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Bath Comedy @ Bath Fringe - June 2016
We are presenting three shows as part of this year's Bath Fringe Festival:
Sat 4th June - 8pm
Widcombe Social Club
Frank Williams - More Tea Vicar?
The original Dad's Army Vicar Frank Williams invites you to join him for a hilarious evening of TV nostalgia, including rare behind-the-scenes home movie footage.
Wed 8th June - 8pm
Bill Smarme Comes Strictly Dancing
A riotous fandango of hip hop, flip flop, lindy hop and new fangled tangos performed by Bill, his swinging band The Bizness and Special Guests Hoppin' Mad.
Thurs 9th June - 8pm
Widcombe Social Club
Widcombe Nights - Comedy Special
A night of top comedy circuit stand-up talent starring Nick Doody, Bilal Zafar, Philip Cooper and Aideen McQueen (MC)
The 8th Bath Comedy Festival ran from Friday 1st April - Sunday 10th April 2016
Check out some of the choice photos from the Festival using the links below:
Opening Night Showcase
The 9th Wine Arts Trail
Bath Plug Award - Peter Richardson
New Act Competition - Grand Final
Mayor's Parlour Reception
Press Coverage and blogs
Read our selection of press coverage including an interview with Georgina The Bride a.k.a. Anna Morris from Bath Weekend magazine and various other recent features on our press coverage page.
Comedy Festival patron and Wine Arts Trail co-conspirator Ralph Oswick writes about the festival on his blog at www.ralphoswick.com.
Bath's own comedy historian and author Jem Roberts' blogs about the Bath Plug Award at jemroberts.com
Events programme online
The full line-up for the 2016 Bath Comedy Festival is available to view online, and events are all on sale via online booking.
Check out the what's on diary for full show information and online booking links, or read an overview of the Festival.
The printed programme brochure is available to view online or download as a PDF, and the physical version will be available from early March - look out for it in your local pubs and cafés, or pick one up at the Bath Visitor Information Centre.
Comedy Festival looking forward to brand new venue
We're delighted that we'll be using the newly rebuilt Widcombe Social Club during the Festival.
Bath Comedy Festival will be the first use of the new building, and we've got events on every day - starting on April 1st with the Opening Night April Fools Stand-up Showcase. Highlights at the venue include Viv Groskop, a Character Showcase featuring double act Lazy Susan, Stephen Frost's Improv Allstars, a special panel show In Conversation with Standard Issue Magazine with Lucy Porter, Jess Robinson, Anna Morris as Georgina the Bride, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Patrick Monahan, Pete Searles, Paco Erhard and an immersive theatre show The Wedding Reception, from the creators of The Faulty Towers Dining Experience, which includes a two course meal and wedding cake! The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are also here, still holding the record for being the only act to have performed at every Bath Comedy Festival.
Midweek, the Kids' Comedy Festival takes over during the day times with two shows per day including the amazing Nutty Noah, and a show specially written for the Festival, King Pumpypants and the Three Princesses.
Arthur Smith's Arturart Museum of Socks will be available to view all day throughout the Festival staring on Sunday 3rd April...and if you time your visit right, you might find the curator in attendance...
The Festival culminates on the last evening with the Grand Final of the New Act Competition, where the best nine acts from the heats battle it out for the prestigiouis title of Bath New Act of the Year.
Comedy Festival Bus Stop
A special bus stop has been installed in Widcombe near Bath Comedy Festival headquarters.
A new permanent fixture in Widcombe, the bus stop has an added section on the sign which reads "Alighting point for Red & White Wine Arts Trails - Bath Comedy Festival"
Festival Director Nick Steel said "I'm thrilled to bits. You know you're really on the map when you get your own bus stop!"
The 9th Wine Arts Trail takes place on Sun 3rd April. Tickets for the afternoon tour are already sold out, but there are a few left for the morning trip - click here for details.
Bath Comedy Festival 2016 launches in style
The 8th annual Bath Comedy Festival was officially launched on Wednesday 20th January at a grand reception at Victoria Art Gallery.
Photo: Lloyd Ellington
L-R Nick Steel (Comedy Festival Director), Loraine Morgan-Brinkhurst MBE (Sponsor), The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath & Alan Cassé (Festival Front of House Manager)
Photos: Lloyd Ellington