Jody Tozer has more strings to her bow than Robin Hood.
As festival director at the Cardiff Mini Film Festival and manager at Oxjam Takeover Cardiff she’s got her hands full planning two of the city’s most enjoyable events.
As well as film and music, she also harbours a sizeable passion for comedy.
Formerly promoter of the Funny People comedy night at 10 Feet Tall, she’s now set to launch a new suburban comedy club at the newly-opened Miss Jones bar in Whitchurch.
“I was asked by the entertainment manager to put a comedy night on in there,” she explains. “It seems like a fantastic venue, something that Whitchurch hasn’t really seen yet, with some great events being put on.”
A quality bill of some of South Wales’ finest comics including Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up Award (WUSA) winner 2012 Jordan Brookes will take the mic at the first night on Monday.
“I’ve selected some top notch comedians for the evening that I’ve seen perform many times and I know they’ll put on a great performance.
“If the night is a success we will continue to provide free comedy to the masses in Whitchurch on a monthly basis.”
Tozer underlines the strength of the bill and says that as far as the audience are concerned they will be in safe hands.
“I’ve got some WUSA finalists on the bill and Jordan Brookes who won WUSA last year. These guys have toured the circuit hard and done well in comedy competitions, I have no doubt they will provide a cracking night.”
There are many comedy clubs in Cardiff city centre, but as far as I’m aware this is the first night outside of the central metropolis.
“This is true,” concurs Tozer.
“Most of it is kept centrally to Cardiff.
“I think a suburban comedy night could be what the scene needs. We’re not competing with any comedy nights in Whitchurch, so hopefully the night will achieve a loyal following.
“It makes a nice change for the comedians too.”
The newly-opened bar also has a performance area ideal for stand-up.
“It’s a really nice intimate space, which I hope will encourage a bustling, friendly and interactive audience.
“It’s free entry so you’ve really got nothing to lose by popping along and enjoying a cocktail or two whilst enjoying the comedy.”
It’s evident this is a labour for Tozer, who is more than happy to wax lyrical about her love of comedy.
“What I love about the art form is the fact that these comedians are doing what they love.
“They’re not getting paid most of the time and slugging their guts out to tour the country to get themselves out there.
“It takes a lot of courage and determination, I definitely admire the people I put on and am glad I can provide them with gigs that are local to practice their craft.
“Hopefully the future will see many a comedy night happen at Miss Jones, I hope people embrace a local comedy night and we can continue to provide local gigs for Cardiff’s budding comedy scene.”
The first Miss Jones comedy night is on Monday and features Jordan Brookes, Robin Morgan, Leroy Brito, Charlie Webster, Chris Chopping and Ben James. Doors open at 7pm and entry is free. Miss Jones is at 25-27 Merthyr Road. More information from www.facebook.com/missjonescdf