We’re all set for 18 days of laughter
Biggest ever Southport Comedy Festival starts this week
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