Latitude Festival 2019 – Comedy - Preview

July 18, 2019 - July 21, 2019 | Henham Park, Suffolk

Photo: Aryan Jafri

The multi-award-winning Latitude Festival returns to the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on 18th-21st July 2019 with an eclectic bill of music, comedy and arts, plus foodie feasts and family fun – it’s the definitive destination for discovery. In addition to its annual presentation of exceptional musical talent, this year features an incredible comedy line-up.

Taking a headline slot on the Comedy Stage is Jason Manford, who stops off at Henham Park fresh from his nationwide sell-out tour, Muddle Class. Best known for his award-winning stand up, hosting his primetime ITV show What Would Your Kid Do? and regular appearances on QI and 8 Out Of 10 Cats, the Manchester comic makes a welcome return to Latitude. His amiable charm and captivating wit makes him a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Jason Manford said “I’ve always loved performing at Latitude and I can’t wait to headline the Comedy stage this year. This year’s line-up is amazing as usual, sharing the headline slot with the likes of George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Underworld and Primal Scream is going to be fantastic!”

Latitude’s arts line up is second to none and this year’s bill is more outrageous than ever. Making her UK Festival headline debut will be US comic Michelle Wolf, best known for her influential political comedy, and her Emmy nominated HBO stand-up special, Nice Lady. Recently a guest on 2018’s Big Fat Quiz Of The Year in December, Michelle made international headlines with her blistering White House correspondents’ dinner speech, which was viciously funny and righteously scorched the Trump administration.

Comedy legend Frank Skinner is Latitude’s third comedy headliner. This is a unique opportunity to witness Skinner perform new material for the first time in 5 years. Since launching his career in 1987 Frank has toured extensively, hosted shows like The Frank Skinner Show and Room 101, and even written the iconic football anthem ‘Three Lions’. Frank’s award-winning Absolute Radio show attracts over one million listeners each week and saw him inducted into the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame. Frank said: “The last time I did Latitude, I saw Grace Jones live, hugged trees at 1.30 in the morning and had breakfast with Sir Peter Blake. The bar’s pretty high.”

Latitude favourite Katherine Ryan is the fourth and final comedy headliner. Originally from Canada, now UK-based, Katherine is dominating the television and live comedy scenes – both in the UK and abroad. She’s currently the star of Netflix’s The Fix, as well as her first own comedy special Katherine Ryan: In Trouble; she judges Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and co-hosts (with Jimmy Carr) Your Face Or Mine. Katherine said: “My daughter and her best friend look forward to Latitude Festival every year, and it’s the one we always make a point of spending the whole weekend enjoying. I’m thrilled to be performing in the comedy arena for Latitude 2019. The children will be mortified.”

Fresh from his critically acclaimed tour of The Infinite Show, Mark Watson is also on the bill, alongside Latitude favourite Russell Kane, who makes a welcome return to the Comedy Arena with a performance guaranteed to be packed with more energy than a Duracell factory. The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working-class Bromley, Tom Allen comes to Latitude fresh from hosting Channel 4 series The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice.

Also in the line-up is Latitude regular and star of Live at the Apollo, and Have I Got News for You, Marcus Brigstocke, and Mock the Week regular and star of People Just Do Nothing Tiff Stevenson. Double Edinburgh comedy award nominee and The Mash Report presenter Nish Kumar will be there, alongside his co-host and viral sensation, Rachel Parris who recently hosted A Girl’s Guide to TV, a comic guide to how women can get ahead in television which aired on BBC2 last summer. BBC Three sitcom Uncle star Nick Helm and character specialist Lolly Adefope will perform, as will host of BBC Radio 4’s satirical sketch show Newsjack Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Channel 4 breakthrough star Tez Ilyas, and the critically acclaimed comic and regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Felicity Ward. There’s also new talent galore in the shape of Police Cops, Phoebe Walsh, Tom Parry and many more.

Described by Phoebe Waller-Bridge as “hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius”, comedy star Deborah Frances-White – best known for her hit podcast The Guilty Feminist – returns to Latitude, this time to perform stand-up in the Cabaret Theatre. Her brand of confessional but comic feminism has resulted in international success, with her podcast racking up 50 million plus downloads. Deborah said: “Latitude is my favourite all time festival and I couldn’t be more excited to be appearing alongside some of the best acts in the world and some super sweet pink sheep.”

New for 2019 is The Listening Post, a brand new stage that sees podcasts elevated to prime position. Comedian Cariad Lloyd headlines the bill with British Podcast Awards’ Podcast of the Year 2018, Griefcast. Cariad will be joined by three comedians to talk awkward funeral songs to whether there is an afterlife – it’s cheerier than it sounds! Other podcasts include David Olshanetsky presenting Out For A Good Time, comedian Dane Baptiste Questions Everything with a range of guests, and the launch of the podcast version of the hilarious comedic love letter to Broadway and the West End, Amusical. Plus there’s the multi-award-winning sitcom about about rival funeral directors, Wooden Overcoats, alongside Rule of Three, hosted by Britain’s busiest comedy writers, Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley.

Weekend and day tickets for Latitude Festival 2019 will be on sale Saturday 26th January at 9.30am.

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