Comedy Festival

Thorner Comedy Festival 2024



Marcus Brigstocke, Shazia Mirza, Chris Cantrill (MC)

Marcus Brigstocke began his comedy career at Bristol University, going on to win the BBC ‘New
Comedian of the Year’ in 1996. He has since emerged as a major comedy, writing and acting talent,
and is rarely off Radio 4 – a familiar voice on Just a Minute, Newsquiz and The Today Programme. On
the big screen he’s appeared with Bill Nighy, Kevin Spacey and Tom Wilkinson, but his career
highlight must surely be his 2006 appearance at Thorner Comedy Festival… We’re chuffed to
welcome Marcus back – we have a lot to catch up on!

Shazia Mirza is a multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer. Her TV credits could fill this programme, but you may have seen her on QI, Would I Lie to You, Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains,
House of Games or Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. Her last tour ‘Coconut’ was nominated ‘Best
Stand-Up Show’ in the 2021 Channel 4 National Comedy Awards. Described as ‘The bravest thing
you’ll see on a comedy stage this year’ (Sunday Times), we’re sure she’ll take Thorner by storm!

Cheeky, baby-faced Chris Cantrill is a writer, actor and bad-boy comedian hailing from Bradford. He is half of ‘The Delightful Sausage’ (along with Thorner favourite Amy Gledhill), which has been twice nominated for ‘Best Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Seann Walsh, Tiff Stevenson, Colin Hoult (MC)

Seann Walsh must love it here… this is his THIRD visit. Between his last trips to Thorner, he’s been busy with nominations (Chortle’s Breakthrough Award 2010, Best Newcomer at the Fringe 2013,
Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2022). He’s also starred in The Stand Up Sketch Show, Flinch, Celebrity Juice and 8 Out of 10 Cats, and in 2022 finished in 5 th place on ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ His show ‘Seann Walsh is Dead. Happy Now?’ won the 2023 Chortle Award for Best Show. Welcome back, Seann!

Critically acclaimed stand up, writer and actor Tiff Stevenson (Mock the Week, People Just Do Nothing, The Office, Game Face, ABC’s The Weekly) has played to audiences worldwide from
London, Sydney, Montreal, New York, Shanghai… and Thorner. A regular recipient of 5 star reviews,
her thought-provoking and engaging style was a huge hit here in 2016 – we’re certain she’ll carry on
where she left off!

Colin Hoult is a celebrated actor, comedian and writer in television, radio and theatre – perhaps best known for his work with Ricky Gervais on Derek (Channel 4), After Life (Netflix) and Gervais and Merchant’s Life’s Too Short (BBC).

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The 2023 Festival took place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March 2023


Friday 24th March

Jessica Fostekew, Aurie Styla, Ray Badran (MC)

Saturday 25th March

Russell Kane, Amy Gledhill,  Mark Olver (MC)


2020 Line Up:

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