Published on 3rd May 2019

Prepare for a long weekend of laughter and mirth as some of the country’s top comics return to the Brewery Arts Centre in May.

Published 3 May 2019

The Brewery Arts Centre’s annual comedy extravaganza, Freerange Comedy Festival, returns for a packed weekend of top-name comedians and unusual acts from around the world this year from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 May.

Mark Watson kicks off the festival with The Infinite Show on 16 May; his brand new show inspired by the alarming state of the world his children are growing up in and his genuine desire to do something about it; all delivered in his usual joke-and-rant-a-minute style. This is followed on 17 May by Shappi Khorsandi whose show Skittish Warrior…Confessions of a Club Comic follows on the heels of her spell in the jungle in I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

The Noise Next Door take over the Malt Room on 17 May with their show Remix; as the masters of off-the-cuff comedy transform audience suggestions into ferociously funny scenes and songs. This is followed by the first of two shows by Kendal favourite Arthur Smith: Laughs, Stories, some Songs and a Poem on 17 May, based on his recent memoir My Name is Daphne Fairfax and The Strange Truth of Kendal Mint Cake on 18 May, a promenade performance around the town uncovering the shocking and hilarious truth about the legendary confection.

Saturday’s action-packed line-up includes the return of Comedy Club 4 Kids in the afternoon; all the best from stand-up comedians but without the rude bits! This is followed by Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin, which explores the history of gin through stories and songs with two of Australia’s rising cabaret stars and featuring songs from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone. Justin Moorhouse (Phoenix Nights) rounds off Saturday night with Northern Joker, his show about being a straight, white, male comedian when it is currently the least cool thing in the world to be.

The weekend is brought to a close by CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation on Sunday 19 May. This Edinburgh Fringe sell-out sensation will solve an outlandish murder which is invented by the audience; no-one knows who the killer is, not even the cast!

Tickets for all Freerange Comedy Festival events are on sale now via the Brewery Arts Centre Box Office in person, by phone on 01539 725133 or securely online at

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