Derby Comedy Festival

5 - 14 May 2017

For the 4th year running Derby Comedy Festival returns from Friday 5th May to Sunday 14th May at venues across the city.

Organised by Furthest From The Sea CIC, Derby Live, Lost Boys, NCF Comedy, Funhouse Comedy, Derby Theatre and QUAD Derby, this year’s festival promises to be ‘rammed with the best national, local and emerging comedy talent’, and includes performances by Lee Hurst, Patrick Monahan, Imran Yusuf, and much more.

Representing Derby, The Lost Boys return to The Old Bell Hotel, award winning comedy podcast Verbal Discharge take on The Eurovision Song Contest and ‘Stand Up Mi Duck’ showcases the best in Derbyshire comedic talent.

The fun starts at ‘Blast Off!’ The Superhero themed launch day for this year’s festival taking place on Derby Market Place on Saturday 15th April, fancy dress encouraged!

Derby Comedy Festival is supported by Cathedral Quarter Derby and Trent Barton. 

Here's a sneak peek of what's on so far:

Lee Hurst - Comedy Show No.9 - 5 May

Lee Hurst - Comedy Show No.9 - 5 May

Comedy, Don't Miss, Festivals

This tour will be Lee’s ninth full-length comedy show. It is a show jam-packed with laughs. So it is simply called ‘Comedy Show No. 9.’

Stand Up Mi Duck - 5 May

Stand Up Mi Duck - 5 May

Comedy, Festivals

For the 3rd year running Furthest From The Sea present ‘Stand Up Mi Duck’ a showcase of Derby and Derbyshire comedy, featuring the best in emerging local talent plus special guests.

Comedy at the Bean Caffe - 5 - 14 May

The Derby Comedy begins on Friday 5th May until Sunday 14th May. This year we have 27 shows taking part at The Bean Caffe.

Tony Law - 8 May

Tony Law - 8 May

Comedy, Festivals

Tony Law is closer than ever to nonsense nirvana.

Liam Webber - 8 May

Liam Webber - 8 May

Comedy, Festivals

Be thrilled/dazzled/confused/vaguely entertained by character comedian and nonsense merchant Liam Webber's new show

Marshall B Anderson - 10 May

Marshall B Anderson - 10 May

Comedy, Festivals

Aging hippy Marshal B Anderson asks how Gilbert and Sullivan can help Donald Trump, why there are no children’s TV shows about tuna, what’s the deal with taps and how come dickheads run the world.

Marcel Lucont's Whine List - 10 May

The finest flâneur brings a new interactive show to the baying masses.

Cartoonopolis - 11 May

Cartoonopolis - 11 May

Comedy, Festivals

A story of two brothers, 1 family, goodies, baddies and autism.

Verbal Discharge - 11 May

1951. Europe is torn, each country afraid to communicate with its neighbours. And, from the ashes, comes the Eurovision Song Contest, one show that shall unite and save a continent.

Cheekykita - 12 May

Cheekykita - 12 May

Comedy, Festivals

Cheekykita's dream... where anything can happen. A surreal, absurd place that's a little bit upside down.

Jeremy Hardy - 12 May

Jeremy Hardy - 12 May

Comedy, Festivals

Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year.

Comedy Club 4 Kids! - 13 May

Comedy Club 4 Kids! - 13 May

Comedy, Family Fun, Festivals

Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

Simon Caine - 13 May

Simon Caine - 13 May

Comedy, Festivals

Simon Caine returns to the Derby Comedy Festival with his brand new show for one night only. This hour attempts to explain what it's like being a failed millennial in easy bite-sized jokes.

Creating Comedy Characters - 13 May

The Lost Boys guide you through a practical workshop that explores building and developing comedic characters for stage and screen.

A Hollywood History of the World - 13 May

From the guys that brought you the sell-out A Christmas Carol, The Lost Boys return to the Old Bell with their exploration of how Hollywood as treated historical fact and how that has affected the layman’s understanding of history.

Cock-Kane The Clown (UK) - 13 May

Magic Music Mayhem. And Balloons. Plenty of Balloons.

POP! - 14 May

POP! - 14 May

Comedy, Family Fun

POP - a magical comedy show for ages 3 - 8 and their families.

Ginger Is The New Black - 14 May

Edinburgh hit musical comedy written and performed by James Wilson-Taylor.

How to be a Better Supervillain with Vincent Saxby - 14 May

Ever been told you’re naughty by your Parents, teachers, boss, or even your friends? Why not become a Supervillain! Criminal past not essential, just an attitude to change the world.

The Edi Johnston Bit - 14 May

The Edi Johnston Bit - 14 May

Comedy, Festivals

The Edi Johnston Bit is not just a player of songs, but incorporates some classic English silliness too. Props, jokes, audience participation and bingo all adds up to a daft experience that goes beyond just singing some songs.