Ian Irving

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Ian Irving - Comedian
On behalf of my team and myself, thank you so much for entertaining us and our guests. As usual, you were on top form and everyone enjoyed your brilliant performance.
Satish Kanabar, Corporate Director, Barclays,
Anyone who needs a speaker suitable for any audience need look no further than IAN IRVING. Ian`s original and engaging wit together with his charming personality ensures that everyone goes home happy. In addition he is a brilliant auctioneer; Ian brings his comedy into the bidding process and at our event probably doubled the amount we would have normally raised due to his skill as an auctioneer. The Lords Taverners in Devon & Cornwall have been holding Charity Lunches for many years, Ian made sure that our lunch was by far the most enjoyable yet.
Keith Hollingshead, The Lord’s Taverners,
After a superb day at Woburn, thank you for your fantastically amusing set after the dinner, and for rounding of the day in such a wonderful way, everyone at the event thought you were by far the best entertainer that we have had.
Marcus Deakin, Corporate Events Manager, Vodaphone

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Comedian | After Dinner Speaker | Auctioneer

Ian is one of the UK’s most in-demand After Dinner Comedians specialising in corporate hospitality and events, sporting functions, new product launches, awards ceremonies and charity fundraisers. Ian’s comedy has taken him all over the world and seen him work with sporting legends including, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Henry Cooper, Frank Bruno MBE, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt.

Ian brings his unique style of humour to every size of event or venue from The Savoy, The Guildhall, Claridges and The Grosvenor Hotel Great Room to more intimate venues such as Ivy restaurant, St Andrews, Wentworth, The Belfry and Sunningdale.  Equally at home at more intimate gatherings he brings his own style of professionalism and entertainment to every occasion.

Born in Essex, Ian first came to prominence in 1987 on UK television as part of Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise. This was shortly followed by him appearing in the finals of nationwide talent show, New Faces – the success of which saw him embark upon a nationwide theatre tour.

Experienced on both sides of the camera, Ian has been a warm up artist for TV shows including Blankety Blank, Fast Friends with Les Dawson, sitcom Brush Strokes with Carl Howman, In Sickness and in Health with Warren Mitchell and Bread. He has performed live on Pebble Mill and Kilroy, which led to a walk-on part in the TV series The Chief. Ian’s appearance on Celebrity Squares with Bob Monkhouse led to his own half hour TV show called Stand and Deliver.

He has performed at many of the most prestigious venues in the UK supporting leading acts such as Lionel Richie, Simply Red, Elkie Brooks, Jim Davidson, Russ Abbott, Bonnie Tyler, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Drifters and The Jersey Boys.

Ian now specialises as an after dinner speaker, charity auctioneer, host, Comedian and compere at a wide range of events including corporate hospitality, sporting functions, company events, product launches, award ceremonies and golf days.

He has appeared with top showbiz stars at the world famous London Palladium, as well as Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. His work has taken him around the globe performing in Barbados, Cyprus, Dubai, Malta, Mauritius, Paris, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and the USA.

Steve ‘Finny’ Ward

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Comedian | After Dinner Speaker

Steve Finny Ward. An established versatile and popular After Dinner Speaker. With his unique style towards humour Steve draws on his past expertise as a comedy writer/performer to blend humorous anecdotes and observations reflecting on his own true life experiences with mainstream Stand Up. He skilfully provides a comedic and entertaining performance which has regularly earned him the warm acclaim of audiences, critics and fellow artistes alike.

Steve’s imaginative approach towards humour first came to the nation’s notice when he appeared on the ITV variety show “Pot of Gold” hosted by Des O’Connor. This quickly led to a flurry of appearances for other networks including shows such as “Stand up Live” and Anglia TV’s “Anything More Would Be Greedy”.

An avid golfer Steve is proud to have been elected Captain Jester of the Comedians Golfing Society. Happy to join your golf day Steve offers a flexible approach to organising your day with the option of firstly joining members for golf followed by assisting to organise the after golf proceedings as well as providing after dinner entertainment. 

With his sharp delivery and perfectly-timed original routines Steve’s talent, flexibility and experience makes him the ideal After Dinner Speaker for today’s wide variety of functions including corporate hospitality, sporting functions, company events, award ceremonies as well as charity golf days.

Ian Richards

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Ian Richards - Comedian
I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of everyone who attended our House of Commons Lunch in December, the humour was brilliant, and we look forward to be able to enjoy your wit and jokes again in the very near future.

Nick Barnes, Sales Director Rimex Metals UK LTD
You created a superb atmosphere for our guests and it rounded off our event in a wonderful way with many of our customers saying it was the best golf day they had ever attended.
Dick, Purchase Regional Director, Degussa Construction Chemical, Dubai, and UAE

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Comedian | After Dinner Speaker | Cabaret | Compere | Actor

Ian Richards has over 30 years experience as a professional speaker and comedian with a proven track record of entertaining at the highest levels, with the ability to tailor his act to cater for all ages and tastes.

Ian began on the then popular cabaret circuit in the seventies, TV talent shows and numerous appearances in the country’s top holiday venues for all the industries major operators followed, including summers seasons in Great Yarmouth, Scarborough and Jersey. He has made nearly a thousand appearances for the British armed forces worldwide.

In 1990 Ian began carving out a well recognised and respected niche in the after dinner market establishing himself as one of the most in demand performers on the circuit today totally reliable impeccably presented with fresh modern material and of course most importantly very funny !!
Ian is a proud member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, Sparks, The Wooden Spoon Society and The Variety Club Of Great Britain Golf Society
In 1995 Ian was Captain Jester of The Comedians Golfing Society and is an expert and specialist speaker at corporate golf days having spoken at over 500 golf clubs, appearing at county and EGU dinners, and for the PGA at many prestigious events, Ian will often enter into the spirit of the occasion by joining clients for golf during the day where possible.

Available for: After Dinners / Luncheons / Golf Days / Cabaret / Compering / Cruising / Corporate Events / Television / Acting / Voice Overs

  • The ultimate professional approach.
  • Suitable for any audience and age group.
  • Widely experience yet refreshingly modern.
  • Impeccably dressed to suit any occasion.
  • After dinner scripts individually tailored upon request.
  • Fully self-contained with own PA system when required.

Simon Sands

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Comedian | After Dinner Speaker | Cabaret

Simon Sands is a likeable cheeky comic with a laid-back style of humour, suitable for all ages and venues. Simon’s work has covered cabaret, TV, after dinner speaking, corporates and cruises. Simon’s work has covered cabaret, TV, after dinner speaking, corporates and cruises.

Theatrical hosting:  An Audience with Sir Trevor Brooking / An Audience with Eamonn Holmes.
Holiday resorts: Warners / Pontins / Butlins / Shearings / West Star / Park Dean / Park Resorts / Hollybush Hotels / Vauxhall.
Armed forces: Sgts and Officers Messes /  CSE tours of the Falklands / Bosnia / Croatia and Northern Ireland / Cyprus.
Corporate: Jaguar / Glaxo / Rover / Honda / Tesco / Peugeot / Sainsbury’s / SmithKline Beecham / Rank / National Federation of Builders / BP / McAlpines / Travis Perkins / Amateur Boxing Association / Limousin Cattle Breeders / Guernsey Tomato Growers Association / BAA and many more.
After dinner: Golfing / Masonic and sporting clubs / Guernsey Royal Golf Club / Rotary International Annual Conference 2006 / Round Table & more.
Holidays: Thomson Gold / Shearings & Airtours – Cruises: P&O including QE2 & Airtours.
Theatres: Spa Theatre, Bridlington / Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne / Victoria Pavilion, Ilfracombe / Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth.
Production shows: Bonnie Tyler / Mike Reid / Tom O’Connor / Little and Large / Roger de Courcey / Max Boyce and many more.
Theatre support: Mickey Rooney / The Stylistics / Joe Brown / Bucks Fizz / The Grumbleweeds and many more.
Pantomime Principle performances including: Chinese Policeman (Aladdin), Brighton / Idle Jack (Dick Whittington), London / Simple Simon (Little Red Riding Hood), Llandudno / Buttons (Cinderella), Scarborough.
TV performances: The Comedians & The New Variety Show