Rhymes Against Humanity. Photo credit: Lloydie Lloyd.

Nottingham’s 10th annual Comedy Festival kickstarts this evening and will be running at more than 10 different venues across the city including The Glee Club and Nottingham Contemporary.

The Festival runs November 2nd – November 10th and will be showcasing a range of stand-up comedians, musical acts, improvised sketches and other talent.

More than 70 acts will be performing over the week at The Glee Club, The Canalhouse, Nottingham’s Racecourse, The Lacehouse, Rough Trade, Nottingham Contemporary as well as a number of different pubs.

Some of the most highly anticipated acts include Zoe Lyons, Vikki Stone, Phil Nichol, Tanyalee Davis and Imran Yusuf, as well as returners Tom Wrigglesworth, Laura Lexx, Patrick Monahan and local artists such as Scott Bennett, Katie Mitchell and Jeanette Bird Bradley.

Helen Stead, Director of the Comedy Festival said: “This festival is giving both local and national comedians a platform to perform. Many local artists use the festival as an opportunity to do their first ever shows with great supportive audiences.”

She added: “The Parapod Live and Rhymes Against Humanity are already sold out, and the £1 Comedy Night: New Act Of The Year Final is not far behind.”

Rhymes Against Humanity performing. Photo credit: Lloydie Lloyd.

Rhymes Against Humanity – an improvised musical has sold out the Lacehouse this evening for the second year running.

It is the only improvised musical in the whole festival.

“Once we have the suggestion, our band starts to play, and we create everything in the moment.”
Lloydie Lloyd – Director of Rhymes Against Humanity

Director of Rhymes Against Humanity, Lloydie Lloyd said: “We couldn’t be happier. Last year we sold out our show an hour before we went on stage. This year we sold out two weeks ahead of time which is very exciting. We are incredibly lucky that the concept of an entirely improvised musical seems to be something that people are curious about seeing. So, no pressure!”

Improv comedy is a fast-growing art form and this year for the first time there is a whole stage dedicated to it.

Rhymes Against Humanity is unique as it gives the chance for one audience member to give a suggestion that the cast will use as the title for their musical.

Mr Lloyd said: “Once we have the suggestion, our band starts to play, and we create everything in the moment. No scripts, no pre-prepared songs, no pre-prepared tunes and definitely no pre-prepared choreography. We are flying by the seat of our pants for the whole show!”

“In the past we’ve done shows about everything from garden gnomes through to the spooky title ‘It came from the gunge tanks at the disused Nickelodeon studios’. They’re all so different and we have so much fun each time!”

Tickets for the events can be purchased online on Nottingham Comedy Festival’s website.

Tickets can be purchased on the door, but it is advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Discount is available for NUS card holders, Senior Citizens, Registered unemployed / disabled.

For more information visit: http://www.nottinghamcomedyfestival.co.uk/