Comedy festival is launched

Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr

Local audiences love to laugh and will soon have plenty more to tickle their funny bone when the first Derby Comedy Festival is launched this June.

Derby LIVE will work alongside other arts organisations in the city, including Déda, Derby Independent Theatre Network, Derby Theatre, Funhouse Comedy, Furthest From the Sea, Quad and Sinfonia Viva, to programme over a week of events running from June 13-22.

The festival will feature many comedy genres including: stand-up, improv, puppetry, children’s comedy, burlesque and theatre and will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

With a programme packed full of the hottest comedic talent, from local comedians and actors to rising stars and household names, the festival will bring a host of vibrant and appealing events to Derby audiences.

Bob Rushton, programme manager for Derby LIVE said: “As we have a proven track record of bringing acts ranging from the innovative and groundbreaking to mainstream household names to the city, we felt the timing was right to take Derby’s comedy credentials to the next level and to tie in with Derby’s blossoming festival culture. Working with our partners in the city, we hope to do just that.”

Derby Comedy Festival events confirmed so far include:

Ben Norris – Assembly Rooms – Darwin – Ben Norris hits the road on his own after supporting Ed Byrne last year.

Comedian – QUAD– A screening of the film starring Jerry Seinfeld- A candidly revealing, intimately observed, and often very funny look at what it takes to be a comedian.

Comedy Club 4 Kids – Assembly Rooms - Darwin - Cracking entertainment for everyone over six from the best comedians on the circuit doing what they do best…without the rude bits.

Funhouse Comedy Club – Assembly Rooms - Darwin - The long-established comedy club bring comedy stars Joe Lycett, David Trent and Sully O’Brien in a Derby Comedy Festival special, compered by Spiky Mike.

Jimmy Carr – Assembly Rooms – Great Hall -One of Derby’s favourite comedians, he sells out every time he visits Derby.

Knightmare LIVE! – Assembly Rooms – Great Hall - The 80s Sci Fi adventure series comes to the stage in this anarchic show that relives all the magic of the dungeon – with lots of audience participation.

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