NCF Comedy started at the Nottingham Comedy Festival back in 2009. Since then we have completed eight succesful festivals and have gone on to run regular comedy nights in Nottinghamshire and the Midlands throughout the year. In 2016 we became partners in the Derby Comedy Festival and host shows at The Bean Caffe during their annual event.
We pride ourselves in bringing both well known and brand new comedians to both the shows and the festivals. Names have included the likes of: Katherine Ryan, Doc Brown, Joe Lycett, Gary Delaney, Ivo Graham, Ellie Taylor, Tom Wrigglesworth, Tom Stade, Dane Baptiste and Nathan Caton (all at shows) and Rhod Gilbert, Jason Manford, Billy Connolly, Armstrong & Miller and The Comedy Store Players (at festivals)
NCF Comedy is run by Helen Stead (Director) with support from a small team. We are based in Nottingham but have a representative in Birmingham, allowing us to continue to work throughout the midlands....and beyond!!
Helen Stead: Director
Helen started the Nottingham Comedy Festival in 2009 along with Rachel Greensmith. Since then she has expanded the company to include regular comedy nights around the midlands and to hold corporate comedy events (this now under the name of NCF Comedy) She prides herself on giving both well established and brand new acts stage time and providing the public with the best possible shows.
Before going into the comedy industry Helen graduated with a Media Production Degree from Lincoln University and went to work for companies such as the BBC. In September 2008 she joined the local improvisation comedy group, Missimp, where she was a regular member for a number of years.
Along with Helen there is a small team including:
Elliott joined NCF in September 2009 as a volunteer, helping to promote the Nottingham Comedy Festival. Elliott spends a lot of time going to different shows to find new artists, he helps to book our award winning £1 Comedy Night where we give new artists a chance to perform and established acts an opportunity to try out new material. He can also be found at the shows themselves as he is the stage announcer.
Elliott used to be a member of the local improvisation comedy group, MissImp and has even tried his hand at stand-up comedy winning a Gong Show!!
Andy Stead: West Midlands Representative
Andy is Helen's brother and has been working with NCF Comedy since 2011. Being based in Birmingham Andy is well acquainted with the West Midlands comedy scene and now represents NCF in this area.