Nottingham Comedy Festival Returns

Words: LeftLion
Wednesday 19 October 2022
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Nottingham Comedy Festival is back in November, here's the lowdown...


We could all do with a laugh at the moment, and thankfully there’s a whole festival intending to give us just that. The Nottingham Comedy Festival will be back from Friday 4 to Sunday 12 November for its fourteenth outing, promising to bring together brand new, local, international, and top established acts.

With several well-known brands offering regular nights at major venues, including some that have spread nationally, Nottingham’s becoming increasingly renowned for its distinctive comedy offering, with an ever-growing and increasingly diverse scene.

The Nottingham Comedy Festival began in 2009 and was co-founded by Helen Stead. The festival has expanded over the years and aims to bring together all forms of comedy, with an emphasis on giving all acts, whatever the level, an opportunity to perform, enabling audiences to see up-and-coming talent alongside big hitters. 

Boasting nine days of comedy across fourteen venues, over eighty comedians will offer a range of stand-up, improvisation, sketch shows, poetry, musical comedy, battles, podcasts, chat shows and kid shows. So there really is something for everyone. Local improv groups include Rhymes Against Humanity and MissImp, stand-ups like Jon Pearson, Scott Bennett, Friz Frizzle, Edi Johnston, Katie Mitchell, Jay Sandhu, Benny Shakes, Tommy Tomski, John Morris and many more. 

Some of the standout offerings from the less conventional side of things include: The Immaculate Collection, a show featuring an evening of clean comedy; The Comedy Roast Battle, comedians pitting their wits against each other head-to-head; Schools Out Comedy Club, a comedy show suitable for children and A Political Brunch, a political chat show live on stage with comedians

But that’s not all. Top names such as Mark Thomas, Scott Bennett, Harriet Kemsley, Juliette Burton and Britain’s Got Talent star Nabil Abdulrashid are all taking to the stage this November. With over eighty shows, there’s plenty to choose from. So alongside your favourites be sure to try something new - you never know what gems are out there. It’s sure to be a giggle.

Check out the Nottingham Comedy Festival website for the full programme


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