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Welcome to the official home of the Bath Comedy Festival

Welcome to the home of Bath Comedy - for the award-winning Spring time Bath Comedy Festival, now in its 16th year, and year-round Bath Comedy events including Bath Comedy Club shows, July Edinburgh Preview season and many one-off specials.

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Bath Comedy presents: EDINBURGH PREVIEWS FESTIVAL 2024

See events calendar 14th to 25th July at NOWHERE and UPSTAIRS @ BATH PIZZA CO

Two weeks of hand-picked, affordable preview shows forming a mini-Edinburgh Fringe right here in Bath!

Featuring Adam Flood, Tom Rosenthal, Robin Morgan, Steve Hughes, Dr Phil Hammond, Ted Hill, Ghost Huns, Dan Tiernan, Graham Dickson, Tiff Stevenson, Abi Clarke, Marjolein Robertson, Daniel Cainer, Andrew O'Neill, Horatio Gould, Finlay Christie, Nate Kitch, Stella Graham, Javier Jarquin, Dave Chawner, Arthur Smith & Phil Nice!

Enjoy a top notch slice of Edinburgh Fringe with 22 solo shows presented at two of our favourite small venues over the latter part of July.

Look out for the printed guide in town soon, but secure your tickets by booking online -

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The 2024 Bath Comedy Festival ran from Monday 1st April to Sunday 21st April, and was jam packed with dozens of shows featuring over 250 performers, in 15 venues across the city.

The fun carries on all year round, with two weeks Edinburgh Previews in July, Bath Comedy Club nights and tour shows in venues big and small.

For all forthcoming events - CLICK HERE for the full event calendar, with details and online booking for all shows.

We're programming into next year and beyond already, and we need your help to keep the laughs coming - why not become a Friend of the Festival, or if you have a business become a Festival Sponsor - there is a whole range of benefits available. Email sponsor@bathcomedy.com for more information.

Luke Richards wins Bath New Act of the Year 2024

The New Act Competition Grand Final was held on Sunday 21st April 2024 at the Old Theatre Royal, hosted by Arthur Smith and featuring Mark Flynn.

Our twelve finalists were of a very high standard this year.

Read the full press release here.
Helen Lederer receives 2024 Bath Plug Award

Bath Comedy Festival presented our annual Bath Plug Award, a prize given to recognise outstanding services to comedy, to actor, comedian and author Helen Lederer

Festival Director Nick Steel awarded the prize "for so many achievements, not least for the amazing work creating the Comedy Women In Print competition" during a special celebratory launch of her memoir 'Not That I'm Bitter', which took place at the festival's new venue Upstairs @ Bath Pizza Co

Read the full press release here.

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The Festival is not regularly funded and relies on support from businesses' sponsorship and support from YOU too!

Join our merry band of Friends for an annual £75 and enjoy such benefits as:

- Invitations to exclusive VIP receptions
- 'Thank you' accreditations on our web site and printed programme
- Concession rate tickets for selected events
- Early notice of special events
- Membership of an exclusive group of donors whom, by their generosity, contribute to the long term success of the Festival.

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Festival Director Nick Steel also promotes "regular-irregular" music gigs .

Nick is continuing to bring top class live music back to the street at The Ram pub in Widcombe, Bath. The ever-improving revamped cafe/pub now incorporates Widcombe Deli, selling their fabulous home made fayre during the daytimes (including breakfasts fom 8.30am) with food available in the evenings too, (busy sporting fixtures permitting!).

After a break from music over summer (football and other things rather take over), look out for fortnightly live bands starting again in September 2024, including trios featuring some of the country's finest blues guitarists.

LeBurn MaddoxFirst up:
Fri 6th Sept - LeBurn Maddox Trio - Live at The Ram

A heady mix of Soul, Funk and Blues Rock with a little Reggae thrown in.

Click here for details.

More top bands this season:
Fri 20th Sept - Innes Sibun Trio
Fri 4th Oct - Ben Fletcher Blues Cafe Orchestra
Fri 18th Oct - Babois Eats The Lizard
Fri 1st Nov - Bob Bowles Trio
Fri 15th Nov - Will Edmunds Trio
Fri 6th Dec - LeBurn Maddox Trio
Fri 20th Dec - Jon Amor Trio
Fri 10th Jan - Courting Ghosts
Fri 24th Jan - Bob Bowles Trio
Fri 7th Feb - Jon Amor Trio
Fri 21st Feb - Innes Sibun Trio
Fri 7th Mar - Ben Fletcher Blues Cafe Orchestra
Fri 21st Mar - Bob Bowles Trio

Click here for the complete What's On events diary.

Nick Steel's Radio Interviews

Listen to a selection of Nick's recent radio interviews, and some famous performers too - click here

Nick says:

I'm always excited about what we have in store for the next Bath Comedy shows, and I'm so proud that we managed to not only survive the pandemic/lockdown periods, but also produce over 60 shows in 2020 and over 75 in 2021, when not much else was able to happen, and then hold full Bath Comedy Festivals every year since.

Bath Comedy recently reached the top three in category at the 2022 Bath Business Awards - Tourism and Hospitality Resilience Award, and was a finalist in both the Bath Life Awards and Creative Bath Awards 2023 and 2024.


See the what's on calendar for more details of all shows as they come on sale, including Bath Comedy Club nights, Edinburgh Previews season, and all year-round tour shows and one-off events. We're already booking into next year and beyond...lots of excitement to come!

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