Smiles are at the heart of the festivals we run and so the 2019 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 Oktoberfest is Chris Brooker who will take you on a comedic journey of fun a frolics so grab a seat and let the good times LOL!!

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

Stephen Carlin

Stephen Carlin has earned critical acclaim, accolades and a growing fan base with his original and insightful writing style and accomplished delivery. An enigmatic act, Stephen uses a unique pattern of delivery to amuse the audience with unexpected and off-the-wall references. From his sartorial elegance to his in-depth and hilarious knowledge of international snooker, Carlin’s performance takes the audience into the mind of a passionate obsessive. This man is well on his way to become Scotland's newest addition to its history of brilliant comedians. He was also named by Stewart Lee as one of the Ten Best Comedians in the World Ever. Stephen co-created and co-wrote the new BBC Radio 4 show The Headset Set.

“The kind of solid material we'd expect from him.” The Skinny

“His brand of deadpan wit is well overdue widespread recognition.” Broadway Baby

“Droll and furrowed and gorgeous. Awesome joke writer." Time Out

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 see as a comedy icon in his native Liverpool. His unique ability to improvise and interact with an 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 Coogan’s 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. Because of its offbeat format, It has started to become a ‘cult film’ for comedy aficionados. Carter wrote a weekly column for The Liverpool Echo Newspaper about his life as a comedian before it was banned (after two years and despite public outcry) in 2016 for being ‘too honest’ for a Sunday morning readership. Carter is constantly being offered the chance to showcase his style on television.  A temptation he has resisted until he feels the time is right. He has dabbled in television and radio work, his infamous ‘Jesus’ Younger Brother’ series for the BBC in 2013 was banned before it was even aired (no joke) and he recently became 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 becoming huge’ Chortle
‘Surely this man will have a sitcom in a few years’ time’ Metro

Vinca Atta

Nothing less than a phenomenon, Vince Atta has the industry ignited! Using a multi-track looper, Vince creates live on-the-spot Hip-Hop/Reggae/Techno/anything; hilariously fusing it with natural stand-up, storytelling and audience interaction - creating the most infectious songs you’re ever likely to hear… it really is quite a show! Since his musical reinvention, Vince is very much in demand; headlining most British clubs and a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe. Vince recently supported Jason Manford on numerous dates across his epic arena tour, playing for up to 21,000 people each night. His act travels incredibly well and he headlines regularly across the UK and Europe, in cities such as Barcelona, Zagreb, Warsaw, Budapest, Belgrade, Rijeka, Ljubljana, Maribor, Porec, Pazin and Varazdin. Vince got his comedy career off to a belting start by winning the much-coveted City Life Comedian Of The Year in 2006, within his first few months; following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Caroline Aherne, Peter Kay, Jason Manford, Justin Moorhouse, John Bishop, Dave Spikey and Chris Addison. Admired by audiences and peers alike; this unique, talented and incredibly funny act has to be seen to be believed!

"An Unstoppable Force! Like an intravenous shot of adrenaline!" Steve Bennett, Chortle

"One of the circuit's most promising acts" The Guardian

"Star of the future. Fact!" Student Direct

Gordon Southern

Gordon Southern 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.

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