Young guns joke for it out on tour

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WHILE much of the Last Laugh Comedy Festival is stand-up orientated, these young whipper-snappers, pictured right, revive the art of live sketches on Sunday.

WitTank is a lavish parade of inventive characters supplied by Kieran Boyd, Mark Cooper-Jones and Naz Osmanoglu, stars of BBC Three’s talent showcase Live At The Electric.

Their first national tour WitTank Live has them at Sheffield University, but individually they’ve amassed many plaudits.

Kieran was a semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny 2009 and the Amused Moose Laugh-Off 2010 as well as an Edinburgh regular, having just performed at the Fringe as part of The Comedy Zone.

Mark was Chortle Best Newcomer 2012 nominee and Loaded Laftas runner-up 2011, and has a penchant for rules and countries and capitals tests due to a past life as a geography teacher. He’s just based his first Fringe solo show around that fact.

Naz, who may be familiar from Russell Howard’s Good News show, was the winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-off Competition 2009 and finalist in Edinburgh’s So You Think You’re Funny 2009. His Fringe show was called Ottoman Without An Empire.

Local hero Tom Wrigglesworth brings his Laughing In The Face Of It All show to the Memorial Hall tonight as part of the Last Laugh Comedy Festival.

He’s up against Geoff Norcott and Kai Humphries at The Lescar, which tomorrow night hosts Steve Gribbin and John Maloney, when The Greystones will have Christian Reilly and Markus Birdman performing as Mock The Week host Dara O Briain plays the first of two nights at the City Hall.

Weekend highlights include Craig Campbell (Greystones, Sat), Dana Alexander and Seymour Mace (Lescar, Sat), Paul Sinha (Memorial Hall, Sun), Tony Law and Mick Ferry (Lescar, Sun).