Now in its third year, SHREWSBURY INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL has become a staple of the town's entertainment calendar and the Gala Show has established itself as the MUST SEE show of the year.
Once described as "like a whole series of Live at the Apollo in one night" the Gala brings the curtain down on a weekend of comedy with the biggest names on the circuit. Here is your 2019 gala line-up...
MC LEE NELSON
From council estate to king of comedy, LEE NELSON is the star of hit TV shows Well Good Show and Well Funny People. With five sell out tours to date and a host of appearances on Live at the Apollo he is one of the biggest stand up stars in the country. Nelson is one of few acts around who have the gravitas to fill the compere’s role at the Gala, following Shropshire’s own Greg Davies in 2017 and, last year, Russell Kane.
Award winning writer, actor and stand up comedian, Katie has been heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and seen on CBBC and ITV2. She won the Liverpool Hope Play Writing Prize and the Kudos North award in conjunction with BBC Writersroom. She's appeared on Coronation Street and in advertising campaigns for The Co-op and Brother.
Larry Dean was crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year when he was 23, and since then his star has continued to rise. His 2015 debut solo show received both widespread critical acclaim and a nomination for the Foster’s Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, leading to a place on the line up for Laugh Out Loud with Kevin Hart at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. As well as his live work, Larry’s broadcasting career continues to go from strength to strength. He’s performed on BBC2’s Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week, as well as Comedy Central UK's Roast Battle.
The creation of Perrier Award nominated sketch comedian Dan Renton Skinner, Angelos Epithemiou is a former burger van owner who has broken into showbusiness. His big break came in 2009 when he joined Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer's Shooting Stars firstly as a regular team member then replacing George Dawes as scorekeeper. Not to be missed!
Prepare to be wowed once more by the incredible talents of Rob Broderick AKA ABANDOMAN, the hip-hop, improv genius! He loves it here and we love him!
Two time Emmy nominated South African comedian Loyiso Gola performs in Shrewsbury for the very first time and will truly put the "International" in the Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival. As well as a Netflix special for his stand up, Loyiso is the creator and presenter of the satirical Late Nite News show on South African TV... and boasts over a million Twitter followers. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see a truly global act.
The former winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Irish Comedian of the Year and Best International Act at the Sydney Comedy Festival brings his particular brand of musical whimsy as the Gala brings the curtain down on a weekend of top comedy.
Previous shows have sold out in the blink of an eye so don't miss out, get your tickets early.
TICKETS £37.50 - £30