• 4 Days, 21 Shows

    Shrewsbury

    International Comedy Festival
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Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival 2018

Dan Nightingale

Line up Compere

Dan Nightingale is widely regarded as one of the best performers working on the comedy circuit today. Mixing fiendishly accurate observation with energetic characterisations and killer punch lines, his comedy is original, playful, intelligent, poignant and exciting; sometimes ridiculous… but always hilarious.

Buy Tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/festival-jesters

Lost Voice Guy

Line up Performer

Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy can't talk but isn’t silent. He is (probably) the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid.He won the BBC New Comedy Award 2014 and has been commissioned to write a sitcom for BBC Radio 4, which is titled 'Ability'.

Since making his first stand up performance in February 2012, Ridley has already gained quite a reputation for being both very funny and very unique. He has been described as “a wonderful comedian” by Little Britain’s Matt Lucas and has warmed up for the likes of Ross Noble, Patrick Kielty, Jason Manford and Jason Cook.

He has gigged all over the UK at places like The Stand, Manford’s Comedy Club, Jongleurs, The Frog and Bucket, The Glee Club, The Comedy Store as well as many independent clubs. He has featured on the BBC, CNN, The Independent, The Sun and The Mail on Sunday. An article about him in The Guardian said that finding humour in strange places was one of his strengths. His first comedy sketch premièred in December 2012. In 2013, he took his first ever solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has performed a show there every year since. He has also acted and appeared on many television and radio programmes including BBC One’s The One Show, The One Show’s Edinburgh showcase, and Scot Squad. Buy Tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/festival-jesters

Rob Deering

Line up Performer

Rob Deering performs stand-up comedy with music, using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice to create impressive rock and pop soundscapes – and do jokes, of course. Along with being one of the most in-demand headliners on the UK circuit, he’s toured nationally and performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe many times since starting out in comedy in the year 2000. His late-night, live-music comedy pop quiz Beat This is a festival institution, on London’s South Bank, at Wales’ Green Man and many more besides Edinburgh.

Rob has performed throughout the world, in shows from the Middle East to Melbourne, Shanghai to the South of France, and he has appeared on any number of Radio and TV shows, often using his extensive knowledge of film, popular music and… well, ‘general’; he has won Celebrity Mastermind and a comedians’ special of the Weakest Link on BBC One, for example.

He also recently ran all over Britain for BBC 6 Music. Yes, Rob runs, presenting the podcast Running Commentary with fellow running comic Paul Tonkinson, and fundraising for his favoured charity Parkinson’s UK; he has run seven marathons. He produces and hosts Parkinson’s UK’s annual gig Shake With Laughter at London’s Comedy Store, where he is also a regular member of the Cutting Edge topical comedy team. Buy Tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/festival-jesters

Rob Kemp

The Elvis Dead

Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods via Graceland, to witness: Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley.

Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. This loving tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror… and the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an idea.

Brilliantly executed. Buy tickets here - http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/the-elvis-dead

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Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival 2017

Greg Davies

Local Hero and Top Comedian

Greg Davies is a Welsh stand-up comedian and actor known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang, Mr. Gilbert in The Inbetweeners and Ken Thompson in Cuckoo, as well as for his guest appearances in Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You? and Fast and Loose. He has performed on the BBC's Live at the Apollo series.

In 2005 Davies played a caricature of cricketer W. G. Grace in a series of adverts for Channel 4's television coverage of The Ashes. In 2007 Davies was nominated three times in the Chortle Awards, in the categories "Breakthrough Act" (for his solo stand-up act), "Best Sketch, Variety or Character Act", and "Best Full-Length Show" (both as part of sketch team We Are Klang). In 2010 Davies' first solo stand-up show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog was nominated for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival. The show was subsequently taken on his first ever tour the following autumn. He was also nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe's Malcolm Hardee "Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid" Award.

From October 2013 Davies starred in Channel 4's sitcom Man Down, as Dan, a man who hates his job as a teacher, with Rik Mayall as his father. Channel 4 commissioned an additional 25-minute Christmas special before the first series aired, and a second series was announced during Davies's live tour "The Back of My Mum's Head", although this was before Rik Mayall's death in June 2014. Following Mayall's death, Davies met with Channel 4 to discuss the future of the show. Mayall had been intended to have a more a prominent role in the second series. Channel 4 later announced that Man Down would return for a second series in 2015. The classroom used in the show is the same classroom in which Davies taught at Sandhurst School. In December 2015 Davies starred in BBC Two's comedy drama A Gert Lush Christmas where he played Tony, the uncle of Russell and Kerry Howard's characters. On Christmas Day he played King Hydroflax in the 2015 Doctor Who Special "The Husbands of River Song" In July 2015 Davies was the host of the Dave show Taskmaster, referred to as the Taskmaster himself.

Joe Lycett

Gala Show performer and WIP Performer

Joe Lycett is a British comedian. He has appeared on TV shows including Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win.

Lycett was the 2009 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, the runner-up in the 2009 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, and a finalist in the 2011 BBC New Comedy Awards. In 2012, his debut stand-up show Some Lycett Hot was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Lycett has appeared on television on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Spicks and Specks and Virtually Famous, and was a regular panellist on the E4 show Dirty Digest. He has also co-written narration on ITV2 show The Magaluf Weekender. Lycett featured on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Christmas Special with Jason Manford, Rev Richard Coles and Jo Joyner. Lycett also starred as one of the contestants in the fourth series of Taskmaster.

On the radio he has been a guest on Scott Mills, Greg James and Nick Grimshaw's programmes on BBC Radio 1 and on Richard Bacon's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. In August 2011 he wrote and performed the short story Spooky and the Van which was broadcast in the Afternoon Reading slot on BBC Radio 4. In August 2013 he made his debut on Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4. In September 2016 he took over from Miles Jupp as the host of "It's Not What You Know (radio series)", also on BBC Radio 4. Lycett was also known as "the resident news hound" on Josh Widdicombe's XFM radio show, which was broadcast on Saturday (and later Sunday) mornings.

Terry Alderton

Gala Show Performer

Terry Alderton is an English comedian who had acting and presenting roles in the early 2000s before returning to stand-up comedy a decade later.

Alderton began his career as a goalkeeper with Southend United. Later he moved on to comedy. In 2004 the club re-signed him after injuries weakened their squad, following his performance in goal for the Celebrities team in the Sky One reality television series, The Match. In 1999, Alderton was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award. Later that year, television producer Johnny Finch himself attempted to launch his own BBC TV show dedicated to video games titled Bleeding Thumbs. The series would have run between 1999 and 2000, and had hoped to emulate the success the 1990s Channel 4 show GamesMaster achieved, which Finch was on the production team of as well as being a co-commentator. Two pilots were created hosted by Dermot O'Leary and Kate Thornton, and then Alderton accompanying Thornton, the commissioning editor decommissioned the show claiming that "People want to play games, not watch them".

Alderton went on to present the National Lottery show Red Alert with Lulu later that year. In 2001, he hosted The Joy of Text with Ulrika Jonsson. He has also presented his own show on Capital Radio called Terry's Turnstiles. He was also confirmed as a presenter on Setanta Sports News channel. He also appeared on the Comedy Central show Comedy Store.

Abandoman

Gala Show Performers

Winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and the Adelaide Fringe Festival “Best Comedy – Newcomer” award, Abandoman create musical songs and sketches at lightening speed based on audience interaction.  Come to the show, drop your suggestions in the ring and watch as Abandoman make musical magic. No two shows will ever be the same.The last four years have seen Abandoman tour with multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran, headline comedy stages at every major UK music festival (including Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Leeds & Reading), host London’s St Patrick’s Day event to over 15,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square, and be named out of over 2000 acts as the Sunday Times’ “Best Musical Act” of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

Abandoman perform extensively in both the UK and abroad. They have sold out runs at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and this year will perform in Hong Kong, America, and numerous destinations in Europe. Their most recent show, “Hot Desk” sold out two years in a row to a capacity audience at one of the Edinburgh Festival’s largest venues, and has since toured all over the world. They have appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Al Porter Show (RTE), The Ray D’Arcy Show (RTE), BBC3′s Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, BBC2′s The Stephen K Amos Show, on Sky Arts as part of their Latitude coverage and many radio shows, including BBC Radio 1′s Fun And Filth Cabaret, alongside Paloma Faith and Nick Grimshaw.

Abandoman are a favourite on the comedy, music and corporate circuits on account of their ability to interact with an audience in an unparalleled fashion. Watch your guests be turned into heroes, and watch the astonished faces of their peers as never-to-be-repeated songs captivate and enthral the crowd.

Spencer Jones

Gala Show Performer

Spencer Jones is an English actor, comedian and writer. Jones has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the UK with his one-man show. He was co-creator and co-star of the CBBC comedy Big Babies, and has a regular role in the sitcom Upstart Crow.

Jones co-created with Jon Riche and co-starred in Big Babies for CBBC in 2010. The series was nominated for the BAFTA award for best children's comedy that year. In 2011 he appeared in the play Wedding Band at the Edinburgh Fringe. Jones first performed his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe in Bob Slayer's Bookshop in 2014, performing as his character, The Herbert. In 2015 he came joint second (with Jenny Collier) in the New Act of the Year final. He won the Comedian's Choice award (also known as The Barry Award) for both "best show" and "best performer" the same year for his Edinburgh, The Herbert In Proper Job at Heroes of Fringe venue, TheHive. In 2015 Jones wrote and starred in the comedy short Spencer Jones's Christmas for Sky TV's on demand service, which won the 2016 Broadcast Digital Award for Best Scripted Online Short. Jones performed his comedy act on British television for the first time in Live from the BBC, which was broadcast on BBC Two in March 2016. In 2016 he was nominated for "breakthrough act" and "music and variety award" in the Chortle Awards. However, these categories were won by Joseph Morpurgo and Pippa Evans, respectively.

Jones plays Shakespearean actor William Kempe in the sitcom Upstart Crow, which was broadcast on BBC Two beginning in May 2016. Jones plays the character as a parody of Ricky Gervais using his manner and speech patterns. He was asked to play the character this way to draw a comparison between Kempe, a popular comic actor of the 16th century, and Gervais in the present day; according to the show's producer Gareth Evans, "what we tried to show was that every era has its own maverick comedy guy who's slightly ahead of his time and is following the beat of a slightly different drum".

Mrs Barbara Nice

Gala Show Performer

'Barbara Nice - ordinary housewife extraodinaire - has given up the domestic bliss of Tupperware and Poundstretcher shops for the unpredictability of the comedy circuit (her husband thinks she's at the bingo). No audience is too rowdy for her to handle - she's already raised five teenagers. She believes in bargains, Take a Break magazine, getting the most from life. Oh and Stage-diving! This well observed comedy character is so likeable that she draws even the most cynical of audiences and takes them along for a ride. 'A hybrid between Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton' - The Times.

Adam Rowe

Unbearable - Old Post Office - 9.30PM

Adam Rowe is unbearable. Self indulgent, arrogant, and prides himself on an ability to make absolutely anything about himself. When bad stuff happens in his life and the life of people around him, his immediate reaction is to write a joke about it. But just how far can he take that? This show is where we'll find out. Join Adam for a brand new hour of his trademark: no holds barred, heavily opinionated and brutally honest, soul bearing stand-up.

Paul 'Silky' White

Live Out Loud [Family Show]- Old Market Hall - 1PM

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. He sold-out his show, not shoe, at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and picked 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.

Joe Lycett

WIP - St. Nicholas Bar - 4pm

Joe Lycett is a British comedian. He has appeared on TV shows including Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win.

Lycett was the 2009 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, the runner-up in the 2009 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, and a finalist in the 2011 BBC New Comedy Awards. In 2012, his debut stand-up show Some Lycett Hot was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Lycett has appeared on television on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Spicks and Specks and Virtually Famous, and was a regular panellist on the E4 show Dirty Digest. He has also co-written narration on ITV2 show The Magaluf Weekender. Lycett featured on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Christmas Special with Jason Manford, Rev Richard Coles and Jo Joyner. Lycett also starred as one of the contestants in the fourth series of Taskmaster.

On the radio he has been a guest on Scott Mills, Greg James and Nick Grimshaw's programmes on BBC Radio 1 and on Richard Bacon's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. In August 2011 he wrote and performed the short story Spooky and the Van which was broadcast in the Afternoon Reading slot on BBC Radio 4. In August 2013 he made his debut on Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4. In September 2016 he took over from Miles Jupp as the host of "It's Not What You Know (radio series)", also on BBC Radio 4. Lycett was also known as "the resident news hound" on Josh Widdicombe's XFM radio show, which was broadcast on Saturday (and later Sunday) mornings.

Phil Nichol

Phil Nichol - Old Post Office - 2.30pm

Brexit - Your wrong. Trump - Your wrong. Twitter- Your wrong. Tinder - Your wrong. Grammar - Your wrong. Edinburgh Award Winner PHIL NICHOL has made mistakes and so have you. Not coming to this show would be another one for both of you.

Pippa Evans

Joy Provision - Old Market Hall - 4.15pm

Olivier Award winner (as part of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Chortle Award winner PIPPA EVANS comes to Shrewsbury to try out some new jokes and songs. Come have your fun levels optimised by "a comic genius" (Telegraph) and Radio 4 regular. As seen on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Drunk History.

Matt Richardson

Slash - Old Market Hall - 8pm

A lot has happened to MATT RICHARDSON since his last tour over four years ago. A lot of it is quite strange. Most comedians hope to win accolades, very few end up with Heat Magazines Weird Crush trophy. The show isn't going to change your political world view, but an hour of fast paced, quite rude stand-up and "High Wattage Charisma" (Guardian) from the "Hilarious and Charming" (The Mirror) host of Virgin Radio's Drive-time show, The Xtra Factor and Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live! and seen on Big Brother's Bit on the Side, Celebrity Juice, Nevermind The Buzzcocks, and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!

Abandoman's Rob Broderick

The musical in my mind - Old Market Hall - 4.30pm

Rob Broderick is a man with a dream - to write the world's biggest hip hop musical. Join him for a beautiful combination of hip hop, comedy and animation, in a show that's two parts Drake, one part Disney. With poetic flourish, Rob dances between playing the part of introspective rapper, pop culture commentator and all-out musical surrealist. "Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile" chortle.co.uk

Tom Wrigglesworth

New Bits & Greatest Hits - Old Post Office - 6.45pm

Tom Wrigglesworth is an established Stand-Up comedian, Radio and TV presenter and voice-over artist from Sheffield, England. He is best known for his live storytelling shows and BBC Radio comedy programmes which take a comical and emotional look at family relationships.

Alongside his comedy work, he’s used his engineering background to become a natural and engaging presenter for BBC Television and The Discovery Channel.

He is also known for his uncanny resemblance to record breaking Quarter-Back Aaron Rodgers. Tom visited Green Bay to meet his doppleganger and a short movie by NFL Films covering his trip became a viral Youtube hit.

About the Event

Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival

Be they Edinburgh Festival bound or preparing for tours, all performers at SIC Festival are at the top of their craft. In the space of a couple of hours you may see one of the circuit’s best known acts working & moulding their material ‘on the hoof’ then you may just be watching the next big thing before they hit the big time. The Gala Show on Sunday will be, without doubt, the strongest line up of comedians ever assembled in Shrewsbury, with some of the country’s BIGGEST names on board..

Schedule

Comedy Festival Schedule

Day-1 July-21st
8.00 PM
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin - 01/02

The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury.

9.30 PM
Adam Rowe
Adam Rowe - Unbearable

The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury.

Day-2 July-22nd
12.30 PM
Keith Farnan
Keith Farnan - Kidocracy

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury.

1.45 PM
Glenn Wool
Glenn Wool - Viva Forever

St. Nicholas Bar.

3 PM
Tony Cowards
Milo McCabe as Troy Hawke - The Talented Mr Hawke

The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

4.15 PM
Tony Cowards
Pippa Evans - Joy Provision

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury

5.30 PM
Tony Cowards
Charlie Baker - Hit Polisher

St. Nicholas Bar, Shrewsbury

6.45 PM
Tony Cowards
Tom Wrigglesworth - New bits and Greatest Hits - SOLD OUT

The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

8.00 PM
Tony Cowards
Matt Richardson - Slash

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury

9.15 PM
Tony Cowards
Gein's family gift shop - Volume 3

St. Nicholas Bar, Shrewsbury

10.30 PM
Tony Cowards
Tony Cowards - Daft Pun

The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

Day-3 July-23rd
1.00 PM
Keith Farnan
Paul 'Silky' White - Live Out Loud

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury.

2.30 PM
Glenn Wool
Phil Nichol - Your Wrong

Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

4.00 PM
Tony Cowards
Joe Lycett - Work in Progress - SOLD OUT

St. Nicholas Bar, Shrewsbury

4.30 PM
Adam Rowe
Abandoman's Rob Broderick - The Musical in my Mind

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury

7.30 PM
Tony Cowards
Gala Show

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

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Theatre Severn

Address: Frankwell Quay, SY3 8FT

Phone: 01743 281281

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Old Post Office

Address: 1, Milk Street, SY 1SZ

Phone: 01743 236019

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Old Market Hall

Address: The Square, SY1 1LH

Phone: 01743 281281

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St. Nicholas Bar

Address: 24, Market St, SY1 1BQ

Phone: 01743 588110

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