Recently awarded Best Major Festival by UK Festival Awards, Latitude Festival returns for its 13th edition, with an all-new look for 2018. Taking place as always at Henham Park in Suffolk, the festival will feature a refreshed programme and emboldened vision, retaining everything you loved about the festival, but also moving in an exciting new direction that looks to the future. The comedy line-up has been announced, and as always its packed with fantastic famous names, as well as introducing you to amazing acts you won’t have heard of!
One of the most recognisable comedians in the country, Harry Hill performs live at Latitude for the first time. Harry Hill is behind some of the most successful TV shows of the last two decades – including Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Harry Hill’s Fruit Fancies, Harry Hill’s Tea Time, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, Shark Infested Custard and You’ve Been Framed – collecting three BAFTAs, eight British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux along the way. Harry Hill said: “I like latitude, I like longitude, but which is better? There’s only one way to find out – play the comedy arena at Latitude! I can’t wait!”
Bridget Christie also comes to Latitude for the first time for a rare festival appearance. Bridget Christie Minds the Gap was a hit Radio 4 show a few years ago; 2018 sees Bridget return with a new show, Utopia – a Brexit-inspired comic quest for Shangri-La. This year will also see new material from James Acaster, one of the most brilliant and distinctive young comedians of his generation. A whimsical master, he has received acclaim from around the world, including a record breaking 5 consecutive nominations for Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, between 2012 and 2016.
For the first time, comedy quiz show QI comes to the Latitude Festival Comedy Arena, where Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies will present a unique all-bells-and-klaxons edition, specially researched for the Festival and featuring a celebrity panel drawn from the cream of Latitude talent. Alan Davies said: “Very much looking forward to The Klaxons of Latitude – probably my favourite Doctor Who characters.” Sandi Toksvig added: “The last time I presented QI Live (at the University of Kent), I was offered the job of permanent host. Can’t wait to see what they come up with this time…”
QI Captain Alan Davies will also perform solo, as will Black Books comedian Dylan Moran, festival favourite Marcus Brigstocke, double Edinburgh Comedy Award winner John Kearns, legendary satirist Mark Thomas, sketch team Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown, winner of both So You Think You’re Funny and the BBC New Comedy Awards Tom Allen, one of the comedy industry’s fastest rising young stars Alex Edelman, multi-award winning comedian and broadcaster Matt Richardson, and Best New Comedian on the Fringe 2017 winner, 18 year-old Tom Lucy.
In The SpeakEasy, former Labour leader Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd will present their award-winning hit podcast Reasons to be Cheerful, fresh from winning Podcast of the Year at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards. Expect optimism, ideas, special guests, and stories of Ed’s failed interactions with inanimate objects (and Geoff’s interactions with animate ones). Geoff Lloyd said “Latitude is my favourite festival and I am really glad I don’t have to pay for my ticket.” Ed Miliband added: “Latitude is a great chance to bring positive, optimistic ideas about making the country better to an engaged audience. And Geoff said we had to do it so he didn’t have to pay for his ticket.”
Jessie Ware’s chart-topping podcast Table Manners will also be live at Latitude, with Jessie and her mum Lennie swapping the kitchen table for The SpeakEasy stage, chatting to a special guest from the line up. Latitude attendees can also join actor, writer, activist and presenter Sandi Toksvig for witty repartee and wondrous anecdotes with QI creator John Lloyd.
Adam Buxton returns to Latitude with BUG X, a special show curated to celebrate 10 years of the big-screen music video showcase. Join him for this whistlestop tour through some of the highlights from the past decade: music videos, other clips and of course some delightfully unbalanced YouTube commentary.
Returning to Latitude this year is comic poet (and star of Taskmaster, Inside Number 9) Tim Key, whose new show blends poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness; and Aisling Bea, star of QI, Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown. Also returning is Jonathan Pie, the frustrated news reporter that satirises the world of politics and the media. Known for venting his spleen in unguarded “off-camera” rants, Pie’s viral videos have been viewed by millions worldwide.
As seen on Live at the Apollo and The Graham Norton Show, Shappi Khorsandi will also be performing at Henham Park, as will Mo Gilligan, the hilarious London comedian co-signed by Drake, Stormzy and Giggs, and David O’Doherty, the award-winning comedian, author and musician. One of the most consistently funny comics of the Edingburgh Fringe (with no less than 14 shows under his belt!), David’s been on TV on Live at The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Would I Lie to You.
Joining the jam-packed comedy bill is comedian and presenter Joel Dommett, who will head to the Comedy Arena, as well as participating in our Modern Lovepanel. Joel is joined by Rachel Parris, viral star of BBC2’s satirical show The Mash Report, and Kat Bond, winner of Vault Festival Comedy Award 2017. In The Cabaret Theatre, Soho Theatre present a hand-picked selection of some of Soho’s finest acts along for the ride including Nina Conti’s Monkey & Roy, plus Diane Chorley, Pecs, Tash & Ellie, and Sophie Willan, plus while Irish stand-up comedian Eleanor Tiernan joins the bill. Over in The SpeakEasy, Sam Golin and Bisha K Ali present geek-culture themed comedy in their Cult Comics.
This year will also see Where’s The F In News? an energetic, intelligent BBC Radio 4 comedy show hosted by Jo Bunting, with a predominantly female panel, using the events, trends and talking points they think should really be top of the news agenda in a series of fresh and funny challenges.
The line-up continues with David Morgan, a British stand-up comedian from Solihull. He is best known for his appearances as a team captain on ITV2’s Safeword in 2015. He has also made appearances on the same channel’s Viral Tap, BBC Three’s Sweat the Small Stuff, and E4’s Virtually Famous.
Following a complete sellout and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, Simon Evans brings his latest live show Genius to Latitude. What is Genius? Beethoven? Einstein? The ability to carry a third pint-glass without spilling it? Few of these questions will be adequately answered but all will at the least be squinted at, quizzically, in his show. Joining Evans is U.S. comic Sean Patton, who expertly blends rapid-fire comedy and compelling storytelling; an undeniably excellent comic force on stage and on screen. The Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee and English Comedian of the Year, and dubbed the “teenage Alan Bennett”, Manchester comic Brennan Reece also brings his acclaimed, five-star show to Suffolk.
There’ll also be Lloyd Griffith, the comedian, choirboy and aspiring goalkeeper. He’s the co-host of Soccer AM on Sky Sports every Saturday. Plus Steen Raskopoulos, a master of carefully-crafted characters and inspired spontaneity will also be at Henham Park. As seen on Top Coppers, Sky’s Halloween Shorts and Whose Line is it Anyway? in Australia, he’s a gifted and masterful improviser.
The exceptionally talented comedian, impressionist, actor and singer Luke Kempner will also appear this summer. Luke is the resident comedian on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side. Lauren Pattison, one of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene, nominated for Best Newcomer 2017 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, will also appear.
Rhys Nicholson is one of the new generation of Australian comics who are currently storming the Edinburgh Fringe. Latitude 2018 offers a rare chance to see the Sydney-based comic outside of the Fringe. Also appearing will be Lou Sanders, one of the most original comedians in Britain, and seen on The Russell Howard Hour on Sky One; as will the critically-acclaimed and prolific stand-up, writer, and sketch comedian Glenn Moore. His first stand-up show, Glengarry Glen Glenn was one of 2016’s best-reviewed debut shows of the Edinburgh Fringe, and was nominated for ‘Best Debut Show’ at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.
Like all millennials, Lazy Susan are part-time comedians and full-time teen model socialites.They were nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. Lazy Susan will preview their 2018 Edinburgh show at Latitude. Meanwhile, returning to Latitude is Sarah Keyworth, who performs her unique mix of the surreal with honest anecdotal storytelling about her Midlands upbringing.
Masud Milas – one of the most exciting acts to emerge on the UK comedy circuit – will be showing his new material at Latitude this year. With his 70’s flair and kick ass jacket, Masud’s intelligent addictive humour has earned him a rapidly growing fan base. Chris Stokes will also be previewing new material at Latitude this Summer. Chris has been seen on BBC Three, Dave and heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5Live.
Combining his confident on stage presence, dark humour, surreal material and one-of-a-kind customised keyboard, Huge Davies has quickly risen to become one the most promising unique new acts in the UK. He’ll be at Henham Park this year, as will rising star Chris Washington, who has been taking the comedy industry by storm. With bags of northern charm, Chris is fresh from a hugely successful debut run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, during which he received a sparkling nomination for Best Newcomer with his solo stand-up show.
Welsh Comedian and one fourth of multi-award winning sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, will also be at this year’s festival, along with award-winning Irish comedian, writer and broadcaster Jarlath Regan, known for uplifting, inventive and relentlessly funny stand-up.
There’ll also be an appearance from YouTube star, actor, writer and comedian star Mawaan Rizwan. His TV credits include BBC Three drama Murdered By My Father, BAFTA-nominated sketch show DNN and BBC Three’s How Gay Is Pakistan. Finally, former mental health worker and patient, Fern Brady, will also be at Latitude this year. Unafraid to break down taboos with her comedy, her fearless writing and lighting-fast wit make Fern an exceptional comedian.