James Acaster, Aisling Bea, and more to bring the laughs at new Manchester comedy festival

Laughterama is taking over Castlefield Bowl for five nights from 21-25 September 2022.

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James Acaster, Aisling Bea, and Rosie Jones are among the heavy-hitting names set to bring the laughs at a brand-new comedy festival in Manchester.

Taking over Castlefield Bowl in Manchester city centre from 21-25 September 2022, Laughterama is an all-new five-night festival that’s set to combine a packed lineup of some of comedy’s most famous and multi-talented names, with a selection of the city’s best bars and traders from the street food scene.

Laughterama is a new venture from the sibling team behind a series of successful comedy festivals that run annually across London and the South, and comedy fans in Manchester can expect a mix of the biggest names in stand-up to take to the same stage as some of the brightest new talents.

It’s gearing up to be “a seriously good time in the heart of the city”.

Some of the other names on the talented lineup include the legendary Dylan Moran, Taskmsater’s Phil Wang, observational master and star of The Last Leg Josh Widdicombe, the inimitable Daniel Kitson, and so many more.

The lineup for the inaugural Laughterama / Credit: Laughterama

Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Rose Matafeo will also be performing, as well as one-liner king Milton Jones, lo-fi hero David O’Doherty, and the Mash Report’s Nish Kumar on the lineup.

Homegrown Manchester talents Stephen Bailey, and Josh Jones will also make appearances.


Alongside a lineup of local names, a handful of fast-rising newcomers on the comedy circuit will also perform, including Celya Ab, Fatiha El-Ghorri, and Huge Davies.

Beloved stand-up and comedy actress Aisling Bea is one of the big names to take to the Laughterama stage in Manchester / Credit: Supplied

For the last fifteen years, sibling duo Will Briggs and Cass Randolph have been bringing a blend of comedy programming in boutique-festival settings to sell-out crowds, and the pair are now looking forward to arriving right here in Manchester next month.

“We’ve been dreaming of bringing this festival to Manchester for a long time now,” Will said.


“The city should absolutely have a stand-out event showcasing the wealth of comedy talent around at the moment [as] there’s a golden age for comedy right now, with so many platforms to enjoy amazing content. 

“Many of our acts have their own TV or podcast series, but nothing beats live, and we can’t wait to put these acts in front of a Manchester crowd – we already know the shows are going to be electric.”

Laughterama 2022 has partnered with used car dealer heycar for this year’s event, with the company’s Chief Commercial Officer Karen Hilton already singing the praises of the “truly world-class” lineup.

“It’s shaping up to be an incredible feel-good summer,” Karen said. 

“We have so much laughter to catch up on after the last few years and I can’t think of a better way to do it as the lineup is truly world-class and we’re particularly looking forward to seeing the incredible James Acaster, and my personal favourite, Aisling Bea in action.


“heycar is honoured to be sponsoring this incredible event and we can’t wait to see everyone in Manchester this September.”

Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Rose Matafeo is on the packed lineup of talent / Credit: Supplied

Laughterama 2022 is landing at Castlefield Bowl from Wednesday 21 – Sunday 25 September, with tickets now on sale at £25 per person and already selling fast.

You can grab yours on the Laughterama website before they sell out here.

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