Blackpool Comedy Festival brings jubilation to July

Winter Gardens Blackpool has announced the return of the Blackpool Comedy Festival in the summer.

Running from the 8th-14th July, the festival promises fun, comedy, culture and extensive entertainment with a packed programme featuring some of the funniest faces on the circuit.

The festival is a celebration of the rich cultural history of Blackpool’s legacy of entertaining the masses in the golden age of variety through to providing a platform for today’s stand-up superstars.

There is something for all the family at this year’s festival including afternoon and evening comedy shows, talks about some of the legendary stars of yesteryear, Q&A sessions, photographic exhibitions, storytelling and fun family workshops curated to inspire joy and play.

The entire resort will be transformed into a stage for the most innovative, hilarious, and engaging comedy events. Variety legends such as Freddie Davies, whose career has spanned 50 years in showbusiness, is already confirmed alongside a host of award-winning comedians, including Gavin Webster, for a programme of short shows at the Old Electric theatre.

The programme features over 33 events taking place across Blackpool town centre, from intimate bars to the grandeur of the Winter Gardens. Headline acts will be announced shortly and promise some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit.

“We are dedicated to making the Blackpool Comedy Festival a landmark event that not only showcases world-class talent but also supports and nurtures new and emerging comedians,” says Anthony Williams, Head of Marketing, Winter Gardens Blackpool.

“Blackpool is built on ‘having a laugh’, and professional comedy lies at the heart of the town’s unique culture. It makes sense that Blackpool celebrates this and introduces a new generation to comedy and the power of laughing,” says Kerry Vasiliou, Learning and Engagement Manager, Showtown.

Showtown’s programme of events and activities for the Blackpool Comedy Festival is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This programme is partly about giving residents more opportunities to experience culture on their doorstep and try new things.  

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