January 23, 2018

The Team

🎩HatsOffComedy is the brainchild of Andrew Ryan, Michael O’ Shea and Penny Rainford.

We hold regular Comedy nights in Hertfordshire bringing top class Comedians from the TV and UK comedy circuit to our venue in St Albans. We also put together bespoke comedy nights for private shows, fundraising & corporate events.


🎩 Andrew is a Comedian, originally from Cork, Ireland. He has performed stand-up on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Best of the Edinburgh Festival Live on BBC3, The Blame Game on BBC1 and Live at The Comedy Store for Comedy Central.

🎩 Michael is a lifelong resident of St Albans and owner of the successful Courtyard Cafe. Growing up in a large Irish family he developed a love for food and a passion for 1960s radio comedy.

🎩Penny has a background in advertising and grew up with comedy as an integral part of her life. Sir David Hatch, the man responsible for the hugely successful radio show Just A Minute and an original cast member of the 1960s stage and radio comedy show I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again is her father.

How did HatsOffComedy come about?


Andrew who is a resident in St Albans regularly visited The Courtyard Café and over time got to know Michael & Penny, who have close friends for over 20 years and both go to Comedy nights regularly.

One day they were reliving the comedy from the night in central London over a cup of coffee in The Courtyard Cafe. They were discussing ways to support charities close to their hearts. We discussed putting on a Comedy night in The Courtyard Café to raise money. We approached Andrew and our first Comedy night was held two months later. With sixty seats & Andrew as our MC the response was overwhelming.

The line up was fantastic. The evening was a sell out and the feedback incredible.

We held another show in early 2017, and after the demand for tickets out weighed the size of the venue so we moved to a bigger 120 seater venue in the summer and again were overwhelmed with the response. St Albans clearly needed a regular comedy club where people could rely on first class comedians and a first class night out. Our waiting list for tickets grew. Our nights sold out within a week of tickets going on sale. In 2018 HatsOffComedy is now holding regular nights in Hertfordshire and we look forward to many years ahead. And there is the beginning of the story….

A love of Comedy, Community and Coffee and HatsOffComedy began.

Take a look at “Our Gigs “ page and join us for an evening of laughter. Remember tickets sell out quickly.



Following the government directive all upcoming live shows will be postponed. 

Shows will resume when it’s safe to do so.