A little history
Way back in 2013 we organised a small, but beautifully formed, weekend of live comedy in aid of St David’s Hospice. Included in that were a few ‘comedy friends’ who, rather than perform, spoke to an audience about their roles in the comedy industry. And that’s where Craft of Comedy UK was born. We realised there was no professionally organised event in the UK which brought together comedy writers, performers, producers, commissioners to spend time together, away from the pressures of the city. So we made one. This unique event now brings together many of the biggest ‘backstage’ names in British comedy (and quite a few ‘on stage’ names, too) to eat, drink and talk comedy.
The event has grown significantly in stature, variety and cross-industrial awareness in a very short time - as can be seen by visiting our Previous Events page - and shows no sign of stopping, with 2018 being the biggest, yet.
The event has also proved open, useful and inviting for those who are starting out on their professional journey. It has always been our plan to welcome everyone, at every stage of their professional life, to listen to and learn from one another.
This year - and going forward - we have gone back to our roots and combined performance with conversation and launched the Craft of Comedy Festival Fringe, based at The Tabernacle - a beautiful former Baptist chapel on upper Mostyn Street. The building itself has a fascinating history and we hope that we can build The Fringe into an exciting future for the building and our host town of Llandudno.
We will also continue to support two local charities: St David’s Hospice and The Conwy Arts Trust.