£18 - £20

Following its successful introduction earlier this year, Portsmouth Guildhall’s Big Mouth Comedy Festival is set to return on 1-8 March 2019, with Q&A sessions with the legendary Neil Morrissey and John Thomson and ‘Best Of The Fringe with some of the hottest acts from TV and Q&A sessions in what is set to be a fine four days of folly, frivolity and tomfoolery guaranteed!

• Neil Morrissey (Q&A With Craig Murray)
 John Thomson (Q&A With Craig Murray)
• Ivo Graham
• Dane Baptiste
• Geoff Norcott
• Suzi Ruffell
• John Moloney
• Nigel NG

Compered by James Alderson

Neil Morrissey, best known for his role as Tony in Men Behaving Badly, is also well known for his roles as Eddie Lawson in Waterloo Road, Nigel Morton in Line of Duty, Rocky in Boon and for providing the voice to Bob, Lofty, Skip and others in Bob the Builder.

Having been at the forefront of British television for over 20 years, actor, writer, impressionist and comedian, John Thomson is best known for his roles in The Fast Show and Cold Feet.

Put your questions to Neil and John and hear their funniest and favourite moments from their careers in relaxed Q&A sessions hosted by Craig Murray, the face of Plusnet, as part of The Big Mouth Comedy Festival on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

This day also celebrates the Best of the Fringe as the stars of Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Comedy Central and more take to the stage including Geoff Norcott, Ivo Graham, Dane Baptiste, Nigel Ng, Suzi Ruffell and John Moloney.

Described as “A right laugh” The Guardian, Geoff Norcott’s career catapulted after his set on Live at the Apollo and role as correspondent on Mash Report. His BBC Radio 4 special, Right Leaning but Well Meaning has received high praise and he is due to make his debut on Mock the Week this Autumn.

Original, provocative and exceptionally prolific, Dane Baptiste is being hailed as one of the most exciting acts to break in years. The stand-up made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for a comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Having grown up in Malaysia and lived in America for 5 years, Nigel Ng is just relieved that (most) people in the UK get his jokes too, as evidenced by winning the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off 2016 award and being runner up of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, 2015. Known for being on Comedy Central’s Standup Central, Nigel is described, “As slick as they come”, Chortle.

Suzi Ruffle’s innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude, celebrating her working class roots with a sideways look at the world. In constant demand throughout the UK and on screen having appeared in two series of Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and Comedy Roast Battle, Ruffle is lauded as a “Real stand-up gem” The Guardian.

With over 25 years as a professional comedian under his belt, John Moloney has entertained audiences across the globe with his crafted, intelligent and original stand-up routines. Winner of the Best Live Performer award for 2 years running at London Comedy Festival, John is one of Britain’s most in demand acts.

Now also added to this exciting opening night line-up is Ivo Graham, who with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit is “One of the best young comedians around” Time Out, who at the age of 18 became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious ‘So you think you’re funny’ award at the Edinburgh Fringe and has since becoming a regular fixture on our screens including Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Edinburgh Comedy Festival Live and shows on BBC Radio 4, Five Live and XFM.

Big Mouth Comedy Festival is back for 2019 with absurdist genius Milton Jones set to headline it’s opening night! Get set for a lip smacking treat with a festival full of comedy genius guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles.

After thousands descended upon Portsmouth Guildhall in 2018 for the inaugural event, we’re now set to be bigger and better, expanding into four dates on 1st-2nd and 7-8th March. 2019 will feature a more varied line-up, in what is set to be a fine four days of folly, frivolity and tomfoolery guaranteed!

Brought to you by Portsmouth Guildhall and local comedian, actor, writer and compere for the Festival, James Alderson, Big Mouth Comedy Festival is supported by Capital FM.

Event details

Comedy Festivals & Events

Age: 14's and under to be accompanied by an 18+ adult

In partnership with: Capital FM University Of Portsmouth Victorious Festival


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Kindly note the advertised price includes a booking fee (BF) of 10%.


No externally bought drinks or any liquids - only certain food will be allowed. See our house rules for more information.


All events at Portsmouth Guildhall include a ticket restoration levy.


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