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Bath Comedy Festival 2016 starts tomorrow!

The 8th annual Bath Comedy Festival kicks off on Friday 1st April.

How time flies...the festival is nearly upon us!

Widcombe Social Club

Here at Festival HQ we're looking forward to breaking in the newly rebuilt Widcombe Social Club as our new home. We're the guinea pigs and will be the first to try out the new building's fantastic function room...the bars are installed and the beer is flowing, the stage is going up today, the green room is ready and we can't wait to show the place off!

Apart from the exciting opening night, there are a lot of great events going on over two weekends at the Club including some top class acts from all genres of comedy, and a full five days during the week of the Kids' Comedy Fest.

Highlights from the first Saturday, 2nd April include Viv Groskop's new show "Be More Margo", followed by a Character and Sketch Comedy Showcase - we're thrilled to present award winning double act Lazy Susan, in a show of two halves hosted by the wonderful Alan Francis and also featuring the return to Bath of Mike Hayley's genius creation Clovis Van Darkhelm, and no doubt several surprises!

Saturday night at the Club is headlined by Stephen Frost's Improv All Stars - the chaps from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" are here and guaranteed to deliver the goods in style!

You can buy tickets online up to a couple of hours before each event, or on the door at the venue.

Sunday Fun

Sunday's Wine Arts Trail is sold out, but fear not, there are plenty of other great events on offer.

The Bath Plug Award this year is going to be presented to the one and only Peter Richardson, the genius behind 30 years of Comic Strip Presents films, which kick started the careers of so many well loved comedians including Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ade Edmonsen and Rik Mayall. Join Peter at The Little Theatre where he's showing his new film Redtop, starring Maxine Peake, Stephen Mangan, Harry Enfield and many more, followed by a Q&A discussion with local favourite comedy historian and author Jem Roberts, and a special celebration of 30 years of The Comic Strip Presents presented on the big screen!

Arthur Smith's Arturart Museum of Socks will be available to view all day at Widcombe Social Club from Sunday 3rd April until the end of the Festval...and if you time your visit right, you might find the curator in attendance...

Bath's own Noel Britten starts a run of shows exploring magic and illusion called Deceptively Simple at Sleight - Bath's only Magic Bar above The Ale House.

The incredible mimicry and singing of Jess Robinson will make a fantastic finale to the first weekend. Her new show "The Rise of Mighty Voice" has wowed audiences all over gaining many standing ovations and multiple five star reviews.

Check out the full Festival line-up online at or read the brochure online - click here for the links.

Full information and easy online booking links for more than 100 shows can be found in the what's on diary pages on the web site. Many events are already selling well, so book tickets in advance to guarantee your seats!

Bath Brew House

A truly affordable side to the Festival kicks off at Bath Brew House on Friday night with Fitz Of Giggles' Opening Night Showcase, continuing on Saturday with shows from Alfie Moore, Sam Carrington and Stephanie Laing's Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely...

Bath Brew House is also host to two Saturday night line-ups, the first this weekend starring Sean Hughes.

There's a full Festival-long programme of pay-what-you-feel shows at the Brew House - pay 5 in advance to guarantee a seat, or get free entry on the day (subject to availability) and simply pay what you want in the bucket at the end of the show. Each weekday also features a heat of the New Act Competition.

Become a Friend of the Festival

Individual supporters can get some great benefits!

From just 75 you can become a friend of the Festival, and enjoy:

  • Complimentary ticket to the opening night showcase event
  • 'Thank you' accreditations on our web site and printed programme
  • Concession rate tickets for selected events, and
  • Membership of an exclusive group of donors who by their generosity contribute to the long term success of the Festival.
Simply email to enrol!

Bath Comedy Festival is sponsored by:

Curo Specsavers Abbey Hotel Cardok Hall & Woodhouse

Sponsors are being sought for 2016/2017 - get in touch with us if you interested in supporting the Festival.


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