Organisers of the first CH1 Comedy Festival have announced that the event, which attracted sell out crowds, will return in 2019. Famous TV comedians including Paul Sinha, Jo Caulfield and Chester born comic Jeff Green performed at some of the city centre’s most iconic venues last week as part of a brand-new comedy festival launched by Chester’s Business Improvement District, CH1ChesterBID.
26 comedians performed in 16 venues including the Cathedral, Town Hall and Grosvenor Hotel over the 8 day festival. They included The Chase star, Paul Sinha, who performed at the Chester Grosvenor, and Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You comedian, Jo Caulfield, who appeared at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel.
Award-winning comedian Jeff Green – who was born in Chester and had a sell-out UK solo tour before moving to Australia in 2008 – returned home for the first time in ten years to perform his critically acclaimed show ’30’ at Chester Town Hall.
Robin Ince, Glenn Wool, Tom Wrigglesworth, Archie Kelly, and Gary Delaney were just some of the other big name stand-up acts that appeared in-front of packed audiences in Chester.
CH1ChesterBID teamed up with the organisers of the established Southport Comedy Festival to create the week-long celebration of comedy. Carl Critchlow, BID Manager at CH1ChesterBID, said: “We’ve had a great response to the first ever CH1 Chester Comedy Festival. Most of the shows were sell-outs with people coming from all over the region and the feedback about the comedians has been really positive. We created this festival to give people something new to enjoy and another reason to come and enjoy summer evenings in Chester city centre.” The success of the event builds on the award of Purple Flag status granted to the city earlier this year in recognition of its improved night time offering.