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"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 [caption id="attachment_74" align="alignleft" width="199"] John Moloney & Dave Vickers[/caption] Laughter is the name of the game and this year’s assemblage...

Harry Hill who opened the inaugural Balham Comedy Festival in 2012 returns in spectacular form  as ever for an exclusive appearance with the line-up of The Best of  Banana Cabaret Friday 17th July, 9pm, The Round Room at The Bedford 20 min set as part of Best of Banana Cabaret Harry Hill, Pippa...

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back in Balham for one night only with his most recent show Welcome To My World.   Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For? ‘A note-perfect...

Ardal O'Hanlon is an award winning comedian, actor and writer – and star of Father and My Hero Lurking beneath ARDAL’S mild-mannered demeanour resides a sharp and probing (and fairly mild-mannered) comic brain. Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly, but always punchy, he has tickled audiences all over the world. A...

Dana Alexander is currently one of Britain and Canada’s hottest emerging young comedians – her style  has been described as smart, irreverent and revolutionary   Dana Alexander began her career at the age of 18 years old in Canada, before long she began touring nationally with Yuk Yuk's Comedy Clubs...

Romesh : Irrational - early tour warm up Nominated for Fosters' Best Newcomer in 2013, and then for the Fosters' Main Award in 2014, Romesh Ranganathan is, without doubt, one of the UK’s fastest rising comedy stars.   Fresh from a total sellout UK tour, winning the Dave Leicester...

In 2005 Tom Allen won the coveted So You Think You're Funny? competition in Edinburgh and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award later that year. He now performs his unique brand of stand-up across the UK and the world, such as at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals. This...

After sell out success at last year’s Festival Robert Newman returns this year with The Brain Show.   After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you’re in love, Rob emerges with more questions than answers.  Can brain...

Monday 13th July Postcards from the Z List (Edinburgh preview) - Critically acclaimed comedian Paul Sinha makes his Balham Comedy Festival debut with Postcards from the Z List.  Following a self-imposed exile during which real life took over.   Looking back, life as a travelling single gaysian...

Tim Vine returns to the Balham Comedy Festival for the second year and will be at full pelt for twenty minutes as part of the Best of Banana Cabaret.   Saturday 18th July, 9pm, The Round Room at The Bedford 20 min set as part of Best of...

Simon returns once again to what he does, being himself for an hour.     He will consider The Absurdity of House, lament the Neo-Con Con, perform the New Can-Can, extol The Joy of Washing-up and generally tell it like it is, was, and might be if we...

Alun Cochrane is a no-nonsense comedian who specialises in funny nonsense. Much of his comedy begins simply as something he’s seen, heard or felt in his own life, or in the street, or the kitchen, or anywhere and from that it blossoms into a highly...

We salute our old friends Balham Comedy Festival, source of many an Amnesty comedy podcast and a great home for freedom of expression. – Amnesty International UK We're proud to support Amnesty International....

Kevin is one of the most in-demand comedy writers in the UK having worked on a number of hit panel shows including Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind The Buzzcocks as well as being recognised for his...

EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD WINNER – PANEL PRIZE 2014 – FUNZ & GAMEZ BEST LIVE UK STAND-UP 2013 – THE UK COMEDY AWARDS   As voted by fellow comedians   Manchester based Mick Ferry is renowned as a fine purveyor of lugubrious surrealism and is established as one of...

Co-organiser of the Balham Comedy Festival, John will be hosting numerous shows throughout the Festival, including the Best of Banana Cabarets each weekend. John Moloney, the multi-award winning comedian, and star of TV series Grumpy Old Men who toured his Edinburgh Fringe hit show BUTTERFLIES WITH...

Andy Askins is a diminutive figure who exudes an air of vulnerability as he steps up to the microphone armed with a guitar and a cheeky grin. It’s an overwhelmingly misleading demeanour which serves to heighten the impact of the killer lines that he delivers. “DARK...

"I was born with a long face and now there's UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and George Osborne and Paul Dacre of the Daily bastard Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody election and did I mention being single? Come to this show –...

They’re cute, they’re mute, they’re an absolute hoot. Physical comedy and sketch combine to transport you into the weird and weatherproofed world of The Kagools.   Inclusive, enchanting, high-energy fun: this interactive, multimedia show is one for all the family. “✮✮✮✮ Masterful physical theatre performers…Kids and adults alike will love this excellent...

It’s Ed Byrne – Edinburgh Preview     Observational stand up Ed Byrne is unrivalled.  Wherever he performs, be it the Edinburgh Festival, on the International circuit or a UK tour  it is always to capacity audiences.  Catch a 1 hr potted version of his brand new show...

Super Roar of The Underdog Turbo X: HD Remix Star of brand new BBC Three sitcom ‘FRIED’ and CBBC’s Ultimate Brain, Best Newcomer Nominee Imran Yusuf returns with a special edition solo show of his latest, cutting edge socio-political topical stand-up that is nothing short of...

Ninia Benjamin is a tour-de-force of comedy… she's outrageously rude but above all sidesplittingly funny.   Ninia was catapulted to stardom as one third of BBC2′s 3 Non-Blondes and has appeared in various shows including Celebrity Master-chef (a terrible chef but very funny) but it's on the...

Sara Pascoe and The Museum of Robot Pussycats (Work In Progress)  A very new and work in progress show from a lady who has been on Live at the Apollo, Q.I and Buzzcocks A collection of stories that are unfinished and unwanted; Hatty the Hoover wants to break...

Pippa Evans is an award-winning comedian, songwriter and improviser. She has taken six critically acclaimed solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival, bagging a Best Newcomer Nomination for her debut hour, Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People   Friday 10th July, 9pm, The Round Room at The Bedford 20 min set as...

You might know  Rob Rouse  from 8 Out of 10 Cats, Dave’s One Night Stand and John Bishop’s Only Joking amongst others.   So come along and see him do  what he does best – honest, frank and seriously funny stand up   Saturday 11th July, 9pm, The Ballroom at The Bedford 20 min set as part of Best of...

If you like music and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you’ll like it. If you like silliness, middle aged men dancing and unsavoury acts, you’ll probably love it. You should try it either way. See you there.   Cutting their teeth compering and performing in Comedy and Variety...

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...