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.
We are very proud to be supporting local charity Football In The Community. We are looking to
raise awareness for the charity and help raise funds for all of their fantastic courses.
Buckets for the charity will be around many of the festival venues during the festival.
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.
GENERAL ENQUIRIES: firstname.lastname@example.org
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Helen Stead -
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, Spiky Mike, Mark Tughan, Adam Jaremko, Tom Hunt, Fran Jenking, Andy Fowler, Katie Mitchell, Jeantte Bird Bradley, Martin Ingham, Jonathan Saville, Ben Macpherson, Dan Webber, Natalie Walsh, Simon Redgate, Erin Huckle, Simon Wilson, Max Forester, Bekki Ebbs, Andy Middleton, Helen Gould, Eric Kent, Jennifer Lowis, Chris Sherwood, Andy Whyles, 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