Mark Steel

Organisers of the Southport Comedy Festival are delighted to announce that critically acclaimed multi award winning writer and comedian Mark Steel will be performing at the Southport Comedy Festival in association with Halliwell Jones BMW.

This will be Mark’s first appearance at the festival, now in its 13th year.

Mark brings his latest hit show An Evening and A Little Bit of a Morning With Mark Steel to the festival on Friday 13th October 2023. 

Mark is best known for his BBC Radio 4 show Mark Steel’s in Town voted the 6th best radio comedy ever. He has also presented the BAFTA-nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC Two and is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News for You and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

Mark has been named Newspaper Columnist Of The Year and is author of the award-winning audiobook Who Do I Think I Am?

Join him for an evening (and maybe a little bit of morning) of stand-up comedy at its very finest.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 11th May at 10am. 

Mark Steel is the eighth name to be announced for this year’s 17-day event which will be held once again in a luxury heated and seated marquee courtesy of Elite marquees at Victoria Park. Irish funny men and festival favourites Jason Byrne and Jimeoin, world-famous prankster and Lee Nelson creator Simon Brodkin, star of I’m a Celebrity Seann Walsh, Phoenix Nights Clinton Baptiste, King of the one liner and star of Mock the Week Gary Delaney and comedian, podcaster and movie star Tom Davis are already on sale with more exciting names to be announced in the next few days and weeks.

Keep an eye on the festival website or join the mailing list to find out first who will be making Southport Smile this October. 

The Southport Comedy Festival would also like to thank all the businesses who keep Southport Smiling year after year, check out their logos on our website.

About the show

An Evening and A Little Bit of a Morning With Mark Steel

There is so much to yell about. There’s the modern world in which you spend so long trying to work out iTunes, that it’s easier to form a band and learn the songs.

But there’s also so much to be delighted with. Like the fact that everyone in Northampton knows the sign that says ‘Family Planning Advice – Use Rear Entrance’.

Then there’s the crazy story of being brought up in a working-class street in Kent, to discover my natural father was a millionaire backgammon player who was best mates with Lord Lucan.

I’ve come to terms with the fact I’m a heap of contradictions, trying to stay young while being unable to log into any website. Trying to be respectable and mainstream (in this show there will even be a piano and a bit of singing), until I can’t help breaking into a steaming rant that would get me locked away somewhere secure if it wasn’t on a stage.

And this is stand-up, so whatever has happened in the room, in the town or in the world that day will almost certainly be in the show.

So, I’ll try to keep it to a decent length, but it could so easily end up as an evening and part of the next day. 

Show details

An Evening and A Little Bit of a Morning With Mark Steel

Friday 13th October 2023

Venue: Southport Comedy Festival Under Canvas at Victoria Park in Southport, Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX

Tickets £17+ BF

Age restriction:14+ PG

Doors: 7pm

Show: 8pm

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