Artists

Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival 2020

Tom Stade

Gala Show Performer

Canadian Tom Stade has earned a reputation as one of the most distinctive and engaging stand-up talents around. Arriving in the UK back in 2001, he instantly made a splash on the circuit with his magnetic stage presence and first-class storytelling.

Tom's irrepressible charm translates effortlessly to TV, and he has appeared on The John Bishop Show, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. Tom was also the co-writer and co-star of Frankie Boyle’' Ch4 infamous series Tramadol Nights.

"One of the best practitioners of stand-up we’ve got. The sort of comic you could listen to all night & you suspect he’s got the material to pull that off…stand-up elite." Chortle

Steve Hughes

Gala Show performer

Australian Thrash Metal drummer, actor but mostly comedian Steve Hughes has become a legend of the global comedy circuit since his first gig way back in 1994.The self styled "Heavy Metal humorist" has delivered powerful polemics on religion, war, drug laws, health & safety, colonialism, capitalism & technology over the years and whilst the hair maybe shorter these days the light still burns bright.

Steve absolutely smashed his appearances on Live At The Apollo & Michael McIntyre's Roadshow before returning to Australia earlier in the decade but is back on the road for 2020 with his new show "Are You Serious?" - plus his appearance at our Gala Show.

Free thinking, intelligent & opinionated, we are delighted to welcome him to our Festival.

Simon Evans

Gala Show Performer

Simon Evans is one of the UK’s most respected and established comedians. He is a regular on TV and radio and particularly popular on the corporate and after dinner circuit. His TV credits include Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Stand Up for the Week.

On BBC Radio 4, Simon Evans Goes to Market has audiences delighting in his witty and insightful take on the unpromising comic territory of commodities, trading and wealth. Other BBC Radio 4 appearances include the News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive.

Simon has appeared on University Challenge – the Professionals, Celebrity Mastermind (which he won – specialist subject Sir Ernest Shackleton) and recently made his debut appearance on Question Time. ‘Sizzlingly entertaining, beautifully crafted, devastatingly funny gags’ - The Guardian

The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue

Gala show performers

Lightning fast choreography meets uber swift editing in a fantasmagorical collision of quality entertainment. An overload of velvet, sandals and multi-hued wool provides a startling accompaniment, the whole effect being that of a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face.

A comedy twosome with over two decades of mucking about behind them, we have been everywhere from New Zealand to The Falklands and Exeter to Edinburgh with many a stop in between.

This December we discovered we'd won the UK Comedy Awards, Comedian of the Year award! Yes! Us! It was voted for by our colleagues in comedy so means a lot.

Ivan Brackenbury

Gala Show Compere

A daft, inept yet adorable hospital radio DJ takes you on a hilarious broadcasting journey. This is a unique, wonderfully brilliant show, guaranteed to make you cry with laughter. The alter ego of comedian, DJ and actor Tom Binns. 'Deliciously enjoyable' (The Guardian) 'Comedy Genius' (The Times) 'Laughs per minute the funniest show'' (Time Out)· Official website tombinns.com

Adam Rowe

Festival Jesters Performer

Widely regarded as one of the most exciting, young comics in the world; Adam Rowe has risen from a prodigious newcomer to an international headline act, since his debut in 2010. He is one of the most sought after acts for all of The UK’s biggest comedy clubs & festivals, whilst he has also performed in & headlined clubs in The Middle East & The United States.

His natural, laid back persona combined with brutally honest, opinionated stand-up and his phenomenal ad-libbing ability make each of his performances unique, gloriously unpredictable and, most importantly, always hilarious.

Adam has opened for Andrew Schulz, Jason Manford & was hand-picked to support Bill Burr on the UK leg of his 2019 tour “50”, including two nights at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s completed two solo tours; ‘Unbearable’ (2017) and ‘Undeniable’ (2018), both of which sold out dates all over the UK and in 2019 he will take his third solo tour ‘Pinnacle’ on the road, before taping this show as an hour-long special in 2020​

Lauren Pattison

Festival Jesters Performer

Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2017, Lauren is a comedian, actor and writer. Her TV appearances include two episodes of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), hosting an episode of Takeshi’s Castle (Comedy Central), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), The Great Christmas Rant (ITV2), The Blame Game (BBC One Northern Ireland) and internationally on New Zealand’s 7 Days (TV3), Australia’s Comedy Up Late (ABC) and Canada’s The Stand Up Show with Katherine Ryan (The Comedy Network Canada). As an actor her credits include Drunk History (Comedy Central), Jerk (BBC3) and Climaxed (BBC3).

She can currently be heard hosting the critically acclaimed weekly podcast Conversations Against Living Miserably, produced by the TV channel Dave in partnership with the Campaign Against Living Miserably. Now in its second series, the podcast has had guests including Richard Gadd, Jenny Eclair, Lou Sanders, Dane Baptiste and Stu Goldsmith. The Guardian described the show as “funny, kind and thought-provoking.”

Lovdev Barpaga

Festival Jesters Performer

Lovdev Barpaga is a stand-up comedian and the 2017 pun champion (UK Pun Championships).

You may recognise his jovial voice, as Lovdev also found fame over the last few years presenting the popular Midlands’ breakfast show on Free Radio.

Dan Nightingale

Festival Jesters Performer

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.

Tom Houghton

Work in Progress

Brennan Reese

Happy Sad

Brennan has had a cracking few years. He was on Live At The Apollo, nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe and recently was on Celebrity Coach Trip. And yet, that little Northern, working class wordsmith is still sad…well, happy sad.

The world is getting a bit too much for him, and so, Brennan Reece (comedian, working class hero, uncle) is setting out to explore what is making him so so sad, and why he feels he has to put a on a brave face all the time. Spoiler…the thing that makes him sad is his phone. And the news. Oh, and writing blurbs in the third person, when it is so clear that it’s him…me…us.

Carl Donnelly

In The Name Of The Father, The Son, And The Holy Shit! (WIP)

Last year, Carl did a show called ’Shall We All Just Kill Ourselves?' about how hopeless the future feels. It was described as “a masterfully executed piece of comedy… impressive triumph… hilarious… ” (Shortcom). In what could be the most ironic follow up show ever, he is now due to become a father so is drastically rethinking his previous opinions and trying to work out how to prepare to bring a child into such a world.

“Spirituality doesn’t have to be a drag – and Donnelly is living proof... connecting effortlessly with his audience… a beautifully balanced performance… reminds us that even though things are looking a bit rough, we all have the power to make the world a better place.” The Scotsman ★★★★

Tom Wrigglesworth

Work in Progress

Adam Bloom

Work in Progress

Chris Washington

Work in Progress

TBC

Song Bird

VIKKI STONE is best known for her original comedy songs, but is also an actress, musician and composer. She has appeared on many TV and Radio shows, including: The John Bishop Show, BBC One, The Now Show, BBC Radio 4, This Morning, ITV, That Sunday Night Show, ITV, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here....Now, ITV 2, and many others. Vikki is a former member of the National Youth Music Theatre, and has appeared in many stage plays and musicals including Sweeney Todd, Beauty and The Beast, The Firebird and many others, as well as acting for kids TV shows such as Titch and Ted (for which also she also wrote the theme tune and incidental music), Dick and Dom's Hoopla, and CBBC's Comedy Palace. She also stars in the BBC Music film Ten Pieces II, which was in cinemas, as well as on BBC2 and CBBC. In 2011, Vikki won the Soho Theatre Stand-Up Award and her debut show the same year was nominated for Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, and her subsequent shows enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Soho Theatre as well as on tour. Vikki has recently been awarded the H100 award for Theatre and Performance and Arts Council England funding and the PRS Bliss Trust new composers bursary for her new orchestral work Concerto For Comedian And Orchestra, which is due to be performed with various orchestras throughout 2017.

TBC

THE SUNSHINE CLINIC

Troy Hawke

TILES OF THE UNEXPECTED

TROY HAWKE returns to the Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival with another riotous hour of stand up, examining the oddities of human interaction, navigating the detritus of everyday life and the divine properties of Scrabble Values. As seen on Benidorm (ITV), Live at the Electric (BBC3) and Blue Go Mad in Ibiza (C5). British Fringe Comedy Guide Top Recommended Shows of 2017

'CHARACTER COMEDY THAT IS NEAR PERFECTION' The New Current

'RAZOR SHARP WIT LACED WITH A TOUCH OF THE SURREAL' Fest

TBC

THE ROAD TO COACHELLA

Ireland's finest hip hop musical comedian is back in Shrewsbury with his biggest show to date. Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Rob will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience's likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales. "CLEVER, QUICK-WITTED AND AUDACIOUS" Scotsman

"WILDLY FUNNY AND TECHNICALLY INCREDIBLE" The Age (AU)

"FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS MEETS 8 MILE" Chortle

TBC

MAYBE THE REAL COMEDY AWARDS ARE THE FRIENDS WE MADE ALONG THE WAY

Josh dispels rumours that you might have heard about him online (genuinely didn't know he was a police officer) and talks about his dreams for the future.

"GENIUS" Ticketmaster

"AN ALMOST CERTAIN FUTURE STAR" Chortle.

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THEY CALL ME DADDY PUNCHLINES

Alexander Bennett is a comedian based in London, who started writing and performing on the comedy circuit at the age of 15. Since then, he has won praise from a writer for The Guardian, notorious comedy critics Chortle and British comedy legend Harry Hill. He currently performs up and down the country, and is a rising star on the British comedy scene.

Alexander also created Hell To Play, the comedy game show set in Hell. He has several Edinburgh fringe shows under his belt, and has performed at festivals such as End of The Road, Leefest, Larmer Tree Festival and Ambition Festival.

He has been a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Art and has appeared on several radio shows. As well as a comedian, Alexander is a cartoonist and filmmaker.

TBC

...WILL NO LONGER BE HURRIED AT HAND DRIERS

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Peter has been a finalist in a variety of local and national comedy competitions including the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, as well as winning the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012. He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, The Show What You Wrote and Newsjack.

TBC

5 Times I Lied To Myself

Nobel Prize Winning Comedian JJ Whitehead comes to Shrewsbury with a show about lying. Stand up delivered with trademark rangy swagger & the fearless electric wit from The Jim Jefferies Show writer & Canadian in Residence.

We are incredibly lucky to get JJ at such short notice, plus he'll be making an appearance at "LATE & LIVELY TOO" Tickets for Bobby's show are transferrable, but a refund is available from Theatre Severn if you prefer.

TBC

How Not to Die in a Plan Crash

Starting her career under the stage name Harpie, Susan Murray was a finalist in the Daily Telegraph Open Mic in 1997 and won the first Jongleurs new act competition the following year. She first went to Edinburgh in 2000 as part of the Big Value Comedy Show, and returned in 2004 in a two-hander with fellow Brummie comic Karen Bayley.

Susan recently made her debut TV acting alongside Jo Enright, Russell Tovey, Sophie Stanton and Sarah Hadland in ITV’s ‘The Job Lot‘ 3rd series

“Her ability to make quirky connections allows her to build a compelling believable and richly funny picture of 21st century womanhood..Anyone who loves the work of Sarah Millican and Kerry Godliman will find plenty to enjoy here” The Guardian

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

2020 Comedy Festival Schedule

Day 1 July 16th
8.00 PM
Festival Jesters
Festival Jesters

The Walker Theatre

Day 2 July 16th
7 PM
Dan Nightingale
Dan Nightingale

Henry Tudor House.

8.15 PM
Tony Law
Stephen Carlin

Henry Tudor House.

8.15 PM
Josh Pugh
Josh Pugh

Dough & Oil

9.30 PM
Danny McLaughlin
Danny McLoughlin

The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

11 PM
Late & Lively
Late and Lively

Havana Republic

Day 3 July 20th
12.15 PM
Comedy Course Showcase
Comedy Course Showcase

Havana Republic, Shrewsbury.

1.30 PM
James Cook
James Cook

Havana Republic, Shrewsbury

2.45 PM
Phil Nicol
Phil Nichol

Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

4.00 PM
Troy Hawke
Troy Hawke

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury

5.15 PM
Dane Baptiste
Daliso Chaponda

Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury

6.30 PM
Cam Spence
Cam Spence

Stop! Cafe, Shrewsbury

6.30 PM
Alexander Bennett
Alexander Bennett

Dough & Oil, Shrewsbury

7.45 PM
Lloyd Griffiths
LLoyd Griffith

Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

7.45 PM
Jane Hill
Jane Hill

Stop! Cafe, Shrewsbury

9.00 PM
Bobby Mair
JJ Whitehead

Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury

11.00 PM
Late and Lively Too
Late & Lively Too

Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

Day 4 July 21st
1.45 PM
Rob Rouse
Rob Rouse

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury

1.45 PM
Susan Murray
Susan Murray

Dough & Oil, Shrewsbury

3.00 PM
Rob Broderick
Rob Broderick

Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury

4.15PM
Vikki Stone
Vikki Stone

Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury

4.15 PM
Larry Dean
Larry Dean

Stop! Cafe, Shrewsbury

8.00 PM
Gala show
Gala Show

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Venues

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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, SY1 1SZ

Phone: 01743 236019

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Old Market Hall

Address: The Square, SY1 1LH

Phone: 01743 281281

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Henry Tudor House

Address: Barracks Passage, SY1 1XA

Phone: 01743 361666

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Stop. cafe bar

Address: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury | SY1 1LH

Phone: 07834 718176

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Havana Republic

Address: 18-21, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AE

Phone: 01743 361666

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Dough & Oil

Address: 18, Castle Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AZ

Phone: 01743 384261

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