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Those Magnificent Men (comedy revue)


Brian and Joseph met at primary school in Derbyshire. In 1992 they founded

the award-winning sketch group The Ornate Johnsons. They also co-wrote

The Cheeky Guides to Student Life and To Love, were head sketch writers on

Radio 4’s Jo Caulfield Won't Shut Up and BBC1's Live and Kicking, and

share a string of writing credits for the stage - including the Edinburgh hits Big

Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks (The Foundry Group) and Those Magnificent

Men (New Perspectives), and Gilbert (No Sullivan), which played the

Harrogate International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in 2017. Their TV comedy

shows include Slightly Filthy (LWT) and The Ornate Johnsons' Edwardian

Spectacular (BBC 4).

With the Carnegie-Medal-winning author Philip Reeve, Brian Mitchell wrote

the acclaimed musical comedy The Ministry of Biscuits (revived by the

Foundry Group for a sell out 35 date tour in 2018). A classically-trained

composer, his songs for the Perrier-Nominated show, Joanna Neary Is Not

Feeling Herself have been broadcast on Radios 1, 2 and 4. His and Jerry

Rulf's new musical comedy Whaddya Know – We're in Love tours in autumn.

Joseph Nixon co-wrote the hit Edinburgh show The Cruel Hand Of Fate with

comedian Glen Richardson, and wrote siketches for Joanna Neary's Magic

Hole (Assembly Rooms). He regularly contributed material to Brighton's

acclaimed Radio City group and has co-written a new play in Edinburgh

Fringe presented by Guy Masterson – The Shark is Broken.


David Mounfield is known to millions from Radio 4's Count Arthur Strong's

Radio Show as the Count's hapless sidekick Geoffrey the Caretaker, plus

Gerry the Cafe Owner and Jack the Barman. The series won The British

Comedy Guide Best Radio Sitcom Award 2016. In 2016/2017 he toured with

Gilbert (No Sullivan), a two man adaptation of short stories by W. S. Gilbert

staged by the Foundry Group. In the inaugural season of Brighton Open Air

Theatre, 2015, David played Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor to critical

acclaim. In 2011 he played moonshine brewing Mr Cooshay in the tv sitcom

This is Jinsy for Sky Atlantic, which was nominated for a British Comedy

Award. From 2011-2015 he played Giant Haystacks and various other roles in

the Foundry Group's multiple award-winning comedy-drama Big Daddy Vs.

Giant Haystacks. In 2008 David toured in Rollmop Arts stage adaptation of

Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent. David, along with Brian Mitchell and Joe

Nixon is a founder member of the award-winning sketch group The Ornate


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