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 Rachel Greensmith 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, Jongleurs, Motorpoint  Arena and The Royal Centre. In 2016 we held over 100 shows attracting over 10,000 visitors.

Click here to read about previous Nottingham Comedy Festivals.

The date of next year's festival is 3rd to 11th November 2017 where we will be continuing to support National Autistic Society (NAS) due to a member of our team being diagnosed with Asperser Syndrome. We are looking to raise awareness for the charity and if possible we would like to include a show to raise funds and hold workshops to help those on the Autism spectrum.

Buckets for the charity will be around many of the festival venues during the festival.

More information on The National Autistic Society


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.


GENERAL ENQUIRIES: info@nottscomedyfestival.co.uk

Festival Director: Helen Stead -

For all other team members:
Elliott Bower -

Andy Stead -

Kathryn Briggs -

Finance - finance@nottscomedyfestival.co.uk

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, Chloe Smith, Spiky Mike, Jo Booler, Mark Tughan, Adam Jaremko, Chloe Culpin, Fran Jenking, Andy Fowler, Andy Hughes, Martin Ingham, Jonathan Saville, Margaret Bailey, Ben Macpherson, Dan Webber, Matt McGuinness, Natalie Walsh, Simon Redgate, Erin Huckle, Simon Wilson, Max Forester, Bekki Ebbs, Andrew Beales, Rachel Greensmith, Andy Middleton, Helen Gould, Eric Kent, Jennifer Lowis, Chris Sherwood, Ruby Chapple, Andy Whyles, Ezra Watson, everyone at Notts TV and BBC Nottingham and of course all of the acts, agents and venues that are essential to the festival and not forgetting 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 Elliott Bower, Andy Stead, Kathryn Briggs and the rest of the festival team for their hard work throughout the year.
Helen Stead - Festival Director