Described as one of the “UK’s best comedy festivals”, the Women in Comedy Festival MCR returns with its 9th edition of top-notch comedy.
Since the first event took place in 2013, the festival has grown steadily, attracting some of the best comedy talent to Manchester. For 2022, the Women in Comedy Festival will span 10 days and see 52 shows take over 8 venues across across the Northern Quarter.
Just turn on your TV and a quick search on the big-name streaming services shows a definite reluctance to commission female comics from the UK. Festivals such as Women in Comedy are vital in raising the profile of female stand-up comedy, placing some of the UK’s funniest women and emerging female stand-up comics front and centre. Following the pandemic, the festival feels even more important due to the lack of exposure for up-and-coming women in comedy and the limited outlets, festivals and places to perform.
With a cracking line-up of comics already announced, Women in Comedy 2022 looks set to be a glorious 10 days of chortling and celebration. Comics already confirmed for the festival include British musical comedian Isy Suttie (known by many as Dobby in Peep Show); 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer nominee Helen Bauer; award-winning child-free badass Eleanor Conway; local lass and co-host of the hit podcast All Killa No Filla, Rachel Fairburn and Manc-Canadian stand-up comic Allyson June Smith.
The Women in Comedy Festival celebrates and champions all things funny and female across a variety of platforms. You’ll find stand-up, comedy theatre, improvisation and sketches happening alongside workshops and debates. A true showcase of the amount of incredibly funny, richly diverse and supremely talented women working in comedy in the UK, and further afield, right now.