Derby’s comedy festival is bigger and better

This year’s Derby Comedy Festival is the biggest yet, with more than 60 events taking place over ten days in April and May, bringing together more businesses and venues than ever before.

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 of the third festival which is on from April 29-May 8 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, Kate Smurthwaite with her new left-wing, highbrow, stand-up solo show 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 from Derbyshire, and it is hoped audiences will too.

Cllr Martin Rawson of Derby City Council said: “Now into its third year, the festival is developing a reputation for comedy excellence. I’m sure this year will be the best festival yet. With over 60 events, at more than a dozen venues there will be something for everyone.”

The festival will be hosting a free public pre-launch event, Blast Off!, on April 16, from 11am to 3pm, in the Cathedral Quarter.

It will be a super-humorous, super-hero themed family event featuring a parade of comic book heroes and villains, interactive workshops, challenges and performances set alongside CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious.

There will also be four hours of music and variety entertainment. Comedy lovers are encouraged to dress up as their favourite caped crusader or create their own, and keep an eye out for the deviously destructive ‘league of evil’.

The festival has been brought to the city by Derby LIVE, Funhouse Comedy, Furthest From The Sea, Lost Boys  and NCF Comedy, supported by several local organisations including the Cathedral Quarter Derby, Discover Derby, St Peters Quarter Derby and Trent Barton.

The full list of venues includes Amber Café, Bean Caffé, The Blessington Carriage, Café  Lavanta, the Cathedral Quarter, David Lloyd, Déda, Guildhall Theatre Mainhouse and Clubrooms, Market Place, The Maypole Café Bar and Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and St Peters Cross.

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