Southport Comedy Festival promises 18 days of laughter
THE seventh annual Southport Comedy Festival is set to return next month, and promises to be the biggest and best yet.
The event, which is running for 18 days this year, hopes to bring you more TV names, more venues, more events and even more laughs.
The festival will run from October 5-22, throughout 30 Southport venues.
This year will also see the return of the comedy pub crawl and the children’s comedy festival which are both sponsored by Southport BID.
Better yet, this year’s star studded line-up also sees the return of some festival favourites including Paul Sinha (The Sinnerman from ITV’s The Chase), Jo Caulfield and playing for two nights this year, Irish funny man, Jason Byrne.
Jason, who is now known as the “king of the festival”, will make his fourth visit to the event.
Other big TV names appearing are Rich Hall, Gary Delaney, Tom Binns, Tom Stade, Robin Ince, Patrick Monahan, Andy Askins, Mike Gunn and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Daliso Chaponda.
Jason Manford will be also performing on two nights during the festival, and is closing the festival with his ‘work in progress’ show, as he prepares for a national tour in 2018.
This gives visitors to the festival the opportunity to see it first in Southport.
There are also classic stand-up shows, squeaky clean shows, shows in restaurants (meals included), shows in marquees, comedy workshops, comedy bingo, family shows and children’s events.
Not forgetting the annual search for the next big comedy star through the Nando’s new comedian of the year heats and grand final.
As always, the festival is proud to support charity fundraising, this year ‘raising money while raising a smile’ with four charities - Community Link Foundation, When You Wish Upon a Star, Friends of Bridge Inn and Duchenne UK.
Ticket prices for the events on during the festival start from just £3.
Brendan Riley, coorganiser of the event, said: “Once more we are extremely grateful to our fantastic local and national sponsors.
“Without their support we just couldn’t bring you such great comedy year after year.
“So folks, come along to The Southport Comedy Festival this October and keep Southport smiling!”
If you would like to find out more, or buy tickets, visit www.southportcomedyfestival.com.
Alternatively, follow the event on social media for updates on Facebook/ Southport Comedy Festival and Twitter @Southportcomedy.
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