Bath Comedy Festival 2023

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Have a Laugh in Bath as Bath Comedy Festival returns!


As the clocks change over the Easter holiday, the sun rises higher in the sky and smiles return to faces, Bath will be treated to performances from some of the biggest and hottest names from the world of comedy, including Rhys James, Henning Wehn, Chris McCausland, Ed Gamble, Dominic Frisby, Mitch Benn, Rosie Holt, Helen Lederer, Emmanuel Sonubi, Simon Munnery, Mike Gunn, Marcel Lucont, Diana Vickers, Robin Ince and Arthur Smith alongside circuit stalwarts and the best of the up-and-coming generation of comedians.


The festival will have audiences laughing their socks off in some of Bath's most iconic locations both big and small. Venues span the length and breadth of the historic city, including Bath Forum, Upstairs @ Bath Pizza Co, The Ring O Bells, Nowhere, Komedia, Rondo Theatre and more.


Highlights include:



5th April: April Fools' Gala at Bath Forum starring Rhys James, Terry Alderton, Charlie Partridge, Antje Pode and Matt Price (MC).

7th April: Top immersive experience The Wine Arts Trail (T.W.A.T.), accompanied by celebrity clippie and musical maestro Matt Baker – a veritable bus load of bibulous bonhomie and always a sell-out!

The Ring O Bells, Bath Comedy's favourite intimate venue is back - hosting no less than 16 shows from the likes of Andrew White, LJ DA FUNK, Kev Mud, Christian Schulte-Loh, Joz Norris and Louise Atkinson, with many "pay what you feel" events featuring works in progress from established performers as well as first solo outings from up-and-coming stars. • The launch of a wonderful new venue Upstairs @ Bath Pizza Co above Green Park Brasserie, with shows from stars such as Rosie Holt, Henning Wehn, Mitch Benn and Robin Ince, Masai Graham and Patrick Monahan.

Workshops from Natural Theatre Company and Stephanie Hill, and a two day comedy course for beginners from long term respected circuit star Mike Gunn

13th April: An afternoon of stand-up and book signing with Festival patron Helen Lederer, in conversation with actor Pavel Douglas about her frank, moving, and characteristically hilarious memoir!

Junior Jokers: A new creative kids' programme: A character comedy workshop with the famous Natural Theatre Company, a cartoon competition, comedy mask making with amazing Brtisol-based artist Rose Popay, and some brilliant, affordable, family-friendly comedy shows for all ages from toddlers to teens to enjoy, including Marcel Lucont's 'game show for awful children'!

The Rondo Theatre boasts its biggest Comedy Festival line-up yet.

Aftermirth: adult comedy in the daytime for parents with children under one year old.
Bath Comedy Club venue Nowhere hosts all 12 heats of the phenomenally successful New Act Competition, discovering the comedic stars of the future.

21st April: The Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition Final will take place at the magnificent Old Theatre Royal hosted by Festival patron and famously 'grumpy old man' Arthur Smith.

Also at The Old Theatre Royal there are matinée and evening performances of a new play 'Slapstick', about the world's first clown Grimaldi, played by the award-winning star of stage and screen Jon Monie.

Countdown to the start!





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