‘The Best In Stand-up Comedy’ comes to this year’s festival

This year’s event will include the addition of a new comedy night at Leigh Community Centre on Saturday 27 June. The evening titled ‘The Best In Stand-up Comedy’ has been curated by “Joker comedy Club” who have run events across the country for the past 30 years, including a regular comedy club at Southend’s very own Chalkwell Park Rooms. 


The evening will be headlined by middle-class funnyman Hal Cruttenden. He is one of the top stand up comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. With his ability to mix the personal, the surreal, the ridiculous and the politics he delivers an energetic and absorbing performance.


He has made several appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ as well as his regular appearances on shows such as ‘Mock the Week’, ‘The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ and ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’. On the radio, the second series of his sitcom ‘Hal’ (co-written with Dominic Holland) was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and he has released two comedy DVDs, ‘Tough Luvvie’ and ‘Straight Outta Cruttenden’. He has toured the country extensively and, in the last two years, has also taken shows to the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Comedy Festival. He is also a three-time Chortle Award nominee and was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer Award back in 2002.

★★★★ ‘Hugely talented’ – The Times

‘An absolute joy to watch’ – The Scotsman 

‘You could see Hal play the O2… he’s wonderful, truly wonderful’  Digital Spy 

Support will come from Andrew Bird who regularly headlines comedy shows across the UK. He has been tour support for Rhod Gilbert, Rob Brydon and on his recent arena tour, Michael McIntyre, including Wembley and the O2. He’s one of only seven comedians to perform for Banksy at Dismal Land. He’s written on TV shows Jon Richardson’s Ultimate Worrier, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Lee Mack’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo and is a regular guest on BBC Radio’s The Rhod Gilbert Show.


The evening will be hosted by the highly-rated Ben Van der Velde.


Saturday 27th June
Doors and bar opens 7:30pm Start 8:30pm
Unreserved seating


Tickets £14 + booking fees
Tickets go on-sale now


Leigh Folk Festival is a registered charity, all profits from ticket sales will go directly back into funding the festival.

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