Charlie Brooker and Romesh Ranganathan among the stars supporting the BBC Comedy Festival

Charlie Brooker, Greg Davies and Romesh Ranganathan are among the stars supporting and attending the BBC’s inaugural Comedy Festival.

he festival, which will be held in Newcastle – the BBC’s first City of Comedy – is aimed at indie producers, anyone looking to start a new career in TV and comedy, and people looking to start or advance their careers in the industry .

It will consist of a series of events taking place over three days in May to explore, reflect on and celebrate comedy in the UK.


Comedian and actor Greg Davies will attend the BBC Comedy Festival in May (Matt Crossick/PA)

Attendees include Black Mirror writer Charlie Brooker and The Office co-writer Stephen Merchant, among others.

The billing also includes Jamie Demetriou, Megan Ganz, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Tim Renkow, Kat Sadler, Adjani Salmon and Holly Walsh, as well as the cast of BBC hits Ghosts and The Outlaws.

The festival will feature talent-led talks, panels, screenings, a short film night, live comedy and the premiere of series two of The Outlaws.

John Petrie, Director of Comedy at the BBC, said: “We are delighted to come to Newcastle, the BBC’s first City of Comedy, to celebrate comedy in all its forms and BBC Comedy’s vision for the genre in the world of comedy Outline the year 2022 and beyond.

“We are committed to nurturing, developing and working with comedy enthusiasts across the UK to ensure comedy remains an integral part of our British culture.”


The festival will also host the season two premiere of The Outlaws, the biggest new BBC comedy to launch last year (BBC/Big Talk/Four Eyes/PA).

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The festival kicks off on May 11th when Petrie outlines his vision for BBC comedy and outlines opportunities for the comedy production sector.

A number of behind-the-camera personalities will also be in attendance, including Ash Atalla (The Office), Gill Isles (Car Share), Tom Marshall (Ted Lasso), Christine Gernon (Gavin and Stacey), and representatives from American broadcasters.

A selection of the festival’s panels and events will be open to the public and free tickets will be available in due course.

The BBC Comedy Festival takes place in Newcastle upon Tyne from 11th to 13th May. Charlie Brooker and Romesh Ranganathan among the stars supporting the BBC Comedy Festival

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