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.

Wed 18th July - Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Milton Jones, Ian Stone, Stefano Paolini, Maff Brown

Wed 18th July - Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Milton Jones, Ian Stone, Stefano Paolini, Maff Brown

Venue: Junction J1

Show: 8:30pm (approx 2hrs)

Multi award-winning Mock The Week regular Milton Jones headlines the show with a gag-packed set of absurd brilliance. The king of the one-liners continues to delight audiences across the UK with his utterly unique wordplay and very loud shirts. Support comes from BBC Radio 5 Live presenter and Comedy Store ‘Cutting Edge’ stalwart Ian Stone with his biting topical satire. Plus Stefano Paolini an incredible Beat-Boxer and deft stand-up who combines both to deliver an original, playful and hilarious look at life as a second generation Italian immigrant and the culture clash between himself and his quirky family life and parents. Compere for the show is Maff Brown whose lightening quick jokes fall out of him like gold coins from a pirate’s chest.

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Weds 18th July Venue: Junction J2: Adam Buxton & Lee Nelson

Weds 18th July Venue: Junction J2: Adam Buxton & Lee Nelson

Adam Buxton: BUG X
Show: 7.00pm (75 mins)
Join Adam Buxton – comedian, writer, broadcaster, video director, general music video enthusiast and YouTube comment wrangler – as he takes you on a whistlestop tour through some of the highlights from the last ten years of the big-screen music video showcase, BUG. Launched in April 2007 as a series of bi-monthly shows at BFI Southbank – the home of British cinema – BUG set out to celebrate global creativity in music video and has since become a phenomenon, as popular and brilliant as the visual ideas which the BUG team unearths. This special show curated to celebrate BUG’s 10th Anniversary is a selection of some favourite videos and clips from the past decade – with Adam’s own inimitable presentation and some delightfully unbalanced commentary from YouTube commentators, all interspersed with some gems of Adam’s own making.

Simon Brodkin is not Lee Nelson
Show 9.00pm (1hr):
Irrepressible prankster and acclaimed character comedian Simon Brodkin, steps out from behind his Lee Nelson persona to perform some unmissable stand-up as himself. “Unfunny pillock” The Deputy Prime Minister

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Weds 18th July Venue: Junction J3: Elf Lyons & Tony Law

Weds 18th July Venue: Junction J3: Elf Lyons & Tony Law

Elf Lyons: ChiffChaff
Show: 7.30pm (1hr)
The Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee (Best Show 2017) presents her one woman musical about the economy. You read that right. Let’s get fiscal. The queen of clown is back and she’s making the dismal science fun with a whole orchestra and an Invisible Hand. BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. Fringe World Best Comedy Show 2018 Nominee. British Vogue's '20 Names of Now' “A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective "kooky" could have been invented for” The Guardian “Hysterical tour de force” Three Weeks

Tony Law: A Lost Show
Show 9.00pm (1hr):
This is a journey through the side and under mind. Cold fresh pillow. Come. Under radar fresh for you. Tony doesn't have the vocabulary or word learning training to express the powerful towering healing depths of the ancient soul unity snap. Watch him and through laugh, rise, happier. You cry, with laugh. "What was that?" "I loved that" Then you smile to self "Tony you grande dickhead you all making me thinking while you do up voice shouting n clowns about and somehow, through idiocy and bones made of funny, TONE I know what you meAn. He's funny of a kind.

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Weds 18th July Venue: Junction J4: Catherine Bohart & Olaf Falafel

Weds 18th July Venue: Junction J4: Catherine Bohart & Olaf Falafel

Catherine Bohart
Show: 7:00pm (1hr)
Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of a Catholic Deacon and she’s got a hell of a lot to say about it. An hour of new material from a rising comedy star. BBC New Comedy Award Finalist and as seen on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. “A comic with distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear” Chortle

Olaf Falafel
Show: 8:30pm (1hr)
Critically acclaimed idiot and author is back with another hour of surreal stupidity, inventive jokes, audience participation and the very loosest of themes. You'll laugh, you'll be confused, you'll enjoy most of it. “A wonderful hour or professional silliness” The list

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Thurs 19th July Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Josh Widdicombe, The Kagools, Rosie Jones, Laura Lexx

Thurs 19th July Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Josh Widdicombe, The Kagools, Rosie Jones, Laura Lexx

Venue: Junction J1

Show: 8:30pm (approx 2hrs)

The Last Leg’s Josh Widdicombe headlines the show. Star of 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown, QI and his very own hit BBC sitcom ‘Josh’. He’s a master observationalist and the undisputed king of the exasperated petty gripe Support comes from the multi award winning physical comedy duo The Kagools the undeniable purveyors of a good a time, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Plus Rosie Jones who’s a comedian with a penchant for being mischievous. Her cerebral palsy doesn't slow her down in the slightest. Catch her before she wobbles her way to stardom! Compere for the show is the uniquely gleeful Laura Lexx with her delightfully quirky take on the world.

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Thurs 19th July  Venue: Junction J2: Griff Rhys Jones & Tom Stade

Thurs 19th July Venue: Junction J2: Griff Rhys Jones & Tom Stade

Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I?
Show: 7:00pm (2hrs)
Join the star of Not the Nine o'Clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In a Boat for a hilarious evening of comedy - observations, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC “Great Comedy” The Telegraph

Tom Stade: I Swear To...
Show: 9:30pm (1hr)
After last year's smash-hit tour, the comedy legend returns with a new show, picking up just where he left off. Welcome to 'I Swear To’; as an hour just wasn't long enough. Tom knows the times are a-changing and he wants time to know he won’t be changing with them. Join him as he navigates his way through FaceTime and feelings. Exactly when did he, and all his stuff become vintage and why didn't he see it coming? Armed with his usual swagger and playful sense of mischief, Tom ponders these generational conundrums and more. "Mischievous, high-spirited, no nonsense stand-up from an expertly skilled pro” Chortle

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Thurs 19th July Venue: Junction J3: George Egg & Geoff Norcott

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.

Geoff Norcott-Traditionalism
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

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Thurs 19th July  Venue: Junction J4: Tom Ward, Ashley Blaker & Adam Vincent

Thurs 19th July Venue: Junction J4: Tom Ward, Ashley Blaker & Adam Vincent

Tom Ward: Popcorn Lung
Show: 7:00pm (1hr)
On the back of last year's critically acclaimed 'Love Machine' and an appearance on 'Live from the BBC' (BBC Worldwide), Tom Ward is going in for a closer inspection of his favourite themes: Love, Freedom & Aloneness. Join the hip-haired one as he takes a look at the burgeoning 'cutesy culture', the myth of sunglasses, the cold slap of passport photos, the reality of sex parties, visions of an Uber vs Black cab utopia, living alone and dancing with his mother. "A star in the making" Timeout "A unique and genuinely exciting talent" The Herald

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew
Show: 8:30pm (1hr)
Ashley Blaker isn't your average Orthodox Jewish man. He's also an internationally acclaimed comedian and producer (Little Britain) and now, for the first time, is performing a show for us gentiles, direct from his Broadway run. How did a secular Jewish comedy producer end up becoming ultra-orthodox? How does he live between two very different worlds? ''Relentlessly funny... Blaker brings something totally unprecedented to stand-up” Jewish Chronicle

Adam Vincent: Stuck In The Suburbs With You
Show: 9:45pm (1hr)
See the man (Australian) who writes for Channel 4’s The Last Leg and how family demands, societal expectations and unfulfilled joys are controlling his life. Nominated Best Show at Buxton Fringe. “Recklessly honest and entirely relatable” Chortle

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Fri 20th July - Venue: Junction J1: Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Reginald D Hunter, Mike Gunn, Diane Spencer, Kevin McCarthy

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.

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Friday 20th July Venue: Junction J2:  Jo Caulfield & Simon Evans

Friday 20th July Venue: Junction J2: Jo Caulfield & Simon Evans

Jo Caulfield: Killing Time
Show: 7:00pm (1hr)
Jo Caulfield is a Edinburgh Festival favourite and she is taking up a brand new show. Guaranteed big laughs and big rants. As seen on The John Bishop Show, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week. “Cut-throat, razor sharp-witted, urban comedy that goes down a treat. Like a sociology textbook, but with jokes” The Times

Simon Evans: Genius
Show: 8.30pm (1hr)
Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans'. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm… “A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close” The Scotsman

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Friday 20th July Venue: Juntion J3: The Elvis Dead & Jarred Christmas

Friday 20th July Venue: Juntion J3: The Elvis Dead & Jarred Christmas

The Elvis Dead
Show: 7:30pm (1hr)
Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods via Graceland, to witness: Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley! The underground smash hit and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2017 “Twisted Genius” Sunday Times

Jarred Christmas: Remarkably Average
Show: 9.00pm (1hr)
Hey team! So, I had a DNA test and the results were extremely disappointing. There is nothing remarkable about my genetics at all. This came as a huge shock to me. I'm dealing with my own averageness and it's been a very difficult journey but I'm not going to let my humdrum results stop me putting on a show. Thank you for your support in this painfully average time of my life. “One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone' Time Out

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Friday 20th July Venue: Junction J4: Christopher MacArthur-Boyd & Darren Harriott

Friday 20th July Venue: Junction J4: Christopher MacArthur-Boyd & Darren Harriott

Christopher MacArthur-Boyd: Home sweet Home
Show: 7:00pm (1hr)
The debut hour from the next big thing in Scottish comedy. As heard on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4extra. "Following in the footsteps of Kevin Bridges" ITV "On the cusp of something big, and you don't want to miss it." Daily Record

Darren Harriott: Visceral
Show: 8:30pm (1hr)
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee Darren returns with a brand new show, following recent appearances on Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard's Stand Up Central & The Now Show. "Properly funny" Times

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Saturday 21st July Jesterlarf Comedy Club: Henning Wehn, Rich Wilson, Leo Kearse, John Mann

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.

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Saturday 21st July Venue: Junction J2: Family Show: Comedy Club 4 Kids

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

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Saturday 21st July - Venue: Junction J2: Family Show: SESKA

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

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Saturday 21stJuly Venue: Junction J2: Family Show: The Greatest Goat Of All Time

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!

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Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J2: Zoe Lyons & Andrew Maxwell

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

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Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J3: Charlie Baker & Comedy Collision

Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J3: Charlie Baker & Comedy Collision


Charlie Baker
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

Comedy Collision
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)

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Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J4: Henry Paker, Sara Barron & Maisie Adams

Saturday 21st July Venue Junction J4: Henry Paker, Sara Barron & Maisie Adams

Henry Paker
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.

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