A ONE-OFF gala version of a monthly comedy club will be headed by two cult comics next week.

Doggett and Ephgrave host their Mostly Comedy: Summer Special at the Queen Mother Theatre next Thursday, July 26.

Topping the bill will be Phil Kay, who first burst on to the comedy circuit in 1989, winning the Edinburgh Fringe Festival competition, So You Think You’re Funny, in its second year. His unpredictable, freestyle approach to live performance has led to a prestigious Perrier Award nomination and the title of Best Stand-up at the British Comedy Awards.

After making two series for Channel 4, Kay’s more recent TV appearances include stints on BBC1’s QI and BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News. He has also written for the likes of Harry Hill, Reeves and Mortimer and Jonathan Ross.

Joining Phil Kay is Barry From Watford, the creation of Alex Lowe, a comic actor who has appeared in countless series, including Channel 4’s Phoenix Nights and BBC2’s Saxondale and The Thick Of It.

Since his bi-weekly appearances on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon, Barry has gained a staunch radio following, eliciting name-checks in the media from such unlikely sources as Tom Hanks and Ringo Starr.

Also appearing is singer, comedian and self-described ‘�bermeister of Lounge’, Frank Sanazi. The Evening Standard call him “comedy gold” while Chortle described him as “the extravagantly offensive love-child of Hitler and Sinatra”.

Further stand-up comes from James W Smith, who was recently given the slightly dubious accolade of 48th Most Influential British Comedian on Twitter.

Doors open at the venue in Walsworth Road, Hitchin, at 7.30pm, with the first act taking the stage at 8pm. Tickets are �8 and are available via www.mostlycomedy.co.uk