Nottingham annual comedy festival returns for another year of laughs, brilliant acts and great venues. The event that has been running for seven years aims to showcase the best comedy that Nottingham has to offer.

The festival is running from the 6th until the 14th November and aims to provide an outlet for both new and already established comedians to reach a wider audience.

But even after the festival’s yearly success, there are still concerns on whether women are fairly represented in the event.

On average, there are five more male acts, per night, than female. But some claim the gap is because of audience prefer male to female comedy acts. Fran Jenking tells us that people do have a personal preference:

Fran Jenking tells us his opinion about gender preferences 

Fran, who runs the Navigation Showcase which is part of the festival, says he chose his line-up according to his acts’ popularity.

He said: “If people are doing a good job, it doesn’t matter about their gender.”

A female comedian was booked to appear at the event but she cancelled beforehand leaving an all-male line-up.

Stu Woodings sings a short song about painting 

Comedy In Nottingham

The venues were chosen to reflect the performances: A main feature ‘The Blundabus’ is a venue which allows for intimacy and more improvisational performances, with involvement from the audience. The Canal House, The Glee Club and Ned Ludd also feautred on the venue list. The biggest venue, The Theatre Royal, will hold the most popular acts.

Some of the headliners include Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, Rob Beckett and Gary Delaney. Many shows are now sold out.

“The city has got great cultural and creative heritage”
Helen Stead- Nottingham Comedy Festival Director

The Navigation Showcase featured in the Nottingham Comedy Festival's Guide Book
The Navigation Showcase featured in the Nottingham Comedy Festival’s Guide Book

Nottingham Comedy Festival Director, Helen Stead is really proud to organise the event.

“Each year we just find it’s really important to celebrate comedy and what comedy has to offer and what Nottingham has to offer.

“The city has got great cultural and creative heritage here and we wanted to celebrate that”.

Despite the gender gap, female comics can have popular appeal.

Miranda Hart stared in the 2015 film ‘Spy’

Sarah Millican has completed three sell-out tours

Rebel Wilson won a teen choice award for her character ‘Fat Amy’ in the film ‘Pitch Perfect’

Female comedian, Victoria Wood mostly performs comedy sketches and songs

Gina Yashere made her debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997

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