DE­BUT FOR PUB’S COM­EDY FES­TI­VAL

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THE LAND­LORD of an Amer­sham pub is ‘hugely ex­cited’ to be hold­ing a com­edy fes­ti­val for the first time ever.

With In-Tent is the brain­child of Richard Ed­wards ( pic­tured), who runs Pot­ters Arms on Winch­more Hill, a boozer which has built a rep­u­ta­tion for com­edy. Mr Ed­wards said: “I’ve wanted to run a fes­ti­val for a while, and this year’s my 40th birth­day so it felt like a great way to cel­e­brate.

“With 14 co­me­di­ans per­form­ing, plus the work­shop and show for the chil­dren, it’s been a mas­sive event for us to or­gan­ise, and I’m grate­ful to all the com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als who have of­fered spon­sor­ship or other sup­port to get this off the ground. We’re hugely ex­cited about our first com­edy fes­ti­val and de­lighted that we are able to sup­port two very wor­thy char­i­ties.” It will be held from Fri­day April 29 at 8pm, and runs un­til Sun­day May 1, and all pro­ceeds go to Sue Ry­der and Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal. On the Fri­day, well-known funny man Lee Hurst will head­line, while Zoe Lyons tops the bill on Satur­day night and Sun­day sees Sean Meo head up a News At Tent ses­sion of top­i­cal com­edy and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Other per­form­ers in­clude Dar­ren Walsh, win­ner of the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fun­ni­est Joke in 2015, Com­edy Store reg­u­lar Paul Thorne and Alex Lowe, re­viv­ing his Clin­ton Bap­tiste char­ac­ter from hit TV se­ries Phoenix Nights.

It will be held in a mar­quee on the vil­lage green op­po­site the pub and in­cludes a work­shop from Com­edy 4 Kids.

There will be a bar­be­cue and there is also the chance to win one of the ex­cit­ing raf­fle prizes up for grabs, in­clud­ing tick­ets for com­edy and music gigs.

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