The tiny Cornish cove playing host to the UK’s up and coming comedy talent.

The tiny Cornish cove playing host to the UK’s up and coming comedy talent.

Visitors to The Driftwood Spars in Trevaunance Cove are in for a barrel of laughs this year, with a line-up of top comedy acts planned to grace the boards of the historic brewpub.

This new generation of comedy talent descends on the north Cornish coast fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Live at the Apollo, and TV appearances alongside the likes of Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Dara O’Briain.

The series of performances scheduled throughout 2023 and collectively known as Comedy on Tap, compliments the pub’s busy live music schedule, popular murder mystery nights, food and drink events, and open mic sessions.

Recently, they hosted Nathan Caton who has previously appeared on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, and Russell Howard’s Good News.

He also wrote and starred in BBC R4’s Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing, a comedy that mixes stand-up with re-enacted scenes from home life, as Nathan becomes the first in his family to graduate from university only to opt for a career in comedy – much to his family’s horror.

During his visit to Trevaunance Cove, Nathan will also try his hand at brewing, working alongside The Driftwood Spars Brewery team to craft his very own beer which will later be sold at the pub.

Another of the highlights this year will be Britain’s Got Talent Runner Up, 23-year-old Jack Carroll, who will perform as part of the Barrel of Laughs Comedy and Beer Festival taking place at the pub over the weekend 10th – 12th March.

The event, described as a ‘pint-sized festival of fresh comedy, handcrafted beer, upbeat music and great pub food on the Cornish coast,’ will be brought to a close by Ed Rowe, AKA Kernow King, who is performing on Sunday 12th March.

Other comedians booked to appear during 2023 include Freddy Quinne and Harriet Dyer, with more due to be announced soon.

General Manager Keith Tyack explained the aim was to create an alternative comedy venue where people can relax and also enjoy great food and drink, or make a night of it with a stay in one of the pub’s 15 bedrooms.

He said: “It’s been a tough few years, with Covid and now the cost of living crisis. A little bit of light relief is desperately needed! We’re always up for having a laugh here at The Driftwood – anyone who’s been to one of our pantos will agree – and so the idea of Comedy on Tap was born.”

Landlady Louise Treseder added: “Tickets are £15, parking is free, and people can combine it with a simple pint in the pub, a pre-performance dinner, or an overnight stay. We’ve had a great response and ticket are flying out for performances throughout the year.”   

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