First comedy festival shows announced

THE Wells Comedy Festival has announced its seventh edition, once again bringing some of the country’s top names in comedy to England’s smallest city this year.

Across the bank holiday weekend of May 26-28, Wells will host a “weekend-long comedy jamboree” (The Guardian), with dozens of comedians descending on the city.

The first shows announced for 2023 include Netflix’s Phil Wang, TV’s Kiri Pritchard-McLean, and radio’s John Robins, joined by some new faces, Sikisa (Live At The Apollo, BBC), Stephen Bailey (Would I Lie To You?, BBC) and Chloe Petts (Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club, ITV).

A host of festival favourites return including Tim Key, Lou Sanders, Jen Brister and Esther Manito, alongside Edinburgh Festival Comedy Award nominees Colin Hoult and Jessica Fostekew.

Ben Williams, Founder of the Wells Comedy Festival, said: “We are over the moon to be bringing some of our favourite stand-ups to Somerset. We’ve got so many fantastic acts bringing tour shows or working up new shows, as well as some really exciting new comics that we can’t wait to champion.

“There are still plenty more shows to be announced so watch this space.”

All shows will go on sale at