The town centre’s first ever comedy festival

Published Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Comedy Festival
Comedy Festival

Rotherham town centre will host its first ever comedy festival from Wednesday 29 March until Sunday 2 April.

The festival will see a host of acts from around the country descend on the town for five days of laughter with evening events being hosted at The Civic, The Trades, The Cutlers Arms, The Bridge Inn, Bluecoat and the New York Tavern.

Along with hosting award winning comedians, some of whom have appeared on television, there will also be a selection of daytime activities and entertainment for people to see or get involved with.

These include the Coterie Gallery hosting an interactive board for people to write down their favourite jokes for others to read, hilarious street performer Mike Hancock in the town centre, Riverside Library staff being on hand to help people find funny stories or books for adults and kids, and businesses showing jokes in their windows throughout the duration of the festival.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: "We've got five nights of side-splitting comedy on offer, with nationally-acclaimed comedians guaranteeing plenty of laughs at our first comedy festival.

"And with some of our most popular town centre venues playing host to this eclectic comedic talent, you'll want to make sure you don't miss out on the action."

Comedians featuring in the festival include Joe Lycett, Patrick Monahan, Rob Mulholland, Steff Todd, Tom Lawrinson, Anthony J Brown, Tom Little, Scottish Falsetto Socks, Joe Bromehead, Lost Voice Guy, Sean Morely, Kate Smurthwaite, Zahra Barri, Paul Savage, Jim Bayes and Jack Shanik.

Joe Lycett: The most famous of all the comedians with appearances on Live at the Apollo, Celebrity Juice, 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and more.

Kate Smurthwaite: In 2013, Kate won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe. She also writes for publications Cosmopolitan, the Guardian and the Independent and is a writer for the BBC Three political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised and the UK's leading political satire show Have I Got News For You?

Zahra Barri: Zahra's a bit like the country of Turkey, in that she's a mix of Eastern and Western culture, and also she is a bird. A fun look into Eastern and Kanye Western Culture. 'Terrific' Venue Magazine. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 2.

Patrick Monahan: Ents24, Britain’s Hardest Working Comedian winner, winner of ITV1 series Show me the Funny, Best Newcomer at the Loaded LAFTA Awards and Forth Radio Best Stand-Up People’s Choice Award for his hit show Hug Me I Feel Good.

Rob Mulholland: Hilarity Bites Comedian of the Year, Beat the Frog World Series winner and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year runner-up.

Steff Todd: A Rotherham comedian with a dynamic range of one-liners and celebrity impressions.

Tom Lawrinson: Comedy Store King Gong winner.

Anthony J Brown: Jongleurs/Metro ‘Stand and Deliver’ Comedy Award Winner and former BBC New Comedy Award Runner-up.

Tom Little: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2015, Tom was a finalist in the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014.

Scottish Falsetto Socks: Starring at the Edinburgh Fringe and touring internationally since 2007, Scottish Falsetto Socks have appeared on television with Comedy Shuffle (BBC3), The Culture Show (BBC2) and The One Show (BBC1).

Joe Bromehead: A Rotherham Comedian and firefighter who has appeared at Nottingham Comedy Festival and at the Comedy Club and Jongleur amongst others.

Lost Voice Guy: Lost Voice Guy won the BBC New comedy award 2014 and has also featured on the BBC, CNN, The Independent, The Sun and Mail on Sunday.

Sean Morely: A Sheffield-based comedian who made the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Award in 2015 and 2016. He performed his first solo show at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, entitled Diffident.

Jim Bayes: Winner of Funny Scunny 2015, Winner of World of comedy MVC 2014 and Winner of Comedy Roast New Act Leeds 2013.

Jack Shanik: A new act who arranges carefully phrased one-liners into playfully loose tales delivered with prowling northern rhymes.

Paul Savage: Paul has been paid to write jokes for several ad agencies with his work appearing in ads for Michelin, Betfair and Captain Morgan’s Rum (one of which was shown in 18 countries). His jokes have also been used on BBC3 (Russel Howard’s Good News) and in comic strips in national publications.

For more information about the shows, times and how to book tickets please visit:

Go to the Rotherham Comedy Festival website

For press enquiries, please contact Comedy Festival Organiser Ged Omar:

Email Ged Omar