Comedy Society



  • Comedy Society Standard Membership£4.00
  • Comedy Society Associate Membership£4.00

About Us

ECS - Exeter Comedy Society

Aims and Objectives:

1. To create a society where everybody feels welcome and valued, and where every member can get to know each other through regular workshops and socials

2. To produce exciting, high-quality shows for performance for both students and the general public, in Exeter and across the country

3. To foster new talent, for both writing and performing comedy, and to give the opportunity for the comedic skills of every member to be developed and improved

Exeter Comedy Society invites all students interested in comedy writing and performance to get involved throughout the year, regardless of ability, to learn new ways to write and perform comedy, meet new people with similar interests and network with fellow comedians and comedy lovers around the country.

We meet for fortnightly workshops for our mixed bill variety nights, Offcuts, where members have the chance to learn Stand-Up, Improv and Sketch Acting skills, as well as weekly for Sketch Writing Workshops. We also hold regular socials and host shows around Exeter throughout the year. These are to develop the skills of both newcomers and developed performers and writers, and give everyone the chance to learn something new, with the goal to perform material created in one of our termly sketch shows, and on our tours around the country. Our debut Edinburgh show 'Sketchy At Best' sold out throughout our run and received praise from the critics. We continued to produce work throughout the pandemic, and our two sketch shows 'Is This Thing Still On?' and 'A Little to the Left' are avaliable to watch on our YouTube channel.

President: Joseph Leyland (he/him)

Treasurer: Lucy Gretton (she/her)

Head of Sketch: William Fothergill (he/him)

Social Secretary: Charlotte Smethers (she/her)




Instagram: exetercomedysociety

Twitter: @ExeterComedySoc


YouTube: Exeter Comedy Society (


Praise for Exeter Comedy Society

"The multi-faceted show, full-to-bursting with sketches, songs and stand up, was pure entertainment" - Exeposé

"Such a wide range of humorous sketches that there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy" - RAZZ Magazine

"Superbly witty, wonderfully imaginative and marvelously clever" - Yuppee

"one of the most prominent, exciting, and innovative theatre societies" - RAZZ Magazine

"fantastic and strange [...] incredibly versatile"  - BroadwayBaby

"Very talented students who performed a variety of sketches with energy and natural confidence" - Ed Fringe Review

"Absurdist glee'" - TheTempoHouse


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Committee Members


Head of Sketch


Returning Officer

Social Secretary




All Events

'Offcuts' Variety Night
21st October 7pm - 9pm
John Gandy's
The first variety night of the year! Come along to perform or watch sketches, stand-up and improvised skits.
LGBTQ+ and Comedy Society Halloween Spectacular!
31st October 7pm - 10pm
John Gandy's (upstairs)
It's time to get spooky with our Halloween social! BUY tickets through LGBTQ+ Society here: Don your best Cryptid outfit to enter the competition, or just come with Halloween spirit! See you there!
Sketch Show Term 1
25th November 7pm - 27th November 10pm
M&D Room
Come and watch our first sketch show of the term, featuring material from our writing workshops!
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'Offcuts' Variety Night
21st October
John Gandy's
The first variety night of the year! Come along to perform or watch sketches, stand-up and improvised skits.

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