Chester Comedy Festival 2018



Paul Sinha, Jo Caulfield and Jeff Green will be headlining CH1ChesterBID’s inaugural Chester Comedy Festival.

The comedians are set to perform at some of the city’s most iconic venues this summer as part of the brand new comedy festival being launched by CH1ChesterBID.

The Chester Comedy Festival will feature 11 stand-up shows, with 26 comedians performing in 16 venues over 8 days between Sunday 1st July and Sunday 8th July 2018.

They include The Chase star Paul Sinha who will be performing at the Chester Grosvenor, as well as Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You comedian Jo Caulfield who will appear at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel.

Award-winning comedian Jeff Green (who was born in Chester and had a sell-out UK solo tour before moving to Australia in 2008) will be returning home for the first time in ten years to perform his critically acclaimed show ’30’ at Chester Town Hall.

Robin Ince, Glenn Wool, Tom Wrigglesworth, Archie Kelly, and Gary Delaney are just some of the other big name stand-up acts set to appear, with ticket prices starting from as little as £8.

CH1ChesterBID has teamed up with the organisers of the Southport Comedy Festival to create the week-long celebration of comedy.

The team behind the event plan to establish the comedy festival as an annual fixture in Chester’s social calendar.

Carl Critchlow, BID manager at CH1ChesterBID, said: “We really wanted to create this festival to give people something new to enjoy and another reason to come and spend time in the city centre this summer.

He added: “We think the CH1 Chester Comedy Festival will be a big hit with local people as well as city visitors, so we’re really looking forward to seeing it all get underway with the first stand-up act on Sunday 1st July.”

Husband and wife team Brendan Riley and Val Brady are working with CH1ChesterBID to help coordinate the Chester Comedy Festival.

Brendan has worked as a stand-up comedian for over 25 years and established the Southport Comedy Festival in 2010.

“It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to bring a brand-new comedy festival to a city like Chester,” said Brendan.

“There are so many fantastic buildings in the city centre and we’re thrilled to be bringing some of the biggest names from across the world of comedy to come and perform in them.”

There will be something for everyone, with a broad range of acts on offer, and the timing is ideal since many of them will be bringing brand new material ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Brendan promises: “The CH1 Chester Comedy Festival is an event not to be missed!”

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