Testimonials:


Congratulations to Dulcet Sounds founding director Hazel O’Keefe who was recently commended as ‘Agent Of Change’ at the 2017 Northern Power Women Awards.


‘Manchester’s homegrown Women In Comedy Festival (set up by Hazel O’Keefe) has found its feet in a very short space of time - only three years in attracting the likes of actress Maxine Peake as a patron, joining Jo Enright, Isy Suttie and Jo Caulfield.‘ M.E.N ‘It’s a very positive event, attracting massive headline acts.’ (Manchester Evening News)


‘I have always loved gigging for Hazel at Laughing Cows as they just have such a love of comedy and look after the acts so well. As a consequence the gigs are a joy to play because they're not out to make a fast buck - they really care that everyone (acts and audience) has as much fun as possible.’ 

Isy Suttie (Peep Show / Shameless)


‘Hazel O'Keefe is the founder of Laughing Cows Comedy which was founded 15 years ago. She has also created the country’s first ever 'Women in Comedy Festival' celebrating all things funny and female across a variety of platforms including live performance, comedy and theatre. Hazel’s work has nurtured and empowered hundreds of female performers to explore their talent by providing a supportive space. Hazel has achieved a unique way of supporting women in Manchester and has created a legacy for women both at a local and international level in an art form where women are still under represented’.  Manchester City Council

Janice Connolly performer at Barbara Nice Ltd. ‘Hazel makes things happen. She is value driven and inspirational. Attention to detail and great people skills mean that Hazel gets a great job done whatever she turns her hand to. I know her to be a great organiser of comedy and performance. She also works brilliantly with young people and has a broad vision for change’.

‘Hazel has passion and a real knack for doing the impossible!’ Amelia Lee

‘O’Keefe has taken a very practical approach to solving the problem of discrimination in the comedy world’  (Ava Vidal, The Telegraph)



‘Hazel O’Keefe, has been critical to the comedy scene this year staging her 125 act, 80 show Women In Comedy Festival in 16 venues all over Greater Manchester - the seed for which began in monthly gigs like Laughing Cows. O’Keefe is a champion not only of the brilliance of funny women but also of the value of taking comedy to new audiences.’ City Life Life 2015 Awards


“Glorious time with the Laughing Cows audience in Manchester.

Thanks for being such fun.

Always a joy to do Hazel’s gig” 
Jo Enright  (The Job Lot, Ideal, Lab Rats)



‘Hazel is one of the best people in the North West to deal with.

She is passionate, friendly and full of integrity for her work.’

One of the best people in the North West to deal with. She is passionate, friendly and full of integrity for her work. Hazel is simply a joy to work with from beginning to end. Creative, hard-working, organised and charasmatic, Hazel is a force of nature. I have worked many times with Hazel in connection to Laughing Cows and would recommend her whole-heartedly to anyone considering her services, I'm just waiting for the day that I hear she has been nominated for an OBE.’ Victoria Cook Actor/Writer/Comedian/Director    


‘The comedy scene is so doused in testosterone that it's almost capable of growing a goatee beard and sideburns. Female comedians have been fighting to exhibit their talents and prove their quality over the years, and Laughing Cows is here to help redress the balance’. Manchester Evening News - Marissa Burgess


The Women In Comedy Festival is one of ‘the UK's best comedy festivals’ 

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‘She is a power house and a real force to be reckoned with in the field of Community and Youth Work. Hazel knows her practice inside out and tackles it with drive, enthusiasm and an authentic desire to change her community for the better. Hazel is a personable, warm and very driven worker. Her knowledge base is hugh and she is constantly making new links and creating networks in order to broaden the much needed and highly effective work she is delivering. Hazel definitely believes in Team work!.Her enthusiasm is infectious and Im definitely looking forward to working with on up and coming exciting projects.’ Angelia Sweeney at Groundworks  


‘Hazel is a talented and hard working Youth and Community worker with staff management and face to face client skills of the highest standard. With strong experience of the Criminal Justice system, statutory and agency working techniques she has also been active Nationally as part of the Federation for Detached Youth Work. An excellent team player who can be relied upon and whom is decisive in any situation’. Hazel Kimmitt Stronger Communities Officer at Trafford MBC     

‘Hazel is a 'can do' person and someone you can always depend upon. Hazel is highly regarded by colleagues.’


Alan Heckman Technology of Participation Training Manager at ICA:UK     

‘I worked with Hazel in delivering Youth and Community Work projects in Trafford. She is a hugely capable delivery provider in general, but two particular aspects of Hazel's character stand out:      1) She is expert at building genuine and meaningful relationships with the young people and community members she works with. They trust her and respect her, and she is well deserving of thier trust and respect.      2) Hazel doesn't think small, and she also simply doesn't give up. She has taken on projects that I was worried were impossible, but she has a strategic vision and a calm tenacity that means that she can be trusted to simply get things done, even big things.’

‘Hazel demonstrated fantastic partnership skills alongside a dedicated commitment to Young People across Trafford in the planning and management of this event. Working collaboratively with a group of young people and empowering them to create this unique festival, Hazel contributed a huge amount of effort and energy but ultimately passed on all credit to the young people. Hazel leveraged support from many local groups, agencies and organisations as a result of her tireless approach to networking, and ability to motivate and inspire others to help achieve collective goals. I was fortunate enough to have also worked with Hazel on a number of smaller projects, and have experienced first hand her unwavering loyalty to the young people she works with and her commitment to their development. She is an outstanding Youth & Community worker, and has a talent for making a success of whatever she turns her hand to’. Amy Anslow Amy Anslow Social Entrepreneur talking about Hazel as Coordinator and event manager T:Youth Festival


#CityLifeAwards 2014 Best Comedy Club nominees
‘Hazel O’Keefe, has been critical to the comedy scene this year staging her 125 act, 80 show Women In Comedy Festival in 16 venues all over Greater Manchester - the seed for which began in monthly gigs like Laughing Cows. O’Keefe is a champion not only of the brilliance of funny women but also of the value of taking comedy to new audiences.’ Sarah Walters MEN


‘Excellent project manager.’ Caroline Gleaves, Gorse Hill Music Studio


‘Hazel is an amazing woman. Totally dedicated and professional. She gives 100% to everything she undertakes and is a pleasure to work with’.

Al Livesey Area Youth Worker Gorse Hill Hub at Trafford MBC     

‘Top Night. Thank you so much. The music was fantastic. You really made the night.’  30th birthday celebration

‘Hazel from Dulcet Sounds was our amazing wedding photographer! She really captures the moment, in your style!’ Kat Harrison

‘I'm working on a photography project with Hazel and she's fabulous!!! Very professional and really captures the moment. Highly recommended.’ Michelle Partington Director of Behind the Mask


‘Great to see such talented and confident female performers. Inspiring and empowering. Thank you’ Rachel Dring

‘Hazel, Gayle and Charlie created one of the best nights on the dancefloor EVER, and I danced like a woman possessed.’ Kerry Leigh

‘DJ Hazel and DJ Gayle what a night of mixing pure quality’ Lesley Kershaw.

‘Just wanted to say thank you so much for Saturday. Everything was perfect and we loved the music.Not danced so much in ages! Please also convey our thanks to Janice.She went down a storm and everyone thought she was hilarious. Great evening!’ Leonie and Naomi

‘Just wanted to thank you for Saturday night, every time I saw (my wife) she had a massive smile on her face and you were a big part of that, so thanks ! I'll be sure to recommend you and if we ever need a DJ in the future I know where to come ;)’ DJ supply at a wedding celebration

I'll be sure to recommend you and if we ever need a DJ in the future I know where to come ;)Thanks for making my night really wonderful, I'd certainly recommend you to anyone. Thanks again. Margaret Whitehead

‘I just wanted to say thanks again so much for Friday! The feedback in the office has been amazing, it was such a great way to mark the day it was brilliant. Hazel the line up was just fab, and organisation was brilliant’  Claire at Aecom


‘The best female showcase in the country!’ The Frog and Bucket referring to Laughing Cows Comedy

‘Just wanted to say thanks to you and everyone else involved in Saturday nights event at Tribeca. Great job!’ April

‘Really enjoyed myself! awesome bunch of peeps who danced the night away!‘ Charlene

‘DJ Hazel ... ooo she’s good’ Todmerdon Womens Disco

‘Thanks to Hazel O'Keefe Dulcet Sounds for putting on such a fab NYE. We had such a laugh.’ Julia

‘Four years ago I moved to the UK and started in what I consider my home city Manchester. I have been doing stand up comedy professionally for 14 years but as a comic in a new country it can take a bit of time to find work. Laughing Cows was one of the first promotors to book me sight unseen. Thank you ladies for providing so many people with the opportunity to work on the art of stand up comedy. Tonight I am proud to perform on the 16th anniversary show along side with some other hilarious comics. Thank you Laughingcows Manchester’ Allyson J Smith

All the guests commented on what a lovely evening it was, and so I thank you once again for your part in the success of the evening. Yours Sincerely, Mike Harrison

‘Please can you pass on my thanks to Chris who was amazing on Saturday. One of the nicest people I have met and a brilliant DJ. He made the night and everyone had a great time. 

‘Will definitely be recommending you in future.’ Emma

‘Quick thank you so much for a GReAT FESTIVAL – it was wonderful, well organized, your crew were just the friendliest EVER!

‘Womenin Comedyfestivaluk.... What a great festival. Amazing talent.Enjoyed every minute of it. Congratulations Hazel O'Keefe .We salute you!’ Angela Booth

‘Last years Womenin Comedyfestivaluk did this for me. I stood tall for the first time in ten years and have just gone from strength to strength. Its lovely to see new comedians having similar transformations.’ Babs Haver

‘Just wanted to say an absolutely massive thank you to you for being all shades of awesome and putting on another amazing festival.’ Ellie Tomsett

‘We had an AMAZING time at Rapture, thank you’ LISG

“Testimonial about what a great DJ Hazel is: I am very shy about dancing in public so I normally need to get pretty drunk first. I went to Auntie Club when about 7 months pregnant and it was the most I have ever danced when sober! You know when you keep trying to go and get a drink but then another good song comes on so you can't? Brilliant !”


‘Just wanted to drop you an email to say a huge thank you for the soundtrack to our wedding! We've spoken to lots of people since the big day and many commented on how good the music was. It was just what we wanted, excellent tunes and the dance floor was full all night - Perfect. Many thanks, Stephen & Carmen’

‘get ye tickets for a boss night out’ Lynne Fitzgerald talking about Laughing Cows Comedy

‘THANK YOU so much for your time last night, You have totally " got me" i am absolutely over the moon and after reading your email i,m so, so EXCITED.’ M. Corcoran feeling confident after initial booking for a DJ

‘Just to say thanks for Sat night everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night and my feet are still hurting coz of  high heels and too much dancing’ feedback from 30th birthday at the Slug and Lettuce in Didsbury

‘Tonight was the bees knees. Thanks @CazandBritney @BarbaraNice Jenny Ross and @laughing_cows . Big belly laughs all round’  The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester

‘What a bloody fantastic night. Absolutely next level. Laughed so much tonight my stomach actually hurts and I have Alice Cooper eyes. Barbara Nice tip top as always but Caz and Britney were absolutely amazing. Genius.’ Mandy Tootil

‘Thank you so much for making my party fab. Had a fab night’ Feedback about 40th birthday at Chapters in Stockport

“Kerry just a quick message to say thank you for a amazing night last night at laughing cows Manchester..... I'm Darrell, the one sat in front with my sister Claire.... Just think incestuous and Jeremy Kyle...... Cheers for making our night x x x" Darrell Johnson talking about one of our comedy nights hosted by Kerry Leigh


“Just wanted to say what an amazing time our guests had at our wedding and what an amazing job our DJ's did in making our day go with a bloody awesome bang! Especially DJ Hazel for organising the kit & playing plenty of the tunes!! We loved it, the guests loved it, the kids loved it and I hope the dj's did too!! Brilliant choice of tunes! Perfect professionals and an utterly perfect day! THANK YOU ALL!” SK

“Another awesome night from Hazel on Friday at Chapters!!! 90s was brought back!” Sam Edwards

“I just wanted to thank you for providing the music for my 50th Birthday Party. 

I had a super time as did all my family and friends.  Lots of people commented on the excellent music.  My plan was to dance all night and thanks to you I was able to.” Katherine Pratt talking about DJ Chris Jam at Chapters

“Top night as always !! Thanks Rapture x” Bex Tooth

“Fab night, thanks! Much better venue, less hot than the Carlton club so we could dance!” Ros Wolfe

“A brilliant night, thanks Hazel O'Keefe stonking tunes” Liz Thompson

“Best venue, best comedy, best night. Rapture is rocking! Thank you Hazel O'Keefe and Kelly Blue xx Brilliant Night, top tunes ! ”  Ace Murphy

“You were awesome up there last night.... Thanks for a great night, great tunes and a great crowd. X “ Jen Orphin about DJ Hazel at Rapture Club Night

“Funny night. Well done ladies. You smashed it x” Victoria Abidi talking about the pre Rapture comedy show

“Testimonial about what a great DJ Hazel is: I am very shy about dancing in public so I normally need to get pretty drunk first. I went to Auntie Club when about 7 months pregnant and it was the most I have ever danced when sober! You know when you keep trying to go and get a drink but then another good song comes on so you can't? Brilliant !” Kirstie Leigh


“Thanks again for putting on a great night” Zoe Lyons talking about a bespoke tour date we produce for her in Todmorden.


“Thank you for an amazing night. The music was fantastic -you definitely made the night” Jo Adshead x" Referring to DJ Hazel at a 40th party in Woodsford in Feb 2014


“Gorgeous people pulling ridiculous shapes on the dance floor! Never heard of Rapture but that playlist was mint…so much fun!” Referring to Zoe McVeigh at Rapture Club night

“Hazel! Thank you for such an amazing night. I really enjoyed myself. Would love to come back! And thank you so much for ur hospitality!” Lauren Karl referring to Laughing Cows Glossop and Manchester in Jan 2014

‘Seriously on point last night! Knew it was gonna be a busy one but WOW! People were out in force. BIG BIG thank you to Hazel O'Keefe from Dulcet Sounds for providing a quality sound system and a brilliant warm up set. Never thought I'd here Bigfoot & Shanks being played at Dulcimer Bar but it went down a treat.’ Curly and Jae from House Party at Dulcimer, Jan 2014

"Hazel (the DJ) who took our booking and was the DJ for the event. Chatty and engaging she listened to exactly what we wanted and took time out of her schedule to meet us before the party to discuss everything and come up with suggestions. Honestly we couldn't have been more pleased. On the night the music and equipment was spot on, it couldn't have been improved upon. There was a variety of different ages from our guests - it's always difficult to deal with but she did this and then some - everyone was up dancing. Really can't thank Hazel enough - she listened to our brief and excelled with it. Dulcet will be the first port of call should I need a DJ." Jason Pennington on 10/12/2013 via needadisco.co.uk

“Thank you for an AMAZING audience best night of my life. Laughing Cows makes me love my job!” Janey Godley

‘Just a quick thank you for Friday. You made the night very special for Daniel and Benjamin. It was good that you knew all the music - the boys and their friends were very impressed!’ Mum of twins 18th birthday party in Stockport 15.11.13

‘Everyone has been talking about how good the music is.’ Bar staff at Chapters, Stockport about DJ Hazel 14.11.13

‘October has been a fantastic month, had so much fun and met some great people working with Women in Comedy Festival. It's been a privilege! Big thanks to Hazel and bring on next years festival.’ 29/10.13

‘Congratulations to Women in Comedy Festival for an incredible month of brilliant laughter! Last night's wrap up party was nothing short of spectacular.’ Demi Lishman 29.10.13

‘It's been a fantastic month, absolutely loved working with Women in Comedy Festival’ Clare Culshaw 27.10.13

‘Such a good night at the kings arms last night for Women in Comedy Festival ! amazing acts I felt privileged performing alongside, cant wait for the wrap party on sunday!’ Amy Vreeke 24.10.13

‘Thank you to everyone who came to Amuse-Bouche at the Kings Arms last night, and to the amazing performers - it was a night of laughter, warmth and amazing talent! And big thanks to the fantastic Women in Comedy Festival crew and Hazel O'Keefe who took such good care of us’ Steph Pike 9.10.13

‘Could not have been better ... sound top.’ Chris Jam 29.9.13

“Laughing Cows have provided me with invaluable  support as a new female stand up, its great to get advice from peers who have more experience.”


‘This music is mint, any chance you can do me a CD !’ Ciaran Griffiths (Mickey Maguire from Shameless) being very giddy about DJ Hazels Madchester warm up set at the Mirror Ball at The Lowry Hotel 2012


‘Thank you for tonight, its was perfect ... you’re an absolute star.’ Andrew Barnes referring to PA and lighting supply at The Mirror Ball at The Lowry 2012 and Raddision Blu 2013


‘Hazel doesn't think small, and she also simply doesn't give up. She has taken on projects that I was worried were impossible, but she has a strategic vision and a calm tenacity that means that she can be trusted to simply get things done, even big things.’ Alan Heckman ICA:UK


‘Thanks again, you are great. A real pleasure working/laughing with you.’ Magic Town 22.6.13 referring to pa and sound engineer service

‘I'm taking a minute to recommend Hazel O'Keefe because I think she runs great gigs. As a comic, I know that Hazel works seriously hard to make sure her events are well run in every aspect from lighting to sound to audience turnout. I also know that Hazel invests a lot of her time in promoting talent that she has faith in and in ensuring that up and comers have a place to try new stuff. This is so important. I have never turned down a gig for Hazel if I was available on the night and I don't think I ever would. I'm glad that she is doing what she does to make Laughing Cows such a strong and recognizable comedy brand as it benefits the comedy community (including the audience) in a major way. I think that anything she puts her efforts towards comes out top quality and I think her work ethic won't ever let her down’ Kate McCabe


‘Hazel is an amazing woman. Totally dedicated and professional. She gives 100% to everything she undertakes and is a pleasure to work with.’ Shelley Bridgeman

''Laughing Cows have provided me with invaluable support as a new female stand up, its great to get advice from peers who have more experience. The comedy night in Manchester is one of the best comedy nights on the circuit, I love the relaxed atmosphere, intelligent humour and audience participation.'' Shaista Aziz 2010

“Laughing Cows is definitely my favourite gig, it has the best venues/audiences and the atmosphere is always fantastic. I luv em!” Claire Parker

‘Excellent project manager, conscientious Youth & Community Worker.’ Caroline Gleaves Senior Youth Arts Manager at Trafford MBC     

‘Hazel has been a valued partner and Associate of ICA:UK's Youth Participation programme for many years.’ Martin Gilbraith Certified Professional Faciltator, Trainer & Consultant. ICA International President & ICA:UK Associate. FRSA.    

‘Hazel ensures the comedy night runs smoothly each month making it look effortless but all the while she is on the lookout for anything she can improve or anyone she can help, be they an audience member or a comedian. Laughing Cows is often quoted as a female comedian's favourite gig and that is because Hazel always makes sure the acts are looked after and the audiences are happy’.   Kerry Leigh Comedian and Compere at Laughing Cows Comedy      


Gwenno Dafydd Leadership and Public Speaking Coach     
‘Hazel has vision, imagination, tenacity and huge drive and gave me the opportunity to be the very first Welsh woman ever to perform an open mike as 'Bodicea Queen of HRT' at the 'Laughing Cows Comedy Club ' in Manchester at the Frog and Bucket. You have given so many women so many opportunities to develop their comedy careers - well done and keep at it’.




 

Dulcet Sounds are an award winning, not-for-profit, Manchester based event management company who produce around 800 events per year.

and produce Club Feminista: supporting female DJs and sound engineers

We also produce the annual Women In Comedy Festival in October

Laughing Cows Comedy runs the last Sunday of the month in Manchester