About the Southsea Comedy Festival

The brand new Southsea Comedy Festival launches this summer with a line-up of fantastically hilarious comedians – Eddie Izzard, Russell Kane, Adam Hills and Rob Beckett to name a few.

The Southsea Comedy Festival will be a unique opportunity to experience these well-known comedy personalities in a big top next to the sea!

Presented by the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership, the Southsea Comedy Festival will run alongside popular family festival, the Southsea Show, on Southsea Common, Portsmouth this summer.

Organising both events is the Portsmouth Cultural Partnership, a not-for-profit organisation consisting of local venues and businesses, including The Cellars, Wedgewood Rooms, King’s Theatre, the Portsmouth Cultural Trust (Guildhall management), Technical Services, MG Security, Love Southsea and Express FM.


On the corner of Southsea Common which is nearest to the Hovercraft Terminal, adjacent to The Southsea Show site, Southsea Common, Portsmouth Hampshire.

The Southsea Comedy Festival will begin on the evening of Thursday 31st July and run for three nights ending with the Live in the Big Top show on Saturday 2nd August. The doors will open each evening at 7pm

Tickets for the Southsea Comedy Festival are available on 0844 847 2362 and online using the links at the top of this page.

The comedy material will include content which is of an adult nature and will not be suitable for children. As a guide, we suggest that the material will be suitable for ages 15yrs +.

Yes, there is a bar within the area designated for the Comedy Festival

No, this is a separate event and only valid Southsea Comedy Festival tickets will provide admission.

There will be a limited number of car parking spaces adjacent to the Showground. 

There will also be a number of disabled parking bays next to the site.

In addition, there are car parks at Canoe Lake, the D-Day Museum, and Clarence Pier, all accessible via the main Seafront road. There are a large number of on-street metred spaces also available.

With a VIP ticket you get allocated free parking, a champagne reception, and the best seats. Access for the VIP reception is from 6.30pm on the day please use Gate 5 and follow the signs.
Doors will open from 6.30pm, and each show should finish between 11.00pm and 11.30pm, we will not be holding the comedians to any precise finish time as we want everyone involved to have a good time.