Meet the Team

We are a small team of volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Jessica Toomey

Festival Director

Jesica has been in the Industry for 18 years and is also the director and programmer for the Frog and Bucket as well as running FAB Comedy Management. Proud Mancunian and mother, her favourite comics are Gina Yashere, Tom Stade and Ali Wong

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Nicole Eastwood

Box Office Manager

Nikki has ran the Box office for over eight years now and is the queen of all things ticket and customer related. Nikki’s favourite acts are Bill Burr, Matt Berry and Lou Conran. 

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Aimee Perry

Assistant Programmer

Aimee has worked in Comedy for 10 years, originally at the Classic Comedy Club in New Zealand before moving to the Bill Murray in London and now resides in Manchester

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Marissa Burgess

Marissa Burgess has been a freelance arts journalist since 1997. Specialising in writing about comedy, there aren’t many comedians she hasn’t interviewed over the years. In other areas of the arts and lifestyle she has written on cinema, theatre, visual arts, food and drink and on many genres of music.
Marissa has worked for and contributed to a variety of publications including Manchester Evening News, CityLife magazine, The Guardian, The Times, Chortle, The List, Metro, Manchester Wire and Manchester Confidential.
She works as a copywriter for a leading Engineering Consultancy as well as taking on freelance commissions in a variety of areas. She is also an

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Volunteers Wanted

The festival is not for profit and relies on help from our volunteers in all areas, Show Management, Tech, Box office, Marketing, Design and many others. We can provide training and a festival T-Shirt plus a great reference to add to your CV. If interested in any area, even if just for a couple of hours please get in touch. We encourage all genders to volunteer

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

Get In Touch

  • 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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