Celebrating five years of hilarity, Banana Cabaret’s Balham Comedy Festival 2016 will romp its way into the The Bedford in Balham from 8 – 16 July 2016, bigger and better than ever. Crammed with an assemblage of the biggest names in comedy, this year’s event will be bursting at the seams delivering some serious merrymaking and gut-busting laughter throughout. With a mix of the best headline acts in the UK, and some Balham Comedy Festival ‘newbies’ this year will see the introduction of a Comedy Contest featuring some up and coming acts all competing for a spot with Banana Cabaret.
With a comedy cast that reads like a who’s who of the UK comedy scene, names confirmed include Stephen K. Amos, Marcus Brigstocke, Nick Helm, Richard Herring, Reginald D. Hunter, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Al Murray The Pub Landlord and Robert Newman.
This year will see an array of performances from Festival newcomers – Gordon Southern, Carey Marx, Andy Askins, Suzi Ruffell and the Edinburgh Festival hit Funny For a Grrl featuring Mary Bourke, Sindhu Vee and Jayde Adams. There will be Best of Banana Cabaret shows on four nights hosted by the award winning comedian John Moloney, whose Radio 4 series The John Moloney Show was ‘Pick of the Year’ in 2015. Line-ups for Best of Banana Cabaret include Jeff Innocent, Carl Donnelly, Kiri Pritchard McLean, Jarred Christmas, Kate Lucas, Steve Williams, Angela Barnes, Larry Dean, Paul Thorne, Ian Moore, Chris Martin and Adam Bloom.
Screaming with Laughter, the brainchild of Lucy Porter will be back for a lunchtime session for parents with children under one year old who fancy letting off a bit of steam whilst Theatre N16, a trailblazing theatre in its first year of existence, will make its Festival debut with various shows in The Tavistock Room.
And if you fancy seeing some new talent there will be a Comedy Contest that sees Banana Cabaret team up with The Comedy Pit with the best 8 acts nominated from The Pit’s weekly Wednesday ‘New Acts Night’ at the Bedford going head to head.
Tickets for the 2016 Balham Comedy Festival co-produced by Banana Cabaret’s Dave Vickers and John Moloney will feature 8 nights of the best in comedy talent. Tickets are on sale from 31 May 2016 via the website www.balhamcomedyfestival.com and prices range from £5.00 through £16.00 with lots of special offers.