About Tony

Tony Cowards - Comedy Biography

Tony is a rapidfire gag merchant with an arsenal full of one-liners, for laughs-per-minute he's a tough act to beat!

The Punosaurus
- The List

His quick wit has made him a sought after act and compere by comedy clubs and promoters across the UK and even for gigs worldwide. Something of a Twitter sensation, Tony's jokes turn up in all sorts of places, from greetings cards to The Times newspaper, even if you've never heard of him there's a good chance that you'll have laughed at one of his gags.

Tony’s likable ‘everyman’ character and wide ranging humour (mostly clean) means he is comfortable in front of any audience and is regularly booked to host comedy nights for the military (from the Irish Guards to the Royal Army Dental Corps to top brass at Norwood HQ), universities, football, rugby, golf and cricket clubs, festivals and for corporate and after dinner work.

The best joke writer around
- GQ Magazine

Tony is also an accomplished MC and has had residencies at several clubs in London, Essex and the South-West, he expertly warms up audiences and sets up rooms so that everyone has a great night.

In 2013, Tony supported Billy Pearce on tour at London's Bloomsbury Theatre and won the AudioGo Comedy Competition.

In July 2014, he won third place in the prestigious 'English Comedian of the Year' competition.  


Quotes & Testimonials


Tony Cowards is a great MC who sets the audience up perfectly, with a nice self deprecating manner.
– Jo Caulfield, Radio 4 and 'Mock the Week'

My favourite joke of the Festival so far was told to me by a Suffolk stand-up comedian and die-hard Ipswich fan Tony Cowards.
– Hardeep Singh Kohli, The Scotsman on Sunday (and BBC1's 'The One Show')

Tony Cowards is an easy going MC who puts the audience at ease and then hits them with killer punchlines.
– Richard Minnis, Out of Bounds Comedy Clubs

Tony Cowards got the evening off to an uproarious start, with our loudest crowd ever. Tony’s laddish, relaxed story telling style went down a treat.
– John Jacklin, Big Jack's Laughter Club, Reading

Tony Cowards as the MC skilfully whipped the full house into a state of rapture in anticipation of the evening's special guest
– Three Weeks, Magazine

TonyCowards If Christopher Walken married Avril Lavigne after she’d been wed to JRR Tolkien and Roald Dahl she’d be A. Walken-Tolkien-Lavigne-Dahl.

2 days ago via Twitter Web Client • 130 retweets

TonyCowards My girlfriend wanted a "fairy-tale romance" so I locked her in a tower. If you like my jokes it would be great if… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

2 days ago via Twitter Web Client • 2 retweets

TonyCowards @MrBoffly Ah yes, googling it it's definitely a turnstone (a bird, I have to admit, I've never even heard of!).

2 days ago via Twitter Web Client in reply to MrBoffly

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