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Oxford Comedy Festival

01 to 30 July
Oxford City Centre
Oxford City Centre
Oxford

Oxford Comedy Festival

About Oxford Comedy Festival

The Oxford Festival Fringe Preview Comedy Festival (Oxford Comedy Festival) is a month-long comedy festival that takes places in Oxford throughout July.

The festival brings the best comedians headed to Edinburgh and other large festivals to the Oxford community.

The festival has a particular interest in amplifying traditionally underrepresented voices, such as women, global majority, and LGBTQ+ comedians, as well as giving a stage to more experimental shows.

The ultimate goal is to bring the talent people love to our home town to share with as many people as possible – and this year, there are over 50 amazing shows planned at five different venues around town as follows

  • Tap Social Movement on Mondays
  • The Jam Factory on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • The James Street Tavern on Fridays and Saturdays
  • The White House by Tap Social on Sundays
  • The Ultimate Picture Palace on Fridays

The Oxford Comedy Festival line-up

Fri
01

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Heidi Regan: Work in Progress

Heidi brings her silly, surreal style to relatable topics like relationships, being the hot one in the couple (we’ve all been there), and robots killing us all. Heidi makes a case for going back to the time when she repressed all emotions with very stupid jokes. And, in my humble opinion, she wins her argument. I’m not even biased, she (ie. me/Heidi who is writing this) just has had a long time/pandemic to make her case. Doesn’t hurt that she’s pretty easy on the eye while making her case, if you ask me/her.

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Heidi Regan: Work in Progress

Fri
01

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Adele Cliff: In the Dark

Adele Cliff brings her new show about the power of knowledge and the power in refusing it to the Oxford Comedy Festival. Adele is the reigning UK Pun Champion (2020) has featured in Dave’s Funniest Jokes of the Fringe four years running (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). She has also featured in best jokes lists in The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Irish Times, The i Newspaper and The Metro as well as being nominated for Leicestershire’s Favourite Joke in 2019.

“Absolutely charming… a skilled performer with real presence and confidence” —The Scotsman

★★★★★ —The Student (Edinburgh)

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Adele Cliff: In the Dark

Sat
02

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Esther Manito: #NotAllMen

Esther Manito brings you her award winning brand-new stand-up hour ‘#NotAllMen’ after a successful and critically acclaimed award nominated 2019 show. Esther’s biographical show takes you back to the 90’s: lad mags, calling landlines, the vast amount of cock n ball graffiti and trying to imagine what she should ever hope for from a future spouse!?!?! Being told by the media around her that her middle eastern heritage was filled with misogynistic men compared to western fellas, yet Nuts magazine seemed to give a very different message….

Best Show Winner 2021 Leicester Comedy Festival.

“Undeniable Stage Presence” —The Scotsman

“Incredible Comedian” —EdFest Mag

**** The evening Standard

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Esther Manito: #NotAllMen

Sat
02

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Eleanor Morton Has Peaked

In 2020, Eleanor climbed a hill, and that was the most she achieved that year. Eleanor Morton presents a brand new stand up hour about failures, goals and doing absolutely nothing. Sharp, silly stand-up infused with occasional character comedy and audience chat.

★★★★ “A nuanced and exceedingly funny hour” —Fest

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Eleanor Morton Has Peaked

Sun
03

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The White House by Tap Social

Richard Todd: Meanwhile…

On the cusp of antiquity, ageing bath-time fantasist Todd makes a Faustian pact with the train station’s lost property attendant and finds himself up to his neck in it… hot bubbly water (and hot bubbly soul-sucking danger). A new show from acclaimed stand-up Richard Todd (★★★★ The Skinny, Chortle, The List, Scotsman)

★★★★ “Some comics have a gift of words that touches their work with wonder. Richard Todd is such a comic… Painfully funny… like finding The Fall guesting on X-Factor.” —The Scotsman

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Richard Todd: Meanwhile...

Mon
04

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The White House by Tap Social

Tony Law: A New Begin In Again

This man tries to remember how to do surreal absurdity talking comedy again. Featuring meandering shambolic “thoughts”.

Canadian surrealist and master story-teller Tony Law is a three-time Chortle Award winner, Amused Moose Best Show winner and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. His extensive TV and radio credits include: Have I Got News For You(BBC One), The Alternative ComedyExperience (Comedy Central), 8 Out Of 10 Cats(Channel 4), Celebrity Mastermind(BBC One), Celebrity Squares(ITV) Never Mind The Buzzcocks(BBC Two), Heading Out(BBC Two), The Culture Show(BBC Two), Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe(BBC Two), Edinburgh Nights(BBC Two), Tony Law’s Surreal Guide To Surreal Comedy(Radio 4 Extra), Loose Endsand Infinite Monkey Cage(Radio 4).

★★★★ “Takes post-modern stand-up to a dangerously funny new level” —The Guardian

‘The King of post-modern nonsense” —Telegraph

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Tony Law: A New Begin In Again

Wed
06

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The Jam Factory

Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit

Helen is basic, well basic-plus because she is self-aware with it. Last year’s Best Newcomer nominee returns with an hour about self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care. It’s the year of ‘self’. Taking care of yourself has never been more ‘in’. Inspirational quotes and facemasks are a big industry and, like all her friends, Helen is trying to ‘be the change she wants to see’. From Live at The Apollo, ITV2, BBC Three, Comedy Central and Radio 4.

★★★★★ “A personality that will fill a stadium… This girl will not be performing in small venues for much longer” —Sunday Express

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit

Wed
06

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The Jam Factory

Lily Phillips: Smut

Debut stand-up hour from sarky Londoner Lily Phillips. Star of The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Lily’s dry smutty wit earnt her place as a 2021 New Comedy Award finalist (BBC1). She wanted to write a show about feminism but ended up with a bunch of jokes about her dog’s vadge. Also seen on BBC3, All4, E4 and Comedy Central. Chortle One To Watch 2022, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year runner-up, Funny Women finalist, and Pleasance Reserve alumnus.

“A cheery distain for the genteel, and a bulletproof confidence” —Chortle

“Charming and moderately obscene” —Scotsman

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Lily Phillips: Smut

Thu
07

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The Jam Factory

Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy

If comedy equals tragedy plus time, then boy, this is going to be good. As seen and heard on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Dark Horse (Comedy Special) on Amazon Prime Video, Roast Battle, The Guilty Feminist Podcast and BBC Radio 4’s Are You A Boy Or A Girl?

★★★★★ Herald

★★★★ Times

★★★★ Telegraph

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Sarah Keyworth: Lost Boy

Thu
07

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The Jam Factory

Leo Reich: Literally Who Cares?!

At long last, self-diagnosed important young mind Leo Reich is ready to share some of his notoriously perfect opinions with the community at large. Faced with the swirling uncertainty of our collective future, Leo will ask the big questions such as “Am I hot?”, “Is this helping?” and “No offence guys but literally what is going on?”. Join this insufferable hunk as he pushes the very boundaries of what is considered ‘funny and good comedy’.

Tour support for Simon Amstell; as seen on E4, Comedy Central, ITV1 and Dave.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Leo Reich: Literally Who Cares?!

Fri
08

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Celya AB: Swimming

The debut solo show from one of the circuit’s emerging stars. Moving from a small town outside of Paris to live in Birmingham, to finding her place in the world – and crucially, learning to swim at the age of 25. As seen on The BBC New Comedy Awards Final; Yesterday, Today and the Day Before (Comedy Central); Festival Funny Live (BBC), and heard on The Guilty Feminist.

“Sharp and annoyingly observant gags.” —Joe Lycett

“Great jokes, a strong comic. Both classy and funny. A thoroughly engaging presence and very promising writer. Strong stuff.” —Steve Bennett, Chortle

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Celya AB: Swimming

Fri
08

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Rachel Fairburn: Work in Progress

Join the All Killa No Filla co host as she tries her brand new show. Expect brutal honesty, misplaced bitchiness and plenty of jokes. As seen on BBC Presents: Stand Up For Live Comedy and Funny Festival Live, part of the BBC’s Festival of Funny. Her TV credit’s include Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Russell Howard Hour Life Lessons.

★★★★ “Huge presence in a pint-sized frame” —Chortle

★★★★ “Bright, brave and bitterly enjoyable” —The Skinny

★★★★ “Gag-heavy, opinionated and smart” —Funny Women

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Rachel Fairburn: Work in Progress

Sat
09

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Crizards: Cowboys

The UK’s lowest energy double act explore the Wild West. Expect songs, characters, rootin’ and tootin’ from two best friends dressed as cowboys. Crizards are a couple of offbeat boys (Will Rowland & Eddy Hare). Both Will & Eddy are New Comedian of the Year finalists for their solo stand up, and Eddy was nominated for the BBC New Comedy Awards 2021.

“Very wry, very well performed” —Beyond the Joke

“It’s amazing how little energy they need to fill the room with laughter” —PYT

Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off – Finalists

As seen on BBC One & BBC Three

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Crizards: Cowboys

Sat
09

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Sam Lake: Cake

Debut hour from nice young man, Sam Lake. In 2020, Sam wrote a show all about his upcoming wedding. Then both the wedding and show were swiftly cancelled. Based on his own personal love story, it’s a show about reassessing your goals when things don’t go how you planned. But it’s also funny. And there’s cake. We’ll have a lovely time.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Sam Lake: Cake

Sun
10

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The White House by Tap Social

Chloe Petts: Transience

Join rising star and “very funny” (Guardian) Chloe Petts, as she presents her debut hour. A brilliantly sharp live performer and “compelling presence” (Steve Bennett – Chortle), she is one of the most exciting acts on the UK scene. Fresh from supporting Ed Gamble on his UK Tour, Petts uses her trademark cerebral “laddishness” to explore topics as far reaching as the darts and her (strictly non-romantic) love for the men who watch it. As seen on Hypothetical (Dave), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV) and The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2).

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Chloe Petts: Transience

Mon
11

7.30pm to 8.30pm

Tap Social Movement

Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I’m Sixty Moore

Join rising star and “very funny” (Guardian) Chloe Petts, as she presents her debut hour. A brilliantly sharp live performer and “compelling presence” (Steve Bennett – Chortle), she is one of the most exciting acts on the UK scene. Fresh from supporting Ed Gamble on his UK Tour, Petts uses her trademark cerebral “laddishness” to explore topics as far reaching as the darts and her (strictly non-romantic) love for the men who watch it. As seen on Hypothetical (Dave), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV) and The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2).

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Glenn Moore at Oxford Comedy Festival

Wed
13

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The Jam Factory

Micky Overman: Small Deaths

From comedian Micky Overman comes a brand new show that’s got it all: Patrick Swayze!… Other stuff! It answers some burning questions like: “how did one find a wife in ancient Babylon?” and reveals how a minor medical issue could result in heartbreak, unemployment and a possible encounter with a witch. Get ready to have your beauty standards defied and your indignity replenished as you join one of Britain’s most exciting female voices in a blisteringly funny hour that’ll leave you feeling heard, listened to and most importantly: seen.

★★★★ “Endearingly goofy yet refreshingly no-nonsense.” —Funny Women

★★★★ “Manages to discuss deep topics with hilarity” —The Voice

“A pin-sharp torrent of precision gags and delightfully silly one-liners” —The Observer

“Candid and instantly likeable, Overman is a redoubtable talent” —The Scotsman

“Positively throbbing with confidence in her comedy powers” —Chortle

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Micky Overman: Small Deaths

Wed
13

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The Jam Factory

Katie Pritchard: Disco Ball

Party with carnage-wielding, mayhem-manifesting, human disco ball Katie Pritchard, in her brand-new musical comedy show, as she tries to figure out “who she is” while possibly dressed as a pavlova. “Inventive and hilarious” (Broadway Baby), “An explosion of joyful lunacy” (Shortlist). Winner: Musical Comedy Awards 2019. Winner: 2Northdown New Comedian 2019.

Praise for previous work:
“An explosion of joyful lunacy” —Shortlist
“Fantastically weird” —Femedy
“Inventive and hilarious” —Broadway Baby
“A veritable Sizewell B” —Chortle
“Always original and entertaining” —Female Arts Magazine

As seen on Harry Hill’s Clubnite & Pulped for Channel 4

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Katie Pritchard: Disco Ball

Thu
14

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The Jam Factory

Laura Davis: If This Is It

Laura Davis is internationally acclaimed as one of the strongest, most distinctive comedy voices around. Bold, hilarious and razor sharp, Davis delivers extraordinary stand-up that subverts expectation at every turn. This is her new hour.

“Genuinely brilliant stand-up” —British Comedy Guide Recommended Shows 2019
★★★★ “Extraordinary stand-up” —The Age
★★★★ “A daring and original debut… supremely witty” —Scotsman
★★★★ “Indescribable… It’s futile attempting to sum up this show.” —Fest Magazine
★★★★ “Smart, challenging, ambitious, playful and funny.” —Chortle
★★★★ “Real magic” —Time Out

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Laura Davis: If This Is It

Thu
14

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The Jam Factory

Andrew O’Neill: We Are Not In The Least Afraid Of Ruins; We Carry A New World In Our Hearts

Cult comedian and star of Radio 4’s Damned Andrew returns with a show about hope: We Are Not In The Least Afraid Of Ruins; We Carry A New World In Our Hearts.

Andrew O’Neill is an award-winning comedian, punk-rock musician and best-selling writer. A psychedelic non-binary whirlwind, they combine surrealism, polemic and good old-fashioned stagecraft to produce uniquely counter-cultural stand-up. Andrew has performed in over a dozen different countries, at over a hundred different festivals and is equally at home in rowdy comedy clubs as performing to their own cult following.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Andrew O’Neill at the Oxford Comedy Festival

Fri
15

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Isa Bonachera: The Emotional Universe of a Melodramatic Woman

Isabel Maria is trapped in a real-life soap, and she loves it. You are invited to explore the emotional universe of melodramatic women in this comedy show about cultural campiness and embracing the drama of life.

★★★★☆ “thought-provoking and unapologetically dark” —Entertainment Focus

★★★★☆ “a gift for the unexpected one-liner” —Three Weeks

★★★★☆ “jokes and punchlines which really hit you with laughter” —Broadway Baby

★★★★☆ “a very well written show” —Funny Women

★★★★★ “unique, intelligent brand of comedy” —The Awkward Corner

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Isa Bonachera at the Oxford Comedy Festival

Fri
15

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Jamie D’Souza: Stop Drawing Willies On My Poster

Join rising star Jamie D’Souza as he performs his highly anticipated debut stand-up show, about the terrible teen emo band he was in and also his first school crush. He’s definitely over it. Jamie’s stand up has been described as a mix of short stories and one liners, delivered with an instant likability and an understated confidence. Covering a range of topics including veganism, his mixed race heritage and coming to terms with entering adulthood.

Coming from a musical background, he is adept at both straight stand up and musical comedy. Jamie has appeared on the BBC Asian Network ‘Stand Up Show’ which TX’d live on radio and featured on the iPlayer and ‘Comedy Central at the Edinburgh Fringe’. He currently performs at many clubs all across the UK, including The Comedy Store and Up The Creek.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Jamie D’Souza at the Oxford Comedy Festival

Sat
16

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Kathryn Mather: Scream Inside Your Heart

In 2020, Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan reopened, asking patrons on the rollercoasters to “Scream Inside Your Heart”. Oh boy, have we all been doing a lot of that lately. Come join award winning comedian Kathryn Mather, and may our hearts scream in unison.

As seen on Comedy Central Live, or doing tour support for Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Judah Friedlander, Amused Moose Breakthrough Comedian 2020, South East New Comedian of the Year 2018, WinnerFrog and Bucket World Series 2017 – Winner

“Very funny with a distinctive comic voice” – Nish Kumar“Kathryn is one of those new comedians that makes you want to quit she’s so prodigious. She’s a brilliant and unique voice.”– Kiri Pritchard-McLean“A fantastic mix of dark humour and funny storytelling. The audience were crying” —Russell Kane

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Kathryn Mather: Scream Inside Your Heart

Sun
17

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The White House by Tap Social

Elf Lyons: Work in Progress

Comedy IT-girl Elf Lyons floats to a theatre near you with her new horrifying dark comedy inspired by Stephen King. Get a glass of red rum and laugh with Elf forever and ever. It will be a misery if you can’t come.

Directed by Leland Gaunt

Since 2017 Elf has been nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality, Fringe World Perth’s Best Comedy Show and in 2018 Elf won Pick of the Fringe at the Adelaide Fringe, Australia.

Elf is a series regular on The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2 – series 2 & 3), The Breakfast Show and Culture Hour (Times Radio), The Colin Murray Show (BBC Radio 5) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). She is a three-time cover star of The Sunday Times Culture.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Elf Lyons: Work in Progress

Mon
18

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The White House by Tap Social

Elf Lyons: Work in Progress

Angela has good intentions but trying to live your best life, as it turns out, is really bloody hard.

Join Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, The News Quiz) as she tries out some new ideas she’s had. There will be thoughts, there will be stories, there will be successes, there will be failures, and there will be jokes – so come along to find out which is which…

“She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic” —The Guardian

★★★★ “Great punchlines galore” —Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ “A topical and heart-warming hour of comedy” —Voice

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Angela Barnes: Hot Mess (WIP)

Mon
18

9.00pm to 10.00pm

Tap Social Movement

Jessica Fostekew: Wench

A new show about private things, public things and trying to wrap your big sexy arms around time to keep it still. You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill’s Clubnite amongst other telly shows. She’s a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4’s News Quiz and Now Show.

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Jessica Fostekew: Wench

Wed
20

7.30pm to 8.30pm

Tap Social Movement

Sikisa: Twerk in Progress

From South London, Barbadian citizen Sikisa presents her work-in-progress show. Always the life of the party, Sikisa just wants to make sure that everyone is happy, but how can everyone be happy when the world is not perfect. She explores the brutal but funny truth about herself, her life and how the world really sees her as she remembers an epic house party. Parties are always fun…. right?

Sikisa’s appearances include Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Pie And A Pint (Comedy Central), Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Sikisa: Twerk in Progress

Wed
20

9.00pm to 10.00pm

Tap Social Movement

Stuart Goldsmith: A Shared Illusion

Sort of scaffolding really, but made of the poles they use for pole-vaulting. Did a WIP in 2019, world ended, still got loads, written loads more. Open-hearted, honest and *guaranteed* potentially funny.

Host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast. As seen on Conan (TBS), As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central).

★★★★★ —Independent

★★★★ “Truly a comedy masterclass… Endlessly inventive” —List

★★★★ “Yet further evidence of Goldsmith’s enormous talent and indisputable mastery of the genre” —TheWeeReview.com

★★★★ “Makes it look easy” —Chortle.co.uk

“Goldsmith knocks it out of the park” —Times

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Stuart Goldsmith: A Shared Illusion

Thu
21

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The Jam Factory

Yuriko Kotani: Work in Progress

Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award and Time Out’s One to Watch, UK-based Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani is going to tell stories of her experiences and thoughts as a work in progress in her “second language”.

As seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Pls Like (BBC3), Paul Hollywood Eats Japan (Channel 4) and Mandy series 2 (BBC2).

Her debut show “Somosomo” was Guardian’s recommended show, 2Northdown’s Top Ten Picks at Edinburgh Fringe and received those reviews:

★★★★★ “A brilliantly performed, well-structured & wonderfully unique set.” —fringebiscuit

★★★★ “A must-see full of heart, passion and laughs.” —Broadway Baby

★★★★ “A superb show that leaves the audience feeling inspired and hopeful” —Wee Review

★★★★ “…genuinely hilarious and I will never look at the term ‘ish’ in quite the same way again.” —Clownster

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Yuriko Kotani: Work in Progress

Fri
22

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Jim Daly: Football and Fatherhood

Debut stand-up show from internet comedy sensation Jim Daly (50+ million views). Jokes, songs and stories on his two biggest loves: his two-year-old daughter and football. Jim navigates the first year of being a new dad with the help of his love of the beautiful game and one of it’s most iconic players; former Ireland international Tony Cascarino.

“Very funny” —Daily Mirror

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Jim Daly: Football and Fatherhood

Fri
22

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Jim Daly: Football and Fatherhood

When born, there was a prophetess who envisioned that Michael would become a doctor. She was right. He’s not seen her since.

Fast forward 30 years, this young Londoner is now on the NHS frontlines dealing with the myriad of challenges of this poses. None more so than being a role model, he’ll tell you to reduce your sugar intake yet an hour later you’re both in the queue for Krispy Kremes.

Glazed donuts asides, scrubs are the universal uniform for doctors but they don’t confer any medical competence. Wearing a tracksuit on the street has negative connotations but do they make one any less of a medical professional? Am I scrub for wearing no Scrubs?

No Scrubs sees Michael traverse the daily challenges of life within the NHS, surviving life in London outside of it and how he ended up in court fighting for it.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Michael Akadiri: No Scrubs

Sat
23

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Sasha Ellen: Creeps and Geeks

Why can’t we all be on the same team? Is it because of men with vans called Barry? Is it because of killer sex robots, or it is it because of sambuca? Or all of the above? Sasha Ellen takes a hilarious journey into unsafe spaces, encountering errant schoolboys, level 9 healers and strangely sexy Quiz masters.

“Honest, hilarious and horrifying… the comedy future looks good for Ellen” —Canal-St

“Genuinely engaging” —Broadway Baby

★★★★ “Smart, self-possessed and with great heart… comedy done well” —TheStudent

Material heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Nominee

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Sasha Ellen: Creeps and Geeks

Sat
23

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Jamie Mykaela: DADDY

Jamie Mykaela doesn’t want you to be her Daddy. Sorry. She’s not your groupie, baby girl, or sweet 16.

This is a show about how your Dad’s record collection sees women. From The Rolling Stones through The Beatles to old favorites from Countdown, Australia’s premier, cult-favourite ukulele cabaret queen has taken all their pervy, trash-talking lyrics very personally.

So, she’s gonna sing about it, cancelling them all live on stage on her powder-pink guitar and razor-sharp wit.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Jamie Mykaela: DADDY

Sun
24

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The White House by Tap Social

Athena Kugblenu: Shaking Her Class

Athena Kugblenu is middle class. Or is she? Watch her dissect her life whilst also tearing apart pre-conceived ideas about race, class and identity whilst being very funny about it all.

Athena Kugblenu is a stand-up comedian and writer. She is a member of the BBC Comedy Room 2019/20 and 2020’s recipient of the Felix Dexter Bursary from the BBC. A 2015 BBC New Comedian of the Year finalist, she leads with intelligent, edgy, thought-provoking jokes. Her debut solo show, KMT, played the Edinburgh Fringe to 4 and 5-star reviews, as did her 2018 follow-up FOLLOW THE LEADER. Both featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph’s best jokes compilations.

As well as having her own radio show on COLOURFUL FM and a BBC Radio 4 series, ATHENA’S CANCEL CULTURE, Athena regularly co-hosts THE GUILTY FEMINIST podcast and performed with them on their 2019 tour around the UK. She also hosts her own podcast KEEPING ATHENA COMPANY. She has appeared on many other Radio 4 shows including BAMESHOW, THE MUSEUM OF CURIOSITY and LOOSE ENDS as well as FUNNY KIND OF WORLD and BREAKING THE NEWS on BBC Radio Scotland and THE RADIO FOUR EXTRA COMEDY CLUB.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Athena Kugblenu: Shaking Her Class

Mon
25

7.30pm to 8.30pm

Tap Social Movement

Sara Barron: Work in Progress

The new hour of comedy from powerhouse live act Sara Barron, one of the fastest-rising comedians of her generation. Her previous hour shows sold out at both the Edinburgh fringe and multiple runs in London’s Soho Theatre.

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Sara Barron: Work in Progress

Mon
25

9.00pm to 10.00pm

Tap Social Movement

Sophie Duker: Hag

The sexy baby from Taskmaster is all grown up. Back in 2019 she was a Babybel – round, sweet, pure. Now she’s vintage cheddar – extra mature and hiding in your fridge.

Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Nominee is gearing up for a second bite at the comedy apple. Expect a tale of old hags, sexy stepmothers, deadly sins and her magic pussy… maybe. It’s a work in progress.

★★★★ “Laugh-out loud funny” —The Telegraph

★★★★ —The Scotsman

★★★★ —The Sunday Times

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Sophie Duker: Hag

Wed
27

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The Jam Factory

Eleanor Tiernan: Work in Progress

Comedian and writer Eleanor Tiernan has featured on Stand Up For Live Comedy (BBC3) Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience and she has supported acts including Stewart Lee, Tig Notaro, Ardal O’Hanlon, Jason Manford, Jason Byrne and Reginald D. Hunter.

Eleanor’s style is “deceptively sharp” (Fest Mag) and filled with her trademark acerbic wit. Her solo shows regularly receive rave reviews (33 must-see shows of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Herald Sun) and she has been featured on Sunday Times list of Top Ten Female Stand Ups To Watch and Chortle’s 2019: The ones to watch.

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Eleanor Tiernan: Work in Progress

Thu
28

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The Jam Factory

Erika Ehler: Femcel

Noun: A female incel. A woman who can’t get a relationship. Fresh from appearances on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2) and Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave). Expect an hour of boldly offensive and immaculately crafted jokes.

Erika’s razor-sharp, dark and visceral writing paired with precise delivery makes her one of the most exciting young comedians on the circuit. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Erika now lives in the UK after completing the Comedy Writing and Performance Program at Salford University.

In 2019, she was crowned winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award, was the recipient of the Mike Craig Comedy Award, and the Hot Water Roast Battle Champion. Erika has also written for Late Night Mash (Dave), Never Mind The Buzzcock (Sky), Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Death to 2020 (Netflix).

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Erika Ehler: Femcel

Fri
29

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Lara Ricote: GRL/LATNX/DEF

Lara’s a small Latin American girl (woman?) who won the Funny Women 2021 (right. Woman.) stage award and is now doing an hour of stand up about what it’s like to be Latin and deaf and a girl who’s now a woman. You know, minority jokes for majority crowds.

If you read this and you don’t come, what’s that say about you? huh? You hate disabled people? MAYBE PROVE YOU DON’T by coming to this fun-for-the-whole-family-if-your-children-are-older-than-16 show! Love u.

Lara performs stand up all around the Netherlands and improvises with Boom Chicago and easylaughs, which is important in the Netherlands. This year she has just won the 2021 Funny Women Stage Award which catapulted her onto this website.

As seen on E4 and Comedy Central

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Lara Ricote: GRL/LATNX/DEF

Fri
29

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Njambi McGrath: Work in Progress

Comedian grannies, mud floor comedy clubs, white face audiences, broke aristocrat orgies with angry Afrikaans, soldiers in search of stiffies, African matriarchs objectifying themselves and civil disobedience are the perfect ingredients for mirth. Njambi McGrath is hot on the heels of her comedian grandmother in colonial Kenya.

Njambi’s work has been featured on BBC iPlayer and BBC Two’s Edinburgh Nights as well as BBC Radio 4, Amazon Prime Virgin Trains.

She was in the original line up of the (ARIA) Radio Awards hit BBC World comedy show ‘New Year’s International Comedy Celebration. Since her debut in 2010, she was voted 1 of 5 top up and coming female comedians 2012 by Fabulous magazine barely 14 months later. She was shortlisted for the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards x 2 a year later.

She guested shows like BBC Two Edinburgh Nights, BBC One Sunday Live, Channel 4, Saturday Live BBC Radio 4, Loose Ends and ½ hour profile on BBC World service and has been showcased on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4Xtra. She has been profiled in the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, Daily Nation (Kenya) featured on Arise TV.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Njambi McGrath: Work in Progress

Sat
30

7.30pm to 8.30pm

The James Street Tavern

Pierre Novellie: Why Can’t I Just Enjoy Things

Before the plague and WW3 I was a chortling, apple-cheeked blacksmith and now I am a scowling wretch in a tattered cloak. The show is observational comedy for people who think they don’t like observational comedy. A mixture of high-brow and low-brow references from five-star receiving, award-winning, hit podcasting, Frank Skinner-supporting Pierre Novellie. “Why can’t I just enjoy things?” as in “why am I unable to enjoy the things others do” and “why am I not left to enjoy the things that I do enjoy.”

Doors open at 7.00pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Pierre Novellie: Why Can't I Just Enjoy Things

Sat
30

9.00pm to 10.00pm

The James Street Tavern

Kate Smurthwaite: Maud De Lane and the Bitter End

A Victorian orphan explains disaster capitalism through the medium of poetry. Probably. I haven’t written it yet…

Legendary political comedian and provocateur, Kate Smurthwaite, brings her latest hour of acerbic jokes and cutting observations to the Oxford Comedy Festival.

Kate Smurthwaite is a political comedian who appears regularly on TV and radio. She has toured 19 one woman shows to date winning rave reviews and awards on the way. She has written for Have I Got News For You, BBC3’s BAFTA-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised as well as The Guardian, The Mirror, The Independent. Cosmopolitan, Stylist, New Internationalist, New Statesman and many other publications.

Doors open at 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

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Kate Smurthwaite: Maud De Lane and the Bitter End