Buzz Comedy


Buzz Comedy is a long-running, well-respected, and award-winning comedy consultancy fronted since 1989 by veteran comedian John Marshall aka Agraman the human anagram. We specialise in programming live comedy for a variety of venues, and pride ourselves in discovering the best new comedy talents from the North, and use these up and coming stars of the future to deliver good value and affordable shows. Each show is carefully programmed to always have a variety of differing styles of comedy on the bill, and we do love our novelty acts! We are motivated by comedy and not by profit, which is why we continue to this day.

We can arrange a complete night of comedy to suit any occasion, and to your own specified budget, from a small comedy club to a large corporate conference. Buzz Comedy is an independent comedy consultancy, so in theory we can book you any comedy act in the world!

We offer free advice on how to set up a successful comedy club and tailor the comedy acts to suit your particular audience. We we will not try to sell you a comedy package if we do not think comedy will work in the proposed venue. Contact John on 01964 532322 for a chat about your comedy requirements, or email

Please visit the Consultancy page for lists of customers, the What’s On page for listings of upcoming comedy shows, and the Previous Acts page for the best comedy acts we have featured during the last 25 years.



“Under the Microscope – my life” – Dave Spikey, 2010
“I must have played The Buzz twenty or more times in those early years, and the venue and John hold a very special place in my heart.”
“I once did a one-off comedy special with Agraman at Ronnie Scott’s club in Birmingham- and the crowd absolutely loved him. He went down massive and came offstage shell-shocked, he’d never had a reception like it.”

“Brung up Proper” – Jason Manford, 2011
“The night started in its usual fashion with Agraman unleashing some awful but well-written puns. He’d be the first person to tell you he wasn’t a comic, but there was a genuine love for him in the room, as this was the guy who organised it for you to see all these comedians week in week out for a fiver.”

Steve Bennett, editor of CHORTLE comedy website, 2007
“Agraman has remained the enthusiastic amateur in spirit as well as financial recompense, gamely taking to the stage with agonisingly tortuous stories constructed solely out of band names or London Underground stations. He holds jokes like a threat over the room. Cheer vigorously or he’ll unleash another one.”

“Look who it is!” – Alan Carr, 2008
“Agraman was instrumental in getting my career up and running. Without his faith in me, I would never have improved as quickly as I did.”

“That Peter Kay book” – Johnny Dee, 2006
“Numerous big names had been through the Buzz, with Agraman as the resident compere. Over the years Marshall had become something of a comedy legend, and was also regarded as one of the nicest men in the business.”

“How did all this happen?” – John Bishop, 2013
“Agraman certainly helped elevate comedy in the North West…he was later to encourage me to do my first solo theatre show.”

“The sound of Laughter” – Peter Kay, 2006
“I got a call from Agraman the human anagram who asked if  I’d be interested in doing 20 minutes stand-up, he said he could offer me £30″

“Saturday Night Peter” – Peter Kay, 2008
“My other overriding memory is that for a fifteen minute performance Agraman the human anagram paid me £35″

“Becoming Johnny Vegas” – Johnny Vegas, 2013
“Now, the wonderful Agraman – ‘the human anagram’ who booked the acts there – had a great eye for talent”

Jim Park (Scottish stand-up), 2008
“The gig was a ‘Buzz Comedy’ gig run by the legendary ‘Agraman’. He’s a true maverick of the comedy business who delights in the pun. Most comedy clubs start with a fanfare of loud music, followed by an enthusiatic compere whipping the crowd into a frenzy, and asking members of the audience where they come from and what job they do. Agraman is different. He just appears on stage without any intro, then gradually batters the audience into submission with a long series of terrible puns, and an innate charm. I really liked his approach, and so did the audience.”

Signed photo sent by Lee Evans
“Thanks for starting me out in Showbiz!”