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Published : 04/Feb/2020

The full line up for this year’s Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival (SICFest) has been announced, with a host of new faces plus returning favourites to keep the county town amused.

As ever, the weekend kicks off with a Festival Jesters show at Theatre Severn) hosted by regular compere Dan Nightingale and headlined by Edinburgh Festival Award Winning joke writer and prolific performer Adam Rowe.

Amongst the many Edinburgh Festival preview and works in progress from the likes of Radio 4's Tom Wrigglesworth, recent Mock The Week debutant Chris Washington and bona fide "next big thing" Scott Bennett amongst others, there are a number of innovative new shows that organisers hope will catch the imagination of the public.

Festival co-director Kevin Bland said, "We're doing things a little differently this year, in that we're breaking up the previews with other types of show we haven’t done before. We have an Afternoon Comedy Club, where Lou Conran, Heidi Regan and Lindsey Santoro perform their club sets ahead of their Edinburgh offerings; an improv show, I'm No Expert But... hosted by Danny McLoughlin which invites guest comedians to deliver an impromptu lecture on a subject that is only revealed to them during the show and we have an innovative, interactive quiz hosted by Britpop legends Shed Seven's drummer, Alan Leach – or as he's better known - Alan Shed. We are also delighted to welcome on board some new venues for this year - The Hole In The Wall, Nerdy Café and Oil Bar."

Finally as ever the Gala Show rounds off the weekend, and as four amazing acts have already been announced tickets are selling fast. Quintessentially English sarcasm from Simon Evans is mixed with the sardonic outpourings of Canadian iconoclast Tom Stade, powerful polemic from Aussie Heavy Metallist Steve Hughes and out and out silliness from The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue – and there are still two more acts to be announced!

The Festival runs from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 July. 

Full Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival 2020 Line-Up

Thursday 16 July      
Festival Jesters   8pm Theatre Severn
Friday 17 July      
Tom Houghton   7pm Henry Tudor House
Lauren Pattison   7pm Oil
Carl Donnelly   8.15pm Old Post Office
Brennan Reece   9.30pm Old Post Office
Late & Lively   11pm Havana Republic
Saturday 18 July      
Comedy Course Showcase   12.15pm Havana Republic
James Cook Always Be Rolling... 1.30pm Havana Republic
Afternoon Comedy Club   2.45pm  Old Post Office 
I'm No Expert But...  feat. Danny McLoughlin  4pm  Hole in the Wall 
Chris Stokes  Tapestry  5.15pm  Hole in the Wall 
Lou Conran    5.15pm  Oil 
Tom Wriggleworth Live 6.30pm  Henry Tudor House
Heidi Regan   6.30pm Oil
Alan Shed's Quiz   6.30pm  Nerdy
Adam Bloom Intense, Fragile, Honest 7.45pm Henry Tudor House
Danny McLoughlin   7.45pm  Oil
Chris Washington   9pm  Old Market Hall
Late & Lively Too   11pm   
Sunday 19 July      
Raymond & Mr Timpkins HAM 1.45pm Henry Tudor House 
Dan Nightingale   3pm  Old Market Hall 
Scott Bennett   3pm  Oil 
Troy Hawke   4.15pm  Henry Tudor House 
Comedy Festival Gala     Theatre Severn