Biggest ever Derby Comedy Festival

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This year’s Derby Comedy Festival is the biggest yet, with more than 60 events taking place over ten days.

The programme will be diverse, including stand-up, variety, outdoor and indoor events, with well-known national artists and a host of up and coming artists ready to fill Derby with laughter.

Highlights include local favourite Mike McClean, Paul Tonkinson direct from supporting Michael McIntyre, Edinburgh Newcomer nominee Imran Yusuf, Derby-based Verbal Discharge, Vincent Saxby and Chris Brooker, the brilliantly funny Patrick Monohan and the outrageous Shazia Mirza.

Organisers hope that this year, festival-goers might also like to try something different, possibly get to a variety of gigs, take a risk on a show without the bloke from the TV in it, or even get involved themselves with the improv evenings, or go along to the Super Hero Blast Off pre-launch and wear their pants over their trousers.

As well as household names, this festival supports emerging talent, particularly for Derbyshire, and hopefully audiences will too.

Cllr Martin Rawson, deputy leader and cabinet member for communities and City Centre Regeneration, said: “Now into its third year, Derby Comedy Festival is developing a reputation for comedy excellence. I’m sure this year will be the best festival yet. With over 60 events, at over a dozen venues there will be something for everyone.”

The festival kicks off on April 29 and runs until May 8.

Key dates include: Mike McClean at the Guildhall Theatre on April 29, Doug Segal at Bean Caffé, Friargate Studios on April 30, Paul Tonkinson at Bean Caffé on May 3, Alfie Moore at Bean Caffé on May 4 and Shazia Mirza at the Guildhall Theatre on May 8.

For more information on the festival or to book tickets, visit derbycomedyfestival.co.uk

or pick up a brochure mid-March keep up to date with the latest festival news on Twitter @DerbyComedyfest and facebook