Late Night Comedy

Please note we have not updated this page for 2024 yet.  Below is our comedy line up for 2023.

We fully expect to have late night comedy for 2024 but nothing has been confirmed yet.

We’re delighted to say that our late night comedy is returning to Wickham Festival this summer from Thursday through to Saturday. The comedy will start after music on the main stages finishes at 23.00. There’s also late-night storytelling and other entertainment until the arena closes at 01.00.

MC for all nights

Mike Cox

Mike has been performing comedy since 2011 and quickly made his mark on the comedy scene with his sharp witted observational style which saw him crowned South Coast Comedian of the Year in 2014 as well as making the final of the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off in 2016.

Like an Everyman, if that Everyman had delicious cynicism and razor sharp wit.
Romesh Ranganathan

Mike has the sharpness of any highbrow comic, but with the wealth of material to appeal to the Everyman with ease. A refreshing and hilarious act to watch and work with.
Dane Baptiste

If Rob Beckett is the new Micky Flanagan then Cox could be the new Rob Beckett.
Bruce Dessau

Mike’s set was packed with relatable observational content that the audience enjoyed from start to finish. The delivery was spot on.
The Stand, Newcastle


Paul McCaffrey

Local lad Paul McCaffrey has recently been seen on Live At The Apollo and embarked on a nationwide tour of his brilliant show, Lemon. He has appeared on major UK tours with two of Britain’s foremost stand ups. Sean Lock on his Keep It Light tour 2016-2018 and Kevin Bridges on his Brand New Tour, playing to more than half a million people nationwide to great critical acclaim.

“He has charm, charisma and success written all over him”
Evening Standard

“Likeable, animated and fluid with a first rate sense of timing”


Joe Wells

Joe Wells is a comedian and writer based in Portsmouth. ‘One of my favourite comics’ (Frankie Boyle). ‘Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian’ (Guardian). Over 2.5m views online for his video ‘Having a non-autistic brother’. As seen on BBC2, BBC3, C4 and Dave.


Dan Evans

Dan’s twisted logic has been gladdening Stand Up Comedy audiences across the UK and Ireland. He’s also performed his accessible but frequently childish surrealism in front of chubby perspiring ex-pats in Dubai and Oman, and had his grammar rectified by politer crowds in Germany and Holland.

His appearances on TV and Radio include BBC 2’s Brain Candy, Channel 5 at The Store, The Channel 5 Comedy Zone, the Radio 2 Stand Up Show and 28 acts in 28 minutes on Radio 4. He can write too, with credits including the Sony Award winning Very World of Milton Jones, Rory Bremner Who Else, The Eleven O’Clock Show and The Joan Rivers Position.’Skilful and surreal’ The Scotsman.’Original and Inventive’ The Times.

Karen Bayley

Delightfully saucy, her friendly and confident stage presence, combined with a killer wit, an infectious giggle and some devastating one-liners make her a comedic force to be reckoned with a warm and welcoming with a delightfully saucy and spiky edge, her bold, no nonsense attitude strikes a perfect pitch with men and women alike.



Paul Cox

Paul was a finalist in the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act (NATYS) in 2018. He is now performing at the best comedy clubs alongside the stars, where he is very much at home. He has supported Hal Cruttenden, Paul McCaffrey and Esther Manito on tour and appeared at the Byline Festival and Victorious in his home town of Portsmouth

“Don’t be fooled by Paul’s relaxed chatty demeanour, like he’s your mate down the pub, he has killer lines and a warm, relatable style that also happens to be really bloody funny”
Angela Barnes.

Raymond and Mr Timpkins

Lightning fast choreography meets uber swift editing in a fantasmagorical collision of quality entertainment. An overload of velvet, sandals and multi-hued wool provides a startling accompaniment, the whole effect being that of a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face.
Headlining at venues from the Falklands to Ashby De La Zouch, they’ve circumnavigated the planet, spurting amusement in concentrated twenty minute bursts but now an hour show is gestating, due to arrive bloody and screaming at some point, if not slightly before.

If you like music and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you’ll like it. If you like silliness, middle aged men dancing and unsavoury acts, you’ll probably love it. You should try it either way. See you there.