Here is a list of the main comedy festivals in the UK.
An annual celebration of slapstick comedy.
Running across several months early in the year, Vault Festival is described as "London's answer to Edinburgh's Fringe". Returns in 2022.
Saturday 27th February to Sunday 28th February
Scotland's first and only festival of improv.
Wednesday 3rd February to Sunday 21st February
One of the country's biggest comedy festivals.
Thursday 11th March to Sunday 28th March
Many top names perform in Glasgow in March.
Friday 26th March to Sunday 28th March
Arts festival, including comedy, held in South Wales.
Bath Comedy Festival gets bigger each year.
A one-day event running across three venues in Bristol, featuring 18 hours of Fringe comedy previews.
8 top comedians in Bristol for only £3.50 a show. Your chance to see them trying out new material for their upcoming tours and Edinburgh.
A tented venue set up near the Southbank Centre in London, running through much of Spring and Summer.
People talking (usually one at a time) at a microphone. Often funny, occasionally profound.
Lots of shows, many of them work-in-progress gigs.
Many nights of laughs in Coventry.
Located in Wales, with mainly literary based events. Comedians often read their books here.
A four-day festival of philosophy and music, including a selection of great comic talent.
Comedy from a range of great talent you might not yet have seen on television.
The 'secret festival' in Wales. A wide variety of acts perform over the early May Bank Holiday weekend.
Many of the best acts flock to this well-regarded Somerset-based festival.
Queen Square, in the heart of Bristol, is transformed into a comedy wonderland in the Summer, complete with legendary line-ups in the Big Top and Apple Top venues.
Comedians can always be found at Glastonbury in the various comedy-related performance areas.
The Hastings Fringe is an independent, free festival featuring a range of comedy stars.
A month-long comedy festival happening throughout July. The organisers are presenting some of the best comedians headed to Edinburgh and other large festivals.
A season of events in Petworth, West Sussex. Notably, this fringe festival includes the biggest comedy prize in the country: £10,001.
Friday 4th June to Sunday 6th June
This festival's comedy offering is a small but perfectly-formed line-up.
The Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival (aka ARGComFest) hosts lots of preview shows each July in Shoreditch, ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe.
Based at The Bedford in Balham, this festival always offer up one of the best line-ups of the summer.
Events take place at The Quarry Theatre and The Place Theatre.
The first Brighton Comedy Garden plants its roots in June 2019 with five nights of stand-up.
Wednesday 7th July to Sunday 25th July
One of the largest open-access arts festivals in the country, providing three weeks of "friendly, supportive and affordable" entertainment each July.
Based around Lulworth Castle in Dorset, this festival normally books a couple of big headline comedy acts.
This Oxfordshire festival features stand-up alongside various musical performances.
The Crieff Comedy Festival in Scotland takes place at various venues throughout the Perthshire town.
An arts festival in the heart of rural Hampshire.
The Darlington Comedy Festival usually runs from early July for a month.
An annual festival at Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire.
A month of shows at Theatre Deli's London venues (The Old Library in Camberwell and Theatre Deli in Finsbury Avenue).
The Ealing Comedy Festival takes place over several nights in July, in Walpole Park.
The Greater Manchester Fringe takes place across July.
Lots of comedy shows take place in Guildford across July.
A posh festival that attracts a number of top comedy headliners.
A one-day festival at the Alexandra Park and Palace in London.
A festival at Lowther Deer Park in The Lake District.
A festival in Cranborne Chase, straddling Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
A two-day Edinburgh Fringe preview festival at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton, featuring big names, local acts and kids' shows.
Easily one of the best comedy line-ups in the country. This festival - featuring multiple areas for comedy - attracts both big name headliners and lesser known alternative acts.
A celebration of all things funny at The Marlowe theatre in Canterbury.
A three-part series of festivals covering the UK. This is the Scottish instalment, taking place in Perth.
The aim of this festival is to put incredible comics on, doing their festival shows, at affordable prices.
A festival of music, comedy and family-friendly entertainment.
A series of Edinburgh Festival preview shows performed in the Hertfordshire market town of Tring.
A three-day festival in Sheffield, including music and comedy.
A two-day Edinburgh Fringe preview showcase at Stoke Newington's Tower Theatre in north London.
Y Not? is a Peak District music festival with some great comedy names also performing.
Friday 27th August to Monday 30th August
Festival in the woodlands of Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest, near the A22 in East Sussex.
Also known as Stand Up In The Wylds. Located near Bude in North Cornwall.
Thursday 5th August to Sunday 8th August
This festival takes place in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. It's popular with comedians and so a number appear at the festival each year.
Livewire Festival's Thursday evening slot is a celebration of British Comedy, all performing next to Blackpool's iconic Comedy Carpet.
Thursday 26th August to Sunday 29th August
Lost Village is an otherworldly 4-day festival experience set in an abandoned woodland village. The festival includes, food, music, workshops and comedy from both household and acclaimed but lesser-known acts.
A bunch of comedy shows to enjoy in the Shropshire market town.
Friday 27th August to Sunday 29th August
The biggest music and comedy acts appear together at the same dual-location, 3-day festival event.
Friday 6th August to Sunday 8th August
A three-part series of festivals covering the UK. This is the Northern instalment, taking place in Cheshire.
Friday 20th August to Sunday 22nd August
A three-part series of festivals covering the UK. This is the Southern instalment, taking place in Oxfordshire.
Monday 2nd August to Sunday 29th August
Running for a month in North London, this festival involves lots of comedians playing across 25 different venues.
Friday 27th August to Sunday 29th August
Victorious Festival launched its first comedy tent in 2018.
Thursday 19th August to Sunday 22nd August
Based in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, this festival has booked some big name comedians in previous years.
Thursday 2nd September to Sunday 5th September
At Larmer Tree Gardens.
One of London's biggest comedy festivals, with lots of well-known acts performing each year.
Comedians who have written a book are often booked to speak at this festival.
A range of shows across Liverpool city centre and Merseyside.
A festival in central London (The Albany on Great Portland Street). 2018's line-up comprises 42 shows over 10 days.
Ten days of comedy in a number of venues across the Hampshire city, including the Theatre Royal.
The ten-day festival will feature national and international comedians, who will perform throughout the city centre.
A new comedy festival from the team that organise Machynlleth.
Over 70 comedy performances take place across the city each October.
A fringe festival featuring all genres of the performing arts including stand-up, theatre, magic, storytelling, improv and hypnotism.
Wolverhampton's comedy festival. The 2017 event featured over 120 events across 16 venues, celebrating Black Country humour.
Saturday 2nd October to Saturday 9th October
The Leamington Spa Comedy Festival takes place in October.
Leith Comedy Festival - launching in October 2020 - aims to celebrate and inspire creativity and wellbeing through laughter. It will be a platform for homegrown talent and will welcome performers from further afield.
Featuring top acts, a Children's Comedy Festival, a competition for new comedians, and more.
Fun across various venues in the centre of Hull.
Nottingham Comedy Festival is an open access festival where acts of all levels and types of comedy are welcome to apply.