Laugh Out Loud 2017

A chance to see award-winning comedy in the intimate atmosphere of The Bike Shed Theatre and at other venues across the city.

‘The Bike Shed Theatre is absolutely perfect for comedy.’ HENRY WIDDICOMBE


Tickets from £8. You can book multiple shows and save across the festival.

  • Book 2 shows and save £1
  • Book 3 shows and save £3
  • Book 4 shows and save £6
  • Book 5 shows and save £10


Publick Transport: We Are Brontë
27 & 28 Feb, 7.30pm, £12/£10
Morecambe and Wise meets David Lynch in this madcap reimagining of the Brontë myth.

Josie Long: Something Better (At Exeter Phoenix)
28 Feb, 8pm, £14
The multi-award winning comedian’s new show is about optimism and hopefulness and about looking for people and things to look up to.

Rose Matafeo: Edinburgh Fringe Preview
1 March, 7pm, £8
Writer an performer on the late-night comedy sketch show Funny Girls, Rose was Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year.

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What
1 March, 8.30pm, £10
Fresh from appearances on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central’ (Comedy Central), ‘As Yet Untitled’ (Dave) and a month of packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe, Stuart Goldsmith presents a new hour of funny, not entirely about becoming a parent.

Twins: Two Balls in a Bag
2 March, 7pm, £8
Identical twins Annie McGrath and Jack Barry (as seen on ITV2’s @elevenish) bring their trademark hybrid of sketch and stand-up comedy to Exeter.

Stuart Laws: Best Of
2 March, 8.30pm, £8
Stuart does all the comedy at Turtle Canyon Comedy and supported James Acaster on tour. He’s got a ‘best of’ show to present to you; skimming the cream from his first four hours to present an absolute surefire hit.

Adam Hess: Feathers
3 March, 7pm, £8
After his Fosters award-nominated, sell-out debut show, Adam Hess, star of Live at the BBC, is back and he’s cooler than ever!

Glenn Moore: Glenngarry Glenn Glenn
3 March, 8.30pm, £8
Glenn Moore, from critically acclaimed sketch duo Thunderbards, presents his debut hour, filled with smart jokes and offbeat gags.

Bilal Zafar: Cakes
4 March, 3pm, £8
Join Bilal as he takes you on a hilarious journey of how his Twitter handle, @zafarcakes, became a focal point for the misguided rage of the global far right when it was mistaken for the account of a Muslim-only bakery.

David Trent: EY EY, BA DAYA…
4 March, 7pm, £8
A work in progress of David’s fourth full length comedy show. A multimedia show about robot sex clocks, a city that has it’s own operating system, foxconn anti suicide nets, Samsung virtual bedtimes and the european lightbulb directive.

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans (At Cygnet Theatre)
4 March, 7pm, £10
Comedian Rachel Parris, star of Austentatious, The IT Crowd and BBC 2’s Murder In Successville, presents her award-nominated show.

Brian Gittins: Don’t Feed the Monkey Man
4 March, 8.30pm, £8
David Earl’s alter ego, Brian Gittins is an utter prat and according to the Sussex Argus, ‘The World’s Worst Comedian’. However, Brian’s not having any of it and he’s back with a live show.

Ed Aczel: Foreign Policy (At Cygnet Theatre)
4th Mar, 8.30pm, £10
No Aczel show would be complete without a prediction of the forthcoming apocalypse and Foreign Policy is no different. The show is a proper chance for an anti-comedian to run through the major foreign policy conundrums of our age, in a strictly, linear and geographical way whilst also gunning for a big laugh comedy atmosphere.

Gareth Richards: The Halo Effect
5 March, 3pm, £8
Join Gareth Richards, Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards best newcomer nominee 2010 for his sixth solo show of hilarious stand-up, and gorgeously low-key comedy songs.

Fern Brady: Male Comedienne
5 March, 5pm, £8
Last year Fern Brady wasn’t invited to the Annual Female Comedians Brunch. She was devastated. This show lists every reason she might not have been invited.

Sofie Hagen: Work In Progress
5 March, 7pm, £8
Sofie Hagen won an award ages ago and she’s still banging on about it. She is now doing a third show. The confidence of this girl is appalling. Come see her work in progress show.