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Edinburgh Festival funny man comes to Shepherds Bush Comedy Festival

The only winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer prize at the prestigious Edinburgh comedy festival is performing at the Shepherds Bush Comedy Festival on Friday (20 July).

Comic John Kearns, who went to school in the borough, is back with his latest stand-up show at the Bush Theatre.

The emerging talent, who attended the London Oratory school, is part of the first weekend of giggles and laughs at the 11-day comedy festival organised by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in partnership with PBJ Management and Bush Theatre.

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Image caption: Image 2: Adam Riches

Tim Key, Adam Riches, Mark Watson, Flo and Joan and Glittery Clittery complete the opening weekend of acts at the Bush Theatre in Uxbridge Road.

“Come down to the Bush Theatre this weekend and enjoy the great line-up of comedy acts,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts. “We’ve made the comedy festival even bigger this year as we aim to become an international beacon for the arts.”   

The summer comedy festival is supported by Westfield London U+I PLC, Dorsett Hotel and A2Dominion.


Gigglebyte – the UK’s first comedy festival for the business technology sector – is coming to White City.

It’s being hosted by Upstream, a partnership between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Imperial College London, designed to support innovation, collaboration and business growth in the biotech, digital and creative industries in H&F.

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Image caption: Image 3: Improv Your Business lunchtime event

All the events are free.

It kicks off on 24 July at the WestWorks in Wood Lane with BAFTA award-winning writer Paul Coleman amongst the guest speakers in an evening of talks and drinks on how to use humour as an engine of growth.

On the 25 July, there is a stand-up and pitch workshop for female entrepreneurs lead by comedian and business coach Sarah Archer at Huckletree West in Wood Lane.

Following the workshop, there will be an opportunity to pitch to a panel of experts and investors – with a cash and mentoring prize.

The Gigglebyte series ends on 27 July at the Bush Theatre with an Improv Your Business lunchtime event which will teach you how to use the secrets of the world’s best improvisers to supercharge your communication skills and make you a better storyteller, an amazing listener, and an inspiring leader.

Arts Strategy

The comedy festival forms part of the council’s Arts Strategy (pdf) to make H&F one of the country’s leading destinations for the arts.

The council is working towards making the borough’s vibrant arts scene an integral part of a dynamic local economy which fosters local jobs, businesses and economic growth.

“We’re home to a thriving arts scene but we want to make it even better,” added Cllr Jones.

“We want to give residents the opportunity to enjoy, create and perform high quality art in H&F.”

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