A man walked into a bar… Southampton’s businesses lay on warm up for comedy festival

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Southampton is gearing up for the biggest comedy festival the city has ever seen.

Venues within the city’s BID (Business Improvement District) have pledged to lay on five days of comedy events in the lead up to Comedy Central Live!

Stand up shows, comedy film nights and a drag-hosted quiz night are just some of the evenings planned in a bid to get the city warmed up for a weekend of comedy.

Comedy Central Live! Takes place from October 5 and will see many of the biggest names in comedy descend on the city for a brand-new, three-day comedy festival in Hoglands Park. Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard and Katherine Ryan are among those performing.

To celebrate the event coming to the city and warm residents up for a week of laughter, GO! Southampton is running a fringe festival – Go Giggle – in the lead up to and during the event. With an expectation that Go Giggle will grow in future years, it has arranged for venues within the city’s BID area to lay on their own comedy events, with many free to attend and others charging only a small entry fee. There will also be street entertainers popping up at locations across the city.

Heidi Isa, marketing director at GO! Southampton, said: “We are incredibly excited that our work to bring a major event to Southampton has resulted in Comedy Central holding its first ever three-day comedy festival in the city. To celebrate, we’re pulling out all the stops to make it a huge success. Go Giggle will see popular venues across the city open their doors to comedy-goers and get people truly geared up for a weekend of laughter.”

Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, Councillor Satvir Kaur said: “Southampton is a place where something is always happening. Having some of the biggest names in comedy coming to our city as part of this first Comedy Central Live event is fantastic news, and adds to an already packed calendar of diverse and vibrant activities throughout the year.

“We were keen for comedy to be enjoyed and celebrated by as many as possible during this time and are proud to have supported Go Southampton to bring Go Giggle. I hope local people and visitors alike take advantage of these amazing events.”

Comedy Central Live! would not be taking place in Southampton without the hard work of GO! Southampton. The organisation, which works to improve the city’s BID area, put forward a successful case for the city to host the comedy giant’s first live festival. It means Southampton will benefit from the thousands of visitors the event is expected to bring, fuelling the economy and putting the city on the map. All day tickets cost £20 with VIP tickets being £40.


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Notes to editors

  • Events taking place as part of Go Giggle are:

Sunday Sept 30th

The London Brewhouse

Brendan Burns and guests

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets £7

Sunday Sept 30


Gong Show

12 wannabe comedians try and beat the gong – can they survive five minutes before the judges beat the gong?

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: Free entry

Monday Oct 1st

Jacks of London

Banter in the Barbers

Musical comedy, a cut above the rest.

Time: 10pm

Tickets: £9 and include a beer

Monday Oct 1st

The Stable

Ru Paul’s Drag Quiz night

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £5 quiz entry of £15 for pizza, drink and quiz entry

Tuesday Oct 2nd

Mango 5 Canute road

Stand Up in the Basement

Top stand up from Tom Ward, Sol Bernstein and guests

Time: 8.30pm

Tickets £6 early bird, £9 advance £7 for students

Tuesday Oct 2nd

The Stage Door

This Is Your Trial

Have your petty disputes heard in this comedy courtroom. Featuring four top comics as judge and lawyers with the audience as jury.

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £10

Wednesday Oct 3rd

Belgium and Blues Bar

Cutting Edge

Featuring left field and political comedy with Grant Sharkey and Joe Wells plus guests

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: Free entry

Wed Oct 3rd

The Orange Rooms

Comedy Movie Night

Showing Anchorman and Step Brothers with popcorn and food available

Time: First film at 5pm, second film 7pm

Tickets: Free entry

Thurs Oct 4th


Lattes and Laughter

Comedy poetry/spoken word night, featuring some of the finest comedy poets and speakers

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £5

Thursday Oct 4th

The Social

The Best of Southampton comedy night

Time: 8pm

Tickets: Free entry