Sara Pascoe: Work-in-Progress
May
26
5:30 pm17:30

Sara Pascoe: Work-in-Progress

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £10

Brand new show from a woman living life like it’s a one-man-stag-do. 

As seen on ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘QI’ and ‘Mock the Week’.

‘Always clever and sometimes exquisite’ Independent

‘Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation’ The Guardian

Age guidance: 15+

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Also appearing on Saturday May 27, 5.30pm

Opening Gala
May
26
7:30 pm19:30

Opening Gala

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £15

Sold Out (except for wheelchair space)

Wells favourite Ed Gamble (‘Mock the Week’, ‘Almost Royal’) hosts the Opening Gala of the 2017 Wells Comedy Festival in association with Brothers Cider, introducing a surprise line-up of acts. What better way to kick off the weekend?

Photo © John Williams

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Recognise
May
26
7:30 pm19:30

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Recognise

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £12

Part 1 of The Trelogy

James Acaster has something he’s been meaning to tell you. He’s been putting it off for some time. You might want to sit down.   

It’s time for another tremendous show and what better way to celebrate than attending? 

Expect whimsical rabbiting on and awkward physicality throughout. Don’t expect to leave unchanged.

As seen on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’.  

Heard on ‘James Acaster’s Findings’ (Radio 4) and ‘The Josh Widdicombe Show’ (XFM).

‘Beautifully constructed “art of stand-up” stuff’ Sunday Times

‘Curious, original and immensely enjoyable’ Telegraph

‘One of the sharpest comic minds to have emerged in recent years’ Guardian

James Acaster: The Trelogy
May
26
May 28

James Acaster: The Trelogy

  • Various venues

Tickets £12 (per show)
Fri May 26, 7.30pm: Recognise
Sat May 27, 7.30pm: Represent
Sun May 28, 7.30pm: Reset

Undercover cops. Jury duty. Witness protection. Comedy.

All this and more as James Acaster brings a trilogy of shows to a venue near you.

The shows in question are;

Recognise (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2014)

Represent (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2015)

Reset (Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2016)

So come on down.

He doesn’t know who he is, he doesn’t know what he believes and he doesn’t know what he’s going to do with his life.

He’ll probably do material from his first three shows as well. All in all it’s one huge recap.

‘There’s no one better at constructing a show than Acaster’ Guardian

‘Comic genius’ Evening Standard

‘He really is rewriting the comedy rulebook’ Time Out

‘Continues to stun with boundless creativity and technical mastery’ Scotsman

‘If Oxford wants to study stand-up in depth, Acaster is a good place to start’ Sunday Times

‘A virtuoso display of comic invention’ Chortle

jamesacaster.com                                                                                                @JamesAcaster

Joe Lycett: LOLs-in-Progress
May
27
1:30 pm13:30

Joe Lycett: LOLs-in-Progress

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £10

Sold Out (except for wheelchair space)

Hello there little guinea piggy, why don’t you come along and watch Joe Lycett scuttle about in an attempt to amuse you with NEW JOKES and POORLY-THOUGHT-OUT-IDEAS? Expect stuff to be sketchy and experimental and not as good as the stuff you’ve seen on ‘Live at the Apollo’ or ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’. But it’ll be RAW and REAL and NOT THAT MUCH OF YOUR LIFE. Come with an open mind and closed legs.

Sam Fletcher: Daftwerk
May
27
1:30 pm13:30

Sam Fletcher: Daftwerk

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £8

The Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Nominee and CBBC star, SAM FLETCHER, presents his usual heady blend of jokes, lo-fi showbiz flair, idiotic theatres and some genuine (sort of) magic tricks. 

‘What I come to Edinburgh for…a total pro’ ★★★★ The Times 

‘An uplifiting hotchpotch packed with content…put simply no other show has made me smile so much this year’ ★★★★ The Independent

Suitable for ages 10+

Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It
May
27
1:30 pm13:30

Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It

  • Cedars Hall

Tickets £12

The people of the UK have voted to leave the EU, even though no-one had a plan for what would happen if it did. If you didn’t want to leave the EU, or you did, but now don’t, because you haven’t got any of the things you were promised, then this is absolutely the show for you. If you did want to leave the EU, and still do, then you will still find it funny, but for different reasons, as you witness the liberal female comedian’s exasperated and despairing meltdown.

In 2013 Bridget won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show with her show ‘A Bic For Her’. The show also won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Comedy, the 2014 Chortle Award for Best Show and a 2014 Hospital 100 Club Award for Performance and Theatre. It won a prestigious 2014 Rose D’Or International Broadcasting Award for Best Radio Comedy.

Between October 2015 and March 2016 Bridget had her own weekly column in Guardian Weekend magazine, for which she was nominated for a 2016 Glamour Magazine award.

She has appeared in numerous TV and BBC Radio 4 programmes including ‘Room 101’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘The Unbelievable Truth’.

‘The most electrifying comedy I’ve yet seen on the Fringe’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

‘She’s pulled it off again with a wit and vim that is enjoyable as it is timely’ ★★★★ The Times

‘Whatever your political views, this show is one you'd be foolish to miss’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

Age guidance: 16+

Photo © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

James Acaster: Classic Scrapes Preview
May
27
3:30 pm15:30

James Acaster: Classic Scrapes Preview

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £7

James Acaster is releasing his first ever book this year, ‘James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes’, which is going to be a collection of self-deprecating anecdotes about scrapes James has gotten himself into over the years, famed from the slot of the same name on Josh Widdicombe’s XFM radio show.

Publishers Headline say: ‘Unfortunately for James, fame and critical acclaim haven’t prevented him from ending up in a breathtaking amount of farcical misadventures. From having to hide in a bush outside Basingstoke station overnight wearing a bright red dress, to drunkenly incurring the wrath of night bus lads, to being the only person in history to get “cabbaged” by a child, James apparently lives his life in a perpetual sitcom.’

Acaster, who has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times in a row, said: ‘I have lived an extremely blessed life save for enough awful/stupid experiences to fill a book with and so I thought it only fair to fill a book with them.’

Come along and see him read sneak peaks from the book.

Click here to preorder the book.

‘There’s no one better at constructing a show than Acaster’ Guardian

‘Comic genius’ Evening Standard

‘He really is rewriting the comedy rulebook’  Time Out

‘A virtuoso display of comic invention’ Chortle

jamesacaster.com                                                                                                @JamesAcaster

John Kearns: Work-in-Progress
May
27
3:30 pm15:30

John Kearns: Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

The absurdist stand-up comic and first ever winner of the Edinburgh Foster’s Best Newcomer and Best Show Awards heads to Wells with a work-in-progress.

‘A true comedy original’ Time Out 

‘Kearns could be your new King of Comedy’ The Evening Standard

‘Heading for the comedy stratosphere… you’re in the hands of a master’ The Guardian

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I’m 50! Work-in-Progress
May
27
3:30 pm15:30

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I’m 50! Work-in-Progress

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £8

‘I only regret the people I didn’t have sex with… And 60% of the people I did have sex with.’ 

‘King of Edinburgh’s’ 30th anniversary of his first Fringe, with his 40th show in 50th year. Older and wiser? Or just older? And stupider. Work-in-progress.

‘A gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness’ Guardian

Jordan Brookes: Work-in-Progress
May
27
5:30 pm17:30

Jordan Brookes: Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

The 2016 Chortle Award Best Newcomer nominee JORDAN BROOKES, shares the workings of his new hour - A follow up to his widely-acclaimed intricately ambitious second solo show. Expect more boundary-pushing, high-wire stand-up, and silly faces. 

‘A breath-taking, hugely original hour’ ★★★★★ Fest Mag

‘Caustically funny and surprising…you’re advised to see Brookes fast before word of mouth fills every seat’ ★★★★ The Scotsman

Ed Gamble: Work-in-Progress
May
27
5:30 pm17:30

Ed Gamble: Work-in-Progress

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £7

Ed Gamble is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He most recently starred in BBC America’s ‘Almost Royal’, a ‘cult US hit’ (The Independent), which is soon returning to the screens for a second season. Ed has appeared on some of the UK’s most popular TV shows: ‘Mock the Week’ (BBC Two), ‘Man Down’ (Channel 4), ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ (BBC Two) and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ (BBC Two), as well as presenting radio shows for BBC Radio One and BBC Radio Four. He won the prestigious Chortle award for Best Compere in 2014.

Prior to this, Ed was co-writer and host of the iTunes-topping ‘Peacock and Gamble Podcast’ as part of his double-act with comedian Ray Peacock. Peacock and Gamble also performed a sell-out UK tour in 2012, which was described as ‘a triumph of live comedy’ (Fringe Guru) and ‘incessantly hilarious’ (The Guardian).

‘An ability to open his mouth and spontaneously say something hysterically funny’ The Guardian

‘Moments of stupendous invention’ List

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Sara Pascoe: Work-in-Progress
May
27
5:30 pm17:30

Sara Pascoe: Work-in-Progress

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £10 Sold Out (except for wheelchair space)

Extra show added: Friday May 26, 5.30pm

Brand new show from a woman living life like it’s a one-man-stag-do. 

As seen on ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘QI’ and ‘Mock the Week’.

‘Always clever and sometimes exquisite’ Independent

‘Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation’ The Guardian

Age guidance: 15+

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Also appearing on Friday May 26, 5.30pm

Rhys James: Work-in-Progress
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

Rhys James: Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

Rhys James brings you a work-in-progress version of his new show. He has appeared on ‘Mock The Week’, ‘Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central’, ‘Virtually Famous’ and had one of the best reviewed shows of the fringe in 2016.

‘Charismatic, clever and self-aware… Destined for great things’ Guardian 

Stewart Lee: Content Provider
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

  • Cedars Hall

Tickets £16 – Sold Out

Extra show added: Sunday May 28, 1.30pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TWO ACT SHOW WITH INTERVAL

After four years writing and performing his TV show ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’, ‘Content Provider’ is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning ‘Carpet Remnant World’.

‘The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt’ ★★★★★ The Times

‘Characteristically twisty and frequently brilliant’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘Venomously funny’ ★★★★ Standard

‘The delusional ravings of a man who has lost his way in the world’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Age guidance: 16+

Show duration: approx 1 hour 50 mins plus interval

Presented by David Johnson & John Mackay in association with DAA Management

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Also appearing on Sunday May 28, 7.30pm

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Represent
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Represent

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £12

Part 2 of The Trelogy

‘Love is the absence of judgment’ Dalai Lama XIV.

Running his mouth off about a bunch of stuff nobody even cares about – it’s James Acaster.

Nifty. Snazzy. 30 years old. Doing his best to improve his posture.

As seen on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ (BBC Two), ‘Mock the Week’ (BBC One), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4) and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ (BBC Three).  

As heard on ‘James Acaster’s Findings’ (Radio 4) and ‘The Josh Widdicombe Show’ (XFM).

‘This is stand-up of the highest, most playful order’ Guardian

‘Stitched together and overlaid with such grace’ Telegraph

‘One of comedy’s most original voices’ Evening Standard

www.jamesacaster.com

@jamesacaster

Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (Except at the Wells Comedy Festival)
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (Except at the Wells Comedy Festival)

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £10

The ‘Podfather’ (Guardian) and ‘King of the Internet’ (Time Out) brings his award winning podcast to Wells, in which he chats with a festival guest to be confirmed. Winner of Bronze Award for Best Comedy at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards and the Chortle Internet Award 2013.

Each episode appears on iTunes and the British Comedy Guide. But it’s much better live, with the chance to interact with your favourite comedy stars and even ask your own questions!

Angelos & Barry: The New Power Generation
May
27
9:30 pm21:30

Angelos & Barry: The New Power Generation

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £12

Are you lost? Is your soul knackered? Are you disillusioned with the current state of things? If you answered yes to one of these then why not come along to see Angelos and Barry in The New Power Generation?

They will identify your weaknesses, expose them in front of everyone and then cure you 100% from whatever rubbish you might have. Like therapists and Gods rolled into one. Nothing is too much for them. They will show you how they did it, and then will show you what to do! Throw away your self-help books and join The New Power Generation for a guaranteed life transformation*.

*Life transformations do occur regularly, but if it doesn’t work for you, it’s got nothing to do with them, it’s very much your fault.

No refunds.

‘Their ridiculous riffs build and build until you can’t help laughing… Simple but just great’  Guardian

‘Skinner (Angelos) and Alex Lowe (Barry) leave their dignity at the door…  A ramshackle hour of quirky laughs’ Evening Standard

‘They are an extension of a rich comic tradition, offering a generous handful of hilarious moments in this show’ Chortle

@Epithemiou @barryfromwat

www.facebook.com/angelosandbarry

Sean McLoughlin: You Can’t Ignore Me Forever – Work-in-Progress
May
27
9:30 pm21:30

Sean McLoughlin: You Can’t Ignore Me Forever – Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

Come witness the resurrection of ‘the best comedian you haven’t heard of’ (Time Out) ★★★★ ‘One brilliant punchline after another’ (The List) ★★★★ 

‘Hilarious and painfully revelatory’ (Chortle). As seen on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central’ and ‘Comedy Central Live At The Comedy Store’.

David Earl as Brian Gittins: Don't Feed the Monkey Man – Work-in-Progress
May
27
9:30 pm21:30

David Earl as Brian Gittins: Don't Feed the Monkey Man – Work-in-Progress

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £7

David Earl’s alter ego, Brian Gittins is an utter prat and according to the Sussex Argus, ‘The World’s Worst Comedian’. However, Brian’s not having any of it and he’s back with a live show (sponsored by Chimp Chips - Chips made for Chimps). It promises dancing, singing and Knock Knock jokes about an elderly lady called Joan McEnroe (sounds like John McEnroe). As well as all that there will be a section exclusively for frustrated audience members at the end of the evening called ‘Heckle Gittins’. So, if you like watching a 42 year old man prancing around like a moron, come and see the newly invigorated Brian before he’s bedridden with performance anxiety.

David Earl is star of ‘Derek’ (Channel 4), ‘Gittins’ (Channel 4), ‘Cumbo’ (Channel 4), ‘Extras’ (BBC), star and co-writer of ‘Rovers’ (Sky 1).

Chortle Award Character Act nominee 2013 / 2014

‘One of the best comedy characters of the decade’ Ricky Gervais

‘A true original, and breathtakingly funny with it’ Guardian

‘Very funny and horrifically distressing’ Independent

Adam Riches: Work-in-Progress
May
28
1:30 pm13:30

Adam Riches: Work-in-Progress

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £6

A rare opportunity to see ubiquitous character comic Adam Riches debut some brand new material for the very last time.

With a script in his hand and a heart in his mouth, only some of the personas you meet today will actually grow up to make something of their lives. 

So come witness bits come to life and ideas grind to a halt as we all kneel down by the river of creativity and pan for gold.

2011 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Stewart Lee: Content Provider
May
28
1:30 pm13:30

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

  • Cedars Hall

TICKETS £16

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TWO ACT SHOW WITH INTERVAL

After four years writing and performing his TV show ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’, ‘Content Provider’ is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning ‘Carpet Remnant World’.

‘The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt’ ★★★★★ The Times

‘Characteristically twisty and frequently brilliant’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘Venomously funny’ ★★★★ Standard

‘The delusional ravings of a man who has lost his way in the world’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Age guidance: 16+

Show duration: approx 1 hour 50 mins plus interval

Presented by David Johnson & John Mackay in association with DAA Management

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Ben Target: Lions! And Tigers! And Ben Target! Work-in-Progress
May
28
1:30 pm13:30

Ben Target: Lions! And Tigers! And Ben Target! Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

Oh my! I tried to write a show about growing up but I got distracted and wrote a show about my balls. Enjoy! 

‘Impressively funny’ Scotsman 

‘Maverick physical comedian (and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee)’ Guardian 

‘Just imagine there was no Ben Target. The world would unquestionably be a darker, less interesting place’ Chortle

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout The Words Real Loud
May
28
3:30 pm15:30

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout The Words Real Loud

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £10

A comedy show about history, democracy and capitalism.

As seen on ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’. Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2015 and 2016. Rose d’Or winner – Best Radio Comedy. Sell out show 2014, 2015 and 2016.

‘Utterly brilliant’ ★★★★★ Time Out

‘A masterclass by a no-frills standup at the height of his powers’ ★★★★ The Guardian

Best reviewed show of 2015 – British Comedy Guide
Top Ten Comedy shows of 2015 – The Guardian
The five best comedy acts of 2015 – The Telegraph

nishkumar.co.uk
@MrNishKumar
facebook.com/NishKumarComedy

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Simon Munnery: Work-in-Progress
May
28
3:30 pm15:30

Simon Munnery: Work-in-Progress

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £8

Chortle Award winner, British Comedy Award nominee, and serial innovator SIMON MUNNERY shares the workings of his brand new, Edinburgh Fringe-bound, stand-up hour. As seen on BBC2’s ‘Culture Show’ and heard on Radio 4’s ‘News Quiz’, amongst others. 

‘A genuine innovator in the land of the same, and an annual must see for any comedy connoisseur’ The Guardian

‘Simon Munnery is as bold and brilliant as ever’ ★★★★★ The Scotsman 

Bec Hill: Work-in-Progress
May
28
3:30 pm15:30

Bec Hill: Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

Comedian, presenter and professional fool (profoolssional), Bec Hill, brings an hour of new (and old) material, musing on technology, eggs and other awesome subjects. May contain pop-ups.

‘Bec Hill: exuberant, daft and inventive’ ★★★★ Scotsman

‘There’s something special about Bec Hill’ ★★★★ Times

Picture © Steve Ullathorne

Fin Taylor: Work-in-Progress
May
28
5:30 pm17:30

Fin Taylor: Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

The most-talked about comedian at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe is back with a new show. How many ways are there to make you laugh and hate yourself at the same time?! A fully paid-up member of the metropolitan elite hangs his own people out to dry. 

★★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★★ Chortle
★★★★ The Independent

‘Actively controversial and intelligently offensive… political, but no less funny for his message. Will leave you in stitches’ Edinburgh Festivals 

‘A provocative, passionate and privilege-checking hour… brutally funny’ Chortle 

‘Taylor has written a big, bold hour of stand-up… thought-provoking and side-splitting’ The Independent

Picture © James Deacon

Jayde Adams: 31
May
28
5:30 pm17:30

Jayde Adams: 31

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £6

NOMINEE: LASTMINUTE.COM EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS – BEST NEWCOMER 2016

I was probably about seven years old when I first went on a stage in front of people. Disco dancing in a matching skin-tight sequinned lycra onesie with my sister, which our Mum made. She was a good dancer. I wasn’t. I didn’t have any confidence. A lot has changed.

I always used to think that other people knew the secret to being happy and if I followed their steps, I too could achieve it. It wasn’t until I reached 31 that I realised that being myself, a total dick head, was my route to happiness. This is a funny show about finding the confidence to be totally myself after 31 years of trying to be other people.

Jayde Adams is ‘Britain’s funniest woman comic’ (Daily Mail), ‘a fearless force of nature’ (Independent) and ‘the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact’ (Dawn French).

Jayde’s show was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. She also won the Funny Women Award in 2014.

‘An unmissable Fringe Gem, uncut, sparkling and precious’
★★★★★ Scotsgay

‘A flawless show from accomplished comedian Jayde Adams, 31 is a stunning blend of side-splitting comedy and heart-wrenching storytelling’
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

‘Adams has a highly original voice and is unafraid to mix lowbrow, explicit anecdotes with the emotionally intimate’
★★★★★ Three Weeks

‘There is a hell of a lot in this performance. Adams jokes that she’s an “octuple threat“, but it’s not that idle a boast. She has caught many of the audience unawares and the standing ovation she receives is very well earned’
★★★★★ TV Bomb

★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★★TV Bomb
★★★★★ SG Fringe
★★★★★ Funny Women
★★★★★ Fringe Biscuit
★★★★ Arts Award Voice
★★★★ The Independent

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro
May
28
5:30 pm17:30

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £8

In 2003 Kieran Hodgson heard the music of Gustav Mahler and decided to write a symphony. 13 years later, Kieran returns with a violin and a story about falling in love and attempting something far beyond your abilities.

Following a sell-out tour and BBC Radio 4 adaptation of last year’s ‘Lance’, Hodgson returns with his second Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated smash-hit character comedy show.

Edinburgh Comedy Award best show nominee – 2016 and 2015. Star of Radio 4’s ‘Lance’ and seen in BBC2’s ‘Upstart Crow’ and ‘Dad’s Army: We’re Doomed’.

‘A whip-smart, intensely personal paean to following one’s heart - in which the next big laugh is never more than a semiquaver away’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

‘Hodgson’s ample narrative, comic and performing skills combine in perfect harmony’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘This funny heartwarming show sends you out humming with happiness’ ★★★★ The Times

Presented by Show And Tell

www.showandtelluk.com / @show_and_tell 

Paul Foot: ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Piglet
May
28
7:30 pm19:30

Paul Foot: ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Piglet

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £10

In Paul’s first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism. Plus Ant ’n Dec, Immigration X-Factor and breakfast. The multi-award winning Mr Foot has appeared on numerous TV and Radio programmes including ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, ‘Would I Lie To You’, ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’, ‘If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ on BBC Radio4.

‘Utterly outlandish, but beneath layers of absurdity is Foot’s sharp eye for satire’ Time Out

‘He’s a comedy whirlwind from the school of Spike Milligan…… It’s risky to call someone unique, but Foot is certainly pretty close’ Three Weeks

‘Sublime, original and brilliant’ Independent

‘Unobtrusively masterful stuff’ The Scotsman

Picture © Steve Ullathorne

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Reset
May
28
7:30 pm19:30

James Acaster: The Trelogy – Reset

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £12

Part 3 of The Trelogy

James Acaster finds himself with something to look forward to. Something he’s always wanted. Something we all want.

Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012

‘There’s no one better at constructing a show than Acaster’ Guardian

‘Comic genius’ Evening Standard

‘A bright and unique comedy mind’ Chortle

‘He really is rewriting the comedy rulebook’ Time Out

‘Continues to stun with boundless creativity and technical mastery’ The Scotsman

‘If Oxford wants to study stand-up in depth, Acaster is a good place to start’ Sunday Times

www.jamesacaster.com

@jamesacaster

Stewart Lee: Content Provider
May
28
7:30 pm19:30

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

  • Cedars Hall

Tickets £16

Extra show added: Sunday May 28, 1.30pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TWO ACT SHOW WITH INTERVAL

After four years writing and performing his TV show ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’, ‘Content Provider’ is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning ‘Carpet Remnant World’.

‘The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt’ ★★★★★ The Times

‘Characteristically twisty and frequently brilliant’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘Venomously funny’ ★★★★ Standard

‘The delusional ravings of a man who has lost his way in the world’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Age guidance: 16+

Show duration: approx 1 hour 50 mins plus interval

Presented by David Johnson & John Mackay in association with DAA Management

Picture © Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Also appearing on Saturday May 27, 7.30pm

Alfie Brown: Work-in-Progress
May
28
7:30 pm19:30

Alfie Brown: Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

Critically acclaimed, berated and ill; Alfie Brown presents a new hour of brilliant stand-up. His trademark mix of charm and fury put to outstanding use in this show featuring the intellectual filth and puerile philosophising we've come to expect over the years. 

‘Alfie Brown has evolved into an extraordinarily impressive comic’ ★★★★ The Scotsman 

‘A superb return to form for a room-splitting talent’ ★★★★ Brian Donaldson, The List 

‘Thrilling… extremely funny… a distinctive dissenting voice’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

Picture © Mark Dawson Photography

Lou Sanders: Work-in-Progress
May
28
9:30 pm21:30

Lou Sanders: Work-in-Progress

  • Globe Inn

Tickets £6

Lou Sanders talks about her most shameful experiences and somehow fits it into fifty minutes. This lil shame pig has been ever so busy creating a mud bank of sexual and social shame – but just like a swan rising from the ashes, she will reclaim it, own it and do a show about it. And the good news is her escapades are going to make you feel so smuggly and snuggly about your own life choices.

Lou has just had her second appearance on ‘Alan Davies As Yet Untitled’, and recently starred in ‘Live from the BBC’. Her TV stand-up includes sets on ABC1’s ‘Comedy Up Late’ and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’. Lou has written for ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’, ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Stand Up for the Week’ and ‘Miranda’.

‘Destined for hugeness’ Time Out

‘Something new is happening in comedy’ Independent

‘Genuinely different’ Scotsman

★★★★ Fest
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ Scotsman
★★★★ British Comedy Guide
★★★★ Chortle
★★★★ Funny Women
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals
★★★★ Scotsgay
★★★★ Spoonfed

Photo © Mark Dawson Photography

Jamali Maddix: Work-in-Progress
May
28
9:30 pm21:30

Jamali Maddix: Work-in-Progress

  • White Hart Hotel

Tickets £6

After a total sell out run at last year’s Edinburgh Festival with his debut hour, Jamali is putting together his next solo show.  As seen on ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ and his own series on Viceland.  

‘If you are easily offended stay away. If you think you’re not, prepare to be challenged’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine  

‘Something to offend everyone’ ★★★★ The Sunday Times 

Comedians Cinema Club: Hot Fuzz
May
28
9:30 pm21:30

Comedians Cinema Club: Hot Fuzz

  • Wells Little Theatre

Tickets £6

Yarp. In what is fast becoming a festival tradition, closing the weekend once again are the Comedians Cinema Club with their chaotic, alcohol-fuelled reinterpretation of Wells’ very own ‘Hot Fuzz’. The full film, improvised live on stage, by a bunch of comedians, for the greater good (the greater good).

So bring your notebooks, polish off your helmets and prepare to bring the noise – here come the fuzz.

More about the Comedians Cinema Club:

The Comedians Cinema Club is a sure-fire blockbuster hit if you’re looking for a good laugh. Created by Eric Lampaert – who appears alongside regulars Will Seaward and Matthew Highton, plus a whole host of their funny friends – these movies are brash, hilarious and nothing like the originals.