Nottingham Comedy Festival Organiser - Helen Stead

Nottingham Comedy Festival is marking its 11th anniversary by taking over the city’s pubs and bars for ten days.

Nottingham-born Helen Stead, the director of the award-winning festival, says the event has gone “from strength to strength”.

The festival runs until November 10  and is spread across 22 venues including bars, pubs and theatres, with 125 acts ranging from up and coming comedians to the more famous faced acts including Rob Beckett and Russel Kane.

Having studied media production at Lincoln University,Helen struggled to secure a job and realised her huge love for comedy was the way to go. Comedy is her passion, she said: “Nothing like it, [and has] nothing to lose.’

“nothing like it, nothing to lose”

Helen Stead

Tickets are affordable with schemes including “pay what you want” in a bid to make the event accessible for everyone, though some venues are restricted to over-18s. Some tickets are more costly for the more renowned acts but not over £25.

After winning a variety of awards over the years, Helen is still hoping for more accolades  since the festival is “getting bigger and bigger” every year with comedians coming from all over the world as well as the local area.

Watch the video below to hear Helen say why the festival is a must-see this year.