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The Balham Comedy Festival Returns

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Banana Cabaret, one of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious comedy clubs, is delighted to announce the eleventh year of their Balham Comedy Festival 2023 at the iconic Bedford in Balham from Friday 7th – Saturday 15th July.

This year sees the return of solo shows from big hitters like Ed Byrne, Richard Herring, Tiffany Stevenson, Rob Newman, Milton Jones, Rich Hall, rising star Darran Griffiths and the superb Janey Godley, inaugural winner of the annual Sir Billy Connolly Spirit of Glasgow Comedy Award. Solo show evenings feature two acts, with combo tickets available so you get twice the funny for your money.

The Best of Banana Cabaret nights will feature four stellar comedians in one sitting including international acts Russell Hicks and Robin Morgan, ones-to-watch, Sharon Wanjohi and Daniel Foxx plus household names Kae Kurd and Paul Tonkinson. Special guest Kerry Godliman will grace the festival on closing night and circuit legend (and festival co-producer) John Maloney will compere throughout.

Rich Hall enthused: “This will be my third Balham Comedy Festival and I can’t wait. Banana Cabaret is the Old Vic of comedy rooms.”

Banana Cabaret’s Dave Vickers commented: “We’re passionate about promoting and supporting the best comic talent. We have a comedy savvy audience who let us know who makes them laugh hardest, so that’s reflected in our lineups. You can watch Rich Hall on our stage, Kae Kurd and Toussaint Douglass. Then you also get to see massive new talent like Laura Smyth and Omar Badawy working their way to the top.”

The Balham Comedy Festival spans nine nights and serves up a stunning twenty-eight great comedians, performing in The Bedford’s Club Room, where Banana Cabaret will soon celebrate a residency of forty years, hosting comedy stars from Stewart Lee to Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Lee Mack, Sara Pascoe, Jack Whitehall and more. The iconic Club Room also boasts music past performances from the likes of Ed Sheehan 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 they wish to spend the night.

Balham Comedy festival tickets can be purchased from Prices start at just £12 plus booking fee. Please note show times and prices vary.

*Notes to editors:

  • Banana Cabaret’s Balham Comedy Festival will run for nine nights from 7th – 15th July. 
  • All tickets can be purchased from Please note show times and ticket prices do vary. Full listings also detailed below.
  • During non-festival hours, Banana Cabaret hosts live standup comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night at The Bedford. For full listings please visit or
  • To interview a comedian, run a competition to win tickets to a show or for further information about the festival please contact Miriam Northwood at Banana Cabaret on T: 07833 110 611  E: [email protected].