Already established as a must see event on the Shropshire entertainment scene, Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival's Gala Show brings together the best of the global comedy circuit for an unforgettable night to bring the curtain down on a weekend of laughter.
Previous acts gracing the Gala Show stage have included Greg Davies, Joe Lycett, Nish Kumar, Lee Nelson, David O'Doherty and Russell Kane to name but a few and 2020's line up will be announced over the coming months.
Now in it's 4th year, this show always sells quickly so don't waste any time in securing your place for the show most often described as "like a whole series of Live At The Apollo in one night".
Here are the confirmed names on the line-up so far...
The Festival takes a huge leap of faith by placing the smooth running of the Gala Show in the hands of inept Hospital Radio Breakfast Show DJ Ivan Brackenbury.
Following a barnstorming performance in Dictionary Corner on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Ivan feels he's now ready to use his "skills" as a DJ to launch a new career as a corporate host and compere and promises us he'll be on his best behaviour, as he broadcasts live from the Gala back to his audience at Brimlington Hospital.
We're not sure how this is going to pan out if we're honest - but we do know it'll be excruciatingly, side splittingly funny.
Canadian Tom Stade has earned a reputation as one of the most distinctive and engaging stand-up talents around. Arriving in the UK back in 2001, he instantly made a splash on the circuit with his magnetic stage presence and first-class storytelling. Tom's irrepressible charm translates effortlessly to TV, and he has appeared on The John Bishop Show
, Live at the Apollo
, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
. Tom was also the co-writer and co-star of Frankie Boyle’' Ch4 infamous series Tramadol Nights
Australian Thrash Metal drummer, actor but mostly comedian Steve Hughes has become a legend of the global comedy circuit since his first gig way back in 1994. The self styled "Heavy Metal humorist" has delivered powerful polemics on religion, war, drug laws, health & safety, colonialism, capitalism & technology over the years and whilst the hair maybe shorter these days the light still burns bright. Steve absolutely smashed his appearances on Live At The Apollo & Michael McIntyre's Roadshow before returning to Australia earlier in the decade but is back on the road for 2020 with his new show "Are You Serious?" - plus his appearance at our Gala Show.
Free thinking, intelligent & opinionated, we are delighted to welcome him to our Festival.
Simon Evans is one of the UK’s most respected and established comedians. He is a regular on TV and radio and particularly popular on the corporate and after dinner circuit. His TV credits include Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Stand Up for the Week. On BBC Radio 4, Simon Evans Goes to Market has audiences delighting in his witty and insightful take on the unpromising comic territory of commodities, trading and wealth. Other BBC Radio 4 appearances include the News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive.
"Sizzlingly entertaining, beautifully crafted, devastatingly funny gags" - The Guardian
The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue
As well as the household names with loads of telly credits under their belt, the festival also brings you the best of the comedy circuit, the guys who hone their acts performing nightly from Exeter to Edinburgh and all points in between. And in doing so, this year we bring you the reigning "Comedians Comedian Of The Year" - The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue.
It is incredibly difficult to do justice to this incredible act in mere words, but The Guardian came close by declaring it "A mad, anarchic triumph of stupidity over style. Not to be missed."
| £30 - £37.50
| Recommended 16+
* Line-up may be subject to change