This year, South London will once again be rolling in the aisles for the Balham Comedy Festival, which takes place between Friday 11th and Saturday 19th July. The event marks the 30th anniversary of legendary comedy club Banana Cabaret, and with a stellar line-up that includes some of the biggest names in stand up alongside the brightest emerging talents, it’s sure to have bellies aching and sides splitting the whole week through!
Highlights include exclusive, intimate performances by the likes of Marcus Brigstocke, Richard Herring, Tim Vine, Paul Daniels, Phill Jupitus, Milton Jones, Mark Steel, Reginald D Hunter, Tony Law, Stephen K Amos. It also includes the first new show in seven years from Robert Newman, who will be opening the festival with his New Theory of Evolution, which he has called The Survival of the Misfits.
As well as the comedy performances that make up the bulk of the festival, there will also be comedy workshops for adults and children hosted by John Moloney, Adam Bloom, and Dave Fulton. These consist of a 45-minute masterclass followed by a 30-minute break to allow the ‘students’ to prepare their own stand-up routines and then perform them, with advice and support from professional comedians.
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