Women In Comedy Festival Launch Night

This years launch night include Mrs Barbara Nice, Bethany Black and takes place on Thursday 3rd October 2019

Tickets for this event sell out like hotcakes so be quick !!!

Early bird tickets at £10 each just released !!

Barbara Nice pictured above

As seen recently in Britains Got Talent, Janice Connolly is a British actress, comedian and artistic director. She runs the Birmingham-based group Women and Theatre, and performs stand-up comedy as her character “Mrs Barbara Nice”

International fun smuggler and mother of five dealing in the naturally occurring comedic highs of daily life. A supremely funny character comedian who tours the country on behalf of the opinionated suburban housewives of Stockport.

Mrs Barbara Nice invites you to forget your troubles, be happy and join everyone’s favourite housewife in celebrating the here and now and making our own fun in austerity Britain. She is worried that we are living in a world of ever diminishing friendliness where we keep ourselves to ourselves, heads down afraid to catch anyone`s eye. She wants us to stand proud, be open and look the world right in the eye – or we won`t feel the benefit!

Bethany Black pictured above

Bethany Black has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. Her debut show BETH BECOMES HER detailed the story of her being transgender, chronicling everything from her coming out through her transition and eventually falling in love. It was nominated for Best Debut at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2008, eventually losing out to Sarah Millican.

Over the course of her career she has performed alongside some of the biggest names in Comedy, including Allan Carr, Sarah Millican, Tim Minchin and Rhys Darby. In late 2017/early 2018 Beth filmed the role of Pocahantas for NO OFFENCE.

In 2015 she was cast as Helen in Russell T Davies multi channel shows CUCUMBER, BANANA and TOFU where she was the first trans actress to play a leading role. In late 2015, Beth played 474 in DOCTOR WHO.

Beth performed her show (EXTRA)ORDINARY at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival. “Her journey to Channel Four, ‘Doctor Who’ and steadily rising star status makes for hilarious if sometimes incredulous listening.
“✭✭✭✭✭ Three Weeks
“Honest, to the point, and very very funny.”✭✭✭✭ Arts Award Voice

This years launch night is an all headliner show and includes Mrs Barbara Nice, Bethany Black, Annette Fagon

Tickets for this event sell out like hotcakes so be quick !!!

As seen recently in Britains Got Talent, Janice Connolly is a British actress, comedian and artistic director. She runs the Birmingham-based group Women and Theatre, and performs stand-up comedy as her character “Mrs Barbara Nice”

International fun smuggler and mother of five dealing in the naturally occurring comedic highs of daily life. A supremely funny character comedian who tours the country on behalf of the opinionated suburban housewives of Stockport.

Mrs Barbara Nice invites you to forget your troubles, be happy and join everyone’s favourite housewife in celebrating the here and now and making our own fun in austerity Britain. She is worried that we are living in a world of ever diminishing friendliness where we keep ourselves to ourselves, heads down afraid to catch anyone`s eye. She wants us to stand proud, be open and look the world right in the eye – or we won`t feel the benefit!

Bethany Black has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. Her debut show BETH BECOMES HER detailed the story of her being transgender, chronicling everything from her coming out through her transition and eventually falling in love. It was nominated for Best Debut at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2008, eventually losing out to Sarah Millican.

Over the course of her career she has performed alongside some of the biggest names in Comedy, including Allan Carr, Sarah Millican, Tim Minchin and Rhys Darby. In late 2017/early 2018 Beth filmed the role of Pocahantas for NO OFFENCE.

In 2015 she was cast as Helen in Russell T Davies multi channel shows CUCUMBER, BANANA and TOFU where she was the first trans actress to play a leading role. In late 2015, Beth played 474 in DOCTOR WHO.

Beth performed her show (EXTRA)ORDINARY at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival. “Her journey to Channel Four, ‘Doctor Who’ and steadily rising star status makes for hilarious if sometimes incredulous listening.
“✭✭✭✭✭ Three Weeks
“Honest, to the point, and very very funny.”✭✭✭✭ Arts Award Voice

Annette Fagon pictured above

Livewire, Annette Fagon is a loud and engaging comic. Annette’s stage presence takes hold of an audience and makes it sit up. With a character which has been crafted to perfection and a personality that will not be forgotten in a hurry, Annette is destined for stardom.

“With this sort of retro observational comedy, she’s just like Peter Kay would be – well, if he were female, black and from Leicester” CHORTLE

About the festival …

Women In Comedy UK exists to provide a professional annual comedy festival and regular showcases event throughout the year in Greater Manchester, adding value to Manchester’s cultural offering. Showcasing performances of female comedy which is affordable and accessible encouraging all sections of the community to be involved.

The festival includes extraordinary homegrown, nationally and internationally recognized stand up comics, improvisers and sketch groups. Creating an inclusive multi platform festival which champions, develops and invests in female performance artists. Attendees also have an opportunity to network, socialise and share stories of their challenges and successes.


‘Promoting and supporting gender equality on the UK comedy circuit.’