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BATH COMEDY FESTIVAL 2020 DATES: postponed - to be continued...

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Bath Comedy Festival - Crowd Fund launched

It was incredibly sad to have to postpone this year's springtime Festival, and particularly bad timing just as we were launching the biggest and best line-up to date. Bath Comedy Festival has suffered a huge financial blow from the effects of the pandemic – as you can imagine, such short notice meant that most of this year's non-refundable budget had already been spent. 

We're determined that the Festival will get through this crisis, avert disaster and resurface in as many ways as possible. To this end we've set up a GoFundMe crowd funding campaign, from which every single penny raised will go to paying people and getting our house in order so that we may again present something that everyone in Bath can be proud of, and that everyone involved with will enjoy!
 
Over the years we've been able to bring an amazing number of top line acts to Bath, whilst encouraging new talent and championing women in comedy. Let's hope we can all get back together sooner rather than later and let the laughs flow once more!
 
To donate to the fund, click the image below or follow this link to the GoFundMe page: http://www.GoFundMe.com/Bath-Comedy-Festival

Thank you to everyone for your help and support, keep well and we'll all be laughing again soon!

Bathtime Comedy Festival

In loo (sic) of a physical Festival, we bring you a series of BathTime Comedy Festival messages, from comedians and patrons:

Our friend and patron Arthur Smith started us off with this message from his bath:



We've set up a special YouTube channel - please visit this channel to view all the BathTime videos, which include messages from Simon Evans, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre and others, plus a series of missives from a certain Lord Rivington, who bears a strange resemblance to comedian Alan Francis...

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Rescheduling the Festival proper

Further to previous announcements, we have postponed all the Festival's Spring time shows and are working hard to secure rescheduled dates for as many events as possible later this year, and into next. 

If you'd like to read the programme-that-would-have-been...click on the front cover image below to view the PDF. We will try to bring as many of these shows to Bath as we can!

Bath Comedy Festival 2020 - POSTPONED

Following the latest advice from the Government on public gatherings, we have decided to postpone Bath Comedy Festival until later this year.  We are working to move the 300+ comedians, 170+ event festival sponsored by Lovehoney.co.uk, provisionally to September 2020.

Our Festival director Nick Steel says: "It is with much regret and sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone the 12th Bath Comedy Festival, but along with many other event organisations, we must honour our duty of care to audiences and performers alike. We worked incredibly hard to bring these amazing names to perform in our beautiful city, and will be working even harder now to ensure we can still provide much needed entertainment to The City of Bath with a rescheduled event later this year. In these difficult times, comedy is more important than ever and we want to bring laughter back to this city as soon as possible. Our thoughts are with everyone who is being affected by this situation."

We will be consulting closely with venues, artists and management, working with sponsors and partners, and will issue updated information as and when the situation becomes clearer, performance by performance. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for any rescheduled performances once the new dates have been announced, and optional refunds will be available via box offices.

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Bath Comedy - pre-Festival shows

We are delighted to present a variety of comedy, music, cabaret and food events throughout the year, not just within the springtime Festival itself.

Next up is a return of the ever-popular Bonkers Burns Night at Widcombe Social Club on Saturday 25th January, featuring a fabulous three course supper with all the trimmings, entertainment from stars of The Comedy Store Players and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway', MC Jacky McSween and virtuoso multi-instumentalist John Sampson!

Our favourite 60-seater room upstairs at the Ring O Bells is one of the most intimate comedy venues around. With the pub under new management there's great beers and pub food available downstairs. Come and see the latest refurbishment of this amazing small space as we present two great shows in February - Silky on Tuesday 19th, and Catherine Bohart: Lemon on Wednesday 20th Feb.

Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition 2019 - David Eagle wins the Lovehoney Newcomer Award

This year's New Act Competition saw a total of 120 long-listed contenders battle it out over twelve heats and two semi-finals, with 10 finalists reaching the Grand Final, judged by a panel comprising comedy industry heavyweights including Graham Smith, Alan Nixon and Jill Edwards, guest judge and master comedian John Moloney plus Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel. Here are the results:

First place: David Eagle
Second place: Martin Durchov
Joint Third place: Chelsea Birkby

David Eagle receives the coveted Lovehoney Newcomer Award, a cheque from Bath Comedy Festival for £250, plus at least two paid appearances at next year's Festival.

New Act Competition Winners
L to R: Chelsea Birkby, Martin Durchov, David Eagle, Geoff Whiting (Mirth Control), Nick Steel, Elaine Sosna (Lovehoney).
Photo by Lloyd Ellington


The announcement was live-streamed on Twitter - click here to watch the video

All the finalists were given a goody bag containing items from Principal Sponsor Lovehoney and Festival Sponsor Bath Ales:
Lovehoney Newcomer Award finalists
L to R: Chelsea Birkby, Martin Durchov, Nathan Eagle, Michael Cummings, Alex Prescot, Paul Hilleard, David Eagle, Nick Steel, Saban Kasim, Fran Kissling, Will Hall, Jenny Laville, Geoff Whiting, Elaine Sosna
Photo by Lloyd Ellington


Read the British Comedy Guide report here

Lovehoney Best Joke Award 2019

This year's Lovehoney Best Joke Award was presented at the end of the Festival's Closing Gala Show at the Apex Hotel, to Bill Clarke, the man behind local favourite character Bill Smarme, for the best innuendo-laden joke of the Festival.

The joke in question was made off the cuff when talking about the weather, with a cheeky wink in the direction of Festival sponsors online sex toy retailers Lovehoney: "…of course we did get some snow…you know what it's like – one day you've got a full 12 inches, then the next day it's all gone".

Nick Steel said "We are hugely grateful to our sponsors Lovehoney and I'm delighted to award the 2019 Lovehoney Best Joke Award, for best innuendo-laden joke, to Bill Smarme, a.k.a. Mr Bill Clarke."

The award was presented at the end of the Festival's Closing Weekend Gala at the Apex Hotel Bath's Conference Centre venue, on stage with a line-up of some of the stars of the evening which included comedians John Moloney, Fred MacAulay, Alan Francis, Emily Rose Simons and Pete Latham.

Lovehoney Best Joke Award presentation
L-R Richard Longhurst (Lovehoney), John Moloney, Nick Steel, Emily Rose Simons, Fred MacAulay, Alan Francis, Barnaby Power, Bill Clarke
Photo by Louisa Gummer



Bill Clarke a.k.a. Bill Smarme, pictured with the Lovehoney Best Joke Award 2019
Photo by Nick Steel

Bath Plug Award 2019

This year's Bath Plug Award, which acknowledges significant achievement or contribution to comedy, was presented to comedian, broadcaster and "famously grumpy old man" Arthur Smith.

Bath Plug Award presentation
Left: Jem Roberts, Arthur Smith, Nick Steel; Right: Arthur Smith & The Smithereens
Photos by Louisa Gummer and Nick Steel


The presentation took place at one of the festival's most popular core venues, Widcombe Social Club, at the end of a moving performance of Smith's show Syd. Accompanied by The Smithereens, the show tells the story of Arthur's father Syd, a POW and PC, on night duty in 1950s London - an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times.

To present the medal, co-organiser of the Bath Plug Award, author and historian Jem Roberts, was joined on stage by Festival Director Nick Steel, who said the award was "also a personal thank you for all the years of laughter and support, as a friend and as a patron of the festival."

Previous recipients have been Terry Jones, Peter Richardson, Barry Cryer and Rachel Parris.

Bath Life Awards 2019 - Winner

We are delighted to announce another award win for Bath International Comedy Festival in partnership with Visit Bath - the Arts category of the 2019 Bath Life Awards!

Bath Business Awards 2018 - Winner



We are delighted to announce Bath International Comedy Festival in partnership with Visit Bath was awarded the Leisure & Tourism Award at this year's Bath Business Awards. The awards are run by Bath Chronicle and the Leisure & Tourism award was presented by Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, who sponsored the award, at a ceremony held at the Pavilion hosted by TV star Martin Roberts.


L-R Tarquin McDonald (Bath Rugby), Les Redwood (Visit Bath), Ralph Oswick (Bath Comedy), Martin Roberts (Homes Under The Hammer), Nick Steel (Bath Comedy)

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