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Comedy at Buxton Fringe – Its time to party

After the last couple of years, people need a bit of cheering up. Luckily, Buxton Festival Fringe has always had a strong reputation for comedy, and 2022’s Fringe looks set to be quite a party.

Buxton legend Kate Butch returns with her solo show, as well as teaming up with drag rival Crudi Dench for Drag Queens vs Zombies. Miss Angela Bra shares her words of wisdom through pop, parodies and puns, and teams up with lifelong friend Annie Sup for their Disco Divorce Party.

Audiences should expect the unexpected as Jody Kamali unites physical comedy and Hollywood for a joyful, filmic story of a man who turns an ironing board into a woman. Meanwhile Jimmy Judges from the Fish and Chip Fryers Association delivers a fishually-stimulating celebration of the Great British dish. With music and video from Pieter Egriega, this promises to be pure cod-medy from the creator of Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users. Pun-lovers will also want to seek out new shows from pun supremos Darren Walsh and Richard Pulsford.

Familiar from Mock the Week, the award-winning comic and true Renaissance man Alasdair Beckett-King brings his new show Nevermore. Rob Rouse (Bottom in BBC’s Upstart Crow) is also back with his latest stand-up show No Refunds 2022!


Rouse is also responsible for the riotous Late Night Dirty Scrabble. The naughty fun continues with Sweet Productions Imaginary Porno Charades featuring teams of performers across Buxton Fringe with porno puns, sexy signals and more.

Games and panel shows are always some of the most popular comedy events whether it is Jesters Ireland with their topical comedy quiz A Political Breakfast or the return of Fringe award-winners Impromptu Shakespeare offering hilarious improvisation. Andy Gilbert’s The Poetry Teacher – Advanced Class might sound stern but there is plenty of fun to be had as audience members discover their inner poet.

Compilation shows offer great value for money and guaranteed laughs. Henry Churniavsky is joined by Roland Gent, Kat Molinari and others for his Laugh 4 Life show in aid of mental health charities. Underground’s Barrel of Laughs brings the finest comedy talent from the UK circuit over three Friday nights and Jesters Dublin’s AComedyTapas presents a fast-moving show of comics trying out short, three-minute sets. BBC Radio Derby is also offering a Comedy Showcase for the first time featuring DJ Andy Twigge, broadcaster Wesley Mallin and assorted Derbyshire comics.

There is lots more comedy on offer at Buxton Fringe. Pick up a programme, see or download the free Buxton Fringe App to find out more.

The Fringe wishes to thank High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

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