The first Blackpool Laughter Festival!

The first Blackpool Laughter Festival!

The first Blackpool Laughter Festival takes place with events across Blackpool between 7-10 July 2022. Enjoy four days of spectacular comedy and entertainment for the whole family!

Acts include Britain’s Got Talent stars Steve Royle and kids comedian Jonny Awsum, The Invisible Mam, Hayley Ellis plus more family activities, stand up and entertainment.

The first Blackpool Laughter Festival!

This is set to be an important milestone in the history of comedy in Blackpool. The town’s world famous for its entertainment
industry with an illustrious line up of comedy heroes having performed in the town for generations.

Now Showtown, the museum of fun and entertainment, has teamed up with the Winter Gardens, the Comedy Station and Blackpool born comedian Ruth Cockburn, to create an annual event that will celebrate the art of comedy!

This year’s event includes stand up nights at the Comedy Station on Friday and Saturday. As well as Hayley Ellis’s stand up show The Invisible Mam and classic cabaret from Blackpool’s drag divas, Funny Girls. There’ll be musical satire in the form of a gothic pub rock opera from Black Liver, a comedy duo formed by local talent Ruth Cockburn and Keith Carter.

For families, Britain’s Got Talent favourite, award winning Jonny Awsum will be performing his kids show including songs seen on TV, This is a musical and The Triangle Song. Plus The Dark Room, a comedy show for older children set in a live action video game.

For any budding comics there’s clowning and stand-up and improvisation workshops for children and young people hoping to hone their talent.The experts at Showtown are searching their archives for some of the most magical stories from the Blackpool comedy scene, including the careers of comedy legends Morecambe & Wise. Plus, TV comedian Steve Royle and Comedy Club founder Ryan Gleeson will be in conversation about the stars featured on Blackpool’s famous comedy carpet.

Celebrating Comedy Talent!

Kerry Vasiliou is Showtown’s Learning and Engagement Manager. She said: “We’ve seen so much comedy talent pass through Blackpool over the years and this festival celebrates that. We wanted to create a festival that would not only entertain, but enable people young and old to get involved, try out their own comic acts, and explore the history of comedy in
Blackpool. We want to ensure that we’re supporting the talent of the future so that we’ll have a thriving comedy scene for generations to come. There’ll definitely be something for everyone at the festival.”

Ryan Gleeson from the Comedy Station said: “The Showtown team have really put together an amazing festival, and I’m looking forward to seeing it grow into something huge over the next few years.

“When comedians perform at the Comedy Station for the first time, they’re often surprised by how genuinely lovely and appreciative our audiences are. It’s the people that make Blackpool great. Honest, genuine, funny people. I’m involved in quite a few of the shows this year…… I can’t wait.”

Tickets for the Laughter Festival events are available from

● Events take place from 7 – 10 July at The Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre, Bootleg Social, Funny Girls and The Comedy Station.
● Tickets must be pre booked in advance. Prices range from FREE – £27.50 depending on the
event. Book tickets at

More about Showtown

The museum will be located close to the Blackpool Tower and consists of interactive galleries that tell stories from the world of Shows, Circus, Magic, Dance, the Illuminations and all the joy of being by the Seaside. Along with a temporary exhibition space and learning space. There’ll also be a retail outlet selling souvenirs inspired by the world of entertainment.

Showtown, the museum of fun and entertainment is due to open its doors in Spring 2023.

What’s On at Blackpool Laughter Festival 2022

Book online at

Blackpool Laughter Festival

SHOW: Black Liver performing ‘Support your local library!
A gothic pub rock opera’
Thu 7 July, 2022 , 7pm, doors
Location: Bootleg Social Tickets: £6

SHOW: Funny Girls: Summer Show 2022
Thu 7 July – 10 July, 7pm, doors
Location: Funny Girls, Tickets: from £5

EXPLORE: Just for laughs activities
Fri 8 July, 2022, 11am-2pm
Location: Winter Gardens, Tickets:
FREE admission

DISCOVER: The Comedy Carpet
talk with Steve Royle and Ryan Gleeson
Fri 8 July, 2022, 3.30pm, doors
(4pm – 5pm, event)
Location: Winter Gardens, Tickets: £7

SHOW: Comedy Station Blackpool
Fri 8 July, 2022, 7pm, doors
Location: Comedy Station Comedy
Club Blackpool, Tickets: from £11.60

FUN: Clowning Around – family workshop
Sat 9 July, 2022, 10am – 11am
Location: Winter Gardens, Tickets £2SHOW: Jonny Awsum’s Kids Show
Sat 9 July, 2022, 1pm – 2pm
Location: Winter Gardens, Tickets: £4

EXPLORE: Showtown’s comedy workshop for young people
Sat 9 July, 2022, 1pm – 3pm
Location: Grand Theatre Studio.
Tickets: FREE (Booking necessary)

SHOW: The Dark Room for young people
Sat 9 July, 2022, 4pm, doors
(4.30pm – 5.30pm, event)
Location: Grand Theatre Studio,
Tickets: £4

SHOW: Comedy Station Blackpool
Sat 9 July, 2022, 7pm, doors
Location: Comedy Station Comedy
Club Blackpool Tickets: from £11.60

SHOW: Hayley Ellis: The Invisible Mam
Sun 10 July, 2022, 7pm, doors
(8pm, show)
Location: Comedy Station Comedy
Club Blackpool, Tickets: £10

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