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.

Sol Bernstein

It's true! After 25 years of semi-retirement, playing nursing homes, Sol Bernstein is back where he belongs, in smoky nightclubs performing to drunks. The legend that is Sol Bernstein escaped the Pogroms in Russia, the Nazis in Germany and Mosleys blackshirts in London, went on to become the World's 1st all-round entertainer. He's a song and dance man, a comedian, a magician, an actor, an amazing ventriloquist (with his suitcase friend Mr Pinkus) a Jazz musician (Sol was rated as the BEST TRIANGLE player in the USA in the 50's by performers like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington ). He's performed all over the world at venues including The London Palladium, New York's Carnegie Hall, The Paris Olympia, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, The Scunthorpe Baths, but it's at night clubs where Sol really comes to life. His charisma, his walking stick, his catch phrase "why don't you put on a tie" his chutzpah, put it all together and you see the magic that is Sol Bernstein. He's the man who helped the career's of Elvis Presley. Marcel Marceau (and never even got a "Thank you") and even the Beatles were influenced. He's worked with, and been friends with, some of the world’s GREATEST performers, Elvis, Judy Garland, The Rat Pack, Lenny Bruce, Jack Benny, George Burns, Milton Berle, Doris Day, Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe, Eddie Large. Most young performers will mention Sol B as a major influence. A major influence to do what, we aren't sure, but an influence never the less!

"My favourite comic – the funniest hour you'll spend this summer" Harry Hill
"One part Alf Garnett, two parts Mel Brooks and three part like nothing else you have heard. Bernstein is a great new comic creation in the making" - The Guardian
"Bernstein's the real deal, you'd better believe it" The Scotsman

Gordon Southern

Gordon is a regular headlining comedian on UK and International circuit, spending several months every year performing in Australia. A highly regarded international act, he’s worked in many exotic & challenging places, including Afghanistan, The Falkland Islands, Kosovo & Liverpool. He’s sold out a 700 seat theatre with a solo show in Mumbai, India, Performed a two-hour long one man show in Jakarta, Indonesia. He’s headlined the first ever Serbian comedy festival, and has regularly topped the bill in Singapore, Dubai, Cyprus and New Zealand. Gordon made his Edinburgh debut in the highly respected Comedy Zone in 1997 and has since gone on to take up several successful and acclaimed solo shows, with 2013’s “The Kerfuffle” garnering a galaxy of stars and 2012’s “A Brief History of History” receiving award nominations at the New Zealand Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. He has enjoyed sell out runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 2011- 2013. Gordon also has a time out comedy award from his days with BBC Radio 4’s Cheese Shop comedy sketch team. As an MC he’s played all over the world including a residency at Edinburgh’s notorious “Late N Live” since 2011.

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

Catherine Bohart

Catherine started performing stand-up in 2015 and since then has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks of UK and Irish comedy. In 2016, she was a finalist in both the BBC New Comedy Awards and Funny Women, drawing praise in the final of the former for having “a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear” (Chortle) and in the latter for being “pretty much the perfect comedy package” (Beyond The Joke). Catherine was named on the BBC's New Talent Hotlist 2017, was runner-up in Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 and also in 2017 was part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve line-up at the Edinburgh Fringe.

 

"A comic with both a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear" Steve Bennett, Chortle

"Pretty much the perfect comedy package" Bruce Dessau, London Evening Standard

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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