Sat 28th September

Mark Thomas - Gaffa Tapes

Tickets On Sale 10am Fri 17th May

Tickets On Sale 10am Fri 17th May

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £18.50+BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 16+

Mark Thomas - Gaffa Tapes

Jokes, rants, politics, play and the occasional sing song.

If you don’t know what he does ask your parents.

In his time he has won awards (current total is now officially ‘f**kloads’), forced a politician to resign, changed laws on tax and protest, become Guinness Book of Records world record holder for number of protests in 24 hours, taken the police to court three times and won, walked the length of the Israeli Wall in the West Bank and generally mucked about trying to have fun and f**k the right people off.

This show is more of the above.

“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021

Sun 29th September

Big Comedy UK Presents: Best of the Fest

Featuring : Jo Caulfield & Hal Cruttenden

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £17 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 18+

Best of the Fest

Two of the comedy industry’s most celebrated comedians and stars of TV and Radio Jo Caulfield and Hal Cruttenden come together for one fantastic night of comedy as part of this year’s Southport Comedy Festival.

Jo Caulfield

Although best known for her legendary one-woman shows Jo is also a respected comedy writer and served as a writer on Graham Norton’s BAFTA Award winning “So Graham Norton”.

Nominated as “the best female Stand Up in the country” (Chortle) and “one of the Top 100 Comedians” (Channel 4), in 2022 Jo was voted “The Comedians Comedian of The Year”, an award voted for by her comedy peers.

As seen on Have I Got News for You, Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Royal Variety Performance, and Richard Osman’s House of Games.

“Quite simply one of the most consistently funny and creative comics in the country” The Guardian

Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden is one of the top stand-up comedians working in the UK today as well as being a highly accomplished writer, presenter and actor.

As seen on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’and ‘he Apprentice: You’re Fired!

“An absolute joy to watch…fabulous” The Scotsman

Fri 6th October

Comedy Bingo

Sponsored by:

Raising Funds for:

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £10

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 16+ PG 

May contain strong language and adult content

Comedy Bingo

Sponsored by:

Raising Funds for:

Eyes Down for a fabulous night of fun(draising) for a fantastic local charity Community Link Foundation with this truly hilarious and unique event!

Comedy Bingo is a highly interactive show hosted by comedian Brendan Riley, ‘bouncy and engaging’ The Scotsman

Sell out show festival 2022

Tue 10th October

Southport New Comedian of the Year
Grand Final

Sponsored by:

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £5

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 18+

Note to prospective entrants: Applications are now closed.

New Comedian of the Year 2023

Following a national search, eight aspiring comedians will compete to become the next Southport New Comedian of the Year.

Dragon Soop and The Southport Comedy Festival are proud to encourage new talent and help them become the stars of tomorrow. Choosing just one winner from an array of comedy talent won’t be easy.

Hosted by Brendan Riley “A born compere” The Guardian

Dragon Soop should only be consumed by adults aged 18+. Please enjoy responsibly

 

Sat 14th October

Bingo Nights UK Presents: 80's Disco Bingo

Raising Money for Southport Flower Show

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £10

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 16+

Bingo Nights UK Presents: 80's Disco Bingo

Raising Money for Southport Flower Show

Prepare yourself for a blast back to the 80s!

Eyes Down for a fabulous night of fundraising for Southport Flower Show with this truly interactive event. 80’s Disco Bingo is exactly what it says on the tin; a full night of Disco and Bingo but with a modern twist! Featuring all the 80’s hits, guaranteed to get the whole room up and dancing.

Fancy Dress is not mandatory but is certainly encouraged!

RELAX! PLAY BINGO! WHEN YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN!

Sell out show Festival 2021 and 2022 so grab your tickets now.

Wed 2nd October

Dan Nightingale and Fiends

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £15 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 18

 

Dan Nightingale and Fiends

After two hugely successful national comedy tours, host of the smash-hit Have A Word Podcast Dan Nightingale is doing something a little different in 2024: He’s hosting a run of shows with some of his favourite comedians on the bill.

With Dan doing what he does best and some of his very funny Stand-Up friends (or fiends) smashing sets… you won’t want to miss out, these shows will be the very best type of comedy mayhem.

This show features Mike Rice, Eshaan Akbar and Dean Coughlin with Dan hosting

Thu 3rd October

Henning Wehn: Acid Wehn

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £24.50 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 16+

 

Henning Wehn: Acid Wehn

Award-deserving German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn takes an unbiased look at climate change, a topic sure to delight audiences and no surprise. After all, everyone loves talking about the weather. Rain or shine, all will be fine. Or maybe it won’t. Who knows?! Come along. Or else.

“Wehn has given us an understanding of German quirks” King Charles III

“You couldn’t make it up” Henning himself

Henning’s most recent television and radio appearances include “Have I Got News For You” BBC1, “Would I Lie To You” BBC1, “Live At The Apollo” BBC2, “Guessable” Comedy Central, “Question Time” BBC1, “8 Out Of Cats Does Countdown” Channel 4, “Fighting Talk” BBC Radio 5 Live and “The Unbelievable Truth” BBC Radio 4.

“Wunderbar” The Times
“Cor blimey” The Guardian

Fri 4th October

Big Comedy UK Presents: Best of the Fest

Featuring:The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, Katie Tracey, Patrick Monahan and Host Bren Riley

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £15 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 18+

 

Sponsored by:

Big Comedy Presents: Best of the Fest

Featuring: The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, Katie Tracey, Patrick Monahan and Host Bren Riley

Join us for a fantastic night of live comedy with a triple headline show featuring stars from TV and the cream of the comedy circuit.

Award winning The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, highly original masters of prop and pun comedy. Excellent, fast-moving, clever, constantly changing, hilarious, musical nonsense. Winner UK Comedy Award Comedian of the Year as voted by fellow comedians.
“This is comedy that reminds us why we go out to see live shows.” The Scotsman

Patrick Monahan – Show me the funny’, ‘Splash’ (ITV) and ‘Celebrity squares’ (ITV) and more recently on The One Show (BBC), Fake Reaction (ITV), Pointless celebrity special (BBC) and Asian Network (BBC).

“Rip roaringly funny” One4Review

Katie Tracey Liverpool’s own fast rising star is regarded as one of the best female comedians in the Northwest, Funny Women Awards runner up, support act to Arthur Smith.

“Affable, cheeky and fun, but most importantly bloody funny.” Blackpool Comedy Club

Hosted by Brendan Riley

Wed 9th October

Ben Elton: Authentic Stupidity

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £32.50 +BF

Door: 6:30pm

Show: 7:30pm

Age: 16+

 

Ben Elton: Authentic Stupidity

Ben Elton, the undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road with his new show – Authentic Stupidity and bringing it to the Southport Comedy Festival.

Ben first exploded into the national consciousness back in the 1980’s, hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live and has been setting the standard for gag filled, taboo busting, tonsil rattling, mind expanding stand-up comedy ever since! 

‘Just give him a stage and a microphone and Ben Elton is the best. No contest’ The Sunday Times
‘Elton’s timing and phrasing remain impeccable, his structure is masterly’ Daily Telegraph
‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to beat Ben Elton live!’ Evening Standard
‘Vital, relevant and passionate’ The Scotsman

Thu 10th October

Jimeoin: Who's Your Man?!

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £19.50 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 16+

 

Live Nation & MZA Present

Jimeoin: Who's Your Man?!

Live comedy’s internationally acclaimed Jimeoin returns with an hilarious evening of World-Class stand-up on his brilliantly funny new tour show ‘Who’s Your Man?!’*

Yours might be one of the hundreds of millions of views of his online comedy clips, or perhaps you’ve seen his fantastic TV appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ or ‘Conan O’Brien’… but NOTHING beats seeing this Irish observational joke-master where he is most at home – live-on-stage!

Jimeoin’s cheeky no-gimmicks and superbly observed sense of humour, has won him many awards, with his wide appeal and great craic keeping audiences in stitches across the globe. 

* PLUS SUPPORT

‘Hilarious… If laughter is the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids…. Don’t you miss it!’ Edinburgh Evening News

‘Wickedly funny…The comedy greats make it seem effortless and Jimeoin doesn’t disappoint…Exhilarating’ !!!!½ The Age, Australia

Fri 11th October

Omid Djalili : Namaste

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £28 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 16+

 

Omid Djalili: Namaste

The Persian Comedy Powerhouse performs his critically acclaimed new show NAMASTE where Omid peacefully bows to his inner anger and unleashes a torrent of comedic vitriol upon the current state of this dangerously messed up planet.

No government gets a green card. No tyrant avoids a take down. No audience member leaves the theatre with an ounce of laughter left in them.

You have been warned. 

“So hysterically funny and at the same time so poignant and powerful that calling it stand-up barely does it justice.” Michael Levin, Huffington Post.

Sat 12th October

Jason Byrne: No Show

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £26.50 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 14+

 

Jason Byrne: No Show

There’s no show like a Jason Byrne No Show.

No Show
is a show with no comedy safety net. By the end of No Show you’ll have experienced a once in a lifetime show or No Show. 

Jason, along with the audience, will begin No Show with no show whatsoever.  Witness Jason use his infamous audience interactions with a sprinkle of props, both on and off the stage, to create No Show!

Your ‘Full on, double-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious’ Chortle.co.uk

No Show will never be repeated. 

Sun 13th October

Big Comedy UK Presents: Best of the Fest

Featuring : Paul Sinha & Ria Lina

Venue: Festival Marquee, Victoria Park

Ticket Price: £17 +BF

Door: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Age: 18+

Best of the Fest

Join two of the comedy industry’s most celebrated comedians as they come together for one fantastic night of comedy as part of this year’s Southport Comedy Festival.

Paul Sinha

Best known as The Sinnerman on ITV’s The Chase. Paul is a Rose d’Or Award winner for radio comedy, and Chortle Award winner and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for his stand-up. Paul is a familiar voice on radio appearing on Just a Minute, The News Quiz and Fighting Talk. On television, Paul has appeared on QI, Would I Lie to You? Taskmaster and Celebrity Googlebox.

“One of our most thoughtful and enjoyable comedians”, The Times

 Ria Lina

Ria Lina is a touring Filipina comedian, actress and writer known for her appearances on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, The Now Show and Mock The Week.

She has recently been named as one of The Evening Standard’s ‘Hottest Comedians You Should Be Watching Now’. 

Throughout her stand-up career Ria has taken five shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her career stretches from stage and screen, to radio and the occasional ukulele.

“Fearless, provocative and very funny” The Scotsman