Make ’em Laugh

A rare ability to make you laugh

DISABLED comics Laurence Clark and Steve Day, who appear in a double bill at Salisbury Arts Centre on Wednesday 28th June, promise to make you laugh – and think. Steve Day describes himself as Britain’s only deaf comedian. If there are any others, he hasn’t heard. For the past 14 years Steve has been performing…

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Nice prize at Marine

POPULAR comedian Janice Connolly brings her favourite Phoenix Nights character Barbara Nice to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on 17th June at 8pm. In Barbara Nice: Raffle!, the audience is promised a playful life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table. With her enviable track record…

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Ricky Gervais gets angry with Humanity

RICKY Gervais is coming to the Mayflower Theatre at Southampton, on Sunday 18th June, the only West Country regional date for his 2017 world tour, with a new show called Humanity. It’s his first worldwide stand-up tour in seven years and it has been getting rave reviews – “Ruthless, self-revealing … his best yet,” according to…

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Comedy in the garden

BRISTOL Comedy Garden returns to the elegant leafy lawns of Queen Square from 14th to 18th June with a line-up of Britain’s top comedians. Many of the stars will be heading to the Edinburgh Fringe so this is a chance to see some big names without having to travel the length of the country, but…

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Tom Green at Bournemouth 02 and Bristol’s Lantern

SUBVERSIVE Canadian comedian Tom Green is on a UK tour with June dates at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth on Wednesday 7th and The Lantern at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Thursday 15th. It’s a rare chance to experience one of the greatest comic minds on the scene as Green triggers non-stop laughter with his wonderfully cracked…

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Laughter goes Against the Grain

THE headliner at the Against the Grain Comedy Club at Frome’s Cheese & Grain on Saturday 10th June will be the charming and hilarious Anthony King (pictured), a veteran of the circuit with more than 20 years of gigging at clubs, theatres, arts centres and festivals. His unique dead-pan style was honed in the early…

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Festival hits new sales record

FROME Festival’s box office smashed all previous records in the first week of sales, with a total of 2,180 tickets for all events sold at the Cheese and Grain, amounting to more than £27,500 in sales. Martin Dimery, the festival’s creative director, is understandably delighted: “Even accounting for inflation, this is the best advance sale…

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A weekend of laughter at Wells

WELLS Comedy Festival returns over the bank holiday weekend, 26th to 28th May, with an line-up of A list comedians including Stewart Lee, Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Richard Herring, James Acaster and Milton Jones. Venues for the packed weekend programme include the Little Theatre, the Globe Inn, Cedars Hall and the White Hart Hotel. The…

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