Fall in laugh with the Nottingham Comedy Festival
My first official outing for Visit Notts took me to the Glee Club on Friday night to witness the opening of this year’s Nottingham Comedy Festival. For those of you unaware of the festival it was established by Helen Stead in 2009, following a visit to the Comedy Store and other comedy venues in London.
She and a friend looked at the comedy scene in Nottingham and found exciting and different forms that they thought should be brought together to highlight all the talent that Nottingham has to offer.
Here we are eight years later and the festival is going from strength to strength, with over 80 acts performing over nine days. Not only this but the festival has a charitable aim at its heart, raising awareness of and money for the National Autistic Society.
Friday night’s launch event at the Glee Club brought together the great and good of Nottingham, including no less than the Lord Mayor himself (who as you can imagine was the butt of some rather risqué jokes).
The eclectic line-up presented us with a compere from London and comedians from the USA, Wales and er, Manchester. As always the level of enjoyment depends on the type of comedy you like. Mike Bubbins’ surreal commentary on visiting the Royal Welsh Show (‘The Large Vegetable Tent’) was right up my street, whereas some of the gags elsewhere related to bodily functions less so.
But this is the great thing about a week-long setlist across the city, you are bound to find something which appeals to you and even if you haven’t heard of the names why not try it out? Some of the gigs are free, but like I said it’s all for a good cause too, so don’t let that be the only reason to go!
The Festival runs for the rest of the week until Saturday, take a look at all that’s on offer.