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What's on at Bath Comedy Festival

All Festival shows

Tuesday 27th March, 2018

Jon Richardson - The Old Man

Date: Tuesday 27th March, 2018
Venue: Bath Forum
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £20.50-£25.50

SOLD OUT

Bath Comedy Festival in association with Off The Kerb Productions

The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions.  Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?

Come and see what Jon Richardson can do with words when he has more than thirty seconds to work with.  Or should that be "with which to work"? 

Best known as team captain on '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown', Jon has been massively in demand for television and radio appearances including; 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC ONE), 'Live At The Apollo' (BBC ONE), 'Channel 4's Comedy Gala Live At The 02' and most recently 'Taskmaster' (DAVE).

"Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss" **** - The Mirror

"one of our most individual and interesting stand-ups" **** - The Times

"Sublimely brilliant, stunning..." - Time Out

"For 10 years he has been among the funniest men in Britain" - The Mirror

SOLD OUT

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Kelly Convey - Dependant Woman

Date: Tuesday 27th March, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Is "Girl Power" and being an "Independent Woman" all it's cracked up to be? What if being an independent woman is your worst nightmare?

From "One of the most rapidly-rising new comics on the circuit" (British Comedy Guide) comes a hilarious, outspoken and alternative point of view from a modern woman who prefers to be dependent.

Work in progress show.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017 nominee.
So You Think You're Funny 2016 finalist.

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Wednesday 28th March, 2018

Becky Brunning - Work In Progress (With Good Bits)

Date: Wednesday 28th March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel**

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Funny Women Finalist and Broadchurch actor Becky is working on that awkward second show after her debut hour Beaming stormed* Edinburgh in 2017.

She promises to fall back on good old bits if it's turning into a debacle of awkwardness and silence.

Praise for previous work (which is absolutely no guarantee for this new stuff):
****Australia Times
**** Dark Chat
"Original, Inventive and Exciting" - Sara Pascoe

*it's all relative

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Wednesday 28th March, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Jamie Oliphant and Dan Audritt - Work In Progress

Date: Wednesday 28th March, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Jamie Oliphant ("Very Funny" - Stephen K Amos) and Dan Audritt ("A winning wit" - Bruce Dessau) bring an hour of new jokes to Bath Comedy Festival.

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Viv Groskop - Vivalicious

Date: Wednesday 28th March, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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A brand new show from Viv Groskop, star of BBC1's 'This Week' and BBC Radio 4's 'It's Just a Joke, Comrade'.

In this age of therapy and reinvention, Viv's latest work-in-progress is about being the very best version of yourself. And, really, when is it time to accept you're just never going to be that person?

"Fresh and original" - Sara Pascoe

"Viv is brilliant" - Jo Brand

"Completely compelling" - Chortle.

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New Act Competition - Heat 1

Date: Wednesday 28th March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Drew Taylor - Welsh comic with a sharp observational style combined with a strong stage presence.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Sarah Bennetto - All My Life's Mistakes, Catalogued (Volume One)

Date: Wednesday 28th March, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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CANCELLED

We're sorry to report that due to extended commitments abroad, Sarah has regretfully had to cancel her shows in Bath.

One dimwit comedian's every dumb decision. Presented in list form. 50 great mistakes guaranteed.

The acclaimed 2017 Edinburgh Fringe solo stand-up show by the Melbourne-born, London-based comedian.

As heard on BBC Radio 4, 'Sarah Bennetto's Mix-Tape', Glastonbury backstage radio and at the helm of Storytellers' Club.

Warning: Something really, really bad happens to a piñata in this show.

"A generous serving of sterling gags and astutely witty observations." - Steve Bennett, Chortle UK

"In sharing her litany of mistakes, Bennetto covers huge, emotive topics with the lightest of touch and a lightning-fast wit, rattling through stories and quips so quickly that they don't have the opportunity to land too heavily. She's also in perfect command of the pacing, so when she does want to touch hearts as well as minds...it keeps the audience spellbound." **** The Skinny

"With much glee, delight, and wonderfully evocative imagery, Sarah is an excellent performer, frank and genuine, telling relatable stories which are fun and funny. The last mistake is totally unexpected and unheralded – and all the more powerful for being so." **** One4Revew

"Superb. Devastating. Edges towards perfection." **** ThreeWeeks, UK

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Thursday 29th March, 2018

Sarah Bennetto - Work In Progress

Date: Thursday 29th March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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CANCELLED

We're sorry to report that due to extended commitments abroad, Sarah has regretfully had to cancel her shows in Bath.

A brand new hour of charming stand-up, comic storytelling and characters by the Melbourne-born, London-based comedian.

As well as playing comedy clubs in London, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, Sarah has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and 6 Music, plus hosted her own long-running radio show on Dalston's NTS Radio 'Sarah Bennetto's Mix-Tape', as well as at her cult favourite annual live radio show from backstage at Glastonbury Festival for WorthyFM. Sarah is the brains behind Storytellers’ Club, which tours internationally, and guests regularly on bonkers podcasts and panel shows in the UK and Australia.

Sarah Bennetto’s past solo comedy shows for Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide, Perth Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival include: a sitcom about office temping, the true story of having lunch with Prince Charles at the Palace, a hour-long ode to boardgames and Victorian parlour games, a study of her insanely good luck (she’s won a car, holidays, the lottery), staging her own funeral live, and more recently: every mistake she’s ever made, presented in list form. This will be a new hour of jokes in preparation for the upcoming 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. It will be called something like "The United Colours of Bennetto" or "We're All Definitely Gonna Die, So Let's Bloody Do It". Something like that. You get the picture.

"Self-depreciating, dark, honest and genuinely funny. One of the most enjoyable and original shows I’ve seen this year. It had me laughing out loud more times than I could count. A solid hours of laughs, it culminates in a truly epic finale." ****1/2 The Advertiser newspaper, Adelaide

"A sophisticated mix of stand-up and character comedy, Bennetto succeeds in harnessing the full power of an instinctive comedic mind." **** Fest magazine, Edinburgh

"Bennetto delivers effervescent, confident and well-structured stand-up. Her tales of outrageous fortune are suffused with urbanity and wisdom, and buoyed by a lightly rendered sense of nostalgia" **** The Age, Melbourne

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Thursday 29th March, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - Superheroes

Date: Thursday 29th March, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Sock! Pow! Wham! Earth's funniest footwear are back with their 10th new show of songs, sketches, socks & violence.

This time they're real live Superheroes! You think you've seen heroes in tights before? This pair will run and run.

"Space age comedy to knock your socks off" **** Daily Record

"Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried." ***** Edinburgh Evening News

The Socks are celebrating being the only act to have performed every year at Bath Comedy Festival to date with a special show including a preview of their new show and a best-of set too!

Age 12+

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Links: http://comicfestival.co.uk

Facebook: http://facebook.com/ScottishFalsettoSocks

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New Act Competition - Heat 2

Date: Thursday 29th March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Liam Pickford - A unique brand of stand-up, mixing cleverly honed material and punchlines with excitingly unpredictable audience interaction. All this, mixed in with a hint of 'whimsy' and clever observations whilst delivered in a wonderfully unenthusiastic and grumpy style.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Open Mic Playgroup

Date: Thursday 29th March, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: Free

A free open mic night of music and comedy in the newly refurbished Back Bar at The Bell.

Appearances have been known to include local stand-ups like Ben Thurston and Sam Cottle, possible spots from visiting professional comedians who are in town for the Festival, and reunion sketches from The Unrelated Family, Bath’s veteran sketch-botherers.

Arrive early if you’d like to perform.


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Friday 30th March, 2018

John-Luke Roberts - All I Wanna Do is FX: GUNSHOTS with a FX: GUN RELOADING and a FX: CASH REGISTER and Take Your Money!

Date: Friday 30th March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Quick, hide! The fringe favourite returns with a brand new hour of extraordinary absurdist character comedy nonsense. Just terrific. Blam Blam!

Work in progress.

"A show as bafflingly stupid as this should rightly divide an audience down the middle, but through some strange alchemy the crowd absolutely lap it up... a consistently hilarious hour of measured madness" **** (List ).

"An hour of joyously daft character comedy" **** The Telegraph 

"This is alternative comedy close to its pinnacle" **** Chortle

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Friday 30th March, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Tony Law - Absurdity For Common People

Date: Friday 30th March, 2018
Venue: Komedia Arts Café
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12 / £10

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Tony Law is back to spearhead the UK's alternative comedy scene with his brand new show.

After another sell out run at last years Edinburgh Fringe he's ready to take his unique brand of stand up across the UK in a landmark tour. Having made appearances on the likes of Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You and Russell Howard’s Good News, Tony is here for one night only just for you.

Truly a stand alone voice in the world of stand up comedy, stupendously surreal there is nobody quite like this delirious Canadian.

Please note that spaces are limited for this show - book early and arrive early for the best seats. Please contact Komedia if you have specific access requirements.

Ages 14+

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 01225 489070

Online booking: https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/arts-cafe-programme/tony-law-absurdity-common-people/

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Yonic - That Was Obscene And You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself

Date: Friday 30th March, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Original songs and self deprecating storytelling from new female comic musician.

Yonic gave up trying to meet the unreasonable standards set for women and started writing songs about what a load of bollocks it is instead.

Audience participation potential for interpretive dance, rampage, sing-a-long, or none of the above.

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New Act Competition - Heat 3

Date: Friday 30th March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Jo Romero - A very energetic and expressive performer, her material always sounds truly "felt" as well as being very funny.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Patrick Monahan - Rewind Selector 90s

Date: Friday 30th March, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Brand new stand up show from multi award winning Patrick Monahan and inspired by his Irish/Iranian/Teeside teens in the 90's.

Identity cards, ‘Cool Britannia’, drink and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ were some of the trademarks of the 1990's but for the teetotal and drug free Monahan it was cake and tea and R ‘n’ B!

Monahan explores what life was like for teenagers in the 90’s, growing up with their basic technology - and compares the current problems teenagers face, such as faulty phone charger leads, dabbing and whether they should Instagram their dinner or just eat it! The 90’s teenagers didn't have to make many choices as there wasn't much to choose from!

"He really hits the mark...great depth" **** BroadwayBaby
"Thought provoking, hilarious. A Fringe Legend!" **** Mirror
"He has the dark looks and stubble of the Middle East, married to the charm of the Irish and the sense of fun of the Teessider. Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen" - Daily Mail

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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* Concessions: under 18s, full-time students, Equity members, unemployed benefit claimants, disabled people and those whose sole source of income is a DSS state retirement pension

Sameena Zehra - Existerhood

Date: Friday 30th March, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel**

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The world is changing. Bigly. What price friendship, when revolution beckons? What price joy & compassion? What are we going to do with the next 100 years?

Intent & consequence. Power & control. These are words. I will use them. You will laugh*

"Funny, fiery, brave and true" - Herald, Scotland

Winner, "Outstanding Performer" - New Zealand Fringe 2017

*terms and conditions apply

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Saturday 31st March, 2018

Adele Cliff - Sheep

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.15pm for 2.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Adele Cliff, Funny Women Regional Finalist 2018, Dave's Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2017 & 2016, Huffington Post's Ten Must See New Acts 2016 brings a work in progress of her 2018 debut show 'Sheep' to Bath.

A show about friendship, coolness and fitting in, and featuring some actual sheep!

"I find her really annoying to watch, as I'm constantly kicking myself for not having thought of those gags first." – Gary Delaney, Mock The Week

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Dorian Wainwright - The Picture of Dorian Wainwright

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 3.45pm for 4.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Bristol comedian Dorian Wainwright (Stand Up For Cider Finalist - 2017 & 2016) brings his debut hour of stand up comedy to Bath.

Expect hilarious and unbelievable true stories, a highly energetic and enthusiastic performer, and yes, a creepy old painting.

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Samantha Pressdee - Back 2 Basics

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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A bittersweet tale of political awakening.

With nothing left to lose but everything to fight for, Samantha followed Russell Brand to the frontline of the revolution - a council estate in Barnet.

An adventure through the Neverland of anarchy where squatters, families and activists unite in a battle to cover basic needs. There's no place like home.

"The most endearing political activist I have ever met" - Kate Copstick, Scotsman

"Excellent storytelling and very funny" **** One4Review

"A fascinating insight into a world many people only glimpse, and may just fire up your social conscience too." - Chortle

"Back to Basics is no ordinary Fringe Show, and for that I applaud her. It is definitely an experience to spend an hour with Samantha, one that transcends the often silly banality of the mainstream Fringe." - Mumble Comedy

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337706



Links: http://www.samanthapressdee.co.uk

Twitter: SammieAurora

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Julian Dutton - Do You Think That's Wise? - The Life & Times of John Le Mesurier

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 55min
Price: £10 / £7.50 concs (see below *)

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Leading impressionist Julian Dutton brings to life one of Britain's best-loved comedy stars, revealing the man behind the wry smile and urbane English repartee that charmed millions and turned John Le Mesurier into a household name as Sergeant Wilson in Dad's Army.

Le Mesurier's life was not without tragedy - his broken marriage to Hattie Jacques, his betrayal by his best friend Tony Hancock - all these setbacks shook him, but his reputation as the quintessential English Gentleman never wavered.

Full of glorious reminiscences and stories from a Golden Age of British Comedy, Julian Dutton's show is a celebration of and an insight into one of the most popular comic actors of our era.

From the co-creator & co-star of BBC1's The Big Impression, BBC R4's The Secret World and BBC2's Pompidou

"An impressionist tour de force" - Independent.

"One of the best vocal performers around" - BBC Comedy

In association with RBM Comedy

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Krater Comedy Club - Ben Norris, Adam Bloom, Angela Barnes & MC James Redmond

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £9 - £48

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Watch three top stand-ups and one of the best comperes in the business, plus eat delicious food served by our Soil Association Gold Standard Award Winning Restaurant.

And for the full Saturday Night Out Krater Comedy Club ticket holders on Saturday gain FREE ENTRY, without a queue to the sell-out club night Motorcity.

Tonight's line-up:

Ben Norris
Adam Bloom
Angela Barnes
MC James Redmond

"Pick of the Week" – The Guardian

"THE place to catch stand-up comedy" – The Independent

Prices: £48 VIP ticket / £30.50 Meal Deal / £20 Auditorium / £16.50 Balcony / £13 Balcony Concession / £9 Student Balcony

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 01225 489070

Online booking: http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/cabaret/krater/

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Brew House Saturday Night Live Line-up - starring Jonny & The Baptists & Phil Kay

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £12

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A Saturday night line-up presented by Mirth Control, starring:

Jonny & The Baptists
"Brilliant – the closest thing the Fringe has to rock gods" **** Fest Magazine

Phil Kay
A unique blend of energy, improvisation and leaps of imagination that takes his audience on a joyride they'll never forget.

Morgan Rees
Second runner up in 'So You Think you're Funny' 2017 and winner of Chortle Student Comedian of the Year 2017

Jake Baker
Smart wit and laid back confident style.

Geoff Whiting (MC)
An established and popular compere, Geoff is a strong and versatile act and has appeared on TV and radio as well as performing at every notable comedy club in the country. He also heads up Mirth Control Comedy.

"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy" - Independent on Sunday

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John Otway

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Rock veteran Otway dubbed himself Rock'N'Roll's greatest failure after many unsuccessful attempts to produce a follow-up to his 1977 classic (Cor Baby, That's) Really Free with Wild Willy Barrett.

A mere quarter century later, he was back on Top of The Pops and back in the charts. Now he returns to The Rondo after last year’s sell-out show, with his trademark brand of anarchy, fun and acrobatics.

"He’s a cabaret act masquerading as a rock act. He is gleeful, anecdotal, funny and life enhancing" - Canterbury Fayre Review

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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Rosie Jones - Fifteen Minutes

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Fifteen Minutes is the debut hour of critically acclaimed comedian Rosie Jones (8 Out Of 10 Cats, Silent Witness).

In the show, Rosie will ask the question, "Who would I be if I were able-bodied?" Nobody knows, but Rosie's hunch is she's probably a knobhead!

Work in progress.

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Simon Evans - Genius

Date: Saturday 31st March, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50min incl interval
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted.

The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmm...

"Super-sharp wit" - Time Out

"Please clap" Jeb Bush

"A masterclass in socio-political comedy...the show is called Genius. It comes very close" ***** The Scotsman

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Sunday 1st April, 2018

Chris Chopping and Steffan Alun - Work In Progress

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 3.15pm for 3.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Saddlegoose Comedy presents an hour of work in progress standup with two exciting acts from Wales: Chris Chopping and Steffan Alun.

Chris Chopping is a pithy, witty bold character comedian and hilarious stand-up full of petty insecurities, impotent rage and a certain amount of erudite smut. He is currently working on a brand new show.
"Hilarious" - Paul Sinha
"He makes this comedy lark look easy!" - South Wales Echo

In his most recent hour, Steffan Alun weaves a marvellous tale full of jokes guaranteed to tickle your bones and tug on your heart strings. Romantic Comedy is uplifting and powerfully funny - without going for the easy laughs of shock humour. Expect new material from one of Wales' finest comedians.
"Touching, accomplished and heartfelt storytelling. Watch out for him on tour." - FringeHire
"A natural comic." - Wales Online

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Sarah Breese & Tony Chiotti - Finger Moustache

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.45pm for 5.00pm show
Duration: 50min
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Two of the South West's most exciting new voices take an irreverent look at how you measure maturity and success when the numbers are not in your favour.

Tony Chiotti is jaded, but deservedly so. His first reaction to becoming middle age is to ask, "you mean I have to do this again?!" He's just up and moved to the UK, which is exciting and all, but he's awfully far along to be starting over.

Sarah Breese is a proper grown-up and everything, on paper. In this show she attempts to prove herself, to herself, before failing and realising she hasn't brought any form of ID.

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Col Howarth - id ego superego

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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CANCELLED

We are sorry this show has been cancelled due to illness

There's a party going on in Col's brain but the guests are doing his head in. His id is minesweeping, his superego thinks everyone should just go home and get a good night's sleep and his ego is just trying to keep everyone happy.

Join the party and meet the internal characters that have been responsible for Col's blissfully stupid exterior throughout his life.

id ego superego is a hilarious, fast-paced and visual show from Col Howarth, a Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards Finalist 2017 and "one of those comedians who truly lights up the room" (Comedy Den).

"One of the most likeable comic minds we've seen." - Clwb Comedy
"...energetic, clever and fun with perfect comic timing." - Wing It Comedy
"Weird, wonderful and hilarious." - Dolly Chicken Comedy

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Links: http://www.standupforcomedy.co.uk

Facebook: http://facebook.com/col.howarth.1

Twitter: colhowarth

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George Lewis - Work In Progress

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Join George (host of BBC's Top Gear: Extra Gear, as heard on BBC R4) for his new show about his angst-ridden geeked-out teenage years.

Expect nineties references, embarrassing diary entries, and tales from when George did what you should never do in secondary school: be yourself. Especially when your self is so weird.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016 runner up and BBC New Comedy Award 2016 finalist. Not to be missed!

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Jake Lambert - Work In Progress

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Jake Lambert serves up an all-new hour of comedy. Jake carved out a career as a stand-up after gaining a following on Twitter under the pseudonym @LittleLostLad, deciding to put down his iPhone and pick up a microphone - clearly the right decision as he's gone on to support Rob Beckett, Seann Walsh and Kerry Godliman on tour and is also now writing for 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week and The News Quiz.

"He's got gags to burn, and can weave them seamlessly into his routines...he's a talent." - Chortle

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Dan Evans - 10%

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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10% is as far as Dan Evans gets with most of his ideas. Until now. It's time for you to decide which one of his embryonic creations he should nurture to full-term.

Expect products, tunes, philosophies for benevolent World Management, and possible disappointing nudity.

"A favourite with audiences as well as with his notoriously hard-to-please comedic peers" - The Guardian

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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3338463



Links: http://www.danevans.info

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Mother's Ruin - A Cabaret About Gin

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

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This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret.

"Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius" (TheatrePress), its critically acclaimed stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood return to the U.K. after playing to sold out crowds in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and across Australia.

Mother's Ruin is a raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and "almost symbiotic harmonies" (Adelaide Advertiser).

With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Jessie J and more, Mother's Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.

"...Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre. Well worth raising a glass to." **** The Scotsman

"A raucous masterclass" ***** The Wee Review

"...it's the range, depth, and content of the stories Marsden and Wood tell us, along with the gorgeous harmony of their pure voices, that linger once the cabaret is over." ***** Time Out Sydney

"Blisteringly entertaining… Not everybody falls in love with gin, but I can't imagine too many audience members could resist the charms of Mother's Ruin." **** Daily Review

Nominated Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe World Festival; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April (show times vary) at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Click here to read the reviews.



Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341343



Links: http://www.mothersruincabaret.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mothersruincabaretau

Twitter: MothersRuinCab

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Marlon Davis - Work In Progress

Date: Sunday 1st April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Happy go lucky comedian Marlon Davis - as seen on Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and Live At The Apollo (BBC2) - debuts his new hour following a life changing experience.

Davis presents tales of his road to recovery.

"A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity" - Scotsman

**** ThreeWeeks

**** BroadwayBaby

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Monday 2nd April, 2018

David Tsonos - Walking The Cat 2

Date: Monday 2nd April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Canadian Comedy Veteran David Tsonos returns with his sequel to his solo show 2015 Walking the Cat, this time he has a new Cat Mitzy and she takes centre stage as he deals with problems of adoption, veterinarians, catnappings and a murder.

David will use his storytelling and stand-up abilities to regale the audience with all his funny adventures of cat ownership. If you're a cat person or a dog person he will make you laugh until you can laugh no more, (well maybe a little more).

"Very confident, knows his material totally and had the crowd roaring. Good face and voice for comedy, great timing" - The Stand Comedy Club

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Monday 2nd April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Mother's Ruin - A Cabaret About Gin

Date: Monday 2nd April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret.

"Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius" (TheatrePress), its critically acclaimed stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood return to the U.K. after playing to sold out crowds in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and across Australia.

Mother's Ruin is a raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and "almost symbiotic harmonies" (Adelaide Advertiser).

With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Jessie J and more, Mother's Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.

"...Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre. Well worth raising a glass to." **** The Scotsman

"A raucous masterclass" ***** The Wee Review

"...it's the range, depth, and content of the stories Marsden and Wood tell us, along with the gorgeous harmony of their pure voices, that linger once the cabaret is over." ***** Time Out Sydney

"Blisteringly entertaining… Not everybody falls in love with gin, but I can't imagine too many audience members could resist the charms of Mother's Ruin." **** Daily Review

Nominated Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe World Festival; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April (show times vary) at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Click here to read the reviews.



Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341343



Links: http://www.mothersruincabaret.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mothersruincabaretau

Twitter: MothersRuinCab

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New Act Competition - Heat 4

Date: Monday 2nd April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is David Tsonos - "Very confident, knows his material totally and had the crowd roaring. Good face and voice for comedy, great timing" - The Stand Comedy Club

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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New Act Comedy Night

Date: Monday 2nd April, 2018
Venue: Komedia Arts Café
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £3 on the door

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Like comedy? Want to see something new and fresh? This night is for you!

Komedia Art’s Cafe is playing host to some of Bath and Bristol’s best aspiring comedians. Some who are relatively new the game, others that have been around a while. Either way, they’re acts we believe deserve their spot in the lime-light. And not only will we have a whole host of local acts for you. We’ll be joined by a seasoned comic each month to round the night off with their new material and a whole load of laughs!

Come and see the new wave of comedy here first!

Age 18+

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 01225 489070

Online booking: https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/arts-cafe-programme/new-act-comedy-night/

Email for information: danielfitzhenry@hotmail.co.uk

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What's Your Flavour? - Dinner TIme

Date: Monday 2nd April, 2018
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 45mins
Price: £8

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CANCELLED

We're sorry to announce this show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Dear Distinguished Guest

You are cordially invited to the dinner party of the year. An occasion with class, style and of course japes. You may have attended dinner parties in the past, but never have you been to one quite like this...


With no set or props, the improvisers use their own physicality to stage an intimate dinner party between 4 friends. What are they celebrating, why are they there?

From your suggestions they will create an improvised play, as the company blend storytelling, improv and physical theatre to bring to life the best (or worst) dinner party you've ever attended.

Expect strange characters, incredible journeys, and a completely unique experience each time you attend our Dinner Time.

"Combination of full bodied characterization and comedic sharpness" **** Clogs Comedy

What's Your Flavour? are a BME improv troupe based in Bristol. Founded in 2016 the group grew out of the University of Bristol's Improv Society, and have since performed regularly across Bristol and Bath, recently opening for the RH Experience.

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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3354328



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Tuesday 3rd April, 2018

Lulu Popplewell - An Awful Time

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 40min
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Join Lulu for a tour around her ADHD shame brain as she explores her teenage diary, panic dreams and relationship faux pas (faux pas..es?).

This is a 40 minute Work In Progress show.

Leicester Square New Comedian finalist.

"One to Watch" - Funny Women

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Abbey Hotel
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £57.50 incl 3 course meal

SOLD OUT

This globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out in places like Edinburgh Fringe, Raffles Singapore and Sydney Opera House. In this, its 21st birthday year, it returns to the Abbey Hotel during Bath Comedy Festival, but be warned: it will sell out here too, so early booking is essential.

Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a 3-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation in this 5-star immersive show – a show that’s never the same twice, because it’s 70% improvised. It’s great for comedy fans, theatre fans, or anyone who just fancies going out for an unforgettable meal and a good time. This true blend of ingenious comedy and unique theatrical script is a multi-sensory treat where chaos reigns right from the start.

"Crammed full of laughter!" - Everything Theatre, London Covent Garden 2017

"An absolute hoot!" - British Theatre Guide, Edinburgh Fringe 2016

"A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation" - The Daily Telegraph

"Nothing faulty about this evening of superb food and comedy" - Limelight Magazine, Sydney Opera House 2016

"Wonderfully traumatic...very funny" - Isolated Nation, Fringe World Perth 2017

Born in Brisbane in April 1997, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a worldwide hit, appearing in around 20 countries and an ongoing residency in the heart of London's theatre land. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is the most successful interactive comedy show of its kind.

There is another performance of the show on Wednesday 4th April

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.torquaysuitetheatre.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/faultytowersthediningexperience/

Twitter: thefaultytowers

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Mother's Ruin - A Cabaret About Gin

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret.

"Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius" (TheatrePress), its critically acclaimed stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood return to the U.K. after playing to sold out crowds in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and across Australia.

Mother's Ruin is a raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and "almost symbiotic harmonies" (Adelaide Advertiser).

With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Jessie J and more, Mother's Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.

"...Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre. Well worth raising a glass to." **** The Scotsman

"A raucous masterclass" ***** The Wee Review

"...it's the range, depth, and content of the stories Marsden and Wood tell us, along with the gorgeous harmony of their pure voices, that linger once the cabaret is over." ***** Time Out Sydney

"Blisteringly entertaining… Not everybody falls in love with gin, but I can't imagine too many audience members could resist the charms of Mother's Ruin." **** Daily Review

Nominated Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe World Festival; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April (show times vary) at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Click here to read the reviews.



Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341343



Links: http://www.mothersruincabaret.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mothersruincabaretau

Twitter: MothersRuinCab

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New Act Competition - Heat 5

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: The Westgate
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Liam Pickford - A unique brand of stand-up, mixing cleverly honed material and punchlines with excitingly unpredictable audience interaction. All this, mixed in with a hint of 'whimsy' and clever observations whilst delivered in a wonderfully unenthusiastic and grumpy style.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Joanne McNally - Wine Tamer

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Heralded by the Irish Times as "one of the most exciting things to happen to Irish comedy in years" and "Joyously nuts" by the Irish Examiner, Joanne McNally already has a slew of TV credits to her name.

As seen on the Late Late Show and the Commute for RTÉ. Join this energetic and hilarious performer for a brand-new hour of no-holds-barred stand up comedy.

Work in progress.

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George Rigden - Gorgeous George

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel**

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If you like "very funny stuff" (Steve Bennett, Chortle) and you want that stuff to be "deliciously dark" (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke), then book a date* with Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year Nominee George Rigden for his debut show.

* There will be other people there, too.

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Ashley Storrie - Adulting

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £9 / £7 concs (see below *)

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Scotland’s favourite funny girl and viral internet sensation Ashley Storrie returns to Bath with a brand-new show about not growing up.

With the world most likely ending quite soon, Ashley believes we should all just have a laugh and be a bit more honest, particularly about the myth of "adulthood"...

Nobody really grows up, we’re all just great at pretending!

BEST SCOTTISH PERFORMANCE 2017 – THE SCOTTISH SUN

"A total revelation" - Dawn French

"Brutally funny" - The Scotsman

**** The List
**** The Sunday Mail
**** Broadway Baby
**** One4Review.com
**** The Wee Review


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Janey Godley - Godley's Cream - 20 Years And Counting

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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20 years of fringe shows, 20 years of touring and so many stories. From LA to New York to Newcastle and Glasgow.

The Godmother of Scottish Comedy, chief Trump annoyer and all round Glasgow mouth piece brings her show to Bath.

Lots of old stories and plenty of new material to keep the punters gripped in their seats.

"Who else got jailed for possessing guns?" - Janey Godley

"Her shows have sold out globally, she's a social media influencer, podcaster and best selling author, but crap at organising a fridge or hanging up washing" - her Husband Mr Storrie

"The queen of Scottish comedy" - Edinburgh Evening News

"Sharpest-elbowed comedy in the world" - New York Times

"Fuc*king great comedian" - Billy Connolly

Sold out shows every year at Glasgow Comedy Fest and Edinburgh Fringe

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Christian Talbot - Desperately Seeking Approval

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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A new hour of stand-up comedy from Ireland's least Irish comedian.

Described by The Scotsman as a "genial performer, relaxed and natural" as well as "friendly, funny and clever".

"Talbot may call himself 'Shite at Being Irish' but when it comes to putting together a good show, well, he's great at that." **** Broadway Baby

"Talbot has a show which has the potential to be a hit at home and abroad." **** Ed Fest Mag

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Catherine Bohart - Work In Progress

Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of a Catholic Deacon and she's got a hell of a lot to say about it. An hour of new material from a rising comedy star.

BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017
BBC New Comedy Award Finalist
Writer for BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, The News Quiz and Frankie Boyle's New World Order for BBC2
Pleasance Comedy Reserve 2017

"...a comic with distinctive voice and a story you'd like to hear" - Chortle

"...pretty much the perfect comedy package" - Beyond The Joke

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Wednesday 4th April, 2018

Joey Page - Perhaps Under Stars That Would Stretch Forever

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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An idiot trys to make sense of the universe in under an hour. What is the point of all this? (Life) Are there parallel universes and if so what are they like? Want to learn everything you ever need to know about the universe through the medium of an idiot? (Yes) Is the world ending? (Probably) Is Jupiter a bell-end? (Definitely!)

Joey Page is a boy with a washing machine-esque brain. Watch him make sense of the entire universe in under an hour (59 minutes).

Stop press: Nominated for Best Comedy at Perth Fringe 2018

"Spaced out magical humour" ***** Three Weeks
"fans of the surreal and ridiculous will love this" **** Chortle
"a cheeky master of his craft" **** Austrailia Times
"A head like a fantasy Hand grenade" - Noel Fielding
**** The Scotsman
**** Edfestmag
**** Edfringereview

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Ed Night - Work In Progress

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Ed Night returns to the Brew House for a work in progress of his brand new show.

"Ed Night stands at the dawn of the new age of stand up" - Fest

"One of the future stars of British comedy" - iNews

"White, male" - Chortle

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2017

As heard on BBC Radio 1

Tour support for Paul Sinha; Phil Wang; Dane Baptiste; Simon Amstell

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Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Abbey Hotel
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £57.50 incl 3 course meal

SOLD OUT

This globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out in places like Edinburgh Fringe, Raffles Singapore and Sydney Opera House. In this, its 21st birthday year, it returns to the Abbey Hotel during Bath Comedy Festival, but be warned: it will sell out here too, so early booking is essential.

Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a 3-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation in this 5-star immersive show – a show that’s never the same twice, because it’s 70% improvised. It’s great for comedy fans, theatre fans, or anyone who just fancies going out for an unforgettable meal and a good time. This true blend of ingenious comedy and unique theatrical script is a multi-sensory treat where chaos reigns right from the start.

"Crammed full of laughter!" - Everything Theatre, London Covent Garden 2017

"An absolute hoot!" - British Theatre Guide, Edinburgh Fringe 2016

"A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation" - The Daily Telegraph

"Nothing faulty about this evening of superb food and comedy" - Limelight Magazine, Sydney Opera House 2016

"Wonderfully traumatic...very funny" - Isolated Nation, Fringe World Perth 2017

Born in Brisbane in April 1997, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a worldwide hit, appearing in around 20 countries and an ongoing residency in the heart of London's theatre land. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is the most successful interactive comedy show of its kind.

There is another performance of the show on Wednesday 4th April

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.torquaysuitetheatre.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/faultytowersthediningexperience/

Twitter: thefaultytowers

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Mother's Ruin - A Cabaret About Gin

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

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This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret.

"Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius" (TheatrePress), its critically acclaimed stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood return to the U.K. after playing to sold out crowds in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and across Australia.

Mother's Ruin is a raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and "almost symbiotic harmonies" (Adelaide Advertiser).

With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Jessie J and more, Mother's Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.

"...Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre. Well worth raising a glass to." **** The Scotsman

"A raucous masterclass" ***** The Wee Review

"...it's the range, depth, and content of the stories Marsden and Wood tell us, along with the gorgeous harmony of their pure voices, that linger once the cabaret is over." ***** Time Out Sydney

"Blisteringly entertaining… Not everybody falls in love with gin, but I can't imagine too many audience members could resist the charms of Mother's Ruin." **** Daily Review

Nominated Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe World Festival; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April (show times vary) at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

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New Act Competition - Heat 6

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: The Igloo
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is David Tsonos - "Very confident, knows his material totally and had the crowd roaring. Good face and voice for comedy, great timing" - The Stand Comedy Club

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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David Mills - Rumour Has It

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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David Mills is back with another show of sharp commentary, cocktail-swagger and hilarious rants. No one is safe from Mills' acidic takes on pop culture, politics, celebrity and modern life.

Sharp-tongued sophisticated satire for adults fed up with whining millennial comedians.

As seen regularly on RT's Sam Delaney's News Thing and as Augustus Corbin in the movie, Florence Forster Jenkins (Dir Stephen Frears)

"A superior act. Mills is an archduke of comedy with the emphasis on ‘arch’." **** Chortle

"David Mills is a class act. Beautifully crafted, sparkling little missiles loaded with wit." **** Scotsman

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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Sally-Anne Hayward - Um...I Was Talking About You Not To You

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £9 / £7 concs (see below *)

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Sally's had a gut full of fabricated food allergies. Her irritated bowel's not down to wheat intolerance - it turns out she's just intolerant.

A liberating diagnosis, as she can now legitimately embrace her bitchier side; so watch out fussy eaters, over-sharers, and definitely that busy-body of a neighbour who's not returned a single one of her home produced surveys on local off street parking.

"Warm and very funny" - Sarah Millican

"Extremely funny" - The Independent

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Holt & Talbot - Mansplaining Feminism

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Still talking to each other after last year's Edinburgh success with 'Holt and Talbot Can't Stand The Sight Of Each Other', no one is more surprised than them.

Rosie Holt is unable to grasp some of the concepts of feminism but over the course an hour through bickering, sketches and an audacious bit of mansplaining, Christian attempts to set her straight.

"Refreshing and very funny" - BroadwayBaby.com

"Aroused my interest from the get-go" - FringeGuru

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Christopher Macarthur-Boyd - Home Sweet Home

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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The debut hour from the next big thing in Scottish comedy. As heard on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4extra.

"A charming young comic. Well-honed and well-delivered material." -The Scotsman

"Following in the footsteps of Kevin Bridges" - ITV

"A comedian on the ascent. The personal and political housed seamlessly." - The Skinny

"On the cusp of something big, and you don't want to miss it." - Daily Record

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Romina Puma - It's All My Mother's Fault!

Date: Wednesday 4th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Romina Puma comes back and is darker than ever!

It's a show about love, or the lack of it, a show about a child longing to be cared for by her mother while having to care for her, and about selfishness as a last means of survival...What's not to laugh about?

"Personal, funny and frank" - Kate Copstick

"One to watch" Funny Women 2016"

"Vivacious, cheeky and gregarious, an Italian Jenny Eclair" - Views from the Gods

"Winner of the Blackout"

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Thursday 5th April, 2018

Rachel Parris - Keynote

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

SOLD OUT

Rachel has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds.

Rachel is an award-winning musical comic whose songs have been played on BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and who was listed in the BBC's Hot Talent List 2017. She has appeared in Murder in Successville, Plebs, The IT Crowd and most recently, satirical BBC show The Mash Report. She's also a founder member of smash hit improv show Austentatious.

"Frank and funny... tears of laughter" - Guardian
"A gifted performer" - Times
"Brutally funny" - Skinny
"Absolute genius - I was in tears" - I Talk Telly
"Brings to mind the late Victoria Wood" - Whats On London

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.rachelparris.com

Twitter: rachelparris

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Jake Baker - No Success Like Failure

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Up-and-coming comedian Jake Baker (twice nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award) brings his first solo hour to Bath, following a sold out run at VAULT festival.

Expect beguiling stories and big belly laughs as he examines success, failure, identity and pork pies.

"Definitely endearing" - Chortle

"Imaginative and original" - The Scotsman

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Rare Species - Frome - The Fecund Coming

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Frome
Doors: for 7.00pm show
Duration: 45 mins
Price: £8 adv / £10 on the day

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Have you ever wondered why Frome is such a magnet for independent thinking creatives?

Why choose to put down roots in a small market town in Somerset?

What lies beneath its burgeoning success?

Allow esteemed whistorians Virginia Saggers and Gerald Terd to take you up the Via Delarosa, lifting the lid on Frome's prosperous CULTure.

Discover the power of the Holy Well, cross ley lines and nay lines, feel the the crystal winds between your cheeks and learn how sensible shoes can lead to spiritual awakenings.

Secret histories revealed, futures foretold, rumours reiterated. Which stars foretell our destiny, and which stars have been spotted in the local charity shops?

A fun Fromambulation and a load of old cobbles.

Meet at the top of Cheap Street, near the Holy Well BA11 1BH

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Mother's Ruin - A Cabaret About Gin

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

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This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret.

"Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius" (TheatrePress), its critically acclaimed stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood return to the U.K. after playing to sold out crowds in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and across Australia.

Mother's Ruin is a raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and "almost symbiotic harmonies" (Adelaide Advertiser).

With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Jessie J and more, Mother's Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.

"...Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre. Well worth raising a glass to." **** The Scotsman

"A raucous masterclass" ***** The Wee Review

"...it's the range, depth, and content of the stories Marsden and Wood tell us, along with the gorgeous harmony of their pure voices, that linger once the cabaret is over." ***** Time Out Sydney

"Blisteringly entertaining… Not everybody falls in love with gin, but I can't imagine too many audience members could resist the charms of Mother's Ruin." **** Daily Review

Nominated Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe World Festival; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April (show times vary) at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Click here to read the reviews.



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New Act Competition - Heat 7

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: The Igloo
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Matthew Bayliss - Unashamedly middle class comedy, sharing stories of growing up and getting old in the leafy suburbs of middle England.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Carl Hutchinson - Live

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £12

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One of the UKs most in-demand comics Carl Hutchinson is set to perform his brand new show across the UK. Expect killer gags, highly entertaining stories and the trademark twisted logic that has made Carl a must-see fixture in the comedy world, it’s fair to say that "Hutchinson has it all" (Broadway Baby).

From tales of pulling sickies as a teacher to his family upbringing and wrestling with his favourite vices, this new show is easily the most brutally honest and hilariously self-deprecating outing for this Geordie comedian.

Chris Ramsey's tour support and as seen on Comedy Central's Stand Up Central & The Chris Ramsey Show.

"An absolute must... the next big thing!" - Skinny

"Hutchinson’s trump card is the way he interacts with the audience, rolling with every ooh and aah his material generated, giving a dynamism and spontaneity to his performance?." - Chortle

"The comedy catalyst to a great night out" - Three Weeks

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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Gamble & Hoskins

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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Late bloomer Stewart and maturing nicely Darren combine their limited talents - but excessive experience, to produce a comedy show that is hopefully greater than its parts.

With only the aid of a ukulele, a bed of nails and a hat with a hole in, they plan to entertain you with a 'rolling mix' of stand-up comedy, songs, stories and skits.

So come along and have a laugh, as they display death defying optimism in the face of ageing.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/gamble-hoskins/

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Markus Birdman - Grimm Realities

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Growing up, my preacherman father made me draw Bible stories. I don't remember the stories, but I draw great.

The 5 Star Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show, nominated for Amused Moose Best Show Award, from the NZ Comedy Guild Best international Comedian Award Nominee.

A modern day comedic and visual take on those Grimm's classics, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. A reality tale for the 21st century. A children's fable for adults.

My previous shows had short jokes, and tall stories. I thought it was high time to combine these with my drawings. Especially since Rolf Harris left a gap in the market.

"Birdman's show is a triumph. Grimm Realities deals with coming to terms with his daughter growing up, with a mixture of comical perspectives and re-imagined fairy tales. Not so filthy that it's crass, but filthy and clever enough to warrant constant laughter from the audience." ***** Edinburgh Reporter

"Probably the most absorbing show I have seen. Completely spellbinding." **** Chortle

"Meditative but not mournful, he makes us feel part of his story. Hugely enjoyable and lots of ruddy good gags." **** Scotsman

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Pauline Eyre & Rebecca How - Better

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Two Women. One Objective. To work out how to be Better.

Rebecca is floundering through her thirties, attempting to balance her feminist ideals with getting a boyfriend.

Pauline's into her 50's, juggling husband, kids & career; to her, floundering through your thirties without any responsibility looks like a lot of fun. 

In one hour they'll take you from horses, handshakes and horrendous dates to marriage, mansplaining and the menopause.

No really, it'll be fun!

"Fabulous, funny and brilliant!" - Fitzroy Club

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Open Mic Playgroup

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: Free

A free open mic night of music and comedy in the newly refurbished Back Bar at The Bell.

Appearances have been known to include local stand-ups like Ben Thurston and Sam Cottle, possible spots from visiting professional comedians who are in town for the Festival, and reunion sketches from The Unrelated Family, Bath’s veteran sketch-botherers.

Arrive early if you’d like to perform.


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Diane Spencer - 2018 Collection

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Brand new stand-up comedy hour from delightfully engaging stand-up comedian Diane Spencer.

With her charming onstage persona and refreshingly honest confessional style, Diane delivers heart-warming autobiographical wit and laugh-out-loud humour.

Her other 7 hit shows are all available on YouTube.

"Not for the faint-hearted but also not to be missed" 5 stars ThreeWeeks

"Artists use paint to depict their work, Ms Spencer uses well-crafted words and stories to illustrate her art, words that ensured her set was full of genuine laugh out loud moments.” 4 stars One4Review

"Personable, ballsy and hilarious" 4 stars BroadwayBaby

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Links: http://www.dianespencer.tv

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dianespencerfun

Twitter: dianespencerfun

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Maisie Adam - Vague

Date: Thursday 5th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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18 months ago, Maisie decided to try stand-up comedy. Within a year, she found herself winning the biggest stand-up comedy newcomer competition (becoming the 4th woman to have done so in its 30 year history), opening for Stephen K Amos, and a Best New Comedy nomination at Brighton Fringe.

Now, in a Work-In-Progress of her Edinburgh debut, the northerner and self-confessed "Slave to the Sesh" relays her experiences of navigating the recklessness of youth with a condition that requires you to be a "Sensible Susan".

Winner 'So You Think You're Funny?' - 2017

"Exudes an appealing, quirky energy…clearly a natural wit" – Steve Bennett, Chortle

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Friday 6th April, 2018

Jake Baker - No Success Like Failure

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Up-and-coming comedian Jake Baker (twice nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award) brings his first solo hour to Bath, following a sold out run at VAULT festival.

Expect beguiling stories and big belly laughs as he examines success, failure, identity and pork pies.

"Definitely endearing" - Chortle

"Imaginative and original" - The Scotsman

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Unravelled Commedia Company - A Night at the Novelty Theatre

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr30min
Price: £8 / £5

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A very happy return to The Mission Theatre for this delicious chocolate box of a Variety show, performed in the traditional Music Hall style.

This year's selection is crammed with even more sweet-hearted songs, baffling eccentric dances, impossible feats and breath-taking musical virtuosity.

The Unravelled Commedia Company are artistes from another time, lovingly restored to working order and displayed for a delicious hour and a half of Edwardiana. Unmissable.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/a-night-at-the-novelty-theatre-2/

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Rachel Parris - Keynote

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr15mins
Price: £10

SOLD OUT

Extra show due to phenomenal demand!

Rachel has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really? Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds.

Rachel is an award-winning musical comic whose songs have been played on BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and who was listed in the BBC's Hot Talent List 2017. She has appeared in Murder in Successville, Plebs, The IT Crowd and most recently, satirical BBC show The Mash Report. She's also a founder member of smash hit improv show Austentatious.

"Frank and funny... tears of laughter" - Guardian
"A gifted performer" - Times
"Brutally funny" - Skinny
"Absolute genius - I was in tears" - I Talk Telly
"Brings to mind the late Victoria Wood" - Whats On London

SOLD OUT

STOP PRESS - THE BATH PLUG 2018

When Bath Comedy Festival launched the Bath Plug Award, with Terry Jones as our first winner in 2015, followed by subsequent esteemed comedy greats Peter Richardson and Barry Cryer, it may have seemed like a 'lifetime achievement award', but in fact The Bath Plug is awarded every year to those who have proven themselves outstanding comic talents, no matter at which end of their career they are; particularly for good friends of the Festival and performers and writers who have provided a unique voice in British comedy.

Rachel Parris has often returned to Bath, and now her brand of smiling satire has gone viral (in a good way) around the world. We're honoured to make her the 4th recipient of the Festival's prestigious piece of bathroom ephemera, while we can.

At the end of this show there will be a short presentation by co-creators of The Bath Plug - respected aficionado, comedy historian and author Jem Roberts and Festival Director Nick Steel.

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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New Act Competition - Heat 8

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: The Igloo
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Chris Tavner - Covering everything from current affairs to the family, his observational style ranges from dry wit to the completely absurd.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Croft & Pearce Are Not Themselves

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Croft & Pearce are rising stars in UK comedy. After a total sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a hit series on BBC Radio 4 ('The Croft & Pearce Show'), these award-winning comedians bring their hilarious sketch comedy show to The Rondo for one night only.

A BBC 'Next Big Thing' Act , they've sold out theatres in London, New York and around the UK and are fast gaining recognition for their unique brand of sketch comedy, which cleverly interlinks a wide range of immaculately written and beautifully performed characters. Not to be missed!

"Tomorrow's television stars" **** The Herald

"Laugh out loud" - Daily Express

"Masters of pinpoint observation and characterisation" - The Telegraph

"A sidesplitting sketch show featuring BBC Radio 4’s beloved comedians" - The Culture Trip

"It’s getting tougher to catch them, though, as they’re selling out from good word of mouth!" **** The List (Edinburgh)

Age 16+

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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Pauline Eyre & Rebecca How - Better

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Two Women. One Objective. To work out how to be Better.

Rebecca is floundering through her thirties, attempting to balance her feminist ideals with getting a boyfriend.

Pauline's into her 50's, juggling husband, kids & career; to her, floundering through your thirties without any responsibility looks like a lot of fun. 

In one hour they'll take you from horses, handshakes and horrendous dates to marriage, mansplaining and the menopause.

No really, it'll be fun!

"Fabulous, funny and brilliant!" - Fitzroy Club

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Chris Norton Walker - YEAH!

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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A gloriously inventive hour of one liners, jokes and puns, gags, and wordplay.

A show with music, silliness and a hell of a lot of laughter. Held together by a man trying to make the world a better place one joke at a time!

"Funniest show of the Fringe...Hilarious One Liners" ***** Barbican Theatre (Plymouth)

"Chris Norton Walker is a comedy dream, non stop laughter, a must see for all!" - The Comedy Cavern

"Chris Norton Walker was one of the best value for money headliners ever" - Nottingham Comedy Festival

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Mother's Ruin - A Cabaret About Gin

Date: Friday 6th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 9.30pm for 10.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

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This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret.

"Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius" (TheatrePress), its critically acclaimed stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood return to the U.K. after playing to sold out crowds in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and across Australia.

Mother's Ruin is a raucous journey through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Discover a little more about your favourite drop, with this mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and "almost symbiotic harmonies" (Adelaide Advertiser).

With music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, Tom Waits, The Pretenders, Jessie J and more, Mother's Ruin moves from misery to vaudeville in a moment, intertwining excess and prohibition, history and (re)invention.

"...Marsden and Wood maintain a spot-on balance of larky humour, bolshy political consciousness, palpable passion for their subject and sheer joie de vivre. Well worth raising a glass to." **** The Scotsman

"A raucous masterclass" ***** The Wee Review

"...it's the range, depth, and content of the stories Marsden and Wood tell us, along with the gorgeous harmony of their pure voices, that linger once the cabaret is over." ***** Time Out Sydney

"Blisteringly entertaining… Not everybody falls in love with gin, but I can't imagine too many audience members could resist the charms of Mother's Ruin." **** Daily Review

Nominated Best Cabaret, Perth Fringe World Festival; Best Writing, Green Room Awards; Best Cabaret, Sydney Theatre Awards.

This flagship 5 star cabaret show is here in Bath for a full six day run Sun 1st - Fri 6th April (show times vary) at Bath Comedy Festival's favourite flexible venue and bar - Widcombe Social Club. Don't miss it!

Click here to read the reviews.



Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341343



Links: http://www.mothersruincabaret.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mothersruincabaretau

Twitter: MothersRuinCab

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Saturday 7th April, 2018

David Ephgrave - Under Construction

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.15pm for 2.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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CANCELLED

We're sorry to announce this show has been cancelled due to unavoidable sircumstances

The daily-blogging comic presents work in progress for his new show. Among Daily Telegraph's '20 Funniest One-Liners' and Comedy Central's '35 Funniest Jokes from 2017' at Edinburgh Fringe.

"As smooth as they come" - BBC
"Devastatingly witty" - EdFest Mag
"Ephgrave is a very likeable standup, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with... he's a natural entertainer" - View from the Gods
"Wonderfully innovative comedy" - Broadway Baby
"Never a dull hour" - List

There is another performance of the show on Sunday 8th April

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Links: http://www.mostlydavidephgrave.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter: david_ephgrave

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Tales of Britain Live

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 3.30pm for 4.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £3 on the door

To celebrate the publication of the first British treasury of folktales in over 30 years - a roadmap of 77 retold tales, from Land's End to John O'Groats, with tourist guides, we present the first ever comedy special of TALES OF BRITAIN LIVE, with an hour of the funniest British stories and myths, as performed by Brother Bernard (author and comedian Jem Roberts) and Sister Sal (Kate Harbour, Bob the Builder, Shaun the Sheep).

With free sweeties!

Children under 6 supervised.

See the Tales of Britain web site for more information:


Links: http://www.talesofbritain.com

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Sally-Anne Hayward - Work In Progress

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 3.45pm for 4.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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In between supporting Sarah Millican on tour Sally-Anne is gearing up for the Edinburgh Festival with a new show called Comedienne-ess.

An hour of jokes from a female/woman who is unashamed to embrace her bitchier side. She is hoping that her show title gets some women marching - if only to show off their new shoes.

"Extremely Funny" - The Independent

**** The Skinny

**** Three Weeks

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Kane & Abel - Breaking The Magicians' Code

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr45min incl interval
Price: £12 / £10

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Following a decade of abiding by the Magicians’ Code of Conduct passed down to them by their grandfather, twin tricksters Kane & Abel decided to break every single code to see how different their lives would be.

It turns out being bad feels great, and Kane & Abel have spent the past year touring the UK with their anarchic show Breaking the Magicians’ Code.

"A superb mixture of humour, magic and audience participation - a thoroughly enjoyable experience." - EdFringe Review

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/breaking-the-magicians-code-2/

Links: https://www.kaneandabelmagic.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/kaneandabelmagic

Twitter: KaneAbelMagic

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Krater Comedy Club - Paul McCaffrey, Jarred Christmas, Robert White & MC Sally-Anne Hayward

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £9 - £48

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Watch three top stand-ups and one of the best comperes in the business, plus eat delicious food served by our Soil Association Gold Standard Award Winning Restaurant.

And for the full Saturday Night Out Krater Comedy Club ticket holders on Saturday gain FREE ENTRY, without a queue to the sell-out club night Motorcity.

Tonight's line-up:

Paul McCaffrey
Jarred Christmas
Robert White
MC Sally-Anne Hayward

"Pick of the Week" – The Guardian

"THE place to catch stand-up comedy" – The Independent

Prices: £48 VIP ticket / £30.50 Meal Deal / £20 Auditorium / £16.50 Balcony / £13 Balcony Concession / £9 Student Balcony

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 01225 489070

Online booking: http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/cabaret/krater/

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Brew House Saturday Night Live Line-up - starring Jarred Christmas & Wes Packer

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £12

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A Saturday night line-up presented by Mirth Control, starring:

Jarred Christmas
A dynamic onstage persona and the ability to improvise and roll with anything that's thrown his way, making his comedy sizzle with originality.

Stephen Carlin
Original and insightful writing style and accomplished delivery.

Wes Packer
An exciting and fearless act and a firm favourite with audiences and fellow comedians.

Elle Bert
A witty and comical look on life, she tackles almost any subject that most would steer clear of.

Geoff Whiting (MC)
An established and popular compere, Geoff is a strong and versatile act and has appeared on TV and radio as well as performing at every notable comedy club in the country. He also heads up Mirth Control Comedy.

"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy" - Independent on Sunday

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George Egg - DIY Chef

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Direct from Total Sell Outs at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and Brighton Fringe 2017, and following sell out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2015 and 2016 plus a sell-out UK tour, award winning* comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a BRAND NEW SHOW demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy.

In George Egg: DIY Chef a health scare sees George banned him from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner using the most unconventional of methods.

It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be re-purposed and abused. Expect lots of laughs. Expect to learn something new. And you get to taste the food at the end.**

*Spirit of the Fringe Award 2015

**at your own risk!

"Brilliantly Funny" - The Observer (Jay Rayner)

"The wonderfully talented George Egg is genuinely unique" - The Independent

"Trust us, you won’t believe how good the food tastes" - The Scotsman

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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* Concessions: under 18s, full-time students, Equity members, unemployed benefit claimants, disabled people and those whose sole source of income is a DSS state retirement pension

Esther Manito & Jake Howie - Out Rage

Date: Saturday 7th April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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A split hour of stand-up featuring two of London's up-and-coming stand-up comedians:

Esther Manito: Finalist in Bath New Act Of The Year 2017 and So You Think You're Funny 2017.

Jake Howie: Crowned the Reading Comedy Festival New Act Of The Year.

OUT RAGE is a funny, frank tale of being outrageous, outwardly full of rage and ragingly out, in every description of the words.

Esther and Jake bring a warm, engaging and utterly hilarious take on the world, ensuring audiences leave with a smile on their faces.

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Sunday 8th April, 2018

The Wine Arts Trail 2018

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 10.40am for 11.00am show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £30

SOLD OUT

The ultimate magical mystery tour! Jump on the big red bus and discover the secret corners of our super city.

At every stop, a surprise! With every surprise, a glass of wine!

The fabulously bonkers outing is a perennial favourite amongst comedy aficionados. As usual, this year boasts a brand new top secret route, lashings of vino and a lorra lorra laughs.

Hosted by Ralph Oswick, with guest clippie the highly entertaining and Absolutely Fabulous Helen Lederer*

Dress code: Beautiful bonnets, hilarious hats and terrific titfers.

"Was that real?"..."Did that happen?"..."Are we nearly there Dad?"

Now in its 11th incarnation, The Wine Arts Trail is a comedy institution and tickets sell very quickly, so don’t delay, book today.

There are two trips - 11am and 3pm set-off times. Please get to the start for doors opening time - 20 minutes before set-off - for your welcome glass of bubbly.



Sponsored by Great Western Wine and Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy.

Grown-ups only. Please drink responsibly.

*Helen Lederer appears subject to availability

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The Wine Arts Trail 2018

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 2.40pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £30

SOLD OUT

The 3pm trip is now sold out, but there is still space on the 11am tour if you're quick! - Click here

The ultimate magical mystery tour! Jump on the big red bus and discover the secret corners of our super city.

At every stop, a surprise! With every surprise, a glass of wine!

The fabulously bonkers outing is a perennial favourite amongst comedy aficionados. As usual, this year boasts a brand new top secret route, lashings of vino and a lorra lorra laughs.

Hosted by Ralph Oswick, with guest clippie the highly entertaining and Absolutely Fabulous Helen Lederer*

Dress code: Beautiful bonnets, hilarious hats and terrific titfers.

"Was that real?"..."Did that happen?"..."Are we nearly there Dad?"

Now in its 11th incarnation, The Wine Arts Trail is a comedy institution and tickets sell very quickly, so don’t delay, book today.

There are two trips - 11am and 3pm set-off times. Please get to the start for doors opening time - 20 minutes before set-off - for your welcome glass of bubbly.



Sponsored by Great Western Wine and Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy.

Grown-ups only. Please drink responsibly.

*Helen Lederer appears subject to availability

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Sally-Anne Hayward - Work In Progress

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 3.15pm for 3.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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In between supporting Sarah Millican on tour Sally-Anne is gearing up for the Edinburgh Festival with a new show called Comedienne-ess.

An hour of jokes from a female/woman who is unashamed to embrace her bitchier side. She is hoping that her show title gets some women marching - if only to show off their new shoes.

"Extremely Funny" - The Independent

**** The Skinny

**** Three Weeks

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David Ephgrave - Under Construction

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.45pm for 5.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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CANCELLED

We're sorry to announce this show has been cancelled due to unavoidable sircumstances

The daily-blogging comic presents work in progress for his new show. Among Daily Telegraph's '20 Funniest One-Liners' and Comedy Central's '35 Funniest Jokes from 2017' at Edinburgh Fringe.

"As smooth as they come" - BBC
"Devastatingly witty" - EdFest Mag
"Ephgrave is a very likeable standup, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with... he's a natural entertainer" - View from the Gods
"Wonderfully innovative comedy" - Broadway Baby
"Never a dull hour" - List

There is another performance of the show on Saturday 7th April

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Links: http://www.mostlydavidephgrave.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter: david_ephgrave

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The Unrelated Family - Funny Noises

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: Moles Nightclub
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £5 on the door

The Unrelated Family, Bath's premier comedy-troupe-cum-ukulele-rock-orchestra, return with The Bath Comedy Festival's annual celebration of comedy music.

For the eighth year running, we present two hours of absolute classics from the greatest comedy musicians of all time.

Featuring songs from Victoria Wood, Bill Bailey, Flight of the Conchords, Hugh Laurie, The Bonzo Dog Band, Ian Dury, Vic & Bob and many many more, plus very special guest, Bath musical comedian wunderkind YONIC!

All proceeds to Bath Food Bank.


Links: http://www.jemroberts.com

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David Hoare and Richard James - My Cool Mac & Tyre

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Bristol based comedians, David Hoare (Stand Up For Cider Finalist 2018) and Richard James ("Quick wit and hilarious anecdotes" - New Life Magazine), bring you a preview of their Edinburgh show.

David is a musical comedian with a disdain for Flat-Earthers and a love of spreadsheets.

Richard is a country boy with a love for pub quizzes and serial killers.

Come and enjoy an hour of hilarious jokes and silly songs.

Work in progress.

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Elf Lyons - Swan

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Edinburgh Comedy Awards - Nominee for ‘Best Show’ 2017

BBC New Talent Hot List 2017

Malcolm Hardee Award nominee for Originality 2017

The giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is delighted to bring her Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show to the Bath Comedy festival: a one woman production of Swan Lake. In an hour. (Yes, really). Matthew Bourne would be proud. Think big. Think weird. It’s going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah, let’s throw that word in there too. Graduate of L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

"Clowning at its most accessible, and just amazing." ***** Three Weeks

"The funniest thing you’ll see." ***** Voice Mag

"Elf Lyons has more creativity in her first five minutes than half the other comics here have in their entire show." - Scotsman

"A fast-talking, smart-thinking stand-up for whom the adjective “kooky” could have been invented for." - Guardian

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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Milo McCabe - An Evening With Troy Hawke

Date: Sunday 8th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Poundland's plastic communism, the nefarious get rich quick allure of the Bingo, the empty capitalistic promise of the Waitrose and more come under the inscrutable eye of the Hawke! Indeed, the world according to Troy has been spreading frenziedly on the internet.

"Undeniably funny" - Chortle

"Mad comic genius" - Scotsman

"Brilliantly sharp, lacing his wit with just a touch of the surreal" - EdFest Magazine

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Links: http://www.milomccabe.co.uk

Facebook: http://facebook.com/troyhawkecomedy

Twitter: milocomedy

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Monday 9th April, 2018

Josh Pugh - These Things

Date: Monday 9th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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What are the things that define us? The books on our shelves? The clothes on our backs? The weird things we say?

These Things is the brand new show from English Comedian of the Year 2016 and Chortle Comedian to watch 2017 and looks at identity from the outside in.

Work in progress.

"Semi-surrealism is alive and well." - The List

"Flashes of genius." - Ticketmaster

**** EdFest

**** One4Review

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Monday 9th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Henning Wehn - Das Neuen Materialen Nachten

Date: Monday 9th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs approx incl interval
Price: £15

SOLD OUT

Join the German Comedy Ambassador for Teutonic jolliness at its best. Expect some old favourites and plenty of new ideas.

Some might call it work-in-progress but Henning prefers to describe it as masterpiece-under-construction.

"Forget the Euro, Henning hits the Mark" - Nottingham Post

"Cor blimey" - The Guardian

Henning's recent TV and radio appearances include hosting 'Live At The Apollo' (BBC 2), 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC 1), 'Bake Off Extra Slice' (Channel 4), 'The Unbelievable Truth' (BBC Radio 4) and 'Fighting Talk' (BBC 5 Live). A DVD of his last tour show, 'Westpahlia Is Not An Option', recorded Live in rural Devon at The Babbacombe Theatre Torquay, is available from 24th November 2017.

"Wehn wraps his vowels around the issues of immigration and identity. And he triumphs at it" - The Times

There is another performance of the show on Tuesday 10th April

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.henningwehn.de

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New Act Competition - Heat 9

Date: Monday 9th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Gareth Berliner - Natural storyteller with a warm stage presence.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Tuesday 10th April, 2018

Tom Lucy - Work In Progress

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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CANCELLED

We regret to inform you that this show has been cancelled due to touring work commitments.

After winning the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2016, Tom Lucy has gone on to support Jack Whitehall on his recent arena tour and sold out his entire run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.

Join Tom as he debuts his brand-new hour of stand up.

"Watch him live and you'll quickly understand the excitement" - The Guardian

"The best new comedian I've seen in ages" - Jack Whitehall

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Alison Thea-Skot and Lorna Shaw - Work In Progress

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Alison Thea-Skot explodes sizzlingly chaotic, work in progress, character comedy.

The Observer's Female Millennials Changing Comedy. As heard on BBC Radio 4.
"Brave, silly, a little bit unhinged and very, very funny" ***** Funny Women
"An arresting spectacle" **** Scotsman
"Devious and gleefully naughty characters" **** Skinny

Radio and TV regular Lorna Shaw brings new material to the stage in the form of stand-up, storytelling and music.

Featured in 'Best Jokes of the Edinburgh Festival 2017' Evening Standard. As seen on Plebs (ITV2), as heard on BBC Radio 4's Newsjack.
"Expect off-beat brilliance and songs" **** The Times
"Lorna is an exceptional talent who is going places" **** Funny Women

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Henning Wehn - Das Neuen Materialen Nachten

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs approx incl interval
Price: £15

SOLD OUT

Join the German Comedy Ambassador for Teutonic jolliness at its best. Expect some old favourites and plenty of new ideas.

Some might call it work-in-progress but Henning prefers to describe it as masterpiece-under-construction.

"Forget the Euro, Henning hits the Mark" - Nottingham Post

"Cor blimey" - The Guardian

Henning's recent TV and radio appearances include hosting 'Live At The Apollo' (BBC 2), 'Have I Got News For You' (BBC 1), 'Bake Off Extra Slice' (Channel 4), 'The Unbelievable Truth' (BBC Radio 4) and 'Fighting Talk' (BBC 5 Live). A DVD of his last tour show, 'Westpahlia Is Not An Option', recorded Live in rural Devon at The Babbacombe Theatre Torquay, is available from 24th November 2017.

"Wehn wraps his vowels around the issues of immigration and identity. And he triumphs at it" - The Times

There is another performance of the show on Monday 9th April

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.henningwehn.de

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New Act Competition - Heat 10

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: The Westgate
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Drew Taylor - Welsh comic with a sharp observational style combined with a strong stage presence.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Seasoned Plums

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Seasoned Plums is an hour of stand-up comedy featuring three acts:

Morgan Rees (BBC New Comedy Finalist 2017)

Jamie D'Souza (So You Think You’re Funny Finalist 2017)

Riordan DJ (Chortle Student Comedy Winner 2017)

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Carey Marx - Contrary Carey

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Taking a lesson from Donald Trump, Carey's decided to become arrogant, certain, and unapologetic.

So, this show is going to be the best thing in history, definitely, and sod anyone who disagrees.

Work in progress

"Anecdotally debauched" ***** Herald

"A comic at his gleeful best" ***** Edinburgh Evening News

"Sharp, sweet, cheeky, cynical, romantic and rude as he ever was" **** Chortle

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Si Deaves - Si's Matters

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Nuclear annihilation!! Brexit?! Rabies?? There are so many issues in the world today, yet Si Deaves still finds time to worry about the little things, in his own unique way.

Join Si's world as he tackles public abuse of grammar, superstitions, fears of inadequacy and much more in his official debut stand-up hour, Si's Matters.

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Phil Cooper - Work In Progress

Date: Tuesday 10th April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Phil Cooper runs through what will eventually be a sterling Edinburgh show.

Come and see ideas that will be amazing and others that may never see the light of day again so in that way it's kinda special.

Phil's show last year was a success and made into a tv special for s4c so he knows what he's doing.

"Makes comedy look simple" - Fosters Comedy

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Wednesday 11th April, 2018

Archie Maddocks - Matchstick

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Award winning comedian Archie Maddocks presents an hour of biting, provocative, unflinchingly funny comedy where he explores his deepest and darkest thoughts, exposes his flaws and interrogates his personal connection to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Fresh from a stint in the BBC Writers room, having previously toured South Africa and Europe, this "supercool, super smart storyteller" (Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke and Evening Standard) hilariously explores life, love and loss with a candid authenticity, marking him out as a "real highlight" (BBC).

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Lou Conran - At Least I'm Not Dog Poo Darren

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Conran returns after a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, with a show about presumption, misunderstandings and misgivings.

"Laugh out loud hilarious" ****The Scotsman

"An innately strong storyteller" **** Chortle

"A masterclass in long form comedy" ***** Edinburgh Guide

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Jamie Oliphant and Dan Audritt - Work In Progress

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Jamie Oliphant ("Very Funny" - Stephen K Amos) and Dan Audritt ("A winning wit" - Bruce Dessau) bring an hour of new jokes to Bath Comedy Festival.

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New Act Competition - Heat 11

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is David Tsonos - "Very confident, knows his material totally and had the crowd roaring. Good face and voice for comedy, great timing" - The Stand Comedy Club

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Tom Stade - I Swear

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £17.50

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He's back, by overwhelming popular demand!

After a hiatus from the touring scene, get ready for another epic blast of Tom Stade! Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, the Canadian tour-de-force is back with a brand-new show for 2017.

Renowned for his carefree attitude and broad-minded vision, nothing is taboo to this enlightened and captivating comedy legend. Combining off-the-scale charm, razor-sharp wit and a no-holds-barred attitude; Tom pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

As seen on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Ch4’s Comedy Gala.

Kick back and enter the awesome and mischievous world of Tom Stade as he provides an inspiring and incisive antidote to these dark and uncertain times.

Simply sublime comedy...I Swear.

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

Links: http://www.tomstade.co.uk

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Bentley Browning and Simon Capes - Comedy Double Whammy

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Assembly Inn
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: Free entry (donations)

Bentley Browning and Simon Capes team up to bring you an hour of comedy.

Bentley explores failure through the cracked lens of his quirky attempts at showbiz success, being a celebrity lookalike and teaching vicars how to laugh.

Simon meanwhile wonders if he has time enough left on this earth to explore anything, as he is a classic procrastinator and self confessed late developer.

Praise for Bentley Browning: "Brill" - Marc Dolan. "Fabulous and flamboyant **** Open Door Theatre

Praise for Simon Capes: "Impeccable comic timing" - Mark Savage

Booking: Free (donations)

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Matt Green - These People

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £7.50

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Matt has been doing stand up for 15 years and he's got pretty good at it. Come and hear his latest thoughts about the current state of the world. Spoiler alert: he's not keen.

Featuring applying for an Irish passport, going viral with JK Rowling and trying not to argue about Brexit.

Preview show.

"Really funny" **** Scotsman

"Why someone as funny as this isn't doing the Apollo, or having a Radio Four series of his own, is a bit of a mystery. Maybe one day. Let's hope so." **** Theatre Bath

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Sam Carrington - All Grown Up

Date: Wednesday 11th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Sam Carrington turned 40 last year, join as he contemplates this milestone by working out where he's been, where he's going, and if his cheese-based drink will ever take off.

"Has a career mapped out in stand up comedy! **** The Mirror

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Thursday 12th April, 2018

Sam Fraser - Stand Up, Weather Girl!

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Sam Fraser has been a stand-by BBC local weather presenter since 2012. It's been a steep learning curve.

Having been distracted by online comments about her bottom, she wonders can you be a full time feminist and a part time weather girl?

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Jake Baker - No Success Like Failure

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Up-and-coming comedian Jake Baker (twice nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award) brings his first solo hour to Bath, following a sold out run at VAULT festival.

Expect beguiling stories and big belly laughs as he examines success, failure, identity and pork pies.

"Definitely endearing" - Chortle

"Imaginative and original" - The Scotsman

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Rare Species - Frome - The Fecund Coming

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Frome
Doors: for 7.00pm show
Duration: 45 mins
Price: £8 adv / £10 on the day

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Have you ever wondered why Frome is such a magnet for independent thinking creatives?

Why choose to put down roots in a small market town in Somerset?

What lies beneath its burgeoning success?

Allow esteemed whistorians Virginia Saggers and Gerald Terd to take you up the Via Delarosa, lifting the lid on Frome's prosperous CULTure.

Discover the power of the Holy Well, cross ley lines and nay lines, feel the the crystal winds between your cheeks and learn how sensible shoes can lead to spiritual awakenings.

Secret histories revealed, futures foretold, rumours reiterated. Which stars foretell our destiny, and which stars have been spotted in the local charity shops?

A fun Fromambulation and a load of old cobbles.

Meet at the top of Cheap Street, near the Holy Well BA11 1BH

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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New Act Competition - Heat 12

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are three heats at The Igloo, two at the Westgate and seven at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Jo Romero - A very energetic and expressive performer, her material always sounds truly "felt" as well as being very funny.

This year Widcombe Social Club will be host two two Semi-Finals on Fri 13th April, and the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Tom Stade - I Swear

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £17.50

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He's back, by overwhelming popular demand!

After a hiatus from the touring scene, get ready for another epic blast of Tom Stade! Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, the Canadian tour-de-force is back with a brand-new show for 2017.

Renowned for his carefree attitude and broad-minded vision, nothing is taboo to this enlightened and captivating comedy legend. Combining off-the-scale charm, razor-sharp wit and a no-holds-barred attitude; Tom pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

As seen on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Ch4’s Comedy Gala.

Kick back and enter the awesome and mischievous world of Tom Stade as he provides an inspiring and incisive antidote to these dark and uncertain times.

Simply sublime comedy...I Swear.

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

Links: http://www.tomstade.co.uk

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Colin Hoult - Anna Mann in How We Stop The Fascists

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £9 / £7 concs (see below *)

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Having effectively cured all depression in last year's smash-hit hour, actress Anna Mann (Colin Hoult's "master class in character comedy" - Time Out) returns to take on the terrifying rise of fascism. Fear not, gentle liberals, Mother Mann is here.

Star of her very own Sky Arts Short, 'Anna Mann's Valentine'. As seen in Murder in Successville, Porridge, Derek, Nurse, Life's Too Short, and Being Human.

Directed by Phoebe Bourke for Berk's Nest.

"Funnier than almost all other shows at this year's Fringe." **** Telegraph
"As Anna would lovingly say - 'oh f*ck off that's good'." ***** ThreeWeeks 
"Utterly uniqe, painfully hilarious and an absolute must-see." ***** Shortcut
"Endlessly entertaining… warm, life-affirming and above all else, very funny. One that everyone will love." ***** The New European
"A hugely enjoyable, slyly satirical hour." **** Times
"Beautifully written stuff." **** Scotsman
"Dazzlingly silly… will keep you giggling far down the road from the venue." **** Fest
"Genuinely side splitting… an extremely entertaining hour." **** Ed Fest Mag
"He's just so good as Anna… A vivid, vibrant creation, incredibly funny." **** Wee Review
"His most joyful effort to date… Deliciously funny." **** Times
"You don't know where the next laugh will come from, but it'll be coming soon… smart, absurd and unpredictable." **** Chortle
"Unique and darkly brilliant talent." **** Guardian
"Sheer comic gold." **** Metro
"Master class in character comedy." **** Time Out
"Joyously inventive." **** Scotsman
"More than a little Spike Milligan about him." Exeunt Magazine

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Open Mic Playgroup

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: Free

A free open mic night of music and comedy in the newly refurbished Back Bar at The Bell.

Appearances have been known to include local stand-ups like Ben Thurston and Sam Cottle, possible spots from visiting professional comedians who are in town for the Festival, and reunion sketches from The Unrelated Family, Bath’s veteran sketch-botherers.

Arrive early if you’d like to perform.


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Arthur Smith & The Smithereens - PC Syd

Date: Thursday 12th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 9.00pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr45 incl interval
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Arthur Smith, with the ineffable Smithereens, tells the story of his father, with help from Ray Davies, Leonard Cohen, the London Metropolitan police and Nat King Cole.

Brand new, work in progress show.

After 'Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen' ("A delight of a show" **** List), which spoke and sang of his mother, Arthur Smith, once again accompanied by the Smithereens, turns to his father.

In the 1950s PC Syd Smith did night duty on the South Bank and met a gallery of fellow Londoners whom he tried his best not to arrest.

Before then he had been a P.O.W., ending the war in the notorious Colditz Castle. In Germany.

In 'Syd', Arthur quotes words his father wrote and adds his own to consider the story of one man's 20th century and what it tells us about the 21st.

"The Smithereens, Smith's sensational troupe of backing singers...ethereal, playful and beguiling" **** Fest

"There are great songs, in which the Smithereens are spectacular! Poignant, hilarious and thoughtful" - Arthur Smith's website

"Arthur Smith's your man...a comic sage" ***** Mail on Sunday



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Friday 13th April, 2018

New Act Competition - Semi-Final 1

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £6.50

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition 2018 sees over 100 of the best up and coming comics in the UK compete for the prestigious title of Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year.

The competition has become so popular that this, the tenth year of the Festival, sees no less that twelve heats and the first ever semi-finals being held over the 20 days of the Festival.

The best acts from the semi-finals will battle it out in the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, (details here).

Compere for the first semi-final is competition organiser Geoff Whiting - with over 20 years on the stand-up circuit, Geoff is an established comedian and popular compere with a wealth of experience in working at all the notable comedy clubs in Europe.

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Alex Williamson - Make The World A Banter Place

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £17.50 - £28

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Comedian, writer, actor, singer-songwriter and film-maker, Alex is a genuine online superstar with views in the hundreds of millions and almost three million total social media subscribers and followers across his platforms. His edgy and original style has garnered him fans across the globe.

A consistently huge ticket-seller at all the major theatres and festivals across Australia and the UK, since Alex began touring in 2013 he’s sold out shows and seasons at all major Australian and NZ Comedy and Fringe Festivals, in addition to also totally sold out Edinburgh Fringe Festival seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Through all this high profile success, he continues to churn out viral level online videos with an enviable consistency.

Ages 16+

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 01225 489070

Online booking: https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/alex-williamson-make-world-banter-place/

Links: http://www.youtube.com/user/shooterwilliamson

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Mark Steel - Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £15

SOLD OUT

Bath Comedy Festival in association with Off The Kerb Productions

This time last year, it seemed highly unlikely the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn't going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, a year later it's all gone to absolute shit! But don't worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright.

Mark's sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4's Mark Steel's in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, is back on the road with a new show, guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.

Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel's In Town on BBC Radio 4 (new series out soon) and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One's Have I Got News For You and Radio 4's News Quiz. He's also appeared on BBC2's QI and Room 101. Mark has written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What's Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.

Mark recently started filming his columns for The Independent and they're proving very popular indeed, you can find them here http://www.independent.co.uk/author/mark-steel

"Interesting, engaging, funny" ***** The Mirror
**** The Times
**** The Guardian
"Essential viewing" **** The Independent
"Profound yet funny" **** Sunday Times
"Frank, dryly funny" **** The Scotsman

SOLD OUT

Links: www.marksteelinfo.co.uk

Twitter: mrmarksteel

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Brew House Friday Night Live Line-up - starring Arthur Smith & Yuriko Kotani

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £12

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A Friday night line-up presented by Mirth Control, starring:

Arthur Smith
Master comedian and broadcaster, Radio 4 favourite and Edinburgh Fringe legend.

Yuriko Kotani
UK-based Japanese comedian fast making a name for herself on the comedy circuit.

Ben Bridgeman
Likeable stand-up with acting and improv background.

Robert Oldham
"Funny, witty and thought-provoking … comedy doesn’t get much better than this" - The Cambridge Tab

Geoff Whiting (MC)
An established and popular compere, Geoff is a strong and versatile act and has appeared on TV and radio as well as performing at every notable comedy club in the country. He also heads up Mirth Control Comedy.

"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy" - Independent on Sunday

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Tez Ilyas - Teztify

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £12

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Armed with his trademark cheek and uncompromising approach, Tez presents his slick, smart and typically subversive new stand-up show. As seen on BBC2’s Mock The Week, Live at the BBC, Channel 4’s The Last Leg - and heard on BBC Radio Four with two series of Tez Talks.

‘Tez Ilyas’ political stand-up is candy floss with a razorblade inside: sweet and familiar at first, then shockingly, painfully sharp. It takes serious talent to pull off’ **** The Telegraph

"A mischievous show with serious intent - Ilyas has the slickness of U.S. comics, and the gags to back it up" **** The Guardian

"Thoughtful but radiantly entertaining" **** The Times

"Articulate, passionate, thoughtful - he is equally light entertainer and heavyweight pontificator" **** London Evening Standard

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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Michael Hackett - Giantology

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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"Fall off your bar-stool funny!" ***** says Barry from some pub in London.
"Uplifting" ***** echoes Barry's mate as he clambers back onto his.

But don't take their word for it...

Can you really fit in when you're 6'7” or 204cm above ground?

What if you go through life speaking your mind in places you shouldn't?

This comedy giant is no stranger to putting his big-foot in things.

After his debut tour in Australia, Michael Hackett brings the critically acclaimed (by Barry of course…!) Giantology show to Bath Comedy Festival.

His aim? To rip apart the status quo.
Playing with the audience, he'll weave you into his story. He'll pull you into his surreal world. Taking you on weird journeys, he'll have you laughing, maybe crying. One thing's for sure, you'll soon see life differently through Michael's bird's eye view!
 
So quit the small talk and come see this giant of a man and giant of a show - an hilarious and unique spectacle.

"Guaranteed raucous laughter" - Adelaide Fringe Talent Academy

* Book in advance to guarantee a seat, or free entry and pay what you feel on exiting the venue.

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Links: http://www.michaelhackettcomedy.com

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New Act Competition - Semi-Final 2

Date: Friday 13th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £6.50

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition 2018 sees over 100 of the best up and coming comics in the UK compete for the prestigious title of Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year.

The competition has become so popular that this, the tenth year of the Festival, sees no less that twelve heats and the first ever semi-finals being held over the 20 days of the Festival.

The best acts from the semi-finals will battle it out in the Grand Final on Sunday 15th April, (details here).

Compere for the second semi-final is Luke Honnoraty - Highly regarded as one of the best acts to emerge from the south west in recent years, Luke is now performing alongside the best names in comedy.

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Saturday 14th April, 2018

Hilary Chaplain - Physical Comedy Workshop. Don’t just watch it - do it!

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: Burdall's Yard
Doors: 10.00am for 2 day workshop show
Duration: 2 days 10-5pm
Price: £120 or £100 earlybird / £100 concs (see below *)

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In this accessible workshop you will develop tools for performing comedy. You will explore the techniques of slapstick, improvisation, mishaps and comic timing through the gentle art of clown.

"Hilary Chaplain is a brilliant teacher and performer, and her physical comedy class is awesome. She creates a friendly, fun, and hard working environment for people at many different levels of experience." - Cathy Rose Salit, CEO and co-founder Performance Of A Lifetime

Workshop takes place Sat 14th & Sun 15th April, 10am - 5pm each day.

For more information or to book a place email Pat Welsh on p.welsh@bathspa.ac.uk

Booking: Pat Welsh

Online booking: mailto:p.welsh@bathspa.ac.uk

Links: http://www.hilarychaplain.com/

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* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Unrehearsed Theatre Company - Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: for 3.00pm show
Price: Free

The Unrehearsed Theatre Company is Bath's laziest and most random repertory company, and on Saturday afternoon in The Bell Inn courtyard, by popular demand they will be restaging a live rendition of Monty Python's funniest film, complete with dodgy knight costumes, fake cows, and offensive voices galore.

Be there by 2.30pm with a working phone or tablet to join in the stupidity.
Plus coconuts.


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Arnold Kuenzler-Byrt - My Hairy Belly Button

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: for 4.30pm show
Duration: 30 mins
Price: £5

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Leftfield alternative stand-up comedy from regular Bell irregular.

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The Matt Cranium Radio Hour

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Leftfield alternative comedy

This show will be recorded live.

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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The Walcot Street Comedy Club

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: The Bell
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 3hrs
Price: £5

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Club Night Show featuring:

Angie Belcher
Sarah Slater
Meat Market
Mathew Alford
Don't Be A Bore Dress For A Chore
Matt Jones
The Feminist Mouse Circus
Arnold Kuenzler-Byrt
Compere: Miche Quiche


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Krater Comedy Club - Duncan Oakley, Alex Smith, Allyson June Smith & MC Maff Brown

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £9 - £48

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Watch three top stand-ups and one of the best comperes in the business, plus eat delicious food served by our Soil Association Gold Standard Award Winning Restaurant.

And for the full Saturday Night Out Krater Comedy Club ticket holders on Saturday gain FREE ENTRY, without a queue to the sell-out club night Motorcity.

Tonight's line-up:

Duncan Oakley
Alex Smith
Allyson June Smith
MC Maff Brown

"Pick of the Week" – The Guardian

"THE place to catch stand-up comedy" – The Independent

Prices: £48 VIP ticket / £30.50 Meal Deal / £20 Auditorium / £16.50 Balcony / £13 Balcony Concession / £9 Student Balcony

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 01225 489070

Online booking: http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/cabaret/krater/

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Festival Closing Gala Show - starring Zoe Lyons, Simon Day, Arthur Smith & more

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: Apex Hotel Conference Centre
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl intervals
Price: £22 / £18 concs (see below *)

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A glittering array of fantastic comedic talent in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Festival, in the fabulous new venue at the Apex Hotel.

Starring:
Zoe Lyons - one of today's incredibly popular top comedians, with countless TV credits.

Simon Day (The Fast Show)

Arthur Smith (Legendary Comedian, Broadcaster and Grumpy Old Man)

Lewis MacLeod as Donald Trump (Steve Wright, Dead Ringers)

Nick Doody (one of the brightest talents on the comedy circuit, a highly engaging live performer and prolific comedy writer for TV and radio)

Kirsty Newton (enormously talented musical entertainer)

Sunjai Arif (last year's New Act Competition winner)

and Alan Francis (MC) - award winning comedian and writer (The Big Impression, Ronni Ancona & Co and many more)

Featuring a presentation of the inaugural Lovehoney Award for best (innuendo-laden?) joke of the Festival. Rumour has it the Queen herself will be in attendance...

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Mitch Benn - I'm Still Here

Date: Saturday 14th April, 2018
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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"Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire" - The Scotsman

Congratulations! It's 2018 and you're still here! So is Mitch, ("the country's leading musical satirist" Times) looking backwards, forwards and sideways trying to make the world a better place, one silly song at a time. Join him as he looks back over what for the lack of a better word he still refers to as his "career" and ponders where he - and indeed all of us - might be going next.

"A seriously talented laugh-maker, musician and satirist. Mitch Benn should be more widely known and appreciated. He’s Britain’s answer to Tom Lehrer" - The Swindonian

A stalwart of BBC Radio 4's Now Show for more than a decade, Mitch has also presented many radio specials. Following on from the success of Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle, a further three specials on music icons Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Elvis have been broadcast - The Freewheelin' Mitch Benn, Mitch Benn Is The Fat Pink Duke and Mitch Benn Has Left The Building. He also co-presented with Harry Shearer BBC Radio 2's Anatomy Of A Guitar and presented Spank The Plank for BBC Radio 4. Most recently, in December 2016, he appeared on (and won) BBC1 television's Celebrity Mastermind!

"Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny" - The Guardian

Booking: Rondo Theatre

Online booking: http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/

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Sunday 15th April, 2018

New Act Competition - Grand Final

Date: Sunday 15th April, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: ~3hrs incl intervals
Price: £10

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition 2018 sees over 100 of the best up and coming comics in the UK compete in twelve heats.

The best acts from the competition heats battle it out in tonight's Grand Final, judged by a panel comprising comedy industry heavyweights including Graham Smith, Alan Nixon and Jill Edwards, plus Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel.

Previous finalists include Sunjai Arif, Pav Rao, Tamar Broadbent, Bethan Roberts, Archie Maddocks, Paul Revill, Larry Dean, Rob Beckett, Joe Lycett, Matt Richardson, Mickey Sharma, Lindsay Sharman, Harriet Kemsley and James Alderson.

Competition organiser and tonight's compere is Geoff Whiting - with over 20 years on the stand-up circuit, Geoff is an established comedian and popular compere with a wealth of experience in working at all the notable comedy clubs in Europe. He has supported Michael McIntyre, Harry Hill, Dara O'Briain, Omid Djalili, Lee Mack, Ross Noble, Rhod Gilbert, Milton Jones, Micky Flanagan, Noel Fielding and Lee Hurst. Geoff is also the driving force behind Mirth Control - the largest independant comedy booker in the UK, currently booking comedy shows into more than 80 venues nationwide.

A Mirth Control and Nick Steel presentation.

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Bizarre Bath

Date: Sunday 15th April, 2018
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath.

You''ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us?

Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)

No booking required - pay on the day.


Links: http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk/

Email for information: noelbritten@talk21.com

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Thursday 31st May, 2018 - Bath Comedy Festival @ Bath Fringe!

James Hollingsworth's Pink Floyd Night

Date: Thursday 31st May, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl interval
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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A special event centred on the music of Pink Floyd, performed by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist singer/guitarist James Hollingsworth.

In an all-live solo show, also featuring some of his own songs, James combines modern Looping technology, with real instruments - hand percussion, voice, harmonica and guitar effects to build complex arrangements in real time. No pre-recorded backing tracks are used!

"Ace guitarist James Hollingsworth's solo Pink Floyd evening last year was incredible! Prepare to be entertained! A Marvel!" - Rose and Crown, Charlbury

"Fascinating one man band James Hollingsworth conjures some wonderful soundscapes with guitar effects and loops to create colour and build the suspense." - Somerset Guardian

"Truly a phenomenal experience" - Barry 'The Fish' Melton

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Thursday 7th June, 2018 - Bath Comedy Festival @ Bath Fringe!

Andy Davies & Kirsty Newton - The Scott Walker Songbook

Date: Thursday 7th June, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr40min incl interval
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Scott Walker is one of popular music's most fascinating and elusive artists. Singer/comedian Andy Davies has been obsessed with him for years and wants to share this devotion with you. Scott wont perform his songs anymore but Andy will. He has made it his calling to share the music of the godlike genius through the creation of a brand-new show debuting at Bath Fringe Festival.

Part stand up and part tribute to one of the greatest singers in popular music, The Scott Walker Songbook is an intimate, touching and funny evening for both Scott Walker fans and newcomers alike.

We invite you to join Andy and pianist Kirsty Newton as they shine a light on some of the wonderful songs of a rich and varied career. The Scott Walker Songbook doesnt just stick to the 60s classics and includes songs from The Walker Brothers as well as Scotts more recent, avant-garde albums. On the night you can expect to hear include Plastic Palace People, Montague Terrace (In Blue), The Electrician and Farmer in the City.

Andy Davies is a character comedian and singer whose alter ego is the showbiz legend Quint Fontana.

Kirsty Newton is a musician, songwriter, arranger and performer whose credits include Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Jess Robinson's Mighty Voice, The Distraction Club and Kirsty's Poptastic Piano Singalong.

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Sunday 17th June, 2018

Doug Stanhope

Date: Sunday 17th June, 2018
Venue: Bath Pavilion
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £37.50

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Caustic social commentary, outlandish first-person narratives, graphic sex and perversion, sometimes within the same sentence.

Fueled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol, Stanhope rails against western civilization's slide into apathy and stupidity, always on the edge of implosion yet fully in control and never afraid to risk pissing off his audiences.

In a field crowded with conformists and copycats, Stanhope is a genuinely original comic voice, albeit a gleefully vulgar one. "A visionary douchebag" says The Times. Raw, agitated and unflinching, he holds forth on all manner of major injustices and petty annoyances, excoriating himself as much as any of his other targets. But Stanhope's venomous bile is matched by his passion and conviction, as well as a fierce intellect that gives his work a level of substance and subtlety that belies his snarling exterior. His comedy is as corrosive as it is hilarious, and his righteous self-immolation is exhilarating and life-affirming in its cathartic honesty.

"Stanhope shocks you with the virulence of his lucidity; he shocks you into realising how transparent the confidence trick of western propaganda can be made to seem. What he has in abundance is the charm, don't-give-a-damn swagger and aggressive intelligence that make for important, exciting comedy" - The Guardian

"Doug Stanhope might be the most important standup working today" - Ricky Gervais

As seen on BBC TV's Newswipe with Charlie Brooker.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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Tuesday 24th July, 2018 - Edinburgh Previews!

Faye Treacy - The Problem With Faye Treacy

Date: Tuesday 24th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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When asked by her little sister for some career advice, Faye realised she'd spent the last half of her 20s trying to make trombone comedy work.

Join Faye for an idiosyncratic tale about a South London foster family, why she's decided she wants to become a stepdad and what it's like to be quite often the only woman in the band.

Debut hour from Best Newcomer: Musical Comedy Awards 2015, Runner-Up: Bath Comedy New Act 2016, as heard on BBC Radio 2/4extra.

"Treacy's charm soon wins us round...her one-liners are expertly crafted and sharp" - The List

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Carey Marx - Carey Carey Quite Contrary

Date: Tuesday 24th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Legendary club comic, Fringe stalwart and raconteur of darkness, Carey Marx, with his latest Edinburgh show.

Donald Trump is President so sod it. Carey's going to do what he wants.

Taking a lesson from the leader of the free world, Carey's decided to become arrogant, certain and unapologetic. What happens when he's above reproach? Greatness happens. Yes, everything Carey turns his hand to becomes magically magnificent.

Goodbye integrity and humility. Hello delusion and dishonesty.

This show is going to be the best thing in history. Definitely.

Carey Marx is internationally renowned for his unique brand of dark humour and caustic wit. His wilful disregard for the controversial and delicate is tempered beautifully by his ability to find joy in the most unexpected places. Nominated for Chortle's Best Club Comic 2017 award, don't miss your chance to see a true comedy master.

Twice winner of Best International Show at New Zealand Comedy Festival
Star of Intensive Carey; BBC Radio 4
Writer for Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish; Dave
Co-host of The Proper Gander 2017
Co-host of Citizens of Nowhere with Nick Doody 2018

"This is great comedy from a comedy master" **** The Scotsman
"Anecdotally debauched" ***** Herald
"A comic at his gleeful best" ***** Edinburgh Evening News
"Highly engaging, devilish, menacing and totally mesmerizing" ***** Edinburgh Guide
"Sharp, sweet, cheeky, cynical, romantic and rude as he ever was" **** Chortle
"Comedy at its best" **** Fest

In Association with Glorious Management

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Wednesday 25th July, 2018 - Edinburgh Previews!

Anna Morris - Bombastic

Date: Wednesday 25th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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The award-winning character comedian and star of Channel 4's Lee and Dean celebrates four sell-out shows with a mash-up of her favourite creations.

Fearless comedy from the creator of international hit ‘It’s Got to be Perfect. (Best Show, Funny Women Awards) and the critically acclaimed ‘Dolly Mixture’, ‘Would Like to Thank’ and ‘Bitchelors’.

"Beautifully crafted comedy" The Independent.

"A master of character comedy" British Comedy Guide.

"Morris has the X Factor" ***** EdinburghGuide.com

***** Funny Women
**** The Herald
**** Skinny
**** Sunday Herald
**** Broadway Baby
**** The Stage
**** Scotsgay

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Simon Munnery - The Wreath

Date: Wednesday 25th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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"I went to a funeral the other day. Caught the wreath..."

That's what came to me, from the mysterious source of the inexplicable. Hear the story of the joke, how it became a painting, and what happened next.

"Subversive and brilliant" - The Guardian



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Thursday 26th July, 2018 - Edinburgh Previews!

John Hastings - Float Like A Butterfly John Hastings Like A Bee

Date: Thursday 26th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Last year, John Hastings was hit by a car and broke his arm. He then became homeless (his choice) with a long distance girlfriend (her choice) and now has a lot of thoughts on pigeons and bicycles (your choice).

Now he's written this comedy show.  A tale of displacement, death and denial (don't worry, there are jokes too). 

As seen on Comedy Central

***** (The Mirror)
***** (Broadway Baby)
**** (Fest)
**** (The Herald)
**** (Three Weeks)
**** (Melbourne Herald Sun)

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Stephanie Laing - Quitter

Date: Thursday 26th July, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Stephanie Laing is a massive quitter.  She's given up alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, drugs (mostly), meat (sometimes), and casual sex (honest).  But is she now a big ball of joy?  Is everything bloody OK now?

Come and see this lovable little weirdo talk about how she's trying to fix her silly little brain by doing fewer things.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist 2015

"Eye-wateringly honest, Devastating technique, with natural comic timing and delivery" - Chortle

"Gloriously silly, wonderfully unpretentious" - Broadway Baby

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Wednesday 10th October, 2018 - Autumn Season!

Neil Innes

Date: Wednesday 10th October, 2018
Venue: Apex Hotel Conference Centre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr50 incl interval
Price: £17.50 / £12.50 concs (see below *)

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Dubbed the seventh member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Neil Innes has made people laugh, sing and think since forming The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band with Viv Stanshall in the early 1960s.

Since the mid '90s Neil has entertained enthusiastic audiences across the world with his unique mixture of music, comedy, and comment.

The Bonzos collaboration with Monty Python staretd in 1968 with the TV series 'Do Not Adust Your Set' and continued into the following decades. Meanwhile Neil formed the hilarious Beatles parody band The Rutles with Eric Idle and starred in his own hugely popular TV series 'The Innes Book of Records'.

Surrealist, songwriter, beaming stand-up lighthouse and all-round Urban Spaceman...here is your chance to see a solo show with Neil in our lovely new venue at the Apex City Of Bath Hotel.

"Impossible to label", as he says himself, "If I could describe what it is I do on stage in a sentence or two, then there would be no need for me to go on stage and do it".

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Thursday 8th November, 2018 - Autumn Season!

Swear along with Withnail & I

Date: Thursday 8th November, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £8

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It's back! You've sung-along-a Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, even Frozen but now, for another glorious night, you can

SWEAR-ALONG-A WITHNAIL & I


Join fellow fans for a very special screening of the most quoted cult classic film, Withnail & I, and get to shout along with all the sweariest moments!

Special guest introduction, and prize for the best dressed character from the film!

Our reasonably priced bar will be open throughout the show..."two large gins, two pints of cider, ice in the cider"

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Thursday 29th November, 2018 - Autumn Season!

Bonbon Cabaret - Christmas Special

Date: Thursday 29th November, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl intervals
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Bonbon Cabaret is back for a Christmas Special, following the Grand Switch-on of Widcombe's Christmas tree lights.

A splendiferous line-up of star acts will include:

A tour de force from Damian Williams as Tommy Cooper
"...captivating...a charisma and an honesty that rightly steals the show" - Britsh Theatre Guide

Deadpan stand-up from David James
"Great, world-weary composure and an irritable pedantry worthy of Jack Dee" - Chortle

The ineffable Widcombe Radio Players, and of course what no Bonbon Cabaret would be complete without - a pickled egg raffle!

Comfortable cabaret seating, reasonably priced bar and free Christmas nibbles.

Dress code: White Christmas. Prize for the best creation...

Look out for the Widcombe Christmas lights switch-on shenanigans before the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3456287



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