var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-41362908-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'stats.g.doubleclick.net/dc.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
Home / Entertainment / Cardiff Comedy Festival aims to put the city on the world comedy map
Cardiff Comedy Festival

Cardiff Comedy Festival aims to put the city on the world comedy map

Q: What can we expect from  Cardiff Comedy Festival  2013?

A:  Hopefully a serious amount of comedy. We’re five years in  now and I can’t believe we’re where we are.

The scale and impact from a small idea that emerged all  those years ago is everything we’ve aimed for.

We’ve got Edinburgh previews  at Porters Bar from Lucy  Porter, Patrick Monahan, Wil  Hodgson, Matt Rees, Charlie  Smith, Dan Thomas and Benny  Boot. At Chapter Arts Centre  we’ve also got Edinburgh  previews from  Nick Helm,  Scottish Falsetto  Sock Theatre,  Matt Lampaert,  Paul F Taylor,  Jarred  Christmas,  Romesh  Ranganathan, Vikki  Stone and Stephen  Carlin as well as the Welsh Unsigned  Stand-Up Award  (WUSA) heats and  semi-final.

This brings me neatly onto the  home of comedy in Cardiff,  The Glee Club and the WUSA  Final on July 15. We have an  amazing preview from the  awesome Ian Cognito at  another new venue, Fuel in  Womanby Street on July 5. In  addition there will be comedy  workshops at Cardiff Central  Library for 14 to 19-year-olds,  storytelling nights at The Plan  Cafe in the Morgan Arcade  and Lloyd Langford is at  Gwdihw.

We’ve got Alan Davies for our  grand gala finale this year at  the Wales Millennium Centre  on July 28. He’s supported by  a top bill as well – Bennett  Arron, Mary Bourke, Brian  Damage and Krysstal, the  WUSA winner and Nick  Revell.

We’re also adding a couple of  funny theatre plays and maybe  a funny photo competition.

Cardiff Comedy Festival

Q: How difficult is it to  organise something as  ambitious as the Cardiff  Comedy Festiva
l?

A: It’s a big workload for me,  which is the brutal truth, and I  think as we grow we need to  change the way things are run.   We need funding basically.

We need sponsors and funding  because if you look at what  we’ve achieved imagine the full  potential this extremely  specialised artform can fulfil if  we had a little help.

And, of course, economically for Cardiff and South Wales, if we  can grow into a massive  international festival it’s  definitely of mutual benefit to  get the support from local  government and councils.

We have the expertise, we  have the drive  and we will  get there  regardless, but  with a little  help I guess  it’ll all happen  a little sooner

Q: Where do  you see  Cardiff  Comedy  Festival in  five years’  time?

A: Without me at the helm. I  reckon we can get a little more corporate – which I know is a dirty word these days – just so we can put on exactly what we  think people want to see, from the completely bizarre to the  main stream.

Comedy gets a lot of criticism,  with purists having their favourite styles and comics, and liberals liking the lighter stuff.

If it makes you laugh then,  within reason, I will try to bring  it to Cardiff.

But, as I’ve said, if we want to be an international festival in  five years we need investment.  I’m very proud of this event.

It’s literally taken everything.

I’ve had to work other jobs and  plan this for nine months of the  year, and I wouldn’t change  any of it, but I’m 34 and the ginger bits in my beard are turning grey, which is a warning sign to be ignored at your peril…


The Cardiff Comedy Festival  runs from July 1 to 28. For  details, visit www.facebook.com/cardiffcomfest
and  www.cardiffcomedy.co.uk

Check Also

oakwood roller coaster

Try Oakwood Theme Park rollercoasters First

Just like beer tester at a brewery would be the dream job for many adults, …