MC duties at Ethos


Ian Macdonald kicking off the evening.
(Photo by James Wadham)


The evening is shaping up

Launch night: Nov 26th is coming together.
MC: Me (Ian Macdonald) ‘unexplainably funny’  
Opener: Rob Thomas ‘gifted jokesmith’  
Middle 20: Athena Kugblenu  ‘thought provoking jokes with an edgy sting’  
Headliner: Andrew Watts ‘the fury-inducing importance he places on the trivial makes for a winning comic stance’  

Tickets and booking to to follow soon

Newbury and Local Comedians

Gathering of Clan funny


The Old London Apprentice pub are VERY up for a bunch of comedians meeting up and seeing what evolves from this. If you are into performing comedy then consider yourself invited to a monthly get together to discuss comedy, to write, to give each other some feedback, and (should you choose to) perform some material.
First gathering is Monday 18th April 7.30 – 10pm.
(Food served 6 – 8:30)

Let me know if you are up for this: Website with contact details





This is the first steps for Ethos Comedy … as you can probably tell from the web page *laughing* but the game is on.

Ian Macdonald Comedian comedy Stand Up sequence
If you’d like to know more then I’m Ian Macdonald, I’ve been active on the comedy circuit since 2014 and love comedy, laughter, absurdity in all it’s forms and am on a mission to get more people to enjoy the unique experience of live comedy.

You can find out a bit more about me and my comedy including my contact details on my web page

Comedy with an Ethos


In conversation about comedy I have encountered lots of people who have never or rarely been to live comedy. They like the idea but are put off by a number of anxieties that seem to boil down broadly to one or usually both of these.

I don’t want to get picked on
I’m uncomfortable with XXX rated content and language

So the idea of Ethos Comedy is to provide great evenings that are just as funny (if not more so) but with an ethos that means no-one gets picked on, and the show tries its best to live in a PG or 15 category. A show filled with laughter that hits the spot for newbees and veterans alike.

I’ve seen this model working and working well. At Edinburgh I had some slots at the ‘Clean as Possible Comedy Show’ which was such a great gig to perform at. What I loved was that every show was packed, and they were enthusiastic audiences that included people who didn’t usually go to live comedy. Great as well to see parents coming  along with their teenagers and enjoying the mirth, mischief and madness as a family.