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LATEST EVENTS: Bath Comedy Festival

See www.bathcomedy.com for the full festival line-up and more information.

Friday 28th March, 2014

Festival Opening Night Gala - starring Nick Harper, James Alderson, Tina Turner Tea Lady, Arthur Smith


Date: Friday 28th March, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

click to book online

A Fabulous Music and Comedy Cabaret to kick start Bath Comedy Festival with a host of top talent in our favourite venue!

James Alderson
Effervescent and exuberant, James draws on his life experiences as a 30-something with hilarious observations and a self-deprecating style, the crowd always laughing with him all the way.

Recent support for Jo Brand & as seen on Channel 4's 'Eye Spy'
"Proper funny! Made me howl laughing." - Paul McCaffrey, BBC3

Tina Turner Tea Lady
"Turbo- Charged" - The Evening Standard
"Mrs Overall meets Beyonce: A definite Crowd Pleaser" - Beyond The Joke
"Cheesy, camp and surprisingly refreshing" - Chortle

Arthur Smith
Comedian, broadcaster, ghost walker and famously grumpy old man, Arthur is now a Patron of Bath Comedy Festival.
He might be persuaded to sing a Leonard Cohen song, unless someone outbids the current offer in order to stop him...

Nick Harper
Son of legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick grew up surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour, and it was no surprise when he began touring himself.
A soulful voice, passionate, wild guitar playing and a charmingly caustic wit provide for a hugely entertaining show. His unique mixture of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado has been thrilling audiences for years, and has gained him much praise for both his own compositions, and the well-loved covers he makes his own, from Presley to Python, Zappa to Zeppelin.

"Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place" - The Times
"Prepare to be captivated by a colossal talent" ***** - Herald
"Nick is the closest thing we've got to Lewis Carroll. His songs are the musical equivalent ofthe Looking Glass, peer through and you find a fantastical, magical world. Not always sugar sweet but forever different" - Maverick

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576141



Links: http://www.harperspace.com
http://www.tinatealady.com
http://www.arthursmith.co.uk
http://www.jamesalderson.net

You Tube footage:




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.32

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Saturday 29th March, 2014

Arthur Smith - The Evil Ghost of Alexandra Park


Date: Saturday 29th March, 2014
Venue: Alexandra Park
Doors: TBC
Price: TBC

There is not an evil ghost in Alexandra Park, there are several.

Festival legend Arthur Smith tells a tale of lust, murder, redemption and sherbert.

Anyone wearing odd socks gets a prize.


Hardeep Singh Kohli - Hardeep Is Your Love?


Date: Saturday 29th March, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 6pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Following a limited run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, the comedian, broadcaster, journalist, and chef takes his hilarious stand up show on the road this Spring.

In addition to being a regular voice on BBC Radio 4, Hardeep has also been seen on television shows ranging from Question Time & This Week to The One Show & Celebrity Masterchef.

Join Hardeep as he offers his take on life, love and finding romance in middle age.

"Immensely funny" - Daily Express

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/551820




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.21

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden


Date: Saturday 29th March, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 8pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs with interval
Price: £14 / £12 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Expect comedy songs and gags galore from this well loved double act, here once again to prove they're still alive and old's cool...

Barry has, rightfully, garnered a healthy respect for his legendary comedy writing: Morecombe & Wise, Tommy Cooper, Kenny Everett, Bob Hope and Jack Benny being a mere handful of household names who've profited from his fecund pen.
As a working standup he still continues to travel the country performing solo shows and touring a live version of Radio 4's comedy flagship of 42 years(!) "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue"

Under his real name Tony De Meur, Ronnie was lead singer/guitarist/songwriter for seminal cult rock band Fabulous Poodles who achieved a degree of fame and notoriety in The States resulting in them outselling both The Clash and The Jam over there back in the late 70s. He has since carved several careers for himself as (Oscar nominated!) songwriter, musician and standup.

Their two hour live show features Barry's formidable collection of one-liners and tall stories alongside Ronnie's amazingly versatile musicianship and awesome array of musical impressions.

Their comic songs take in the unlikeliest of themes - assisted suicide, mobile phone frustrations, freedom passes and...John Prescott!

"This pair are two of the best at what they do, possibly because they're the only ones who do what they do" - The Mirror

"Two of comedy's most fabled masters" - Festival Times

"I laughed incontinently" - Guardian

A Nick Steel presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/569272




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.28

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Sunday 30th March, 2014

Martin Mor - Funny Stuff For Happy People


Date: Sunday 30th March, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 1pm for 1.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

click to book online

Kids! Do you need somewhere to take your adults without them getting bored and going in a huff?

Bring them to FUNNY STUFF FOR HAPPY PEOPLE where the adults can have just as good a time as the kids.

An hour of comedy, circus, storytelling, poetry and stupid science.

There will be shouting, cheering, laughing, some fart jokes and prizes to win.

This show is suitable for children and adults of all ages. (NB Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Martin has been a professional performer for almost 30 years, and has performed all over the known world.

"A comedy institution" - Guardian
"World class" - Scotsman
"Terrifically funny" - Skinny
"Hilarious" - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575849



Links: http://www.martinmor.com


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Larry Dean + support - Scottish Comedian of the Year


Date: Sunday 30th March, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 4.30pm for 5pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

click to book online

Larry Dean is one of the most exciting acts to come out of the circuit in years and fast winning awards up and down the country.

Just back from the Adelaide Fringe, see him now while you can!

Scottish Comedian of The Year 2013
Bath Comedy Festival New Act Winner 2013

"Irresistible chutzpah" - Chortle
"I'm sure Dean will be winning other awards in the future" - Evening Standard

A Nick Steel presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/580434




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Matt Price - Turkeygate, Tinky Winky & The Turkish Mafia


Date: Sunday 30th March, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 6.30pm for 7pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

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One of the word-of-mouth hits at Edinburgh Fringe last year, Matt wowed audiences with a story that is so daft, you just couldn't make it up.

This is a true story of a six week trip of a life time to Turkey, that all went horribly wrong. It was life changing, but not in the way that anyone could have imagined.

It features fake Ralph Lauren polo shirts, holiday reps, the Turkish Mafia, Jason Manford's brother, the bloke who played Tinky Winky (yes, the Teletubbies), the noble art of self-defence with everyday household objects, and of course, your guide through all the madness, Matt Price.

This is standup storytelling at it's very best, with the occasional slide and video clip.

"Price is a terrific comedian and a wonderful storyteller." **** Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

"Price's storytelling skills are superb." - Chortle

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575874



Links: http://mattpricecomedian.com/


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Martin Mor -
How Do You Like Your Blue-eyed Boy Mister Death?


Date: Sunday 30th March, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 8.30pm for 9pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

click to book online

In February 2013 Martin’s car crashed at high speed on the motorway.

Martin is lucky to be alive.
How would you react to being given a second chance?
Martin reacted by doing what he does best...
By making jokes about it.

A life affirming show about death.

"A comedy institution" - Guardian

"If your aim is to sit for an hour and laugh for as much as possible, you can’t go far wrong with Martin Mor." - Steve Bennet, Chortle

"A terrifically funny and amiable man, and this comes across at an unrelenting pace." - Skinny

"Mor's banter is world class" - Scotsman

"Absolutely brilliant ... hilarious at every turn" - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

"Martin is the act that has influenced me the most, the UK comedy circuit would not be the same without him." - Frankie Boyle

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575856



Links: http://www.martinmor.com


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Monday 31st March, 2014

Carey Marx - Intensive Carey


Date: Monday 31st March, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 6.30pm for 7pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

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"Mr Marx, if you have another heart attack, go immediately to a hospital. Do not, I repeat, do not, consider masturbating."

Carey Marx reviews some of his bad decisions... and reluctantly accepts that he's made some good ones too.

This show's about hospitals, a blanket, monsters, and an empty drawer. It's about people, animals and things. It's about an hour.

Witness the survival of the unfittest.

Winner of New Zealand Comedy Festival Best International Show 2009 and 2011.

"It’s a real joy to see a comic at his gleeful best" ***** Edinburgh Evening News

"His material is superbly crafted and honed to razor sharpness" ***** One4Review.com

"He can be quite brutal, in a darkly comic Quentin Tarantino kind of way" ***** Chortle

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/587035




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre -
...And So Am I


Date: Monday 31st March, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 8.30pm for 9pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Earth's funniest footwear and the stars of stage, screen & Youtube return with a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence on topics far and wide.

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are "The Abbott & Costello of the sock world" (Time Out) or "Filthy Wee Tykes" (The Scotsman). They've been called "the unparalleled pinnacle of comedy puppetry" (***** Venue magazine 2013), and now you'll see why.

After 6 sellout years at the Edinburgh Fringe and international tours from Aberdeen to Adelaide (Pick Of The Fringe 2012), Manchester to Malta, Belfast to Birmingham and all points inbetween, the Socks are bringing their new show, and the best of their favourite stuff, to Bath.

"Some of the finest-written and performed [comedy] on the Fringe." **** Edinburgh Spotlight (Aug 2013)

"Dynamic and delightful, this is not a show to be missed. **** Broadway Baby (Aug 2013)

"Superbly written, crafted and performed show" ****½ The Punch (Australia) 2012

"Had every single audience member... laughing until they cried." ***** Edinburgh Evening News Aug 2012

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581213




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Tuesday 1st April, 2014

Phil Nichol - Weary Land


Date: Tuesday 1st April, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 6.30pm for 7pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Multi award-winning festival favourite Phil Nichol comes to Bath to take you on his personal journey to The Weary Land.

A comedic, beautiful and heart-warming tale of falling in love, growing up and falling apart.

"An extraordinary performer - entrancing and alarming in equal measure." - Stage

Fringe First Winner 2011

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/587036




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

John Moloney


Date: Tuesday 1st April, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 8.30pm for 9pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

click to book online

A professional, multi award-winning comedian for over twenty years, John headlines all the major comedy clubs, festivals and theatres around the world, including the prestigious London Comedy Store.

He won 'Best Live Performer' at The London Comedy Festival twice, was nominated for 'Best Live Stand-Up' at The British Comedy Awards and included in Channel 4's 'World Top 100 Stand-Ups'.

"A wondrous array of classy gags. Comedy scholars, plus folk needing a right good laugh, can choose from a wide range of quality Moloney originals. Take your pick from droll one-liners, coruscating bits of political satire, absurdist observations, gleeful schoolboy puns and observant re-interpretations of everyday phenomena. In addition, they're all delivered with a measured dryness and quiet understatement, too. Masterly" - The Herald

"He looks every bit the professional. He is. He treats the audience with compassion, tact and intelligence in a performance that has strolling one-liners and hilarious stories" - The Stage

TV Credits: Just For Laughs Roadshow, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, They Think It's All Over, The Comedy Store, Live at Jongleurs, The Wright Stuff, Good News Week, Grumpy Old Men and numerous others.

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/572362



Links: http://www.johnmoloney.com/


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Wednesday 2nd April, 2014

Harriet Kemsley + support


Date: Wednesday 2nd April, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 6.30pm for 7pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

click to book online

The quirky stand up and winner of Bath New Act of The Year 2012 and many other competitions, blends an innocent edge with razor sharp gags in her debut show.

"A very funny new stand up" - Time Out

"Excellent Writing" - Chortle

"A hilarious combination of bashful and weird." - Three Weeks

"A quirky, very funny new stand up..her style is refreshingly original and she’s a seriously good writer." - Time Out

Rhod Gilbert’s Top Ten Comics to See (Mail on Sunday)
Pick of the Top Five Up and Coming Funny Females (The Sun)

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575916



Links: http://www.harrietkemsley.com/


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Mike Wozniak - Take The Hit


Date: Wednesday 2nd April, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 8.30pm for 9pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

click to book online

His wife's parents have moved in. Permanently. Not so much a show as a person getting out of the house. But fear not, Wozniak has more show business in his moustache than he does in his little finger. Where do you keep yours? Let's find out if we get around to it.

"Just could be the new comedy hero" - Time Out wrote that ages ago.
"Completely hilarious, highly recommended" - 3 News - they are real and based in New Zealand.

Wozniak has a total of 43 stars from an undisclosed number of reviews.

Best Show Nominee, Fosters Comedy Awards 2013

As seen on Channel 4's Man Down

"One of the top comedians to look forward to in 2014" - Sunday Times

***** The Daily Telegraph
**** Chortle
"Conceptual Triumph" **** The List
**** The Sunday Times

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/513362




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Thursday 3rd April, 2014

Neil McFarlane Tells It Like It Isn't


Date: Thursday 3rd April, 2014
Venue: The Assembly Inn
Doors: 8.30pm for 9pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: Free entry (donation on exit)

Neil McFarlane returns triumphantly to semi-consciousness on April the 3rd.

Last year at Bath Comedy Festival he painted himself into a needlessly offensive corner with an excessively constraining premise, so this year his show is named as loosely as possible in order to allow him to say pretty much any old shit that comes into his head - and hopefully make other people in the room laugh out of theirs.

The one thing which is guaranteed is that it won’t all be true. But come along, have a gin, sit down and shut up.

A Nick Steel presentation.


Friday 4th April, 2014

The Real MacGuffins


Date: Friday 4th April, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 5.30pm for 6pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Following highly acclaimed, sell-out appearances at Edinburgh, Brighton and Leicester Comedy Festivals the Real MacGuffins return to Bath with another hour-long fun-packed fiesta-thon of the MacGuffins' material.

"Hysterically funny…utterly inspired!" **** Fest Mag

"Brilliantly well-crafted" **** Chortle

After comic turns in 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' (BBC2), ‘Miranda’ (BBC1), ‘Lee Nelson's Well Funny People’ (BBC3) and the BAFTA award-winning 'Spy' (SKY1) the MacGuffins have also written for ‘That Mitchell & Webb Sound’ (BBC Radio 4).

Expect another joyous and "charmingly foolish" (Daily Telegraph) show as this dysfunctional sketch group teeter on the edge of chaos.

"Insanely witty writing" ***** Three Weeks

"Fast-paced & witty…performed with great verve & warmth" **** Arts Desk

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/587029




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Manos Kanellos - Greekonomics 2


Date: Friday 4th April, 2014
Venue: The Assembly Inn
Doors: 6.30pm for 7pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: Free entry (donation on exit)

Greek born, UK based comedian Manos Kanellos presents a show about politics, money and mousaka! See it and save the world!

"Manos offers a hysterically funny view of the Greek crisis" - Brighton Lite

"His anecdotes are full of smart, subtle humour and his jokes delicate, textured with witty punchlines. Interesting and clearly very intelligent" - The Skinny

"He is very good. His humour extends to economics, etymology and cous-cous" - The Scotsman

"See Manos, laugh and learn something along the way" - Three Weeks


Download poster:  Greekonomics_2_BCF_Poster.pdf

Silky


Date: Friday 4th April, 2014
Venue: Natural Theatre Studio
Doors: 7.30pm for 8pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £7 concs (see below *)

click to book online

A versatile, funny and hugely likeable performer, Silky has been a favourite on the comedy circuit for years.

He describes himself as a comedian, musician, writer and "all the other things people say they do when they don't really have to get up too early"

"A performer whose genuine charm captures his crowd. I urge you to go and see for yourself" ***** Three Weeks

"A very, very funny fella...just brilliant" - John Bishop

"Likeable, laidback Liverpudlian...a natural storyteller with an unforced warmth that unites the gathered group of strangers" - Chortle

"Not only is he funnier than me, but he is also better at the guitar." - Boo Hewerdine

"A f-ing genius! Hilariously funny and smart. 129 stars." - Caroline Rhea @carolinerhea

Here"s what those 129 stars look like.
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A Nick Steel presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/577141




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.07

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

An Evening With Mervyn Stutter


Date: Friday 4th April, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 7pm for 8pm show
Duration: 2hrs with interval
Price: £10 / £9 concs (see below *)

click to book online

Satirical songwriter, comedian, actor and scriptwriter, Mervyn has been making people laugh in comedy clubs, cabaret theatre, folk clubs, radio and TV for 40 years. This year he also celebrates his 28th year at Edinburgh Fringe where his 'Pick of the Fringe' show has become a real institution.

His topical songs have featured on BBC Radio shows 'It's Been A Bad Week' with Punt and Dennis (Radio 2), 'After Midnight' (Radio 5), 'Hayes On Sunday' (Radio 2) and BBC TV’s first ever daytime show 'Open Air'.

He wrote and starred in hit BBC comedy series 'Love 40 - New Balls Please' (Radio 2) "The best radio comedy programme I've heard for years" - The Observer, and the much repeated 'Getting Nowhere Fast' (Radio 4) "Written by the extremely funny Mervyn Stutter, this comedy series has a laugh every other line. Expect to see this on TV soon!" - Radio Times

His live show is irreverent, funny, affectionate, clever but clean - chats, jokes, pithy observations and lots of clever comedy songs on guitar form a joyous 90 minute show of life affirming fun.

"Celebrating the trivial and attacking the absurd he gives us a seriously funny show" - The Scotsman

"Stutter is a sharp as any, as funny as any and more informed than most" - The Times

"Hilarious songs" - The Observer

"He is brilliant - The Guardian

"The comedy voice of the Baby Boom Generation" - Daily Telegraph

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/562520



Links: http://www.mervynstutter.com


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.14

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Emily Rose - Synagogue Slut


Date: Friday 4th April, 2014
Venue: The Assembly Inn
Doors: 8.30pm for 9pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: Free entry (donation on exit)

Between bitching about synagogues and entertaining you with witty stories and songs, the "likeable and out of the ordinary" (Scotsman) Emily proves to be "utterly adorable from start to finish" (ThreeWeeks).

Honoured to be featuring the fantastic Tash Bartlett with her special synagogue material.

Being Jewish is not required, in fact is positively discorouged.


Saturday 5th April, 2014

Silky Explains Parents to Children


Date: Saturday 5th April, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 1pm for 1.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £5

click to book online

They're noisy, messy, embarassing, pains in the bum, and to top it all, they're emotionally clumsy (if not out-and-out needy).

It's about time someone told grown-ups to behave themselves. Who better than kids? A big kid. Silky.

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. No magic, no heartwarming life lessons. No processed sugar, but no tree-hugging hippy druid crap, either.

"Your shirt looks like sick" - Eve, aged 6, Glasgow

"You're silly. Go back to your Mancave and sit quietly" - Naomi aged 7, Chesterfield.

NB Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Nick Steel presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/577143




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £0.97

Henry Blofeld - TMS and All That


Date: Saturday 5th April, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 3.30pm for 4pm show
Duration: 1hr 20mins + book signing
Price: £14

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No one's views are more prickly and earth-shatteringly funny. The pompous, the politically correct, the prancing popinjays on every platform of life, are kicked unceremoniously into touch. 'Elf an' Safety are shaken until the pips squeak.

The name-dropping starts in spades with Ian Fleming in Jamaica and The Master, Noel Coward. Dear old 'Don't panic, Captain Mainwaring', Clive Dunn was another of his friends. Then Lawrence Olivier and Alec Guinness get a mention. But perhaps the tour de force is a story he tells about the old family doctor, Dr Bennett. It's a guinea-a-minute and more than an hour and a half of uncomplicated fun and laughter, which makes everyone feel a great deal better.

By the end, the entire audience is both Shaken and Stirred and positively itching for more.

"Blowers" is one of the best known and best loved sports journalists of all time. With his trademark bow-tie, his unmistakably fruity tones and his delightfully idiosyncratic observations, both on and off the cricket field, Blowers has become a national institution.

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/569086



Links: http://www.henryblofeld.co.uk


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.28

New Act Competition - Grand Final


Date: Saturday 5th April, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.30pm show
Price: £8.50

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees 40 of the best up and coming comics in the UK compete in five heats.

The nine best acts from the competition heats battle it out in tonight's grand final, judged by a panel of comedy industry heavyweights and comedians, this year including Alan Nixon, Graham Smith, Jill Edwards & Geoff Whiting.

Previous finalists include Larry Dean, Rob Beckett, Joe Lycett, Matt Richardson, Mickey Sharma, Lindsay Sharman, Harriet Kemsley and James Alderson.

Competition organiser and tonight's compere is Geoff Whiting - with 16 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. He has supported Michael McIntyre, Harry Hill, Dara O'Briain, Omid Djalili, Lee Mack, Ross Noble, Rhod Gilbert, Milton Jones, Micky Flanagan, Noel Fielding and Lee Hurst. 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.

A Mirth Control and Nick Steel presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/561145




Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.09

Sunday 6th April, 2014

Bath Comedy Festival and Ralph Oswick present -
The Red Wine Arts Trail


Date: Sunday 6th April, 2014
Venue: To be revealed
Doors: 12.30pm for 1pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £25

click to book online

JUNGLE SURVIVOR TURNS CLIPPIE!

Yes, Our famous trail has gone red this year (saves faffing round with ice!) with an all new (and some old) magical mystery tour to end all magical mystery tours! And filling the boots of last year’s guest conductor Arthur Smith is none other than the wonderful LORRAINE CHASE.

A fabulous almost-finale to the Comedy Festival featuring obscure venues (sadly not including Luton Airport), surprising interventions and a star-studded cast. Hop on the big red bus for a bumptious, boozy belter of an event that will leave you staggering (literally!)

Ms Chase is joined by renowned wine bore Godfrey Spittoon, played by former Natural Theatre supremo Ralph Oswick, on a journey encompassing places you might never dream of visiting and scenes you will never forget whilst enjoying fine wines and even a few kettle chips. Plus a grand raffle in aid of Widcombe Rising.

"Top me up with Campari, Godfrey darlin'"

This is the 7th Wine Arts Trail and is sure to sell out so book now.

NB: Grown-ups only. Doors open half an hour before the tour begins - please arrive early. Tour involves unavoidable stairs and steps and being harried for dawdling by Mr Spittoon (pronounced ‘Spoon’). Please drink sensibly.

There is another tour at 3.30pm.

Ms Chase appears subject to availability.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/551839



Download poster:  RWAT_2014_poster_v1.2.pdf


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.67

Bath Comedy Festival and Ralph Oswick present -
The Red Wine Arts Trail


Date: Sunday 6th April, 2014
Venue: To be revealed
Doors: 3pm for 3.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £25

click to book online

JUNGLE SURVIVOR TURNS CLIPPIE!

Yes, Our famous trail has gone red this year (saves faffing round with ice!) with an all new (and some old) magical mystery tour to end all magical mystery tours! And filling the boots of last year’s guest conductor Arthur Smith is none other than the wonderful LORRAINE CHASE.

A fabulous almost-finale to the Comedy Festival featuring obscure venues (sadly not including Luton Airport), surprising interventions and a star-studded cast. Hop on the big red bus for a bumptious, boozy belter of an event that will leave you staggering (literally!)

Ms Chase is joined by renowned wine bore Godfrey Spittoon, played by former Natural Theatre supremo Ralph Oswick, on a journey encompassing places you might never dream of visiting and scenes you will never forget whilst enjoying fine wines and even a few kettle chips. Plus a grand raffle in aid of Widcombe Rising.

"Top me up with Campari, Godfrey darlin'"

This is the 7th Wine Arts Trail and is sure to sell out so book now.

NB: Grown-ups only. Doors open half an hour before the tour begins - please arrive early. Tour involves unavoidable stairs and steps and being harried for dawdling by Mr Spittoon (pronounced ‘Spoon’). Please drink sensibly.

There is another tour at 1pm.

Ms Chase appears subject to availability.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/551839



Download poster:  RWAT_2014_poster_v1.2.pdf


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.67

Festival Closing Night Gala - starring John Moloney, The BelleFleurs, Stephanie Laing, Nick Hall, Nick Page (MC)


Date: Sunday 6th April, 2014
Venue: Bath Cricket Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

click to book online

A evening full of fantastic comedy and music to end the Festival on a high!

Starring:

John Moloney
A professional, multi award-winning comedian for over twenty years with numerous TV credits, John headlines major venues around the world.
"A wondrous array of classy gags...Take your pick from droll one-liners, coruscating bits of political satire, absurdist observations, gleeful schoolboy puns and observant re-interpretations of everyday phenomena...delivered with a measured dryness and quiet understatement...Masterly" - The Herald

Nick Page
With a great story-telling style, Nick is always at one with his audience and highly engaging, without resorting to hackery and old jokes or being pointlessly sweary.
"Rogueish...Bearlike and with a host of barely believable stories about life, love and brushes with the law" - The Guardian
"The very best story teller on the comedy circuit" - Rhod Gilbert

Stephanie Laing
Goofy and peculiar, Stephanie’s material is a mix of silliness, filth and unusual observations, underpinned by a disarming honesty which makes her seem charmingly vulnerable.
"Truly commanded the crowd. Disgusting and delightful in equal measure. She is definitely one to watch." - Three Weeks
"A great stand-up. Super smart in the fun way that always works magic" - Phil Kay

Nick Hall
Nick has been performing stand-up comedy since the start of 2013. His fast-paced, energetic, and hilarious style has already marked him out as one to watch. So You Think You're Funny Semi-Finalist 2013. As seen on BBC, BBC3 and BBC Radio 4.
"Crackingly original" **** The List
"Side splittingly funny" ***** ThreeWeeks
"Mad cap energy" ***** British Comedy Guide

The BelleFleurs
Bath based trio who take songs from pop, metal, rock and punk...and "fleurt" with them...close harmonies, Andrews Sisters style, brought up to date with modern songs and many comic twists.
"One of the highlights of the evening, glamorous , witty and polished entertainment" - So & So Club

A Nick Steel Presentation.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/580405



Links: http://www.johnmoloney.com
http://thebellefleurs.co.uk
http://stephanielaing.co.uk


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.32

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door



The Witches of Eastwick


Date: Tues 8th - Sat 12th April, 2014
Venue: Theatre Royal
Show times: 7.30pm Tues - Sat, 2.30pm matinees Wed & Sat

Price: £15.50 - £30.50

www.theatreroyal.org.uk or 01225 448844

Rose Bowl award winning Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society, who rehearse in Widcombe presents this fantastic musical, fizzing with excitement with memorable songs and a raunchy story.

One stormy night 3 bored divorced housewives, Alexandra, Jane and Sukie fantasise over the man of their dreams and in no time he appears in the form of the mysterious, charismatic Darryl Van Horne who wastes no time in seducing each of them in turn and moving them into his house.

Tristan Carter and Peter Blackwood returns as Director and Musical Director to take BODS' successful run of shows to new heights in this musical comedy based on the 1987 film from a novel by John Updike.

Please note this show contains adult themes and is unsuitable for children.



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