Big names heading to town for comedy fest

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Rotherham town centre will host its first ever comedy festival next month, as a host of stand-up acts from around the country prepare to descend on the town.

Rotherham Comedy Festival will host events at The Civic, The Trades, The Cutlers Arms, The Bridge Inn, Bluecoat and the New York Tavern kicking off on March 29 and running for five days.

As well as hosting award-winning comedians, there will also be a selection of daytime events for people to see or get involved with, including an exhibition of comedians and jokes at the Coterie Gallery, street performers in the town centre, Riverside Library promoting funny books for adults and children, and businesses showing jokes in their windows throughout the duration of the festival.

Comedians already signed up to participate in the festival include Joe Lycett, who will appear at Rotherham Civic Theatre as part of Grin & Tonic. Joe is one of the festival’s most famous faces, and fans will recognise him from Live at the Apollo, Celebrity Juice, 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Other comedians who have already signed up include Patrick Monahan, Rob Mulholland, Steff Todd, Tom Lawrinson, Anthony J Brown and Tom Little, and many more.

A spokesman for the festival said: “Rotherham Comedy Festival will be held in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and is the newest comedy festival on the UK circuit.

“The full line-up will soon be found on the website, as well as all the details for all festival events. We look forward to welcoming everyone to #RothComedyFest.”

Visit www.rotherhamcomedyfestival.co.uk for details on show times and to book tickets.