Hay Festival 2022 – Comedy

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Event 12

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 4: The News Quiz

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Join Andy Zaltzman for a recording of Radio 4’s flagship topical comedy show as he grabs the week’s headlines and hurls them at four of the nation’s best comedians and journalists including Paul Sinha and Angela Barnes.

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BBC Radio 4: The News Quiz

Event 37

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Simon Amstell

Spirit Hole

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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With his first stand-up tour since the release of internationally acclaimed feature film Benjamin and Netflix special Set Free, Simon Amstell brings Spirit Hole to a theatre near you. Due to high demand additional dates have been added for 2022 for this critically lauded show. Spirit Hole is a blissful, spiritual, sensational exploration of love, sex, shame, mushrooms and more. If you yearn for a night of unprecedented joy and laughter, book now and avoid regret. With support from Leo Reich.

Recommended for 15+ years.
90 minutes with an interval
Price: £25.00
 
Simon Amstell

Event 67

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey in conversation with Rachel Clarke

Did I Say That Out Loud? Notes on the Chuff of Life

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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BBC Radio 4’s Fi Glover and Jane Garvey don’t claim to have all the answers (what was the question?), but they take modern life by its elasticated waist and give it a brisk going-over with a stiff brush. They riff together on the chuff of life, from pet deaths to the importance of hair dye, the perils and pleasures of judging other women, and the perplexing over-confidence of chino-wearing, middle-aged white men named Roger.

They go over some essential life skills (never buy an acrylic jumper, always decline the offer of a limoncello), pondering orgasm merchandise and suggesting the possibility that Christmas is an hereditary disease, passed down the maternal line.

Price: £12.00
 
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Fi Glover and Jane Garvey in conversation with Rachel Clarke

Event 73

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Theo Fennell talks to Rory Bremner

I Fear For This Boy

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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An icon in the world of designer jewellery and known for his quintessential eccentricity and sharp sense of humour, Theo Fennell takes us on a journey of ups and downs (but mostly downs) in his early reminiscences. His book is named after the single comment on his final school report, following an unexpectedly premature departure. I Fear For This Boy is a collection of hilarious and often beyond-belief stories of his bumpy road to success.

Price: £12.00
 
Theo Fennell talks to Rory Bremner

Event 77

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 4: You’re Dead to Me

Venue: Marquee
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You’re Dead To Me, the award-winning, chart-topping BBC podcast that takes history seriously, hosted by Public Historian Greg Jenner, comes to Hay Festival for the first time. Join Greg, academic, writer and broadcaster Dr Corin Throsby and special guest comic Stu Goldsmith as they record a live episode on the History of Fandom. Expect discussions of Byron’s fan mail, the famous theatre stars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the historical roots of our modern celebrity and fan culture.

May contain adult language, not suitable for children

Unreserved seating
Free – no ticket required
BBC Radio 4: You’re Dead to Me

Event 80

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Reginald D Hunter

Bombe Shuffleur

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Climate change. Mass unemployment. Economic pandemics. The rise of global fascism. So what the f*** could this man POSSIBLY say to upset you? Welcome to the world of the Bombe Shuffleur.

Reginald D Hunter is back with a brand-new show, and there’s no time for niceties. Unafraid to tackle head on the subjects the rest of us skirt around, Reginald is the voice of his generation – searingly honest, brutally funny and uniquely placed to commentate on the unfolding meltdown of life as we know it.

More than 20 years since moving to the UK from the US, this three-time Perrier Award nominated comic has forged a reputation for delivering unadulterated comedy of the highest order. His TV appearances include Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News for You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He drew widespread acclaim for his two BBC series, Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South and Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the Border.

Part 1: 35 mins, Interval: 20 mins, Part 2: 40 mins

Age recommendation 18+
Price: £25.00
 
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Reginald D Hunter

Event 99

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Isabel Losada

The Joyful Environmentalist

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Isabel isn’t interested in learning any more about the climate crisis and suspects that you aren’t either. We all know how bad it is. Therefore her single minded focus is on all the solutions we can find and can enjoy.

The author, comedienne and environmentalist explores How to Practise Without Preaching: the way we bank, heat our homes, travel, garden, dress, holiday, shop, lobby, volunteer, eat and furnish our homes. She shows that all the actions we can take in order to live a 1.5 degree lifestyle, and help our planet, are also those which will most enrich our lives. No prisoners will be taken and Isabel sends her audience away with a notebook full of ideas, suggestions and actions to be taken.

Price: £10.00
 
Isabel Losada

Event 114

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio Wales: The Leak

Venue: Marquee
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BBC Radio Wales’ satirical panel show returns to Hay, as Tom Price and guests Jason Byrne, Konnie Huq and Ian Stone offer erudite analysis, interpretation and laughter as they look at the week's biggest news stories from Wales and the World.

May contain adult language, not suitable for children

Unreserved seating
Free – no ticket required
BBC Radio Wales: The Leak

Event 118

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Sadia Azmat in conversation with Natalie Haynes

Sex Bomb

Venue: Cube
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Sadia Azmat is a comedian who loves sex. She is also a hijab-wearing Muslim woman. The two are in a lifelong relationship, but it’s complicated.

Sadia has many different sides to her: she is the good Muslim sister and the loud and proud comedian; she is the quiet and loving friend and the horny and outspoken one. So why does everyone put her in a box and expect her to choose between one or the other?

In a life of ups and downs, swings and roundabouts, Sadia has learnt the hard way that she can embrace her sexuality and be a proud British-Indian Muslim. Unafraid to spill the honest truth and finding the funny in every experience she has, she makes Sex Bomb explode with personality, warmth and joy.

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Sadia Azmat in conversation with Natalie Haynes

Event 121

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jason Byrne

Stand-up: Unblocked

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Jason Byrne has not only had his heart unblocked and been given a new lease of life, but his whole career has been unblocked too! The constipation of Covid has been cleared, live entertainment has been colonically irrigated and readied up for us all. The bans from social media platforms have been lifted and Jason is back dishing up platters of fun to everyone.

Join him live on stage as he unleashes what he does best. Guaranteed pure and utter unblocked joy and laughter. (This guarantee is not guaranteed.)

Price: £15.00
 
Jason Byrne

Event 157

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Natalie Haynes

Stand-up: Work in Progress

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Come and see if Natalie Haynes can squash all 24 books of Homer’s Odyssey down to 28 minutes for her BBC Radio 4 series Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. She has two chances to practise before she records the show in front of a live audience, and this is the second. Including other new material which she may or may not have written by May.

Price: £12.00
 
Natalie Haynes

Event 160

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent and Hugh Muir

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.

Price: £8.00
 
Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent and Hugh Muir

Event 183

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Lucy Beaumont and Rachel Parris

Never Pass Up the Opportunity For a Wee

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Known for her witty and surreal view on everyday life, actor and comedian Lucy Beaumont shares the unpredictable craziness of being a mum in her laugh-out-loud ‘mumoir’ Drinking Custard: The Diary of a Confused Mum. From when she was hospitalised with indigestion in her third trimester (blame the burrito), to when she was *this close* to slapping her hypno-birthing instructor, to finding herself drinking a whole pint of custard in one sitting, Beaumont sees the funny side of motherhood.

Over the course of a year, award-winning comedian Rachel Parris asked members of her live audience for bits of life advice that they would pass on to others. In Advice From Strangers: Everything I Know from People I Don't Know she takes these tidbits – such as ‘Be Kind’ or ‘Never Pass Up the Opportunity for a Wee’ – and weaves them into an explorative book that is at times funny and serious, and hilarious and heartbreaking.

The two comedians explore the challenges of motherhood and modern life, dealing with everything from tampons to Tories and #hashtags to staying hydrated.

Price: £10.00
 
Lucy Beaumont and Rachel Parris

Event 193

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Marcus Brigstocke

Stand-up

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Festival favourite Marcus Brigstocke is back, bringing his latest material to brighten up your Hay day. Catch his satirical humour for our troubled times here before he dashes off to his next hit show.

BBC Radio 4 has become somewhat of a second home to Brigstocke with regular appearances on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, The Now Show and Just A Minute; and he has written and recorded three series and four specials of Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off. Most recently, he co-starred alongside Kerry Godliman in three series of The Wilsons Save The World.

You’ll also have seen him on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Mock the Week (BBC2), QI (BBC2), Sorry I’ve Got No Head (BBC1), The Late Edition (BBC4) and the 11 O’Clock Show (Channel 4).

Price: £18.00
 
Marcus Brigstocke

Event 197

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent and the Sugarcoated Sisters

Early Edition 2

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. The team are joined by TikTok comedians the Sugarcoated Sisters (Chloe Tingey and Tabby Tingey, Best Newcomer Musical Comedy Awards 2022) -- real-life siblings with over 400,000 followers online, who cover topics such as living with bipolar and diabetes, partygate, feminism and dating in their musical comedy sketches.

Price: £8.00
 
Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent and the Sugarcoated Sisters

Event 231

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Angela Barnes, Shazia Mirza, Rachel Parris and Pierre Novellie (MC)

Stand-up

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Angela Barnes won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2011 and stars in BBC Two’s Mock The Week and Live at The Apollo. She is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and The News Quiz. Shazia Mirza is an award-winning comedian and writer listed by the Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Her pre-pandemic show Coconut was nominated for ‘Best Stand-Up Tour’ in Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards. Rachel Parris is a comedian, musician, actor and improviser, best known for her viral segments on BBC2’s The Mash Report. She appears regularly on BBC Radio 4, including in The Now Show, The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

This unique stand-up mash-up is compèred by Pierre Novellie, recently seen and heard on The Mash Report (BBC2) and The Now Show (Radio 4). An Edinburgh Fringe regular, he has twice placed in the top 20 best reviewed comedy shows across the entire festival.

Price: £15.00
 
Angela Barnes, Shazia Mirza, Rachel Parris and Pierre Novellie (MC)

Event 232

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Alan Rusbridger and Sophia Smith Galer

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. The team are joined by Sophia Smith Galer who is a multi-award-winning journalist, TikTok creator and author of Losing It: Sex Education for the 21st Century.

Price: £8.00
 
Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Alan Rusbridger and Sophia Smith Galer

Event 269

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Milton Jones

Milton: Impossible

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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One man. One mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity that forced him to appear on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with a twist, or even a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense – or is there a deeper meaning?

“He’s fast, absurd and very funny” – Radio Times.

Price: £25.00
 
Milton Jones

Event 306

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Nina Conti

The Dating Show

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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British Comedy Award-winner Nina Conti is back on tour with her pioneering new show. There’s no promise that true love will be found, but a firm guarantee that big laughs will be had in the reign of this quick-thinking queen of ventriloquism. Conti has stormed Live at the Apollo, made a BAFTA-nominated film and enjoyed sell-out shows across the world – all without moving her lips.

Price: £18.00
 
Nina Conti

Event 345

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Bill Bailey

Stand-up

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The comedian, actor, musician and author, team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and Strictly Come Dancing champion 2020 returns to Hay. His comedy is a fusion of the surreal and the intelligent, blending stories, poetry and deft wordplay that targets the absurdities of our world, involving an array of weird and wonderful instruments. Music defines his shows, with playful interpretations of classic styles such as Tom Waits performing Old Macdonald or Kraftwerk singing the Hokey Cokey.

His work for television includes the two-part series Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero for BBC Two about the Victorian naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, and a brilliant deconstruction of the way orchestras work in Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra.

Price: £29.00
 
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Bill Bailey