Top names coming to Stourbridge comedy festival

By James Vukmirovic | Stourbridge | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Some of the top names in British comedy will be appearing at a Black Country comedy festival.

Hal Cruttenden will be the headline act on the first day of the festival

Hal Cruttenden, Simon Evans, Shappi Khorsandi and Rhys James will all headline shows at the Stourbridge Comedy Festival, with takes place at Katie Fitzgerald's in May 2020.

Cruttenden, who has appeared on the likes of Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, will headline at the Enville Street venue to open the four-day festival on Thursday, May 7.

Radio 4 regular Simon Evans will bring his sardonic and sharp wit to the festival

Evans, who has also appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and is a BBC Radio 4 regular, tops the bill on Friday, May 8, while former I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant Khorsandi headlines on Saturday, May 9.

Closing the festival on Sunday, May 10 is James, a Mock The Week regular who made his debut on Live At The Apollo earlier this month.

There will be two top pro support acts on each show with Tanyalee Davis, who has also appeared on Live At The Apollo, supporting Shappi on the Saturday night.

The festival is being organised by Funny Beeseness, who run regular comedy nights at the popular venue in Wollaston.

Mock the Week regular Rhys James will close the festival


It will be the fourth such event at Katie’s with the three previous ones – under the old Fitz Fest banner - having featured the likes of Reginald D Hunter, Tom Stade, Gary Delaney, Paul Sinha and Seann Walsh.

The festival will be hosted by Dudley comic Wayne Beese, who said: “We’re absolutely over the moon with this line-up. I believe pound for pound it’s the strongest festival line-up we’ve had yet.

"We’ve got four top headliners who will be familiar faces to people off the telly, but we’ve also invested more budget into the support acts this year, so there’s a really, really strong bill with three fantastic acts on every night.

"It’s always a great atmosphere for these shows, so we’d urge people to come along and support it. You’ll be guaranteed a great night out."


Former I'm a Celebrity contestant Shappi Khorsandi comes to the festival

Tickets cost £18 for individual shows with discounts available for booking more than show.

For more details or to book, go to

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
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