Bath Comedy Festival – WEEK ONE!

This week sees the start of our favourite time of the year for local comedy. It’s the Bath Comedy Festival, and we at BathComCal are giddy in anticipation to see all the brilliant shows and exciting acts coming to our city!

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The big opening show of the fest is Jon Richardson’s The Old Man, which (as we fully expected) has sold out at The Forum on Tuesday the 27th. We’ll let you know if we hear of returns, but if you want to catch another show on the night we’d suggest you head up to the St. James Wine Vaults for Kelly Convey’s Dependant Woman instead. She’s a nominee for Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017, and we reckon well worth checking out for just £5 on Tuesday – particularly if you were planning to pop along to the new material night at the Westgate which ended its ten week run last week.


Start your Wednesday with a laugh at the Bath Brew House with Becky Brunning’s work in progress show – we saw her debut hour Beaming last year and it was a bundle of fun, so don’t miss this chance to see new material from this Funny Women Finalist and Broadchurch actor at 6.30pm. Next you can either stay on at the Brew House for the first heat of the New Act Competition (there are 12 all in all!), or head over to the Widcombe Social Club for Viv Groskop’s Vivalicious at 8pm – she absolutely stormed the Bath For Europe show in January, and we’re thrilled to see her return to us with her full work in progress show.
Unfortunately both of Sarah Bennetto’s shows have been cancelled, so keep that in mind when perusing the programme when you plan your festival schedule.


On Thursday the 29th you can catch festival favourites, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets with their Superheroes show at the Widcombe Social Club at 8pm (it’s two hours of fun with an interval), or alternatively pop along to the Bath Brew House for the second New Act heat or the Bell for their Open Mic Playgroup (turn up early if you’d like to perform!).


John-Luke Roberts opens Friday night at the Bath Brewhouse with his work in progress show (with one of our favourite titles: All I Wanna Do is FX: GUNSHOTS with a FX: GUN RELOADING and a FX: CASH REGISTER and Take Your Money!), which is pretty much guaranteed to be a belter if you’re into absurd character-based nonsense. We love him to bits. Follow that up with Tony Law’s brilliant Edinburgh show Absurdity For Common People from 8pm at Komedia’s Arts Café – if you have a ticket that is, as it’s quite rightly sold out!
If you didn’t manage to nab tickets, you have the option at 8pm of staying on at the Bath Brew House for the third New Act  Heat, power walk your way to the Rondo for Patrick Monahan’s Rewind Selector 90s show, or head up to the St James Wine Vaults for a double bill of Yonic’s musical comedy show That Was Obscene And You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself and Sameena Zehra’s Existerhood at 9.30pm.


Saturday is jam packed with options – start off at 2.30pm with Adele Cliff’s Sheep (she’s a Funny Women Regional Finalist 2018, had Dave’s Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2017 & 2016, and was one of Huffington Post’s Ten Must See New Acts 2016, so definitely worth seeing!), then stay on for Dorian Wainwright’s The Picture of Dorian Wainwright at 4pm (his show with David Hoare packed out the same room last year!).
Pop down to the Mission Theatre for their first show of the fest; Samantha Pressdee’s Back 2 Basics at 6pm, then head on over to the Widcombe Social Club for Do You Think That’s Wise? – The Life & Times of John Le Mesurier from impressionist Julian Dutton at 7pm.
At 8pm you have a slew of options; head up to the Bath Brew House for their first Saturday Night Live show starring Jonny & The Baptists and Phil Kay, pop into town for Komedia’s regular Krater comedy club night, along the London Road to the Rondo for John Otway, or up to the St James Wine Vaults for Rosie Jones’ debut hour (she’s featured on 8 Out Of 10 Cats!). Finish up the night with Simon Evans’ show Genius at the Widcombe Social Club at 9pm.


There’s no comedy on Sunday. April fools! Of course there is, and lots of it. Head along to the Bath Brew House for a pair of brilliant Welsh acts; Chris Chopping and Steffan Alun, who will be performing brand new material from 3.30pm (we actually booked the lads and couldn’t recommend them more highly!). Straight after them in the same room, superbly funny Sarah Breese and delightful Tony Chiotti share an hour of their new jokes at 5pm.
At 6.30pm Col Howarth performs his new show Id Ego Superego, which we’re confident will be an absolute treat! Alternatively, make your way to the St James Wine Vaults for George Lewis’ work in progress show which runs at the same time, and then stay for Jake Lambert’s (who you may know as twitter legend @LittleLostLad ) show at 8pm or go back to the Bath Brew House for Dan Evans’ show 10% at the Bath Brew House in this time slot.
For the last show of the night either complete the set of work in progress shows at the St James Wine Vaults with Marlon Davis at 9.30pm, or pop down for the first performance of Mother’s Ruin – A Cabaret About Gin at the Widcombe Social Club at 9pm.

We hope you have a brilliant first week of the festival, and that we’ve inspired you to catch some great new acts while they’re in town. See you next week with our round-up for the second week of the fest!

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