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Bath Comedy Festival 2014

Bath Comedy Festival 2014 ran from Friday 28th March to Sunday 6th April. The sixth year of the festival built on the success of the first five years with the best line-up yet!

Read a short report from Festival Director Nick Steel - click here.

Next year's dates will be Friday 27th March - Monday 6th April 2015.

The Festival isn't just a one-off event in the Spring - we present shows throughout the year too.
Check back here to see what we've got going on later in the year.

Bath Comedy Festival - Latest News

Widcombe Nights - Comedy Special

Wed 26th November - Upstairs at the Ring O Bells.

A triumphant return to one of Bath Comedy's favourite rooms, newly refurbished and now with air conditioning!

Starring a trio of great comedians: Neil McFarlane, Stephanie Laing and Dave Williams.

For full details and online booking click here.

Jeremy Hardy

Fri 5th December at St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon.


Bath Comedy Festival is branching out to Bradford on Avon's fabulous newly refurbished flagship venue later this year, to bring back by popular request one of Radio 4's finest stars Jeremy Hardy, as heard on the News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation.

"A comic genius." - Sandi Toksvig

For full details and online booking click here.

Nina Conti

Sun 7th December at The Christmas Spiegeltent, Bristol Harbourside.

+ support from Mae Martin


We are delighted to be working with The Christmas Spiegeltent, to bring you the internationally acclaimed, ground-breaking ventriloquist, BAFTA nominated filmmaker and British Comedy Award winner.

"I laughed until I couldn't breathe" - Melbourne Age
"Uproariously hilarious" - Scotsman

For full details and online booking click here.

Swear along with Withnail & I

Thurs 11th December at St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon.

Tickets £5

You've sung-along-a Sound Of Music, now swear-along-a Withnail!

Join fellow fans for a screening of the cult classic Withnail & I and get to shout along with the sweariest moments!

For full details and online booking click here.

Money raised for Mentoring Plus

The Tom Craine & Idle Playthings double bill at the Ring O Bells in July raised £130 for Mentoring Plus.
For more information on the charity visit www.mentoringplus.net

New Act Competition Results

For the first time ever, there were joint winners of the New Act Competition

Congratulations to Archie Maddocks and Paul Revill who share first place, and runner up Russ Peers

Prizes included £200 cash, a vibrant canvas artwork of Tommy Cooper from iconicomedy, bottles of Handmade Cider Company cider and Bath Comedy Festival t-shirts.

Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition 2014 Winners

Pictured (left to right): Festival Director Nick Steel, Archie Maddocks, Competition Co-ordinator Geoff Whiting and Paul Revill.
Photo by John Arnold Photos

Congratulations to all the finalists and thanks to Geoff Whiting and judges Alan Nixon, Graham Smith and Jill Edwards.


Theatre Bath have published some reviews from the Festival. Read them here:

Timandra Harkness - Brainsex 4 stars

Joel Dommett - Practical Joker 4 stars

John Moloney 5 stars

Hardeep Singh Kohli - Hardeep Is Your Love 4 stars

Martin Mor - How Do You Like Your Blue Eyed Boy Mister Death? 4 stars

Chortle's review of Opening Night can be read here.

Read a Storify story of the first weekend - click here.

Press Coverage

Bath Life, Bath Magazine, Bath Chronicle and more have published features on the Festival as well as interviews.
Click here to read these and see the latest coverage of Festival stories in the press.

60 Second Interviews

Click here to read some of this year's performers' answers to 10 questions in 60 seconds.

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Bath Comedy Festival - ArchivedNews

Carter & Ollerton - Won't Go Quietly - show

The Idle Playthings' Ctrl-Alt-Sketch & Tom Craine's Thoughts on Love - show

Bath Comedy Festival @ Bath Fringe - show

Competition Winners - show

Post Festival Fun - show

Final weekend shows - show

Midweek shows - show

First weekend Festival shows - show

Festival Overview - show

Festival Programme - show

The Festival welcomes another Patron - show

Bath Comedy Festival announces new Patrons - show

Extra comedy shows this Autumn - show

The 2013 archive web site including archived news and press coverage is still available here.


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