Dylan Moran, Sara Pascoe, Phil Wang and more for Castlefield comedy festival 

Laughterama returns to Manchester for 2023

By Manchester's Finest | 9 June 2023

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Laughterama 2022. Image: Lloyd Winters

With everything that’s going on in the world, a bit of light relief is well needed. So we’re pleased to report that the Laughterama comedy festival is returning to Castlefield Bowl this September.

After a successful launch in 2022 with its inaugural event featuring James Acaster, Aisling Bea, Josh Widdicombe and more performing to over 10,000 attendees, Laughterama returns in 2023 to whack our funny bones into shape once more. The five-day marathon of mirth takes place from 6-10 September and this year’s line up is full of massive names old and new.

The full line up for Manchester’s Laughterama comedy festival 2023. Image: Laughterama

Comedy superstars including Adam Buxton, Off Menu’s Ed Gamble, multi award-winning Sara Pascoe, Qi’s Alan Davies, Russell Kane, everyone’s favourite comic curmudgeon Dylan Moran of cult TV show Black Books fame and Taskmaster stars Phil Wang and Fern Brady. 

If that’s not enough to whet your laughter appetite, elsewhere on the bill are cult comic/poet Tim Key, viral sensation Troy Hawke, ventriloquist Nina Conti, Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon, Mash Report host Rachel Pariss and “bumbling genius” Ivo Graham. 

Phil Wang will appear at this year’s Laughterama. Image: 57 Festivals

Manchester’s own are representing too with sets from “gobby Manc princess” Josh Jones and British Comedian of the year 2022 Dan Tiernan plus fast-rising acts like Sharon Wanjohi, Ania Magliano, Celya Ab and more. 

Aside from the top-tier entertainment, there will be food and drink from some of Manchester’s best pop up kitchens and bars with more details TBC.

Sara Pascoe will appear at this year’s Laughterama. Image: 57 Festivals

Laughterama co-founder Will Briggs of 57 Festivals says “Last year’s festival was epic, the shows and crowds were electric, we couldn’t have asked for a stronger first year. For this year’s return we’ve been focused on making sure we maintain that feeling by presenting line-ups that will amaze and delight.” 

Laughterama co-founder Cass Randolph, also of 57 Festivals adds “We’ve added more even shows and are looking forward to welcoming back everyone that came last year plus their friends and families too, it’s going to be another incredible year.” 


Date: 6-10 Sept 2023 

Location: Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, M3 4RU 

Tickets: £25