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