Return of the month of mirth

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IT may have a new name but the aim is the same... to get the region’s ribs tickled.

The line-up has been revealed for Sheffield’s first Last Laugh Comedy Festival, previously known as Grin Up North, occupying the whole of October with laughter technicians both familiar and up and coming.

Now no longer linked with Yellow Bus Events, city comic and Radio Sheffield presenter Toby Foster relaunches the festival as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Last Laugh brand.

As ever, the event embraces intimate madness in the back room of The Lescar right up to the vastness of the Arena with John Bishop.

It kicks off on October 2 with Jimmy Cricket, who plays Memorial Hall with Mick Miller.

Sour-faced funnyman Jack Dee plays the Lyceum – which is also home to Mark Thomas, Julian Clary and The Everly Pregnant Brothers during the festival – on October 8/9.

John Maloney is one of the returnees to The Lescar (Oct 5) alongside Tony Law, Mick Ferry, Dana Alexander, Steve Gribbin, Peep Show’s Isy Suttie and Geoff Norcott.

The Greystones hosts crazy Canadian Craig Campbell (Oct 6), Markus Birdman, Lloyd Langford, Phil Walker and Jo Caulfield.

QI regular Alan Davies returns to stand-up at the City Hall (Oct 13) as does Geordie Ross Noble and unstoppable Scot Kevin Bridges.

In the Memorial Hall you can witness Frisky & Mannish, Richard Herring, Danny Bhoy, Russell Kane, Rob Rouse, Jenny Eclair, Lee Hirst, Mark Watson and Andi Ohso, who closes the festival on October 30.

Visit lastlaughcomedyfestival.co.uk for full details