NCF Comedy started at the Nottingham Comedy Festival back in 2009. Since then we have completed ten succesful festivals and have gone on to run regular comedy nights in and around Nottinghamshire, the Midlands and the North of the England throughout the year.

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 and a base in the North East, allowing us to continue to work throughout the midlands....and beyond!!


helen_ncfHelen Stead: Director

Helen started the Nottingham Comedy Festival in 2009 along with her friend Rachel. Since then she has expanded the company to include regular comedy nights 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.

Contact: [email protected]07989 454 817

Along with Helen there is a small team including:


andrew_ncfAndy 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.

Throughout the time Andy has worked with NCF he has become very good at building up relationships with acts and networking with industry professionals across the West Midlands, leading to NCF gaining a number of venues around the Birmingham area.
Katie Mitchell
Katie MitchellKatie has been working with us since September 2017 and can be regularly found helping out at the shows and doing off stage announcements. During the Nottingham Comedy Festival Katie runs the Old Angel Microbrewery venue where she programmes in many different shows. Away from NCF Comedy, Katie is studying a degree in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and also performs stand up comedy.

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Charity Work
Each year we look to raise funds and awareness for charity. This year we are supporting the local charity, Football In The Community. For more information on the charity and what we have raised so far please see our Charity Page