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What's on at Bath Comedy Festival

All Festival shows

Wednesday 30th March, 2016

Sylvia Hunt - Dog Show


Date: Wednesday 30th March, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Coiffed and teased to perfection, clipped and trimmed in all the right places Sylvia Hunt's Dog Show is a fabulous 60 minutes of canine high jinks and biscuit slobbering joy!

Comedienne and puppeteer Sylvia Hunt explores the complex co-dependant relationship we share with our canine companions via a series of doggy vignettes. Humorous, hilarious and painfully poignant Dog Show will prove once and for all that it is impossible not to smile at a four legged sausage as it scampers down the road!

Dog Show is an evening of tail wagging comedy and ingenuity featuring animated creatures and stage trickery by puppet maestro Mr Marc Parrett. Beware of low flying squirrels!

"Keep your beady eye on this seriously funny and talented performer!" Chris Pirie - Green Ginger

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/220793

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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

Thursday 31st March, 2016

John Robins - Speakeasy


Date: Thursday 31st March, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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All new show from comedian, firebrand, sometime DJ and all-time vibe magnet.

A Fringe, Circuit and Radio favourite brings his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2015 show round the UK.

One half of The Elis James and John Robins Show on Radio X. As heard on 'The News Quiz' (Radio 4) As seen on Russell Howard's Stand-Up Central (Comedy Central), Alan Davis: As Yet untitled (Dave).

Praise for John Robins previous shows:

"Humane, interesting and consistently funny" **** The Independent

"Comedy in its rawest form: one man, one microphone, one fantastically funny show" ***** Three Weeks

"Funny, joyous and charmingly self-deprecating… An exemplary slice of comic rage" **** Chortle

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/218451

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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

Friday 1st April, 2016

Laugh At Bath


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
Venue: Starts at Bath Abbey
Doors: for 11.15am and 2.15pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £6/£5 concs (see below *)

A daytime, light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history*

11.15am & 2.15pm daily Thurs - Sun, from outside Bath Abbey.

*well some of it!

Tours last around 90 mins
£8 adult
£6 student/senior
£5 kids

Booking: by phone / email - see below

Tickets can be bought on the day subject to availability.

Tel: 07765 796966

Links: http://www.facebook.com/laughatbath

Email for information: jamie@laughatbath.com

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

Degrees Of Error - Murder She Didn't Write


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error's 'Murder She Didn’t Write', YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage.

In "one of the funniest evenings you'll have in some time" (Ed Fringe Review), Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess to create an original and hilarious improvised murder mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for one lucky member even the murderer and victim, to create a never before seen, unscripted murder mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight.

A must for all lovers of classic crime fiction!

The show runs 1st - 5th April in the Mission Theatre's main auditorium.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/murder-she-didnt-write/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Comic Sans Script - Improvised Comedy


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £5

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What do you get if you cross the co-creator of TV's 'Room 101', the founder of the Cambridge Impronauts, a nuclear physicist and a load of other comedy talent from Cheltenham? Why it's none other that the improvised comedic talents of Comic Sans Script.

Come and join us for 2 hours of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'-style good, clean fun, featuring improvised comedy scenes and games made up on the spot based around suggestions from you, the lovely audience.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498394



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Bizarre Bath


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
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 Noise Next Door On Tour


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £12 - £22.50 (see listing)

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The unstoppable comedy juggernaut that is The Noise Next Door are turning up the volume for their third national tour!

Get ready for a night of mind-blowing songs, jaw-dropping characters and side-splitting punchlines from the undisputed masters of off-the-cuff comedy.

Prices: £22.50 Meal Deal / £12 Auditorium

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

Online booking: http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/the-noise-next-door-on-tour/

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Fitz Of Giggles - Opening Night Showcase


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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A full opening night line-up of comedy to kick off the festival week at the Bath Brew House.

Tonight's line-up is Ed Pownall, Tim Hoskins, Dorian Wainwright, Alice Taylor-Matthews and Mark Hurman.

Hosted by popular local comedian Fitz.

* This year Bath Brew House is host to free entry shows every day of the Festival. You can book in advance to guarantee a seat for £5, or go for free entry on the day and "pay what you feel" on exiting the venue.

Advance tickets are also be available for purchase from the Bath Brew House - ask at the bar.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2515356



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James Veitch - Dot Con


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Suspicious emails: un-claimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safety deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop-up in our inbox and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply?

James Veitch has spent the past year responding to as many scam emails as he can. Packed full of Nigerian princes, can't miss investment opportunities and eligible Russian brides, the correspondence leads to surprising, bizarre and usually hilarious results.

Through a blend of traditional stand-up, interactive projections and music, he takes the audience on a journey through the schemes, investigates the nature of scamming, examines its role in our connected world; and explores his own psyche as he tries to understand why he finds pushing these cyber con artists to their limits so very satisfying.

Quirky, fast-paced and relatable, It's theatre for the modern world, a show for anyone with a dream…and an email account.

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/220805

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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

Opening Night April Fools Stand-up Showcase - Silky, Nick Page, Dave Williams, Bethan Roberts, Bilal Zafar, LJ Da Funk


Date: Friday 1st April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl intervals
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

Opening Night this year showcases some of the cream of the latest talent alongside some of the most respected circuit favourites.

Silky
A versatile, funny and hugely likeable performer, Silky has been a favourite on the comedy circuit for years. He describes himself as a comedian, musician, writer and "all the other things people say they do when they don't really have to get up too early"

"A performer whose genuine charm captures his crowd. I urge you to go and see for yourself" ***** Three Weeks
"A very, very funny fella...just brilliant" - John Bishop
"Likeable, laidback Liverpudlian...a natural storyteller with an unforced warmth that unites the gathered group of strangers" - Chortle
"Not only is he funnier than me, but he is also better at the guitar." - Boo Hewerdine

Nick Page
Nick headlines comedy clubs across the country and has worked extensively abroad. He has a great story-telling style, always at one with his audience and highly engaging, without resorting to hackery and old jokes or being pointlessly sweary.
"Rogueish...Bearlike and with a host of barely believable stories about life, love and brushes with the law" - Guardian
"The very best story teller on the comedy circuit" - Rhod Gilbert

Dave Williams
Dave is a top quality, experienced circuit comedian, whose crisp one-liners and surreal nonsense have earned him headline slots at some of the most prestigious comedy clubs both here and abroad.

Bethan Roberts
Winner of Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2015 and one of the UK's most promising young comedians on the circuit. She's witty, sarcastic, some might say deluded (especially her mother) but more often than not she's a right good laugh.

Bilal Zafar
Bilal is a British Muslim comedian and wry storyteller who won the NATYS Award in January 2016. He is best known for his humorous stories about experiencing racism and islamophobia.

LJ Da Funk
The brainchild of Leicester Square Comedian of the Year 2015, Zak Splijt, LJ Da Funk is a self-styled New York gangster; he is loud, brash, and full of energy. LJ tells jokes that are ostensibly idiotic but with wit and wisdom bubbling under the surface, on topics ranging from Enoch Powell and Ugandan homophobia, to his myriad yet always disastrous sexual encounters.

SOLD OUT

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

Saturday 2nd April, 2016

Laugh At Bath


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Starts at Bath Abbey
Doors: for 11.15am and 2.15pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £6/£5 concs (see below *)

A daytime, light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history*

11.15am & 2.15pm daily Thurs - Sun, from outside Bath Abbey.

*well some of it!

Tours last around 90 mins
£8 adult
£6 student/senior
£5 kids

Booking: by phone / email - see below

Tickets can be bought on the day subject to availability.

Tel: 07765 796966

Links: http://www.facebook.com/laughatbath

Email for information: jamie@laughatbath.com

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

Alfie Moore - Getting Away With Murder


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.30pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

click to book online

In this brand new hour Alfie Moore, star of BBC Radio4 'It’s A Fair Cop', and former Detective Sergeant, will provide a detailed step by step guide to enable you to achieve this goal. Everything you need to know from choosing a murder weapon to disposing of the body.

"Very funny...a large dash of gallows police humour" - The Telegraph

"Offbeat, revealing and very funny" – The Mail

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510491



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Sam Carrington - Awkwardly Mobile


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.00pm for 4.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Awkwardly Mobile is about the fun in life’s less comfortable moments, whether that’s in work, family, dating or comedy itself.

After a four star debut hour at The Edinburgh Fringe last year, Sam Carrington is now delighted to bring a brand new hour to the Bath Comedy Festival 2016.

"Sam has his new career mapped out as a stand-up comedian" **** Trevor Davies, The Mirror

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2507595



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Viv Groskop - Be More Margo (Work in progress)


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 4.30pm for 5.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Following her sold-out five star Edinburgh debut Say Sorry to the Lady comes BBC Radio 4's Viv Groskop's new work-in-progress about snobbery, class, Britishness and The Good Life, fuelled entirely by gin.

Should we be be classless now that we're "all in it together"? Or is it time to assert our inner reactionary and Be More Margo?

"Very funny" - Omid Djalili

"My favourite new act" - Lucy Porter

"Superb… at the top of her game as a stand-up" - edinburghfestival.org

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2507508



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/viv-groskop-be-more-margo-work-in-progress/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

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

Stephanie Laing & Paul Duncan McGarrity - Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Hello. You look nice today. But no time for that. This event will go ahead no matter what happens. Power outage? The wheel will spin. Sudden outbreak of witch trials? The wheel will spin. The wheel breaking? We'll come up with something. The unstoppable quiz with a wheel.

Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely is the dumbest game show ever to grace a stage on God's Green Earth. There will be snorkels, pirate costumes, drawing donkeys and a glamorous assistant called Stuart.

Stephanie Laing and Paul Duncan McGarrity bring you a silly hour of silliness, with zero artistic merit, but a shockingly high volume of maltesers. This is an interactive show, so be prepared to get involved with some jousting, guess which donkey done a murder, and probably drown in the underwater round. Also, there's a big wheel with the rounds on it that Paul made, hence the name.

Stephanie ("gloriously silly, wonderfully unpretentious" - Broadway Baby) and Paul ("a very tall, funny, excited child" - Kate Copstick) decided to team up to write this show together because of their shared love of surreal comedy, games, shouting and maltesers.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2507473



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Alan Francis, Mike Hayley & Lazy Susan - Character and Sketch Comedy Showcase


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr40mins incl. interval
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Tonight's showcase features a selection of hugely talented comic and character actors and their creations.

Hosted by Alan Francis: with countless writing and performing credits for TV, radio and theatre, Alan is one of the most popular performers around.
"Smooth, classy and elegant as a vintage Scotch, a seductive performer" - Chortle

Mike Hayley brings his creation the anthropologist-cum-"helpless orifice" Clovis Von Darkhelm, and washed up East End gangster legend Raymond Crow...
"Distilled Tony Hancock gold" - Fest

Lazy Susan: Work in Progress
Sketch comedians in training. Tougher, faster, stupider. No pain, no shame. Just moo it.

Foster's Best Newcomer Nominees 2014.

"This is everything sketch shows should be" ***** The Mirror
"The Susans have significantly raised their game" **** The Sunday Times
"Lazy Susan nail each character so skilfully" **** Timeout
"Superb... Subtle performances and excellent writing" **** The List
"Extremely talented" **** LondonisFunny
"High-class inventiveness" **** Fest

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510084



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/alan-francis-mike-hayley-lazy-susan-character-and-sketch-comedy-showcase/

Links: http://www.lazysusancomedy.com/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.14

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

Degrees Of Error - Murder She Didn't Write


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error's 'Murder She Didn’t Write', YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage.

In "one of the funniest evenings you'll have in some time" (Ed Fringe Review), Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess to create an original and hilarious improvised murder mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for one lucky member even the murderer and victim, to create a never before seen, unscripted murder mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight.

A must for all lovers of classic crime fiction!

The show runs 1st - 5th April in the Mission Theatre's main auditorium.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/murder-she-didnt-write/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
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


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £11 - £45 (see listing)

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Krater Comedy Club is Komedia Bath's flagship comedy night, at the proud four times winner of the 'Best Comedy Venue in Wales & The West' at the Chortle Comedy Awards (2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015).

Wine and dine from the Soil Association Gold standard kitchen before enjoying three great stand-ups and a compere in our decadent vintage cosy interior.

Featuring: Paul McCaffery, Keith Farnan, Stu Goldsmith and Jim Smallman (MC)

Prices: £45 VIP ticket / £29 Meal Deal / £18.50 Auditorium / £15 Balcony / £11 Balcony Concessions

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

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

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The Oxy - Live at Bath YMCA


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Bath YMCA
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £5

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The winner of the Malcom Hardee comedy award 2015, Michael Brunström, presents his absurdist take on nineteenth century landscape painting.

Join painter John Constable (1776 -1837) as he attempts to create his 1821 masterpiece, THE HAY WAIN, through a series of increasingly bizarre surrealist vignettes.

With support from Ms Sally Lunn and her talking bun and Matt Cranium.

Compere: Arnold Kuenzler-Byrt

Full disabled access.
No bar - bring your own.


Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2501787



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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

George Egg - Anarchist Cook


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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If you like food and cooking, then you’ll like this. A cocktail of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and extreme multi-tasking.

George Egg spends a lot of time staying in hotels and some years ago, unimpressed with room service, he took matters into his own hands. Whilst performing a mind-bendingly original show of comedy-cum-illustrated-lecture George prepares a three-course meal on the equipment hotels unwittingly provide - iron, kettle, trouser press etc.

And, if you want to, you can taste it at the end.

"It-s an hilarious show, with surprisingly good food" - The Times

Total Sell Out – Edinburgh Fringe 2015
Total Sell Out – Brighton Fringe 2014 & 2015

"a genius... He is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy" - Scotland On Sunday

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/220948

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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

Funny Noises!


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Moles
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £10

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Bath Comedy Festival's musical gala returns!

For the sixth year running, the Bath Comedy Festival presents a whole evening of tributes to the very best comedy music of all time – this time in the South West's Number 1 music venue!

Classic comedy songs by the likes of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Spinal Tap, Bill Bailey, Victoria Wood, Tim Minchin, Vic & Bob, Flight of the Conchords, Bad News, Hugh Laurie, The Rutles and many more, performed by the best funny musical acts around, including The Unrelated Family, Meat Market and Tin Cards.

Booking: Moles Club
Tel: 01225 437537

Online booking: http://www.moles.co.uk

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Brew House Saturday line-up - Sean Hughes


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £10

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

Sean Hughes
Veteran circuit performer and youngest ever winner of the prestigious Perrier Award, Sean's no-holds-barred, quick-fire wit shapes each performance into a one-off, unique experience for his audience.

"one of the best stand-ups of his generation" - Daily Telegraph
"hugely impressive and intelligent" - Time Out
"high calibre comedy as it should be" - The Standard

Steve Hall
Popular comedian and writer, recently supported Russell Howard's sell-out tour.

"Nothing short of hysterical" – The List
"Deadpan brilliance" – Time Out

Johhny Kats
A talented and energetic performer with an arsenal of impersonations.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510192



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John Pendal - International Man Of Leather


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: St James Wine Vaults (gallery room)
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: Free entry (donations)

This solo stand-up comedy show is the true story of how a shy Baptist boy from Watford became an unlikely international sex ambassador when he won the 25th annual International Mr Leather contest in Chicago in 2003.

Armed with a love of spreadsheets he set out to tour the world representing every kink and fetish - regardless of whether he liked them or not.


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Stephen Frost's Improv Allstars


Date: Saturday 2nd April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr45mins incl. interval
Price: £15 / £12.50 concs (see below *)

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The Stephen Frost Improv Allstars are Stephen Frost, Niall Ashdown, Andy Smart and Steve Steen, all of whom have been regulars on the original British version of the hit TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Stephen has been performing live improv most of his professional life, with the likes of Greg Proops, Colin Mocherie and Eddie Izzard to name but a few.

The Allstars have toured the world playing in Prague, New York Webster Hall (with Eddie Izzard and Mike Meyers), Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Beirut and Baku Azerbaijan! They are regulars at Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals and have all performed regularly at London's famous Comedy Store every Weds and Sun. Catch them here while you can!

You shout it out, they act it out. Fast, Funny and Furious. No safety nets, just flying by the seat of their pants every time!

"These boys rock" - Time Out New York

"Naturally, irredeemably hilarious" - Metro

"Top notch imporvised mirth making comic alchemy" - The Herald

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2507516



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/stephen-frosts-improv-allstars/

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 Stephen_Frost_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.32

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

Sunday 3rd April, 2016

The 9th Wine Arts Trail


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 10.40am for 11.00am show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £30

SOLD OUT

Hold very tight please! Ding! Ding!

Yes, the famous Wine Arts Trail is back. The most outrageous, funny, arty and wine-drenched way to spend your Comedy Festival Sunday experience is hitting the road again. Twice!!

Sip your way into the secret side of Bath as we wend our way around a series of surprises, happenings, musical interludes and comic interventions in our very own big red bus.

With a welcoming flute of bubbly and a glass of wine at every stop, this has to be the best value tour in town. On top of that, our guest clippie is none other than international entertainer, ladies’ man, bon viveur and building contractor, Bill Smarme.

With ex-Natural Theatre’s Ralph Oswick hosting, expect barrels of laughs, bottles of bonhomie and a veritable jeroboam of japes around every corner!

The Wine Arts Trail is a comedy institution and tickets sell very quickly, so don’t delay, book today.

The start venue is announced on purchase of tickets.

"Where are we going…and are we there yet?" - Passenger, 2015



Sponsored by Great Western Wine and Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy.

Grown-ups only. Please drink responsibly.

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.

SOLD OUT

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Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

See also Arthur's show Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


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Laugh At Bath


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Starts at Bath Abbey
Doors: for 11.15am and 2.15pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £6/£5 concs (see below *)

A daytime, light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history*

11.15am & 2.15pm daily Thurs - Sun, from outside Bath Abbey.

*well some of it!

Tours last around 90 mins
£8 adult
£6 student/senior
£5 kids

Booking: by phone / email - see below

Tickets can be bought on the day subject to availability.

Tel: 07765 796966

Links: http://www.facebook.com/laughatbath

Email for information: jamie@laughatbath.com

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

The 9th Wine Arts Trail


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 2.40pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £30

SOLD OUT

This trip has sold out, but there are tickets left for the 11am event - CLICK HERE

Hold very tight please! Ding! Ding!

Yes, the famous Wine Arts Trail is back. The most outrageous, funny, arty and wine-drenched way to spend your Comedy Festival Sunday experience is hitting the road again. Twice!!

Sip your way into the secret side of Bath as we wend our way around a series of surprises, happenings, musical interludes and comic interventions in our very own big red bus.

With a welcoming flute of bubbly and a glass of wine at every stop, this has to be the best value tour in town. On top of that, our guest clippie is none other than international entertainer, ladies’ man, bon viveur and building contractor, Bill Smarme.

With ex-Natural Theatre’s Ralph Oswick hosting, expect barrels of laughs, bottles of bonhomie and a veritable jeroboam of japes around every corner!

The Wine Arts Trail is a comedy institution and tickets sell very quickly, so don’t delay, book today.

The start venue is announced on purchase of tickets.

"Where are we going…and are we there yet?" - Passenger, 2015



Sponsored by Great Western Wine and Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy.

Grown-ups only. Please drink responsibly.

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.

SOLD OUT

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David Tsonos - Professional Auditioner


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.00pm for 4.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Stand-up Canadian Comic David Tsonos has been Auditioning for acting roles for almost twenty years. Everything from commercials, TV series, and feature films. He has auditioned in Vancouver, Toronto, L.A. and London. He has now put all the funny stories together into one Fringe show.

He has auditioned for such major tv shows as X-Files, Stargate, and Battlestar Galactica. He has worked as an actor, an extra and a body double, yes a body double. He has auditioned for movies you have never heard of and Hollywood blockbusters. Through the bad and the more bad David shows what the out of work actor's life is really like.

David will breakdown all that is needed to not make a career in acting to bad headshots, bad agents and bad casting directors. David shows you just what it takes to not make it in the acting business, even with a do or die attitude, to some this will be educational to others shocking but to most a good laugh.

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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2504094



Download poster:
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The Bath Plug Award - The Comic Strip Presents: Peter Richardson


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Little Theatre Cinema
Doors: 4.30pm for 5.00pm show
Duration: 3hr15mins
Price: £10.50 - £12.50

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Join us as we celebrate 35 years of anarchic comedy from The Comic Strip – Alexei Sayle, Ade Edmondson, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Nigel Planer, Keith Allen, Robbie Coltrane and of course, the endlessly missed genius that was Rik Mayall.

The great Peter Richardson – mastermind behind one of the greatest movements in British comedy history – will be here in Bath to discuss the past, present and future of The Comic Strip with local comedy historian Jem Roberts, and to receive this year's Bath Plug Award for over 30 years of fooling around with and hordes of other comic legends.

Kicking off with the cinema debut of the brilliant latest Comic Strip outing, tabloid hacking satire Red Top starring Maxine Peake, Harry Enfield and Stephen Mangan, the Q&A with Peter Richardson will then be followed by a special celebration of 30 years of The Comic Strip Presents presented on the big screen, with appearances from The Strike, The Bullshitters, Five Go Mad and of course, the worst heavy metal band in the world – Bad News!



Tickets: £12.50 / £11.50 concs (Student or retired) / 10.50 Little Theatre Members

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2511089



Alternative booking: Little Theatre Cinema
Tel: 0871 902 5747
Online booking: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/The_Little/film/the-comic-strip-presents

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 BATHTCSP_poster.jpg

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Nick Doody - Look At This Massive Picture Of My Face


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

click to book online

Nick Doody is one of the brightest talents on the comedy circuit, being a highly engaging live performer and a prolific comedy writer for TV and radio.

Sharp, topical and not afraid to say what he thinks, his brand of intelligent, honest and incisive comedy has won him fans all over the world.

Nick’s career got off to a pretty good start in the 90s by supporting the legendary Bill Hicks, at Bill's request. Since then he’s racked up a string of sell-out Edinburgh and other festival shows and continues to be much in demand in the UK and abroad.

"Simply the best unadulterated, gimmick-free hour of pure stand-up I've seen so far this Fringe" ***** Chortle

"All hail Nick Doody...pure comedy gold" ***** Metro

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510144



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Degrees Of Error - Murder She Didn't Write


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error's 'Murder She Didn’t Write', YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage.

In "one of the funniest evenings you'll have in some time" (Ed Fringe Review), Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess to create an original and hilarious improvised murder mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for one lucky member even the murderer and victim, to create a never before seen, unscripted murder mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight.

A must for all lovers of classic crime fiction!

The show runs 1st - 5th April in the Mission Theatre's main auditorium.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/murder-she-didnt-write/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

James Dowdeswell's Perfect Pub


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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George Orwell wrote an essay on the perfect pub. A fictitious pub called The Moon Under Water. With the help of the audience, James, as seen on "Ricky Gervais' Extras" and "Russell Howard's Good News", designs the perfect pub.

James grew up in a West Country pub, and has toured the world as a comedian, but now he has returned to his roots, pubs. 29 close per week and they need saving. Dowdeswell and his audience are just the people to do it.

It's the ultimate happy hour where you'll discover beer for dogs, why it was illegal to buy a round during the First World War and why girls taste better than boys.

Dowdeswell has appeared on numerous TV shows including Russell Howard's Good News (BBC) and Extras (BBC) where he played the Count in the David Bowie episode.

"An excellent line in comedy" - The Guardian Pick Of The Week

"A real master of the comedian’s craft. His material is top drawer" **** Chortle

"I was drunk on laughter as James had been pouring me pints of jokes" ***** Remote Goat

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510500



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Lucy Porter, Kirsten O'Brien, Sally Anne Hayward - In Conversation With Standard Issue Magazine


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

CANCELLED

We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances

The sharp and witty online women's magazine hosts a killer line-up of funny women, including Lucy Porter, Sally Anne Hayward and Kirsten O'Brien* (more tbc), talking about comedy, women, feminism and other topics.

Join brilliant women for an excellent evening of chat.



*Line-up subject to change

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513260



Links: http://www.standardissuemagazine.com/

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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.21

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
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

Noel Britten - Deceptively Simple


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Sleight (upstairs at The Alehouse)
Doors: for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Join us for this celebration of 25 years of one of Bath's great comedy institutions - Bizarre Bath".

Noel Britten, the originator of The Comedy Walk that roams the streets of the city every summer, moves indoors for this special new show. Joined by award winning magician Richard McDougall, these two international performers take a skewed and humourous look at the world of magic and illusion.

Prepare to learn the secrets of deception, laugh at them and then be fooled by them again.

Never has discovering the inner details of deception been so much fun!

This show runs 3rd - 6th April

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2514040



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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.14

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

Jess Robinson - The Rise of Mighty Voice


Date: Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 9.00pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12.50 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Following last year's sold out hit, Jess Robinson (star of Dead Ringers, Newzoids, Little Voice) is back in Bath with an all new show!

Amazing mimicry, stunning singing, cheeky wit and a different show every night, thanks to the legendary Wheels of Sixty-Four Tunes. Show stopping musical mash-ups, incredible vocal gymnastics and irreverent celebrity impressions make the perfect feel-good show.

Accompanied by the fabulous Kirsty Newton (Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen) at the piano.

"Jess Robinson is going places...if you’re looking to see sheer and shameless talent, this is a great place to start" ***** Edinburgh Evening News

"It's hard to envisage a world in which jess robinson will not be a star" **** Chortle

"A naturally funny and almost scarily self-assured all-round performer...a remarkable range of impersonations...pitch perfect" **** Telegraph

Amused Moose People's Champion Award Winner

Mervyn Stutter "Pick Of The Fringe" Award Winner

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2495870



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/jess-robinson-the-rise-of-mighty-voice/

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

Download poster:
 Jess_Robinson_A4_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.23

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

Monday 4th April, 2016

Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

See also Arthur's show Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


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Kids' Comedy Fest - Krazy Kev & Dinky Dino


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 12.10pm for 12.30pm show
Duration: 45mins
Price: £4

click to book online

Lots of zany fun will be had with this lovely magic/puppet show.

(Suitable for ages 2 and up)

Jimmy Mc of Fezziwigs Fun Club is your host and there will be fun to be had before and after the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513012



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-krazy-kev-dinky-dino/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.93

Kids' Comedy Fest - King Pumpypants and the Three Princesses


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.40pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 30m show + 50m meet & greet
Price: £5

click to book online

Oh dear the silly king has got it all wrong again and the queen is not happy! It's time to send the royal messenger to call on the help of three very special princesses (Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel!) With their help he might just save the day.

Come and meet the princesses after the show and get your photo taken!

(Suitable for ages 2 and up)

Show by Scarlett Princess Productions and Jimmy Mc

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513008



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-king-pumpypants-and-the-three-princesses/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Arthur Smith - Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

SOLD OUT

Want to find peace of mind but can't be bothered to get up early for yoga? Would rather be in the pub than chanting naked up a mountain? Worried your spiritual journey may involve bus replacement? Then come to this show and have it all sorted out for you by mindlessness hipster guru Arthur Smith who, in a series of mindless exercises and inspirational observations will bring you to the sublime state of stresslessness.

"This man is an idiot" - Western Daily Press

SOLD OUT

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Garrett Millerick - The Dreams Stuff Is Made Of (WIP)


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Stories from the grand canyon that sits between our dreams and our achievements. Things you didn't realise were annoying, analysed in detail that you never thought was necessary.

"Angry, intelligent stand-up" - Time Out

"A halfway house between Phil Jupitus and Stewart Lee, Millerick is a comarre bathnation of some of the best British comedians in the business, making this a fantastic stand up show that always hits its mark" - Three Weeks

"Truly memorable and hysterical" - Arts Award Voice

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513318



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Degrees Of Error - Murder She Didn't Write


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error's 'Murder She Didn’t Write', YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage.

In "one of the funniest evenings you'll have in some time" (Ed Fringe Review), Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess to create an original and hilarious improvised murder mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for one lucky member even the murderer and victim, to create a never before seen, unscripted murder mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight.

A must for all lovers of classic crime fiction!

The show runs 1st - 5th April in the Mission Theatre's main auditorium.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/murder-she-didnt-write/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
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

New Act Comedy Night


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Komedia Arts Café
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £2

click to book online

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.

We have a whole host of local acts, joined by a seasoned comic 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!

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

Online booking: http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/new-act-comedy-night/

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Taylor Glenn - A Billion Days of Parenthood


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Following a two-year break from stand up to look after her daughter, award-winning American comedian Taylor Glenn returns with a new full-length show A Billion Days of Parenthood.

Honest, unflinching, and delightfully dark, Taylor tackles everything from pre-natal pandas to post-natal depression in a tale about surviving the never-ending.

"An excellent storyteller - polished from start to finish" - The Skinny

"Delivers a rapid-fire comedic assault" – Wales Online

"Hilarious self-deprecating humour" – Broadway Baby

"Strap yourselves in: this lady takes you on a comedy rollercoaster" – Glee Club

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498437



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/taylor-glenn-a-billion-days-of-parenthood/

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 TGlenn2016_Bath_RGBscreen.jpg

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

New Act Competition - Heat 1


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
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 45 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are five heats at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Aideen McQueen.

One of Ireland's top female stand ups, Aideen reached the final of the "Funny Funny" comedy competition after just her third gig.

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Sunday 10th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502974



Links: http://comedycv.co.uk/aideenmcqueen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXQSZqByVhc

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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Noel Britten - Deceptively Simple


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Sleight (upstairs at The Alehouse)
Doors: for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Join us for this celebration of 25 years of one of Bath's great comedy institutions - "Bizarre Bath".

Noel Britten, the originator of The Comedy Walk that roams the streets of the city every summer, moves indoors for this special new show. Joined by award winning magician Richard McDougall, these two international performers take a skewed and humourous look at the world of magic and illusion.

Prepare to learn the secrets of deception, laugh at them and then be fooled by them again.

Never has discovering the inner details of deception been so much fun!

This show runs 3rd - 6th April

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2514040



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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.14

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

Dag Sørås - Cognitive Dissonance


Date: Monday 4th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.00pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Fresh from supporting Doug Stanhope on his recent European tour, Dag Sørås is a big-brained, baby-faced comedy assassin with killer punchlines and a PhD in British and American history. Unfortunately this does not necessarily make him all that happy with his lot in life. But it does allow him to expertly take an audience to the very edge of the comedy precipice, and dare them to look way down - and let him show them around the parts he knows too well.

A skewed world-view has rarely seemed this smart and funny. Dag won the heart of both Stanhope and his crowds the last time he was over here, which means that you know the deal with one of Norway's biggest stars - this is dark and uncompromising comedy for those that don't care for being patronised or pandered to!

"Sørås is the master of the comedic simile, and deliciously appalling imagery...quite brilliant...laugh-out-loud funny" - The Scotsman

"I've been quoting Dag Sørås bits to anyone who will listen since working with him in London. If he didn't work in English as well, I’d suggest you learn Norwegian and then go see him. Just be sure he eats before you start feeding him drinks at 7 in the morning" - Doug Stanhope

"His grim nihilism brings a crucial sense of authenticity to his dark attitude...plenty of brutally funny lines which could make him a quite a force in sick comedy" - Steve Bennett, Chortle UK

"From the land that gave us trolls, Ibsen and A-ha comes Dag Sørås, recommended by no less than Doug Stanhope himself...Sørås is dark, but Doug's dead right" - Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

"Black is the colour, Dag Sørås is the name. To be found in bigger and bigger venues" - The List Magazine

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512885



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/dag-soras-cognitive-dissonance/

Download poster:
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Tuesday 5th April, 2016

Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

See also Arthur's show Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


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Kids' Comedy Fest - Mr Brown's Pig Pirate Show


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 12.10pm for 12.30pm show
Duration: 45mins
Price: £4

click to book online

Avast me hearties prepare ye selfs well for this funny and action packed show.

(Suitable for ages 3 and up)

Jimmy Mc of Fezziwigs Fun Club is your host and there will be fun to be had before and after the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513014



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-mr-browns-pig-pirate-show/

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Professor Palmeroff


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.40pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 45mins
Price: £4

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This guy always makes us laugh - a real comedy magician in the mould of Tommy Cooper.

(Suitable for ages 3 to 93)

Jimmy Mc of Fezziwigs Fun Club is your host and there will be fun to be had before and after the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513022



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-professor-palmerof/

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Matt Green - Writing to Harvey Keitel


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Two years ago Matt spent six hours in a car with Hollywood star Harvey Keitel. Since then they’ve kind of lost touch.

People keep asking Matt what Harvey was like, and presumably the same thing has also been happening the other way round? So Matt decided to write to Harvey to let him know everything he's been up to since that momentous day.

"Really funny" **** - The Scotsman

"A perfectly paced hour" **** - The List

"Why someone as funny as this isn’t doing the Apollo, or having a Radio 4 series of his own, is a bit of a mystery" **** - Theatre Bath

"An hour of classic stand up expertly delivered" **** - Broadway Baby

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498417



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/matt-green-writing-to-harvey-keitel/

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 Matt_Green_poster2.pdf

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Archie Maddocks - Shirts Vs Skins


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel**

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This is the debut show of award winning and fiendishly good-looking dynamo love guru* Archie Maddocks.

Being mixed race, he's always felt a pressure to pick a team. Join him as he explores the crashing together of two separate world's, and where he fits in, or fits out (is that a thing?) within them.

*None of this is true. Except award winning. That's totally true.

"Surely destined to rise through the ranks in the coming years" - Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke and Evening Standard.

Bath Comedy Festival New Act Winner 2014

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512936



Links: www.archiemaddocks.co.uk

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Degrees Of Error - Murder She Didn't Write


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Mission Theatre
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Move over, Sherlock! In Degrees of Error's 'Murder She Didn’t Write', YOU become the author and watch your very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece unfold on stage.

In "one of the funniest evenings you'll have in some time" (Ed Fringe Review), Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess to create an original and hilarious improvised murder mystery. They use your suggestions, evidence ideas and for one lucky member even the murderer and victim, to create a never before seen, unscripted murder mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral, and delight.

A must for all lovers of classic crime fiction!

The show runs 1st - 5th April in the Mission Theatre's main auditorium.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/murder-she-didnt-write/

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
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

Stuart Goldsmith: An Hour


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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All spit no polish, all show no pony. Goldsmith goes back to the source.

Amused Moose Comedy Award 2015 Nominee.
"Not one single dull moment" - Scotsman
"He gets huge laughs" - List
"High qualityMakes it look easy" - Chortle
"An Hour is a showcase of quietly perfect standup" - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Multiple award-bridesmaid, and host of the "Comedian's Comedian" podcast, with over 3.5 million downloads.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2463964



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/stuart-goldsmith-an-hour/

Links: http://www.comedianscomedian.com

Download poster:
 Stuart_Goldsmith_poster.pdf

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

New Act Competition - Heat 2


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

click to book online

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 45 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are five heats at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Izsi Lawrence.

"Iszi Lawrence finds herself in bracket alongside Josie Long and Sarah Millican" - Oxford Times

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Sunday 10th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502975



Links: http://www.mirthcontrolcomedy.com/artists/iszi_lawrence/

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Noel Britten - Deceptively Simple


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Sleight (upstairs at The Alehouse)
Doors: for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Join us for this celebration of 25 years of one of Bath's great comedy institutions - "Bizarre Bath".

Noel Britten, the originator of The Comedy Walk that roams the streets of the city every summer, moves indoors for this special new show. Joined by award winning magician Richard McDougall, these two international performers take a skewed and humourous look at the world of magic and illusion.

Prepare to learn the secrets of deception, laugh at them and then be fooled by them again.

Never has discovering the inner details of deception been so much fun!

This show runs 3rd - 6th April

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2514040



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

Tamar Broadbent - All By My Selfie


Date: Tuesday 5th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.00pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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It’s lonely being Captain of the Jägerbombs.

Join Tamar on a quest of self discovery featuring a tube ride of shame, the hangover blues, and forever blaming everything on the Backstreet Boys.

A five-star hour of musical comedy from the girl dubbed "a female version of Owen Wilson" by a random person on YouTube.

As heard on BBC Radio 4.

"I predict a great future" - Michael Palin

"Effervescent energy and easy charm" **** RipItUp

***** Female Arts

**** A Younger Theatre

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498413



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/tamar-broadbent-all-by-my-selfie/

Download poster:
 Tamar_Broadbent_poster.pdf

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Wednesday 6th April, 2016

Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

See also Arthur's show Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


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Kids' Comedy Fest - King Pumpypants and the Three Princesses


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 12.10pm for 12.30pm show
Duration: 30m show + 50m meet & greet
Price: £5

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Oh dear the silly king has got it all wrong again and the queen is not happy! It's time to send the royal messenger to call on the help of three very special princesses (Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel!) With their help he might just save the day.

Come and meet the princesses after the show and get your photo taken!

(Suitable for ages 2 and up)

Show by Scarlett Princess Productions and Jimmy Mc

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513008



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-king-pumpypants-and-the-three-princesses-2/

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Kidzfun: A Teddy Bears Picnic


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.40pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 45mins
Price: £4

click to book online

Join Sally, Danny and Bear in this lovely show for toddlers with music singing and stories.

Bring a little picnic!

(Suitable for ages 2 to 4)

NB This event replaces Nutty Noah which was published in the printed brochure.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513023



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kidzfun-a-teddy-bears-picnic/

Links: http://wwww.kidzfun.biz

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Seymour Mace - Niche as F*ck!


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £6

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Here's my hundred words, well ninety one now, make that eighty seven, bugger! Eighty three! Eighty! Phew, shit! Seventy nine! Eight! Seventy two!

Space, ninja, chicken, skellington, gravy, frog, fruit, super, fantastic, circus, strange, journey, monster, mystery, ghost, caravan, clown, death, electric, chaos, potato, balloon, poopy, nipple, elephant, chocolate, beans, fudge, laser, dimensional, fart, rocket, jam, henlike, crazy, golf, juggernaut, sausage, farmyard, toast, Elvis, werewolf, slurp, eggbox, plastic, emotion, titbox, wagon, pirates, shitpants, dead dog, fatty, plop, plop, cheesecake, cheesecake, birthday murder.....niche as fuck!

***** Times, ***** Gigglebeats, **** Mirror, **** Chortle, **** List, **** Fest, **** Skinny, **** One4Review.

"Made me completely lose myself to laughter" - Alex Hardy, Times

"Has the anarchic curveball spirit of Vic and Bob" - Alex Hardy, Times

"Delightfully angry and ridiculously creative" - Victoria Nangle, Festmag

"Like a terrifying clown hiding under your bed" - James McColl, Skinny

"Dark whimsy and flimsy props" - Claire Sawers, List

"His best hour yet" - Claire Sawers, List

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505925



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/seymour-mace-niche-as-fck/

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 Seymour_poster.pdf

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Chris Chopping - Here Comes Your Man


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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After an an embarrassing incident in a public toilet, Bath New Act of The Year Finalist Chris Chopping starts to worry he might be a bit of a crap man.

A show looking at sport, drinking games, cars and all the other manly things Chris cant get to grips with.

"A really good comic...Tremendously clever in both his delivery and subject matter" - Metro

"He makes this comedy lark look easy" - South Wales Echo

"A great comedian who doesn't rely on easy material" - chaplinsmoustachecomedy.co.uk

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2514504



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Bizarre Bath


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
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

New Act Competition - Heat 3


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

click to book online

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 45 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are five heats at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Laura Lexx.

"One of the most delightful performers you're ever likely to see" - GQ

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Sunday 10th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502980



Links: http://www.andrewroachtalent.com/laura-lexx/

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Diane Spencer - New Material


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Hilarious standup comedian Diane Spencer's brand new show.

A mixture of oberservations, social commentary, and storytelling all packed with punchlines.

The New Current's "Woman of the Year" (2013) and winner of Chortle Best Newcomer 2011, Diane's cutting humour and ditzy demeanor have been charming audiences all over the world.

If you want to know what you're in for, you can watch her previous 6 shows on Youtube (see link below).

"Not to be missed" ***** ThreeWeeks

"Half-horrifying, half-fascinating, all hilarious" **** The Skinny

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2499757



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/diane-spencer-new-material/

Links: http://www.difunny.co.uk/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg5DbTksXAwjgGo-p6bNm5w
https://www.facebook.com/dianespencerfun/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dianespencerfun

Twitter: @dianespencerfun

Download poster:
 Diane_Spencer_poster.pdf

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Javier Jarquin - The Card Ninja


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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After a standing-room only season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Javier Jarquin brings award-winning show Card Ninja to a theatre near you!

The Card Ninja possesses extraordinary skills which are more than just sleight of hand; these 'tricks' are on another level, and unlike anything you've seen before. Watch as Javier uses ordinary playing cards as weapons, with unfathomable precision, speed and power, in a unique, hilarious performance that you'll never forget.

Following his journey from mild mannered card player to silent assassin, Card Ninja is a one-man comedy show with upbeat humour, impressive stunts and smooth audience interaction for anyone who’s ever wanted to be a little bit Ninja...

Family friendly (Suitable for ages 12 and above.)

"Excelled at ninja standard card-trickery" – Evening Standard

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/220817

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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

Noel Britten - Deceptively Simple


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Sleight (upstairs at The Alehouse)
Doors: for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Join us for this celebration of 25 years of one of Bath's great comedy institutions - "Bizarre Bath".

Noel Britten, the originator of The Comedy Walk that roams the streets of the city every summer, moves indoors for this special new show. Joined by award winning magician Richard McDougall, these two international performers take a skewed and humourous look at the world of magic and illusion.

Prepare to learn the secrets of deception, laugh at them and then be fooled by them again.

Never has discovering the inner details of deception been so much fun!

This show runs 3rd - 6th April

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2514040



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Tom Neenan - The Andromeda Paradox


Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.00pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £6

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When Scientist Bernard Andromeda discovers an ancient stone bearing his own name he believes it is evidence of alien technology.

A one man comedy sci-fi epic from acclaimed writer and comedian Tom Neenan.

**** Telegraph, **** Metro, **** Three Weeks

"Absolutely Brilliant" - Steven Moffat

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510541



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/tom-neenan-the-andromeda-paradox/

Download poster:
 Tom_Neenan_poster.pdf

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Thursday 7th April, 2016

Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

See also Arthur's show Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


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Laugh At Bath


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Starts at Bath Abbey
Doors: for 11.15am and 2.15pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £6/£5 concs (see below *)

A daytime, light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history*

11.15am & 2.15pm daily Thurs - Sun, from outside Bath Abbey.

*well some of it!

Tours last around 90 mins
£8 adult
£6 student/senior
£5 kids

Booking: by phone / email - see below

Tickets can be bought on the day subject to availability.

Tel: 07765 796966

Links: http://www.facebook.com/laughatbath

Email for information: jamie@laughatbath.com

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

Kids' Comedy Fest - Wizzo the Wizard


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 12.10pm for 12.30pm show
Duration: 45mins
Price: £4

click to book online

Another great family show, with magic/puppets and lots of other stupidity. Wizzo will have you all giggling!

(Suitable for ages 3 and up)

Jimmy Mc of Fezziwigs Fun Club is your host and there will be fun to be had before and after the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513017



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-wizzo-the-wizard/

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Mr Brown's Pig Puppet Show


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.40pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 45mins
Price: £4

click to book online

Ahh, what a lovely little show this is - especially nice for pre-school age children. With his handmade puppets, the little ones will be entranced with Mr. Brown's world of make believe.

(Suitable for ages 2 and up)

Jimmy Mc of Fezziwigs Fun Club is your host and there will be fun to be had before and after the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513025



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-mr-browns-pig-puppet-show/

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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.93

The Travelling Sisters


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

click to book online

The Travelling Sisters is a mash up of potent sketches and songs played out by a bevy of loveable, heartbreaking and ridiculous characters.

Endearingly funny and joyfully daft, the Sisters create a world as twisted as it is charming.

"These women shine" **** Funny Women

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2492999



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/the-travelling-sisters/

Download poster:
 Travelling_Sisters_poster.pdf

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Neil McFarlane


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

click to book online

Zagreb, Maribor, Antwerp, Oslo, Hamburg, Osijek, Rijeka, Belgrade, Budapest, Bucharest, Jersey, Guernsey, Orkney, Dublin, San Francisco, Orlando, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC... Bath. Neil has visited a surprising number of strange and foreign cities and shores to do stand-up. Especially when you consider how little he earned in the process. Were they grateful? Not remotely.

But along the way he's picked up some stories, met some interesting people and seen some sights, usually an hour before his flight leaves - and fallen down a few holes. Always with a mild hangover from whichever heinous local firewater he imbibed after the gig. For more details, see below. Or even better, see the show. He doesn't bite, he generally deoderizes and his public nudity is rare, although extraordinary.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512886



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Bizarre Bath


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
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

Mark Watson - I'm Not Here


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £17 - £27.50 (see listing)

click to book online

Mark Watson is a multi-award-winning star of numerous TV shows including Dave's Road to Rio, BBC’s We Need Answers, Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, and his own cult Radio 4 series 'Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better' and 'Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life'.

He returns with the follow-up show to his highly celebrated and successful 'Flaws'.

Prices: £27.50 Meal Deal / £17 Auditorium

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

Online booking: http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/mark-watson-im-not-here/

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Lewis Schaffer - You Are Beautiful


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Pronounced "Shay-fer", Lewis Schaffer combines the comedy genes of Joan Rivers and Jackie Mason with the relevance of the freshest comedians. His free-wheeling style makes every show different and thrilling. Fasten your seat belts!

Lewis was the house compere of the Comedy Cellar and the Boston Comedy Club in New York. In London, he holds the record for the longest-running residency at the prestigious Leicester Square Theatre.

"Genuinely liberating: a masterful take-down of the whole concept of human beauty" **** Fringe Guru

"One of the most brilliant and amazing comedy shows I've ever seen in my life....Shaffer plays with taboos, twisting and turning his attitudes and upsetting expectations until the audience is dumbfounded and helpless with laughter" ***** The Scotsman

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2490309



Download poster:
 Lewis_Schaffer_poster.pdf

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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

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

New Act Competition - Heat 4


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

click to book online

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 45 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are five heats at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Laura Lexx.

"One of the most delightful performers you're ever likely to see" - GQ

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Sunday 10th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502983



Links: http://www.andrewroachtalent.com/laura-lexx/

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Tony Jameson - Football Manager Ruined My Life


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Tony Jameson feels he's now at the mid-point of his life. He believes he’s achieved some good things in his life, but there’s still the nagging voice in the back of his head that wonders, 'Could he have achieved more had he not spent the last 20 years playing video games?'

Join one of the north-east's hottest talents for silly stories and references to players you may / may not remember.

NB It's not all about Football Manager don't worry.

"Terrific…Wonderful…Life affirming stuff..." - The Skinny

Age: 14+

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/218483

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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

Comedy Open Mic Playgroup


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: The Bell
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: Free

A free open mic night of comedy in 'The Love Lounge' at the back of 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.

To secure a slot in advance email joe@bluewrenfilms.co.uk


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Spencer Jones is The Herbert - Proper Job


Date: Thursday 7th April, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.00pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £6

click to book online

An unlikely hero dressed in white tights and a T-shirt with a photo of a budgie on it. Childlike and cheeky, The Herbert brings a show stuffed full of physical, musical, prop-heavy insanity.

A sort of grubby Mr Bean with a hint of Tommy Cooper. This guy is such a dickhead. Writer and star of BBC's BAFTA-nominated Big Babies and UK Barry-nominated for best performer in Edinburgh 2014, Spencer Jones was a New Act of the Year 2015 runner-up.

"Punch you in the gut funny... Possibly the nicest, funniest, silliest, most heart-warming hour you can have" **** Scotsman

"Gloriously hilarious" - Chortle

"Spencer Jones has built one of the silliest, most consuming shows of the Fringe" ***** Times

"This is a performance that can be read as pure daftness, channelling the spirit of Tommy Cooper, or as something deeper and existential. The truth is probably both" - Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard



Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512881



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/spencer-jones-is-the-herbert-proper-job/

Download poster:
 Spencer_Jones_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.00

Friday 8th April, 2016

Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

See also Arthur's show Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


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Laugh At Bath


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Starts at Bath Abbey
Doors: for 11.15am and 2.15pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £6/£5 concs (see below *)

A daytime, light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history*

11.15am & 2.15pm daily Thurs - Sun, from outside Bath Abbey.

*well some of it!

Tours last around 90 mins
£8 adult
£6 student/senior
£5 kids

Booking: by phone / email - see below

Tickets can be bought on the day subject to availability.

Tel: 07765 796966

Links: http://www.facebook.com/laughatbath

Email for information: jamie@laughatbath.com

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

Kids' Comedy Fest - Funtime Silly Disco


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 11.40am for 12.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30mins
Price: £5

click to book online

Come and join Jonny for 90 mins of fun, dressing up, music and prizes. Great for getting kids to let off some steam!

(Suitable for ages 2 to 12)

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513021



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-funtime-silly-disco/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
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Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Kids' Comedy Fest - King Pumpypants and the Three Princesses


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.40pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 30m show + 50m meet & greet
Price: £5

click to book online

Oh dear the silly king has got it all wrong again and the queen is not happy! It's time to send the royal messenger to call on the help of three very special princesses (Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel!) With their help he might just save the day.

Come and meet the princesses after the show and get your photo taken!

(Suitable for ages 2 and up)

Show by Scarlett Princess Productions and Jimmy Mc

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513008



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kids-comedy-fest-king-pumpypants-and-the-three-princesses-3/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
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Joz Norris - Hey Guys!


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Award-winning idiot Joz Norris brings his hit 2015 Edinburgh Show to Bath along with a few new ideas.

He once lived on a mountain for three days in order to legitimise his own comeback gig, so those are the kinds of lengths he goes to in order to guarantee a good time. This will be fun.

Joz Norris is a member of the Chortle Award-nominated Weirdos Collective, an Honorary Board Member of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, and the creator and star of the hit webseries The Girl Whisperer.

"An absolute idiot...Simple, silly and screamingly funny" - Fest

"A born entertainer and a great comedy writer" - Chortle

"A potentially massive future comedy star" - The Herald

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502958



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Anna Morris - It's Got To Be Perfect


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

click to book online

The critically acclaimed character comic, star of ITV2's Bad Bridesmaid and BBC One's Outnumbered, brings her smash-hit, sell-out Edinburgh show to Bath.

You are invited to attend the wedding rehearsal of viral YouTube star (Georgina's Wedding Blogs) Georgina Francis (dubbed 'Britain's Worst Bride' in the press) and her long suffering fiancé Simon, a Conservative Politician.

Georgina is determined to have THE perfect wedding when she ties the knot this year, so what better way to make sure everything goes smoothly than to rehearse as many times as possible, all over the UK, using the audience as fill-in guests?! Be warned - nothing will get in the way of her perfect day. Don't. Be. Late...

"Beautifully crafted comedy" The Independent

"Spot-on, darkly comic characters. She’s comedy gold" Huffington Post

"The best wedding I’ve ever been to" **** Broadway Baby

"Terrific writing and an exceptional performance" **** The Skinny

"This show is simply perfect" **** Edinburgh Guide

Read the Bath Chronicle Weekend Magazine interview with Anna and Georgina - click here.

Show Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgxmA0iVATM

Georgina’s Wedding Blogs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTk9F9A8NBKk5DIKH57QprDhQISPNAW2I

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505170



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/anna-morris-its-got-to-be-perfect/

Links: http://www.georgina.wedding

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Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
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

New Act Competition - Heat 5


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

click to book online

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 45 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

There are five heats at The Bath Brew House throughout the Festival, compered by popular comedians.

Tonight's compere is Becky Brunning.

"Becky is an absolute delight - whimsical, original routines with razor sharp writing, we'd have her back for sure!" - Comedy Combo

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Sunday 10th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502985



Links: http://www.mirthcontrolcomedy.com/artists/becky_brunning/

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Mike Livesley and The Austerity Orchestra - Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry At Rawlinson End


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Liverpool's Mike Livesley & his cobwebbed musicians re-create legendary Bonzo Viv Stanshall's manic, classic, surreal but fond masterpiece of quintessential English comedy. Sir Henry’s world is brought to life for our entertainment, enchantment & elucidation some 20 years after Viv's untimely passing.

"There were conceits that just had you shrieking with laughter … one of Viv's better thoughts would probably blow my brains out" - John Peel

"...one of the richest texts in the English comic language. But to witness it on stage is a joy" - MOJO

Recommended lower age limit: 16

"A tour-de-force and a work of Art" - Neil Innes

"Rare facility and nimble erudition, as powerful an experience as one could wish for outside Hallucinogens!" - Danny Baker

"Mike Livesley embodies to perfection the spirit and brilliance of Vivian Stanshall and adds his own measure of outrageous talent too. He inhabits Sir Henry and all the denizens of Rawlinson End with such deft brilliance that the audience, when it is not howling with laughter, gasps with incredulity at the sheer 'achieve of the thing' - if I may adduce Gerard Manley H. All lovers of Sir Viv and the Bonzos will wheeze out a chuckling and sobbing thank you to a great and good man." - Stephen Fry

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/218495

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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

Karen Sherrard - A Fête Worse Than Death


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: St James Wine Vaults (gallery room)
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £6 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Welcome to the village fête in Llanfairchwaraesboncen, nestled in the South Wales Valleys.

Join your host, 76 year old village busybody Iris Evans, in a fun-filled romp complete with competitions, slide shows and audience participation. Also featuring guest speaker, Esme de Flange, a lascivious TV gardener providing advice on sowing seed, trimming your shrubbery and producing a prize marrow. But will you be able to contain yourself for the grand finale? THE RAFFLE!

This one-woman comedy show, written and performed by Karen Sherrard (winner of Last Mic Standing 2014), debuts at the festival this year.

"Refreshing, wry, warm, witty and winsome...you want to bottle Sherrard and take her home" - Colin Sell, BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

There is another performance on 9th April.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2499769



Links: http://www.karensherrard.com
http://www.facebook.com/karensherrard

Twitter: @karensherrard

Email for information: info@karensherrard.com

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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.00

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

Hardeep Singh Kohli - Big Mouth Strikes Again


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

When you've a mouth this big, is it any wonder you get into trouble?

The comedian, broadcaster, journalist and chef explains all in a brand new show, on the back of its premier at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

"Immensely funny" - Daily Express

"Very funny… with a touching truth in the stories he tells and a truthful integrity in the way he tells them" **** Edinburgh Guide

"Mixes stories with fantastic quick-witted patter" **** Skinny

"Something quite special... in between the laughter are stories of genuine power" ***** Broadway Baby

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505919



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/hardeep-singh-kohli-big-mouth-strikes-again/

Download poster:
 Hardeep_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
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Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.21

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Drift Snowbarger - Drift Towards Death


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: St James Wine Vaults (cellar bar)
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: Free entry (donations)

Drift is middle aged (if he lives to be 110) and here he charts his Dad's journey through old age, to death....and beyond.

Poignant, bitter sweet; an hour about death to cheer you up.


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Paco Erhard - Worst. German. Ever.


Date: Friday 8th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 9.30pm for 10.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

click to book online

German comedian Paco Erhard is German, but he has other problems too. Like answering the question "How to be happy in a world we know is essentially f*cked?". Or trying to make sense of his 5 years observing you Brits in your natural habitat. Or the fact that after travelling the globe for 14 years and selling out at comedy festivals worldwide for 6, he has moved back to Berlin and is coming to realise: yes, he is German, but he's pretty sh*t at it.

Now he bares all in his edgiest, most personal show yet. You will laugh. If you want. Zis is not an order.

A high-octane mix of social satire, playful madness, and cross-cultural mischief that the media calls "intelligent, political, smutty and genius" (Adelaide Advertiser, 2015). Paco draws on his meandering life around the world, comparisons between the cultures he has lived in, mischievous thoughts on society, politics, media, religion and other bullshit, as well as observational comedy and just plain silliness.

Considered "one of the best cultural comedians in the world" (Rip It Up, 2015), Paco was nominated for the Fringe World Best Comedy Award 2013, has garnered multiple 5-star reviews, clocked up numerous worldwide TV and radio credits while performing around the globe in English, German, and Spanish, and now has a residency at Berlin's famous Bar Jeder Vernunft theatre.

"As close to stand-up genius as I have ever seen... waves of comedy gold" ***** Edinburgh Guide

"The well-travelled, politically incorrect German comedian is on top form - a German combination of Jim Jefferies and Bill Hicks... observational comedy and satire at its finest" ***** Three Weeks

"Hilariously, intelligently, full-on fizzingly fantastic... I’m reminded why comedy is addictive... If you're hungry for intelligent, political entertainment, Erhard is a must-see." – Theatre Review, Wellington NZ

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513943



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/paco-erhard-worst-german-ever/

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Saturday 9th April, 2016

Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

See also Arthur's show Mindlessness - A Beginner's Guide


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Laugh At Bath


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Starts at Bath Abbey
Doors: for 11.15am and 2.15pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £6/£5 concs (see below *)

A daytime, light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history*

11.15am & 2.15pm daily Thurs - Sun, from outside Bath Abbey.

*well some of it!

Tours last around 90 mins
£8 adult
£6 student/senior
£5 kids

Booking: by phone / email - see below

Tickets can be bought on the day subject to availability.

Tel: 07765 796966

Links: http://www.facebook.com/laughatbath

Email for information: jamie@laughatbath.com

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Unrehearsed Monty Python & The Holy Grail


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: The Bell Courtyard
Doors: 2.00pm for 3.00pm show
Price: Free

The Unrehearsed Theatre Company presents this festival's comedy classic, completely live and completely free and completely stupid, outside in the courtyard at The Bell on Saturday afternoon.

Donations to Comic Relief.

Be there by 2pm if you want to take part!


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Zahra Barri - Talk Like An Egyptian


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.30pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 45min
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Zahra's a bit like the country of Turkey, in that she's a mix of Eastern and Western culture, and also she is a bird. A fun look into Eastern and Kanye Western Culture.

This show is about celebrating our differences and uniting our similarities with the Middle East. Many Westerners think Middle Eastern people are backward thinking. But that's only because they write from right to left, and not left to right. If the West or the East changed it, we would all be on the same page.

This is a 'silly' show about a 'serious' topic. In this current climate in particular, there has never before been more segregation between the West and The Middle East. 'Talk Like An Egyptian' highlights the importance of Integration, not Segregation whilst being 'very funny'.

The show contains canned laughter, an actual Pyramid of Giza, Zahra's Dad teaching her Arabic and the second most powerful Arab Woman In The World 2015 (Amal Clooney). Zahra should have got the woman who won the First Most Powerful Arab Woman In The World, but because she didn't marry George Clooney, she didn't know who she was.

As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 2

"Terrific" - Venue Magazine

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510159



Links: http://www.zahrabarri.com
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Rise-Muslim-comics-Leicester-s-comedy-festival/story-28648344-detail/story.html

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Sex.. with Pete Searles


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 3.30pm for 4.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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After his much younger girlfriend leaves him for a better looking, richer, more successful friend of his, Searles dissolves into a gibbering, chain-smoking, suicidal-insomniac!

In desperation he resorts to the latest new-age self-help healing therapy E.F.T. (emotional freedom technique) regressing him into a voyage of self re-discovery - where buried memories of past relationships, one-night stands and a very confused childhood all come bubbling to the surface – with hilarious, painful and revelatory results!

"Haven't laughed so much in ages" - Gilded Balloon

"One of the loveliest, laughter filled hours I have seen" - The Scotsman

"He's definitely one performer I look forward to seeing again next year" - one4review.com

"It's a joy" - The List Magazine

"Brilliant… one of the best solo shows I've ever seen!" - Gyles Brandreth

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505938



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/sex-with-pete-searles/

Links: http://www.petersearles.com/

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Ed Day - Jokes To Tell To Your Girlfriend's Dad


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.00pm for 4.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Having placed 3rd in the Gilded Balloon's prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny' in 2015, Ed has quickly become a rising star on the London circuit, and has decided to write a show for this year. So join him at The Bath Brew House for half an hour of stand up, along with some special guests to sweeten the deal (and fill the time).

"Ingenious visual gags...there's no questioning his crafty intelligence" - Chortle

"Clearly one to watch" - Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke

"Funny in lots of different ways - very good" - TV Bomb

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512939



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Rob Coleman - Ship of Fool


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Assembly Inn (Cellar Bar)
Doors: 4.30pm for 5.00pm show
Duration: 50min
Price: Free entry (donations)

Focusing on one man's obsession with crossing the Atlantic in a small boat, the show takes a funny and deeply personal look at Rob's original motivations, how he came to fail, twice, and the slightly worrying idea that despite having just turned 50, not really being suited to life on the ocean wave and with a broken hip to his name, he still fancies another crack at it.


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The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Do Shakespeare


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Earth's funniest footwear return with a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks & violence, taking on The Bard Of Avon himself.

Howl at their Hamlet, roar at their Romeo & Juliet, and peer into their Coriolanus. Plus all the usual satirical nonsense from the Two Gentlesocks Of Verrucca.

"The unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" ***** Venue

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

"One of the truly great comic inventions of our time" ***** Theatre Bath 2015

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2490328



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/the-scottish-falsetto-sock-puppet-theatre-do-shakespeare/

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Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Ireland! Home of the black stuff and the craic. The whole world wants to be Irish and sure why wouldn't they?

So what happens if you actually are and you're shite at it? Christian Talbot looks awful in all 40 shades of green, and he's allergic to Guinness and rain. He can't speak the language and he's afraid of potatoes.

Winner of the the 2014 Malcolm Hardee Cunning Stunt Award.

"An absolutely engaging performer" - The Scotsman

"A friendly, funny and clever hour. We all laughed a lot, but the woman next to me nearly dislocated something, so much was she laughing" - Kate Copstick

* 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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Chris Norton Walker - Something funny happened on the way here


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Assembly Inn (Cellar Bar)
Doors: 5.50pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 30min
Price: Free entry (donations)

One comedian's journey through 1000 crazy gigs, weird audiences and hilarious backstage accidents.

A show that examines a nearly showbiz life and how sometimes comedy happens in the most unlikely places.


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David Ephgrave - Work in (Hope of) Progress


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Mission Theatre (The Theatre Upstairs)
Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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The back end of the comic duo Doggett & Ephgrave road-tests some new material. Don’t worry: he hasn’t heard of David Ephgrave either.

"David Ephgrave is as smooth as they come" (BBC)

"A very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with" (View From The Gods)

"An eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" (Camden Fringe Voyeur)

"The way he... gets the timing spot on does reveal he's no newcomer to the comedy circuit" (View From the Gods)

There is another performance on 10th April.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498404



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

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The Oxy - Comedy in the Community Show


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: A Bath resident's living room
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £5 (see description)

Arnold Kuenzler-Byrt performs his stand up show "An uninfluential mind"

With comedy music from The Meat Market "adult themed harmonies" and Sir Henry

Plus Matt Cranium, comedy historian; Impro from the Void and Gary Millhouse

Compere Ms Sally Lunn and her talking bun

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Bizarre Bath


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
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


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £11 - £45 (see listing)

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Krater Comedy Club is Komedia Bath's flagship comedy night, at the proud four times winner of the 'Best Comedy Venue in Wales & The West' at the Chortle Comedy Awards (2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015).

Wine and dine from the Soil Association Gold standard kitchen before enjoying three great stand-ups and a compere in our decadent vintage cosy interior.

Featuring: Raymond & Mr Timpkins, Steve Shanyaski, Paul Myrehaug and Mark Olver (MC)

Prices: £45 VIP ticket / £29 Meal Deal / £18.50 Auditorium / £15 Balcony / £11 Balcony Concessions

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

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

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Patrick Monahan - The Disco Years


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs including interval
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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The family's favourite funnyman (and occasional disco dancer) is on tour across the UK with his brand new stand-up show!

Charged by Patrick's memories and reminiscences of being an immigrant to Great Britain, this is a laugh out loud show that is both thoughtful and smart as well as brilliantly silly!

Winner of the www.Ents24.com '2015 Hardest Working Comedian of the Year Award' for playing the highest number of venues in the UK! As seen on ITV's "Splash!", "Fake Reaction", "Show Me The Funny" and "Celebrity Squares".

"A spellbinding narrative…delightful, impressive and very funny… if it is possible to make Monahan audiences love their boy more than they already do, then this is the show that will do it" **** The Scotsman

"A comedian with a heart of gold… it's not laboured but it makes you think, even while you grin from ear to ear at all the fun you've just had" ***** One4Review

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2490317



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/patrick-monahan-the-disco-years/

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Otway And Barrett - The Final Straw Tour 2016


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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This may be the last Otway and Barrett tour – according to Willy. Otway remains unconvinced.

The first place Otway and Barrett did not work together was their first gig - John was heckled off stage during his solo number and both Willy and the audience decided that it would be better if they did not do the rest of the show as a duo.

After an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test - during which John landed on his testicles whilst leaping astride Willy's amplifier - an amused punk audience bought enough copies of the single "Really Free" to give them their first Hit.

When times got tough they did re-unite for short periods of time, but any sustained partnership was usually curtailed by unreasonable behaviour by one of the parties. Barrett writing a song called "Give It Headbutts" which required him to bang John's head against the microphone in time to the music and Otway recording a solo album called "All Balls and no Willy" are typical examples of this.

In the past few years Otway and Barrett have reunited for a few short tours, if only to prove that nothing much has changed.

Both John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett remain enigmas to the vast majority of the British public, but for those who know they are amongst the top ten of favourite artists to see live. The show is a wonderful eclectic mix of bizarre humour, superb visual effects, fine guitar playing and the best use of a Theremin anywhere.

Booking: TicketSource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/218499

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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

Brew House Saturday line-up - Mark Dolan


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £10

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

Mark Dolan
Broadcaster, comedian and writer. Between doing stand-up and TV appearances, Mark is currently presenting a slot on Fubar Radio, every day from 10am. He also hosted the Sky Movies show 35mm, having previously fronted Balls of Steel, and The World’s...and Me and The Mad Bad Ad Show (all Channel 4). Mark alsoo has a Saturday night residency at the Amused Moose in Soho.

Dave Thompson
International stand-up comedian and compere, known for his brilliant one-liners and odd persona. He has written for Harry Hill's TV Burp! and The Sketch Show but is probably best known for playing Tinky Winky in the Teletubbies!

"The best one-liners I've heard this season" – The Independent
"Dave Thompson astonishes with his lanky eccentricities... talented and always amusin" – Time Out

Iszi Lawrence
Iszi is the voice of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe and has her own weekly podcast Sunday Supplement, and recently supported Boothby Graffoe's UK tour.

"Iszi Lawrence finds herself in bracket alongside Josie Long and Sarah Millican" - Oxford Times

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Karen Sherrard - A Fête Worse Than Death


Date: Saturday 9th April, 2016
Venue: St James Wine Vaults (gallery room)
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £6 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Welcome to the village fête in Llanfairchwaraesboncen, nestled in the South Wales Valleys.

Join your host, 76 year old village busybody Iris Evans, in a fun-filled romp complete with competitions, slide shows and audience participation. Also featuring guest speaker, Esme de Flange, a lascivious TV gardener providing advice on sowing seed, trimming your shrubbery and producing a prize marrow. But will you be able to contain yourself for the grand finale? THE RAFFLE!

This one-woman comedy show, written and performed by Karen Sherrard (winner of Last Mic Standing 2014), debuts at the festival this year.

"Refreshing, wry, warm, witty and winsome...you want to bottle Sherrard and take her home" - Colin Sell, BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

There is another performance on 8th April.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2499769



Links: http://www.karensherrard.com
http://www.facebook.com/karensherrard

Twitter: @karensherrard

Email for information: info@karensherrard.com

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Sunday 10th April, 2016

Arthur Smith - The Arturart Museum of Socks


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: On display all day
Price: Free

Rarely studied, discussed, or even thought about, socks have nevertheless made a huge contribution to the history of humankind. For this unique and inspiring exhibition, Arthur Smith has assembled some of the most influential socks of all time, including the pair worn by Alexander the Great, the pink socks worn by General Montgomery in the battle of el Alamein, the white ones used to surrender at the Battle of Hastings, a pair worn by Princess Grace of Monaco on holiday and a blue one (probably) worn by Elvis Presley. The overall effect is sensational.

It will definitely win the Turner Prize

There will, in addition, be a selection from Arthur's own immense sock drawer with the tales they have to tell.

You will also be able to access Arthur's new 'Mindlessness' course by stroking some hand picked socks and you can buy a sock from Arthur's world class collection. Visitors are invited to bring their own favourite sock so it may be registered in Smith's important and growing sock archive.

The museum's curator may or may not sometimes be in residence...

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Laugh At Bath


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Starts at Bath Abbey
Doors: for 11.15am and 2.15pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8 / £6/£5 concs (see below *)

A daytime, light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history*

11.15am & 2.15pm daily Thurs - Sun, from outside Bath Abbey.

*well some of it!

Tours last around 90 mins
£8 adult
£6 student/senior
£5 kids

Booking: by phone / email - see below

Tickets can be bought on the day subject to availability.

Tel: 07765 796966

Links: http://www.facebook.com/laughatbath

Email for information: jamie@laughatbath.com

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

Interactive Theatre International - The Wedding Reception


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 12.30pm prompt
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £35 incl 2 course meal + cake!

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Boasting 5* reviews from premières in London Covent Garden, Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe, this new immersive comedy from the producers of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience makes its Bath debut...complete with new bits!

Will & Kate's dream was for a small intimate wedding – but Kate's Mum, Lynne, had other plans! In a bid for peace, a compromise was reached, and the happy couple tied the knot in a registry office so that Lynne's lavish reception could go ahead without fuss... though "without fuss" isn't quite how it turns out!

Be a guest at The Wedding Reception. It's a 2-hour comedy that's immersive, highly improvised, and as interactive as you want it to be. And, in true wedding reception style, it even includes a sit-down dinner (incl vegetarian option) - with cake! Join the party. It's a roller-coaster journey full of fun, frolics... and more than a few surprises.

"Brilliant interactive theatre – highly entertaining... highly recommended!" - FringeReview, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

"I have not been privy to immersive theatre this effective since Punchdrunk… remarkably clever and funny" - Broadway Baby, Brighton Fringe 2015

"A great, fun new concept that you can't really fault" - West End Wilma, London Covent Garden 2015



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Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/interactive-theatre-international-the-wedding-reception/

Links: http://www.interactivetheatre.com.au/theweddingreception

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Simon Caine - Buddhism and Cats


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.30pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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If you got your idea of adulthood from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. but reality hasn't lived up to the expectation, if you live more in your head than in the moment and if you feel connected online and profoundly disconnected from people offline, then this is the show for you.

* 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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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512887



Links: http://simoncaine.co.uk/AskTheIndustryPodcast

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Maggy Whitehouse & Richard James - Worlds Apart


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.00pm for 4.30pm show
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Richard James and Maggy Whitehouse are a West-Country atheist all-to-familiar with long-distance relationships and an inner-city vicar who can't even shut the bedroom door on her perpetual Imaginary Friend.

Together, Richard and Maggy are a fount of hilarious, epic and insane stories both from personal experience and from history on the absurdities of long-distance love, religious devotion and the all-too-human tendency to crash and burn over the theory that absent hearts grow stronger.

Praise for Richard James: "Quick wit and hilarious anecdotes" - New Life Magazine. "Intelligent Writing" - Eminent Banter. "Continues to deliver brilliantly" - Ministry Comedy.

Praise for Funny Women 2015 finalist, Maggy Whitehouse: "A witty presence, acknowledging her unusual place in an atheist-dominated comedy circuit, with an excellent comeback to hecklers" - Chortle. "Funny, warm and surprisingly inspirational" - Paul Tonkinson.

* 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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Nick Hall - Szgrabble!


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Sketch comedian Nick Hall brings his one-man Cold War thriller to Bath.

In this fast-paced, energetic and hilarious multi-character show, Nick brings to life a vivid world of spying, suspense, seduction and most importantly - Scrabble!

As seen on BBC2, BBC3 and BBC Radio 4

"Crackingly original" **** The List

"Side splittingly funny" ***** ThreeWeeks

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

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David Ephgrave - Work in (Hope of) Progress


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Mission Theatre (The Theatre Upstairs)
Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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The back end of the comic duo Doggett & Ephgrave road-tests some new material. Don’t worry: he hasn’t heard of David Ephgrave either.

"David Ephgrave is as smooth as they come" (BBC)

"A very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with" (View From The Gods)

"An eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" (Camden Fringe Voyeur)

"The way he... gets the timing spot on does reveal he's no newcomer to the comedy circuit" (View From the Gods)

There is another performance on 9th April.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498404



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

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New Act Competition - Grand Final


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 3hrs
Price: £8.50

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 45 of the best up and coming comics in the UK compete in five heats.

The nine best acts from the competition heats battle it out in tonight's grand final, judged by a panel including comedy industry heavyweights Graham Smith, Alan Nixon and Jill Edwards, and Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel.

Previous finalists include 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 18 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.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2499849



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/new-act-competition-grand-final/

Links: http://www.mirthcontrolcomedy.com

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Bizarre Bath


Date: Sunday 10th April, 2016
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

Tuesday 12th April, 2016

Final Fling Festival Party - The Zen Hussies


Date: Tuesday 12th April, 2016
Venue: Hall And Woodhouse
Doors: 7.30pm
Duration: 3hrs
Price: Free

A FREE final fling in the spectacular surroundings of Hall and Woodhouse.

Open to one and all!

Celebrate the end of a fabulous festival with the Comedy Festival organisers, volunteers and participants and enjoy the dance-along sounds of the hugely popular Zen Hussies, whose trademark sound has been described by Festival Eye magazine as "the sonic definition of happiness" and is a whirl of bluesy hollers, swinging trumpet, baritone sax, clarinet, harmonica, double bass, guitars, drums and good humoured stylistic nudges and winks.


Links: http://hall-woodhousebath.co.uk/
http://www.zenhussies.com/

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Saturday 28th May, 2016

An Evening Without Victoria Wood


Date: Saturday 28th May, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: Free (donations) or pay what you can in advance*

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Just as Bath Fringe was going to press, news came through that we had lost one of our greatest comedy geniuses of all time to cancer at the ridiculously early age of 62.

To bring together Victoria Wood fans in an evening of tribute and celebratory hilarity, Jem Roberts hosts a special staged reading of monologues and sketches, and of course, songs including 'It Would Never Have Worked' and 'The Ballad of Barry & Freda'.

* Entry is free, but donations will be encouraged, with all proceeds going to www.jessiesfund.org.uk – a musical charity of which Victoria was patron. Alternatively, to guarantee a seat, you can pay in advance with a donation of your choice (minimum £5).

Macaroons will be available. Possibly.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2548377



Links: https://jemroberts.com/2016/04/21/spreading-72-baps-for-victoria
http://www.jessiesfund.org.uk

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Saturday 4th June, 2016

Frank Williams - More Tea Vicar?


Date: Saturday 4th June, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval & book sign
Price: £14.50 / £12.50 concs (see below *)

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Dad's Army Vicar Frank Williams invites you to join him for a hilarious evening of TV nostalgia.

Everybody loves Dad's Army. Even after 50 years it continues to pull huge viewing figures becoming one of the all-time classic 'greats' of television, also enjoying West-End success, a Royal Variety Performance, a national tour, a themed cruise and now the new feature film in which Frank returns as the vicar.

David Croft and Jimmy Perry chose Frank to create the role of the wonderfully eccentric vicar who was always slightly tetchy as he tried to come to terms with the elderly platoon's invasion of his beloved church hall.

Join Frank as he celebrates a lifetime on Stage, TV, Film and the legendary BBCTV series. In an entertaining trip down memory lane, Frank gives a unique glimpse behind the scenes and stories of the celebrated TV & Film casts of Dad`s Army & a host of other TV classics such as Emergency Ward 10; All Gas & Gaiters; Morecambe & Wise; The Two Ronnies and many more.

Frank is interviewed by author & entertainer Chris Gidney in a lively evening of television nostalgia which includes Frank's rarely seen home movie of the Dads Army cast on tour, and Frank will sign copies of his best-selling autobiography, Vicar to Dad's Army.

"He tells of his craft with an infectious geniality" - Daily Telegraph

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513265



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/frank-williams-more-tea-vicar/

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Wednesday 8th June, 2016

Bill Smarme & The Bizness plus Hoppin' Mad - Bill Smarme Comes Strictly Dancing


Date: Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Venue: Club XL
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £10

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Foxtrot Tango! Foxtrot Tango!.....Bill Smarme hosts a cheeky evening of dance inspired Musical Cabaret.

A riotous fandango of hip hop, flip flop, lindy hop and new fangled tangos performed by Bill, his swinging band The Bizness and Special Guests.

Watch Bill put his left leg in and shake it all about for a truly terpsichoreal experience.

Sold out last year so book early to ensure disappointment.

Full bar in operation this year.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2525770



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bill-smarme-the-bizness-plus-special-guests-bill-smarme-comes-strictly-dancing/

Links: http://www.billsmarme.com

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Thursday 9th June, 2016

Widcombe Nights Comedy Special - Nick Doody, Bilal Zafar, Philip Cooper, Aideen McQueen (MC)


Date: Thursday 9th June, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Bath Comedy has come home to the newly rebuilt Widcombe Social Club and we're celebrating Bath Fringe in great style, with a line-up of some of the leading lights of the current comedy circuit, in the best new venue in town! You don't get to see this on TV - come and experience some fantastic talent live, the way it should be.

Starring:

Nick Doody
A highly engaging live performer and a prolific comedy writer for TV and radio. Sharp, topical and not afraid to say what he thinks, his brand of intelligent, honest and incisive comedy has won him fans all over the world.
"Simply the best unadulterated, gimmick-free hour of pure stand-up I've seen so far this Fringe" ***** Chortle
"All hail Nick Doody...pure comedy gold" ***** Metro

Aideen McQueen
One of Ireland's top female stand ups, Aideen reached the final of the "Funny Funny" comedy competition after just her third gig, and recent shows have included support for Sean Hughes, Ardal O'Hanlon and Jonny Vegas
"Confident and charismatic on stage, Aideen is able to adapt to different audiences seamlessly and has a very big future in stand up comedy" - Geoff Whiting, Mirth Control

Bilal Zafar
Bilal is a British Muslim comedian and wry storyteller who won the NATYS Award in January 2016. He is best known for his humorous stories about experiencing racism and islamophobia.

Philip Cooper
Runner up in the 2015 Bath Comedy New Act Competition, Phil enjoys great popularity in the South West and beyond.
"…impossible not to be drawn into his expertly delivered dialogues… Top class comedian" - Ministry Comedy

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2544744



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/widcombe-nights-comedy-special/

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

Wednesday 27th July, 2016

John-Luke Roberts Builds a Monster


Date: Wednesday 27th July, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 55mins
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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A thoughtful idiot builds a monstrous show for your entertainment.

A monster in progress from the creator of Stnad-Up and Stdad-Up, co-creator of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, and co-writer of Robert Lyndsay and Maureen Lipman’s sitcom Bull.

Trained by Philippe Gaulier.

"Intelligent, precise and deadly funny" **** Chortle

"Brilliant" - Independent

"Stretches the boundaries of the form with a childlike glee" - Guardian

"John-Luke Roberts. Funny as f*ck and clever? Sure. But he is also a dick. I'd bottle him all up" - Tony Law

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

(This show replaces the previously advertised "Tamar Broadbent - Get Ugly")

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565881



Twitter: @jlukeroberts

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Elf Lyons - Pelican (Preview)


Date: Wednesday 27th July, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 50mins
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Elf Lyons sometimes wants to kill her mother. Do other people ever feel like this? She’s made a show to find out.

In Pelican, Elf uses her unique blend of storytelling, surrealism and brute honesty to pull apart her love/hate relationship with her mother to comedically explore the age-old fear of turning into your mother, and the pressures to have it all as young woman. A brand new fierce, sassy and hilarious show from the L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier graduate and Feminist Times' One To Watch.

MEDIA EYE RISING STAR 2016

"Enthusiastically peculiar...endearingly eccentric...showing sexy, nerdy and funny aren't mutually incompatible" - Chortle 2015

"Lyons is endearingly eccentric on so many levels. She has a knack for fostering the desire to be her new best friend" Fest Magazine 2015

"A stand-out Fringe show from a vibrant and energetic performer...packed full of sexiness, nerdiness...with an excellent astronaut striptease" **** The Skinny 2015

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565995



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Twitter: @elf_lyons

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Thursday 28th July, 2016

Daniel Simonsen - Working On It


Date: Thursday 28th July, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Work in progress show from the Norwegian comic and Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer.

Currently residing in New York City, this will be one of Simonsen's only UK shows this year.

As seen on "Russell Howard's Good News" and "House of Fools"

"One of the most compelling voices of the moment" - Independent

"Funny before he even opened his mouth" - Scotsman

"Creepily brilliant" - Fabulous Magazine

**** Time Out

**** Times

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565882



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

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Neil McFarlane - Sightseeing With A Hangover (Preview)


Date: Thursday 28th July, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Zagreb, Maribor, Antwerp, Oslo, Hamburg, Osijek, Rijeka, Belgrade, Budapest, Bucharest, Jersey, Guernsey, Orkney, Dublin, San Francisco, Orlando, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC... Bath.

Neil has visited a surprising number of strange and foreign cities and shores to do stand-up. Especially when you consider how little he earned in the process. Were they grateful? Not remotely.

But along the way he's picked up some stories, met some interesting people and seen some sights, usually an hour before his flight leaves - and fallen down a few holes. Always with a mild hangover from whichever heinous local firewater he imbibed after the gig. For more details, see below. Or even better, see the show. He doesn't bite, he generally deodorises and his public nudity is rare, although extraordinary.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2565885



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

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Thursday 13th October, 2016

Bill Smarme's Piss-up In A Brewery


Date: Thursday 13th October, 2016
Venue: Electric Bear Brewing Company
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

They said he couldn't do it...but they were wrong, because Bill Smarme will be running "A PISS-UP IN A BREWERY" at The Electric Bear Brewing Company.

Bill Smarme - international entertainer, ladies' man, builder - and his band The Bizness - will be performing their unique comedic take on all things vaguely musical and pulling a few surprises out the hat like they do.

Bill, the band, and you, will be getting pissed on a raft of great beers from the Electric Bear Brewing Company. They make distinctive and delicious beers for beer-lovers of all sorts, ranging from a golden ale at 3.8% through European and American style ales, wheat beer, stouts, and other exotic ales and lagers including a German brew at a knee-wobbling 9.1%. See more at www.electricbearbrewing.com

Mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas will be available on the night, supplied by Vito Albergo from the Bianco Rosso Pizza Company.

The Electric Bear Brewing Company is at Unit 12, The Maltings, Brassmill Lane, Bath BA1 3JL

And don't forget, Bill sez "If you must drink and drive, take someone else with you."

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

Friday 14th October, 2016

Nick Harper


Date: Friday 14th October, 2016
Venue: The Bell (Love Lounge)
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £10 adv (£12 door)

SOLD OUT

"The sheer weight of ideas in his music makes him irresistible and unstoppable. Harper the performer is a fearsome weapon. Phenomenal? You bet your life" - Southern Reporter

"One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley" - Mojo


For Nick Harper 2016 has been the most exciting year with a sell-out UK Spring tour supporting the third and final 'retrospective' vinyl LP, with one box to unite them all. He is also sporting a new live album, 'Hark!' – a recording of songs from his award-winning shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003. This winter Nick is on tour with a band for the first time in ten years. With no Nick Harper solo tour planned for 2017 these shows are sure to sell out early and round off this celebratory year in style.

Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick was born in London and raised in Wiltshire. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father's Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985. Nick's talent and energy entranced Roy's fans and it was inevitable that he would begin touring and recording in his own right. The 1994 EP 'Light at the End of the Kennel' was swiftly followed by his powerful 1995 debut long player 'Seed' prompting The Independent to describe him as "hugely talented".

To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs.

A RMT Music & Bath Comedy co-production.

Nick's Edinburgh Fringe shows this year received several glowing four star reviews, read them here:
The Scotsman
Fife Today
The Herald

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.harperspace.com
http://www.rmtmusicproductions.co.uk

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Tuesday 1st November, 2016

The Real MacGuffins & Fol Espoir - Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain


Date: Tuesday 1st November, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.15pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 110mins incl interval
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

An instant hit when it previewed and a sell out last year, The Real MacGuffins return with the touring show!

"The British don't know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don't know how to make a good cup of tea. It's an even swap."

It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England - where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather.

The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life, featuring everything from cricket, warm beer and ha'pennies to Sunday afternoons in the country.. A rib-tickling show for all ages.

"Wholly idiotic, inducing a helpless laughter that almost incapacitates the audience… an unforgettable experience." **** The Stage

"Packed with puns and innuendo, the slickness and pace of this brilliant group made it great fun for all age groups… A thoroughly entertaining evening." **** Essential Surrey

The Real MacGuffins have proved a crowd favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2010 playing sell-out shows to critical acclaim. Their highly energetic, interactive comedy delights audiences both young and old - with a mix of wordplay, good (and some bad) old fashioned jokes and physical comedy, there is something for everyone.

Fol Espoir are the creators of 'Winston On the Run' (***** WhatsOnStage) and 'Dr Brown Because' (**** The Times, The Sunday Times, Time Out).

Read a review from A Younger Theatre here:
http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-instructions-for-american-servicemen-in-britain-redbridge-drama-centre/

and another from The Stage:
https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/instructions-for-american-servicemen-in-britain-the-village-hall-cropwell-bishop-riotously-funny/

SOLD OUT

Links: http://therealmacguffins.com/
http://www.folespoir.co.uk/

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

Tuesday 15th November, 2016

Mishka Shubaly & Glenn Wool


Date: Tuesday 15th November, 2016
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £12.50 / £10 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

Glenn Wool
"Seeing Glenn Wool perform should be made compulsory for the melancholy. There's no way you won't feel a bit better about the world afterwards. Lethally funny" **** Metro

Critically acclaimed and internationally renowned Canadian comedian, Glenn hides a sharp intelligence behind apparently homespun humour, which hits the mark on a wide range of subjects from religious fundamentalism to current world politics in such a way that you hardly notice. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats, The World Stands Up, Edinburgh & Beyond, Russell Howard's Good News and more.

"Effortlessly funny with an affability that other comics can only dream of – You have to go and see Glenn Wool" - The Guardian

"If Like me, you believe that nobody could be much funnier than a cross between Jack Black and Meat Loaf, then you’ll be pleased to learn that such a man exists" - The Independent on Sunday

Mishka Shubaly
"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back" - Time Out New York

After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly realised he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring non-stop, and shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Decemberists among others.

He's become a cult favorite, opening nationally for comedy iconoclast Doug Stanhope, penning the soundtrack for The Unbookables documentary, headlining the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour, and touring with Pearl Jam fave Star Anna. Adrian Grenier played drums for a new single and Shubaly's most recent record "Coward's Path" has won praise from Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, among others.

"We all have heroes. I would never want to imagine Tom Waits going to therapy or Bukowski running a 10k. In my heart, Mishka Shubaly will always be spilled over the bar next to me and playing on the jukebox of my soul." - Doug Stanhope

"Forever a favourite, sublime!" - Johnny Depp

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.mishkashubaly.com
http://www.glennwool.com

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

Thursday 17th November, 2016

Fred MacAulay - LIFE


Date: Thursday 17th November, 2016
Venue: St Margaret's Hall, Bradford-on-Avon
Doors: 7.15pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 105mins including interval
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Fred MacAulay - (Mock the Week, The News Quiz) - Who/What/Where is LIFE for Fred? It could be philosophical, (Fred likes to probe). It could be medical, (Fred has been probed). It's likely to be topical, potentially satirical and it's bound to be funny.

"Rib-achingly funny, one of the funniest men alive" - Sunday Times

"One of the best stand-ups Britain has ever produced" - Richard Osman, BBC Pointless

Reasonably priced licensed bar. Parking available at the venue. Trains run back to Bath and Bristol until 22:44.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2580372



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/fred-macaulay-life/

Links: http://www.fredmacaulay.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/fred.macaulay.5

Twitter: @FredMacAulay

Download poster:
 Fred_MacAulay_poster.pdf

STOP PRESS - Special meal deals for ticket holders!
Two restaurants in Bradford on Avon are offering deals in conjunction with the show:

Bunch of Grapes: Special offer: steak frites for just £10 - book a table before 7pm and mention the deal

The Three Gables: Special offer: pre- or post-show dinner. Open from 5.30pm. Two courses £18, three courses £22

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

Thursday 1st December, 2016

Bonbon Cabaret - Bonbon & Chums


Date: Thursday 1st December, 2016
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

After a three year sabbatical the fabled Bonbon Cabaret is back, featuring a scintillating array of talent in a variety show format at Bath Comedy's newest cool venue, the recently reopened Widcombe Social Club!

Monsieur Ralph Le Bonbon will introduce a splendiferous line-up of quality acts including character comedy and music plus, of course, the ineffable Widcombe Players; and no Bonbon Cabaret would be complete without the unmissable pickled egg raffle!

Starring Marty Skiver, character comic Emma Sidi, comedy songwriter Tamar Broadbent and cabaret star Tina T’urner Tea Lady!

Come and experience the continually improving wonderful space which is Widcombe Social Club, with its comfy seats, air conditioning, new acoustics, posh toilets, downstairs lounge/bar and gorgeous staff!

NB: Look out for the Widcombe Christmas Tree Lights switch-on starting outside the White Hart at 6.15pm before this show - rumour has it that the Queen herself is coming to do the honours this year!

Wear red and win a prize for the best hat/jumper/creation...

SOLD OUT

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

Friday 9th December, 2016

Swear along with Withnail & I


Date: Friday 9th December, 2016
Venue: St Margaret's Hall, Bradford-on-Avon
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £6

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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, at Bradford on Avon's comfortable flagship venue.

Parking available at the venue. Trains run back to Bath and Bristol until 22:44.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589447



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/swear-along-with-withnail-i/

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 Withnail_2016_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.00

Tuesday 31st January, 2017

Bec Hill & Sarah Bennetto


Date: Tuesday 31st January, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50min incl interval
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Double bill of work-in-progress shows from two most prolific and exciting comedians.

Bec Hill is an Australian-born-London-based comedian, presenter and fool. She is best known for her Twitter presence, her "live animations" on YouTube, and her recent stint co-hosting Sky's DC Fancast. John Barrowman once kissed her on the lips and it confused her.

"Bec Hill: exuberant, daft and inventive." **** The Scotsman
"There's something special about Bec Hill." **** The Times

Sarah Bennetto is a stand-up from Melbourne, now based in London. You can catch her doing new solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe every year, music festivals, comedy clubs, and she can also be heard on BBC Radio 4, Glastonbury backstage radio and NTS's Mix-Tape. She is the host of Storytellers' Club, the cult comedians-telling-stories comedy club.

"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." ****½ The Advertiser newspaper, Adelaide
"A sophisticated mix of standup and character comedy, Bennetto succeeds in harnessing the full power of an instinctive comedic mind." **** Fest magazine, Edinburgh
"Superb. Devastating. Edges towards perfection." **** ThreeWeeks, UK

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2729366



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bec-hill-sarah-bennetto/

Links: http://www.bechillcomedian.com
http://comedycv.co.uk/sarahbennetto

Twitter: @bechillcomedian;sarahbennetto;storyCLB

Download poster:
 Bec_Sarah_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Thursday 16th February, 2017

Bonbon Cabaret - Bonbon’s Love-in


Date: Thursday 16th February, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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We heart Valentine’s! We heart Bonbon! We heart Widcombe Social Club!

Romance is not dead! Join our cuddlesome compere Ralph le Bonbon in a kissy-kissy compendium of comedy & musical cabaret and rib-tickling repartee.

Musical comedian Tracey Collins (a.k.a. Tina T'urner Tea Lady) brings her newest creation to the stage as Audrey Heartburn. Witness her hilarious tear-streaked rampage in pursuit of a new love as she drowns her sorrows, sings her sad songs and gets her heart burning once again!

The lip-smacking line-up also stars the wonderful voice of Saskia Maxwell, the tight embouchure of Faye Treacy and her butternut squash, the ever popular Widcombe Players, Twerton love guru Bill Smarme... and of course the grand pickled wally raffle!

What’s not to love?

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2799043



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bonbon-cabaret-bonbons-love-in/

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 Bonbon_Love-in_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.28

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

Thursday 2nd March, 2017

Stuart Goldsmith - Compared to What


Date: Thursday 2nd March, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 110min incl interval
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Fresh from appearances on 'Russell Howard's Stand Up Central' (Comedy Central), 'As Yet Untitled' (Dave) and a month of packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe, Stuart Goldsmith presents a new hour of funny, not entirely about becoming a parent.

The host of the 'Comedian's Comedian Podcast' (over 6 million downloads) finally shakes off an invigoratingly misspent youth. Finding himself uprooted from his adoptive city and press-ganged into a pastoral existence by a cunning girl, Stu considers the big questions and wonders: how much compromise is too much?

"A charming, expert stand-up" - Sunday Times

"Endlessly riveting" - Guardian

"Makes it look easy" – Chortle

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2707107



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/stuart-goldsmith-compared-to-what/

Links: http://www.comedianscomedian.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/StuartGoldsmithComedy

Twitter: @ComComPod

To whet your appetite Stuart is giving away a free digital copy of his debut album "Princess Uncle Stu"... Just go to www.comedianscomedian.com/album for further instructions!

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.14

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

Saturday 1st April, 2017

Bizarre Bath


Date: Saturday 1st April, 2017
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 - Andy Askins, Joel Dommett, Stephen Grant & MC Laura Lexx


Date: Saturday 1st April, 2017
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £9 - £46 (see listing)

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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.

Andy Askins: Andy Askins is a diminutive figure who exudes an air of vulnerability as he steps up to the microphone armed with a guitar and a cheeky grin. It’s an overwhelmingly misleading demeanour which serves to heighten the impact of the killer lines that he delivers.

Joel Dommett: Joel came onto the comedy scene in 2007 and has never looked back. After receiving great critical acclaim for his Edinburgh Fringe shows, he has gone on to appear in numerous television shows including; Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Reality Bites (ITV2), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC),and most recently, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

Stephen Grant: Along with his clutch of awards and critical acclaim, Stephen Grant must surely have right to the title of hardest working comedian in the UK. Regular compere of Krater Comedy Club at Komedia Brighton (our sister venue!) Stephen still finds the time to gig all over the country as well as appearing on BBC Radio

Laura Lexx: Comedian, actress and writer Laura Lexx is a uniquely gleeful performer who indulges her audience in an unrelenting childish attention.

"Pick of the Week" – The Guardian

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

Prices: £46 VIP ticket / £29.50 Meal Deal / £19 Auditorium / £15.50 Balcony / £12 Balcony Concession / £9 Student Balcony

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

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

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Paul Merton's Impro Chums


Date: Saturday 1st April, 2017
Venue: Bath Forum
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £20 - £25

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Paul Merton and his highly acclaimed Impro Chums are wonders of nature.

They take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter. The Impro Chums are Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Niall Ashdown, Lee Simpson and Richard Vranch.

"Every year they bring the house down...a testimony to their brilliance and consistency...you could see this every night and never tire of it" ***** Mirror

"These are masters of their craft and there wasn't a dull moment. Terrific fun" - Manchester Evening News

"A masterful demonstration of improvised comedy" - Daily Telegraph

Booking: Bath Forum
Tel: 0844 888 4420

Online booking: https://bathforum.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13322592

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/paul-mertons-impro-chums/

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Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

Brendon Burns - Black Comedian


Date: Saturday 1st April, 2017
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Edinburgh award winner, Brendon Burns has done it again: addressing black/white relations in his home country of Australia, Burns delivers an uncompromising, eye opening show that was the sleeper hit of last year's Edinburgh festival.

Not since his 2007 Best Show win with So I Suppose This is Offensive Now, has Burns penned such a unanimously praised piece of comedy.

"Burns has always loved wrong-footing his audience... and he does it spectacularly here" **** Brian Donaldson, The List

"Burns has definitely got a renewed sense of purpose with this show" **** Steve Bennet, Chortle

"The comic who delivered the fringe the greatest surprise ending in its history has pretty much done it again **** Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

Booking: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/GDMDGG

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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

Brew House Live and Late - Paddy Lennox, Alan Francis, Kevin O'Connell & Sully O'Sullivan (MC)


Date: Saturday 1st April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 10.30pm for 11.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £8

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Live and Late laughter line-up show with three popular circuit comedians and compere.

Starring:

Paddy Lennox
Paddy has worked at The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre with Mark Rylance, slipped off this mortal coil in Holby City and plays all the great clubs like The Comedy Store, Glee Club & The Stand.
"Comedy the way it should be: a laugh-a-minute which leaves the audience wishing the show was just a little bit longer" **** Fest
"Excellent stand-up, Paddy Lennox, is laid-back and charismatic. Vastly entertaining" **** Three Weeks

Alan Francis
Award winning Scottish comedian with a masterful stage craft and countless writing and performing credits for TV, radio and theatre. As seen in Alistair McGowan's Big Impression (BBC). Alan's Radio 4 series Inside Alan Francis has recently aired again.
"Thought provoking, eloquent, entertaining..." - The Scotsman

Kevin O'Connell
Peoples Choice Winner at the Chortle Student comedy awards 2013, a finalist in the Show Me The Funny 2014 & a finalist in the 'Forbidden Fruit Comedy Talent Search'.
"Happily took things down a surreal rabbit hole" - Hot Press (2013)

Sully O'Sullivan (MC)
"A blast of hilarity" - Manchester Evening News
"O'Sullivan's energetic style was shamelessly shocking...His timing and wit were impeccable!" - The Australian Times

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888562



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Sunday 2nd April, 2017

The Comic Strip Presents


Date: Sunday 2nd April, 2017
Venue: The Bell Inn
Doors: for 7.00pm show
Price: Free entry (donations)

An evening of pay-what-you-can showings of some of the finest Comic Strip films, with kind permission from Peter Richardson.

Will probably include...

• A Fistful of Traveller's Cheques

• Bad News Tour

• Mr Jolly Lives Next Door

• The Hunt for Tony Blair


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Bizarre Bath


Date: Sunday 2nd April, 2017
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

Monday 3rd April, 2017

Bizarre Bath


Date: Monday 3rd April, 2017
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

New Act Comedy Night


Date: Monday 3rd April, 2017
Venue: Komedia Arts Café
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £2

click to book online

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.

We have a whole host of local acts, joined by a seasoned comic 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!

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

Online booking: http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/new-act-comedy-night/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/openmicatkomedia

Email for information: danielfitzhenry@hotmail.co.uk

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New Act Competition - Heat 1


Date: Monday 3rd April, 2017
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 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is Fitz - well known local comedian and enthusiatic host, already making a name for himself on the circuit.

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888531



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

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Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham


Date: Monday 3rd April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £16

SOLD OUT

Surely the finest musical interlude in the history of the Comedy Festival - the Scottish duo whose musical genius and depth of inspiration in the folk tradition has brought them international acclaim and national recognition ranging from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Lifetime Achievement and Best Duo to an MBE each for services to music.

Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, these two scintillating instrumentalists are also renowned for punctuating their concerts with their irreverent off-the-cuff wit and hilarious storytelling.

Shetlander ALY BAIN is the best known and most significant fiddle player in the Celtic tradition. He is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler - arguably the finest of all time. A founder member of the quintessential folk group Boys of the Lough, Aly has toured extensively in America, Europe and the UK and worked with such luminaries as Eddi Reader and Richard Thompson.

Accordion player PHIL CUNNINGHAM has been named as one of Scotland’s 25 most influential people and his mastery of the instrument has led to him working with the likes of Mark Knopfler, James Taylor and Rosanne Cash.

Both Phil and Aly have written and presented music on film and TV, including their leading roles in the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions. Together they represent the pinnacle of musical achievement in the great folk tradition.

"They are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear" - The Glasgow Herald

This concert is the first in WSC's new music series: "All Of The Above"

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.philandaly.com/

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Tuesday 4th April, 2017

Improv Theatre Workshop - Improv Jam


Date: Tuesday 4th April, 2017
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: for 7.00pm show
Duration: 2hr
Price: Free (donations)

A class for all levels (most of us are beginners at the moment) consists of games and scenes all improvised by the people that come along.

Sometimes it ends up a bit mad but sometimes you can be surprised by the theatre that comes out of nowhere. We start off every class with warm ups and progress depending upon how we all feel and mostly just have a laugh with a few drinks. Plus it is a good way of meeting new people.

No pressure to perform first time, you can just see what we are about and how the classes run. If you would like more information, contact Monty on 07865 424682


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Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience


Date: Tuesday 4th April, 2017
Venue: Abbey Hotel
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £47.50 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 20th birthday year, it comes to the Abbey Hotel during Bath Comedy Festival, but be warned: it will sell out here too, so early booking is essential.

Chaos greets audiences as soon as they walk through the door. In this fully immersive experience, the audience become diners in the infamous 'Faulty' restaurant, served a 3-course meal by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Expect lashings of laughter, bowls full of spontaneity and as much audience participation as individual audience members want. And with 70% of the show improvised, no two performances are ever the same.

"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.

SOLD OUT

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

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

Twitter: @thefaultytowers

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Next Stage Theatre Company - My Brilliant Divorce


Date: Tuesday 4th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.10pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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"Guy Fawkes Night, Max arrived home from a tax-planning seminar in Orlando and started packing instead of unpacking. "I’m very sorry", he said "we only pass this way once and our marriage has been emotionally dead for many years." And then he was gone. Well. After a life time of faithfulness and devotion can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!" (Angela Act 1)

Angela's husband has a mid-life crisis and a mid-European fling, Angela is left with the dog.
Initially exultant, Angela soon finds herself emotionally bereft and with her self-confidence at an all-time low. Rejecting or accepting the well-meaning advice and consolation of friends, interfering mother, critical daughter and silently-accusing dog, Angela slowly, and at times painfully, rebuilds her life.


During the course of a hilarious 90 minutes, Geraldine Aron takes her audience with wit and assurance through Angela’s excursions into mid-life dating, her attempts at reinvention and her misfortunes with some highly unsuitable liaisons.

An insightful exploration of what life can be like for a 40-something, suddenly single woman, My Brilliant Divorce is wittily observant, achingly funny and heart-wrenchingly real.

Geraldine Aron's play is brought to The Mission Theatre by the talented Kay Francksen, who has performed to sell-out audiences in Bath and Bristol with her one-woman show Shirley Valentine.

Kay first played Angela in My Brilliant Divorce in 2006 and received rave reviews:

"Kay Franklin’s extraordinarily powerful performance..."

"beautifully observed exposition…"

"it’s done with such humour - an asset that Kay exploits superbly...fantastic value..." - The Bath Chronicle

Critics have said of the play:

"Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy" - Guardian.

"There are some great jokes…but there are also sudden shafts of piercing emotional truth… A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist ‘My Brilliant Divorce" - Daily Telegraph

"Gorgeous stuff…a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland" - Times (London)

The play runs from 4th - 8th April

Bar and box offfice open from 6.45pm

Booking: Mission Theatre
Tel: 01225 428600

Online booking: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/tickets

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/my-brilliant-divorce/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Tuesday 4th April, 2017
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

New Act Competition - Heat 2


Date: Tuesday 4th April, 2017
Venue: The Igloo
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

click to book online

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is Iszi Lawrence

"Iszi Lawrence finds herself in bracket alongside Josie Long and Sarah Millican" - Oxford Times

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888534



Links: http://iszi.com/

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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Wednesday 5th April, 2017

Next Stage Theatre Company - My Brilliant Divorce


Date: Wednesday 5th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.10pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

"Guy Fawkes Night, Max arrived home from a tax-planning seminar in Orlando and started packing instead of unpacking. "I’m very sorry", he said "we only pass this way once and our marriage has been emotionally dead for many years." And then he was gone. Well. After a life time of faithfulness and devotion can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!" (Angela Act 1)

Angela's husband has a mid-life crisis and a mid-European fling, Angela is left with the dog.
Initially exultant, Angela soon finds herself emotionally bereft and with her self-confidence at an all-time low. Rejecting or accepting the well-meaning advice and consolation of friends, interfering mother, critical daughter and silently-accusing dog, Angela slowly, and at times painfully, rebuilds her life.


During the course of a hilarious 90 minutes, Geraldine Aron takes her audience with wit and assurance through Angela’s excursions into mid-life dating, her attempts at reinvention and her misfortunes with some highly unsuitable liaisons.

An insightful exploration of what life can be like for a 40-something, suddenly single woman, My Brilliant Divorce is wittily observant, achingly funny and heart-wrenchingly real.

Geraldine Aron's play is brought to The Mission Theatre by the talented Kay Francksen, who has performed to sell-out audiences in Bath and Bristol with her one-woman show Shirley Valentine.

Kay first played Angela in My Brilliant Divorce in 2006 and received rave reviews:

"Kay Franklin’s extraordinarily powerful performance..."

"beautifully observed exposition…"

"it’s done with such humour - an asset that Kay exploits superbly...fantastic value..." - The Bath Chronicle

Critics have said of the play:

"Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy" - Guardian.

"There are some great jokes…but there are also sudden shafts of piercing emotional truth… A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist ‘My Brilliant Divorce" - Daily Telegraph

"Gorgeous stuff…a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland" - Times (London)

The play runs from 4th - 8th April

Bar and box offfice open from 6.45pm

Booking: Mission Theatre
Tel: 01225 428600

Online booking: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/tickets

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/my-brilliant-divorce/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Wednesday 5th April, 2017
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

Jo Duncan and Eliza Fraser - Two Posh T**ts


Date: Wednesday 5th April, 2017
Venue: The Nest
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Price: £3 on the door

Jo Duncan and Eliza Fraser are both more than a little bit posh, and both deal with it by drinking too much.

This year, we're doing a preview of our Edinburgh show as part of the Bath Comedy Festival, so come along and support us before we lose our nerve.

Supported by other middle class, borderline alcoholic white women.


Facebook: http://facebook.com/thenestbath

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Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden


Date: Wednesday 5th April, 2017
Venue: Wiltshire Music Centre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £15

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Expect comedy songs and gags galore from the well-loved duo, proving they're still alive and old's cool.

With a combined age of more than twice that of One Direction, they sing of Nicola Sturgeon, killer stair lifts and mobile phone starers, with some shiny new chestnuts alongside a whole aviary of Barry's parrot jokes. Songs and patter both smart and funny enough to tickle the ribs of anyone with (or without) a pulse.

"This pair are two of the best at what they do, possibly because they're the only ones who do what they do" – Mirror

"I laughed incontinently" – Guardian

"Two of comedy’s most fabled masters" – Festival Times


Booking: Wiltshire Music Centre Box Office
Tel: 01225 860100

Online booking: http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whatson/barry-cryer--ronnie-golden

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Ed Patrick - Junior Optimist


Date: Wednesday 5th April, 2017
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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2016 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Ed Patrick is both comedian and junior doctor.

Fresh from the Edinburgh festival, his debut show follows his first-hand experiences, challenges and occasional blind panic working for the much loved but troubled NHS.

"Material strong and unique" **** Arts Award Voice

"Packed with funny anecdotes" - The Guardian

"If I were him I'd quit medicine and do stand-up" - Bruce Dessau

"Masterful, playfully provocative writing" - Chortle

Booking: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJGGLF

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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

Thursday 6th April, 2017

Joz Norris


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All The Odds.

Cult comedy idiot Joz Norris (Weirdos, ACMS, Comedians' Cinema Club, ITV, ITV2, Dave, Channel 4, E4, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra) returns to Bath Comedy Festival with a brand new solo show of comedy, storytelling, nonsense, music, feelings, thoughts, and conceptual theatre musings.

This year he's become obsessed with the ouroboros, and with the Elephant Man. Seems to him that performing is a way of totally cutting yourself off from everybody around you by making sure they're all looking at you, and that seems unusual. So it's back to a bunch of formative stories about his mum and his dad and some herons and some sandwiches to try and make sense of how he got to this point. This is his fifth solo comedy show, which have played at comedy and arts festivals nationwide and internationally.

"An absolute idiot...Simple, silly and screamingly funny" - Fest

"A born entertainer and a great comedy writer" - Chortle

"A potentially massive future comedy star" - The Herald

"Fastidiously avoids boring or obvious choices and excels at being unselfconsciously daft" - TV Bomb

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2887507



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Next Stage Theatre Company - My Brilliant Divorce


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.10pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

"Guy Fawkes Night, Max arrived home from a tax-planning seminar in Orlando and started packing instead of unpacking. "I’m very sorry", he said "we only pass this way once and our marriage has been emotionally dead for many years." And then he was gone. Well. After a life time of faithfulness and devotion can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!" (Angela Act 1)

Angela's husband has a mid-life crisis and a mid-European fling, Angela is left with the dog.
Initially exultant, Angela soon finds herself emotionally bereft and with her self-confidence at an all-time low. Rejecting or accepting the well-meaning advice and consolation of friends, interfering mother, critical daughter and silently-accusing dog, Angela slowly, and at times painfully, rebuilds her life.


During the course of a hilarious 90 minutes, Geraldine Aron takes her audience with wit and assurance through Angela’s excursions into mid-life dating, her attempts at reinvention and her misfortunes with some highly unsuitable liaisons.

An insightful exploration of what life can be like for a 40-something, suddenly single woman, My Brilliant Divorce is wittily observant, achingly funny and heart-wrenchingly real.

Geraldine Aron's play is brought to The Mission Theatre by the talented Kay Francksen, who has performed to sell-out audiences in Bath and Bristol with her one-woman show Shirley Valentine.

Kay first played Angela in My Brilliant Divorce in 2006 and received rave reviews:

"Kay Franklin’s extraordinarily powerful performance..."

"beautifully observed exposition…"

"it’s done with such humour - an asset that Kay exploits superbly...fantastic value..." - The Bath Chronicle

Critics have said of the play:

"Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy" - Guardian.

"There are some great jokes…but there are also sudden shafts of piercing emotional truth… A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist ‘My Brilliant Divorce" - Daily Telegraph

"Gorgeous stuff…a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland" - Times (London)

The play runs from 4th - 8th April

Booking: Mission Theatre
Tel: 01225 428600

Online booking: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/tickets

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/my-brilliant-divorce/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
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

OFFSTAGE Theatre Group - I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again...AGAIN!


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: Komedia
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 - £25 (see listing)

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Performed on stage in classic radio comedy style with music and sound effects, The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group recreates the anarchic and deliciously surreal cult comedy show that laid waste to BBC Radio in the 60s and 70s.

A Greatest Hits compilation of original material by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, this knockabout show celebrates the radio series that gave birth to The Goodies and Monty Python’s Flying Circus – not to mention I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. We’ve got BBC Radio 4's Mitch Benn joining us, as well as original I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again cast member Jo Kendall.

Stand by for wicked parodies, glorious puns and manic songs. It’s full-frontal radio, live on stage – with the unmistakable strains of the Angus Prune Tune and the unavoidable smells of the Rhubarb Tart of Omar Khayyam.

Prices: £25.00 Meal Deal / £14.00 Auditorium

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

Online booking: https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/im-sorry-ill-read/

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New Act Competition - Heat 3


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
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 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is George Rigden

"Rigden is the result of a genetic mash-up between Mitch Benn and Tim Key, perhaps with a few strands of Ricky Gervais' DNA thrown in...Very Funny Stuff" - Steve Bennett, Chortle

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888536



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Barbara Nice - Raffle


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Join the Edinburgh Fringe's favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun.

Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket!

Catch Barbara Nice as she sets out to be all-conquering with a four-part BBC Radio 2 series due for broadcast in March 2017.

Better still, experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live - from 'Phoenix Nights' actress and comedian Janice Connolly. A playful life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize off Barbara's table.

With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck.

"Hiya and Higher" ***** Chortle

"Mrs nice" ***** Edinburgh Evening News

"Squirrel Proof" ***** Edinburgh Evening News

Age recommendation: 14+

Booking: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJGLKM

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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

Andy Kershaw - The Adventures of Andy Kershaw


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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An evening with the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent.

Andy's one-man show has become a hugely successful highlight of many literary festivals - including a sold-out appearance at Hay on Wye - and a popular draw at theatres and arts centres around the UK.

Fascinating and often hilarious, the two hour audio-visual presentation treats the audience to recollections from a life spent on the front lines of rock & roll, and on the front lines of some of the world's most extreme and dangerous countries.

"The finest British broadcaster bar none. A real broadcast journalist, a real achiever, a real someone, an amazing man" - Stephen Fry

"A national treasure and born again hero" - Daily Telegraph

"Andy Kershaw is such an enthusiast. He made me travel a little further than I normally do. He has an ability to do things first and ask questions afterwards. Not a recipe for a safe, secure life, maybe, but it makes things a lot more interesting for the rest of us" - Michael Palin

"It's his ability to convey a sense of moment-by-moment aliveness that makes Andy Kershaw the greatest living English-language broadcaster" - Toby Litt

"Kershaw has had one hell of a life...strange and comic" - The Independent on Sunday

"His radio appearances have become rare. He's an intermittent eruption, making everything before and after sound as if it were made by zombies" - New Statesman

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2891340



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/andy-kershaw-the-adventures-of-andy-kershaw/

Links: http://www.andykershaw.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/theAndyKershaw

Twitter: @THEAndyKershaw

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.28

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

Mark Dennett & Alf


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Mark Dennett
Mark is on a one man crusade to bring fairness and equality to the workplace, whether it's wanted or not! He can spot a problem so trivial that colleagues don't even notice or care.

Time to impose the Doctrine of Mark Dennett on to the world at large. Put the kettle on, things just got serious!

"Mark is a great writer, awesome story-teller and a true professional. He'll go far in this industry!" - Eminent Banter

Second place in the Bath New Act Competition 2016.

Alf
Stuck in a World of Ridiculous Puns and Massive Props, Alf tries to make sense of it but ends up finding Mayhem everywhere.

'Escape from Cardboard Punderland' is the debut show from North Devon prop comedian and So You Think You're Funny 2016 Semi Finalist Alf.

From songs about Baskets to 'A chance meeting with James Blunt at a Car Boot Sale' and even 'Blindfolded Archery', you never quite know whats going to happen next. At times verging on absurd but never more than moments away from a punchline, join Alf for 25mins of chaos. Don't expect any hint of plot!

"A surreal blend of Quirky One-Liners and Fantastic Props, Utterly Chaotic but Riotously Funny" - Eminent Banter

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2887481



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Comedy Open Mic Playgroup


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: The Bell Inn
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: Free

A free open mic night of comedy in 'The Love Lounge' at the back of 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.

Contact Lawrie Duckworth on lawrieduckworth@googlemail.com to enquire about a slot in advance.


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Paul Revill - Revillations


Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Paul Revill (Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition Winner 2014) returns to Bath with his debut hour.

The true story of how he got the acting role of a lifetime...and how it all went wrong! Drink! Drugs! Police! Perfume? All will be revealed!

This bright sparky chappy was a real quick witted geezer." ***** Arts in Leicestershire.

"Steals the Show" **** ThreeWeeks

"Likability and charm assure the audience they are in safe hands" - Chortle

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881810



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Friday 7th April, 2017

Pauline Eyre & Cally Beaton - 50 Shades of No Fcking Way!


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.45pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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'Only just 50, really, barely 50 at all actually' Pauline and '40 er...well, 40 something' Cally pair up to look at modern day womanhood, warts ‘n all*.

Pauline finds joy in being fat, feminist and 50 (only just - did she mention only just?). And ginger, single parent Cally - recently described by Sara Pascoe as "fiery, intelligent and totally original" - looks at everything from body image to boys, to bonobos, with plenty of badass jokes along the way.

Come and see the world in a way you've never quite seen it before, through the eyes of two women who sometimes feel they really have seen it all.

An hour of your life you'll never get back. In a good way.

*they don't actually have warts

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2887556



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The Walcot Street Comedy Collective


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: The Bell Inn
Doors: for 7.30pm show
Price: £5

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The Walcot Street Comedy Collective presents a night of leftfield artisan alternative comedy.

With:

- La La Bun
- The Amazing Lexiconic
- Comrade Sir Henry
- Matt Cranium
- Gary Millhouse
- Arnold Kimberly-Clarke

plus special guests Dj Freedom & Dj Void

Fancy dress.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2874122



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Next Stage Theatre Company - My Brilliant Divorce


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.10pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

"Guy Fawkes Night, Max arrived home from a tax-planning seminar in Orlando and started packing instead of unpacking. "I’m very sorry", he said "we only pass this way once and our marriage has been emotionally dead for many years." And then he was gone. Well. After a life time of faithfulness and devotion can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!" (Angela Act 1)

Angela's husband has a mid-life crisis and a mid-European fling, Angela is left with the dog.
Initially exultant, Angela soon finds herself emotionally bereft and with her self-confidence at an all-time low. Rejecting or accepting the well-meaning advice and consolation of friends, interfering mother, critical daughter and silently-accusing dog, Angela slowly, and at times painfully, rebuilds her life.


During the course of a hilarious 90 minutes, Geraldine Aron takes her audience with wit and assurance through Angela’s excursions into mid-life dating, her attempts at reinvention and her misfortunes with some highly unsuitable liaisons.

An insightful exploration of what life can be like for a 40-something, suddenly single woman, My Brilliant Divorce is wittily observant, achingly funny and heart-wrenchingly real.

Geraldine Aron's play is brought to The Mission Theatre by the talented Kay Francksen, who has performed to sell-out audiences in Bath and Bristol with her one-woman show Shirley Valentine.

Kay first played Angela in My Brilliant Divorce in 2006 and received rave reviews:

"Kay Franklin’s extraordinarily powerful performance..."

"beautifully observed exposition…"

"it’s done with such humour - an asset that Kay exploits superbly...fantastic value..." - The Bath Chronicle

Critics have said of the play:

"Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy" - Guardian.

"There are some great jokes…but there are also sudden shafts of piercing emotional truth… A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist ‘My Brilliant Divorce" - Daily Telegraph

"Gorgeous stuff…a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland" - Times (London)

The play runs from 4th - 8th April

Bar and box offfice open from 6.45pm

Booking: Mission Theatre
Tel: 01225 428600

Online booking: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/tickets

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/my-brilliant-divorce/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Martin Pilgrim - Sadulthood


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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In 'Sadulthood' Martin Pilgrim tries to come to terms with his own mediocrity.

Can an unspectacular life still be a happy one?

"Adept and Funny" - The Guardian

"Excellent" - Three Weeks

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881637



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Bizarre Bath


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
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

Friday Night Live - John Moloney, David James, Pauline Eyre, Pav Rao, Alan Francis (MC)


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs with intervals
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

A showcase of hand-picked comedians for a fabulous Friday Night line-up in the Festival's favourite venue!

Starring:

John Moloney
A consummate professional for over 20 years, John is a master craftsman of intelligent and original stand up. He's always a favourite at The Comedy Store and is one of the most in-demand headline comedians world-wide.

"High quality stuff, sharply observant and carefully constructed. Not a word is unnecessary or out of place, every pause timed to the millisecond... A deeply enjoyable, hilarious evening relaxing in the sure hands of a total professional" ***** Theatre Bath

Alan Francis
Award winning Scottish comedian with a masterful stage craft and countless writing and performing credits for TV, radio and theatre. As seen in Alistair McGowan's Big Impression (BBC). Alan's Radio 4 series Inside Alan Francis has recently aired again.

"Thought provoking, eloquent, entertaining..." - The Scotsman
"Smooth, classy and elegant as a vintage Scotch, a seductive performer" - Chortle

David James
"Taut, meticulous material delivered with highly effective pauses - the sort of king-sized pauses that only men, not boys, ever have the balls to attempt" - London Is Funny
"Great, world-weary composure and an irritable pedantry worthy of Jack Dee" - Chortle

Pauline Eyre
"She instinctively engages with the audience and creates an environment that is welcoming and fun for them and the other performers. A true skill" - Lynne Parker, Founder and Chief Executive, Funny Women Ltd.
"Fabulous, funny and brilliant!" - Fitzroy Club

Pav Rao
Winner of last year's New Act Competition
"Intellectually thoughtful, though never patronising or preachy take on racism, genocide, social attitudes, and history generally, with a beautifully measured and timed delivery, every wry gag hitting its mark with a devastating accuracy that has the audience roaring. Comedy with brains and brawn" - Theatre Bath

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.johnmoloney.com
http://www.laughatdj.com

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

London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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A welcome return visit of the inimitable LPSO, bringing zany madcappery and faultless musicianship with lots of comic props, costumes, audience participation and surprises!

This motley crew of supremely talented musicians have entertained audiences in theatres and festivals in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland and throughout Britain.

Comedy, music, silliness and boundless fun – what more could you want?

"An amazing show ... outrageous antics on stage, silly costumes, musical versatility and ability to read the audience. A night of fun, frivolity, energy and hilarity together with amazing musical dexterity" - H Fletcher (Mylor Bridge, Nov 2011

"I love your band. Great fun!" - Rick Wakeman, Water Rats Ball, London, Nov 2014

Booking: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJGLLH

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Bentley Browning - Tinder Rehab


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: Assembly Inn (cellar bar)
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 55mins
Price: Free entry (donations)

Comedian and author of '50 Ways to Find a Husband or Wife', Bentley Bowning invites you out of the online dating armageddon through a series of tips,fun and the secret to the being sickeningly happy all the time.

**** Sarma Woolf, TNT

"This is funny" - Charles Dance, Actor

"Bentley has a compelling stage presence that grabs the attention and clever ideas to keep it" - David Mullholland, Comedian


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Simon Caine - Laughter Is The Best Placebo


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

click to book online

Simon's life is a constant search for emotional and electrical outlets. If you can relate, this is the show for you.

"Keep an eye on what Simon does because in 3 years time everybody else will be trying to do it" – Stu Goldsmith



Also showing at 3pm on Sat 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
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2872523



Twitter: @thismademecool

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Simon Capes - Danger: Man at Work


Date: Friday 7th April, 2017
Venue: Assembly Inn (cellar bar)
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 55mins
Price: Free entry (donations)

Simon Capes' new stand up show examines the world of work through his own experience of wasting his life and losing his mind in a series of monotonous jobs.

All names and places have been changed as Simon still does a bit of temping so he can eat, pay his rent and go on the occasional holiday abroad.


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Saturday 8th April, 2017

Next Stage Theatre Company - My Brilliant Divorce


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 1.40pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

"Guy Fawkes Night, Max arrived home from a tax-planning seminar in Orlando and started packing instead of unpacking. "I’m very sorry", he said "we only pass this way once and our marriage has been emotionally dead for many years." And then he was gone. Well. After a life time of faithfulness and devotion can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!" (Angela Act 1)

Angela's husband has a mid-life crisis and a mid-European fling, Angela is left with the dog.
Initially exultant, Angela soon finds herself emotionally bereft and with her self-confidence at an all-time low. Rejecting or accepting the well-meaning advice and consolation of friends, interfering mother, critical daughter and silently-accusing dog, Angela slowly, and at times painfully, rebuilds her life.


During the course of a hilarious 90 minutes, Geraldine Aron takes her audience with wit and assurance through Angela’s excursions into mid-life dating, her attempts at reinvention and her misfortunes with some highly unsuitable liaisons.

An insightful exploration of what life can be like for a 40-something, suddenly single woman, My Brilliant Divorce is wittily observant, achingly funny and heart-wrenchingly real.

Geraldine Aron's play is brought to The Mission Theatre by the talented Kay Francksen, who has performed to sell-out audiences in Bath and Bristol with her one-woman show Shirley Valentine.

Kay first played Angela in My Brilliant Divorce in 2006 and received rave reviews:

"Kay Franklin’s extraordinarily powerful performance..."

"beautifully observed exposition…"

"it’s done with such humour - an asset that Kay exploits superbly...fantastic value..." - The Bath Chronicle

Critics have said of the play:

"Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy" - Guardian.

"There are some great jokes…but there are also sudden shafts of piercing emotional truth… A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist ‘My Brilliant Divorce" - Daily Telegraph

"Gorgeous stuff…a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland" - Times (London)

The play runs from 4th - 8th April

Bar and box offfice open from 1.15pm

Booking: Mission Theatre
Tel: 01225 428600

Online booking: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/tickets

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/my-brilliant-divorce/

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Simon Caine - Laughter Is The Best Placebo


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.45pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

click to book online

Simon's life is a constant search for emotional and electrical outlets. If you can relate, this is the show for you.

"Keep an eye on what Simon does because in 3 years time everybody else will be trying to do it" – Stu Goldsmith



Also showing at 9pm on Fri 7th April

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2872523



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Abi Roberts - Anglichanka


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.15pm for 4.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) is an exhilarating new comedy show about living in the former Soviet Union in the 90s and returning after 18 years as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian.

Including diary extracts, the consequences of drinking hardcore vodka, studying opera and using outdoor loos in -20 temperatures, we see how Russia has changed and what we need to know about Putin and the country described as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma".

"True comedy genius...on our list of newer stand-up comedians not to miss" - GQ Magazine

"Unstoppable charisma, dominating the stage all through the hour...laugh-out-loud humour that never once fails" ***** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

"Seamlessly put together and delivered...wonderful comedic writing...deeply personal comedy: absolutely not to be missed" ***** Edinburgh Fringe Review

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873123



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Pip Utton - Playing Maggie


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Not merely a reflection on how to portray this lady but a live audience with Margaret Thatcher. Pip Utton IS The ‘Iron Lady’!

Saviour or witch? Love her or hate her? Not for Pip to decide, only to portray. She divided the nation like no other politician, she changed the face of British, perhaps world politics forever and the effects of her influence and policies are still felt today. Listen to her philosophies, her inspiration and her logic, and then take the chance to question her.


Pip Utton is a Fringe legend and is known throughout the world for his spellbinding portrayals of Adolf, Churchill, Dickens, Casanova, Chaplin, Hancock and many others. 'Maggie' is probably Pip's greatest challenge yet. Pip not only becomes Margaret Thatcher but risks taking audience questions, and answering them as Maggie!

WINNER The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2015

WINNER Fringereview.co.uk Award for Outstanding Theatre 2015

WINNER 'Valery Kashanov Award' Fujairah UAE awarded by the International Theatre Insttitue (ITI)

"Landslide satisfaction" - The Daily Telegraph

"Remarkable and original" - The Guardian

"I was left speechless, breath-taking. Bravo" - Fringereview.co.uk

"Takes the genre onto a new plane" - The Stage

"Wow" TV Bomb

"The ghost of Mrs Thatcher is with us" Broadway Baby

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881821



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/pip-utton-playing-maggie/

Links: http://www.pip-utton.co.uk

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Catherine Bohart & Cally Beaton - Cat Call


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.45pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Shame, sex & shouting back from two of the UK's best new stand-up comics.

With a 20 year age gap between them, Cally Beaton & Catherine Bohart show there's no easy side of 40.

At 47, Cally breaks taboos on everything from autism to body image, and tackles feminism head on. 27 year old Catherine's dry observations include her bisexuality and the perils of having a Catholic deacon for a dad. At least they're not ginger... oh hold on...

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873266



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Next Stage Theatre Company - My Brilliant Divorce


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.10pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

"Guy Fawkes Night, Max arrived home from a tax-planning seminar in Orlando and started packing instead of unpacking. "I’m very sorry", he said "we only pass this way once and our marriage has been emotionally dead for many years." And then he was gone. Well. After a life time of faithfulness and devotion can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!" (Angela Act 1)

Angela's husband has a mid-life crisis and a mid-European fling, Angela is left with the dog.
Initially exultant, Angela soon finds herself emotionally bereft and with her self-confidence at an all-time low. Rejecting or accepting the well-meaning advice and consolation of friends, interfering mother, critical daughter and silently-accusing dog, Angela slowly, and at times painfully, rebuilds her life.


During the course of a hilarious 90 minutes, Geraldine Aron takes her audience with wit and assurance through Angela’s excursions into mid-life dating, her attempts at reinvention and her misfortunes with some highly unsuitable liaisons.

An insightful exploration of what life can be like for a 40-something, suddenly single woman, My Brilliant Divorce is wittily observant, achingly funny and heart-wrenchingly real.

Geraldine Aron's play is brought to The Mission Theatre by the talented Kay Francksen, who has performed to sell-out audiences in Bath and Bristol with her one-woman show Shirley Valentine.

Kay first played Angela in My Brilliant Divorce in 2006 and received rave reviews:

"Kay Franklin’s extraordinarily powerful performance..."

"beautifully observed exposition…"

"it’s done with such humour - an asset that Kay exploits superbly...fantastic value..." - The Bath Chronicle

Critics have said of the play:

"Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy" - Guardian.

"There are some great jokes…but there are also sudden shafts of piercing emotional truth… A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist ‘My Brilliant Divorce" - Daily Telegraph

"Gorgeous stuff…a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland" - Times (London)

The play runs from 4th - 8th April

Bar and box offfice open from 6.45pm

Booking: Mission Theatre
Tel: 01225 428600

Online booking: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/tickets

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/my-brilliant-divorce/

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Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

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

Bizarre Bath


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
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, Tom Allen, Paul Myrehaug & MC Jarred Christmas


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £9 - £46 (see listing)

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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.

Paul McCaffrey: Paul McCaffrey’s assured delivery and beautifully observed material has won him a host of critical acclaim. Not only is Paul one of the UK’s most up-and-coming comics, he is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in film and theatre.

Tom Allen: Tom Allen is a comedian, writer and actor. He started as a stand up at the age of 22 and went on to win both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year. Since then he has honed his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling by performing to audiences all over the UK and around the world.

Paul Myrehaug: A former winner of the Great Canadian Laugh Off, Canadian Paul Myrehaug isn’t just funny, he’s championship funny! Demonstrating fast wit at a slow pace, he has appeared at a string of international festivals and venues, and spent last summer wowing audiences at the Edinburgh Festival.

Jarred Christmas: Jarred Christmas has a unique style that deftly mixes gags with storytelling. He has a dynamic onstage persona and the ability to improvise and roll with anything that's thrown his way, making his comedy sizzle with originality.

"Pick of the Week" – The Guardian

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

Prices: £46 VIP ticket / £29.50 Meal Deal / £19 Auditorium / £15.50 Balcony / £12 Balcony Concession / £9 Student Balcony

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

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

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Mervyn Stutter - King of the Fringe


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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This year will be Merv’s 31st year performing at the Edinburgh Fringe where his Pick of the Fringe showcase - "It’s like the Royal Variety Show of the Fringe" - will celebrate it's 26th year making it the longest running show in the history of the Festival. Clearly the King of the Fringe.

He tours his live solo music and comedy shows regularly each year and audiences love him. He is irreverent, funny, affectionate, acerbic, clever but clean. He chats a bit, tells a few jokes, makes some pithy observations, with lots of clever comedy songs on guitar.

"Celebrating the trivial and attacking the absurd he gives us a seriously funny show" - The Scotsman

"All of his songs have one thing in common - they are astute, funny, often gentle but always jam-packed with clever lyrics" - Radio Times

"Stutter is a sharp as any, as funny as any and more informed than most" - The Times

"For comedy straight from the heart they don’t come much better than Mervyn" - Edinburgh Post

"Hilarious songs" - The Observer

"He is brilliant" - The Guardian

"The comedy voice of the Baby Boom Generation" - Daily Telegraph

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881835



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/mervyn-stutter-king-of-the-fringe/

Download poster:
 Mervyn_Stutter_poster.pdf

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Brew House Saturday Line-up - Simon Evans, Alistair Barrie, Jethro Bradley, Geoff Whiting (MC)


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
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:

Simon Evans
"The magnificent Simon Evans - with his aloof presence and precise, sardonic wit, dripping disdain from every perfectly pronounced word. And what words..." - Chortle

Alistair Barrie
"Eloquent, slick and dynamic, his hour positively races by in a blur of opinions, flippancy and indignity" - **** Chortle.co.uk
"Hilariously caustic ...blisteringly funny rants...an excellent stand up comic..." - **** Three Weeks

Jethro Bradley
Winner of BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2016

Esther Manito
Listed as a "One to Watch" by – Funny Fomen 2016

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888572



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The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Do Shakespeare


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Earth's funniest footwear are back with their hit new show of songs, sketches, socks & violence, taking on The Bard Of Avon himself.

Howl at their Hamlet, roar at their Romeo & Juliet, and peer into their Coriolanus. Plus all the usual satirical nonsense from the Two Gentlesocks Of Verrucca.

"The unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" ***** Venue

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

"One of the truly great comic inventions of our time" ***** Theatre Bath

"Accessible, contemporary and ridiculous" ***** Brighton Argus May 2016

This is the Socks' 9th all-new hour long show, fresh from the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. Following their sell out success with such shows as Socks In Space and Minging Detectives, this year they've risen to the challenge of Shakespeare, to rave reviews.

Booking: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJGLLK

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Chumbags Edinburgh Preview


Date: Saturday 8th April, 2017
Venue: The Nest
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.15pm show
Price: £5 or pay what you feel

Jeremy Flynn is a Bristol-based stand-up comedian who, despite having only been gigging since 2015, has already reached the latter stages of some of the world's most prestigious comedy competitions (So You Think You're Funny? Semi-finalist) and receives regular paid work from such highly-regarded promoters as Off The Kerb & Little Wander Productions.

Lulu Popplewell is a London-based comedian. Performing comedy for just a matter of months, she's already managed to make the final of the prestigious Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year and now regularly performs on professional bills, having recently gigged with the likes of Mae Martin, Rhys James and Daphne.

Morgan Rees, resident MC for The Comedy Nest, is a Welsh comedian who's been going for just over 18 months but has gained some success such as reaching the Chortle Student Final 2016, performing at Latitude Festival and now appears regularly on the comedy circuit across the country.

"Fresh and funny...comic to watch" - Steve Bennett, Chortle
"Excellent" - The Scotsman

For advanced bookings and guaranteed seating, please message The Comedy Nest Facebook page or Morgan Rees.


Facebook: http://facebook.com/thenestbath

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Sunday 9th April, 2017

The 10th Wine Arts Trail


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 10.40am for 11.00am show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £30

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Ding! Ding!

Yes, the infamous Wine Arts Trail is back. For the tenth time! Haven’t we been everywhere by now you ask?

No, comes the answer! This year the big red bus will transport you to surprises, happenings, musical interludes and comic interventions all over town and...beyond. Are we there yet? Not until we reach the horizon!

Starting with a glass of bubbly and followed by a glass of fine wine at every hilarious stop, this has to be the most bonkers wine-tasting experience in the land.

Hosted by ex-Natural Theatre stalwart Ralph Oswick and with that jolly fellow of Bath Panto fame, Jon Monie as Guest Clippie, this is the ultimate magical mystery tour revealing the secret side of our fair city.

A never to be forgotten experience? Don’t worry, you won’t remember a thing!

The Wine Arts Trail is a comedy institution and tickets sell very quickly, so don’t delay, book today.



Sponsored by Great Western Wine and Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy.

Grown-ups only. Please drink responsibly.

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.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2806698



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The 10th Wine Arts Trail


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 2.40pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £30

SOLD OUT

Ding! Ding!

Yes, the infamous Wine Arts Trail is back. For the tenth time! Haven’t we been everywhere by now you ask?

No, comes the answer! This year the big red bus will transport you to surprises, happenings, musical interludes and comic interventions all over town and...beyond. Are we there yet? Not until we reach the horizon!

Starting with a glass of bubbly and followed by a glass of fine wine at every hilarious stop, this has to be the most bonkers wine-tasting experience in the land.

Hosted by ex-Natural Theatre stalwart Ralph Oswick and with that jolly fellow of Bath Panto fame, Jon Monie as Guest Clippie, this is the ultimate magical mystery tour revealing the secret side of our fair city.

A never to be forgotten experience? Don’t worry, you won’t remember a thing!

The Wine Arts Trail is a comedy institution and tickets sell very quickly, so don’t delay, book today.



Sponsored by Great Western Wine and Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy.

Grown-ups only. Please drink responsibly.

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.

SOLD OUT

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Harun Musho'd - Harun With A View


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.45pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Harun Musho'd's stand-up comedy explores his own identity, weaving in politics and history into the story of his family and their antics.

Religion is another theme explored, leaving no religion untouched. Possibly not a show for sensitive souls (or indeed anyone who believes they have a soul, sensitive or not), but "If ... you want to find out more about this fascinating story, you'll have to watch Musho'd. Enjoy!"

"This is a fun, lively show, and Musho'd has the makings of a great comedian. I would highly recommend it" **** www.viewsfromthegods.co.uk

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873255



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Drew Taylor and Steffan Evans - Tales From Wales


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.15pm for 4.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Award winning comedian Drew Taylor and Steffan Evans bring their debut stand-up comedy tour show

In 'Tales from Wales', Evans, star of S4C's Gwerthu Allan and Taylor who have been described as "two rising stars of the Welsh comedy scene" by standupforcomedy.co.uk, bring a sharp observational style that leaves no stone unturned, touching on pressing issues such as the importance of bilingualism, Welsh identity and the benefits of playing hours of Subbuteo as a child...

'Tales from Wales' is a stand up show not to be missed!

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888112



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The Unrelated Family - Funny Noises


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: Moles Nightclub
Doors: for 6.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £5

Bath Comedy Festival's music gala returns in its 9th year.

The Unrelated Family, Bath's premier comedy music combo, present an early evening of the very best original and classic comedy songs, with special guests and covers of funny noises from Victoria Wood, Bill Bailey, Flight of the Conchords, Hugh Laurie, Vic & Bob and many more.

Booking: Moles Nightclub
Tel: 01225 437537

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Col Howarth - End To End


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.45pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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End to End plots a single journey from one end of the high street to the other and in turn joins the dots of a story that arcs between a cast of characters, chance meetings, unexpected tangents and sharp personal realisations. It is an uplifting show about what happens when you look up and let the moment in.

"The smiling assassin. Sometimes quirky, sometimes affable, always funny" - Paul James, Clowns Pocket

"This charming gagsmith. A natural comic who tickles everyone's funny bone" - Lee Sigurson, Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up Awards

"...energetic, clever and fun, with perfect comic timing" - Wing It Productions

"One of those comedians who truly lights up the room" - Comedy Den

"Witty, clever and charming" - Clwb Comedy

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888114



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The Unravelled Company - A Night at the Novelty Theatre


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 70mins
Price: £7.50

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The Mission Theatre hosts a newly minted Variety show in the traditional Music Hall style.

Sweet-hearted songs, baffling eccentric dances, impossible feats and breathtaking musical virtuosity.

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

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

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

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Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

George Rigden


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Leicester Mercury comedian of the year nominee GEORGE RIGDEN brings his unique brand of needlessly hostile & sneering musical comedy to Bath Comedy Festival for his debut show.

Expect laughs, tears and a mean-spirited & slightly overweight man questioning why he's still alone.

"Very Funny Stuff" - Steve Bennett, Chortle

"Deliciously Dark" - Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873135



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Bizarre Bath


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
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

Simon Evans - In The Money


Date: Sunday 9th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 110mins incl interval
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Host of BBC Radio 4's Goes to Market and star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Simon Evans has been immersing himself in economics for the last couple of years, like a pig immersing itself in organic cleansing elements.

He has unpicked why the French don't want to own their own home (sex, obvs), why mass spectrometers reveal Americans to literally be made of corn, and why Alco-Synth - the effects of alcohol but with an effective antidote - is not likely to be appearing at a wine bar near you in the near future, despite having been invented years ago. As usual the whole thing deteriorates swiftly into a heartfelt rant about his children but these are at least the lofty aspirations he starts with this time.

As Bill Clinton said - "It's the Economy, Stupid!" Though he also said, "For Christ's sake Monica, I'll never get it to light now." So what does he know?

Read Chortle's **** review by Steve Bennett here: http://www.chortle.co.uk/comics/s/195/simon_evans

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881619



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/simon-evans-in-the-money/

Links: http://www.simonevanscomedianetc.com/

Twitter: @TheSimonEvans;OffTheKerb

Download poster:
 Simon_Evans_2017_poster.pdf

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Monday 10th April, 2017

Tony Allen - Performance Workshop


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Contact organiser to find out
Doors:
Price: Free

Veteran comedian Tony Allen and comedy lecturer Pat Welsh are leading a performance workshop in Bath from Monday April 10th - Thursday 13th 2017.

The workshop will draw on stand up, commedia and clown and will culminate in an ensemble street performance/interaction. There is no charge for the workshop and enthusiasm rather than expertise is the main requirement.

If you would like to develop your skills and flex your performance muscles in a supportive ensemble environment they'd love to hear from you.

To register or to find out more contact Pat Welsh on the email address below:


Email for information: p.welsh@bathspa.ac.uk

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 11.30am for 12.00pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £6

click to book online

Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House will have all kids laughing whether they're 3 or a young at heart 93.

The fun-filled frantic 90 minutes includes silly games, pointless prizes, daft dressing up, groanworthy jokes, madcap music, the chance to kick a shark up the bum and so much more!

Our smaller audience members will also be invited to come up on stage and tell a joke or perform a funny act. They may even win an invitation back to the Kid's Comedy Competition on Friday – where the Kid's Comedy Cup will be presented to Little Lord and Lady Laughalot.

This event marks the start of the 2017 Kids' Comedy Fest and for one day only we have a very special guest to open proeedings - TV's Martin Roberts will be launching the Festival for us and signing his 'Sadsville' childrens' books.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888841



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Kids' Comedy Fest - Wizzo The Wizard


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.45pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 50mins
Price: £4

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Wizzo the Wizard might not wear long robes like Gandalf, or have a scar like Harry Potter, but he is most definitely a wizard and a wonderful one at that!

Wizzo's got a magic wand, he does amazing tricks and he even has a dragon and a raccoon as friends!

A marvellous magical experience to keep children spell-bound.

"Everyone from grandparents to the children enjoyed it"

"I have not seen my son enjoy himself so much for a long time"

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2892784



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David Mills - Mr Modern


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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Award-winning stand-up comedian David Mills struggles to stay modern in a world quickly reverting to more medieval tendencies. It's not easy being a leading light of a dying generation, but someone has to keep the flame burning.

Politics, sex, celebrity, social media - David Mills picks apart modern obsessions with sharp-tongued satire and incisive wit. An hour of cracking stand-up from this rising American star.

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

"David Mills is a class act. His jokes are beautifully crafted, sparkling little missiles loaded with wit" - Scotsman

"David Mills is heading for the big time. Most definitely one to watch" - Time Out

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2865116



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/david-mills-mr-modern/

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Eleanor Conway - Modern Addict (work in progress)


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Following on from her critically acclaimed debut show, a slew of sell out London dates and 26 date national tour Eleanor Conway follows up with her hotly anticipated sequel, "Modern Addict".

Now sober from booze and substances Eleanor is trying to navigate reality without stimulants. But it turns out now she's addicted to everything. Except babies. Join Eleanor in a race against time to get her life back on track before she reaches her last f*ckable day.

"Conway is chaotic and electric" **** The Skinny

"A charm and energy you can't learn" **** Broadway Baby

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2872551



Links: http://www.eleanorconway.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/EleanorConwayUK

Twitter: @eleanorconway

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Fire Donkey Productions - Church of Phil Recruitment Seminar


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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The Church of Phil invites you to slap on a name sticker for an introductory enrolment seminar like no other! Enjoy some meticulously constructed powerpoint presentations, marvel at specially choreographed dances and seize the opportunity to sign a non-negotiable life-long contract to become a member of "one of the world's most progressive spiritual movements that is definitely not a cult."

Join two of Phil's most loyal officiants as they guide you through the rigorous selection process and show you how Phil can improve your life. Hear creditable 100% unforced testimonies from current members and learn the secret to true enlightenment. Allow the omnipresent Phil into your mind and join us for an unforgettable experience. Choose Phil and expect to be awakened.

The Church of Phil is an absurd interactive comedy theatre experience written by Polly Preston and Liam McKenna of DIY comedy theatre group Fire Donkey Productions.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873280



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Bizarre Bath


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
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

New Act Competition - Heat 4


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

click to book online

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is Robyn Perkins

"Sharp, insightful, touching, but above all really, really funny”" - Three Weeks

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here). Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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The Delightful Sausage - Cold Hard Cache


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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CANCELLED

Cold Hard Cache is the new sketch comedy adventure from Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill, the minds behind cult oddball phenomenon, The Delightful Sausage.

The enfant terribles of the eastern end of the western outer edge of Manchester's alternative comedy circuit bring their debut hour to the 2017 Bath Comedy Festival. It's a show with their trademark mix of high energy sketches, strange illustrations and gut-churning violence.

Join Chris and Amy as they put their bloody turf war aside to take you on a tour of the darkest corners of the Internet in The Delightful Sausage: Cold Hard Cache. Together they ask what is an Internet and why can’t they stop looking at it on their phones whilst driving?

Surreal, interactive and very silly – book your tickets and discover the comedy secret that 'they' don’t want you to know.

Booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362

Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/the-delightful-sausage-cold-hard-cash/

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Eleanor Conway - Walk Of Shame


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Some people talk the talk but don't walk the walk; comedian Eleanor Conway puts her money where her mouth is. Her debut stand up show premiered at last year's Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim, and comes to Bath as part of a nationwide tour.

Ferocious clubber and party girl Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes; she partied around the world as a music journalist, ran off to Asia to work for the triads, made hardcore porn and Tinder'd her way through most of London...Now sober from alcohol and substances she's failing to find moderation and meaning. "Walk of Shame" is about sex, sobriety, Sambuca and the modern addict that lies within us all.

Eleanor is a Comedy Store King Gong finalist and has been performing standup since 2014. An experienced music presenter, MC and host, she can regularly be seen crowd surfing in a corset at some of the UK's biggest festivals including several stints hosting the William's Green Stage at Glastonbury Festival in front of thousands of revellers.

"Conway is chaotic and electric" **** The Skinny

"A charm and energy you can't learn" **** Broadway Baby

"It would make a sensational film" **** Female Arts

"A gem; brave and hilarious" **** Fringe Biscuit

"I'm confused and scared, in a good way... She's brilliant" ***** Cream Of The Fringe

"A fascinating story" - The Scotsman

"Reminiscent of early Graham Norton (albeit sexier)" - The List

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2872553



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/eleanor-conway-walk-of-shame/

Links: http://www.eleanorconway.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/EleanorConwayUK

Twitter: @eleanorconway

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The Comedy Nest - Fern Brady and Pete Dobbing


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: The Nest
Doors: 8.00pm for 8.15pm show
Price: £3

Big acts test material for up-coming television and radio projects. 6 acts for just £3!

Come and you’ll be able to see these guys before they explode

Fern Brady: as seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russel Howard's Stand Up Central and Stewart Lee's Alterative Comedy Experience

"Brilliantly on-point savvy seething" – The List
"Bold, whip-smart and unabashedly honest" – The Herald

Top 5 Young Comedians to Watch – The Telegraph

For advanced bookings and guaranteed seating, please message The Comedy Nest Facebook page or Morgan Rees.


Facebook: http://facebook.com/thenestbath

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Maisie Adam - Living on the Edge


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

click to book online

Following a successful and sold-out preview show at the Ilkley Literature Festival, and now on a nationwide festival tour, “Living on the Edge” is the new stand up show from comedian Maisie Adam.

The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is relatable, laughable and all taken from personal experiences of being a young Yorkshire lass attempting to "adult" in the big wide world. Exploring a variety of topics from the classic faux pas of the Brit abroad and the bizarre rituals of the playground, to the fascinating spectacle that is Theresa May's body posture, 'Living on the Edge' leaves its audience belly laughing, giving standing ovations, throwing roses onstage, naming their babies after Maisie, but most importantly, it's a show that doesn't exaggerate...

"Maisie's stories are really well observed, with a warmth rather than a criticism of the folk she bumps into. Her self-deprecation is charmingly funny" – Otley Women Together

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2887593



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Ashley Storrie - Full Frontal Storrie


Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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The sexy Hodor of Scottish comedy makes her Bath Comedy Festival debut after a sellout Fringe with more self-penned pornography, more stories of mishaps that make you feel better about your own failings and more hilarity than you can shake an old stick at.

"The moment you enter the room, you know this is someone special… Ashley Storrie is a magnificently promising act" - Ed Fest Magazine

"She's an example of the kind of feminism that doesn't announce its agenda but lives it...and should be mandatory viewing" - The List

"She is so naturally funny" - Chortle.co.uk

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873227



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/ashley-storrie-full-frontal-storrie/

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

Tuesday 11th April, 2017

Kids' Comedy Fest - Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 11.45am for 12.00pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £6

click to book online

Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House will have all kids laughing whether they're 3 or a young at heart 93.

The fun-filled frantic 90 minutes includes silly games, pointless prizes, daft dressing up, groanworthy jokes, madcap music, the chance to kick a shark up the bum and so much more!

Our smaller audience members will also be invited to come up on stage and tell a joke or perform a funny act. They may even win an invitation back to the Kid's Comedy Competition on Friday – where the Kid's Comedy Cup will be presented to Little Lord and Lady Laughalot.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2892780



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Kids' Comedy Fest - Krazy Kev and Dinky Dino


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.45pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 50mins
Price: £4

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Bath Kid's Fest favourites Krazy Kev and Dinky Dino are back!

Krazy Kev the high energy children’s performer and his friend Dinky the Dinosaur will entertain you with a totally interactive show featuring magic, loads of jokes, games and some very, very silly dancing.

"He had the children so enthralled they actually sat there through the whole show and didn't move and again through Dinky Dino"

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2892785



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Bisha K Ali - I Don't


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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Bisha K Ali tells a tale that centres on interracial, intra-religious, inter-disaster love.

A story with imams, evangelical priests, demons, and too many plot twists.

This up and coming "badass comedian" (MTV News) has fast developed a reputation for "tender, and self effacing" (EdFestMag) comedy with bite.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2871404



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bisha-k-ali-i-dont/

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Archie Maddocks - IlluminArchie


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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IlluminArchie* is the hilarious new show by living-legend, "super cool, super smart storyteller" (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard) Award winning comedian, Archie Maddocks. In the past, he's been described as "poignant, inventive and razor-sharp" (Broadway Baby) and having "a corking, almost cinematic story" (Chortle).

Join Archie for his new show, which looks at, but is not limited to: how he wishes someone would take control of his life so he didn't have to, his hope that there's a secret society controlling his future, an accidentally racist girlfriend, a killer doughnut and an incident with a monkey.

*Facts about IlluminArchie -
1: When he was born, the nurse slapped herself and thanked him.
2: He can hear colours, orange pisses him off and don’t even start on purple.
3: He once farted with such power that it started the infamous East Anglian earthquake of 2007.
4: Darkness is afraid of him.
5: IlluminArchie doesn't walk, the Earth moves beneath him.

** None of these are true. This is why someone should take control of his life.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888467



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Bizarre Bath


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
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

New Act Competition - Heat 5


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2.5hrs
Price: £5

click to book online

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is Fitz - well known local comedian and enthusiatic host, already making a name for himself on the circuit.

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2888551



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Maisie Adam - Living on the Edge


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

click to book online

Following a successful and sold-out preview show at the Ilkley Literature Festival, and now on a nationwide festival tour, “Living on the Edge” is the new stand up show from comedian Maisie Adam.

The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is relatable, laughable and all taken from personal experiences of being a young Yorkshire lass attempting to "adult" in the big wide world. Exploring a variety of topics from the classic faux pas of the Brit abroad and the bizarre rituals of the playground, to the fascinating spectacle that is Theresa May's body posture, 'Living on the Edge' leaves its audience belly laughing, giving standing ovations, throwing roses onstage, naming their babies after Maisie, but most importantly, it's a show that doesn't exaggerate...

"Maisie's stories are really well observed, with a warmth rather than a criticism of the folk she bumps into. Her self-deprecation is charmingly funny" – Otley Women Together

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2887597



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Stephanie Laing - Mad About The Boy


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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Stephanie's love life has been a rollercoaster ride, if rollercoasters involve a lot of awkward sex things, self-sabotage and therapy.

Come and hear this lovable little weirdo talk about all the boys she's done stuff with, including some proper wrong-uns.

"Eye-wateringly honest. Devastating technique, natural comic timing and delivery" - Chortle

"Gloriously silly, wonderfully unpretentious" - Broadway Baby

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Finalist, 2015

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2871301



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/stephanie-laing-mad-about-the-boy/

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Nick Doody - Interesting Times


Date: Tuesday 11th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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Nick Doody is one of the brightest talents on the comedy circuit, being a highly engaging live performer and a prolific comedy writer for TV and radio.

Sharp, topical and not afraid to say what he thinks, his brand of intelligent, honest and incisive comedy has won him fans all over the world.

Nick’s career got off to a pretty good start in the 90s by supporting the legendary Bill Hicks, at Bill's request. Since then he’s racked up a string of sell-out Edinburgh and other festival shows and continues to be much in demand in the UK and abroad.

As heard on Radio 4's Rich Hall's US Election Breakdown.

"Simply the best unadulterated, gimmick-free hour of pure stand-up I've seen so far this Fringe" ***** Chortle

"All hail Nick Doody...pure comedy gold" ***** Metro

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2865238



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/nick-doody-interesting-times/

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Wednesday 12th April, 2017

Kids' Comedy Fest - Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 11.45am for 12.00pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £6

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Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House will have all kids laughing whether they're 3 or a young at heart 93.

The fun-filled frantic 90 minutes includes silly games, pointless prizes, daft dressing up, groanworthy jokes, madcap music, the chance to kick a shark up the bum and so much more!

Our smaller audience members will also be invited to come up on stage and tell a joke or perform a funny act. They may even win an invitation back to the Kid's Comedy Competition on Friday – where the Kid's Comedy Cup will be presented to Little Lord and Lady Laughalot.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Dave Hickory The Balloon Man


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.45pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 50mins
Price: £4

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Madcap magic, awesome balloon animals, and lots and lots of fun together with loads of audience participation, Dave Hickory is the perfect addition to the Bath Kids' Comedy Fest line-up.

"Every time I looked at Will he had a huge smile on his face, in fact so did all the children"

"Our playgroup friends have spent all week talking about it"

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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Kirsty Newton - Life Begins At Party


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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CANCELLED

It's a party...and you’re invited! Join human jukebox, musical comedy maestro and birthday girl Kirsty for a feel-good celebration of growing older disgracefully.

Featuring songs, stand-up, singalongs and surprises, get ready for an interactive, fun-filled show, directed by the award-winning Phil Nichol and skilfully tailored for each audience.

As seen with Jess Robinson, Arthur Smith, Rich Hall, Charlie Baker, Mitch Benn, Comedy Store Players and many, many more. Chortle Award nominee 2015.

"A show to blow your socks off... visually and musically exhilarating... my god, so much fun!" **** Chortle.co.uk

"BRILLIANT... a fantastic debut... the BEST birthday party ever!" **** Funny Women

Full Chortle review: click here.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2865154



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/kirsty-newton-life-begins-at-party/

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Harriet Kemsley & Her New Show


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Former Bath New Act Competition winner Harriet Kemsley is back.

Since her last visit she's talked on a stage all over the world - at places like The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Oslo Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal.

She has also supported some of her heroes on their nationwide tours, like Katherine Ryan, Stephen Merchant and Isy Suttie. And she just played the role of Daisy in Jo Brand's new Channel4 sitcom Damned, as well as performing stand up on The Radio 1 Comedy Lounge, BBC3 Comedy Marathon, The One Show Edinburgh Special and Kevin Hart's LOL Live.

"A very funny new stand up" - Time Out

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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A Ship Of Fools - Welcome To Paradise


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: Komedia Arts Café
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 55min
Price: £10 / £7.50 concs

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Two Gaulier trained bouffon clowns, Raoul and The Captain, dock in Bath to bring you the latest offering from A Ship of Fools Theatre Company.

Welcome to Paradise is a hilarious and dark bouffon clown show that tap dances back and forth over the lines of decency.

A playfully nasty rollercoaster ride of laughs, treats and horror that you will never forget.

And afterwards you may even kill yourself.

It will be fun.

"A Ship of Fools are without doubt masters of their craft..." - Porl Cooper producer - The Hub at Slung Low

Also showing at 7.30pm on Thurs 13th April

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

Online booking: https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/welcome-to-paradise/

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

Twitter: @AShipOfFools

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Bizarre Bath


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
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

New Act Competition - Heat 6


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
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 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is Sam Russell - up and coming stand-up and a regular host at Angel Comedy club in London.

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Maisie Adam - Living on the Edge


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Following a successful and sold-out preview show at the Ilkley Literature Festival, and now on a nationwide festival tour, “Living on the Edge” is the new stand up show from comedian Maisie Adam.

The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is relatable, laughable and all taken from personal experiences of being a young Yorkshire lass attempting to "adult" in the big wide world. Exploring a variety of topics from the classic faux pas of the Brit abroad and the bizarre rituals of the playground, to the fascinating spectacle that is Theresa May's body posture, 'Living on the Edge' leaves its audience belly laughing, giving standing ovations, throwing roses onstage, naming their babies after Maisie, but most importantly, it's a show that doesn't exaggerate...

"Maisie's stories are really well observed, with a warmth rather than a criticism of the folk she bumps into. Her self-deprecation is charmingly funny" – Otley Women Together

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Bilal Zafar - Cakes


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs incl interval
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2016 and New Act of the Year award winner Bilal brings us his highly anticipated debut show Cakes.

Join Bilal as he takes you on a fascinating and hilarious journey of how his Twitter handle, @zafarcakes, became a focal point for the misguided rage of the global far right when it was mistaken for the account of a Muslim-only bakery. Having provoked the outrage of such defenders of Britishness as Katie Hopkins, EDL supporters and the Daily Star, Cakes shows how Bilal used humour to respond to the prejudice and abuse increasingly faced by British Muslims today.

"Witty and absorbing…highly entertaining. I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next" - Dominic Maxwell, The Times

"Delivers some big laughs" - Brian Logan, The Guardian

"Zafar really delivers on the absurdity of an escalating social media farce running in parallel with growing prejudice and tensions, joyously exposing the stupidity on all sides" **** Ben Venables, The Skinny

"Endearing, relaxed and naturally funny...hilarious" **** Emily Phillips, EdFest Mag

STOP PRESS: Bonus! Bilal will now be doing a longer performance starting with an extra short set of work in progress material followed by the hour show after an interval

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2839931



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bilal-zafar-cakes/

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Elf Lyons - New Show


Date: Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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CANCELLED

Elf Lyons is doing a one woman production of swan lake. In an hour. In French. Probably. Elf hasn't made up her mind yet. Elf originally asked her siblings to be in it so they could bond but they said they were "too busy" because they are "Doctors" and have "proper jobs". So Elf has found two fire extinguishers to replace them.

A new show from one of British Vogue's Top Twenty Names of Now.

Last year's preview show from the L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier graduate and Feminist Times' One To Watch became an instant hit in Bath.

"A finely balanced, thought-provoking, and hugely enjoyable comic talent" **** TheatreBath

"Endearingly eccentric on so many levels" - Fest Magazine

"A gleefully messy hour" - The List

"Enthusiastically peculiar...endearingly eccentric...her strangeness, her vulnerabilities and her sass make a pretty engaging package...showing sexy, nerdy and funny aren't mutually incompatible" - Steve Bennett, Chortle

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873592



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/elf-lyons-new-show/

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Thursday 13th April, 2017

Kids' Comedy Fest - Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 11.45am for 12.00pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £6

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Jimmy Mc's Family Mad House will have all kids laughing whether they're 3 or a young at heart 93.

The fun-filled frantic 90 minutes includes silly games, pointless prizes, daft dressing up, groanworthy jokes, madcap music, the chance to kick a shark up the bum and so much more!

Our smaller audience members will also be invited to come up on stage and tell a joke or perform a funny act. They may even win an invitation back to the Kid's Comedy Competition on Friday – where the Kid's Comedy Cup will be presented to Little Lord and Lady Laughalot.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Paul 'Silky' White: Live Out Loud


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.45pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 50mins
Price: £4

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A regular with Comedy Club 4 Kids, Paul 'Silky' White looks like a grown up, but is not. He sounds like a gerbil, looks like a boiled egg and has been making people laugh since before your Mum and Dad were interested in beer/wine/tidying things up.

Contains songs (not rubbish) and talking down to adults. Bring one, if you can find one. No magic, no heartwarming life lessons. No processed sugar, but no tree-hugging hippy druid crap, either.

"Your shirt looks like sick" - Eve, aged 6, Glasgow

"You're silly. Go back to your man-cave and sit quietly" - Naomi aged 7, Chesterfield

"I came here to live out loud" Emile Zola, dead, France

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Croft & Pearce - Are Not Themselves


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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The stars of BBC Radio 4's "The Croft & Pearce Show" (2016), "Spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe" award-winners and recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe (2016) TOTAL SELL OUT SHOW laurel, present their brand new sketch show!

Don’t miss out as they are "fast making names for themselves across the UK comedy scene with their laugh-out-loud sketch show!" - Daily Express

"Magnificent sketch after magnificent sketch...fantastically talented comedians" **** BroadwayBaby

"Sketch comedy at its best" - Alistair McGowan

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2839969



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/croft-pearce-are-not-themselves/

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Neil McFarlane - Clackety-clack


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Neil imposes himself on the good and true denizens of Bath yet again, with what promises to be very much a work in progress, assuming there's been some. It's not an Edinburgh preview because after last year he can't afford to go back yet, plus there's the court order to think about.

So this show will be about whatever joyous and exciting new thoughts have crept into his troubled bonce during the wee hours in those long dark nights of the soul. Whatever they might prove to be. Who knows? As yet, he doesn't. Place your bets and come along to see if you're right.

Same deal as last year - and the year before; he will be saying stuff he thinks is funny and you can chuck some money in the bucket at the end if you agree with him. Pets welcome, but only if they're sedated.

Actually, it might be about trains.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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A Ship Of Fools - Welcome To Paradise


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Komedia Arts Café
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 55min
Price: £10 / £7.50 concs

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Two Gaulier trained bouffon clowns, Raoul and The Captain, dock in Bath to bring you the latest offering from A Ship of Fools Theatre Company.

Welcome to Paradise is a hilarious and dark bouffon clown show that tap dances back and forth over the lines of decency.

A playfully nasty rollercoaster ride of laughs, treats and horror that you will never forget.

And afterwards you may even kill yourself.

It will be fun.

"A Ship of Fools are without doubt masters of their craft..." - Porl Cooper producer - The Hub at Slung Low

Also showing at 7.30pm on Wed 12th April

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

Online booking: https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/comedy/welcome-to-paradise/

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

Twitter: @AShipOfFools

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Bizarre Bath


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
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

New Act Competition - Heat 7


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
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 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is Fitz - well known local comedian and enthusiatic host, already making a name for himself on the circuit.

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

Event organised by Mirth Control.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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John Otway


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
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: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJGMDG

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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

Samantha Baines - 1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet & 2 Cox


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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CANCELLED

We're sorry to announce that due to TV filming commitments, Samantha has had to cancel this show.

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (BBC Radio, Call the Midwife, SunnyD) needs space... the final frontier one. It's science meets funny. There will be puns, there will be facts, there'll even be Cox (Brian) in this debut show from one of comedy's brightest new stars.

Catch her now before she volunteers to go to Mars - well if Matt Damon managed it...

"Masterful" - Funny Women Magazine

"Mind-blowing... You've got nothing to lose... except perhaps your centre of gravity" - Huffington Post

Top 100 Jokes of the Fringe - The Mirror

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2839980



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/samantha-baines-1-woman-a-dwarf-planet-2-cox/

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Paul "Silky" White & Neil McFarlane


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.45pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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A special two-hander show (replacing the previously published Samantha Baines)

Paul 'Silky' White is always playful, often musical, each and every show is different with this veteran of the international comedy circuit.

"Cryingly funny" Bath Chronicle
"Supremely talented" **** Broadway Baby

Neil McFarlane has performed all over the world. His cool, but assured, deadpan delivery and years of experience have made him a firm favourite on the UK circuit and well beyond.

"A sparky self-effacing wit which cannot possibly fail to please" – Theatre Bath

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Comedy Open Mic Playgroup


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: The Bell Inn
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: Free

A free open mic night of comedy in 'The Love Lounge' at the back of 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.

Contact Lawrie Duckworth on lawrieduckworth@googlemail.com to enquire about a slot in advance.


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The Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 9.15pm for 9.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £6 concs (see below *)

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Following his sell out Edinburgh Festival season in 2015, this unique, non fiction stand up takes little concepts like, oh you know, Einstein's theory of relativity, and explains them in a way that is not only accessible but also hilarious!

If nerds are the new hunks, then the charming Lieven Scheire is set to win heads and hearts at his Bath debut! Having twice appeared on the No Such Thing As A Fish podcast with the QI-elves and Museum Of Curiosity with John Lloyd, Sandi Toksvig and Phill Jupitus on BBC Radio 4, don't miss out on Belgium's funniest physicist.

"Big scientific theories and ideas explained with wit and charm by this Belgium born comic" - Time Out

"Oh HOW I wish I had done physics at school. Lieven Scheire makes it all so fascinating" – The Scotsman

"One of The Fringe's five best international comics" – The Times

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2840003



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/the-wonderful-world-of-lieven-scheire/

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Brew House Live and Late - Roger Monkhouse, Sean Percival, Sam Lake, Geoff Whiting (MC)


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 10.30pm for 11.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £8

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Live and Late laughter line-up show with three popular circuit comedians and compere.

Starring:

Roger Monkhouse
One of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience.
"His laconic delivery shields an engaging persona and an enquiring mind" - The Guardian

Sean Percival
Steeped in the traditions of the working mens clubs circuit, but bang up to date with upfront attitude. Sean's brand of comedy steers clear of the surreal and confronts realism in an explosively funny way.

Sam Lake

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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Paul 'Silky' White - Indoor Fireworks


Date: Thursday 13th April, 2017
Venue: The Bell Inn
Doors: 10.45pm for 11.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £7 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Paul 'Silky' White brings his sold-out Edinburgh Fringe hit to Bath, adding both of the best songs and jokes he has written since. Sorry, ALL of the best songs and jokes he has written since picking up a 2016 British Comedy Guide Top Tip of the Fringe.

Always playful, often musical, each and every show is different with this veteran of the international comedy circuit.

"Cryingly funny" Bath Chronicle

"Supremely talented" **** Broadway Baby

"Somehow hasn't picked up as many column inches as he deserves. We've yet to see a gig from Silky that is anything less than great, so have no hesitation in recommending his 5th solo hour" - Comedy.co.uk

"Last year's show was a 4 star success, but this show takes it to the next level and warrants the full 5 stars. I've never seen a bad show from this lovable Scouse comedian" - Sheffield Forum

"A rare skill indeed. It's easy to over-look what a talented guitar player he is. He's never going to fill stadiums with his enjoyable and intimate shows, but those who get him, really get him and will be back for more" - Exposed Magazine

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2887681



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Friday 14th April, 2017

Kids' Comedy Fest - The Funtime Silly Disco


Date: Friday 14th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 11.45am for 12.00pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £6

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The Kids' Comedy Fest Funtime Silly Disco was such a popular event last year we would be foolish not to repeat it.

So it's back and better than ever! Brush up your party outfits, polish those dancing shoes and get ready to have a ball - dancing till you drop!

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Nutty Noah


Date: Friday 14th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 1.45pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 50mins
Price: £4

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Nutty Noah is a hilarious family entertainer – with a strange taste in pants. A wonderful blend of magic, music and mayhem, if it can go wrong, it usually does. And did we mention it's pants?

As seen on TV shows 'The Slammer' and the 'X Factor'

"The King of all things silly" - Ben Elton

"It's such a great show that you could watch it over and over. Next time we might even wear our pants on our head!!"

"My daughter has seen your show about 6 times (at least) - and always leaves with a big smile on her face"

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Kids' Comedy Fest - Kids' Comedy Competition


Date: Friday 14th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: for 3.00pm show
Duration: 30mins
Price: Free

Who will be Little Lord and Lady Laughalot?

Throughout the week some of our smaller audience members have been invited up on stage to tell jokes or perform a funny act.

Here's your chance to see some of those again, with the Kids' Comedy Cup on offer for the funniest – as we choose Little Lord and Lady Laughalot for 2017.


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David Hoare & Dorian Wainwright - D&D Comedy: Rolling With Wainwright & Hoare


Date: Friday 14th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 6.15pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Dorian Wainwright ("Stand Up For Cider" Finalist 2016 and 2015) and David Hoare ("One To Watch" - We Are Cult) invite you to an hour of jokes, stories, and comedy songs from two of Bristol's most exciting new stand up comedians.

* 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: Friday 14th April, 2017
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 14th April, 2017
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 72 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title.

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

Tonight's compere is Ed Hedges

"Supremely affable style" - Chortle
"A joy to watch"
- The Scotsman

The Grand Final will be held at Widcombe Social Club on Easter Monday 17th April, compered by Geoff Whiting (details here).

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Friday Night Live - Bob Mills, Mark Maier, Neil McFarlane, Yuriko Kotani, George Rigden (MC)


Date: Friday 14th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs with intervals
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

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A showcase of hand-picked comedians for a fabulous Friday Night line-up in the Festival's favourite venue!

Starring:

Bob Mills
Veteran comedian and broadcaster, Bob has been a mainstay of the British comedy circuit for over three decades. With his unique & challenging brand of irreverent stand-up, Bob Mills is one of the UK's most successful live acts. With a string of acclaimed TV & Radio credits, Bob has appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You and more, as well as hosting his popular talkRADIO show.

"A master of irony... wears his world-weariness well, teasing and wrong-footing the youngsters in the front row, and passing comment on the changing face of comedy, from someone who's seen it all" - Chortle

Mark Maier
This multi-talented comedian has a remarkable talent for accents. An award-winning writer and stand-up, Mark is an established and highly sought after performer on both the national and international comedy circuits.

"Blessed with killer timing" - Metro
"It's high time someone gave him a TV show of his own" - The Guardian

Neil McFarlane
'Posh Glaswegian' Neil has performed all over the world. His cool, but assured, deadpan delivery and years of experience have made him a firm favourite on the UK circuit and well beyond.

"A sparky self-effacing wit which cannot possibly fail to please" - Theatre Bath

Yuriko Kotani
UK-based Japanese comedian and BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner 2015, Yuriko was first runner up in So You Think You're Funny 2015, won Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015, 3rd place in Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2015 and nominated for Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2016.

George Rigden
One of the most exciting, hotly-tipped and sought after new acts on the UK comedy circuit. Having excelled in a host of new act competitions in his first year, George made his Edinburgh debut in 2015 when he performed at the Pleasance Courtyard for a full sell-out run.

"Rigden is the result of a genetic mash-up between Mitch Benn and Tim Key, perhaps with a few strands of Ricky Gervais’s DNA thrown in...Very Funny Stuff" – Steve Bennett, Chortle

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/friday-night-live-bob-mills-mark-maier-neil-mcfarlane-yuriko-kotani-george-rigden-mc/

Links: https://www.markmaier.co.uk

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Marcel Lucont’s Whine List


Date: Friday 14th April, 2017
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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The finest flâneur brings a new interactive show to the baying masses. A kind of self-help group where everyone potentially leaves more depressed.

Expect louche musings, deadpan wit and Gallic superiority.

As seen on BBC1's The John Bishop Show and Sky Atlantic's Set List.

"Who can resist Marcel Lucont?… pulling clever punchlines out of every interaction with his audience... Sometimes, arrogance is bliss" **** Scotsman.

"Fresh, accessible and hilarious" - Guardian

Winner: Chortle Award 2015.

Winner: Best Comedy - Fringe World 2013.

Booking: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJGMDH

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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

Saturday 15th April, 2017

Ed Night - Anthem for Doomed Youth


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.45pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Following a sell out show at last year's festival, newcomer Ed Night returns with his hotly anticipated debut hour.

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee 2017

"An amazing assurance and confidence in his delivery and some really well-written jokes... I can't wait to see his debut hour" - The Scotsman

"This is a man going places... there's no mistaking his ability. He's a natural" - TV Bomb

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David Ephgrave - All Work, No Progress


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.15pm for 4.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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At thirty-six, David is still unable to function in society. In his latest show, the comic, actor, blogger & pauper uses a projector & a mic to navigate us through the minutiae of his awkward, awkward life. Work-in-progress.

"As smooth as they come" - BBC

"Wonderfully innovative comedy" - Broadway Baby

"Ephgrave is a very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with" - View From The Gods

"An eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" - Camden Voyeur

"The way he interacts with his audience and gets the timing spot on does reveal he's no newcomer to the comedy circuit" - View From The Gods

Also showing at 6.00pm on Sun 16th April

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2874149



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

Twitter: @david_ephgrave

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Viv Groskop - Anchorwoman (work in progress)


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Following her five star sold-out 2016 Edinburgh show Be More Margo, BBC Radio 4's Viv Groskop presents her latest work-in-progress.

Anchorwoman is a show exploring our relationship with the news, asking why exactly all the news is so annoying at the moment. There might be quite a lot to say.

"Flawless ease....witty, clever, observant" ***** edinburghfestival.org

"Viv Groskop positively sparkles on stage" ***** Broadway Baby

"A brilliant writer and performer" **** Funny Women

"Her relaxed and charming manner is completely compelling" **** Chortle

"Has her audience in the palm of her hand throughout… deeply enjoyable" **** TheatreBath.co.uk

"Fresh and original" - Sara Pascoe

"Very funny" - Omid Djalili

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2873610



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Sally-Anne Hayward - I was talking about you not to you


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.45pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Award winning comedian, Sally-Anne Hayward comes to Bath with a show about why bitching is good for us.

Oh, and she's bored of people making up food intolerances or illnesses just to make them sound more interesting.

Sally isn't wheat intolerant, just intolerant.

"Exceptionally funny" - The Independent

"Innate effusive likeability with straightforward but effective writing...a primetime act" - Chortle

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Bizarre Bath


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
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 - Charlie Baker, Tom Wrigglesworth, Chris McCausland & MC Sally Anne Hayward


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 6.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £9 - £46 (see listing)

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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.

Charlie Baker: Charlie Baker’s instant likeability and charming delivery style has earned him a reputation as "a superior take on the modern showman" (The Guardian). He is a popular face on TV panels shows.

Tom Wrigglesworth: Yorkshire funny-man Tom Wrigglesworth became a national have-a-go hero when he rescued an old lady from the jaws of Virgin Train’s bureaucracy, only to be arrested for begging. His career has rocketed since, and he has made several television appearances including 'Russell Howard’s Good News'.

Chris McCausland: Held in high esteem by the national media, Chris has worked alongside the likes of Jimmy Carr and Miranda Hart on television shows across BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Chris McCausland is also the only professional comedian in the world who is blind.

Sally Anne Hayward: Sally-Anne Hayward combines the things you shouldn't like about your best friend's mum with the sensibilities of Jack the Ripper. An accomplished radio presenter with stage and TV acting credentials, Sally-Anne's confident persona and quick wit have rapidly made her a much sought-after comedian.

"Pick of the Week" – The Guardian

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

Prices: £46 VIP ticket / £29.50 Meal Deal / £19 Auditorium / £15.50 Balcony / £12 Balcony Concession / £9 Student Balcony

Booking: Komedia
Tel: 0845 293 8480

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

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Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen 2 - The Extended Mix


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr40mins incl interval
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

SOLD OUT

The day before the presidential election Leonard Cohen finally fell silent.

Arthur and the gifted and glamourous Smithereens revisit the acclaimed show they brought to Bath in 2015 to say so long to Leonard - with a couple of new Leonard songs, laughs and reflections.


The show reflects on despair, decline and dementia yet succeeds in being hilarious, joyous and life-affirming. Smith, playwright, grumpy old man, 'Radio 4's bit of rough' and stand-up comic, is enhanced by the fabulous Smithereens, a trio of unbeatably melodious and glamourous singer/musicians to produce an evening you will never forget.

"Here I am in Edinburgh to find the best in up-and-coming comedy talent. But in all my trawling so far, the best work I've seen is not only by a 58-year-old Fringe legend, it's also the follow-up to a show he first did here 13 years ago..." - The Times

"The perfect definition of cool" **** Broadway Baby

"Touching, uplifting and very funny" ****Evening Standard

"Smith's revelatory blend of dark, poignant music and dark, poignant comedy" **** Fest Mag

"With Smith's masterful timing and a wealth of experience to draw upon, the outcome was always going to be thoroughly entertaining" **** Three Weeks

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Maisie Adam - Living on the Edge


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: St James Wine Vaults
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

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Following a successful and sold-out preview show at the Ilkley Literature Festival, and now on a nationwide festival tour, “Living on the Edge” is the new stand up show from comedian Maisie Adam.

The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is relatable, laughable and all taken from personal experiences of being a young Yorkshire lass attempting to "adult" in the big wide world. Exploring a variety of topics from the classic faux pas of the Brit abroad and the bizarre rituals of the playground, to the fascinating spectacle that is Theresa May's body posture, 'Living on the Edge' leaves its audience belly laughing, giving standing ovations, throwing roses onstage, naming their babies after Maisie, but most importantly, it's a show that doesn't exaggerate...

"Maisie's stories are really well observed, with a warmth rather than a criticism of the folk she bumps into. Her self-deprecation is charmingly funny" – Otley Women Together

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Brew House Saturday Line-up - Andrew Maxwell, Dave Thompson, Harriet Braine, Dan Offen, Geoff Whiting (MC)


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
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:

Andrew Maxwell
Renowned for his sharp, fast paced streams of consciousness and well observed retort, Maxwell builds the crowd by challenging the controversial or taboo. He engages any audience he faces with a myriad of subjects and lures them into his riotous world.

Dave Thompson
International stand-up comedian and compere, known for his brilliant one-liners and odd persona. Best known fopr playing Tinky Winky in the Teletubbies!

Harriet Braine
Musical comedian Harriet Braine won the 2016 Funny Women Stage Award

Dan Offen

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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Mitch Benn - Don't Fear The Reaper


Date: Saturday 15th April, 2017
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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It's been a morbid time for "the country's leading musical satirist" (The Times); he's turned 46 - over the hill by anyone's standards - his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!)

Mitch confronts his - and YOUR - mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences. Join him! It's time you're not getting back!

"Intelligent and funny writing both of music and gags... a must see show" - One4Review

"Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny" - The Guardian

"Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire" - The Scotsman

Mitch has been a regular on BBC Radio 4's Now Show for more than a decade and has 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 recently 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. He is currently working on a 40th anniversary special of Derek & Clive, again for BBC Radio 4.

Booking: Ticketsource

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/155462

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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

Sunday 16th April, 2017

The Wedding Reception - A Dining Experience


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 12.30pm for 1.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £37.50 incl 3 course meal!

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Packing 5-star reviews from appearances in London's West End, Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe, this bonkers new immersive comedy from the makers of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience returns to Widcombe Social Club by popular demand, complete with new bits! Of course, we're no strangers to 'proper' wedding receptions, but this is something else!

Will & Kate's dream was for a small intimate wedding - but Kate's parents had been dreaming of something else entirely. The happy couple tied the knot romantically in a secluded registry office, turning up next for their quiet and romantic wedding dinner. But 'quiet and romantic' are most definitely not in Kate's parents' vocabulary...and therein lies the rub. Surprise!

The Wedding Reception transports audiences to the kind of party most of us have been to...where worry over meeting strangers becomes fully-fledged fun. There's even a 3-course sit-down meal! So join the party. It's a 2-hour comedy that's immersive, highly improvised, and as interactive as the audience wants it to be, a rollercoaster ride full of fun, frolics...and more than a few surprises!

"Perfect comedy timing" ***** British Theatre Guide, Edinburgh Fringe

"No shortage of laughs… riotous immersive comedy" **** The Stage, Edinburgh Fringe

The Wedding Reception is an immersive comedy written and produced by Interactive Theatre International, featuring four phenomenal actors in multiple madcap roles; the cast at Widcombe Social Club stars Rebecca Norris, David Tremaine, Jack Baldwin and Katie Cooper.

"Immensely enjoyable" ***** Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe

"Nothing less than genius" ***** FringeGuru, Brighton Fringe

"Guaranteed fun" ***** City Nomads, Raffles Singapore



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Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2871559



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/the-wedding-reception-a-dining-experience/

Links: http://www.interactivetheatre.com.au/theweddingreception

Facebook: http://facebook.com/theweddingreceptionshow

Twitter: @theweddingrecep

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Nick Hall - Spencer


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 2.45pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He's the only Prime Minister to ever be assassinated. Unfortunately no one's ever heard of him. 205 years later, comedian Nick Hall tries to tell his story. But will he succeed?

As seen on BBC Two, BBC Three, and BBC Radio 4.

"Brilliant" - Times

"Side splittingly funny" ***** ThreeWeeks

"Crackingly original" **** List

"One not to miss" **** Skinny

"Mad cap energy" **** BritishComedyGuide.co.uk

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John Hastings


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 4.15pm for 4.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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John Hastings is a fence sitting former drag queen. He will yell. He will shout. He will be proving the following people right.

"This fast-growing comic is a pleasure to watch" **** Times

"Hastings' bold dramatic delivery is what really stands out when he is hammering a point home" ***** Mirror

"Well crafted" **** Herald

"This charming, lovable comic is truly engaging and well worth checking out" **** Three Weeks

**** Fest

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Laurence Owen - Cinemusical High


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Composer-comedian Laurence Owen presents a one-man symphonic explosion of cinema tropes in an American high school setting. Will the nerd get the girl? Why won't anyone talk to the foreign exchange student? Can we ever escape our teenage roles?

A new musical adventure from 2015 Malcolm Hardee Award winner

Original songs, awesome guitar solos, double denim...welcome to Cinemusical High!

"A pretty much perfect performing package... Everything parody should be" **** Scotsman

"Brilliantly written and remarkably scored" **** BroadwayBaby.com

"A tour de force performance" **** Skinny

"With lyrics catchier than the common cold and a charming wit about his overall performance...certainly a must see" **** BAWBAG

* 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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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2883705



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Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/laurence-owen-cinemusical-high/

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David Ephgrave - All Work, No Progress


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 5.45pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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At thirty-six, David is still unable to function in society. In his latest show, the comic, actor, blogger & pauper uses a projector & a mic to navigate us through the minutiae of his awkward, awkward life. Work-in-progress.

"As smooth as they come" - BBC

"Wonderfully innovative comedy" - Broadway Baby

"Ephgrave is a very likeable stand-up, confident but not cocky, and a lot of fun to spend time with" - View From The Gods

"An eye for the bizarre, the sinister and the downright ridiculous" - Camden Voyeur

"The way he interacts with his audience and gets the timing spot on does reveal he's no newcomer to the comedy circuit" - View From The Gods

Also showing at 4.30pm on Sat 15th 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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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2874149



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

Twitter: @david_ephgrave

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Bizarre Bath


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8

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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Jess Robinson - Impressive


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 65mins
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Bath welcomes back the wonderfully talented Jess Robinson, who returned from performing her latest show 'Impressive' with her incredible live band at Edinburgh Fringe with some amazing 5* reviews and another award under her belt.

'Impressive' features well OVER 100 impressions, 99 of which are packed into one 4 minute rap - 'I got 99 voices but a bloke ain't one'. As well as the Kim Kardashians, Nicola Sturgeons and Mary Berrys, Jess treats you to spot on singing impressions from classic vintage stars, such as Judy Garland and an astoundingly uncanny Billie Holiday, to today's global pop divas, including Beyoncé, Paloma Faith and Nicki Minaj, travelling via Kate Bush and a spine-tingling Amy Winehouse.

With her fresh take on mimicry, cheeky wit and sharp stand up, Jess shares her hilariously tragic and heartbreakingly funny adventures during her whirlwind of a year, since leaving her spouse of just 18 months following last year's Edinburgh festival. From joining a gang to joining the circus, to nearly causing a plane to make an unscheduled landing.

So party with Jess, her awesome band and a truckload of celebrities as Robinson celebrates her newfound freedom since divorcing 'Practice Husband'. But now she has her freedom, what should she do with it?

"This show was an absolute delight...I would thoroughly recommend getting a ticket if any are still available" ***** One4Review

"Robinson's performance was perfection. Incredible...Inspiring...Impressive" ***** Arts Award Voice

"It's hard to envisage a world in which Jess Robinson will not be a star" **** Chortle

"A star is born. The vocal gymnastics reach a crescendo with a show-stopper as breathless for Robinson as it is breathtaking for us" **** Metro

"A stunning voice, [Jess} is an incredibly talented impersonator and mixes this with a cheeky wry personality that makes you want to pop her in your pocket and take her home for tea" ***** Edinburgh Evening News

"Robinson exceeds expectations, managing to perfectly impersonate both the mannerisms and voices of so many well known women. She delivers side-splitting comedy, mesmerising storytelling, sensational music and a good helping of improv... [Her} fast-paced approach entertains the audience from beginning to end" ***** Edinburgh Festival Magazine

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
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Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/jess-robinson-impressive/

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

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Brew House Live and Late - Janey Godley, Stuart Black, Maisie Adam, Geoff Whiting (MC)


Date: Sunday 16th April, 2017
Venue: Bath Brew House
Doors: 10.30pm for 11.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £8

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Live and Late laughter line-up show with three popular circuit comedians and compere.

Starring:

Janey Godley
Multi-award-winning Scottish comedienne, playwright, award-winning blogger, best-selling author and regular 5-star performer at the Edinburgh Fringe.
"One of Scotland’s finest onstage treasures…Compelling… ballsy… a breath of fresh air" - Guardian
"Scotland's funniest woman… the Godmother of Scottish Comedy" - The Scotsman

Stuart Black
"...elegant writing and relaxed style...The punchlines are enhanced by the fact you can almost never see them coming" - Chortle

Maisie Adam
"Maisie's stories are really well observed, with a warmth rather than a criticism of the folk she bumps into. Her self-deprecation is charmingly funny" – Otley Women Together

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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Monday 17th April, 2017

New Act Competition - Grand Final


Date: Monday 17th April, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 3hrs incl intervals
Price: £8.50

SOLD OUT

The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 72 of the best up and coming comics in the UK compete in eight heats.

The nine best acts from the competition heats battle it out in tonight's grand final, judged by a panel comprising comedy industry heavyweights Graham Smith, Alan Nixon and Jill Edwards, multi-award-winning Scottish comedienne, playwright, blogger and best-selling author Janey Godley and Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel.

Previous finalists include 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 19 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.

SOLD OUT

Links: http://www.mirthcontrolcomedy.com

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Bizarre Bath


Date: Monday 17th April, 2017
Venue: Meet outside The Huntsman
Doors: for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1.5hrs
Price: £8

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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Sunday 28th May, 2017

Mishka Shubaly


Date: Sunday 28th May, 2017
Venue: The Bell Inn
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £7

SOLD OUT

"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back" - Time Out New York

After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly realised he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring non-stop, and shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Decemberists among others.

He's become a cult favorite, opening nationally for comedy iconoclast Doug Stanhope, penning the soundtrack for The Unbookables documentary, headlining the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour, and touring with Pearl Jam fave Star Anna. Adrian Grenier played drums for a new single and Shubaly's most recent record 'Coward's Path' has won praise from Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, among others.

"We all have heroes. I would never want to imagine Tom Waits going to therapy or Bukowski running a 10k. In my heart, Mishka Shubaly will always be spilled over the bar next to me and playing on the jukebox of my soul" - Doug Stanhope

"Forever a favourite, sublime!" - Johnny Depp

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Thursday 1st June, 2017

Martin Taylor and Alison Burns - Ella Fitzgerald at 100


Date: Thursday 1st June, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £17.50

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When you think of legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald, you think of the some of the greatest music ever performed. 2017 marks a very special year as one of the most loved entertainer of all time Ella Fitzgerald will be celebrated around the world with a series of commemorative centennial events.

As part of these celebrations multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns present a concert highlighting the Grammy-award winning collaboration between Ella and jazz guitarist Joe Pass taking inspiration from the duo's intimate 1960's recordings.

Martin Taylor:

Collaborations with artists including Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Jamie Cullum and Bill Wyman, as well as his own groups such as Spirit of Django, have seen Martin garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed an MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.

Alison Burns:

There are singers and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers and there are a few artists who bring more to the microphone – their life, love, heartaches and joy. Alison Burns is one of those artists. Her debut album, Kissing Bug, was received with universal acclaim and became the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10. Alison has played in far-flung destinations such as Tokyo, New York, Cannes, Italy and Shanghai and guested with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Big Band.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2941402



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
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Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/martin-taylor-and-alison-burns-ella-fitzgerald-at-100/

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Saturday 3rd June, 2017

Amuse Bouche - Valerie's Birthday Party


Date: Saturday 3rd June, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £15 (incl supper)

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Poor Valerie is about to reach a significant birthday and all the Aunties have secretly planned a fabulous surprise party including her favourite band...and you are all invited!

Bath-based comedy troupe Amuse Bouche and Boxcats blues band (featuring James Lambeth) present a birthday party to remember: expect a retro buffet supper, Dad-dancing, family rows and inappropriate presents. What could possibly go wrong?

Amuse Bouche are a team of highly experienced comic performers led by Ralph Oswick, creating improvised and scripted comic diversions, providing that extra tasty ingredient to make every event absolutely unforgettable! A two course supper is included in the price of entry.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Links: http://www.amusebouche.company

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Wednesday 7th June, 2017

Bill Smarme & The Bizness with Dave Lemkin - The Village Hall


Date: Wednesday 7th June, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl interval
Price: £14

SOLD OUT

Come and be a part of Lower Swell's Summer Festival where the Vicar of Lower Swell will introduce some bizarre and frankly quite nutty locals performing in The Village Hall, They will include former cabinet minister the Rt. Hon. Dickie Daventry, who will regale us with tales from the corridors of power and be plugging his memoirs. All chararcters are played by Edinburgh Fringe favourite Dave Lemkin.

Headlining will be special guests Bill Smarme & The Bizness who will be travelling all the way from Twerton to perform their unique comedic take on a farrago of musical genres. "International entertainer, ladies' man, household maintenance contractor" Bill Smarme and his band will play songs of binder twine and Twerton, marmalade and murder, all with tongue firmly in cheek and in the best possible taste!

Reviews For Dave Lemkin
"An onstage natural" Chortle
"Some of the best character comedy you'll see at this festival" The Herald Sun, Melbourne

Reviews For Bill Smarme & The Bizness
"Lots of visual comedy combined with great musicianship...extremely funny" - Maverick Magazine
"If there's ever been a more crowded, noisier, happier evening ...then it was probably on one of their previous visits" - Bath Chronicle

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Thursday 8th June, 2017

Scott Capurro's Gay Turnaround


Date: Thursday 8th June, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50 incl interval
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Award winning US comedian, actor and writer Scott Capurro, known for his work on several UK TV programmes, including The Wright Stuff, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Truth About Gay Animals, comes to Bath Fringe. Strap yourselves in, Bath iconoclasts!

He's described by San Francisco Weekly (free press, edited by lesbians and designed by trannys with large hands and hidden agendas) as "stand-up in the very best possible sense - deadpan, ever-alert and hilarious"

Scott also appeared in Mrs Doubtfire, where, effortlessly, he played a homosexual; and Star Wars: Phantom Menace, where, breathlessly, he wore a body stocking.

"If you thought comics like Ricky Gervais pushed boundaries then nothing will prepare you for Scott Capurro…He is, in my opinion, the bravest and funniest comedian on the circuit" - GQ Magazine

"...the only reaction is to laugh, partly out of discomfort, partly out of the sheer audacity of it all" ***** Chortle

"Vaingloriously poisonous" ***** The Scotsman

"Comic equation: Larry Grayson x (Lenny Bruce + Chris Rock)" ***** Guardian

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2891020



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
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Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/scott-capurros-gay-turnaround/

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Tuesday 4th July, 2017

Fred MacAulay Live 2017


Date: Tuesday 4th July, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr45 incl interval
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Having had a successful sell-out Scottish Tour in 2016, and ahead of his annual attendance at EdFringe (this will be his 29th), Fred is on the road again around Scotland (with a few trips over Hadrian's Wall) with a stand-up show for 2017.

With so much happening politically at home and abroad, there's no shortage of material for comedians.

Are you worried about the future after Brexit? How do you plan to celebrate the triggering of Article 50? And speaking of 'triggering' could Trump really kick off the war that'll not only end all wars, but the whole freaking planet!

The world is in an awful mess, says Trump. "Donald, start flicking through the channels on your TV mate for f*** sake. It's a beautiful place." Someone should really show him some Attenborough programmes about tiny mammals. FAKE SHREWS!

Fred says "Every comedian worth his salt has Trump material. I'm probably the only comic who has suffered PERSONALLY as a result of his election. Turnberry is one of my favourite courses, but as a small personal protest against Trump's blatant racism and misogyny I've decreed that I'll never play the course again whilst it's under his stewardship!" It's this kind of gesture that will hopefully make Trump think again...!!!

As for Brexit, will it lead to the triggering of Indyref2? The gloves might soon be off with Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. The gloves might, but the shoes won't. And they're good shoes aren't they. And as for Kezia Dugdale.....whoever is plucking her eyebrows, PLEASE STOP.

Fred might not have the answers to political questions (or else he would have been on Question Time) but one thing is for sure, after nearly 30 years on stage, he'll have a bloody good laugh about it all. And so will you.

Fred's brand of humour mixes cheek, sarcasm and satire and has entertained people for three decades. If you've seen him before, you know it's good comedy. And for new fans, come and see the man once described as "Scotland's rising star of comedy" and now "Legend".

"One of the best stand-up comedians Britain has ever produced" - Richard Osman, Pointless.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2890905



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/fred-macaulay-live-2017/

Links: http://www.fredmacaulay.com

Twitter: @fredmacaulay

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Tuesday 11th July, 2017

Dutch Comedy Night - Comedytrain On Tour


Date: Tuesday 11th July, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £10

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For the last 25 years stand-up comedy collective Comedytrain has been responsible for every major talent in Holland. The collective has its own comedy club Toomler in Amsterdam – world famous in Holland and a favourite place of comedians from all over the globe.

In the last couple of years the Toomler stage has hosted Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, Daniel Kitson, Doug Stanhope, Tig Notaro and Trevor Noah to name but a few.

Especially for Bath's Alkmaar Week celebrations we are flying over the best Comedytrain comedians of the younger generation to Bath. Primarily for the challenge of performing for a foreign audience in a foreign language, but also because we feel they can contribute something different to the comedy scene.

Line-up: Rayen Panday (MC), Stefan Pop, Kasper van der Laan, Johan Goossens and Jeroen Leenders.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2952065



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
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Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/dutch-comedy-night-comedytrain-on-tour/

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Thursday 13th July, 2017

Dr Phil Hammond - Dr Phil’s Health Revolution


Date: Thursday 13th July, 2017
Venue: St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Phil Hammond - NHS Doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistle-blowing comic - combines both of his 2016 sell-out 4* Edinburgh Fringe shows in one unforgettable evening.

Laugh, sort your life out, stay sane, plan your death and save the NHS - all in 99 minutes!

"If Dr Phil were a medicine, you should swig him by the litre"**** The Times

"One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet." - The Guardian

"Hugely enjoyable, well crafted, poignant stand up" **** Broadway Baby 2016

"Hammond is a passionate rabble rouser and impressively positive…. the perfect health secretary" **** Fest Magazine 2016

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2900337



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/dr-phil-hammond-dr-phils-health-revolution/

Links: http://www.drphilhammond.com

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Monday 24th July, 2017

Phil Cooper


Date: Monday 24th July, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 40mins
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Phil grew up with no money, living in a post-Thatcher mining town in the South Wales valleys. However, by 2017, Pontypridd boasts such luxuries as an outdoor heated swimming pool – funded by the EU. In the face of political uncertainty, Phil’s show explores his own anxieties, his childhood, and the effect of global politics on the future of Wales.

Phil Cooper has been a full-time circuit comedian since 2014, and is a familiar face on the Welsh-language TV channel S4C. This year, he developed an 80-minute solo comedy special for the station, alongside fellow comedians Elis James and Tudur Owen.

"Made comedy look simple, fantastic talent" - Fosters Comedy

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963834



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Chris Chopping


Date: Monday 24th July, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.50pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 40mins
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Chris Chopping is a man acutely aware of his own failings and enraged at a world that refuses to overlook them.

After learning his comedy craft up and down the country plus a brief foray into Welsh language television (don't ask) he's bringing his debut hour to this years Edinburgh Fringe.

It's a show full of pithy insecurities, impotent rage and a certain amount of erudite smut. He also takes on men's right activists and pick up artists in a show that is a hazmat suit for toxic masculinity.

* 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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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2962384



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George Rigden - Comic Sans Girlfriend


Date: Monday 24th July, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.50pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 40mins
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Recently named Bristol's 30th funniest person by The Bristol Post (a list incuding John Cleese, Stephen Merchant, Russell Howard and Josie off Big Brother), Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year nominee George is excited to bring his uniquely debauched brand of "musical comedy" to Bath for his work-in-progress show!

Expect laughs, tears and a mean-spirited & slightly overweight man questioning why he's still alone.

"Deliciously dark" - Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke

"Very funny stuff" - Steve Bennett, Chortle

* 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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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963837



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Tuesday 25th July, 2017

Anna Morris - Bitchelors


Date: Tuesday 25th July, 2017
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 critically acclaimed character comic and creator of the award winning, international sell-out show 'It's Got To Be Perfect' returns to Bath.

Four characters compete for the Women of the Year Awards, hosted by Georgina the Bride and judged by YOU the audience.

A Scouse mumtrepeneur, a darkly secretive baker, a glamourous deadly foreign correspondant and an anti-marriage activist.

Four women, one Award, who wins? YOU decide.

WINNER: Best Show 2016 ***** Funny Women

"Morris has the X Factor" ***** Edinburgh Guide

"Wildly inventive and intelligent" **** Scotsgay

"Beautifully crafted comedy" - The Independent

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963816



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Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/anna-morris-bitchelors/

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Bilal Zafar - Biscuit


Date: Tuesday 25th July, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Join 2016 Best Newcomer nominee and Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year winner of the same year as he explores the fascinating world of online dating and finding love on social media in increasingly confusing times.

Bilal has appeared on Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for the Independent.

"Catch him before he hits the mainstream" - Guardian

"Fascinating and hilarious in equal measure" - i-D

"Endearing, relaxed and naturally funny...hilarious" **** EdFestMag.com

**** Skinny

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963786



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Wednesday 26th July, 2017

Elf Lyons - New Show


Date: Wednesday 26th July, 2017
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 Giraffe-limbed clown and raconteur is previewing her most eccentric comedy show yet.

Think big. Think weird. Mathew Bourne would be proud. It's going to be fun. And sexy. Yeah. Let's throw that word in there too. Graduate of L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

"Hilariously Brave" One of British Vogue’s "Top Twenty Names of Now"

"Endearingly eccentric on so many levels." - Fest

"A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective 'kooky' could have been invented for" - The Guardian

"Enthusiastically peculiar...showing sexy, nerdy and funny aren’t mutually incompatible" - Chortle

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

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Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/elf-lyons-new-show/

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Matt Price - The Weed Fairy


Date: Wednesday 26th July, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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A David and Goliath story. In July 2016, 70 year old David (Matt's Dad) was arrested for his choice of gardening. It all started five generations ago in 1860 with a feud that has dragged on and on and on.

This show is a true story about knowing when to let go and learning to dance like nobody is watching, even though they definitely are. Will feature a life coach, a pensioner and a skateboard.

"Fearlessly funny" **** The Scotsman

Matt Price is best known for being a storytelling comic, or as he calls it 'joke based interactive narrative'. His solo shows at Festivals in Edinburgh and Australia have been given numerous four and five star reviews and he plays comedy clubs with the same level of skill, as well as all over the world in every type of venue imaginable - his travels have taken him to Eastern and Central Europe, Australia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Scandinavia, Malta, Turkey and South East Asia.

* 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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Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963752



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Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/matt-price-the-weed-fairy/

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Thursday 27th July, 2017

Holt & Talbot - Can't Stand The Sight Of Each Other


Date: Thursday 27th July, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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They haven't got enough material for their own solo shows and nobody else will work with them so Christian Talbot and Rosie Holt will be performing stand-up, sketches and music while barely concealing their mutual contempt for each other.

Thrown together through financial necessity and a lack of material, can they stay civil to each other for an hour? Let's find out.

"Refreshing and very funny" - Broadway Baby

"Friendly, Funny and Clever" - The Scotsman

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963750



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/holt-talbot-cant-stand-the-sight-of-each-other/

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LJ DA FUNK - Last Brexit to 'ooklyn


Date: Thursday 27th July, 2017
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5 or pay what you feel*

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Abrasive satire for Guardian readers, disguised as sensationalist whimsy for Sun readers so as not to alienate the proletariat.

Bashing Brexit head-on with all the vitriol of Nigel Farage at a multicultural jamboree, Alabama's most dangerous export tackles the new order of British and world fascism with his raucous wit and bombast. Imagine Ian Hislop on crack.

Victories and near misses:

Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year winner
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Finalist
Pegasus Comedy Act of the Year winner
Jaunty Lark finalist

Plaudits from the thumbsuckers:

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. LJ DA FUNK has crossed that line and kicked it to death" - The List

"Relished every minute of it, an infectiously enjoyable quality" - Steve Bennett, Chortle

"Deceptively Clever" - Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke

"A welcome injection of weirdness into this Fringe’s comedy" - Broadway Baby

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2963748



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/lj-da-funk-last-brexit-to-ooklyn/

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Thursday 5th October, 2017

Hardeep Singh Kohli - My Life Through Food


Date: Thursday 5th October, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr40 incl interval and food
Price: £17.50

SOLD OUT

Join comedian, broadcaster and chef Hardeep for this very special show as he relates anecdotes about his passion for food and the development of curry culture in the UK.

The show is in two halves and as well as Hardeep's engaging stories, the ticket includes food, a cocktail and a beer!

On the menu will be some of Hardeep's "desert island dishes": Butter Chicken, Three Lentil Dal and Seasonal Veg of the Day, with rice, apple & mint raita and a chutney.

Hardeep will be cooking with local volunteers and using the freshest local ingredients, including vegetables harvested within 2 miles of the venue!

Any excess of food will be given to local homeless charity Julian House.

Part of The Great Bath Feast 2017. Advance booking advised to guarantee seats.

SOLD OUT

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

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Thursday 9th November, 2017

Mik Artistik's Ego Trip & The BelleFleurs


Date: Thursday 9th November, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £16 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

"The best live band I have seen all summer" ~ BBC 6Music Presenter Gideon Coe

"As mad as a wasp trapped under a pint glass" ~ BBC 6Music Presenter Shaun Keaveny

Glastonbury favourites return with their madcap mix of music, comedy, and straws!

Come along to see what all the fuss is about...and for the uninitiated how would you compare and describe them...simply, you don't...as there is no one else quite like them.

Three very different individuals just doing "what we do", it's a joyous experience which will make you sing, dance, laugh, cry, and very possibly toss drinking straws all over the place!

It's an incredibly daft, joyful, and sometimes poignant affair, as Mik tumbles around the stage, spluttering lyric's, occasionally tripping over leads, and sprinkling the audience with straws, whilst the elegant engine room of Benson Walker & Jonny Flockton hold down the melodies.

The boys draw wild and enthusiastic crowds at all the major festivals they attend, and this summer their white label promo single 'Plastic Fox' was as good as 'Single of the Week' on BBC 6Music after presenter Gideon Coe, who described the band as the "best live act he has seen all summer" chose it as his 'Recommends' track.

Come along and see for yourselves.... you won't be disappointed!



The BelleFleurs

Bath based trio who take songs from Pop, Metal, Rock and Punk, give them a good spanking and make into completely new arrangements. Performing everywhere from Glastonbury to Harvey Nicks, with fairly tight corsets and very tight harmonies, this is no Vintage tribute act. They are slowly re-writing The Andrews Sisters Songbook!

"One of the most arresting, amusing and just plain likeable acts to come out of the subculture of the women's movement since feminist cabaret in 80s London" - Andrew Gibson, Professor of Modern Literature, University of London

"l so loved your performance...look forward to seeing you again hugs x People, go see !!" - Lorraine Chase



Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3049692



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/mik-artistiks-ego-trip-the-belle-fleurs/

Links: http://www.mikartistik.com

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Thursday 30th November, 2017

Bonbon's Baubles - Christmas Cabaret


Date: Thursday 30th November, 2017
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, featuring a scintillating array of music and comedy at Bath Comedy's favourite venue!

Monsieur Ralph Le Bonbon will introduce a splendiferous line-up of star acts including the ineffable Widcombe Radio Players, The Widcombe Choir, musical maestro Matt Baker, charater comic Karen Sherrard and fantastic stand-up headliner Martin Mor, and of course no Bonbon Cabaret would be complete without the unmissable pickled egg raffle!

Comfortable cabaret seating, reasonably priced bar and free Christmas nibbles.

Dress code: Rudolph. Prize for the best creation...

Look out for the Widcombe Christmas lights switch-on which will take place at 6.15pm outside Widcombe Deli before the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3101797



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bonbons-baubles-christmas-cabaret/

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Thursday 25th January, 2018

Bonbon's Bonkers Burns Night


Date: Thursday 25th January, 2018
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £35 incl three course supper & whisky

SOLD OUT

Bath Comedy presents A Burns Supper with a Difference

Celebrate the birthday of the Bard of Ayrshire in traditional style with a twist!

Enjoy a fabulous three course supper featuring Cullen Skink, Haggis* Neeps and Tatties and delicious Cranachan.

All the trimmings are included: quality toasting whisky, tartan tableware, Irn Bru, Edinburgh rock, plus a reasonably priced pay bar.

Genial Master of Ceremonies Ralph Le Bonbon will preside and your evening’s entertainment includes the piping in of the haggis with Blim Burns wielding the ceremonial sword, an emotional rendition of Willie’s Prayer by Glasgow actor Iain Wotherspoon and all your favourite tunes from north of the border delivered by none other than Frome’s Miss Aggie McFaggot.

Star of the evening is the unique Danish stand-up comedian and highland piper Claus Reiss. Yes,folks, a genuine Danish highland piper!

Rumour has it that Lady Margaret’s Scottish cousin Morag may pay a flying visit to draw the Grand Whisky Raffle.

Dress code: Tartan (optional).

Advance ticket purchase essential

*Vegetarian option available.

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Thursday 22nd March, 2018

Larry Dean - Fandan


Date: Thursday 22nd March, 2018
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50 incl interval
Price: £8

SOLD OUT

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean brings his critically-acclaimed new show on tour following a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and a debut appearance on BBC1's Live At The Apollo.

Enjoy "unexpected and excellent" (**** Sunday Times) storytelling from one of UK comedy's fiercest new talents.

As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store.

British Comedy Guide Top 10 Best Reviewed Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

"Confessional storytelling at its funniest" - The Herald *****

"Dean's work is as good as Kevin Bridges" - The List ****

"Has the easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too" - Guardian

Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition Winner 2013

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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

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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

** 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: 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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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.

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

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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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337604



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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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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337612



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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+

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341279



Links: http://comicfestival.co.uk

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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

* 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: 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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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.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3346340



Links: http://www.sameenazehra.com

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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

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

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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
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3338541



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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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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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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* 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

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

SOLD OUT

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

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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341297



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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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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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

click to book online

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).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3350163



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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

click to book online

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.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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



Facebook: http://facebook.com/whatisyourflavour

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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.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341307



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

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

click to book online

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).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3350173



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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.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3349953



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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.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3335502



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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


Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337614



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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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337634



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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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341269



Links: http://www.christiantalbotcomedy.com

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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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3354323



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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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3345001



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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*

click to book online

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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3350267



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

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 *)

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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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.28

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

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

click to book online

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).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3350181



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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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* 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

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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341275



Links: http://www.christiantalbotcomedy.com

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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"

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

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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

* 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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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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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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.



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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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.


Facebook: http://facebook.com/bellbackbar

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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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337648



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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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
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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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*

click to book online

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
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341254



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*

click to book online

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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3344945



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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3350140



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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 *)

click to book online

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
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3355275



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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

SOLD OUT

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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*

click to book online

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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3344945



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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*

click to book online

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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341254



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.

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341201



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

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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* 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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3338456



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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3344990



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

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).

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

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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

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

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3350053



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

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)

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

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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

* 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: 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.

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

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

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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