Established in 2013 as an alternative to the more mainstream comedy Festivals, SketchFest’s aim is to provide a platform for unknown comedy talents to showcase their worth in front of a panel of industry judges.

As well as new talent, the festival boasts feature shows of established acts, variety shows and for the first time, screens for video sketch comedy groups. Celebrating live, scripted comedy the festival shines a spotlight on the best and most exciting comedy acts, handpicked each year for your viewing pleasure.

Taking over for their second year the newly refurbished The Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green and produced by the non-profit organization, The Laughing Guild, the festival includes rising stars in the sketch world, many of whom are returning from successes last year.

Highlights will include last year’s winners of London SketchFest The Pin and runners up Thunderbards, and the first group to do a transatlantic sketch circuit; Foil, Arms & Hog as well as TV’s Pappy’s.

When: May 1 – 4

Where: Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 0EL

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