Wirral venue set to host new comedy night

In 2019 Boris Johnson held a cabinet meeting at Thornton Hough in Wirral and now the tradition of hilarity is to continue with a new comedy night in the same location featuring stand-ups from the UK circuit. Tony McDonough reports

Dean Boodaghians-Nolan
Actor Dean Boodaghians-Nolan is organising the Thornton Hough comedy nights


Actor Dean Boodaghians-Nolan is looking to bring some of the UK’s leading comedians to his home village in Wirral as part of a new comedy night.

In 2019 Boris Johnson held a cabinet meeting at Thornton Hough and Dean hopes his new comedy nights will achieve the same level of hilarity. Taking place at Thornton Hough Village Club there will be four Friday shows during 2024.

Manchester comic Smug Roberts will headline the first show taking place on Good Friday, March 29. Audience members will also be able to enjoy freshly made pizza from independent Wirral company Dough Bros.

Dean, who lives in the village, wants to ensure the community he loves has a wide-range of entertainment options in a venue that is already renowned for attracting performers for its live music nights.

His acting CV includes House of the Dragon, The Great and next year Snow White. He said: “I love Thornton Hough Village Club and I just feel that it’s a venue that will lend itself brilliantly to comedy and we all need a laugh more than ever.

“There are some fabulous acts booked in for all four shows and as an extra treat I am delighted to enlist the services of Dough Bros who will supply their delicious pizzas on the night. We will also be serving a range of drinks including Brimstage ales.”

Tickets are already on sale for the March date. Headliner Smug Roberts has been dubbed by his peers as ‘the Godfather of Comedy’ and his CV ranges from Coronation Street to Phoenix Nights and Mrs Brown’s Boys.
Support from the evening includes opening act Tony Burgess, who you may recognise from his role in the cult BBC3 comedy Ideal where he played DJ Troy.

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As well as performing stand-up all over the UK for more than 25 years, Tony has written sitcoms for the BBC, plays for The Royal Exchange Theatre and for big-name comedians such as Steve Coogan, John Bishop, and Johnny Vegas.

Before Smug brings the show to a close, the audience will be treated to a set from Sarah Louise Keegan who has performed across the UK including alongside Jo Brand, Adam Hills and Peter Kay.


Smug Roberts
Smug Roberts will headline the first Thornton Hough comedy night


MC for the nights is quick-fire gag merchant Ben Turner – a World One Liner Championship and Comedy Cellar Yorkshire New Act of the Year finalist who has racked up 3m views on Facebook Reels and was included in the Daily Telegraph and The Poke’s funniest jokes of lockdown.

Doors will open at 6.30pm and the comedy starts at 8pm prompt. Tickets can be bought via the booking page here – £11 for a comedy only ticket or £15 to include a big slice of Dough Bros pizza which will also be on sale before the show and during the breaks.

Slice of Comedy nights will also take place on the following Fridays: June 28, July 12 and September 13 and headlined by Jenny Hart, Nick Page and Archie Kelly respectively.

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