About us

The Nottingham Comedy Festival is directed and organised by Helen Stead who also runs regular comedy nights throughout the year through her company NCF Comedy.

Helen's interest in comedy first began with a visit to the Comedy Store and other comedy venues in London. She and her friend looked at the comedy scene in Nottingham and found exciting and different forms that they thought should be brought together to highlight all the talent that Nottingham has to offer. This is where the Comedy Festival started, together with the help of local comedians, friends, promoters and businesses Nottingham Comedy Festival 2009 took place in October with 50 acts across 10 venues.

Over the years the festival has grown to include a wide variety of comedy, such as stand up, improvisation and sketch. With shows held in many different venues, including theatres, bars, cafes and restaurants, across both Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, we aim to bring together both the brand new comedians to the well established and give everyone an opportunity to enjoy comedy, whether they are performing or watching. We are very proud to be working with the great Nottingham clubs and promoters including: Glee, Lakeside Arts, Motorpoint  Arena and The Royal Centre.

Click here to read about previous Nottingham Comedy Festivals.


The festival is run by a small team, directed by Helen Stead, who all work hard to make each festival an even better one than the last. In addition to the main festival there are also regular monthly shows taking place by our sister company, NCF Comedy. (for non-festival events please see www.ncfcomedy.co.uk)


We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the events and in marketing, if you are interested please contact us.


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I , along with everyone else from the festival ,would like to thank: Colin Wilde, Olivia Aukland, Lewis Townsend and everyone at Castle Rock Brewery and Canalhouse, Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Mark Tughan, Adam Jaremko,  Kate Glaze, Bradley Seagrave, Fran Jenking,  Katie Mitchell, Jeantte Bird Bradley, Samuel Moult, Liam Webber, James 'Lloydie' Lloyd, Tommy Tomski, Taylor Saranic, Harry Sanders, Martin Ingham, Katie Greenword, Sarah Camplin, Lydia Jones, Anna Scott, Simon Redgate, Kathryn Briggs, Andy Middleton, Helen Gould, everyone at Notts TV, BBC Nottingham and Nottingham City Council. And of course all of the acts, agents and venues that are essential to the festival.

Thank you also to everyone else that has supported the festival since 2009 and continue to come along to shows and celebrate the fantastic comedy industry that we have to offer in Nottingham. Personally I would also like to thank everyone who helps out with the running of the festival for all of their hard work throughout the year.

Helen Stead - Festival Director