We’re all set for 18 days of laugh­ter

Big­gest ever South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val starts this week

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SOUTH­PORT Com­edy Fes­ti­val 2017 will of­fi­cially be­gin this week – with 18 days packed full of hi­lar­i­ous events to look for­ward too.

The event will be­gin on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5 and run un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22 – tak­ing place within 30 South­port venues.

The star-stud­ded line-up will see fes­ti­val favourites such as Paul Sinha, Jo Caulfield and Ja­son Byrne make a come­back, as well as new TV names in­clud­ing Rich Hall, Pa­trick Mon­a­han and Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent Fi­nal­ist Dal­iso Chaponda mak­ing ap­pear­ances.

The fes­ti­val will also be closed with two shows from long-time friend of the fes­ti­val, Ja­son Man­ford. Ja­son will per­form his work-in­progress show as he pre­pares for an­other na­tional tour. Bren­dan Reily, or­gan­iser of South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val, said: “The fes­ti­val is get­ting big­ger and bet­ter each year and it’s great for South­port. “Last year we did 30 events in 11 days and it was great but we re­alised we needed to ex­tend for this year which, thanks to South­port BID, we have been able to. “This year we have ex­tended the fes­ti­val to a mas­sive 18 days to bring you more TV names, more venues, more events and even more laughs. “We’re de­lighted to an­nounce the re­turn of our very pop­u­lar and unique com­edy pub crawls and the Chil­dren’s Com­edy Fes­ti­val. “As al­ways, there will be com­edy for all ages and tastes, so, turn off your TV and come out and watch some live com­edy.” The fes­ti­val will con­sist of clas­sic stand-up shows, squeaky­clean 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 grand fi­nal. Ticket prices for the shows vary, but start at just £3.

Ad­di­tion­ally, South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val sup­ports char­ity fundrais­ing each year, with this year’s pro­ceeds go­ing to four char­i­ties; Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion, When You Wish Upon a Star, Friends of Bridge Inn and Duchenne UK.

Bren­dan added: ““We use lo­cal venues and work with lo­cal busi­nesses to de­liver com­edy ‘up close and per­sonal’.

“This en­ables us to keep ticket prices low with shows start­ing from £3 and even some free events for chil­dren and if you buy your tick­ets di­rect from the venues there are no ad­di­tional book­ing fees.

“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 week and keep South­port smil­ing!”

If you would like to find out more about each show, or to pur­chase tick­ets, visit www.south­port­com­edy fes­ti­val.com.

Com­pere Bren­dan Ri­ley

Co­me­di­ans Tom Stade; Rich Hall, inset bot­tom, and fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Bren­dan Ri­ley, inset top

Ja­son Man­ford

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