Comedy Festival

Thorner Comedy Festival 2023

The almost WORLD RENOWNED Thorner Comedy Festival is BACK on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March 2023


Friday 24th March

Jessica Fostekew, Aurie Styla, Mark Olver (MC)

Jessica Fostekew is a comedian, actor and writer. Star of Motherland (BBC), Cuckoo (BBC/ Netflix) and regular co-host of the behemoth The Guilty Feminist. In less than a year, her ‘Hoovering’ podcast racked up nearly half a million downloads, and she has written for BBC’s Mock The Week and C4’s 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown, as well as BBC R4’s News Quiz. The Guardian say she “wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff” and Fest called her “consistently hilarious.”

Aurie Styla is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer from London. Aurie has strongly established himself as a powerhouse of presence & humor, making him one of the most charismatic & versatile performers in the UK. His most recent comedy special ‘GREEN’ was critically acclaimed, winning the Spirit of the (Edinburgh) Fringe Award for 2022. Watch here on YouTube.

Mark Olver is a stand-up comedian, television warm-up artiste and occasional broadcaster for BBC radio. A popular compere and headliner in clubs all over the country, Mark is a regular with some of the biggest names in comedy including Jongleurs and The Glee.

Saturday 25th March

Russell Kane, Amy Gledhill,  Mark Olver (MC)

Russell Kane was a huge hit with our audience in 2018, and is back for more! He was the first ever comedian to bag the two most prestigious comedy awards on earth in the same year, for the same show: Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier), and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, (formerly known as the Barry Award). Recent TV appearances include The Apprentice: You’re Fired, The One Show, Live at the Apollo, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show as well as regular appearances on Steph’s Packed Lunch. Since his last visit he now has two chart-topping, award-bagging podcasts: Man Baggage and BBC Radio 4’s Evil Genius.

Amy Gledhill is a comedian, actor and writer from Hull who brims with natural warmth and charm. Her authentic, comic voice won her the prestigious BBC Caroline Aherne Bursary 2019 which has led to her starting development on her own sitcom. She has won multiple national stand-up competitions with her unique blend of confessional stories, intelligent observations and ridiculous, off-beat daftness.

Mark Olver returns as MC for Saturday.

Both Nights

The show starts at 8pm, but the doors (and bar) will be open from 6:30pm. As ever, we will have a fully-stocked (resonably priced) bar with beers from our sponsors Black Sheep Brewery and food from the wonderful Mr. D’s Pie Machine

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Our last festival took place in 2020…


Seann Walsh

Suzi Ruffell

Darren Harriott

Chris Washington

Joe Sutherland

Sophie Duker

We’ve had some amazing line-ups on the Thorner stage:


Nina Conti

Sara Barron

Brennan Reece

Andrew Maxwell

Sophie Willan

Maisie Adam

Glenn Moore


Shappi Khorsandi

Jayde Adams

Tom Lucy

Lloyd Griffith

Luke Kempner

Russell Kane