Let’s Get Ready to Chuckle!

The Key Comedy Festival returns for its fourth year, and kicks off on Wednesday March 9 running through until  Sunday March 13 in the Main House and Studio Theatre.

With names you’ll recognise from the TV mixed in with some of the brightest rising stars along with Edinburgh sell-outs and the Comedy Festival’s funniest joke!


Next up it’s Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane (Thursday March 10), Dillie Keane takes a short break from her Fascinating Aïda gal pals to present her first solo show in 557 years.With brand new tunes, grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and hilarious songs of utter wickedness, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. At the same time, they have Nathan Caton – Straight Outta Middlesex. After stellar performances on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week, Radio 4’s Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothin’ and wowing audiences in comedy clubs up and down the UK, this rising star is back with his unique blend of charming, charismatic and intelligent on-point comedy in a show not to be missed!


For a triple treat, on Friday March 11 it’s Peterborough’s very own Darren Walsh and his fantastic show – Punderbolt. Fresh from winning Dave’s Joke of the Fringe last year, Darren brings his sell-out show to his home city for one night. Punderbolt combines animations, videos, sound effects, drawings, ad-libbing and surreal nonsense. Then, in the main house, star of the hit Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe, Rob Delaney brings his critically acclaimed Meat tour to the Key. Rob’s regarded as one of America’s most gifted stand-ups. Finally, as seen on Inside No.9 (BBC2) and as heard on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama, the award-winning Gein’s Family Giftshop are hitting the road for their first ever UK tour. Feast your eyes upon an hour and a half of sketches that aren’t for everyone, but might just be for you.


Headlining Saturday night in the main house, we see the return of Mark Steel with his new show Who Do I Think I am? described as a surprising and enthralling story told with aplomb. While in the studio, Alun Cochrane performs A Show with a Man in It including jokes about manliness, womanliness, hobbies, ageing, fighting, perfume, beards, snoods, feminism, fundamentalism, and hopefully some profound understanding about life itself.

James Acaster – Represent (Sunday March 13) has already sold out, but finishes the comedy with his unique blend of humour and wit.

Stephen Chalmers at the Key Theatre said – “We are thrilled to see the return of the Key’s annual Comedy Festival. Comedy continues to go from strength to strength at the theatre and we are really pleased to be attracting both new and exciting, and established names to the Key.”

For full details on the full festival or to book tickets call the box office on 01733 207239 or visit

Lead Photo: Darren Walsh – Emma Bothamley for ESP Magazine