VAULT Comedy Festival
Comedy is fun. This year’s Comedy Festival at VAULT brings the most comedy acts we’ve ever had together under one roof.
With over 30 hilarious acts performing across six weeks, we’re all but guaranteed to have something which will tickle your funny bone. From stand-up to roll-on-the-floor, there’s surreal sketch shows, five-star improv, bizarre character comedy, and some very silly satire. Take your pick from the listings below.
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Hilarious and basking in glorious vocal harmony, mischievous repartee and banging toons from Talking Heads to Scissor Sisters via Bonnie Tyler, accompanied by their ukuleles, the piano and a love of the ridiculous.Find out more »
Hwaet! The multi-award nominated cult show returns for TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY. Behold a rattlebag of demented tales, terrifying ritual and unrelenting Anglo-Saxon lolz... ‘White hot brilliance.’ - Time OutFind out more »
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Four weeks of various evocative, humorous, intriguing 15 minute plays.
Especially written for Vault Festival, improvised, revisited and /or verbatim, we bring up to 25 short pieces to a small intimate audience of nine people max at a time.
Triple award winning sketch villains and stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama return to Vault with a ghoulish new nightmare blend of sketch comedy, live music and pure evil...Find out more »
"Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning" Helen Duff returns with a subversive new standup show about fully exposed idiocy. "quick witted and supremely empowered...a formidable comic" ★★★★ SCOTSMANFind out more »
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A comedy show about dreams by someone who doesn't have any. Loren is a waitress. Her mother was a bartender. Her grandmother was Steve Martin's housekeeper. Loren has big dreams, but can you really escape what you are born into?Find out more »
Sketches and characters exploring the best and worst of humanity. In 1977 two spacecraft left earth carrying golden phonograph records. This show is about the lifeforms who find those records. And whether they decide to get in touch.Find out more »
On February 22nd, 1952, 50 strangers gathered in the vaults of BBC Stoke to hear a ground-breaking new radio comedy act, 'Umami'. We are their spiritual ancestors.Find out more »
A late night lol at the Vault, hosted by Loren O’Brien. Come join us for a night of old acts, new acts, borrowed and blue acts. Past acts include: Richard Gadd, Desiree Burch, Phil Wang, Rachel Parris, Fin Taylor, Goose, Adam Hess, Norris and Parker, and many more… no, seriously, there were so many good people. You don't even know.Find out more »
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28th & 29th Jan | 11th, 12th, 25th, 26th Feb. Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Bring your hippo catchers! ‘Intelligent, imaginative, very funny’ (JimJam Arts) and Best Family Show at the 2016 Buxton Fringe.Find out more »
Upbeat, surrealist comedian Tom Bell brings his brand new show, an improvised "Comic con" style panel chat show to VAULT. “Surreal comedy at its best” ★★★★★ (THE SCOTSMAN)Find out more »
Geekeasy is a comedy night for nerds including stand-up, sketch, improvisation and competitive PowerPoint presentations. We populate the bill with emerging and award-winning acts. With live soundtrack by Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin.Find out more »
A white-knuckle ride on a character comedy carousel through the mind of your chameleon woman-host LadyFace, prancing about for your explosive, theatrical delight.Find out more »
An epic, sprawling, open world show entirely of the audience's devising. From the makers of Knightmare Live comes The MMORPG show (Spirit of the Festival winners VAULT 2016). Combining improvised comedy with table-top gaming. Will you be victorious?Find out more »
“Get a job working with children, it’ll cheer you up.” Did it bollocks. One man’s attempt to combat all-consuming sadness with children’s entertainment, and his miserable failure at doing so.Find out more »
Award-winning-eye-popping-comedy about a mischievous girl with a glass-eye. In a feat of riveting comedy, one-eyed-award-winning performer recounts her life as a feisty 7 year-old who wields her disability as a superpower.
“Expert physical comedy. Impeccable timing.” ★★★★★ CBC
Project2 improvise science fiction; the dialogue, the story, the characters, the score and the tech. Expect something moody like Solaris, something fun and silly like Futurama, or something elsewhere on that famous Solaris-Futurama scale.Find out more »
Deadbeat character comedian, Brendan Murphy (BattleActs, Knightmare Live), returns as “fantastical, riotously funny characters” (ThreeWeeks), in his “incredibly engaging” (The Skinny), “absurd, bag-themed cabaret” (Fringe Review).Find out more »
Crowley & Co.'s regular variety showcase comes to VAULT 2017 as a bite-size free weekly show, hosted by the Night Players.Find out more »