Banana Cabaret’s 2014 Balham Comedy Festival – 30th Anniversary Special

banana cabaret

John Moloney & Dave Vickers

It’s back and better than ever! South London gets its ribs seriously tickled at Banana Cabaret’s 2014 Balham Comedy Festival from Friday 11 to Saturday 19 July

“The Balham Comedy Festival celebrates all that’s great about the live comedy scene –  motivated by a love of all that’s great in stand-up. ”  Harry Hill

Featuring a cavalcade of big names and fresh comedic talent the 2014 Balham Comedy Festival promises to be a mix of belly laughs and side-splitting stand-up. Featuring a hotbed of new and established merrymakers, primed and ready to shamelessly caress your funny bone, the 2014 Balham Comedy Festival line-up, which celebrates 30 years of London’s premier comedy club, Banana Cabaret, looks better than ever!

A raft of home grown and international talent descends on The Bedford across 8 nights and 9 days of uproarious hilarity, giving comedy fans a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with artists they know, and those they don’t know they love yet but soon will! There will also be special daytime events for parents with children plus complimentary comedy workshops. With ticket prices ranging from £8 to £16, or just £27.50 (Usually £32) if you book 2 shows in the Globe on the same night, this is an unmissable opportunity to see top-drawer entertainment for pocket change.

Names already confirmed for the festival include Robert Newman, Paul Daniels, Phill Jupitus, Reginald D. Hunter, Tim Vine, Stephen K Amos, Marcus Brigstocke, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Steel, Richard Herring, Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Kevin Day, Gary Delaney, Kerry Godliman, Tony Law, and Fred MacAulay with more performers to be announced. The Best of Banana Cabaret, hosted by Festival Co Producer John Moloney, will feature on 4 of the nights with guest comics including the likes of Rudi Lockwood, Zoe Lyons, Steve Williams, Jarred Christmas, Mary Bourke, Paul Sinha, Carl Donnelly, Loretta Maine, Paul Tonkinson, Jeff Innocent and Mark Maier.

And if you fancy trying your hand at a bit of stand-up yourself, don’t just sit back and spectate, get involved with the Balham Comedy Festival Comedy Workshops on Saturday 12 July and Sunday 13 July between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Sponsored by Wandsworth Council, and hosted by John Moloney who is soon to be featured in his new BBC Radio 4 Series The Gospel According to John which will air in the Autumn. John will team up with Dave Fulton on 12 July for the Adults Workshop and Adam Bloom on 13 July for the Children’s event. The workshops were introduced last year and who knows, could prove to be the spawning ground for some exciting new comedy talent of the future!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banana Cabaret, an unbelievable three decades of creating, nurturing and helping to launch an eclectic hotbed of wise-cracking performers in the heart of Balham. The 2014 Balham Comedy Festival is a force to be reckoned with and a much-welcome addition to the capital’s glittering roster of entertainment. One of this year’s performers, Jeremy Hardy, was one of the comics who began his career in Balham three decades ago. Oh how time flies when you’re laughing your head off!

The 2014 Balham Comedy Festival, which is being co-produced by Banana Cabaret’s Dave Vickers and John Moloney, will take place in The Round Room, The Ballroom and The Tavistock. Audiences will have the chance to see a mix of hour-long performances, works in progress and Edinburgh previews from some of the greatest names in comedy bringing the funnage.


The Bedford in Balham is a pub that is very much the Local, and also one of the critically acclaimed venues in the country.

With a passion for performance, The Bedford is dedicated to discovering, developing and promoting the very “best of the best” in emerging acts, breaking artists and established performers, hosting Banana Cabaret throughout it’s 30 years, and establishing itself as one of the leading live music venues for breaking acts. For artists such as James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall and many more, The Bedford has played a pivotal role in their careers. The Finn Brothers, Pete Townshend, Willy Mason and a host of other well known acts have played secret or impromptu shows here and 4 nights a week, 50 weeks of the year The Bedford is committed to throwing the spotlight on hundreds of new and upcoming performers.

With dance classes, nightclubs, writing workshops, and theatre, The Bedford has created a place where everyone is welcome.

 The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD 

0208 682 8940 



“The Balham Comedy Festival brings you the best of the best in London’s finest Comedy Club”  Al Murray