Thursday 19th - Sunday 29th October 2017, Manchester UK

Building on the success of Laughing Cows Comedy Night, the Festival launched in 2013 as a volunteer-led festival presenting both established and up and coming talent across the spectrum of stand up comedy, comedy theatre, improv, performing arts, film, spoken word, comedy writing and visual arts.

Actor Maxine Peake one of the festival patrons says “I’m proud to be supporting the UK Women in Comedy Festival as a patron. A festival filled with laughter combined with feminist principles taking place in the North ... what’s not to support!”

‘Set up as a reaction to the sidelining of women comics by club owners back in the day, Manchester’s homegrown Women In Comedy Festival (set up by Hazel O’Keefe) has found its feet in a very short space of time - attracting the likes of actress Maxine Peake as a patron, joining Jo Enright and Isy Suttie.’ M.E.N

Described as a ‘brilliant, brilliant festival’, by City Life, ‘full to the brim with female comedic talent.’ The festival is directed by Dulcet Sounds founder Hazel O’Keefe with the support of the crew, our patrons, our main sponsors Laughology, Laughing Cows Comedy and our supporters, media partners and advertisers.

The festival has grown steadily over the years since the first event in 2013 and includes solo shows, open mic events, a comedy writing competition showcases, galas, a comedy symposium, networking events, training, Q&A’s, debates and workshops. The Women In Comedy Festival also offers training and mentorship opportunities with industry professionals and other leading creative organisations.

The Women in Comedy Festival is very excited to have linked up with the 2017 Funny Women Awards this year to encourage more women to take part and provide a vital platform to develop and broaden the appeal of female comedy. Heats for the Funny Women Stage Award will be running throughout the festival.

2017 show have now been announced view our calendar here. Keep an eye out for announcements by signing up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Highlights from the past five festivals and sister projects have included Susan Calman (Dead Boss / The News Quiz), Roisin Conaty (Game Face), Jo Neary (Miranda / Ideal), Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week), Jo Enright (The Job Lot / Pheonix Nights), Janey Godley, The Birthday Girls, Ava Vidal, Jo Brand, Jenny Eclair, Luisa Omelian, Gina Yashere, Sarah Millican, Shappi Khorshandi, Angela Barnes Shazia Mirza, Tanya Lee Davies, Aisling Bea

The festival is still unfunded and is reliant on advertising, donations, submission fees and ticket sales from the launch event for running costs which are in excess of £150,000. If you would like to contribute to this project please purchase tickets for the launch night, donate to the festival or look at our advertising and sponsorship opportunities.