Carr hits the road for city comedy festival

Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr

The headline act for the 2015 Derby Comedy Festival is to be the star stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr, who will perform his hit show, Funny Business, at the new Derby Arena on Friday, July, 10.

Jimmy has been been described as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’ and Funny Business is his latest stand-up show. Audiences should expect more of the witty and incisive musings on the human condition, not to mention plenty of his trademark rude gags.

The Derby Comedy Festival was launched in 2014 and is produced by Derby City Council’s entertainment arm, Derby LIVE, who will work alongside other arts organisations in the city including Déda, Derby Theatre, Funhouse Comedy, Furthest From the Sea, QUAD and Sinfonia Viva.

This year’s festival will run from Friday July 3, to Sunday, July 12,

Cllr Alison Martin, Derby City Council cabinet member for leisure and culture said: “We’re really pleased to be working alongside our partners in the city once again to bring a fantastic comedy festival to the people of Derby. Securing Jimmy Carr as our headline act, and at the new Derby Arena, is great news.”

Peter Ireson, head of culture and business development for Derby City Council said: “The arena is a brilliantly versatile venue with the flexibility to be configured in a range of formats to suit the type of performance presented, and it’s great to be announcing another event there, so soon after confirming that the pantomime will be staged there in 2015.”

The festival will feature many comedy genres including: stand-up, improvisation, children’s comedy, burlesque and theatre and will appeal to a wide range of audiences and take place at a host of venues in the city, including Derby Arena, Bar 1; Déda; Derby Theatre; Guildhall Theatre and QUAD.

The full line-up is still being finalised. Other confirmed acts include award-winning comedian Vikki Stone and time-travelling magic duo Morgan and West.

Tickets details for Jimmy Carr’s performance are available on 01332 255800 or online at