We could all do with a laugh right now, which is why we’re holding our first Comedy Fest this autumn – packed with stars of TV and some of the best stand-ups touring the UK right now.
Altered Feast, Norwich’s favourite alternative comedy cabaret night, takes over The Garage with Clutterbuck’s Comedy Club (1 October).
Organised and hosted by Tom Clutterbuck, Altered Feast ran at The Birdcage for five years before moving to Norwich Arts Centre in 2021.
Joz Norris won the Comedians’ Choice Award for Best Show in 2019 and, due to world events, has now held onto it for nearly a full presidential term. He wrote and starred in the BBC Radio 4 comedy special A Small Talk On Small Talk.
Heidi Regan won the BBC New Comedy Award 2017 and So You Think You’re Funny 2016 and is currently recording her second BBC Radio 4 special.
Pierre Novellie is one of the best up-and-coming comedians in the UK. You’ll have seen him on The Mash Report and Stand Up Central or heard him on Radio 4’s The Now Show. He’s also the co-host of the hit podcast BudPod alongside Phil Wang.
Britain’s Got Talent star Jonny Awsum is Coming to Town (7 October).
Shooting to fame with his performances of This Is A Musical with Ant and Dec and The Triangle Song with David Walliams, his comedy performances have been watched more than 50million times online.
He’s gone on to enjoy a sell-out five-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe and supported Lost Voice Guy and Tape Face on their UK tours.
Spend an evening with some of the best stand-ups touring the UK at the Comedy Club Night (22 October).
The impishly sarcastic Dana Alexander draws from her diverse lifestyle, her gay friends and her crazy Jamaican family.
Gary Tro is known for his off-centre observations and hilarious audience chat.
Dave Award winner, triple Perrier Award nominee and BBC New Comedy Award winner, Dan Antopolski has a surreal comic mind, coupled with a mastery of the English language. He’s performed at the biggest international comedy festivals with appearances at Montreal, Melbourne and New York.
Javier Jarquin is a regular on the comedy circuit and has performed on the same bill as the likes of Jimmy Carr, Stewart Lee, Jo Brand and Paul Daniels.
Run Wild! (23 October, 2pm) is the first of two shows from the stars of Britain’s Got Talent and The One Show – The Noise Next Door.
Take control of this family-friend comedy performance full of songs, scenes and gags where anything can happen.
The quartet return for In Charge (23 October, 8pm), their sixth national tour of finely tuned anarchy where you’re, once again, in charge.
The Noise Next Door are 12 time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe, have appeared on various TV shows and alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill.
Comedian Carl Hutchinson (26 October) returns with a new show after two consecutive sell-out years.
Expect captivating stories, observations and audience interaction from what critics call a “joyously funny” and “an all-round comic”.
He’s cooked gourmet food using hotel room appliances and tools from his shed. In Movable Feast (November 6) George Egg turns his attention to stuff you’d find on planes, trains and automob-meals.
Rifle through all the noise and self-promotion of modern life with comedian Jayde Adams’ The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face (19 November).
The Snackmasters and Crazy Delicious host was recently seen learning how to sing opera before performing live in front of the whole nation for Comic Relief.
Her first stand-up special on Amazon was critically acclaimed, amassed 60million views across social media and was longlisted for the Best Variety Special Emmy in the Hollywood Reporter Predictions.
Looking ahead to next year, Steve Bugeja Tried To Start His Own Nickname (17 June, 2022) features one of comedy’s most exciting rising stars.
You may have heard him hosting BBC Radio 4’s Economics with Subtitles or seen him on TV shows like The Russell Howard Hour, Love Island: Aftersun and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central.
He’s a prolific writer, co-creating new ITV sit-com Buffering with Ian Stirling and contributing to shows like Stirling’s Celebability, Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
**Updated** It’s showtime! We can’t wait to open the doors to our theatre again. There’s plenty to enjoy – with drama, music and our comedy
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