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Described as a ‘brilliant, brilliant festival’, full to the brim with female comedic talent. ‘Get it booked, get on down’ is the recommendation from City Life.

Manchester’s Women In Comedy Festival is Europes only festival dedicated to gender equality and takes place annually in Manchester, UK during October. The Festival launched in 2013 as a volunteer-led festival presenting both established and up and coming talent across the spectrum of stand up comedy, comedy theatre, improv performing arts, film, spoken work and visual arts. Described as one of ‘the UK's best comedy festivals’

(The Skinny) the fifth annual 2017 Women In Comedy Festival will take place in October 2017.

Highlights from past five festivals and sister projects have included Susan Calman (Dead Boss / The News Quiz), Roisin Conaughty (Game Face),  Jo Neary (Miranda / Ideal), Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week), Jo Enright (The Job Lot / Pheonix Nights) , Janey Godley, The Birthday Girls, Gina Yashere, Sarah Millican, Shappi Khorshandi (Live at The Apollo), Shazia Mirza, Tanya Lee Davies (I am Spazicus)

‘Manchester’s homegrown Women In Comedy Festival (set up by Hazel O’Keefe) has found its feet in a very short space of time - only three years in attracting the likes of actress Maxine Peake as a patron, joining Jo Enright, Isy Suttie and Jo Caulfield.’ M.E.N

The festival has grown steadily over the years since the first event in 2013

The festival encompasses networking events, panels, debates, workshops and training, the community and learning focused arm of the festival. The Women In Comedy Festival also offers training and mentorship opportunities with industry professionals and other leading creative organisations.

‘It’s a very positive event, attracting massive headline acts.’ (Manchester Evening News)

Described as a ‘brilliant, brilliant festival’, full to the brim with female comedic talent. The festival is directed by Dulcet Sounds founder  Hazel O’Keefe with the support of the 2016 crew, our main sponsors Laughology, Laughing Cows Comedy and our supporters, media partners and advertisers.

Actor Maxine Peake joined the team of festival patrons last year. “I’m proud to be supporting the UK Women in Comedy Festival as a patron. A festival filled with laughter combined with feminist principles taking place in the North … what’s not to support!”

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The full festival program will be released in September 2017.


Want to find out more about getting involved with the 2017 Women In Comedy Festival?

Performers: Visit our information for performers page for updates on registrations, applications and more.

Venues: If you're interested in hosting Festival shows we can add you to our potential venues list for artists and producers. Email us to tell us about your venue and register your interest.