We are delighted to announce that the 10th Annual Women in Comedy Festival MCR returns in 2023, its technically our eleventh year but Covid meant 2020 didn’t happen. The importance of this festival is more significant than ever as undiscovered talent has had limited outlets and exposure for nearly 2 years now and the lack of many festivals recently. Our Industry also needs healing, to come together again and socialise, network, showcase, learn, teach and reconnect. We are excited to bring another fantastic programme of shows, across many fantastic venues in Manchester City Centre and continue championing and supporting women in comedy.

“I’m proud to be supporting the UK Women in Comedy Festival as a patron. A festival filled with laughter combined with feminist principles taking place in the North … what’s not to support!” Maxine Peake



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To encourage more non white women onto the NW circuit we have created a comedy scholarship including training and mentorship.


Our 2023 brochure will be available from Aug

Applications Now Open

Applications are open and close 28th April 2023 Apply Here

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The Women in Comedy Festival has been instrumental in my journey as a comedian. All my shows have started here and the audiences bring bucket loads of enthusiasm – classic Manchester.  It’s also a fantastic place to get inspired with such a wealth of talent performing, you can see people performing their very first gigs and top flight tv names. Long live the Women in Comedy Festival! 

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean


We have some fantastic sponsorship opportunities to suit all budget – contact us for more info

Get In Touch

  • info@womenincomedy.uk
  • 0161 236 9805

The Women in Comedy Festival, Manchester is operated by Manchester Comedy Fest Ltd and is a not for profit co

Box Office

102 Oldham St, MCR M4 1LJ

0161 236 9805

Open 10am till 6pm or 10am till 9pm during the festival

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