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Leamington Spa Comedy Festival, Oct 8-14

Who's on the 2017 line-up?

Fancy having a laugh? Here’s this year’s full line-up…starting with Sarah Millican and Henning Wehn and ending with Alan Davies.  Also worth knowing that there’s a fab children’s comedy club on Sat Oct 14.

Comedians Sarah Millican and Jo Enright in Conversation with Standard Issue magazine, Sun Oct 8

Joining witty women’s mag Standard Issue will be a line-up of brilliant women from across comedy and the media, including Deputy Editor Hannah Dunleavy. Sarah Millican founded the magazine two years ago but it has recently moved to a new podcast format. No celebrity tittle tattle, no calorie counting, just funny chat,

Book here, Royal Spa Centre Studio, 8pm

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option, Sun Oct 8 

His last show – a sell-out at the 2016 Comedy Festival – tackled the British obsession with home ownership and the self-serving nature of many fundraising efforts, this time Henning’s having an unbiased look at immigration. Suitable for ages 16+.

Book here Royal Spa Centre Main Stage, 7.30pm

Reckless Comedy, The Royal Pug, Regent Street, Leamington, Mon Oct 9

A mix of performers trying out new material, £3.

wegottickets, 8pm

Adele Cliff & Sarah Bennetto, The Royal Pug, Leamington, Tues Oct 10

New act Adele Cliff brings her sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Show Cliff Notes to this autumn’s comedy fest examining the silly notes she’s made over the last couple of years. In this double-bill Sarah Bennetto, a stand-up comic from Melbourne, Australia, now living and performing in the UK including BBC Radio 4 will be performing her new show All My Life’s Mistakes, Catalogued (volume 1) – presented in list form.

wegottickets, 8pm 

Rob Rouse, Royal Spa Centre Studio, Leamington, Tues Oct 10

Actor/comedian Rob Rouse who’s in Ben Elton’s Shakespeare sitcom Upstart Crow on BBC 2 will be performing his new stand up show Are You Sitting Comfortably? – his fourth national tour. Rob’s also appeared in 8 out of 10 cats, Dave’s One Night Stand, The Friday Night Project and Live at the Comedy Store. The former geography teacher and wife Helen do a weekly podcast with his wife Helen – Rob and Helen’s Datenight Podcast – with both kids now at school and a little more time on their hands!

Book here, 7.45pm

The Fat Pug Comedy Quiz, Guys Cliffe Road, Tues Oct 10

The festival takes over the pub’s regular quiz night, call to book your quiz table – 01926 420 390.

8.30pm, £1

The Horne Section, Royal Spa Centre Main House, Leamington,Wed Oct 11

The Horne Section – Spiegeltent Canary Wharf © Nunzio Prenna

The Horne Section is where music and comedy collide creating a show packed with brass based fun. Expect toe-tapping tunes on weighty issues such as beards, caveats and Scottish widows. Following their hit BBC Radio 4 series and many years of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as London’s West the ensemble take on Leamington. Expect a heady mix of chotic stand-up, spectacular performance and outlandish musical talent led by the brilliant comedian Alex Horne.

Book here, 7.30pm

Jimeoin: Ridiculous, Royal Spa Centre Main Stage, Leamington, Thurs Oct 12

Northern Irish internationally-acclaimed stand-up.

Book here, 7.30pm

Apehangers Comedy Club, Procaffeinate, Clemens Street, Leamington, Thurs Oct 12

Compare Cerys Nelmes is joined by up-and-coming comedian Darren Harriott and the best joke-writer around according to GQ magazine, Tony Cowards.

Book here, 8pm.

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert, Royal Spa Centre Main Stage, Leamington, Fri Oct 13

The comedian’s biggest ever tour visiting more than 50 venues – he’s built a reputation as one of the finest observational comics in the industry. Ed can also be seen on BBC  TV shows Mock The Week and Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure.

Book here, 8pm.

Patrick Monahan: Rewind Selector 90s, Royal Spa Centre Studio, Fri Oct 13

Brand new stand-up from the multi-award-winning Irish/Iranian comic who talks about life as a teenager in the 90s.

Book here, 7.30pm

Comedy Club 4 Kids, Royal Spa Centre Studio, Sat Oct 14

Fantastic family entertainment with some of the best comedians around for children aged 6+.

Book here, 2.30pm

The Thermos Museum, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Sat Oct 14

A firm Edinburgh Fringe absurdist favourite – visitors are escorted around the museum by the mysterious and disenchanted tour guide!

Shows start at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm – Adults, £4, children £3, pay on the day

Festival Finale with Alan Davies, Royal Spa Centre Main Stage, Sat Oct 14

A pool of top comedians to end the week’s festivities headlined by the star of  QI, As Yet Untitled and of course, detective drama Jonathan Creek. The show will be compered by 2016 Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Christian Lee, and the line-up includes card throwing ninja Javier Jarquin; Leicester Comedy Festival’s comedian of the year nominee, David Jordan; and winner of the Piccadilly Comedy Club 2016 New Comedian of the Year Award, Eshaan Akbar.

Book here, 8pm.


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