Hull’s Funniest Festival Returns For Over Two Weeks' Worth of Laughs    

This is a press release from Hull Comedy Festival.

Now in its 12th year, the Hull Comedy Festival returns with sponsorship from Princes Quay, it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Laughter will take over the city, with performances from household names to hometown heroes, family shows to silent comedy, quirky quizzes to Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s favourites, there’s something for everyone. The event has previously pulled in some major names on the comedy scene, as well as supporting grass roots and upcoming performers. Already confirmed for this year are Alexander Armstrong, Jon Culshaw + Bill Dare, Paul Foot, Dave Johns, Ed Gamble and multi award winning Hull Comedians Jack Gleadow and Lucy Beaumont. With the full line-up yet to be revealed, residents are urged to keep an eye out for announcements.  

During the event, and for the first time they'll be a pop up venue within Princes Quay, who will be hosting a variety of acts and performances including family-friendly shows, award winning performers, local and regional comedy talent with a sprinkle of the hottest shows from the UK festival scene, pay what you can comedy shows with the Hullarious Free Fringe. The venue will also play host to numerous family-friendly shows, ensuring that the festival is accessible for everyone. Units within the centre will transform into 100 capacity comedy venues and will be fully kitted out with a stage, AV and lighting. Families will be encouraged to bring the kids down as the shopping centre will be hosting childrens’ activities and events.  

Customers will be able to collect tickets for the PQ shows and Gala's from CSU on Level 3 with a donation to PQ's charity partners instead of the usual booking fees.

Centre Manager John Magee said:

“We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Hull Comedy Festival, it’s going to be great fun and we can’t wait to see what acts they have lined-up. We’ve decided to offer a special PQ stage to host events for all the family and we’ll be using one of our empty units to do so.  

It’s great to push the boundaries and explore how we can utilize the space in the centre, events such as Zany Races and Graduation ceremonies have proved incredibly popular so we’re sure the Comedy Festival will also be a hit!”  

Other venues include; Hull New Theatre, Hull City Hall, Hull Truck Theatre, Comedy Lounge, Hull Minster  & Bonus Arena and the full line-up is set to be released Late September with a Festival launch day on 30th October within the centre, they'll be activities, stilt walkers, fun and games and they'll be a chance to tell a few jokes too and help you find your funny!

Creative Director of The Festival, Gary Jennison said: 

“We’re super excited to be going into our 13th festival. This year we’ve got some fantastic acts lined up and we’ve tried to make sure that there’s something for everyone. It’s great that we’re able to partner with such a wide and varied range of venues and Princes Quay is no exception!  Expect a chance to get involved and fun, craziness and a lot of laughs.”  

Full Line up and ticket information is available via the website: