Heard the one about the cow who walked into a bar?
One year on, the two city teachers behind the ‘Comedy Cow’ celebrated the milestone occasion with a truly outstanding evening’s entertainment at the Red Dot Bar at stadium:mk on Friday night.
But far from ‘milking it’, Ben Robinson, 29, and Steve Powell, 31, are quite modest about their achievements to date, having fulfilled their ambition of scratching their comedy itch with like-minded people in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
Their latest impressive gig at the stadium catapulted the Oakgrove School duo to new heights, particularly because of the coup of signing cheeky Canadian chick Katherine Ryan to headline the bill.
A recent star of QI, Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the in-your-face divorced mum was the icing on the cake of a deliciously naughty night’s entertainment which included an extremely popular performance from MK’s own Mark Cram, with an equally colourful background. Paul James, James Alderson and Winter Foenander also added to the laughs.
But the night belonged to Ben and Steve – possibly the most unlikely comedy gig organisers you could image given their day jobs of teaching IT and PE to teens. They have come a long way since their first show at The Crown pub in Stony Stratford just 12 months ago.
While Ben claims to be the face of the Cow, Steve is no sleeping partner and plays a key role in researching the bookings. Their happy logo is instantly recognisable and the handiwork of youngsters at Oakgrove.
The pair have a few simple rules for their comedy nights – do not turn up drunk or you won’t get in, do not heckle the acts, and make sure that your phones are on silent – and they don’t mind reminding people.
“We are comedy lovers, we want to increase comedy across Milton Keynes,” said Ben. “We want to develop up and coming acts, and try to stay local as much as we can.
“Overall we want to keep it growing and progressing and see what happens.”