Described as one of ‘the UK's best comedy
festivals’ by the Skinny, Greater Manchester’s Women In Comedy Festival is Europes only comedy festival dedicated to gender equality.

A ‘brilliant, brilliant festival’, full to the brim with female comedic talent. ‘Get it booked, get on down’ is the recommendation from City Life.


The Women In Comedy Festival, produced by Dulcet Sounds, takes place annually in Greater Manchester, UK during October.

‘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

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 work, comedy writing and visual arts.

The fifth annual 2017 Women In Comedy Festival will take place from Thursday 19th until Sunday 29th October 2017 and submissions to perform at the festival are now open. click here for more info

Actor Maxine Peake joined the team of festival patrons last year. “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!”

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

‘It’s a very positive event, attracting massive headline acts.’ (Manchester Evening News)

The Women in Comedy Festival is proud 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.

Highlights from the past five festivals and sister projects have included Susan Calman (Dead Boss / The News Quiz), Roisin Conaughty (Game Face),  Jo Neary (Miranda / Ideal), Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week), Jo Enright (The Job Lot / Pheonix Nights), Janey Godley, The Birthday Girls, Gina Yashere, Sarah Millican, Shappi Khorshandi (Live at The Apollo), Shazia Mirza, Tanya Lee Davies (I am Spazicus)

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 full festival program will be released in September 2017. Keep an eye out for announcements by signing up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Want to find out more about getting involved with the 2017 Women In Comedy Festival?


Visit our information for performers page for updates on registrations, applications and more.


If you're interested in hosting Festival shows we can add you to our potential venues list for artists and producers. Email us to tell us about your venue and register your interest. 

Europe's only Women in Comedy Festival is a non-profit making project, supported by in kind and voluntary contributions, donations, advertising space and sponsorship. Our advertising packages are a great way to support the festival, grow with us, see some fabulous comedy and get your brand in front of an engaged and varied audience.

Join our Crew
If you would like to be involved with this years festival as a crew member please come to one of our planning meetings. New volunteer meetings take place at 6pm before each meeting, please text us to let us know you are coming to a meeting on 07958 642090 or email us


One of ‘the UK's best comedy festivals’ 

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