New comedy festival attracts sell-out crowds


Famous TV comedians – including Paul Sinha, Jo Caulfield and Chester funnyman Jeff Green – performed at some of the city centre’s most iconic venues last week as part of a new comedy festival launched by Chester’s Business Improvement District, CH1ChesterBID.

Crowds descended on the city centre for the first CH1 Chester Comedy Festival, featuring 11 stand-up shows with 26 comedians performing in 16 venues over 8 days (between Sunday 1st July 1 and Sunday 8th July 8).

They included The Chase’s Paul Sinha who performed at the Chester Grosvenor, plus Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You comedian Jo Caulfield who appeared 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) returned 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 were just some of the other big name stand-up acts that appeared in-front of packed audiences in Chester.

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

Carl Critchlow, BID manager, said: “We’ve had a great response to the first ever CH1 Chester Comedy Festival.

“Most of the shows were sell-outs with people coming from all over the region and the feedback about the comedians has been really positive.

“We created this festival to give people something new to enjoy and another reason to come and enjoy summer evenings in Chester city centre.”

He added: “The CH1 Chester Comedy Festival has been a big hit with local people as well as city visitors and we’re already looking forward to bringing the festival back again in 2019.”

For more information about the CH1 Chester Comedy Festival, please visit

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