Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival
is back, bigger than ever

As with previous years we'll be bringing the spirit of the Fringe to East London,
filling the labyrinthine Shoreditch Town Hall with the finest comedy talent
the world has to offer.

Forty eight fantastic shows

Over the weekend there will be forty eight full-length previews of the very best shows heading up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Twelve comperes hosting
three intimate stages

The festival runs from midday until 10pm in three rooms, with twelve fantastic hosts introducing the shows.

Day or weekend tickets

For a single ridiculously good value ticket price, you get access a whole weekend of comedy. We sell day or weekend tickets with audience members free to see whichever acts they like — just like a music festival.

The Friday Night Show

This year for the first time ever, ARG is partnering with Shoreditch Town Hall to also present The Friday Night Show — a one-off spectacular show on Friday 1st July featuring an all-star line-up: Phil Wang, Sofie Hagen, Nabil Abdulrashid, Isy Suttie, Rhys James, Kemah Bob, Josie Long, John Robins, Helen Bauer and host Kiri Pritchard-McLean!

Plus weekend ticket holders get discounted tickets!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I leave and come back?

    Absolutely — you can come and go as you please! It's quite common for people to miss a slot in order to get food, although it's equally common for hardcore comedy fans to stay from start to finish.

  • What are the different ticket types?

    We sell tickets for the full weekend as well as Saturday or Sunday day tickets, with audience members free to see whichever acts they like across the three venues — just like a music festival!

    The Friday Night Show in the Assembly Hall is ticketed separately, but weekend ticket holders get discounted tickets.

  • How accessible is the venue?

    Both ARGComFest and Shoreditch Town Hall are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment to all audience members — and every stage and bar that ARGComFest uses has step-free access available for audience members. We would strongly recommend sending us a message if you have any specific access requirement and there's also more detailed information over on Shoreditch Town Hall's access page.

  • Do you allow stag/hen parties?

    Unfortunately not! We have a very similar policy on stag/hen groups as The Stand Comedy Club. To quote their policy: “it's a bit daft to bring a group of friends who want to chat, catch-up and get hammered to a place where they are expected to sit quietly and watch a show”. We do reserve the right to refuse entry — so if you're unsure whether to book, please contact us beforehand on the email address listed below.

  • Is there a minimum age?

    Yes, ARGComFest is only suitable for people over 16 years old — this is both due to venue policies and potentially mature content within shows.

  • Can I perform at the festival?

    This year's programme is almost full, but you can contact us at [email protected].

  • Who runs ARGComFest?

    The Festival Director is Pax Lowey — they're also on Twitter: @pxlwy.

    A number of people assist with scouting and booking the festival and there's a wider festival team who run the festival on the actual weekend. Full credits are in the printed programme on the weekend.

  • Do you need festival staff?

    While we do have a wonderful festival team in place, we do occasionally need additional help. If you're interested, send us an email about you and your experience — although it doesn't need to be formal!

  • Who took the photos used on this website?

    The fantastic and utterly peerless Edward Moore: website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

  • I have another question…

    Feel free to tweet at us at @ARGComFest or email us at [email protected]. If you're looking for press info, we have a fancy press pack.

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