Greenwich Comedy Festival

Comedy, Stand-up
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The consistently superb Greenwich Comedy Festival (possibly our favourite London comedy fest) is back for another year, setting up camp in the grounds of the beautiful National Maritime Museum, and the line-up is so so good. In fact, we'd go as far to say it's best GCF line-up yet.

Spectacular all-headline bills in the Big Top and Apple Top tents take place throughout the week, with names including Reginald D Hunter, David O'Doherty, Jerry Sadowitz, Adam Buxton, Tim Key, Sara Pascoe, Bridget Christie, Kevin Eldon, Paul Foot, Mark Watson and many more heading to SE10. Check 'dates and times for the full schedule.

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tastemaker

Greenwich Comedy Festival is the bomb!


Not only does your ticket include three, rather than one comedian act, it also pays to enter a mini-food and drink festival. With food selection ranging from grilled cheese through hot dogs and amazing burgers, the bar set-up is efficient and you can actually get a drink AND have time to pop to the loo in the interval.


If you prefer to skip even that little queue, the festival has teamed up with Ordoo this year, allowing you to order drinks through their app - after which you just waltz up to the counter and collect your drinks without a second thought. Pretty cool.


We saw Dylan Moran, who as usual put on a hilarious act - to be honest I was a little bit disappointed that he only did the second half of the show, but hey ho. We got to see two different acts in the first half.


Big shout out to the organisers for actually getting enough portaloos to minimise all kinds of queuing! 


With awesome acts, a great atmosphere and a beautiful setting, I'll be sure to get tickets next year too.

tastemaker

When I saw some of the names headlining this 6 night funny fest I was most impressed, some well-respected stand ups who often appear on TV, however the standout for me was Jason Manford who is one of my favourite comedians - so I gathered some friends to join me on 28th July. Ticket prices were reasonable, just over £20 for rear seats unallocated - the big top tent was large enough to invoke an atmosphere but not too big that it lost the intimate feeling and connection that comedy thrives on - we were sat right at the back and still able to hear and see everything. The setting was great, on the lawn with a beautiful backdrop of Royal Greenwich’s Queens House and National Maritime Museum. The warm up comics were okay, but not all too our taste – in particular one was too vulgar it was just stories of her sex life and another was a magician/comedian which fell a bit flat – but all was forgiven when the man himself stepped out on stage. Jason Manford delivered an effortless routine, which seemed mostly improvised (sign of true quick wit) with audience participation – this interaction was brilliantly done and saw his jokes go off on different tangents seamlessly. His material was all very funny and had everyone roaring with laughter! Will look out for this next year for sure

Tastemaker

Driving past, looking for a parking space, I saw this giant queue inside the gates and knew this should be a good night. We attended the Omid Djalili night and wasn't disappointed!

First on stage was Danny Bhoy from Scotland who's hilarious comparison of Middle Eastern Music to getting his 'thingy' caught in a zipper, tore the roof off! Then there was the rather camp and also funny Joe Lycett from Birmingham. His spiel about being a Brummy and the local Black Country natives, had people in stitches. Last but not least, was the headliner Mr Djalili; who was absolutely worth the wait! He spent time metaphorising relationships to stages of love and extreme hate; the BBC love for British acts with 'exotic names' such as himself; and also the popular topics of migrants with Polish and Romanians "taking all our jobs". He was funny...seriously funny...everyone around us had tears of laughter in their eyes (and that may or may not have included me!).

The experience and ambience was great. True festival vibes, bars (and long queues) and a variety of different street food stalls. We tried the Hoisin duck wraps with avocado and it was deliciousss! Although, it was quite a chilly night, the tent where everyone was seated was actually really warm and cosy, with solid closing doors.

Overall, a really good night and I would definitely go again! At 3hrs long (including intervals) it was also well worth the money! Thanks TimeOut Offers for a well discounted, great evening!