Hull Comedy Festival launched thanks to a mighty fine team of sponsors & volunteers.

Stewart Lee, Russell Howard and a host of local & touring acts help make the festival a big success. Festival Taster featured on ITV.


Hull Comedy Festival becomes East Yorkshire’s largest ticket festival with over 12,000 tickets sold.

Jason Manford, Frankie Boyle, Paddy McGuinness and Russell Howard perform, whilst local acts create Green Helmet Day and festival anthem.



The festival hosts multiple community projects aimed improving health and boosting confidence.

Performers include Alistair McGowan, Al Murray, Rich Hall, Little Shop of Horrors and an adaptation of the TV sitcom, Porridge.



A week of events at the I-Scream creates a festival venue to big success.

Sarah Millican, Milton Jones, Ross Noble, Mark Watson, Greg Davies and Phil Cool amongst performers.

Festival founder, John Gilbert hands the festival over to a successor.







Rich Quelch becomes festival director.

Tim Minchin, Tommy Tiernan, Andy Parsons, Paul Zerdin, Lee Hurst and Jerry Sadowitz amongst performers.

Programmes to give opportunities for new acts continue to grow.


Over 10,000 tickets are sold with a line-up including Al Murray, Rhod Gilbert, Frankie Boyle, Hairy Bikers, Stewart Francis, Kevin Bridges, Vikki Stone and Ross Noble.

Thousands of pounds raised for charity.


RTCE Productions become festival directors.

Jack Dee, Alan Davies, Josh Widdicombe, Tony Law and Sean Lock amongst performers.

The Funny and Free Fringe brings 18 shows that are completely free.


Hull Comedy Festival hits a bump in the road as the lead promoter cancels many shows.

Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont are amongst performers.

Local acts and fans rally together to save the festival and come back stronger.


We got the band back together!

Festival founder John Gilbert resumed his role as director and was supported by a fantastic team of volunteers who created smiles for 2 weeks of festival fun.

We enjoyed being part of The Hull Comedy Festival history!



Jedi Mater finds new recruits

Festival founder John Gilbert handed over the force of the Hull Comedy Festival to new Jedi’s – well comedians.

Jed Salisbury is Director and Gary Jennison is Creative Director

We’re really excited to bring new creative ideas, spreading the fun of the festival all year round and to be a vibrant, inclusive and exciting offer, and of course bringing laughter to as many people as possible

We have a great comedy family in Hull and we’re honored to be the driving force and becoming part of it’s history