The conference will coincide with a festival of alternative comedy at the Gulbenkian Theatre, and an exhibition of historical artifacts from the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive at the University of Kent.

We are particularly excited that some of the key figures in alternative comedy will be taking part, including Alexei Sayle, Tony Allen, and Jo Brand – who will open the festival by giving the 2019 Linda Smith Lecture.

The Gulbenkian is the University of Kent arts centre.

Tickets for these events can be booked via The Gulbenkian website.

In addition, as part of the festival there will be a free, unticketed event featuring core members of Alternative Cabaret in conversation with Dr Oliver Double. The event will also take place at The Gulbenkian, and details can be found here: