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  ‘Comedy For Boarders’ was founded in 2013 by Jacob Howe-Douglas, who had a vision to bring professional comedy nights to sixth form pupils in boarding schools as a form of alternative weekend entertainment.
As director of talent agency HD Management (representing stand-up comedians) and with over 12 years’ experience promoting live comedy nights, Jacob has been able to source the very best acts across the UK for these shows.
These gigs introduce 16-18 year olds to live comedy, an opportunity they may not necessarily experience until Fresher’s week at University. With the explosion of comedy in the UK over the last 10 years, there is a plethora of comedians to choose from including international comics, so we are more than able to tailor a night specifically for the demographic of pupils at your school.
Many of the comedians we book have appeared on ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC2), ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ (BBC3), ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show’ (BBC1), ‘Mock the Week’ (BBC2), ‘The John Bishop
An incredible end to a tiring term. The comedy night provided the perfect evening entertainment for the last Saturday of term. The comedians did a great job with a tough audience – everyone was in stitches! We all felt very grown-up.
Head of House, Rugby School
Show’ (BBC1), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ (Ch4), Radio 4’s ‘News Quiz’, ‘The Now Show’ and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Breaking The News’ to name but a few.
‘Comedy For Boarders’ began as a night specifically for Sixth Form boarding pupils, however the popularity of these gigs have proved such that we are often asked to include the younger year groups (14 and upwards) as well as day pupils too – the more the merrier for a great night of comedy. Indeed as the model has become even more popular, we are very open to catering to both private boarding schools and day schools.
Over the last 5 years, ‘Comedy For Boarders’ has been such a success with students and staff, we have consistently achieved repeat bookings from every school to date.
‘Comedy Night at Ardingly’ provided the biggest laughs of the students’, and many of the staff’s, social calendar; as one boarder said through their guffaws, it was the ‘best social ever’. No more need be said!
Ms Jo Hayter, Head of Boarding, Ardingly College
          Thank you very much for a terrific evening – just the tonic ahead of the exam season. The Comedians pitched it brilliantly and there was a real buzz in the Houses over the weekend with the pupils quoting their favourite moments.
Mr. David Jackson, Deputy Head, St Lawrence College
      The comedy evening is a highlight of the sixth form programme. The pupils really enjoyed an evening of a standard you would expect in a top London comedy club. The comedians pitched the level exactly right. Pupils (and staff) were talking about it for a long time afterwards; we are looking forward to our third session in 2019.
Mr Christopher Graham Bsc
Head of Sixth Form and Careers, Royal Hospital School
I thought that the evening went really well. We were very happy with the material and several of the pupils have stopped me to say Thank You for organising the event and saying how much they enjoyed the evening. So the feedback has been really positive. We would be keen to book you again next year.
Mr. Chris Woodhouse, Deputy Head, Bishop’s Stortford College
                                                We are now booking for 2019-2020 and recommend you book at least 7 months ahead to secure the best acts possible for your school. If you would like to talk to us about arranging a comedy night at your school, please do not hesitate to contact Jacob.
Jacob@hd-management.co.uk 0203 6673 671 www.hd-management.co.uk
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