The 12th edition of the annual Cambridge Comedy Festival returns to the city with 34 shows from some of the world’s finest comedy performers. After two years of alfresco comedy on Jesus Green the Festival returns to its original home at Cambridge Junction where the venue will be transformed into a comedy hub with four performance venues plus the ‘Moonshine Brewery’ beer garden and delicious food from our Street Food vendors.
The Jesterlarf Comedy Club will be hosting shows each night with big name headliners, whilst the other venues host Edinburgh Preview shows and have a star studded program of comedy award winners and the hottest emerging talent. There are also some great kids shows for our young chucklers.
Thurs 19th July Venue: Junction J3: George Egg & Geoff Norcott
George Egg: DIY Chef
Show: 7:30pm (1hr)
The comedian who cooks on stage. A health scare sees George banished from the kitchen to the shed. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture he prepares three plates of food using power tools, office equipment, hair-dressing appliances and more. And the audience gets to eat it all at the end. “The wonderfully talented George Egg is genuinely unique” The Independent.
Show: 9.00pm (1hr)
The star of BBC2’s The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo is trying to hold modern views, but worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word. As a satirical comic, Geoff has also written for programmes including Channel 4’s Alternative Election, featured as a guest on Question Time (BBC1), Daily Politics (BBC2), and supported Katherine Ryan on her UK tour. “Objectively funny regardless of your political leaning” Fest
Fri 20th July - Venue: Junction J1: Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Reginald D Hunter, Mike Gunn, Diane Spencer, Kevin McCarthy
Venue: Junction J1
Show: 8:30pm (approx 2hrs)
Spellbinding and brilliantly unpredictable multi award winning US star Reginald D Hunter headlines the show with his searingly honest and hilarious material that playfully prods sensibilities. Support comes from deadpan maestro Mike Gunn whose delightfully twisted gags and routines are comedy gold. Plus award winning Diane Spencer whose hilarious, slick and perverse humour has been compared to Joan Rivers and Jim Jeffries. Compere for the show is Jesterlarf regular Kevin McCarthy with his daft, playful and indescribable comedy.
Saturday 21st July Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Henning Wehn, Rich Wilson, Leo Kearse, John Mann
Venue: Junction J1
Show: 8:30pm (approx 2hrs)
German Comedy Ambassador superstar Henning Wehn headlines the show with his diplomatic master class in personal accountability and wonderment at the foibles of British society. Wunderbar! Support comes from Rich Wilson with hilarious tales of outrageous shenanigans and misadventure. He’s effortlessly funny, smart and filthy in equal measure. Plus Scottish comedian of the year and UK Pun Champion Leo Kearse with side-splitting tales about being Scottish, dating, buying a train ticket and Thai toilets! Compere for the show is John Mann with his deadpan ramblings and delightful audience banter.
Saturday 21st July Venue: Junction J2: Family Show: Comedy Club 4 Kids
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Show: 2:30pm (1hr)
Just 'cos you're a kid, doesn't mean you should miss out on the best stand-ups and sketch acts of the Festival! Just 'cos you're an adult at a kids' show, doesn't mean you can't also have the best time! Since 2005, we have been persuading our favourite performers to strut their stuff for family audiences. 'Belly laughs' FamiliesOnline.co.uk
Saturday 21st July - Venue: Junction J2: Family Show: SESKA
SESKA: Spot The Difference
Show: 4:00pm (45 mins)
SESKA performs incredibly silly magic tricks - repeats them again but with a crazy added difference. ...And when you spot the difference you win a fab prize! A party atmosphere, hilarious entertainment and a competition all in one. Crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge - when Seska comes to town. Kids laugh out loud, Dads fart out loud and mums faint at his feet! "Children will be spellbound” Fest
Saturday 21stJuly Venue: Junction J2: Family Show: The Greatest Goat Of All Time
The Greatest Goat Of All Time
Show: 5:00pm (1hr)
Charlie, Glenda and Graham her goat go on a hilarious musical rollercoaster of showbiz, adventure and emotion. A fresh, funny and fantastical story starring award-winning comedian, singer and dancer Charlie Baker (Harry Hill's Tea Time, Dog Ate My Homework, Doctor Who) and BAFTA-winning CBBC Class Dismissed actress Sam Battersea. Live clip-clop hip-hop soundtrack accompanies our hero on her journey from 0-100% confidence with her magically tuneful farmyard friend. Jokes! Songs! A goat! (plastic). Smiles! (Not plastic). Suitable for ages 7-107. Bring the kids!
Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J2: Zoe Lyons & Andrew Maxwell
Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human
Show: 7:00pm (1hr)
This hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction not to mention proper laugh-out-loud one-liners' As seen on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week and Room 101 and plenty more. "Lyons is on top of her game in command of her material, her audience and her stage" Chortle
Andrew Maxwell: Shake A Leg
Show: 9.00pm (1hr)
A world-class hour of whip-smart personal and political comedy from everyone's favourite Irish funnyman and Celebrity Mastermind champion. One of the planet’s most natural comic talents, where anecdotes and observations are interwoven with razor sharp political and social commentary. “Fiercely funny and utterly invigorating” The Times
Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J3: Charlie Baker & Comedy Collision
Show: 7.30pm (1hr)
Join Charlie Baker as he serves up a hilarious hour of stand-up comedy. As seen on Harry Hill's Tea Time (Sky 1), Channel 4's Comedy Gala and Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central). "An absolute romp, with some shout-with-laughter moments" Chortle
Show: 9:00pm (1hr)
After it’s inaugural sold out launch at the Junction in April Comedy Collision returns for a festival special presenting some of the best emerging local comedy talent featuring Trevor Bickles, Nelson T Gombakomba, Adele Cliff, Martin Westgate and Rob Knighton (MC)
Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J4: Henry Paker, Sara Barron & Maisie Adams
Show: 6.00pm (1hr)
Award winning stand-up and comic writer Henry Paker is one of the most sought after comic brains in the UK. Described by The Guardian as "one of the funniest men on the planet" Join him as he debuts a brand new hour of hilarious stand-up.
Sara Barron: For Worse
Show: 7.15pm (1hr)
When Sara Barron was 12-years-old she wrote a 64-page play. 60 of those pages were, in effect a porn. Which is to say: there exists in this world a porn script written by an accidental, feminist 12-year-old *auteur*. As it happens, Sara's not 12 anymore. She's 38. And through her own mix of standup and storytelling, she's ready - FINALLY - to get her play up on its filthy little feet. "The reigning queen of New York's live storytelling scene" New York Times
Maisie Adams: Vague
Show: 8:30pm (1hr)
18 months ago, Maisie Adam first tried stand-up. Within a year, she won the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ and was nominated for Best New Comedy at the Brighton Fringe. Maisie presents a work in progress ahead of her Edinburgh debut, hilarious personal material delivered with her signature self-deprecating charm.