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Published : 28/Apr/2022

Following two years of Covid induced slumber, the Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival is BACK!

Determined to make 2022 'The Summer of Fun' - Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival returns with more than 20 comedians performing across 12 shows, 5 venues, and ONE big weekend of live comedy!

Tickets start from just £6! This is your full Comedy Festival 2022 line-up...

Josh Pugh / Old Post Office / 7pm
Lou Conran / Old Post Office / 8.30pm
Eddy Brimson / Old Post Office / 10pm

Tudor Owen
/ Henry Tudor House / 7pm
Rob Rouse
/ Henry Tudor House / 8.30pm
Andrew Ryan
/ Henry Tudor House / 10pm
Late & Lively
/ Havana Republic / 11.30pm

Justin Moorhouse /
Old Market Hall / 3pm
Alistair Barrie / Old Market Hall / 8pm
Danny McLoughlin / Old Market Hall / 7.30pm
Late & Lively Too / Havana Republic / 11pm

Comedy Gala / Theatre Severn / 7.30pm
feat. Dan Nightingale, Flo & Joan, Steve Royle, Gary Delaney, Seann Walsh and Paul Sinha 


Organisers of the 2022 Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival (SICF) have chosen The McCarney Foundation as their designated charity to which monies from this year’s event will be donated. 

Established in May 2021 by Pru McCarney following the untimely passing of her husband Eugene in 2020 the charity is aimed at children and young people whose financial or personal circumstances prevent the opportunity to play either cricket or rugby; provides sporting equipment, coaching, assistance with transport to fixtures and guidance on sports psychology. Since its inception the organisation has raised £25K through charitable sports days such as the McCarney Cup at Eugene's former cricket club Shrewsbury-based Shelton CC and the Wear It Red campaign to celebrate his birthday in September. It has also recently appointed the foundation’s first ambassador, 17-year-old Taylor Youens. The McCarney Foundation's strapline Every Moment Counts is based on Eugene's initials EMC.

Taylor Youens, Pru McCarney and Kev Bland stood outside Theatre Severn
(left to right) Taylor Youens, Pru McCarney and Kevin Bland

Outlining the background to the charity's establishment and its future goals Pru McCarney said: "Times were tough for the family when their father passed away at an early age. However, in the summer of 1979 Eugene was gifted a cricket bat from a player in his hometown of Pembroke, which led to his 40-year cricketing journey. The foundation aims to maintain that legacy, which I hope we have achieved by appointing Taylor as our first ambassador. Nominated by Bomere Heath Cricket Club he is a young man with an exemplary attendance record, positive attitude and commitment. Through the foundation he has received new equipment including a Hawk bat and pads to help him pursue the sport he loves. Our goal is to help children and young people start their own journey into the world of competitive cricket or Eugene's Welsh passion of rugby, by offering them the same simple gift of kindness he received." 

SICF director Kevin Bland said: "This year's charity is one particularly close to our hearts as festival co-partner Nev and I both played cricket with Eugene. He was a great competitor on the pitch, as well a generous, funny bloke off it and someone who is missed very much by his cricketing family. It is an absolute pleasure to support Pru and the superb work she and the foundation are carrying out."

more information about The McCarney Foundation