Laugh Yourself Silly with our Comedy Strand

Artistic Director Viv Groskop performed 100 stand-up gigs in 100 nights. Now she returns from the front lines of the comedy circuit bringing her hand-picked favourites with her:

Jennifer Saunders joins us on Saturday 1 March at 12pm in The Forum, for a romp through her hilarious and indiscreet memoir Bonkers. Artistic Director Viv Groskop will be grilling her about her lifelong friendship with Dawn French, her views on the BBC and whether the long-promised Ab Fab movie will ever come to pass.

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BBC Radio 4 favourite Jo Caulfield is the headline guest at The Night I Died, a chat show about performers’ worst moments on stage. Also featuring Costa-shortlisted author Nikesh Shukla and another surprise guest. Sunday 2 March at 2.45pm in the Guildhall. *Tickets in short supply: call the box office on 01225 463362 to go on the waiting list.*

And if you miss the chance to see her the first time, Jo Caulfield (Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) pops back with her unique solo show about the joy of reading, Under the Influence of Books, on Sunday 2 March at 6.15pm in the Guildhall. A double dose of Caulfield is equally recommended.

Edinburgh Fringe favourite Lucy Porter is coming to Bath! The star of Never Mind the Buzzcocks takes us on a tour of her favourite books on Sunday 2 March at 8pm in the Old Theatre Royal. Expect the unexpected and maybe a surprise guest or two.

He calls himself “a showbiz legend, after-dinner speaker and racketeer”. Star of BBC Radio 4 and a new, acclaimed BBC2 series, Count Arthur Strong takes us on a nostalgic trip with his show Through It All, I’ve Always Laughed. Tuesday 4 March at 7.30pm at Komedia.

Not strictly speaking comedy – but she’s had a sell-out Edinburgh stand-up show so we’ll include her here too: the FT’s Mrs Moneypenny comes to Books for Breakfast to talk about her funny, no-nonsense work guide, Mrs Moneypenny’s Careers Advice for Ambitious Women. A must-see, witty public speaker. “Saying no is the most important life skill,” she says. Wednesday 5 March at 8.30am, Hall & Woodhouse (£20 ticket price includes book and breakfast).

Steve Richards’ Rock n’ Roll Politics is like a one-man Have I Got News For You? You’ve got to see it to believe it. The hard-nosed political commentator and BBC presenter covers several decades’ of life in Westminster complete with uncanny impersonations of every Prime Minister you can think of. Unmissable. Thursday 6 March at 8pm in the Guildhall.

Artistic Director Viv Groskop brings her five-star solo show I Laughed, I Cried to Bath for the first time. Based on her brutally honest mid-life-crisis memoir, this is a whistle-stop tour of her attempt to do 100 stand-up gigs in 100 nights — without losing her mind – or her husband. Friday 7 March, 4.30pm, Komedia.

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Our all-singing, all-dancing Great Big Comedy Night: Happy Birthday, Germaine celebrates women in comedy with this, our 75th birthday gift to the founding mother of feminism. (NB: there is no singing or dancing. Or at least not intentionally.) Featuring: Mary Bourke (star of Muffragette), ITV’s Show Me the Funny’s Ellie Taylor and Austentatious’ multi-talented Rachel Parris, plus our token male headliner Mark Watson and MC Viv Groskop. *Tickets in short supply: call the box office on 01225 463362 to go on the waiting list.*

Michael McIntyre has a favourite new comic: it’s James Mullinger, who presents Bad Boy of Feminism, his sold-out tour, here in Bath for the first time. He took Women’s Studies at University and worships Marianne in Sense and Sensibility. So how did James end up working on a lads’ mag? Saturday 8 March, 8pm, The Guildhall. “One to watch” – The Guardian.

 

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