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Published : 14/Dec/2023


Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival (SICF) has announced the final act for its flagship gala show at Theatre Severn this summer.

Due to take place on the evening of Sunday 14 July in a Live At The Apollo style format, the line up now includes Paul Smith, who will perform alongside Josh Pugh, Jack Gleadow, Janine Harouni, Scott Bennett and MC for the evening, Thanyia Moore

Resident compere at Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club and fresh off the back of selling out venues such as Liverpool’s M&S and London’s Wembley Arena, Paul Smith will have also staged his biggest performance to date in his home city by the time he reaches SICF with his latest tour, Pablo. Pablo has been described as Smith's biggest and funniest show yet, featuring a mix of his trademark audience interaction and hilarious true stories from everyday life. Audiences will experience jaw-aching, laugh out loud comedy that only he can deliver.

Comedians performing at the other festival venues in Shrewsbury such Albert & Co, Frankville, The Loft at The Old Post Office, Henry Tudor Inn, The Old Market Hall and Rad Beer include: Dom Hatton-Woods, Dave Twentyman, Dean Coughlin, Ignacio Lopez, Tez Ilyaz, Josh Jones, James Cook, Freddy Quinne, Jenny Hart, Michael Odewale, Rob Mulholland, Harriet Dyer and Michelle Shaughnessy.

Commenting on the final booking and the now complete SICF line up, co-director Beth McGowan said: “This year we have a truly diverse mix of performers, delivering a broad brush of humour to cater for all tastes. We will also be offering comedy at new venue Rad Beer and welcome Henry Tudor Inn back to the fold. Finalising the line up with the announcement of probably one of the fastest rising comedians on the circuit in Paul Smith, is really exciting. Our audiences will be spoilt for choice.” 

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About Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival

Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival was established in 2016 by Kevin Bland, a former stand-up comedian who has promoted comedy in Shropshire and beyond for over a decade and Beth McGowan, who holds over 20 years’ experience in sound production and event management. Neville Street joined as the third partner in 2022, bringing over two decades of arts-based public relations experience to the team. Kevin finally retired in 2023. 

The festival aims to promote up and coming comedians as well as present, well-established artists to compere the Gala Show. These have previously included Greg Davies, Russell Kane, Lee Nelson and Dan Nightingale.