We all love a good chuckle, and none are better than shared with friends and family in the beautiful green fields at Nozstock. This year’s line-up of side-splitting, pickle-tickling jokesters and wordsmiths is bigger and better than ever; it’s a line-up packed with a whole host of comedians and witty artists to boot.
The big return comes from straight-talking, no-frills, say-it-how-it-is showman Reginald D. Hunter. A master of making even the straightest faces crack a smile, Hunter returns to Nozstock once again with his hot political takes, cross-generational gags and hilarious anecdotes about the difference between the US and UK culture. This year, he enters his twenty first year of performing in the UK, but his comedy feels younger and fresher than ever. We can’t wait to hear what controversial (but always meticulously considered) thoughts he shares with us on the Altered State stage.
At the other end of the spectrum to Reginald D. Hunter’s cool, calm and collected voice is the creaking guitar of Phil Kay. A wanderer of the road less travelled, Phil comes home to Nozstock armed only with his broken guitar, his wit and an empty crisp packet. Make sure to pull up your chair and gather round to hear him spout gentle obscenities over the fire pit.
Improvising from first second to the end of his set will be the larger-than-life Phil Nichol. An acclaimed actor, writer, musician, as well as a comedian, Phil is always looking at boundaries he can break, walls he can smash and new avenues he can escape down. Get lost in his surreal rantings, but keep your ears open for some shocking and absurd home truths.
Shaking shoulders and tingling the laughter buds all weekend will be one of our favourite MC’s Jayde Adams. A true captain of the Laughter ship, Jayde returns after a stellar performance back in 2016 to keep a handle (or not) on proceedings. You may have seen her face on 8 Out Of 10 Cats or at one of many of her sold-out Edinburgh Fringe shows. Mixing social satire, music and quirky characters into her sets, this comedienne is sure to keep your spirits uplifted all weekend long.
The comedy doesn’t stop at the comedians, however, fine Nozstock folk. Although they preach the Holy Word, Oh My God! It’s The Church are destined to bring you chuckles aplenty on the mainstage. Their re-branding of the traditional gospel churches in America comes packed with post-watershed one-liners, puns in abundance and, potentially, a fully grown man in a nappy. Meanwhile, mainstage first-timers Sleaford Mods bring their pro-revolution, anti-Tory rhetoric in witty lyricism and steadfast monologues. Any band that has a song called ‘Kebab Spider’ is bound to be one to make you crack a smile or two.