Comedy Festivals In London
While the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is without a doubt the top comedy
festival in the UK, there are now quite a few London festivals that are
well worth a look. If comedy is your thing, you might want to pay a
visit to one of these exciting Comedy Festivals.
Greenwich Comedy Festival
Taking place on the banks of the River Thames, this popular comedy festival is a week long feast of fun that grows better with every year. Throughout the week, some of the best comedians around will be performing inside a traditional big top, which is one of the best ways to your favourite comedians. Around the big top you will find a variety of weird and wonderful bars including the Bollinger tent and the Pimms Bus where you can hear Free Comedy and live music. You do not have to pay to get in to the festival itself, but you do need to pay to get into the big top. This years festival includes performances by the likes of Phill Jupitus, Stephen K Amos, and Tim Minchin.
The Camden Fringe
In the same month that the Edinburgh festival takes place is the annual Camden Fringe, billing itself as a more daring and less expensive rival. In just seven years, it has gone from being a small scale affair to a massive behemoth of an arts festival, with 24 venues in the Camden area of North London. Despite the fact that it is not comparable in scale to the Edinburgh Fringe just yet, it compensates for this by being a bit braver and more eclectic. Many of comedys brightest stars got their break here, so if you want to catch the next big thing before they go stratospheric, then the Camden Fringe could well be the comedy festival for you.
Ealing Comedy In The Park
This outdoor festival, which takes place every year over five days in the London suburb of Ealing, has evolved into one of the capitals favourite Comedy Events since its inception. Highlights of the 2011 festival included Sean Lock and Omid Djalili. The line up usually consists of a few household names and some of Britains brightest new comedians. Tickets are very reasonably priced as well, so if you are on a budget and want to have a good laugh, then this could be the festival for you.
This guide to London events was penned by David Davidson, who is a tour guide from Bermondsey. For great deals on
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