Giggles galore – A comedy-lovers guide to Hay Festival 2023

From firm TV favourites to new talent and different perspectives, we promise plenty of laughs and irreverent humour throughout the festival. 

Grab a coffee and join Marcus Brigstocke and guests for a flick through the morning papers, The Early Edition promises some light ridicule and satire. 

Prefer to end the day with a spot of stand up then why not try the Friday Night Comedy Club or some of the famous comedy faces that you’ve seen on TV. You’ll remember Jason Byrne, Kiri Pritchard McLeanMark SteelTom Allen, Prue Leith and Dara O Briain from many TV appearances so just pick out your favourite, sit back and enjoy the show. 

If you want to find something new, or a bit different then we’ve got more to offer.  

Radio 4 fans will know Natalie Haynes. Her new show Stand up - Stone Blind is a rip roaring journey through ancient history from Medusa to the Greeks and Romans. 

Fats Timbo is a TikTok and podcast star and shares a funny insight into how living with her disability has given her a few lessons in living fearlessly. Brian Bilston brings his own brand of comedy poetry to the stage, comedians Josie Long and David Baddiel talk about their latest books.

Finally, Mark Thomas joins the Palestine Comedy Club (Alaa Shehada, Diana Swity and Hanna Shammas) fusing comedy traditions for a night to remember.