Manchester Punk Fest are delighted to welcome back the Dead Cat Comedy stage for 2023. You’ll find a roster of cracking comedians at Sandbar on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, compèred by the fabulous Red Redmond and Sully O’Sullivan.

Red curates an exceptional roster of comedians every year, and 2023 is no different. Take a break from the tunes to giggle and grin with the likes of Andrew O’Neill, John Robertson and Jenny Hart.

P.S. Red and fellow performer Eddie French have recently launched a new punk rock podcast, Punk Rock Elite. It dives deep into the world of NOFX to celebrate (and commiserate) the band’s final year. 

Here’s a summary of what you can expect.


Andrew O’Neill is an award-winning comedian, punk-rock musician and best-selling writer. A psychedelic non-binary whirlwind, they combine surrealism, polemic and good old-fashioned stagecraft to produce uniquely counter-cultural stand-up.  Andrew has performed in over a dozen different countries, at over a hundred different festivals and is equally at home in rowdy comedy clubs as performing to their own cult following.  


International comedy sensation John Robertson is the creator of the viral YouTube gameshow The Dark Room, with over 4 million views. Hot off the heels of the world’s biggest and best comedy festivals. John is a force of nature, a truly unique act that has to be seen to be believed.


Stand-up comedian, compére, drag queen and live-streamer. They were recent tour support for the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Miss Vanjie and Miz Cracker. They are the proud owner of Manchester Icon: Tram Taylor. Catch them streaming most weekdays on Twitch.

Red Redmond


Sully O’Sullivan’s been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, featured on Australian TV’s ‘The Comedy Channel’, hosted a sellout standup tour of Croatia, won Canada’s annual ‘Improvaganza’ Tournament, and completed two UK national tours supporting cult Heavy Metal Comic Steve Hughes. 


James is a five-star reviewed stand-up comedian, actor, director and writer. He was part of the award-winning sketch troupe Gein’s Family Giftshop. They were 2014 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominees, 2014 London Sketchfest Best New Sketch Act winners, 2014 London Sketchfest Audience Choice Award winners. 

Jenny Hart


Genderfluid musical comedy from one of the UK’s funniest gag queens. Quickfire songs that combine her own brand of Trollopop with a sprinkle of Minchin and a dash of darkness to desensitise. 


Surreal comedy pioneer and co-host of Mandatory Redistribution Party Podcast.  “Alternative tour de force.” 


This Yorkshire comedian has clocked up a massive amount of gigs all over the UK as well as in Holland and Norway and is now a regular feature in most of the UK’s well-known comedy clubs.


Tom was born funny, literally, he came out with a sugar loaf skull and the cord wrapped around his neck looking like Jabba the Hutt’s right-hand man Bib Fortuna. Tom has supported major UK acts around the country and quickly gained a raft of accolades including winning both The Stagefright comedy ‘Crooked smile new act of the year 2015’ and The Bury Met New Comedian of the Year 2015. 


North-East comedy legend and host of Manchester’s best alternative comedy club. Tony’s speciality is music festivals, where he has built up a reputation as a solid pair of hands. Now a resident MC for Beat Herder Tony has also performed at Kendall Calling, 2000 Trees, YNot, Blissfields, Cock Rock and hosts the annual CEX Employees Festival.  

Tony Basnett


Non-binary superstar Umby Winters makes their MPF debut. Originally from the Northeast, Umby has settled in Manchester and established themselves as one of the best new acts of their generation. Finalist of LGBT+ Comedian of the Year 2022


An original performer, Dawn won the XS Manchester Radio Comedian of the Year in 2016, which led to her presenting a show for XS themselves.  A likeable and affable nature, Dawn is a regular on the UK comedy circuit and performs for some of the most reputable promoters in the country.


Comedian and Rockabilly warlord from outer space. Eddie French is the perfect act to catch at a punk festival: a musical comedian and an accomplished improviser. Eddie is sure to be a highlight of your weekend.


Mike Carter is an up-and-coming comedian on the UK comedy scene and is fast becoming a fixture on the North West circuit and beyond. Combining classic Scouse wit with contemporary observations of post-University life and pop culture, Mike has won audiences over with a warm-hearted delivery of some wry jabs.


Host of smash hit podcast Sex, Drugs and Crippling Debt. Annabelle is one of the UK’s best new acts and certainly one to watch.


One of the UK’s brightest new acts and contestant of BBC New Comedy Awards 2021

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Tickets still available here.

Seeta Wrightson

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