Stephen Evans

The Ghoul available to pre-order

The Ghoul – the incredible directorial debut of Gareth Tunley starring Tom Meeten and a cavalcade of TVO regulars – is now available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film, which saw limited screenings last year and earlier in 2017, is due to hit cinemas on 4th August. It tells [...]

August 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Five years since TVO Live!

Today marks five years since The Velvet Onion Live, and as luck would have it, we recently managed to salvage some footage previously thought lost forever from the star-studded one-off live event. On 31st May 2012, we packed 21 Velvet Onion regulars, and the disembodied voice of one other, into [...]

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Unadorned Truth… on vinyl!

Following the successful reissue of Richard Thorncroft’s cult single You Can’t Handcuff the Wind, recently featured in the movie Mindhorn, a limited edition 3-track 12″ single is available to pre-order by the actor. The film is written by and stars Julian Barratt and Simon [...]

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

You Can’t Handcuff the Wind

…but Richard Thorncroft can, as his legendary long-lost single of the same name is released digitally today. UPDATE! The music video is now available too, and can be watched at the bottom of this post. The track features in Mindhorn – the new film written by and starring Julian [...]

April 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

Spooky Onions: TVO Favourites at Halloween

Ghosts and ghouls are on the prowl this weekend, as Halloween approaches on Monday evening, and everyone gets to play ‘Count The Harley Quinn Costumes’ in their nightclub of choice. Yes, it’s time for some grisly fancy dress, far too many sweets, and some kick-arse horror movies [...]

October 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

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