Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Comedy

Event 26

Jo Brand talks to Stephanie Merritt

Born Lippy: How to Do Female

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Once upon a (very, very) long time ago Jo Brand was what you might describe as ‘a nice little girl’. Of course, that was before the values of cynicism, misogyny and the societal expectation that Jo would be thin, feminine and demure sent her off down Arsey Avenue. Now she’s considerably further along life’s inevitable bloody ‘journey’ – and she’s fucked up enough times to feel confident she has no wisdom to offer anyone. But who cares? She’s going to do it anyway...

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Event 31

Mae Martin talks to Stephanie Merritt

Can Everyone Please Calm Down? A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Covering everything from the pros and cons of labels to coming out and the joys of sexual fluidity, the award-winning comedian ponders all the stuff we get hung up about – and then a bit more. Mae’s mission is to ensure that in a world full of things to worry about, who we choose to kiss should not be one of them.

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Mae Martin talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 35

Marcus Brigstocke

Stand-up: Devil May Care

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Snowflake, Nazi, Remoaner, Trot, Libtard, Brextremist, Feminazi, Piers Morgan... As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? Brigstocke is a master of satirical comedy with an impressive list of TV credits including his role as team captain on Argumental and as host of The Late Edition and BBC4’s I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. “Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it.” – Telegraph.

14+ (parental guidance; swearing and adult content likely)
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Event 76

Sara Pascoe

LadsLadsLads

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Always honest, always regretting it later, Sara opens her heart and mouth again to share the adventures of the last year. Full of jokes, hope and white wine, LadsLadsLads is the thinking person’s stag do*. Following a sell-out UK tour, the multi-award-winning comedian and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster brings her show to Hay Festival. “Whipsmart... winningly funny” – The Guardian. “Beautifully structured... knowing, yet effortless” – Daily Telegraph

*Please, please do not bring an actual stag do, please. Do bring a polite friend, your mama, or someone you hope to seduce.

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Event 453

Stephen Fry and friends

Not The European Election Coverage - Wonderweaving

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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With Huw Edwards recalled to London to present the television coverage of the EU election results, some of the festival stars including Stephen Fry, Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris, Sarfraz Manzoor, Pat Barker, Marcus Brigstocke, Xinran and Kamal Ahmed join us in a gala variety show to conjure tales, cast spells, paint otters, tell love stories and interrogate the notion of balance on BBC News.
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Event 120

Bill Bailey

Larks in Transit Tour

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald and reimagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation”. “Joyous, playful, effortlessly funny” – Time Out.

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Bill Bailey

Event 121

Natalie Haynes

Troy Story

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across the oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. With wit and humour, stand-up comedian, Radio 4 broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes brings the story of the Trojan War to life from an all-female perspective, giving voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.

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Event 156

Sandi Toksvig Live!

Great Dane

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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New Stand-Up from the beloved GBBO and QI superstar. 

Sandi is a Danish/British writer and presenter.   She has been working on British TV and radio for nearly four decades and in 2014 was made an Officer of the British Empire for her services to broadcasting.   She has written over 25 books including fact and fiction. Her latest novel ‘The End of the Sky’ was published in 2017 and her new stage musical, an adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’,  will open in December 2018 Sandi is the co-founder of Britain’s newest political force, the Women’s Equality Party.

Presented by Fane Productions

Sandi will also be appearing in the Woodland Trust event on Tuesday morning at 10am, for which there are tickets available - event 166

 

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Sandi Toksvig Live!

Event 191

Robin Ince talks to Stephanie Merritt

I’m a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes us Human

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief? Informed by personal insights as well as interviews with some of the world’s top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, the comedian and Infinite Monkey Cage host offers a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. But it is also a powerful call to embrace the full breadth of our inner experience – no matter how strange we worry it may be!

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Event 196

Roger McGough

JoinedUpWriting

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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‘The patron saint of poetry’ is author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children and one of the world’s great live entertainers. His exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity.

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Roger McGough

Event 201

Nish Kumar

It’s In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Nish Kumar is bringing his brand new show to Hay! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He’s the host of the Mash Report, which you might have seen on BBC Two, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t spoken to in a while. “A masterclass by a no-frills comedian at the height of his powers” – Guardian.

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Nish Kumar

Event 208

Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Andre Vincent and Special Guest

Early Edition 1

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A little light ridicule, mockery and fun to start the day as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.

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Event 240

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

The Hay Show

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane
and accompanist Kirsty Newton are rocking back to Hay with another evening of mindblowing impro. The collective improvisational experience embodied in the Chums is enough to stun an elephant. They flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad.

Age recommendation 14+ – may contain some swearing and adult themes
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Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Event 246

Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Andre Vincent and Special Guest

Early Edition 2

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A little more light ridicule, mockery and fun to start the day as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.

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Event 278

Machynlleth Comedy Gala

Rachel Parris, Sam Campbell, Colin Hoult, Anna Mann, Jonny and the Baptists hosted by Stuart Laws

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Celebrating the tenth year of their perfectly-formed festival on the other side of the Cambrian Mountains, we welcome Machynlleth Comedy Festival back to Hay with their annual gala showcase. There will be cake, and laughter and joy.

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Event 282

Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Andre Vincent and Special Guest

Early Edition 3

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A little light ridicule, mockery and fun to start the day as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.

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Event 318

Dylan Moran

Dr Cosmos Live at Hay

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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BAFTA and Perrier Award-winning comedian Dylan Moran brings his acclaimed show to Hay Festival. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache by one of the finest comedians of his generation. Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy, and his famed style – deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism – promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliché to offer a cutting blow to our idiosyncrasies. “Top-drawer stand-up from this master of the form” – Guardian.

Age recommendation 15+
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Dylan Moran

Event 323

John Crace & John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies Do Dystopia

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A Book Club like no other, as our favourite literary vaudevillians read Orwell’s 1984 and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and think about how things might actually be WORSE. Crace writes the satirical Digested Reads for the Guardian where he is also parliamentary sketch-writerSutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL and the go-to senior Eng-Lit Super-Don.

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Event 359

Jimmy Carr

Terribly Funny

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things.

Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love.
But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things.
Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.

Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.

Age 16+
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Jimmy Carr

Event 361

Sindhu Vee

Sandhog

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The hilarious stand-up show from the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee. Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? The highly anticipated debut from the host of BBC R4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. As seen on QI (BBC2), Have I Got News for You (BBC1) and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave), and heard on The Guilty Feminist podcast.

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Sindhu Vee

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