A star-studded line-up to kick the Festival off in style, headlined by the amazing Bill Bailey!
Bill Bailey - multi-award-winning British comedian, songwriter, musician, actor, presenter and animal welfare campaigner. His extensive career ranges from international stand-up comedy tours to performing on television, film and radio, duetting at HRH Prince Charles' 60th birthday with Robin Williams, and performing at the Royal Albert Hall with a full BBC Concert Orchestra. He played Manny in the BAFTA award winning Black Books, and he was for many years team captain on the popular BBC music panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is a regular panelist on the hit BBC panel show QI, along with writing and presenting numerous TV wildlife documentaries and has recently filmed the comedy drama 'In The Long Run' created by Idris Elba.
Expect to be entertained by Bill's trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd sing-alongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers.
"Bailey cuts a world-beating swathe all of his own...absolutely genius on so many levels." - Evening Standard
Jess Robinson - quadruple award-winning comedy impressionist, classically-trained singer and star of stage and screen. Spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics.
"Her talent and showmanship is stunning" - Chortle
John Moloney (MC) - a consummate professional for over 20 years, John is a master craftsman of intelligent and original stand up.
"High quality stuff, sharply observant and carefully constructed. Not a word is unnecessary or out of place, every pause timed to the millisecond... A deeply enjoyable, hilarious evening relaxing in the sure hands of a total professional" ***** Theatre Bath
Silky - a unique stand-up, following a direction unlike any of his contemporaries, aided in no small way by his musical talent and a memory that would challenge a mindreader!.
"Garnering peals of laughter, he is undoubtedly a quality performer" **** One 4 Review
Catherine Bohart - recent star of The Mash Report and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.
"A winning mixture of self-deprecation and confidence" **** Beyond The Joke