Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion

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SOUTH­PORT Com­edy Fes­ti­val is now un­der way and 10 brave peo­ple are gear­ing up to take part in the Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion Com­edy Work­shop Show­case.

Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion is de­lighted to be the cho­sen charity for this event for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

This year’s work­shop takes place at the Ra­mada Plaza on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21 and is set to be a night of chuck­les and laugh­ter.

The show­case brings to­gether 10 peo­ple from across the town and they are trained for six weeks by pro­fes­sional co­me­dian Bren Ri­ley.

The ma­te­rial is their own but Bren gives them tips and train­ing of how to per­form to an au­di­ence, and of course, how to make them laugh.

At the end of the six weeks they have to per­form in front of 250 peo­ple!

This year’s con­tes­tants are Ash­leigh Mor­ris, Chris John­ston, David Ash, Dereck Lit­tle­john, Ian Clever­don, Nigel Mawd­s­ley, Mar­i­anne Hynes, and Mark Cunningham of An­thony James Es­tate Agents – who are spon­sors of the Com­edy Fes­ti­val and sup­port it every year.

The event will see them all per­form live com­edy for the first time.

Enda Ry­lands, chair­man of Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion said: “We are de­lighted to be the cho­sen charity for this event again this year.

“It is al­ways such a bril­liant night and I re­ally ad­mire the peo­ple who are tak­ing part.

“It must be very daunt­ing to stand in front of so many peo­ple and make them laugh, so we are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for their sup­port.

“Funds raised at events like this al­low us to help even more peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who ap­ply to us for grants.

“We are very grate­ful to ev­ery­one at South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val for sup­port­ing Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion.”

Bren Ri­ley, di­rec­tor of South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val, ex­plained: “There is no bet­ter way to raise money than by rais­ing a smile, and that is what we aim to do.

“We are de­lighted to be work­ing with Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion again as we have seen the ex­cel­lent causes that they help in the lo­cal area.”

You can buy tick­ets for the event di­rect from the Ra­mada re­cep­tion on the Prom­e­nade or go to www. south­port­com­e­dyfes­ti­

To find out more about Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion, go to www. clfoun­da­

Com­edy fes­ti­val di­rec­tor and co-founder Brendan Ri­ley says rais­ing a smile is a great way to raise money

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