We are pleased to announce the first events for Hay Festival 2018. The full programme will be released in the Spring.
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Our sister festival returns with another belting line-up of acts, fresh from best-of-Machynlleth triumphs. Come and get into the party mood with the most brilliant young comedians.
Tim Key is the wnner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award. ‘I am jealous of my friend Tim Key. He has one of the funniest, smartest comic mminds in the country’ – Stephen Merchant.
'Suzi Ruffell’s great. A lovely stage persona, hugely likeable and definitely one to watch’ – Time Out.
'For the first time in God knows how long, here is a musical comic [David Elms] who offers somehting that feels entirely new’ – The Guardian.
'Fin Taylor has all the qualities of a world quality stand-up' – The List.
Live recording of the hit podcast from the writers of the BBC show QI who serve up a feast of bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts. Prepare to be amazed and amused in equal measure. iTunes Best New Podcast 2014, Chortle Award-winner 2015. ‘The QI Elves drop so many facts your head will spin’ – The Guardian.
When Millie’s asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved… The actress and comedy writer introduces her desperately funny first novel.
Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history Greg Jenner, historical consultant to Horrible Histories, explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines.
Ultra-high-functioning addict meets gravity in this latest volume of autobiography. The writer and actor talks to Peter Florence.
In his funniest and filthiest novel yet, Welsh celebrates an unreconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent – and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…
This debut novel is a wicked satire of London society, a redemptive and captivating love story, and a journey into the darker corners of European history. Rothschild, who is also chair of the National Gallery, has created one of the most spectacular villains of recent times. ‘Every painting has a story – and if it could speak, what would it tell us?’
What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer?
A riotous evening of comedy with the madcap, best-selling-act-ever at the Edinburgh Fringe. An impro genius, Jason is one of the most exciting live performers you will ever see. His live shows are part of comedy folklore. Watch comedy history being written by ‘the outright King of Live Comedy’ – The Times.
We are thrilled to welcome the inspired and hilarious improv show in which Eric and a cast of comics act out a famous movie. They’ve done Die Hard, Pretty Woman, all the Harry Potters, and for tonight they want the Hay audience to choose the movie. Let us know what you’d like them to take on – we’ll go with the best nomination on our Facebook page.
Update 15.05.15 - Film Choice is Mary Poppins.
A powerful and sometimes humorous look at the phenomenon of artificial high dramas and public shamings that are characteristic of a world dominated by social media. Why do we do it and how does it affect the shamed? Ronson was prompted into looking at public shaming after his own online identity was stolen in 2012. He met famous shamers and shamees to discover how public ridicule and vitriol can devastate the victim, and to uncover the true reasons behind the rise in public shaming.
Ronson is a documentary maker and author of many bestselling books including The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Lost at Sea and Them: Adventures with Extremists. Chaired by John Mitchinson.
Groundbreaking ventriloquist, BAFTA-nominated filmmaker and British Comedy Award-winner Nina Conti welcomes you to see her new improvised show. With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.
The smash hit, total sell-out show of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 from the star of Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, QI, Sunday Night at the Palladium and HBO’s Family Tree.
Flaws is Mark’s darkest, most personal show yet, but luckily also his funniest. Watson rips up his parental crisis, his relationships with Madonna (non-existent) and alcohol (over familiar), his contempt for tapas and his fondness for drunk-giving to charities. He makes glorious fun of himself, and spins comedy gold out of his return to health and happiness. It’s a life-affirming triumph of physical and verbal stand-up.
Somewhere between song and story, and between fiction and truth, is the world of Terence Blacker, a place of secrets, surprises and humour. His songs have been compared to those of Jake Thackray, and his stories to those of Roald Dahl. Combining the two for this guided tour around his private village – developed from his successful Edinburgh Fringe show My Village and Other Aliens – he offers a view of our world that is sharp-eyed, funny and affectionate.
We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt, and what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?
Gonzo Davies, back-row forward and builder, knows the highs and lows of life; but as political and industrial corruption conspire to give parochial violence a national and international dimension, is he prepared to become the target of dark forces? The bestselling author of The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, best known now as the BBC’s voice of international rugby, brings us his first novel and looks forward to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.
Got a problem? Need a sympathetic ear? Jack and his panel of experts are here to help. Whether it’s relationships, career advice, personal worries or something as simple as how to tell your emotionally stunted in-laws you no longer want them in your life. Come along and share your troubles with Jack – and in no way have them ridiculed in front of a live audience.
Joining Jack Dee on the panel are Rob Beckett, Russell Kane, Roisin Conaty and Danny Wallace.
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We toast the 40th anniversary tour of the consummate comedienne and poet. Pam has the rarest gift of exquisite timing and a fond eye for the absurdities of everyday life. Her latest books are the hilarious memoir The Necessary Aptitude and her poetry collection You Made Me Late Again! Bliss…
From a less-than-satisfactory press trip to the Galapagos Islands to encounters with orcas in Argentina and Iceland and an invisible tiger in India, the former Goodie and Springwatch presenter gives a humorous take on some of his experiences animal- and bird-watching around the world.
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The comedian and bestselling author gives an hilarious account of his move from London life to deepest Devon. Hawks is a townie but, as we know from his entertaining exploits hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge and taking on the Moldovan football team one by one at tennis, he is up for a challenge. He takes part in a calamitous tractor run, chairs a village meeting, and finds time for one last adventure as fatherdom beckons – cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.