Comedy Hullabaloo Announces First Acts For 2015

5th Feb 2015

This May, Underbelly’s Comedy Hullabaloo will return to Stratford-upon-Avon for another five-day installment of laughs and larks. Following the success of last year’s festival which saw 5,000 visitors watch 25 comedians across the late May Bank Holiday weekend, Comedy Hullabaloo will be back bigger and better than ever before. New for 2015 are two exciting locations; the 290-seat Romantiek Spiegeltent in the RSC Swan Gardens and a new venue at the RSC’s outdoor performance space The Dell, which will house the Big Mama Theatre tent seating 600 people.

Having burst onto the scene in 2013, Comedy Hullabaloo is a vital new addition to Stratford-upon-Avon’s rich cultural landscape and has won over fans with its unique formula of hosting the UK’s best comedians in iconic and intimate settings. Today we reveal the first names for 2015.

Following sell-out shows at the festival in 2013 and 2014, the nation’s favourite pub philosopher, Al Murray, is returning as a pop-up publican with a jumped-up tent saloon and we’re all invited. Comedy, variety and music from his five-piece band will all be on tap in this headline show, led by the ringmaster of rabble rousing.

Joining him will be award winning comedian, actor, writer and star of Father Ted and My Hero, Ardal O’Hanlon. A highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal continues to be one of the world’s most sought after comedians, released two top ten stand up DVDs while he’s not touring to sell out audiences internationally. Also confirmed for 2015 are two of Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s biggest selling comedians – Jason Byrne, with his unique brand of high-energy intelligent lunacy, and Scottish born comic Danny Bhoy.

Robin Ince will be performing a solo show called Reality Tunnel. Possibly a show about art, possibly a scream against TV, maybe some science too, nothing is certain, except that Robin will energetically release whatever has been sitting and jiggling about in his mind.

Last year’s rip-roaring Opening Night compere Hal Cruttenden will return for 2015 with a headline show while Sara Pascoe is sure to captivate with her engaging and smart material; from women in the media to Nietzchean philosophy, The Guardian couldn’t have put it better when they said ‘her lively mind teases out big questions with intelligence, silliness and self-deprecation’.

Comedic oddball, glam-rock surrealist and perennial mullet enthusiast Paul Foot is confirmed alongside Zoe Lyons who makes her Hullabaloo debut this year, and Mark Watson, one of the hardest working men in comedy, known for his epic 24 hour comedy marathons. Rounding up the bill is James Acaster who is taking time away from his regular slots on Radio 4 and Xfm to return for a third successive year.

The first fantastic wave of shows are now on sale, with lots more exciting shows and names to be announced in March!