South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val promises 18 days of laugh­ter

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

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.

Ja­son Byrne Rich Hall Bren­dan Ri­ley

Ja­son Man­ford

Tom Stade

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