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1 month of laugh out loud comedy in Bury St Edmunds

Shake off those February blues and come on down to Bury St Edmunds for a month of rib-tickling fun and laughter at Bury St Edmunds very first comedy festival. From stand-up to improv, witty poetry to comedy plays, there’s something to make everyone chuckle. So gather your friends together, head into town for a pre-show pint and enjoy an evening of giggles and good times!

The Ghost of a Smile - 1 February 2024 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Combining the macabre and the mirthful, Gavin Robinson brings you two of Charles Dickens’ creepy tales- with a comic twist! Described as ‘Compelling to watch’ by The Guardian, this show presents two yarns to chill and charm; a traveller encounters a ghostly chair and, in a deserted Edinburgh carriageworks a tipsy traveller is spirited away by…well, spirits! Expect spooky atmospheric effects, a smattering of humour and fast-paced story telling.

Tickets: from £12. Book online at

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Frank Skinner: 30 Years of Dirt - 2 February 2024 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - SOLD OUT

Comic legend Frank Skinner brings his critically acclaimed new show ‘30 Years of Dirt’ to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe.


“a supernatural sureness of touch...just plain funny in a way that few other comics can touch... supremely fast-witted in his interactions with the crowd…exquisitely vivid in some of his turns of phrase: you can sense Skinner the poetry lover in lines”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times

“he’s still got it… a comedy master… a masterclass in crowd work, with Skinner getting spontaneous laughs off every interaction…exquisite one-liners”
Steve Bennett, Chortle

“Skinner is never less than beadily alert…you come away happy that after 30 years Frank’s still dishing his dirt, and happier still that he can dish plenty more besides.”
Brian Logan, The Guardian

Tickets: £28. Book online at

Luke Wright

Luke Wright's Silver Jubilee - 7 February 2024 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Award winning modern-day bard Luke Wright presents this witty and poignant show celebrating his 25 years as one of Britain’s most popular live poets. Expect bombastic ballads, big laughs and gut-wrenching truths from this self-aware master of his craft.

Tickets: from £12. Book online at

Mark Watson

Mark Watson: Search - 9 February at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Fast-talking Mark Watson is back from another successful run at the Edinburgh fringe festival, with his latest show, Search. Expect tales of being a father, tales being a son, the search for knowledge and a drunken zoom call gone wrong. Mark Watson’s dorky energy is both endearing and hilarious, so join this Taskmaster star and multiple award winner for a night of relatable anecdotes and observational humour.

Tickets: £22. Book online at


Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - 10 & 11 February 2024 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

You won’t believe your eyes or ears! This is spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest- direct from the West End, Olivier award winning Showstopper the Improvised Musical takes your suggestions for settings, musical styles and the show title, and weaves a brand new, never-seen-before and never-to-be-seen-again musical in front of your very eyes. Complete with hilarious characters, fabulous dance routines and impressive harmonies, all sprinkled with the pizzazz of a Broadway show, every night of this show is a premier- it really has to be seen to be believed!

Tickets: from £12. Book online at

The Apex

Fat Cat Comedy Club at The Apex

It’s Fat Cat- East Anglia’s biggest comedy club! Every month at The Apex, Fat Cat Comedy Club presents 3 (sometimes 4!) comedians from the national and international comedy circuit. Made up of old favourites, new faces and rising stars, there’s always a great atmosphere and a laugh a minute!

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Chris Mc Causland

Chris McCausland - 20 & 21 February at The Apex

An established favourite on popular comedy shows Have I Got News for You, Would I Lie to You?, QI, The last Leg, and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Chris McCausland is hitting the road again with a another masterclass in stand up comedy that has been yonks in the making! His last show was a sell out, so get your tickets now for his brand new show for 2024.

Tickets: from £24. Book online at


Brian Bilston and Henry Normal - 22 February 2024 at The Apex

The hugely popular ‘poet laureate of twitter’ Brian Bilston beloved by his 400,000 followers for his joyous poetry describing the nature of the human condition with pithy comedy and boundless charm. Appearing live, his deadpan delivery promises a memorable night out. Appearing alongside writer, poet and TV and Film producer Henry Normal who will share his latest memoir and best-seller ‘A Normal Family’.

Tickets: £26.50 and £21.50. Book online at

Tom Davis

Tom Davis: Underdog - 24 February 2024 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Star of Murder in Sucessville and King Gary, Tom Davis is the affable, larger than life comedian who audiences are rooting for. This is his biggest tour yet, as he returns to stand-up in a show exploring his life as the underdog, through the trials and tribulations of leaving school with no qualifications, working on a building site, becoming a father and working on blockbuster films.

Tickets: £23. Book online at

Comedy at Abbeygate Cinema

Abbeygate Cinema Comedy Night - 25 February at Abbeygate Cinema

Abbeygate Cinema invites you to indulge in an evening of laughs for its Live Comedy Night! Local comedians take centre stage and our chefs at No. 4 Restaurant + Bar will be serving their delicious take-in menu!

Headlined by Matt Adlington, plus Jack Channell, Hazel Donovan and Freddie Main. Compered by George SV.

Tickets: £5. Book online at

Comedy Night

Royally Funny Comedy Night - 28 February 2024 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The Theatre Royal’s very own comedy night is back again promising to have audiences in stitches with a great line of comedians from across the UK’s touring circuit. You might also catch a glimpse of the next big thing, with up and coming comedians making an appearance. Grab your seats and hold onto your hats!

Tickets: £12. Book online at

Aaron Jay

Aaron Jay: Honey I'm Home - 29 February at The Hunter Club

The Hunter Club will be joined by Aaron Jay with his new headlining show, 'Honey, I'm Home' at the Club's Comedy Open Mic night as part of the Bury St Edmunds Comedy Festival.

This event is free to attend however we the club will be collecting for MIND Suffolk and encourage you donate to this fantastic cause.

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Friend: The one with Gunther - 1 March 2024 at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

While the main Friends posse were the stars of the sitcom, what became of the bleach blonde barista in the background? Well, now you can find out in this quirky one-man Friends frenzy that explores unrequited love, cult characters, and what really happened in the last episode. Reliving all the key moments of 236 episodes, across 10 seasons, Joseph Maudsley brings to life the iconic character of Gunther in this playful parody of the Friends phenomenon.

Tickets: from £12. Book online at

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