The established comedy festival with a first class reputation for booking some of the best names in stand-up takes place throughout the week, with headlining comedians performing evening shows in a Big Top tent on the banks of the Thames. Around the Big Top will be a number of bars, live music, cabaret and a second, smaller venue - the Little Top (obviously).
The festival is open 6pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday, and to 12am on Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday (14th/15th July), the festival is open from 2pm, closing at 12am on Saturday and 11pm on Sunday. Entrance to the comedy festival is free with shows for the Big Top generally £18.50 to £24. Tickets for Little Top gigs vary by show.
Below is a selection of some of the big names confirmed - check the full listing for all acts.
The Greenwich Comedy Festival favourite and Live At The Apollo star has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and hilarious material. Stephen now returns to the Big Top to kick off the 2012 programme in style. Joining Stephen on Friday 13th July is Richard Herring and legendary 'Grumpy Old Man' Arthur Smith as host. The same night sees Jerry Sadowitz play the Little Top (tickets £17.50).
The star Of Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week opens the Saturday night show with her recollections of her Nigerian background and life growing up in the east end of London. Joining Andi on Saturday 14th July is rising star Josh Widdicombe, who hosts the show. The same day, the Little Top hosts the Comedy Club 4 Kids (at 3.30pm); tickets are £5 for kids, £7 for adults.
The Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner and star of Live At The Apollo headlines the Sunday night. Joining Mark on 15th July is another of comedy's fastest rising stars, Mock The Week regular Seann Walsh with lightning quick Welshman Elis James as host.
One of the UK's most highly acclaimed and original comedians, Lock's hyperactive imagination and surreal imagery have been winning over audiences for 15 years. Joining Sean on 17th July is Scottish star Danny Bhoy alongside award-winning surreal nonsense-maker Tony Law and the brilliant Ed Gamble as host.
The Mock The Week regular has been entertaining audiences up and down the country for many years with his passionate tirades and hilarious musings. Joining Andy on 18th July are Shappi Khorsandi, bringing her feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny brilliance back to Greenwich, with rapper/comedian Doc Brown and Celebrity Juice star Rufus Hound as host. The same night, Robin Ince brings his Happiness Through Science show to the Little Top (tickets £12).
The American star of QI and Have I Got News For You, and three-times Perrier Award nominee, brings his insightful, deliberate and scathingly brilliant comedy to Greenwich. Joining Reginald on 19th July is an all-star supporting cast featuring award winning cult-cabaret duo Frisky And Mannish, Irish superstar comic Andrew Maxwell and hyperactive Mock The Week star Jarred Christmas as host. The same night, Isy Suttie plays the Little Top; tickets to see Isy are £10.
The comedian with a big smile and a glint in his eye brings his Hoedown show to the Little Top on Friday 20th July. Tickets to see the much-loved panel show regular are £15. The Big Top headliner for the 20th is still to be confirmed.