- Category: Arts and Culture
Since 1998 Hazel O’Keefe has spearheaded the UK’s only all female comedy club: Laughing Cows Comedy. They’ve hosted big names like Jo Brand, Gina Yashere (Def Jam), Sarah Milllican, Shappi Khorshandi (Live at The Apollo) and Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week) to name but a few. They’re celebrated across Europe for encouraging accessibility and creating safe spaces for women to laugh, love and support great comedy and now they’re working with brand new popup festival NEXUS to bring Laughing Cows to Leeds’ city centre.
NEXUS is about bringing together artists of all different disciplines and matching them with audiences who may never even have known they exist. It's about a coming together of like minded individuals who want to build new audiences and break down barriers between public perceptions of art, theatre, comedy and music.
Headlining the night is the infamous Jo Connelly, aka Barbara Nice, whose life changed when Peter Kay spotted her as Barbara Nice in the final of North West Act of The year in Manchester. Since then she has worked with Kay on four TV projects and with Dave Spikey in the critically acclaimed "Dead Man Weds". She toured with 3 other Phoenix nights stars - Paddy McGuiness, Archy Kelly and Steve Edge on the very successful award nominated show - the aptly named "Jumping On The Bandwagon".
Also on the lineup are rising stars Kerry Leigh and Lesley Kershaw. Both are regulars at Laughing Cow events and are ready to bring their own brand of comedy to Leeds audiences for what is going to be a groundbreaking night for NEXUS, Leeds and all who attend.
It will also be the last event of NEXUS before the after-party kicks off in the same venue from 11pm where Hazel O’Keefe will entertain artists and festival goers alike with a knockout set until the early hours. Its going to be one hell of a night.
Also in attendance is L Fest Director Cindy Edwards. NEXUS is proud to give Cindy a platform to tell Leeds all about her fantastic festival after all what better way to close an amazing festival than with an invitation to another groundbreaking festival?!