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The Balham Comedy Festival celebrates ten years

8th – 16th July 2022

Banana Cabaret is delighted to announce ten years of the acclaimed Balham Comedy Festival at the iconic Bedford in Balham from Friday 8th – Saturday 16th July.

This July will see festival alumni such as Sara Pascoe, Marcus Brigstocke, Shaparak Khorsandi and Mark Steel perform stunning solo sets alongside stand-up stars Seann Walsh, Zoe Lyons and Mark Thomas.

The Best of Banana Cabaret nights will showcase five comedians in one evening. Enjoy the likes of Ria Lina, Carl Donnelly and Michael Odewale accompanied by new talent Sarah Callaghan and Jack Gleadow. The one and only acclaimed Rachel Parris will bring the festival to a close.

Marcus Brigstocke said: “I’ve been performing at Banana Cabaret since I first started out. It’s a very important and much-loved place for me. Audiences understand how special and unique it is and they’re always super fun to play to. I’m delighted to bring another solo show to the festival.” 

Banana Cabaret’s Dave Vickers, co-producer of the festival with circuit legend John Moloney, said: “Ten years of the Balham Comedy Festival and 39 years of Banana Cabaret at The Bedford is something to be incredibly proud of. It’s been an utter pleasure to watch these comedians develop their careers. In return, their loyalty to Banana Cabaret and the Festival is heart-warming. Here’s to another ten years and the comedy stars of the future.”

The Balham Comedy Festival spans nine nights and features an amazing twenty-eight comedians, performing in the Bedford’s iconic Club Room which has previously hosted top comedy and music performances from the likes of Eddie Izzard, Jack Whitehall, Ed Sheeran and Jorja Smith. Comedy goers are encouraged to make a night of it and enjoy dinner and drinks before or after the show. There are even 15 luxury hotel rooms should comedy fans wish to stay the entire evening. 

Balham Comedy Festival tickets can be purchased from Prices start at just £10 plus booking fee. Please note show times and ticket prices vary.

*Interviews and competitions*

Press interviews with comedians and festival ticket giveaways are available.*            


The Bedford, 77 Balham Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9HD
T: 020 3976 8007       


Notes to editors:

  • To organise interviews with Marcus Brigstocke, Zoe Lyons, Shaparak Khorsandi, Mark Steel, Ria Lina, Michael Odewale, Ben Norris, Carl Donnelly, Dane Baptiste, Sarah Callaghan, Joe Wells, John Moloney or Dave Vickers, or organise festival ticket giveaways please contact Miriam Northwood as below.
  • Banana Cabaret’s Balham Comedy Festival will run for nine consecutive nights from 8th – 16th July. It is organised by Dave Vickers and John Maloney.
  • All tickets can be purchased from Please note show times and ticket prices do vary.
  • During non-festival hours Banana Cabaret hosts live standup comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night at The Bedford. Banana Cabaret is officially the longest standing comedy club in one venue ever. For full listings visit or

For further information about Balham Comedy Festival

please contact Miriam Northwood at Banana Cabaret on

T: 07833 110 611  E: [email protected]