]

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Colin’s Final Carnival

Colin Hoult will be performing his seminal Carnival Trilogy of shows one final time next month as part of Brighton Fringe. The three shows – Carnival of Monsters, Enemy of the World and Inferno – originally ran in London and Edinburgh in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively, and [...]

April 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Get It Seen

No, that title isn’t just an instruction from us… it’s also the name of a new underground film festival taking place at legendary venue The Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington this month. The venue, which has been a spiritual home for TVO regulars for almost two decades [...]

April 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kill Phil Vol. 2

The sublime comedy play Kill Phil returns next month at legendary London venue The Hen & Chickens. The show is the brainchild of Pros From Dover veteran (and writer/star of My First Planet), Phil Whelans, and co-stars Marny Godden of brilliant sketch troop The Grandees and TVO’s very [...]

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Breezing To Inner Joy With Barratt

On Monday night Julian Barratt played his first ‘solo’ live show in a considerable number of years. Tickets for the gig sold out fast, but we made it our duty to be there and report back. Of course we did. Here then is our review: It’s only a few short months since we were [...]

January 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Barratt’s Soho Guests

As announced earlier this week, Julian Barratt will be performing a solo show at Soho Theatre on 27th January. And we’ve now had confirmation of who his special guests will be! Appearing alongside Julian’s alter-ego, Jon Breeze, will be two TVO-related names (yes two!): the extremely [...]

January 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

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