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:

A Very Punchy History Of Slapstick (U) - 3 May

Not standing up but falling down. Film and TV is filled with visual comedy legends, action heroes who made their mark in different physical guises - physical, acrobatic, shambolic, eccentric, salacious, grotesque. As the slapstick passed from hand to hand Chaplin, Tati, Laurel and Hardy, Cook and Moore, Monty Python.

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.’

Freddy Quinne - 5 May

Freddy Quinne - 5 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge

Award-winning comedian Freddy Quinne brings his debut solo hour to Derby.

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.

Jon Pearson - 5 May

Jon Pearson - 5 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Jon loves jumping in feet first, when it comes to the big decisions. Becoming a pub landlord,

Harriet Kemsley's New Show - 5 May

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Multi Award winning idiot Harriet Kemsley has new shoes and a new show.

Paul Savage is Set to Self Destruct - 6 May

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Paul Savage gets himself into good places, then he blows it all up.

Lost Voice Guy - 6 May

Lost Voice Guy - 6 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Can you really not talk? Have you considered an exorcism? Are you just in it for the parking? Have you ever tried talking, just to see what happens? How do you have sex? Seriously, can you not talk at all?

Adam Rowe - 6 May

Adam Rowe - 6 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Adam Rowe is a selfish, arrogant, Unbearable little s**t. He'll make anyone's problems somehow about himself. But how far can he take that for a comedy show? This one looks to find out.

Stevie Gray & Ant Dewson Tickle The Bean - 6 May

carnero Lounge, Derby

Award-winning comedy duo Stevie Gray and Ant Dewson sing stupid songs and tell hilarious stories to tickle your wiggly bits.

Ruby Wax - Frazzled! - 7 May

Ruby Wax - Frazzled! - 7 May

Comedy, Festivals

Ruby Wax is a much-loved US born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the 'it girl' of mental health campaigning. She has a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University.

Tom Wrigglesworth - 7 May

Tom Wrigglesworth - 7 May

Comedy, Festivals

Expect elegant storytelling courtesy of one of the finest and most original comics in the UK.

Kevin Precious - 7 May

Kevin Precious - 7 May

Comedy, Festivals

Kevin Precious is a former RE Teacher who attends Humanist meetings

Archie Maddocks - 7 May

Archie Maddocks - 7 May

Comedy, Festivals

IlluminArchie* is the hilarious new show by living-legend, “super cool, super smart storyteller” (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard) Award winning comedian, Archie Maddocks.

Bobby Mair - 7 May

Bobby Mair - 7 May

Comedy, Festivals

Bobby Mair is a brutally honest and hilarious stand up comedian currently writing this bio.

Kate Smurthwaite - 7 May

Kate Smurthwaite - 7 May

Comedy, Festivals

Left-wing, highbrow, feminist, atheist comedian Kate Smurthwaite finally takes on the issue right at the very heart of women’s rights: men.

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

Funhouse Comedy at the Blessington Carriage - 8 May

Derby Comedy Festival Special

Ivo Graham - 9 May

Ivo Graham - 9 May

Comedy, Festivals

An early crack of the whip at a fourth hour-long show by Ivo Graham, still relishing the chance to pop up to Derby for a preview before his young person's railcard expires and life gets altogether more serious.

Jake Lambert - 9 May

Jake Lambert - 9 May

Comedy, Festivals

Join Jake Lambert (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2015 nominee, English Comedian of the Year Finalist 2015, Amused Moose Laugh Off Finalist, 2016), as he performs his show Little Lost Lad.

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.

Patrick Monahan - 10 May

Patrick Monahan - 10 May

Comedy, Festivals

Brand new stand up show from international multi award winning Irish Iranian comedian Patrick Monahan, talking about life growing up in the UK as a teenager, with Irish Iranian parents and the world before social media, direct messaging and when houses were affordable by the young without a trust fund!

Imran Yusuf - 10 May

Imran Yusuf - 10 May

Comedy, Festivals

After 12+ years on the comedy circuit bearing the torch of offering a more humanising narrative of Muslims amidst a culture of demonisation whilst being stuck between the extremists on one side and unchallenged bigotry on the other.

The Time Traveller and the Ferret - 10 May

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. He will answer less than all of these questions, occasionally in song.

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.

The Elvis Dead - 11 May

The Elvis Dead - 11 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Just once (so far) Bruce Campbell performed as Elvis in the ‘soul-stealing mummy in a nursing home’ movie, Bubba Ho-Tep.

Rachel Parris - 11 May

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Rachel Parris has been asked to give a speech at her old school. Through "endearingly frank and funny" standup, song and sketch, she'll examine what kind of messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds.

Jeremy Hardy - 12 May

Jeremy Hardy - 12 May

Comedy, Festivals

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

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.

Funhouse Comedy Club at The Old Bell Hotel - 12 May

Funhouse Comedy Club Derby Comedy Festival Special.

Stewart Lee Content Provider - 12 May

After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

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.

Kev's Komedy Kitchen - 13 May

Kev's Komedy Kitchen - 13 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

The team who cooked up Kev’s Komedy Kitchen in 2016 return with a work in progress show.

Cock-Kane The Clown (UK) - 13 May

Magic Music Mayhem. And Balloons. Plenty of Balloons.

Will Duggan - 13 May

Will Duggan - 13 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

In a world mired in issues. On a globe drowning in strife. In this time at this place when everything is going pretty bad to be honest, no joke, it's not nice.

Star Trek vs Star Wars - 13 May

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Prepare yourself for the ultimate showdown – Star Trek vs Star Wars! Geek culture collides in this fight to see which is better, a galaxy far far away or the final frontier. Hosting this passionate, explosive and heartfelt panel show, Rik Carranza brings top guests from all over the country in this battle for sci-fi superiority.

Ginger Is The New Black - 13 May

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

Abi Roberts - 13 May

Abi Roberts - 13 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Anglichanka (Englishwoman in Russian) is an exhilarating new comedy show about living in the former Soviet Union in the 90s and returning after 18 years as the first UK comic to perform comedy in English and Russian.

POP! - 14 May

POP! - 14 May

Comedy, Family Fun

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

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.

Damian Clark - 14 May

Damian Clark - 14 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

The Aussie hurricane is back with his new feel-good energetic hour. He is fast becoming a firm favourite on the UK comedy circuit - DON'T MISS OUT.

Jo D'arcy - 14 May

Jo D'arcy - 14 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Jo D'Arcy got called ALL the names in High School, then went back to teach and got them all again, but none of them are as bad as the names she's called herself.

John Hastings - 14 May

John Hastings - 14 May

Comedy, Festivals

John Hastings is back, to try jokes

Josh Pugh - 14 May

Josh Pugh - 14 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Debut show from current English Comedian of the Year Josh Pugh, an hour of left field autobiographical comedy from what Chortle describes as "a peculiarly offbeat mind."

Tom Houghton - 14 May

Tom Houghton - 14 May

Comedy, Festivals

Carnero Lounge, Derby

Work in progress show from the former star-with-a-guitar of The Noise Next Door ahead of his solo debut at the Edinburgh fringe.