Listings: UK comedy festivals

Here are the UK comedy and fringe festivals we know about. Please get in touch via showspothq@gmail.com or on Twitter if you know of any others we should list here.

February

Leicester Comedy Festival – one of the country’s longest running comedy festivals – runs for most of February

March

Glasgow Comedy Festival – runs for a couple of weeks in the middle of March

April

Bath Comedy Festival – for just over a week at the start of April, includes shows and new comedian competitions.

May

Machynlleth Comedy Festival – a Welsh comedy festival around the first May bank holiday

Brighton Fringe – an arts festival for most of May with a lot of comedy

Derby Comedy Festival – a week over the May bank holiday weekend

June

Jesterval – first half of June – covering events in the North East

Ludlow Fringe – second half of June

Croydon Comedy Festival – mid June to end of July – Edinburgh Previews mainly

July

Guildford Fringe – for all of July in Surrey

Buxton Fringe – in Buxton, Derbyshire

Henley Fringe – a week in July in Henley-on-Thames, mixing theatre with Edinburgh Previews and other comic shows

Greater Manchester Fringe – for all of July in the Greater Manchester area

Greenwich Comedy Festival – last week of July in Greenwich, London

Cambridge Comedy Festival – a week in late July

August

The Edinburgh Fringe – just over three weeks, ending on the UK bank holiday Monday

The Camden Fringe – for all of August, in and around Camden in London

October

Birmingham Comedy Festival – for a week in early October

The Brighton Comedy Festival – a separate comedy festival, often seeing shows that had played the Edinburgh Fringe

Women in Comedy Festival – for just over a week in the Manchester area in late October – does what it says on the tin

November

Nottingham Comedy Festival – a week in early November

 

Note:¬†while we will continue to research the above, we must acknowledge Simon Caine’s post here, which tipped us off to a few we didn’t know about. Simon¬†has good advice for performers approaching comedy festivals and runs an Ask The Industry podcast for performers.