Derby Comedy Festival packed with talent

This year’s Derby Comedy Festival is packed with some of the best national, local and emerging comedy talent.

The festival, which runs from May 5-14, includes performances by Lee Hurst, Patrick Monahan, Imran Yusuf and many more.

The Lost Boys return to The Old Bell Hotel; award-winning comedy podcast Verbal Discharge take on The Eurovision Song Contest and Stand Up Mi Duck will  showcase the best in Derbyshire comedic talent.

The fun starts at ‘Blast Off! The Superhero-themed launch day for this year’s festival taking place on Derby Market Place on Saturday April 15. Fancy dress is encouraged so get your superhero outfits at the ready.

Lee Hurst, pictured,  is presenting his ninth full-length show – simply called Comedy Show No. 9 at the Guildhall Theatre on May 5.

Having earned his stripes over 20 years ago as a circuit comic and one of the best telly warm-up men in the business, Lee was quickly promoted to being a regular face on comedy panel shows including They Think It’s All Over and Have I Got News For You, which is how he became a household name. In A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome, Tony Law is closer than ever to nonsense nirvana.

Without a hint of a joke, this powerful show, which you can see on May 8 at the Guildhall Theatre, has achieved a sort of comedy which aims at making no sense at all and yet it means everything.

Cartoonopolis is a show written and presented by Lewis Bray about life with his brother Jack who has severe autism.

After watching cartoons as a young boy, Jack found that they provided him with a gateway into communication and now, as a young adult he has created his own imaginary world: Cartoonopolis.

Told alongside this theatrical fantasy world is a real story about living with Jack and his autism. You can see it on May 11 at the Guildhall Theatre.

The festival is being staged at venues across the city and you can find full listings of all the events at http://www.derbycomedyfestival.co.uk