BALHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL 2021 / 9-18 JULY
Running Friday, 9th - Sunday, 18th July the 2021 lineup was designed to entice and beguile, and of course to render helpless with laughter. It had 9 nights of choice standup comedy - celebrity and household name acts, rising stars and comedians’ comedians, first-timers and festival favourites, solo shows and special guest appearances on the Best of Banana Cabaret bills - there were shows to satisfy every comic taste, all wrapped cosily in the round at our beautiful venue.
We were excited! Live funny rose from the ashes of lockdown! With comics, fans and festival team all eager for live shows, the 9th incarnation of Banana Cabaret’s Balham Comedy Festival at The Bedford proved to be extra special. There were solo work-in-progress shows from rising star Dane Baptiste, Godmother of Scottish comedy Janey Godley (the woman Billy Connolly describes as “a fu%king great comedian”), German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn, festival favourite superstars Marcus Brigstocke and Rich Hall, comedian’s comedian the legendary Boothby Graffoe and more. The ever popular Best of Banana Cabaret nights featured Maisie Adam, Kae Kurd, Jen Brister, Ben Norris, Imran Yusuf, Tom Lucy, Yuriko Kotani to name some, with Ed Byrne, unable to stay away, making guest appearances, plus a secret special guest on opening night. Rhod Gilbert, made his Balham Comedy Festival debut with his full-length tour show, blowing off the cobwebs before going back on the road, bringing the festival to a splendid close.
Sadly, our esteemed co-producer and compère John Moloney was unable to be with us this year owing to personal commitments. He was missed! See you next year John!
Shows took place in our home of 38 years The Bedford's beautiful and iconic round Club Room, where Festival goers were encouraged to make a night of it and enjoy the menu, drinks , and perhaps take advantage of the Bedford's luxury hotel rooms should they have wished to spend the night.
2021 BALHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL STARS
"The Balham Comedy Festival brings you the best of the best at London's finest club."
AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD