Comedy Headline Acts 2019

We’ve got over 100 performances and 80 acts taking place across the festival, but at the Barnfield Theatre in the main auditorium there’s a few comedy headline acts so we wanted to tell you a little bit about them. See the full programme and book tickets here.

Al Lubel (work in progress)

1 Aug, 21:00 | £14.50 (£13 conc.)

Barnfield Theatre | 60mins | 12+

Winner of the Amused Moose Judges Prize for his 2013 Edinburgh show, and one of the last comics to appear on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (making six more appearances with Jay Leno and five appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman), Al Lubel is one of those rare beasts who garners both critical praise and mainstream success. He’s supported Jerry Seinfeld, who kindly mentioned “Al has one of the best jokes I have ever heard” and recently fellow comic Adam Bloom gave him high praise by saying Al had “the most original first ten minutes of comedy I’ve ever seen.”

A work in progress show from a truly international act; who gigs regularly across Europe and has previously performed in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Shanghai.

Book tickets here.

George Zach: Greek Commedian of the Year

28 July, 21:00 | £14.50 (£13 conc.)

Barnfield Theatre | 60mins | 15+

Born & Bred in Greece, based in the UK and taking the comedy circuit by storm, come see why George is one of the best acts this side of the Acropolis! He has appeared at Edinburgh Fringe for 5 years in a row and Melbourne International Comedy Festival for 4 years in a row, selling rooms out every time. He hopes to never die, he loves Greek food and hates cotton wool. As seen on BBC One.

‘Truly Terrific’

Melbourne Herald Sun

‘Hilarious, uplifting, highly recommended.’

Wee Review (Edinburgh Fringe)

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International Joke Off

26 July, 21:00 | £14.50 (£13 conc.)

Barnfield Theatre | 90mins | 14+

After selling out throughout the UK and in Australia, International Joke Off is now coming to Exeter!

In one corner, there is Alf from Devon. Alf’s sharp one-liners and zany prop-based comedy got a standing ovation from Britain’s Got Talent judges, and was then followed by millions of YouTube hits. In the other corner, there is Richard from New Zealand. Richard is the world’s premiere flute comedian, and his joke-writing abilities have been compared to TV’s Milton Jones, but his flute playing has not been compared to James Galway.

The joke-writing havoc will be held together by the quick-witted and hilarious compere and adjudicator, Richard James. There’ll be more jokes than anyone could expect of an evening out, and some special guest appearances along the way.

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Rob Oldham: Work in progress

28 July, 19:00 | £14.50 (£13 conc.)

Barnfield Theatre | 60mins | 16+

We all live on a giant spherical rock that is orbiting through the infinite void of space. How do we lead moral lives in these baffling conditions? Is it possible to be ‘right’ when nothing is certain? Is live stand up comedy financially viable any more? After his 2018 Fringe debut Worm’s Lament (The Guardian’s ‘Top Shows of the Edinburgh Fringe’ – ‘A vivid snapshot of being young and half-alive in the 21st Century’), Rob is back with his ‘quirky, offbeat sensibilities that distil into smart jokes that rarely sound
like anyone else’s’ ( Amongst other things, Rob asks whether being ‘a creative’ is worth living in a mouldy house infested with gnats, what on earth that missionary bloke from Canada was thinking when he went to that island and got shot with an arrow, and if you can judge a newspaper’s moral worth by its font.

Tom Glover: A Glover Not A Fighter

29 July, 21:00 | £14.50 (£13 conc.)

Barnfield Theatre | 60mins | 12+

Lactose intolerance. Bike rides. Urinals. Tom Glover is a comedian not afraid to tackle the big issues. In this debut hour, award-winning comedian, ‘What did he win? It doesn’t matter. I’ve never heard of him? He’s not from round here’ Tom Glover will attempt to find the humour in his life as a man desperate to do the right thing in a world where everything is wrong to someone. The debut show from loveable West Country favourite Tom Glover; Runner up in the prestigious Lastminute Comedy Club Comedian of the Year and finalist in the Inaugural Petfringe Comedian of the Year.

Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019