Bath Comedy Festival 2014 dates:
Friday 28th March - Sunday 6th April 2014
Bath Comedy Festival 2014 is the sixth year of the festival and is building on the success of the first five years with the best line-up yet!
New Act Competition Results
For the first time ever, there were joint winners of the New Act Competition
Congratulations to Archie Maddox and Paul Revill who share first place, and runner up Russ Peers
Prizes included £200 cash, a vibrant canvas artwork of Tommy Cooper from iconicomedy, bottles of Handmade Cider Company cider and Bath Comedy Festival t-shirts.
Pictured (left to right): Festival Director Nick Steel, Archie Maddox, Competition Co-ordinator Geoff Whiting and Paul Revill.
Photo by John Arnold Photos
Congratulations to all the finalists and thanks to Geoff Whiting and judges Alan Nixon, Graham Smith and Jill Edwards.
Post Festival Fun
Fight the festival withdrawl symptoms!
The Rondo and Komedia have some great extra shows in the week after the festival, including Gary Delaney and The Noise Next Door.
Click here for the full post-festival line-up.
Final weekend shows
A packed programme for the last weekend!
Friday April 4th boasts the biggest night of the Festival so far with 12, that's TWELVE, different shows to choose from!
From The Real MacGuffins & Silky at the Natural Theatre Studio pop-up venue, via Mervyn Stutter at Bath Cricket Club, to Timandra Harkness at The Rondo Theatre & Stars on Stella Street at Komedia, with FREE shows from Manos Kanellos and Emily Rose at The Assembly Inn, What The Frock at The Bell, Festival of Oddity at St James WIne Vaults and Arnold a.k.b. at The Rising Sun; plus the final heat of the Bath New Act Competition at the Victoria Pub & Kitchen - Phew...decisions decisions!
The pace doesnt let up over the weekend either!
On Saturday 5th, Silky Explains Parents To Children is a lunchtime family show where all ages are welcome, at Bath Cricket Club. Afternoon at the Cricket Club stars Henry "Blowers" Blofeld who is here to regale us with funny stories and reminiscences from many years at Test Match Special - a must-see, especially for cricket fans! And in the evening, the much anticipated Grand Final of the New Act Competition sees nine finalists battle for the prestigious title of New Act Of The Year.
Elsewhere in town, Jem Roberts sings Songs That Do Eventually Stop at St James WIne Vaults, Fin Taylor's Real Talk is at The Assembly Inn, followed by Gary Colman with his new show ChUNT, which is FREE entry.
Devvo & Bob Slayer play the Love Lounge at The Bell in the first of two nights, Andrew O'Neill's Heavy Metal, A History is at The Rondo and Komedia host their regular Saturday night Krater Comedy Show.
In another first for the Festival, S-UNITE brings together a weekend of the best of student comedy from Bath and Bath Spa Universities, Bristol Improv and more with stand-up sketches and improvised comedy, at the Bath Rugby Clubhouse.
On Sunday 6th, the Festival's bonkers boozy mystery tour The Red Wine Arts Trail with guest clippie Lorraine Chase on a Routemaster bus promises to be an absolute hoot and there are still a few tickets left for the first tour at 1pm!
In the evening, The Festival Closing Night Gala Cabaret is headlined by the fabulous John Moloney, to complete a full evening of stand-up including Nick Hall and Stephanie Laing and musical comedy from The BelleFleurs, all contained in the capable compering hands of Nick Page.
The second of two nights of the best of Student Comedy from S-UNITE is at Bath Rugby Club, and Devvo & Bob Slayer have another round of Devvo's live gameshow and "Idiots in the round" up at The Bell
Sal Monello presents his Hit List at Zero Zero, with Garrett Millerick, Danny Buckler, Christian Elderfield and Larry Dean, and down at Komedia Arts Café, is the new Krater Sunday Club.
So much to enjoy in this packed weekend of Festival fun!
For full listings and booking links visit the what's on pages.
New Act Competition - Heat winners
Heat 1: Winner - Archie Maddox, runner up - Pete Dobbing
Heat 2: Winner - Sam Carrington, runner up - Russell Hicks
Heat 3: Winner - Becky Brunning, runner up - Naomi Carter & Laura Ollerton
Heat 4: Winner - Jack Brown, runner up Paul Revill
Heat 5: Winner - Russ Peers, runner up Chris Chopping
Sal Monello's Comedy Gladiators final was won by Louis Burgess
The Red Wine Arts Trail
The second Red Wine Arts Trail tour has sold out, but there are still some tickets left for the first tour - click here to book tickets while you can!.
Gary Colman's show "ChUNT" on Sunday 6th has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.
Adi Knight's show on Sun 6th has also been cancelled for reasons unknown.
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First weekend reviews
Theatre Bath have published reviews from the first half of the Festival. Read them here:
John Moloney 5 stars
Hardeep Singh Kohli - Hardeep Is Your Love 4 stars
Martin Mor - How Do You Like Your Blue Eyed Boy Mister Death? 4 stars
Chortle's review of Opening Night can be read here.
Read a Storify story of the first weekend - click here.
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Click here for an overview of the 2014 Festival
The second of two great lunchtime shows for kids and families is at Bath Cricket Club this Saturday 5th April at 1.30pm
Silky Explains Parents To Children - who better to do this than someone who sounds like a gerbil, looks like a boiled egg and has been making people laugh since before Mum and Dad were interested in beer, wine & tidying things up?
60 Second Interviews
Click here to read some of this year's performers' answers to 10 questions in 60 seconds.
Bath Life, Bath Magazine, Bath Chronicle and more have published features on the Festival as well as interviews.
Click here to read these and see the latest coverage of Festival stories in the press.
Tickets are selling fast for a lot of shows, so book now to secure your seats!
Check out the what's on pages for the events diary, full show information and booking links.
The printed programme is out now and is available from many pubs, cafés and restaurants and other places around Bath and the surrounding areas, as well as the Tourist Information Centre in Abbey Churchyard.
You can read the programme online too - or download your own copy - just visit the online programme page for details.
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The 2013 archive web site including archived news and press coverage is still available here.