Comedy & Spoken Word

Comedy & spoken word performance in Bath Fringe steps far beyond the range of what is available the rest of the year. Try some of these for size…

Listings for all events in Comedy, Spoken Word at all venues on all dates

Friday 26th May

The Ale House - Upstairs

Also on:
Saturday 27th May
Friday 2nd June
Saturday 3rd June
Friday 9th June
Saturday 10th June

Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

Krowd Keepers is a weekly magic theatre in Bath presenting some of the top magicians in the world. No Rabbits, Cheese or Top Hats; instead quality magic which engages, astonishes and entertains diverse audiences with great participation. Comedy and magic mixed together at its best. More info and booking...

Saturday 27th May

Rondo Theatre

NOS Three Presents

Blooming Out

with Bianca Bertalot and Maria de Jesus Aguiar

“Blooming Out is a funny and clever non-verbal language clown show - interpreted by two Brazilian women - that embraces the disparate and fascinating themes of the feminine universe, such as fragility, physical transformation, period, maternity, social taboos and love; all this covered in a light, comic and poetic way.” More info and booking...

Komedia

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June
Saturday 10th June

Krater Comedy Club

Watch three top stand-ups and enjoy the comedy stylings of one of the best comperes in the business, plus eat delicious food served by our Soil Association Gold Standard Award winning restaurant. More info and booking...

The Ale House - Upstairs

Also on:
Friday 26th May
Friday 2nd June
Saturday 3rd June
Friday 9th June
Saturday 10th June

Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

Krowd Keepers is a weekly magic theatre in Bath presenting some of the top magicians in the world. No Rabbits, Cheese or Top Hats; instead quality magic which engages, astonishes and entertains diverse audiences with great participation. Comedy and magic mixed together at its best. More info and booking...

Sunday 28th May

The Bell - Love Lounge (Back bar)

Bath Comedy presents

Mishka Shubaly

Cult favorite singer/songwriter, who has opened nationally for comedy iconoclast Doug Stanhope and is known as one of Johnny Depp's favourite artists. Gruff-voiced Mishka takes time out of touring dive bars in the USA to play dive bars in the UK... More info and booking...

Monday 29th May

No. 1 Royal Crescent - Outside

Outside! NOW!! - Bath Fringe & Natural Theatre present:

Looking after No.1

Interactive Site-Specific Performance Event

Celebrating the workers that built and served the Royal Crescent.
It’s time to remember those without whom there would be no powder, clean sheets, lice free wigs, full bellies, warming coal or empty bed pans. The Natural Theatre Company and performers from around the SW have been working with Dutch company Directie & Co to produce an immersive treat that will titillate and transfix. Spot them pop up throughout the city as they make their way to the Grand Finale. More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre

GoodDog BadDog Theatre Company presents

Squeezy Green's Compendium of Games

a theatrical game show

For the first time in Bath, Squeezy Green and Finney Haddock are bringing a host of idiotic games to test you. Everyone plays as they split the audience to battle through a series of challenges for silliness’ sake.
Most suitable for 3+
By theatre makers Gwendolyn Scott and Megan Brooks More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal

Molland vs Sullivan

Freedom of Speech

Social barriers will dissipate as Rick Molland and Sully O’Sullivan go head-to-head in an epic stand-up comedy battle about freedom of speech. ‘Hard-hitting, no-holds-barred comedy.’ Edinburgh Evening News. More info and booking...

Wednesday 31st May

The Old Theatre Royal

Brian Madigan

Think of a Song

plus Paul Bradley

Singer-songwriter Brian Madigan is famed for his lengthy, spoken intros. So what if he were to remove the songs altogether – only thinking them ‘out loud’ with the audience invited to imagine them? Would that be deeply uncomfortable, transcendental, or a brief moment of sanity amid the cacophony of everyday madness? More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal - Library

Stephanie Laing

Mad About The Boy

Stephanie Laing’s love life has been a roller coaster ride, if roller coasters involve a lot of awkward sex, self-sabotage and therapy. Come and hear this lovable little weirdo talk about all the boys she’s done stuff with, including some proper wrong-uns.

Please note: There is no disabled access as the Library is on the third floor
More info and booking...

Thursday 1st June

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Friday 2nd June

Middle-Weight Theatre Company presents

Remedies - A Ballad of Broken Britain

Written by Matt Roberts Directed by Tom Stabb

Within the four walls of a local pharmacy, two opinionated, strong willed and polarised members of staff witness the ailments and sicknesses of the public, they may be able to administer the medicine, but can they find the remedy for the ills of Britain? More info and booking...

Rondo Theatre

Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC

by Edward Day

An ocarina, a ukulele and a thirst for revenge. Lecoq trained Edward Day battles four decades of videogame nostalgia in an explosion of Shakespeare, live music, video projection and 16-bit mayhem. More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal - Library

Tom Glover & Richard James

Work in Progress

Double header first outing of debut solo shows for these Devon Comedians. Tom Glover is a new father struggling to bring-up a child whilst not being willing to put the Lego down. Richard James tells how his dreams of being an explorer conflict with his main passion of staying indoors. More info and booking...

Friday 2nd June

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Thursday 1st June

Middle-Weight Theatre Company presents

Remedies - A Ballad of Broken Britain

Written by Matt Roberts Directed by Tom Stabb

Within the four walls of a local pharmacy, two opinionated, strong willed and polarised members of staff witness the ailments and sicknesses of the public, they may be able to administer the medicine, but can they find the remedy for the ills of Britain? More info and booking...

Burdall's Yard

On Set Productions

Bath Spa Live Fringe

Two weeks of innovative new drama: Undergraduates from Bath Spa University's Performing Arts course present their degree shows. More info and booking...

Komedia

The Noise Next Door- Uproar!

Witness the astonishing comedy sensation LIVE!
The Noise Next Door are causing a commotion with their fourth nationwide tour – an anarchic evening of side-splitting jokes, jaw-dropping characters, and mind-blowing songs. Join the quickest wits in comedy as they transform audience suggestions into a fantastic, fresh new entertainment experience every single night. More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal - Library

Tony Basnett

Always Lands On His Feet

Tony Basnett is a young and exciting act, with bundles of energy and enthusiasm. He is a playful and cheeky performer with a childish outlook on anything and everything. He's reached the final of numerous competitions including Comedy Central Student of the year and Beat the Frog World Series. More info and booking...

The Ale House - Upstairs

Also on:
Friday 26th May
Saturday 27th May
Saturday 3rd June
Friday 9th June
Saturday 10th June

Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

Krowd Keepers is a weekly magic theatre in Bath presenting some of the top magicians in the world. No Rabbits, Cheese or Top Hats; instead quality magic which engages, astonishes and entertains diverse audiences with great participation. Comedy and magic mixed together at its best. More info and booking...

Rondo Theatre

Mike Scott and David C Johnson's World Premiere

Still Doing It

Full of wit, songs, poetry and banter.
How did talented singer/songwriter Mike Scott, ex pupil of PenPole Point Secondary Modern, and David C Johnson, witty, prize-winning performance poet, ex cadet of the Nautical College Pangbourne, find themselves writing a show and sharing a stage? Their entertaining and original “Still doing it” attempts to answer this question. More info and booking...

Saturday 3rd June

Burdall's Yard

Rebecca Tantony's new one woman show

All The Journeys I Never Took

directed by Raquel Meseguer, designed by Synnove Fredericks and produced by Lucy English

Poet Rebecca Tantony and director Raquel Meseguer (Lost Dog), bring you All The Journeys I Never Took, an immersive spoken word show from a stellar all female team. More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Natural Theatre Company

Bath's very own fabulous street theatre company performing new characters as part of the New Works Work Scheme More info and booking...

Kingston Parade

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Old Spot Theatre Co: Los Perdidos Village Band

Old Spot Theatre Company have worked the circus and street theatre circuit for years, nay decades but will bring something decidedly new to Bedlam Fair this year as part of the New Work Works Scheme
More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Frenetic Fox Theatre presents

Appily Ever After

by Paul Lawless

Serenading you with original song, spoken word and just the right amount of desperation, join Paul as he questions your relationship with dating apps - exploring tech-addiction, disillusionment and how far are we prepared to go to be fulfilled. More info and booking...

The Bell - Love Lounge (Back bar)

The Last Word Poetry Slam

With Polly Denny

We're giving two teams of incredible poets a topic to attack or defend and fight their corner, poetry style! Only one team can win, but who has the last word? You do, our wonderful audience! Bath Fringe young person Poet Laureate Polly Denny invites poets of all ages to this event. More info and booking...

Green Park Station

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Dynamogene - Mr Colbuto

320 kilos de poesie brute'..(Bafflingly translates as something about poetry)
Don’t miss the irresistible and irrepressible Monsieur C, he has come all the way from Nimes in France to meet YOU, the people of Bath. More info and booking...

Rondo Theatre

Croon productions present

Spaghetti

IS a Western.

Puppet Theatre Spaghetti Western. A jail break! Two gunslingers ride into town, as a Wild West frontier town made from pianos materialises before your eyes! Tumbleweed, the saloon is humming, a bank job, the bell chimes, the coffin maker is busy, the noose sways in the wind. More info and booking...

Komedia

Also on:
Saturday 27th May
Saturday 10th June

Krater Comedy Club

Watch three top stand-ups and enjoy the comedy stylings of one of the best comperes in the business, plus eat delicious food served by our Soil Association Gold Standard Award winning restaurant. More info and booking...

Widcombe Social Club

Amuse Bouche present

Valerie's Birthday Party

with the Boxcats

Valerie has reached a significant age, so her Aunties have secretly planned a fabulous party … and you are all invited! Comedy troupe Amuse Bouche and Boxcats blues band present a birthday party to remember: expect a retro buffet supper, family rows and inappropriate presents. What could possibly go wrong? More info and booking...

The Ale House - Upstairs

Also on:
Friday 26th May
Saturday 27th May
Friday 2nd June
Friday 9th June
Saturday 10th June

Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

Krowd Keepers is a weekly magic theatre in Bath presenting some of the top magicians in the world. No Rabbits, Cheese or Top Hats; instead quality magic which engages, astonishes and entertains diverse audiences with great participation. Comedy and magic mixed together at its best. More info and booking...

Sunday 4th June

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Dynamogene - Mr Colbuto

320 kilos de poesie brute'..(Bafflingly translates as something about poetry)
Don’t miss the irresistible and irrepressible Monsieur C, he has come all the way from Nimes in France to meet YOU, the people of Bath. More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Natural Theatre Company

Bath's very own fabulous street theatre company performing new characters as part of the New Works Work Scheme More info and booking...

Sawclose & Kingsmead Square

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Old Spot Theatre Co: Los Perdidos Village Band

Old Spot Theatre Company have worked the circus and street theatre circuit for years, nay decades but will bring something decidedly new to Bedlam Fair this year as part of the New Work Works Scheme
More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Saturday 3rd June

Frenetic Fox Theatre presents

Appily Ever After

by Paul Lawless

Serenading you with original song, spoken word and just the right amount of desperation, join Paul as he questions your relationship with dating apps - exploring tech-addiction, disillusionment and how far are we prepared to go to be fulfilled. More info and booking...

The Bath Brewhouse

Also on:
Monday 5th June

Students from Bath and Cardiff reluctantly collaborate in

A Fringe Debut

Cardiff and Bath students team up to make you laugh at the Bath Fringe 2017. A mix of stand-up and sketches from the best student comedians in the South-West (because who needs Bristol or Exeter?). More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre

Husband of the Bride

by Luke Graves

A Stand Up Comedy Show about Life, Love and Marriage. Come and watch the “Very funny” and “Immensely likeable” Luke Graves with his “Laid-back & friendly show” and if you don’t like it Luke offers a full... ‘Money Back Guarantee’! More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal

Simon Currie's 6plus1

Musical Comedy with Virtuosic Musicians

6plus1 is a band of 7 musicians playing New Orleans Jazz, mixing in Funk, Rock and Ska with two Saxophonists doubling woodwind, two trumpets, trombone, tuba and drums. Some of the music is presented with a comic edge, next to virtuosic playing. More info and booking...

Widcombe Social Club

Misha Carder, the current Bard of Bath, invites you to

Travel stories and music from around the world

Themed concert with Wessex Musicians & Wordsmiths

Venue: The Wharf Room, Widcombe Social Club. Come to either or both sessions
4-6pm Poetry, Music, Digital Exhibition, and Pop-Up Gallery.
6.30 - 7.30 Optional Shared Supper at 6.30
7.45 - 10pm Stories and Music from local performers, featuring Brighid's Flame: an hour of Irish music, myths, stories, with harp. More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal - Library

Liam Pickford

Your Love Is A Knackered Bus Stop I Can No Longer Be Arsed To Vandalise

If Stewart Lee and Jack Dee ever had a child together then they would call Liam Pickford son. A unique brand of stand up, mixing cleverly-honed material with unpredictable audience interaction. All this, mixed with a hint of ‘whimsy’ and clever observations whilst delivered in a wonderfully unenthusiastic and grumpy style. More info and booking...

Monday 5th June

44AD

Also on:
Tuesday 6th June
Wednesday 7th June
Thursday 8th June

Audio Tales

Written and curated by Harri Thompson

OtozGozo presents a new fully immersive audio participation workshop that combines sensory deprivation with binaural 3D technology to create dark and gritty short stories, taking you into the life and mind of the main character this insight to life will touch and immerse you through sound.
More info and booking...

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Wednesday 7th June

I Am Nincompoop Presents

Wake Up & Deirdrealize

Starring Lucy Harrington

A hilarious, outlandish, character romp, guaranteed to take you on the ride of your life. Hailing from Texas-Tennessee, more magnanimous than Gandhi, sexier than chocolate, hotter than the sun, Deirdre is on a mission to show the world how awesome it is, one person at a time, starting with you. More info and booking...

The Bath Brewhouse

Also on:
Sunday 4th June

Students from Bath and Cardiff reluctantly collaborate in

A Fringe Debut

Cardiff and Bath students team up to make you laugh at the Bath Fringe 2017. A mix of stand-up and sketches from the best student comedians in the South-West (because who needs Bristol or Exeter?). More info and booking...

Tuesday 6th June

44AD

Also on:
Monday 5th June
Wednesday 7th June
Thursday 8th June

Audio Tales

Written and curated by Harri Thompson

OtozGozo presents a new fully immersive audio participation workshop that combines sensory deprivation with binaural 3D technology to create dark and gritty short stories, taking you into the life and mind of the main character this insight to life will touch and immerse you through sound.
More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal

Also on:
Wednesday 7th June

Fish Pie! present

Two Parallel Columns

Fresh from their sell-out, Cambridge run of their sketch show “Laugh, Why Don't You?” (4.5*, Varsity), punchy, young comedy troupe Fish Pie! have teamed up with the best of Bath's student comedians to bring you Two Parallel Columns - two days of sketchy silliness at Bath's iconic Old Theatre Royal. More info and booking...

Wednesday 7th June

44AD

Also on:
Monday 5th June
Tuesday 6th June
Thursday 8th June

Audio Tales

Written and curated by Harri Thompson

OtozGozo presents a new fully immersive audio participation workshop that combines sensory deprivation with binaural 3D technology to create dark and gritty short stories, taking you into the life and mind of the main character this insight to life will touch and immerse you through sound.
More info and booking...

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Monday 5th June

I Am Nincompoop Presents

Wake Up & Deirdrealize

Starring Lucy Harrington

A hilarious, outlandish, character romp, guaranteed to take you on the ride of your life. Hailing from Texas-Tennessee, more magnanimous than Gandhi, sexier than chocolate, hotter than the sun, Deirdre is on a mission to show the world how awesome it is, one person at a time, starting with you. More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal

Also on:
Tuesday 6th June

Fish Pie! present

Two Parallel Columns

Fresh from their sell-out, Cambridge run of their sketch show “Laugh, Why Don't You?” (4.5*, Varsity), punchy, young comedy troupe Fish Pie! have teamed up with the best of Bath's student comedians to bring you Two Parallel Columns - two days of sketchy silliness at Bath's iconic Old Theatre Royal. More info and booking...

Rondo Theatre

Restless Theatre Company presents

Network Tales After Dark

restless

Ever wondered who you are sitting next to on the train? Do overheard conversations make you ponder? As night falls, climb aboard for a madcap journey of passion, loss, and mystery as Anna and Stuart get to grips with the less romantic practicalities of love on the tracks. More info and booking...

Widcombe Social Club

Bath Comedy presents

Bill Smarme & The Bizness with Dave Lemkin

The Village Hall

The Vicar of Lower Swell introduces some bizarre and frankly quite nutty locals performing in The Village Hall, They will include former cabinet minister the Rt. Hon. Dickie Daventry, who will regale us with tales from the corridors of power and be plugging his memoirs, and special guests Bill Smarme & The Bizness who will be travelling all the way from Twerton to perform their unique comedic take on a farrago of musical genres. More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal - Library

Lucy Thompson

Shake It Off

Lucy Thompson’s set is a laughter-packed routine mixing clever observations and stories, covering everything from everyday life to her journey as a gay female. Although still a relatively new face on the circuit Lucy has already made a lot of noise picking-up Best Breakthrough Act at The 2016 Midlands Comedy Awards. More info and booking...

Thursday 8th June

44AD

Also on:
Monday 5th June
Tuesday 6th June
Wednesday 7th June

Audio Tales

Written and curated by Harri Thompson

OtozGozo presents a new fully immersive audio participation workshop that combines sensory deprivation with binaural 3D technology to create dark and gritty short stories, taking you into the life and mind of the main character this insight to life will touch and immerse you through sound.
More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Friday 9th June

Sylvia Hunt Presents

Tease and Preen

supported by Bath Spa Live

Backcombed, behived, then set firmly in place, 1960s hairdressing apprentice Connie discovers a different side to hair and even life at a swinging party on the other side of town… With more sass than Brigitte Bardot’s barnet and a good layering of eccentric comedy, puppetry & a toy poodle, Sylvia Hunt Presents one très chic ensemble! More info and booking...

Widcombe Social Club

Bath Comedy presents

Scott Capurro's Gay Turnaround

Award winning US comedian, actor and writer Scott Capurro, known for his work on several UK TV programmes, including The Wright Stuff, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Truth About Gay Animals, comes to Bath Fringe. Strap yourselves in, Bath iconoclasts!

"If you thought comics like Ricky Gervais pushed boundaries then nothing will prepare you for Scott Capurro…He is, in my opinion, the bravest and funniest comedian on the circuit" - GQ Magazine
“…the only reaction is to laugh, partly out of discomfort, partly out of the sheer audacity of it all" ***** Chortle More info and booking...

Friday 9th June

The Mission Theatre

Also on:
Saturday 10th June

Bath University Student Theatre Presents

Tartuffe

by Molière

This hilarious translation of Molière’s Tartuffe, by BBC Radio 4’s Roger McGough brings new life to the classic French farce. Set within the 17th century aristocracy the play tells the tale of Tartuffe, a fraud posing as a priest, who feigns piety to swindle the upper classes out of their wealth. ​ More info and booking...

Sorry, this event is cancelled

Burdall's Yard

Also on:
Thursday 8th June

Sylvia Hunt Presents

Tease and Preen

supported by Bath Spa Live

Backcombed, behived, then set firmly in place, 1960s hairdressing apprentice Connie discovers a different side to hair and even life at a swinging party on the other side of town… With more sass than Brigitte Bardot’s barnet and a good layering of eccentric comedy, puppetry & a toy poodle, Sylvia Hunt Presents one très chic ensemble! More info and booking...

The Bell - Love Lounge (Back bar)

Tinned Pizza Theatre Presents An Evening Of

New Writing, Stand-Up, And Spoken Word

A student theatre company - comprised of recent graduates and some still studying - present new writing inspired by their day to day lives. Poetry, stand-up comedy, and monologues that will have you laughing, crying, and questioning all at the same time! More info and booking...

The Ale House - Upstairs

Also on:
Friday 26th May
Saturday 27th May
Friday 2nd June
Saturday 3rd June
Saturday 10th June

Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

Krowd Keepers is a weekly magic theatre in Bath presenting some of the top magicians in the world. No Rabbits, Cheese or Top Hats; instead quality magic which engages, astonishes and entertains diverse audiences with great participation. Comedy and magic mixed together at its best. More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal - Library

Tony Jameson

Football Manager Ruined My Life

Tony Jameson has become one of the UK's hottest comedic talents with his laid back, chatty, observational style. For the past 18 months, Tony has been touring the UK with this sell-out show, including a week-long residency at both Leicester Square Theatre and Museum of Comedy in London. More info and booking...

Saturday 10th June

St. Michael's Church

Thereby Hangs A Tale presents

Ovid's Heroines

By James Darnton

Three of mythology's most complex and compelling women come to life in this brand new re-imagining of Ovid's poetry, especially commissioned for the 2000th anniversary of his death.
Directed by Milo Morris
All ticket proceeds go to Southside Family Project Bath More info and booking...

The Mission Theatre

Also on:
Friday 9th June

Bath University Student Theatre Presents

Tartuffe

by Molière

This hilarious translation of Molière’s Tartuffe, by BBC Radio 4’s Roger McGough brings new life to the classic French farce. Set within the 17th century aristocracy the play tells the tale of Tartuffe, a fraud posing as a priest, who feigns piety to swindle the upper classes out of their wealth. ​ More info and booking...

Komedia

Also on:
Saturday 27th May
Saturday 3rd June

Krater Comedy Club

Watch three top stand-ups and enjoy the comedy stylings of one of the best comperes in the business, plus eat delicious food served by our Soil Association Gold Standard Award winning restaurant. More info and booking...

The Ale House - Upstairs

Also on:
Friday 26th May
Saturday 27th May
Friday 2nd June
Saturday 3rd June
Friday 9th June

Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

Krowd Keepers is a weekly magic theatre in Bath presenting some of the top magicians in the world. No Rabbits, Cheese or Top Hats; instead quality magic which engages, astonishes and entertains diverse audiences with great participation. Comedy and magic mixed together at its best. More info and booking...

Sunday 11th June

The Bell

Walcot Nation Celebration!

It was 20 years ago today...

Walcot Nation Day festival - run by Bath Fringe, The Bell, and key local traders - was 20 years ago on the Sunday at the end of that year's Fringe. We reckon that's a major excuse for a party. Already confirmed: an afternoon of top local live music, events in the yard, archive film showings of past local misdemeanours, pop-up art, and the unpredictable. See our website and The Bell's for details nearer the time. More info and booking...

The Bell - Love Lounge (Back bar)

Comedy & Music

Walcot Street Comedy Collective

featuring Calico Jack

The Fringe of the Fringe gets excited round the back of the pub tonight: a phalanx of performances from the truly alternative edge of the city, featuring:
Onanism - Matt Cranium - The Whistleblowers - Arnold Kuenzler-Byrt --- plus a little bit more.
The night culminates with a show from yer actual Pirates of the Kennet & Avon, Calico Jack More info and booking...

The Old Theatre Royal

Andy Wilky

Just Me

Anyone who has seen ‘Phoenix Nights’, 'That Peter Kay Thing’, 'Mrs Brown’s Boys’, ‘Cold Feet’ and the Ken Loach film 'Looking For Eric’ will instantly recognise Andy Wilky. This ‘Just me’ Tour features anecdotes from his home life laced with surreal tangents, including the welcome appearance of a talking dog. More info and booking...