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- The festival runs from November 15th to 22nd
- Shows start at 5pm, 7pm or 9pm (except for Frank Skinner at 10:30AM on Monday the 16th, but this show will be available on-demand until the 13th of December).
- Each night features at least two shows.
- Shows last 50 minutes each.
- Show styles vary between book readings, panel discussions and interviews (the full schedule will be posted soon)
- Tickets are £7 and limited to 200 per show.
- A Festival Pass gives you access to every show (even when sold out) + more.
The Epic Line-Up
Frank Skinner, Adam Buxton, Laura Lexx, Mark Watson, Andy Hamilton, Richard Herring, Jonathan Silvertown, Michael Spicer, Matt Forde, Grace Campbell, Gary Delaney, Jasper Rees, Andrew Hankinson, Ariane Sherine, David Conrad, Anuvab Pal, Esther Manito, Ian Stone, Lynn Ruth Miller and Arthur Mathews.
About The Chortle Book Festival VIP Pass
Can I just buy a Chortle VIP Pass without becoming a NextUp member?
The only way we can offer such great value on the Chortle VIP pass is by engraining them into a special 6 month NextUp membership.
Do your memberships have contracts?
No! You can cancel your membership anytime.
Can I buy a Chortle VIP pass if I’m already a NextUp member?
Yes you can. We have an absolutely amazing deal for both our monthly and annual members so please check your emails for more information!
Like a video call, will people be able to see and hear me?
It’s up to you! For the best experience, we encourage all ticket holders to share your video and audio (IF you’re in a quiet environment). That means you can see and hear the performer, and they can see and hear you.
Do I need any special technology?
Nope! The virtual comedy gig takes place using Zoom, so all you need is the Zoom app on your computer, phone or tablet. Essentially, if you’ve ever joined a Zoom call before – you have all you need. No Zoom account is needed, just the app.
How do tickets work?
- Once you’ve bought a ticket, you will be emailed a unique Zoom link which you can click to access the gig from 30 minutes before the start time. NB: Please don’t share this with others or neither party will be able to enter the gig.
- Like a real comedy gig, a ticket is required for each person, even if you’re in the same room – this helps us support comedians as much as possible.
- Buying for somebody else? Simply reply to your ticket confirmation email with their name so we can ensure they are let into the gig . You should also forward them (and only them) the unique link you receive.
Can I join the call from overseas?
Yes. You can join WORLDWIDE..
About the Organisers: Chortle
Chortle was set up in 2000 by Steve Bennett with the aim of being the most comprehensive, critical and up-to-date guide to all aspects of comedy in Britain. Today, the site is the premier source of comedy news, nationwide reviews and listings and attracts around 180,000 unique visitors every month. It also provides extensive coverage from the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe and presents the Chortle Awards to honour the best stand-up comics working in the UK. For the latest updates you can follow Chortle on Twitter, or sign up to the weekly digest for a round-up of the last seven days delivered to your in-box every Friday.
About the Organisers: NextUp
At NextUp, our mission is to amplify the power of comedy whilst supporting comedians and the wider comedy community in as many ways as possible.
We primarily do this through our subscription-video-on-demand platform dubbed ‘The Netflix of UK stand-up’ by Engadget, but since COVID-19, we’ve also run the following initiatives:
- A Just Giving fundraising campaign to financially support comedians who need it most. At the time of writing it’s raised over £120,000.
- A live-streaming service called NextUp Now that gives comedians a virtual live-streaming stage to perform and earn revenue from.
- Doubling our commission payouts to any venue or comedian who promotes our video subscription service, helping them earn easy additional revenue.
- Ticketed live gigs via Zoom (like this one) that present comedians a ‘closed-door’ comedy club-like scenario to practice their material and earn revenue from.
It’s going to be a while before live comedy returns to its normal state but we’re determined in the meantime to create a working model that benefits everyone and we’d like to thank you for your supporting this festival, and live comedy.