Smiles are at the heart of the festivals we run and so the 2018 comedy area is going to be a barrel of laughs!

A huge thanks to The Comedy Agency for their hard work in pulling together the best in the business for your enjoyment. 

Your MC for the weekend Cerys Nelmes will take you on a comedic journey of fun a frolkics so grab a seat and let the good times LOL!!

Cerys Nelmes

Cotswold’s born and bred, Cerys Nelmes is a leading MC on the comedy circuit, working for major UK clubs and UK charity events. Cerys has a fantastic stage presence and her audience interaction is flawless. The infamous 'Teenager' appears in her more recent work due to audience demand! Cerys is the resident MC at Riproar Comedy Club, Comedy Grove in Devon and What The Frock in Bristol. She can also be seen on The Dave Channel on a Halfords advert and was at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Other recent festival appearances include Glastonbury and Wychwood, with recent TV appearances in Casualty and on JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.

Junior Simpson 

With his infectious energy and huge stage presence, it is easy to see why Junior Simpson is a circuit favourite. Simpson has a boundless joy and exurberance that has audiences hooked with hilarity. A true observational comic, Simpson finds his humour in the everyday and humdrum with anecdotes of his world travels as a comedian adding a personal originality to his set. Although mischievious and daring, Simpson is never crass or crude and can tailor his set to suit any audience making him a favourite for warm up, TV and coportae work. 

"My highlight was Junior Simpson. A vigorous raconteur and vibrant mimic with lots to say. Watch that Man!" - The Guardian
"The new Lenny Henry" - The Times
"His material is excellent" Daily Mail

Keith Carter 

Keith Carter is known as one of the best character comedians on the circuit, with an attention to detail so much so, many have not known he was in character. He doesn't rely on wigs and silly costumes, Carter relies on sincerity. His most famous creation Nige has gained cult status amongst comedy fans and comedians alike and is seen as a comedy icon in his native Liverpool.

His unique ability to improvise and interect with the audience whilst delivering a perfectly honed set of belly-laugh gags and hilariously surreal stories has taken him across the globe, as well as working with, amongst others, Sean Lock, Reg D Hunter, Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand. Carter can count Johnny Vegas and Jon Richardson as fans of his work. His contemporaries like him so much that Steve Coogans' company, Baby Cow paid for his one man show Edinburgh run in 2012, and Craig Cash's company, Jelly Legs paid to make a half hour teaser pilot to be shown at the BBC of one of Carter's characters. For a comic that is not a TV celebrity, Carter still managed to perform a multi character one man show to a sell-out crowd in Liverpool's Neptune Theatre in 2014 and turned it into a successful selling DVD.

Carter is constantly being offered the chance to showcase his style on TV. A temptation he has resisted until he feels the time is right. He has recently become the presenter of Radio 5's new show, 'Better Than The News'. 

"A character comic of rare skill" - The Guardian.

"Carter is in danger of becomming huge" - Chortle

"Surely this man will have a sitcom in a few years' time" - Metro 

Chris Brooker

One of comedy’s heavy hitters, Chris Brooker’s infectious energy and enthusiasm sweeps through a room like an irresistible force. Chris’ combination of hilarious, original material and inspired improvisation means that you will never see the same routine twice. Immensely likeable, there’s no doubting his ability to win over any crowd and drag them along for the ride.

Chris has forged himself a fine reputation as a stand-up comedian, in particular as one of the country’s best up and coming comperes. A member of ComedySportz, the resident improv troupe at Manchester’s Comedy Store, Chris made history when he became the first British performer to be chosen for the All Star team at the annual World Championships in Portland, Oregon. A veteran performer in the UK, Chris has also performed in the U.S. and Canada, most famously when he was invited to participate in the Yuk Yuk’s “Great Canadian Laugh Off” in Toronto.

A regular on the radio waves in and around Manchester, Chris also has three full length solo shows under his belt. “Path Of Least Resistance”, “Please Hold, Chris Brooker Knows You Are Waiting” and “Unstoppable” have all received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

“Very funny, very quick… On the spot humour.” BBC

“A fitting finale, had the audience in stitches.” StudentOnline

“The best act of the night, his quick wit silencing hecklers and getting plenty of laughs.” Manchester Evening News

Roger Swift

UK Pun finalist at the Leicester Comedy Festival in both 2016 & 2017, Roger Swift is a fast paced, high energy, literal non-stop bombardment of props, puns and one liners that will either have you crying in pain with laughter or wishing you were somewhere else. He made the Edinburgh Fringe Top 15 Funniest Jokes list in 2016 after becoming a Last Minute Comedy New Act Of The Year Finalist and English Comedian Of The Year Semi Finalist. He’s got numerous Edinburgh shows under his belt and run gigs in Telford and elsewhere in Shropshire under his 'Teknnicolour Smoof' brand.

 

"He delivers prop gags and puns with élan. The gags go from genius to terrible, but work because of his delivery and a couple of people were laughing that hard, I worried for their health" (Peter Fox, Nottscomdeyreview)

 

Tom Taylor

Multi-award-winning comedian Tom Taylor has received high praise from audiences and critics alike. His unique brand of musical comedy is smart and silly in equal measure and he boasts an impressive stock of quirky, and very funny, musical one-liners. In 2013 Tom reached the final of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition, the following year he was a finalist in the Hobgoblin Comedy Award and in 2015 he took home the award for Comedian of the Year at the inaugural Great Yorkshire Fringe. Most recently he picked up the Audience Favourite Award at the Musical Comedy Awards 2017. A favourite of live bookers across the UK, Tom has also supported Simon Munnery, John Kearns and Abandoman on tour and recently performed on Radio 2 and Radio 4 as part of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award. In addition to his stand-up talents, Tom is an accomplished actor and writer having penned and performed two one-man murder mysteries, A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish and The Man with the Twisted Hip. Following two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tom embarked on a national tour of both shows last autumn.

"Excellent … beautifully daft" The Sunday Times
"Tom Taylor returned for a cracking headline set. He’s a quirky, sometimes musical act with all the nervous energy of early Adam Hess with original gags and a confidence to work in the moment and mock his own stupidity. Dad jokes – and plenty of better ones besides – are rarely done this stylishly." Steve Bennett, Chortle

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