Featured Artist: Environmental Economist and Stand-up Comedian Dr. Matt Winning

Posted on 29 October 2019

Introducing Environmental Economist and Stand-up Comedian Dr. Matt Winning: a hilarious and accomplished stand-up comedian, Matt Winning is the ideal speaker for any corporate event.

Dr. Matt Winning is a comedian unlike any other; a stand-up comic by night, by day he works as an environmental economist at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. Full of energy, quick humour and terrifying statistics, Matt’s Powerpoint based comedy sets both entertain and educate audiences, giving them a hilarious and shocking fast-paced look into the planet’s future if the human race doesn’t get its act together on climate change, along with tips about what we can do to make a difference.

What makes Matt unique is his suitability for both daytime an evening events; whether delivering an informative after-dinner performance or an amusing keynote climate change speaker, his topical comedy works in all sort of contexts and covers issues that every kind of company should be concerned with. He is also experienced at hosting awards ceremonies.

With many companies focusing on climate change and sustainability, it’s the ideal time to hire Matt Winning for your next after-dinner speaker, keynote speaker or corporate event comedian.

Check out his full profile here or get in touch to find out more.

TEDx Talk by Dr Matt Winning:

Stand-up Comedian Chris Ramsey Announces his Biggest Tour to date in 2020

Posted on 26 July 2019

Chris Ramsey New Tour

Comedian Chris Ramsey Announces his Biggest Tour yet!

Stand up Chris Ramsey is going on tour in 2020 and it’s his biggest tour to date – Chris Ramsey 20/20. The critically acclaimed stand-up and star of The Chris Ramsey Show, and Stand Up Central will be touring for over 40 dates from from 26th March to 5th December 2020. Chris has appeared on I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp (ITV2), Virtually Famous (E4)as well as performing on the Royal Variety Performance (ITV), Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and as a regular on Celebrity Juice (ITV2). Chris and his wife Rosie Ramsey recently launched a brand new podcast series – ‘Shagged. Married. Annoyed‘ which has now been downloaded over 4.5 million times.  This new tour follows the hugely successful sell out tour, Chris Ramsey Live 2018: The Just Happy To Get Out Of The House Tour. 

Check his website to see if he’s coming to a town near you – and don’t forget Chris is an excellent choice for awards hosting roles or stand-up comedy sets after-dinner. Drop us a line to find out more. Check out some testimonials from previous events on his profile page. Don’t forget to follow Chris on Twitter for the latest updates – and get news from across the industry from @Livecomedy.

Jon Culshaw Parodies The Sunscreen Song As Donald Trump

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Enjoy this new clip from the genius impressionist Jon Culshaw, showing him parodying the The Sunscreen Song As Donald Trump. Jon is one of our most experienced and popular corporate comedians. Jon is a fantastic awards host and performs after dinner cabaret sets. He can also turn his hand to all manner of branding events and private parties. Drop us a line to find out more – and don’t forget to follow him on Twitter.

We hope this doesn’t sound familiar…

Posted on 4 July 2019

We came across a Twitter thread yesterday that really resonated with us.

Written by comedian Ashley Blaker (whose permission we sought to reproduce this thread), it describes every comedian’s worst case scenario when it comes to a corporate performance.


It seems impossible that a comedian as talented as John Oliver could struggle in front of any audience but, sadly, lots of comics who have dabbled in the world of corporate and private performances have at least one similar story.

With that in mind, here are some top tips about making the most out of your comedian at your next corporate event, from the combined feedback and wisdom of the whole Avalon corporate roster!


  • Audience – it all starts with your guests. We often find ourselves chatting to event managers who are having trouble deciding between acts is. Our advice is “Think about who your guests will like, not who your CEO’s favourite’s panel show comic is”. Have a think about the mix of your audience too; their age range, backgrounds, nationality etc. A sober dinner of international senior bankers will require a different sort of comedian to a boozey sales audiences in their 20s; although there are of course those who can adapt to both!


  • Time – this is a crucial point that is often overlooked. Does the event definitely have a slot that lends itself to a comedy performance? Is it placed strategically in the timeline of the rest of the event? For an after-dinner performance, 9.30pm is the sweet spot. Everyone has been well fed and watered and got some of their chatting out of the way – time to make them laugh! For an awards hosting role, keep the opening set short and consider what time you need the act there  – do they really need to be on site for a 2pm rehearsal and a 9.30pm start, or can things be switched around to make everyone comfortable? In addition, more minutes doesn’t necessarily mean more enjoyment or better value for money. 20 minutes is the absolute optimum time for an after-dinner performance – long enough for everyone to feel they’ve had their own private show but short enough to hang on to those flighty post-dinner attention spans!


  • Space – Having a corporate event in a space that’s a bit quirky or different? Great! Chat it through with us first so your act can best advise on where they should be positioned – they know best! Standing audiences, performances without stages and venues with pillars are notoriously challenging for corporate comedy sets, as is the dreaded dance floor in front of the stage. Fortunately, a lot of the large hotels have had enough comedians inside their walls to know how to set up a stage for speakers/performers – but we can always talk things through with your AV team if it’s helpful.


  • Light and Sound – it sounds obvious but you need to make sure the comic can be seen and heard! Often the hotel PA system won’t be up to the job and general lighting though-out the room doesn’t highlight the artist as a focal point. If you’re in any doubt, we have great recommendations as to where you can lay your hands on the correct gear.


  • Don’t give the audience vuvuzelas. Seriously.

Episode 3 of Luke Kempner’s Alternative Lllllove Island has llllanded!

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It’s the fantastic comedian and impressionist Luke Kempner with another episode of Alternative Love Island! Learn more about Luke and what he can bring to your corporate event here.

Don’t forget to follow Luke on Twitter too.


Posted on 1 February 2017

Phil Wang’s sense of humour is ideal for a corporate after-dinner set; observational, witty and delivered in his friendly, laid back style, he’d be especially suitable for a younger, trendy audience. Have a look at some of his stand-up below, or visit his profile for more information.


Posted on 24 January 2017

A regular on the TV panel show and Live stand-up circuit, not the mention the Edinburgh Fringe, Carl Donnelly is a brilliant choice for an after-dinner comedy cabaret set at a corporate event. Carl’s story-telling, laid-back, hipster style would particularly appeal to a younger trendy crowd at an edgier event, such as marketing and digital sectors. Have a watch of his video and check out his biography here.



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Adam Hess is an up-and-coming comedian perfect for injecting some fast-paced humour into your corporate event. Whether you want an energy boost at the start of an awards or to finish your gala dinner on a bang, Adam’s high-energy style is spot on – video with a corporate audience below! Please click here for his biography.



Posted on 22 April 2016

ward winning comedian Alex Horne has established a reputation among critics, comics and audiences as a thoughtful and original stand-up comedian and writer.

Alex is the creator and host of comedy music show The Horne Section. Together, Alex and his five piece band create a heady mix of stand-up comedy, cabaret performances, outlandish musical talent and special guests. They began as a live show and were quickly commissioned for BBC Radio 4 series Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section, which has now run for three series. The band has also accompanied Alex as guest host on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) and were the only band ever to hostNever Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2). In 2014, they returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for their fifth consecutive year with new show The Horne Section: Milk The Tenderness.

Taskmaster, a new series devised by and starring Alex, has been commissioned by UKTV’s Dave channel. The six hour-long episodes will star Greg Davies in the role of The Taskmaster, who will set tasks to a group of well-known comedians and ultimately decide who wins. Alex will be playing his right-hand-man, coaxing the comedians to show how comic, creative and seriously competitive they are. Taskmaster started out as a live show, also devised by Alex, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and 2011. It is due to air in Spring 2015.

Alex is the host of iTunes chart topping and Chortle Award Nominated podcast Alex Horne Breaks the News (Dave). The show takes a look at the week’s big (and small) news topics mixed in with a smattering of statistical analysis, musical numbers and ad hoc features, and is now in its third series.

To date, he has taken nine solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe including 2014’s Monsieur Butterfly, which earned him a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for ‘Best Comedy Show’. He has also released two books based on his critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows; Birdwatching watching in 2009 and Wordwatching in 2010.

Numerous TV appearances include two series as co-host of We Need Answers (BBC4),The Matt Lucas Awards (BBC1), Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums (Dave), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Celebrity Mastermind(BBC1) and The Games That Time Forgot, a documentary written and presented by Alex for BBC Four.

In addition to Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section, radio credits include The Unbelievable Truth, Heresy,Wordaholics (BBC Radio 4) and The Guessing Game(BBC Radio Scotland), among many others.

Alex is available for bookings as a solo performer or alongside his band (and special guests) as The Horne Section.


Posted on 18 November 2015

A Labour-advisor turned stand up, Matt Forde is a breath of fresh air on the corporate comedy circuit. Matt will give your delegates cutting edge political issues delivered in a hilarious style, peppered with uncanny impersonations of the key players in British and American politics. In additional, he’s is a highly experienced football pundit and regularly interviews sporting stars on his monthly Sport Party podcast. Matt’s style is a rare one – as well as being a spectacular stand-up, he can adopt a more ‘after-dinner speech’ style – making him a great choice for both edgy events as well as more traditional crowds – such as Chartered Institutes and Associations. Check out one such ‘speech’ below – and check out his biography for some TV stand-up!