Week two whizzed by with all manner of exciting acts like Rachel Parris (who received her Bath Plug award!) to local(-ish) favourite Sally-Anne Hayward bringing their shows to Bath, as well as a slew of up-and-coming talent such as So You Think You’re Funny winner Maisie Adam and Leicester musical comedy award nominated George Rigden working on their full shows for Edinburgh. Now, the third and final week of the Bath Comedy Festival is about to commence…
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The first show of the week is Josh Pugh’s ‘These Things‘ at The Bath Brew House at 6.30pm, which is followed by heat nine of the new act competition at 8pm.
Of course, you may well have already booked to see the SOLD OUT work in progress show of Henning Wehn, which is at 8pm at Widcombe Social Club!
There are plenty of shows to see on Tuesday, starting at 6.30pm the Bath Brew House with Alison Thea-Skot and Lorna Shaw! At 8pm (if you’re not booked in to see Henning Wehn’s second sold out night at the Widcombe Social Club!) stay at the Brew House for Carey Marx, or head to the St James Wine Vaults for Seasoned Plums (that’s Chortle Student Award winner Riordan DJ, BBC New Comedy Award finalist Morgan Rees, and So You Think You’re Funny finalist Jamie D’Souza!), or head along to the Westgate for heat 10 of the new act competition! Finish the night at 9.30pm at the Brew House with Si Deaves, or Phil Cooper up at the Wine Vaults!
On Wednesday there’s three shows worth of run at Ring O’ Bells – start at 6.30pm with Archie Maddocks, then Matt Green at 8pm, and finish with Sam Carrington at 9.30pm! Alternatively, pop along to the Bath Brew House at 6.30pm for Lou Conran’s show, and stay for the new act competition heat 11 at 8pm. At 8pm head up to the St James Wine Vaults where you can catch Jamie Oliphant and Dan Audritt’s double header work in progress show, or see Bentley Browning and Simon Capes at the Assembly Inn. Or walk down to the Rondo for Tom Stade at 8pm as well!
Starting at 6.30pm, choose either the Bath Brew House and delightful Jake Baker for the third (and last) outing of his work in progress show, or the Ring O’Bells and Sam Fraser (stand-up and indeed weather girl)! Stay on after Sam’s show for Colin Hoult’s brilliant character-based Anna Mann in How We Stop The Fascists at 8pm, or over at the Brew House you can catch the 12th (and last) heat of the new act competition! After Anna Mann pop along to the Widcombe Social Club for the phenomenal Arthur Smith and the Smithereens at 9.30pm! You could also catch the second night of Tom Stade’s tour show over at the Rondo at 8pm, join in with the Open Mic Playgroup at the Bell from 8.30pm, or if you’re in Frome experience Rare Species: Frome – The Fecund Coming at 7pm!
Kick off your Friday with the first of the semi-finals of the new act competition from 6pm at Widcombe Social Club! At 8pm take your pick of Alex Williamson at Komedia, Mark Steel over in Bradford on Avon at St Margaret’s Hall, Friday Night Live at the Bath Brew House with Arthur Smith and Yuriko Kotani, or Tez Ilyas at the Rondo! If none of those tickle your fancy you can also catch Michael Hackett at the Bell at 8.30pm, or head back to the Widcombe Social Club for the second semi-final of the new act competition at 9pm!
On Saturday sees the fest hit The Bell with full force; at 3pm see the Unrehearsed Theatre Company’s version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, catch Arnold Kuenzler-Byrt at 4.30pm, the Matt Cranium Radio Hour is at 6pm, and finish off with the Walcot Street Comedy Club at 8pm!
You could also spend the day taking part in Hilary Chaplain’s physical comedy workshop, which spans across Saturday and Sunday over at Burdall’s Yard from 10am.
The closing gala of the festival commences at the Apex Hotel Conference Centre from 8pm, with Zoe Lyons, Simon Day, Arthur Smith and many more taking to the stage! Alternatively at 8pm, you can also head along to Komedia for their regular Krater Comedy Club or down to the Rondo for Mitch Benn!
That’s it, the festival is finished for 2018! As one last bit of post-fest fun, head along to the Widcombe Social Club for the grand final of the new act competition starting at 7.30pm!