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What's on at Bath Comedy Festival

All Core programme shows.

Wednesday 1st April, 2020

Bill Bailey, Jess Robinson, Silky, Catherine Bohart, John Moloney (MC) - April Fools' Gala

Date: Wednesday 1st April, 2020
Venue: Bath Forum
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £20-£25

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A star-studded line-up to kick the Festival off in style, headlined by the amazing Bill Bailey!

Bill Bailey - multi-award-winning British comedian, songwriter, musician, actor, presenter and animal welfare campaigner. His extensive career ranges from international stand-up comedy tours to performing on television, film and radio, duetting at HRH Prince Charles' 60th birthday with Robin Williams, and performing at the Royal Albert Hall with a full BBC Concert Orchestra. He played Manny in the BAFTA award winning Black Books, and he was for many years team captain on the popular BBC music panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is a regular panelist on the hit BBC panel show QI, along with writing and presenting numerous TV wildlife documentaries and has recently filmed the comedy drama 'In The Long Run' created by Idris Elba.

Expect to be entertained by Bill's trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd sing-alongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers.

"Bailey cuts a world-beating swathe all of his own...absolutely genius on so many levels." - Evening Standard

Jess Robinson - quadruple award-winning comedy impressionist, classically-trained singer and star of stage and screen. Spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics.

"Her talent and showmanship is stunning" - Chortle

Silky - a unique stand-up, following a direction unlike any of his contemporaries, aided in no small way by his musical talent and a memory that would challenge a mindreader!.

"Garnering peals of laughter, he is undoubtedly a quality performer" **** One 4 Review

Catherine Bohart - recent star of The Mash Report and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

"A winning mixture of self-deprecation and confidence" **** Beyond The Joke

John Moloney (MC) - a consummate professional for over 20 years, John is a master craftsman of intelligent and original stand up.

"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

Booking: Bath Forum
Tel: 0844 888 9991

Online booking: https://bathforum.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13353210

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/april-fools-gala-starring-bill-bailey-jess-robinson-john-moloney-mc

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Friday 3rd April, 2020

Terry Alderton - Again

Date: Friday 3rd April, 2020
Venue: Walcot House
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr35 incl interval
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Edinburgh's favourite, award winning, unpredictable comedian is here for outright laughs and you're invited along for the ride! A blistering new show that captures the true spirit of the Fringe.

No politics, no message, just 80 minutes of stand-up comedy and chaos from one of the best in the business...

After 35 years of playing Terry Alderton, Richie Raganoo has decided to take to the stage.

The Australian born Raganoo is, in his own words - “The greatest Character comedian on the planet!”. Along with his other creations like Bob Tap, Raganoo will be on stage in Bath for the first half of the show explaining why he believes Alderton is his worst comedy creation, and why finally he has decided to be himself on stage to show the comedy world his comic prowess!

Although all great things come to an end, to Ranganoo's great disappointment he will be performing as Alderton in the main part of the show. Along with the 'Talking Shoes' and the Drama triangle that are the 'Voices'.

Strap in folks...

"The comedy thrill of a lifetime" ***** Kate Copstick, The Scotsman (Newspaper) 

“A fucking genius” - Frank Skinner (Three Lions)

“A fantastic comedy mind” – Eddie Izzard (Lost Python, Runner)

"A comedian of dizzying inventiveness" ***** The Times (of London) (Also a paper)

As seen on Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Roadshow, Dave's One Night Stand and star of BBC Radio 4's Terry Alderton Show.

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Saturday 4th April, 2020

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - ROLL UP!

Date: Saturday 4th April, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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The award-winning Scottish Falsetto Socks bring their sellout Edinburgh show ROLL UP! to Bath for the first time.

Earth's funniest footwear - winners of Bath Comedy Festival's Lovehoney Best Joke Award 2018 - are back with their hit show of Comedy Magic Variety & a Bit On The SideShow.

The roar of the greasepaint and the smell of some socks.

"A miniature Morecambe and Wise" **** Bath Echo (April 2019)

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Sunday 5th April, 2020

The Wine Arts Trail 2020

Date: Sunday 5th April, 2020
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 10.40am for 11.00am show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £40

SOLD OUT

POSTPONED

The legendary magical mystery tour is back by popular demand. Get your tickets quickly as they always sell out!!

Let the big red bus take you on a veritably vinous voyage of discovery to those secret bits of our beloved city that you never knew existed. At every stop a hilarious happening, an artistic intervention or a daft divertissement. And at every stop, a glass of fine wine.

The fabulously bonkers outing is a perennial favourite amongst comedy aficionados. As usual, this year boasts a brand new top secret route, plonk aplenty and a laugh around every corner.

Hosted by Ralph Oswick, this year's celebrity guest clippie is yet to be revealed!.

Dress code: Your beautiful bonnets, hilarious hats and terrific titfers could garner you an unforgettable mystery prize. N.B.Anyone without a hat will be thrown off the bus forthwith!*

"Was that real?"..."Did that happen?"..."Are we nearly there Dad?"

Now in its 12th 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.



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The Wine Arts Trail 2020

Date: Sunday 5th April, 2020
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 2.40pm for 3.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs (approx!)
Price: £40

SOLD OUT

POSTPONED

The legendary magical mystery tour is back by popular demand. Get your tickets quickly as they always sell out!!

Let the big red bus take you on a veritably vinous voyage of discovery to those secret bits of our beloved city that you never knew existed. At every stop a hilarious happening, an artistic intervention or a daft divertissement. And at every stop, a glass of fine wine.

The fabulously bonkers outing is a perennial favourite amongst comedy aficionados. As usual, this year boasts a brand new top secret route, plonk aplenty and a laugh around every corner.

Hosted by Ralph Oswick, this year's celebrity guest clippie is yet to be revealed!.

Dress code: Your beautiful bonnets, hilarious hats and terrific titfers could garner you an unforgettable mystery prize. N.B.Anyone without a hat will be thrown off the bus forthwith!*

"Was that real?"..."Did that happen?"..."Are we nearly there Dad?"

Now in its 12th 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.



Photos (c) Fez Parker

Sponsored by Great Western Wine and Julie Hunt Advertising.

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Tuesday 7th April, 2020

Darren Walsh - Punimal Farm

Date: Tuesday 7th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8

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Like puns? Think you’ve seen it Orwell before? Well gammon check this out.

Join Darren (Leicester Comedy Festival Awards 2019 - BEST JOKE), on the farm for a pun-packed adaptation of George Orwell's famous novel.

A show filled with video sketches, one-liners, jingles and general nonsense.

(Don't come if you don't like puns)

As seen on ITV's 'Out There', BBC Edinburgh Presents, UK's first Pun Champion, WINNER - Dave's Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, WINNER - Dave’s top 10 jokes of Edinburgh Fringe 2018

"Spot-on comic timing and really imaginative use of special effects" **** - Bath Echo

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Mick Ferry - Walking On Egg Shells

Date: Tuesday 7th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Middle age has hit Mick hard. It's a new world and Mick is terrified of upsetting people.

Manchester based Mick Ferry is renowned as a fine purveyor of lugubrious surrealism and is established as one of the most sought after comics on the British and International comedy circuit.

One of the finest comperes around, at ease bantering with a crowd but with no shortage of first-class material, Mick is a supremely talented and versatile performer, with a talent for off-the-cuff, satirical and topical comedy, wowing audiences with his spontaneous acerbic outbursts and razor sharp wit.

"Awesome stand up" - BBC

"See him or regret it. A great comedian" - John Bishop

"His material seems effortless...genuine warmth" - British Comedy Guide

Winner of the Comedians Comedian of the year.

Winner of joe.co.uk club comedian of the year.

Fosters Edinburgh prize winner.

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Wednesday 8th April, 2020

Charlie Partridge - Bingiddy Bongiddy

Date: Wednesday 8th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Comedian, Sonic Clown, Vocal Looping, Surrealism and Smut. Dirty Smut.

Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Finalist 2020

Musical Comedy Awards Finalist 2019

"Packed with laughs and great energy throughout, you can't help but root for the hero" **** Fringe Guru

"A little force of nature, well worth going to see" **** Broadway Baby

"It's wild. It's colourful, it looks like it should be in a travelling circus" **** Edinburgh Guide

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Stand Up With Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated)

Date: Wednesday 8th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Janine's father is a lifelong New Yorker and son of Middle-Eastern immigrants.

He’s also an avid Donald Trump supporter. Attempting to reconcile those things makes for one tense Sunday dinner.

Catch multi award-winning newcomer Janine Harouni in her debut show about standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to do it really nicely.

Seen/heard on Comedy Central, Comic Relief, BBC Three, and BBC Radio Four.

"The platonic ideal of a comedy show...ready for her Netflix special" ***** Times

"An organic masterpiece of storytelling rich in fond detail, intricately woven together" **** Scotsman

"More people should witness this remarkable show" **** Ed Fest Magazine

"Thoroughly deserving of every plaudit it has received"  **** Evening Standard

***** Fringe Review **** Telegraph **** Sunday Post **** Funny Women **** List **** Skinny **** Chortle **** I Talk Telly **** Beyond the Joke

Directed by Adam Brace.

WINNER: BBC New Comedy Award 2019

WINNER: Amused Moose Best Show 2019

WINNER: 99 Club Comedy Bursary 2019

WINNER: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018

NOMINEE: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2019 – Best Newcomer

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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4536548



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Thursday 9th April, 2020

Stand Up With Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated)

Date: Thursday 9th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Janine's father is a lifelong New Yorker and son of Middle-Eastern immigrants.

He’s also an avid Donald Trump supporter. Attempting to reconcile those things makes for one tense Sunday dinner.

Catch multi award-winning newcomer Janine Harouni in her debut show about standing up for what you believe in, even if you have to do it really nicely.

Seen/heard on Comedy Central, Comic Relief, BBC Three, and BBC Radio Four.

"The platonic ideal of a comedy show...ready for her Netflix special" ***** Times

"An organic masterpiece of storytelling rich in fond detail, intricately woven together" **** Scotsman

"More people should witness this remarkable show" **** Ed Fest Magazine

"Thoroughly deserving of every plaudit it has received"  **** Evening Standard

***** Fringe Review **** Telegraph **** Sunday Post **** Funny Women **** List **** Skinny **** Chortle **** I Talk Telly **** Beyond the Joke

Directed by Adam Brace.

WINNER: BBC New Comedy Award 2019

WINNER: Amused Moose Best Show 2019

WINNER: 99 Club Comedy Bursary 2019

WINNER: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2018

NOMINEE: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2019 – Best Newcomer

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Mitch Benn & The Distractions - Musical Comedy Showcase

Date: Thursday 9th April, 2020
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £17 / £15 concs

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Mitch Benn and The Distractions - Kirsty Newton and Ivan Sheppard - present a stellar bill of the funniest musicians and the most musical of comedians.

Featuring the best of the comedy circuit and star guests...including:

Ronnie Golden - former singer/guitarist/songwriter with cult late '70s New Wave band Fabulous Poodles, Buddy Holly impersonator in BBC's 'The Young Ones', Barry Cryer's long term carer and co-creator, and musical stand-up par excellence. Miss this rare chance to watch him work - at your peril!

Nick Doody - one of the brightest talents on the comedy circuit, being a highly engaging live performer - sharp, topical, honest & incisive.

Zac Ware - Guitarist with the Proclaimers and human jukebox of eclectic musical souvenirs and songs.

Bill Smarme - International entertainer, bon viveur, ladies' man, building contractor.

Fresh from the Phoenix, Cavendish Square in London, expect a musical comedy showcase second to none!

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Friday 10th April, 2020

Barry Cryer and Colin Sell - Live Again

Date: Friday 10th April, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 3.30pm for 4.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £15 / £12.50 concs (see below *)

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In yet another farewell tour, Baz returns, re-united with Colin Sell who refuses to take no for an answer.

Barry Cryer, still a "Sprightly Veteran" (Undertaker’s Gazette) and Colin Sell a "Legendary Virtuoso" (Pensioner’s Weekly) combine to entertain you with songs, jokes and the amazing realisation that they’re still here.

Why not relax in the bar afterwards and enjoy free live music from 6-8pm in convivial surroundings at the Club's regular 'Friday Night Social', today with Dave Newton - one of the UK's finest jazz pianists. Reasonably priced bar and food available.

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Frank Sanazi & the Iraq Pack - Live from Das Vegas

Date: Friday 10th April, 2020
Venue: Walcot House
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Frank Sanazi, the Dark Prince of Cabaret, brings his all singing Comedy War Machine to town for a one off comedy attack.

Frank together with Dean Stalin & Sadami Davis Jnr will croon extreme renditions like 'Strangers On My Flight', 'Third Reich' and 'I'm Stalin' as well as 'You've got me Under Berlin'.

Frank and his Iraq Pack, together with his lovely daughter Nancy Sanazi singing 'Jack Boots are made for Walking', and a host of outrageous special guests, will rock their audience into a frenzy.

Certainly not for the faint-hearted. Please leave all PCs by the door...

"Brilliantly stupid, fantastically wrong and ridiculously funny" - Scotsman

"Comedy gold" - Evening Standard

"It's a guilty pleasure , but a pleasure uber alles" - Chortle

"He will leave you in stitches. The Jokes are relentless" - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

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Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4534282



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Saturday 11th April, 2020

Arthur Smith - Crescent Laughter (Walk)

Date: Saturday 11th April, 2020
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 1.30pm for 2.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £20 / £17.50 concs (see below *)

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Famously Grumpy Old Man Arthur Smith leads us on a merry romp around some of Bath's architectural gems.

A short level walk that nevertheless reaches the heights of absurdity and the depths of depravity, where fiction lurks and facts literally climb, nay fall, out of the window!

Rumour has it there may well be a glass or two of vino on offer...

With tickets strictly limited, this is THE event for the chattering classes to be seen at on Easter Saturday: quite the most exclusive extravaganzal as ever was, as Mrs Malaprop might say.

Historical research: Kirsten Elliot and Dr Andrew Swift (Akeman Press). Hysterical research: Ralph Oswick

Wheelchair friendly.

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Arthur Smith - Crescent Laughter (Walk)

Date: Saturday 11th April, 2020
Venue: To be revealed...
Doors: 4.30pm for 5.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £20 / £17.50 concs (see below *)

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Famously Grumpy Old Man Arthur Smith leads us on a merry romp around some of Bath's architectural gems.

A short level walk that nevertheless reaches the heights of absurdity and the depths of depravity, where fiction lurks and facts literally climb, nay fall, out of the window!

Rumour has it there may well be a glass or two of vino on offer...

With tickets strictly limited, this is THE event for the chattering classes to be seen at on Easter Saturday: quite the most exclusive extravaganzal as ever was, as Mrs Malaprop might say.

Historical research: Kirsten Elliot and Dr Andrew Swift (Akeman Press). Hysterical research: Ralph Oswick

Wheelchair friendly.

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Monday 13th April, 2020

Ian Shaw - Songs From The Homepage

Date: Monday 13th April, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50 incl interval
Price: £17 / £15 concs (see below *)

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Multi award winning jazz singer, actor, radio presenter and raconteur, explores the thrills, horrors and hashtags of living - in and out - of an online world.

This new show is a delicious shared content of music and comedy, with the dynamic, BBC award winning Shaw, uploading at the piano.

Tasty, well chosen, reinvented popular songs, copied and pasted in, with brand new material that celebrates and parodies how we mere mortals interconnect, in strange times.

A pre-internet era isn't deleted - as Shaw, "our finest jazz singer" (Time Out) - sprinkles this new show with his much-lauded takes on beautiful jazz standards. Love, loss, conflict, displacement, friendship - and Shaw's hilarious daily observations, are all played out at this unmissable live solo show.

"Don't miss this unique artist at the top of his game" - Metro

"One minute you're crying, the next, you're laughing in the aisles" - The Guardian

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Tuesday 14th April, 2020

Róisín and Chiara - Get Nupty

Date: Tuesday 14th April, 2020
Venue: RIng O Bells
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Bringing their new hit show fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe...

...cult-in-the-making duo Róisín and Chiara cavort in a whirlwind of synchronised, audience-tickling, surreal character observation, mash-up musical madness...and a wedding.

Confused about what true love really is and where to find it? Look no further, Róisín and Chiara have untangled the mystery and guarantee a lifetime of romantic bliss or your money back.

Like nothing you've seen before. A spine-tingling, spirit-lifting and thirst-quenching voyage through the ups and downs of being in (or nearby) love.

"A dynamic Whirlwind of an experience" **** Fest

"Phenomenal.. fearless.. with more chemistry that a meth lab" **** Chortle

**** Sunday Times
**** Skinny
**** Fest

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Archie Maddocks - Big Dick Energy

Date: Tuesday 14th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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It's all getting a bit serious init? Political instability, social politics making people less social - you can't even have a finger of Nutella no more without feeling guilty - that's what life is now, guilt, followed by shame. However, what is life, if nothing but a distraction until you die?

Archie Maddocks returns to Bath Comedy Festival to tackle the struggles of being alive in his latest hour of provocative, exhilarating and crucially HILARIOUS stand up.

"A superbly entertaining stand up hour that swings from light existential dread to acute socio-political satire. The real treat is witnessing @ArchieMaddocks' self-analytic running commentary & his lightning-quick repartees with the audience" ****1/2 Fringebiscuit

"Superb timing and quick wit...A must see...I don’t think it's possible to watch Archie perform and not have a great time" ***** Radio Ha-ha

"It's clear that Archie Maddocks has found his calling in comedy…a brilliant job balancing light silly humour with thought-provoking, refreshing and subversive social discussion" **** Entertainment Focus

"A stellar example of stand-up comedy" **** The National Student

"Maddocks a name to watch" - The Times

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Wednesday 15th April, 2020

Loyiso Gola - Pop Culture

Date: Wednesday 15th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Fresh from an incredible Edinburgh Fringe 2019, South African comedian Loyiso Gola dives into pop culture through the years and the way they have shaped our lives.

The two-time Emmy nominee takes us on a hilarious journey exploring the differing impact of pop culture moments around the world.

As seen on ‘Netflix: Comedians Of The World’, ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘QI’, ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola’.

"Behind his playful bewildered style is a brilliant comic brain" **** Scotsman

"An intelligent observer of the world" **** Chortle

"Levitating at the top of his game" **** Ed Fest Mag

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Yuriko Kotani - Somosomo

Date: Wednesday 15th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but Yuriko has spent her life making sure she doesn't stick out.

Born and raised in Japan, watch Yuriko walk the tightrope of cultural differences as she embraces her individuality in her hit debut hour.

BBC New Comedy Award winner 2015. Time Out's One to Watch. As seen on Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Pls Like (BBC3) and Big Juice (Channel 4).

'Somosomo' was The Guardian's recommended show and 2Northdown's Top Ten Picks.

"A brilliantly performed, well-structured & wonderfully unique set" ***** Fringebiscuit

"A must-see full of heart, passion and laughs" **** Broadway Baby

"A superb show that leaves the audience feeling inspired and hopeful" **** Wee Review

"...genuinely hilarious and I will never look at the term 'ish' in quite the same way again" **** Clownstar

"pert intercultural comedy as Kotani becomes “Britishnised”, and some slyly spiky feminism, while her glee at deploying the puns and sarcasm native to her adopted country is infectious" - Guardian

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Thursday 16th April, 2020

Marcus Brigstocke - Work In Progress

Date: Thursday 16th April, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Join multi-award winning stand-up Marcus Brigstocke as he road-tests brand-new material in this work in progress show.

As seen on Argumental, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week.

"If you haven't seen him live, then you haven't seen him at his very best" ***** - The Mirror.

"Sharpest one-liner merchant" - Sunday Times.

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I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again...Again - with Tim Brooke-Taylor

Date: Thursday 16th April, 2020
Venue: Komedia
Doors: 8.00pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr45 incl interval
Price: £12.50

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The classic BBC radio series returns...on stage... Roll up, Roll Up! Angus Prune OBE is back, with the Custard Pie of Radio Comedy.

Performed on stage in classic radio comedy style with live 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 1960s and 1970s.

Following on from their critically-acclaimed first tour, this second Greatest Hits compilation of original material and songs by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie is a knockabout show celebrating 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.

Stand by for wicked parodies, glorious puns and silly ditties. It's full-frontal radio, live on stage - with the unmistakeable strains of the Angus Prune Tune (and the unavoidable smells of sing-a-long-a-gibbon-stuffing).

This is a chance to meet - or happily catch up with - much-loved characters first created by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, Sir David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie. There will be a cameo from Tim Brooke-Taylor, one of the original cast members, at this performance.

Produced, Directed & Adapted by Barnaby Eaton-Jones
Featuring Hannah Boydell, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Ben Perkins and The Farrington Four (Andrew Farrington, Andy Rushton, Cath Thomas and Paul Wood).

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Friday 17th April, 2020

Susan Murray - How Not To Die In A Plane Crash

Date: Friday 17th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.15pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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POSTPONED

Fasten your seat belts for a darkly hilarious and deliciously bumpy ride. How Not to Die in a Plane Crash is the antidote to boring, life-affirming, feel-good motivational comedy.

Come and listen to Susan's sweet dark soul as she makes you laugh and cry at the same time with her useful death defying survival tips, all wrapped up in fantastic jokes. Come and have a listen if you think you're brave enough.

"What a delightfully warm, funny, fascinating hour. I'm still terrified of flying but that made it all the better" Mark Steel

"I learned things in this show, fascinating things, and I laughed. Excellent, job done! A confident performer, with masses of stage presence. ..her treatment of the material, the structure and the performance combine to make this a great hour." **** One4Review

"Thoroughly entertaining – and scarily informative – from take off to landing" **** Bruce Dessau (Beyond The Joke)

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Alan Francis - Fat Cyborg

Date: Friday 17th April, 2020
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 8.45pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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POSTPONED

When H. G. Wells wrote 'The Shape of Things to Come', did he imagine the shape we have become? Well this out-of-shape comedian wants to know.

Can we come together and explore the stars? Or do we just order another pizza? Alan Francis asks what happened to the bright future science was supposed to bring.

"A brilliant Observational Stand-Up" **** The Scotsman

"Brazen, dark and clever" **** The List

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
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Saturday 18th April, 2020

Josh Widdicombe - Bit Much

Date: Saturday 18th April, 2020
Venue: Bath Forum
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £20-£25

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POSTPONED

The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand-new stand-up tour. A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it'll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.

Widdicombe is best known for the twice BAFTA nominated and multiple Broadcast and RTS award-winning show The Last Leg, as well as his critically acclaimed sitcom JOSH, Insert Name Here, QI, Have I Got New For You, A League of Their Own and his hit podcast Quickly Kevin Will He Score.

"one of the most bankable talents in UK comedy" - Guardian Guide

"hugely appealing stand-up which marries a keen observational eye to a petulant anger at the apparent ludicrousness of the modern world" - The Guardian

"If they made frustration an Olympic sport the Last Leg co-host would win gold every time." - Evening Standard

"Widdicombe's charm and incurable exasperation with the modern world win the day" - The I

Booking: Bath Forum
Tel: 0844 888 9991

Online booking: https://bathforum.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13350078

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/josh-widdicombe-bit-much/

Twitter: joshwiddicombe

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Sunday 19th April, 2020

New Act Competition - Grand Final

Date: Sunday 19th April, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: ~3hrs incl intervals
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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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 and the Lovehoney Best Newcomer Award.

After twelve heats and two semi-finals, the best acts battle it out in tonight's Grand Final, judged by a panel comprising comedy industry heavyweights including Graham Smith, Alan Nixon and Jill Edwards, guest judge and master comedian John Moloney plus Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel.

The winner will be presented with the coveted Lovehoney Best Newcomer Award.

Previous finalists include David Eagle, Pete Latham, Sunjai Arif, Pav Rao, Tamar Broadbent, Bethan Roberts, Archie Maddocks, Paul Revill, Larry Dean, Garrett Millerick, Rob Beckett, Joe Lycett, Matt Richardson, Mickey Sharma, Lindsay Sharman, Harriet Kemsley and James Alderson.

Competition co-organiser and tonight's compere is 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. 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.

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Friday 22nd May, 2020 - Bath Comedy Festival @ Bath Fringe!

Pete Searles - Hey Gringo! Bolivia & Beyond

Date: Friday 22nd May, 2020
Venue: Rondo Theatre
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50min incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Join Pete Searles on the second leg of HEY GRINGO! his internationally acclaimed trilogy.

A bar in Cuzco...in the company of a motley crew of world travellers and drifters, a plot is hatched over a game of darts to pop over the border to seek a fabled cave - rumoured to hold the last of the cosmic secrets. A journey across Bolivia: Lawless cities, seedy bars, prisons, jungle nightclubs, drug-enforcement agents, gun-toting Nazis, a Narco kingpin, giant tarantulas and a marriage-minded female police officer. An odyssey that leads finally to a lost world in remotest Amazonia and the shadow of Cerro Amboro - the great sacred mountain shrouded in mystery and myth.

"Completely captivated the audience. With this mixture of traveller's tales and raw stand-up comedy, spiced with a pinch of mime, Searles may have created a whole new genre of theatre... A natural raconteur of sharp wit." - Bermuda Gazette

"Walking, talking travelogues are a great British tradition, be it Michael Palin on TV or David Hare on stage, and Peter Searles' tale of his Latin American exploits is no exception. Like Indiana Jones on speed, he borders on slapstick as he dances with drunken Indians or demonstrates in Spanish how to catch and cook a tarantula." - The Guardian

Booking: Rondo Theatre
Tel: 0333 666 3366

Online booking: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/rondotheatre/pete-searles-hey-gringo-bolivia-beyond/e-axvkve

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Friday 4th September, 2020 - Autumn Season!

Geoff Norcott - Taking Liberties

Date: Friday 4th September, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50 incl interval
Price: £13.50

SOLD OUT

Geoff Norcott's unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again in the Spring, continuing with the success of his critically acclaimed show, 'Taking Liberties'. Whatever the contentious subject – he'll be honest and blunt without being a dick. Mostly. As seen on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.

Geoff has also appeared frequently on Question Time and can be regularly seen putting the cat amongst the pigeons on UK political debate shows. You may have also heard him on his own Radio 4 comedy special or popping up on The Now Show.

He's written for shows ranging from Have I Got News For You and C4's Alternative Election to Judge Romesh, Roast Battle and JFL's Katherine Ryan Stand up show.

Geoff won an operational medal for his five tours performing to British troops in Afghanistan.

"He's a class act with a mature, sharp take on modern politics" - Sunday Times

"A Right laugh" - Guardian

"Happily, he is very funny" - Telegraph

"Gently abrasive, but that's what makes him so entertaining" - The Times

Why not come down early and enjoy free live music 6pm til 8pm in the bar at the Club's regular 'Friday Night Social' - this week featuring the Steve Mathers Trio. Bar opens at 5pm.

SOLD OUT

Links: http://geoffnorcott.co.uk/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/Geoffnorcottcomedy

Twitter: GeoffNorcott

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Thursday 10th September, 2020 - Autumn Season!

Simon Evans - The Work Of The Devil

Date: Thursday 10th September, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr50 incl interval
Price: £15 / £13 concs (see below *)

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Simon Evans' last show, Genius 2.0 (***** "A Masterclass" - The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life.

His new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.


"A gripping and, ultimately heart-warming tale... rich with Evans' wit and caustic observation." **** The Scotsman

"You expect a high standard of stand-up from this veteran performer. But in sharing something so deeply personal, he's exceeded what seemed to be his full potential... I'd expect it to get even better when it goes out on tour. Outstanding stuff." **** ½ Chortle

Simon Evans is the star of Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth & Simon Evans Goes To Market. Simon has made appearances on This Week, Question Time, Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities and Mastermind The Professionals.

"Dynamite" **** The Times

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Twitter: TheSimonEvans

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Friday 11th September, 2020 - Autumn Season!

Nick Harper

Date: Friday 11th September, 2020
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £15

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Nick Harper is one the UK's best kept musical secrets. Those who have witnessed the spellbinding, one-man show will tell you this.

A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60's most revered songwriters & musicians, not to mention being son of Roy Harper, along with 20 years of crafting songs & touring the land has spawned a truly one-off, original guitarist & songwriter who stands alone as a UK great, to be cherished & revered.

For over two decades, he has been dazzling audiences, reviewers & fellow artists alike with his heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship & sheer bravado. An imagination bursting with ideas has seen Nick release 11 solo albums to critical acclaim, earning a Number 1 spot in the charts with the seminal hit ‘Blue Sky Thinking’.

Nick has recently set off into deep Harperspace to retrieve his new album which will be available to accompany this 2020 tour.

"Harper has so much musicianship in him it just leaks out all over the place" - The Times
"He deserves to become a major figure in his own right" - The Guardian
"Dylan for the iPod generation...Betjemen with a guitar" - Guitarist
"My musical discovery of 2016!" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"One of the finest guitarists of his generation" - Mojo
"Acoustic Hendrix!" - Guitar Magazine
"Hey, the boy is good!" - Robert Plant
"That boy is too good." - Bert Jansch

In association with RMT Music Productions

Bar opens at the venue 5pm. Free live music in the bar 6-8pm before the show. Food available.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4546273



Links: https://www.harperspace.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NickHarperOfficial

Twitter: harperspace

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Thursday 22nd October, 2020 - Autumn Season!

Doug Stanhope - Diminishing Returns

Date: Thursday 22nd October, 2020
Venue: Bath Pavilion
Doors: 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: ~2hrs
Price: £35

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Caustic social commentary, outlandish first-person narratives, graphic sex and perversion, sometimes within the same sentence.

Fueled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol, Stanhope rails against western civilization's slide into apathy and stupidity, always on the edge of implosion yet fully in control and never afraid to risk pissing off his audiences.

In a field crowded with conformists and copycats, Stanhope is a genuinely original comic voice, albeit a gleefully vulgar one. "A visionary douchebag" says The Times. Raw, agitated and unflinching, he holds forth on all manner of major injustices and petty annoyances, excoriating himself as much as any of his other targets. But Stanhope's venomous bile is matched by his passion and conviction, as well as a fierce intellect that gives his work a level of substance and subtlety that belies his snarling exterior. His comedy is as corrosive as it is hilarious, and his righteous self-immolation is exhilarating and life-affirming in its cathartic honesty.

"Stanhope shocks you with the virulence of his lucidity; he shocks you into realising how transparent the confidence trick of western propaganda can be made to seem. What he has in abundance is the charm, don't-give-a-damn swagger and aggressive intelligence that make for important, exciting comedy" - The Guardian

"Doug Stanhope might be the most important standup working today" - Ricky Gervais

As seen on BBC TV's Newswipe with Charlie Brooker.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4515581



Links: https://www.dougstanhope.com

Twitter: dougstanhope

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