Comedy in the Caves

Attention all comedy lovers and cave enthusiasts! Get ready for an unforgettable experience as Ian Whitcombe Comedy brings you “Comedy in the Caves”!

You won’t want to miss out on 5 hilarious stand-up comedians performing live in an actual cave.

The caves are located beneath the beautiful Whistle & Flute pub on Derby Road, Nottingham, and offer the perfect blend of laughter and adventure in a truly unique environment.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind comedy show that you won’t find anywhere else!

Book your tickets now and get ready to have an incredible time!

Enjoy hours of laughter with these incredible acts :

Ian Hayes (MC)

Ian decided to announce to the world in 2020 that he was to be a comedian, and the world reacted by locking itself down. Hailing from Peterborough, he travels the country promoting the fine city to would be visitors, assuring them of their safety. An expert in all things Wetherspoons and high cholesterol food, the follicly challenged, Phil Mitchell body double, will charm you with his observational humour and funny anecdotes. He also loves a bit of banter with the crowd and this has seen him rise rapidly as an exceptional act and MC.

“A natural on stage” – Chuckl

“Annoyingly good, with incredible stage presence” Lou Ridgeway

“Very funny and extremely confident” Jubados

“Ian is a lovely host/MC who ensures the audience know how to behave and have a good time” – Kevin Daniel

Tom Taylor (Headliner)

Multi-award winning comedian Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike.

In 2013 Tom reached the final of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition, the following year he was a finalist in the Hobgoblin Comedy Award and in 2015 he took home the award for Comedian of the Year at the inaugural Great Yorkshire Fringe. More recently he picked up the Audience Favourite Award at the Musical Comedy Awards 2017 and reached the final of English Comedian of the Year 2018.

A favourite of live bookers across the UK, Tom has also supported John Bishop, Jason Manford and John Kearns on tour and performed on Radio 2 and Radio 4 as part of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award.

Tom’s debut Edinburgh show, Tom Taylor is the Indie Feel-Good Hit of the Summer, was one of The Telegraph’s must see shows of 2019 and was described by The Scotsman as “a genuine joy”.

In addition to his stand-up talents, Tom is an accomplished actor and writer having penned and performed two one-man murder mysteries, A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish and The Man with the Twisted Hip. Following two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tom embarked on a national tour of both shows in autumn 2017.

In 2020, Tom also devised, produced and hostedThe Isolation Song Contest, an alternative Eurovision, which featured David Walliams, Mel Giedroyc, Graham Norton, Clare Balding and Sir Cliff Richard, raised over £38,000 for charity and won a Chortle Award for lockdown entertainment.

Jack Gleadow (Opener)

Award-winning, stand-up comedian and Hull local, Jack Gleadow, is one of the most unique performers on the UK comedy circuit today. He takes his inspiration from the golden era of variety; Jack is the One-Man Variety Show with the use of sounds, stories, jokes and a scooter and has got off to a good start by already performing for Harry Hill!

In the words of Leicester Comedy Festival, after winning the prestigious 2018 Leicester Mercury Comedian of The Year award, “Jack bowled over the judges with his quirky set; a delightful blend of audience participation, wordplay and physical comedy.”

Jack is also the winner of 2017’s Amused Moose National New Comic, and more recently nominated for Chortle’s Best Newcomer and Leicester Comedy Festivals’ Best New Show, both in 2019. He recently recorded an episode of Amazon’s Audible Presents.

Jack is in huge demand on the live comedy scene. All well as performing across the top UK comedy clubs, Jack has been featured on the comedy stages at various festivals such as Latitude and Glastonbury and has also provided tour support for Lloyd Griffiths. Jack took his debut solo show Mr Saturday Night to The Edinburgh Festival in 2019 which received 4 and 5 star reviews. This is after also performing as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, now in it’s 14th year.

Having recently graduated from Salford with a First in a BA in Radio & Television, Jack has a keen interest in presenting. Even at such a young age, Jack has extensive experience working in a professional studio environment. He has fronted commercial and promotional videos for various several indie production companies and festivals as well as hosting live events such as comedy gala shows, alongside the likes of Reginald D Hunter, Joe Lycett, Russell Kane, Sean Walsh and Miles Jupp.

“A natural born performer with great stage presence who knows how to entertain” – ★★★★ I Talk Telly
“I like your style” – David Blaine
“All-round entertainment which encompasses a full assortment of skills…has a very bright future in entertainment ahead of him” – ★★★★ One4Review

Dan Lythe (Middle)

Runner up, best new act, Midlands Comedy Awards 2022. Didn’t win. Not bitter. Dan Lythe has performed for us numerous times in various locations, consistently delivering an outstanding set with remarkable expertise and self-assurance. His performances instill unwavering trust in the audience, setting the stage for an exceptional show. Dan is an incredibly dependable and trustworthy performer, ensuring a flawless experience every single time.

“A stonkingly good performance”

“Lythe never puts a foot wrong”

“Structure, writing, accessibility and delivery, all absolutely spot on” – Notts Comedy Review

Michael McKenzie (Middle)

Michael is a stand-up comedian and model. who wears a prosthetic leg (extension prosthesis on right leg). His comedy is about his disability, but also his years living in a hospital and his struggles to comprehend “the real world” when he left.

Finalist of BBC’s New Comedian Of The Year Awards 2022.

Nominated for Musical Comedian Awards 2023 and Student Comedian Of The Year 2023

Appeared on BBC 3, BBC 2 and ITV.

Put simply, Michael is a top class act and you’ll absolutely love him.


Please be advised that our comedy line-ups are subject to change. Our talented comedians are in high demand and, on occasion, may need to cancel at short notice for television or radio recordings, among other reasons. Rest assured, we will always provide a replacement act of similar quality to ensure that our guests receive a great overall show experience.

While most of our guests come for the entire show, we understand that some may be travelling to see a particular comedian. If that’s the case, we recommend checking our website on the day of the show or joining our mailing list to receive the latest updates on any changes to the line-up. We’re committed to providing our guests with the best possible experience, and we thank you for your understanding.

This event is a 18+ event and may contain strong language.


Nov 17 2023


19:30 - 22:30






The Whistle & Flute
The Whistle & Flute
96 Derby Rd, Nottingham NG1 5FB
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