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Welcome to the official home of the Bath Comedy Festival

Welcome to the home of Bath Comedy - for both the Spring time Bath Comedy Festival and events throughout the year.

Bath Comedy Festival will run a full seventeen days this year - from Sat 1st - Mon 17th April 2017

Latest News

Pre-festival show - Stuart Goldsmith - Compared To What

Stuart Goldsmith Thurs 2nd Mar - 8.00pm
Widcombe Social Club, Bath

Stuart Goldsmith - Compared To What
The host of the "Comedian's Comedian Podcast" finally shakes off an invigoratingly misspent youth...

One of the current comedy circuit's most popular stand-up stars comes to Bath on his tour of the UK and Australia. This show received no fewer than nine four star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe. Suitable for most ages, Stuart is one of the most instantly likeable comedians around, and very very funny - don't miss this chance to see him while he's still playing medium sized venues!

First shows of Bath Comedy Festival 2017 announced

Look forward to Big Names, New Faces, Family Fun and Comedy Gold this year!

Paul MertonBath Comedy Festival gets bigger and better every year and comics don't get bigger than stage, television and radio star Paul Merton, who is booked to open the Festival with his Comedy Impro Chums on Saturday 1st April in the glorious, 1930s surrounds of the beautiful art-deco Bath Forum. more...

Look out Bradford on Avon!

Barry Cryer & Ronnie GoldenThe Festival is reaching out to our friends in Bradford on Avon, and we're delighted to announce that one of the true elder statesmen of British Comedy and esteemed Patron of our Festival, the wonderful Barry Cryer will be performing with his "old's cool" musical comedy partner and virtuoso Ronnie Golden at Wiltshire Music Centre on Wednesday 5th April. more...

See the what's on pages for booking details, and watch out for lots more shows coming online very soon!

Click here to read VisitBath's blog looking forward to this year's Festival.

Arts Council Grant to put Bath Comedy Festival on the map

A partnership formed by Bath Comedy Festival and VisitBath has been given 15,000 by the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts scheme to help create a sustainable marketing strategy that will enable the Comedy Festival to considerably increase its profile, reach much wider audiences and thus become a major annual fixture on the city's cultural calendar.

VisitBath is the official tourism body in the city of Bath and the surrounding areas. Bath Comedy Festival will be working alongside VisitBath to promote the festival both locally and nationally across all channels.

Banners and street decorations will create a festival atmosphere, further enhanced by an on-street ticket booth in a key location. The grant will also secure the future of the Kids' Comedy Festival, an ever-growing part of the programme which has hitherto been run on an ad hoc volunteer basis.

Photo: Philip Field

L-R Ginny Adams (Rare Species), Nick Steel (Director, BCF), Leslie Redwood (VisitBath), Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE (BCF Patron), Ralph Oswick (BCF Assoc Director & Patron)

Read the full press release and quotes here

Archived News

Bath Comedy Pre-Festival Shows 2017

Can't wait for the Festival to start? We've got three special shows coming up for you!

Bec Hill & Sarah Bennetto Tues 31st Jan - 8.00pm
Ring O Bells, Bath

Bec Hill & Sarah Bennetto
Double bill of work-in-progress shows from two most popular, prolific and exciting Australian comedians.

Bonbon Cabaret - Bonbon's Love-In Thurs 16th Feb - 8.00pm
Widcombe Social Club, Bath

Bonbon Cabaret - Bonbon's Love-In
The legendary Bonbon Cabaret returns again with music and comedy cabaret mayhem, at home in Widcombe at Bath's newest cool venue.

Stuart Goldsmith Thurs 2nd Mar - 8.00pm
Widcombe Social Club, Bath

Stuart Goldsmith - Compared To What
The host of the "Comedian's Comedian Podcast" finally shakes off an invigoratingly misspent youth...

See details of all three pre-festival shows here.

Check the what's on diary for event details and online booking links.

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