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Published : 14/Dec/2023

The first two acts have been revealed for Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival’s (SICF) flagship Gala Show at Theatre Severn next summer, and tickets are on sale now.

Beginning on Thursday 11 July, the 2024 festival will offer performances at several venues throughout Shrewsbury, culminating with the Gala Show on Sunday 14 July. 

As seen on Hypothetical (Dave), BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Last Leg (Channel 4), As Yet Untitled (Dave), Live at The Moth Club (Dave) and MOTDx (BBC), Edinburgh Award nominated Josh Pugh will be appearing at the festival following an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland. The Sunday Post described him as having 'a gentle surrealness and a big dollop of hilarity.'

Scott Bennett is a stand-up comedian and writer who is 'without doubt live comedy’s best kept secret' according to The Evening Standard newspaper. He made his debut on Live at the Apollo in 2021 and has also appeared as a regular guest on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Now Show, The Likely Dads and Elephant in the Room with Sarah Millican. In 2022 he was nominated as Best Club Comedian in the Chortle awards.

Commenting on the event, which returns following last year’s sell out Gala Show, SICF co-director Beth McGowan said "We are delighted to begin the build-up to next summer’s festival with the announcement of two superb acts, both of whom are very popular with audiences. Gala Show tickets are perfect Christmas stocking fillers for lovers of comedy - hint, hint!"

Organisers of the 2024 Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival (SICF) have chosen Severn Hospice as their designated charity for this year. Monies donated will support the organisation’s mission to provide the highest standards of specialist palliative and specialist end-of-life care through a range of services whether at its two hospice locations in Shropshire or at an individual’s home.

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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.