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Comedy

Event 10

Tim Minchin

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The comedy rock superstar and his band open the festival with his hilarious, scathing and often unsettling lovely songs. 'A thing of jaw-dropping wonder' - Telegraph.
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Event 36

Tim Minchin talks to Sarah Crompton

Words and Music

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The comedian-songwriter talks about satire, love-songs and his work on the smash-hit RSC production Matilda.
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Event 41

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition 1

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The daily papers reads for laughs by the Festival’s marquee satirists.
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Event 78

The John Finnemore Sketch Show

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The writer and star of Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show and popper-up on Miranda, The Unbelievable Truth and That Mitchell and Webb Look, presents an hour of sketches with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin.
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Event 84

Bridget Christie, Tony Law, James Acaster and Nish Kumar hosted by Ed Gamble

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival Showcase

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The Saturday Night Showcase returns, featuring the best breaking comedians and the comet-tailed stars of our fabulous sister festival over the mountains. You’ll hear them here second!
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Event 96

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
Peter Lord’s film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’.
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Event 102

John Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tiffany Murray

The Early Edition 2

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Merciless mockery of muppets and mags. Exclusive! In all Sundays...
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Event 168

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Teatime Edition 3

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The press-gang sharpen their wits to slice up the news, much of which may relate to tomorrow.
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Event 190

Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson

Let’s Misbehave! The Songwriters’ History of Love, Lust and Loathing

Venue: Digital Stage
If you want to know what’s really been going on in the hearts and beds of men and women over the past century or so, it’s songs that will tell the true story…
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Event 214

Mark Watson, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Jubilee Edition 4

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
Scoundrels, rogues and fools - these people have no respect at all: to the Tower with them all.
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Event 232

Rob Brydon

Small Man in a Book

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The actor and author talks about his book. Joy.
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Event 248

Robin Ince

Happiness Through Science

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The Uncaged Monkeys star asks if you can be happy and rational at the same time. Join him in a world of Schrödinger cats, multiverses and evolutionary conundrums as he orienteers through the craggy landscape of evolution while plumbing the depths of his own murky consciousness, all without the aid of a safety net.
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Event 254

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
Peter Lord’s animated film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’. See also events 53 and 39.
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Event 255

Robin Ince, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition 5

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The satirists’ final word on the stories of the day.
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Event 310

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
Peter Lord’s animated film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. See also events 39 and 53
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’.
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Event 348

Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Briefs Encountered

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
More than one thing is about to go bump in the night at Noel Coward’s Kent retreat, Goldenhurst. The higher the society the looser the morals. A dark, and wickedly funny ghost story.
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Event 383

Matt Pritchett

Matt

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The Telegraph’s superstar cartoonist on drawing, humour and satire.
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Event 402

Russell Kane

The Humorist

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The brilliant comedian presents his savagely funny debut novel.
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Event 480

War Horse – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
The film of the book by Michael Morpurgo. Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. Directed by Steven Spielberg, screenplay by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, produced by Revel Guest.
 
UK, 2011, 146’. PG
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Event 519

Bill Bailey

Qualmpeddler

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
Bill Bailey had Doubts about the modern world, but these have now grown into Qualms. He will be channeling these feelings of Unease and Apprehension, with the help of Religious Dubstep, his folk bouzouki, Horntallica, a re-appraisal of some of the world’s greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey. He looks at the Consequences of Lies, the Unending Search for the Higgs and the Hiding Skills of Dentists. Bill tries to confront his Cluster-Qualm of living in a Time of Spectacular Ignorance, Nuclear Worry, Rare Planetary Alignment and Spice Girl reunions that may be part of the Mayan End of Days prophecy. Come savour this Broth of Anxiety with Bill Bailey – Qualmpeddler.
 

 

 
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