Tickets are selling fast for perhaps Leeds’s most popular comedy festival.
Thorner Comedy Festival – which has played host to Michael McIntrye, Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges and Russell Howard – once again promises a gag-packed weekend on February 22 and February 23.
Around 600 tickets went on sale for the Victory Hall show last week. Saturday is expected to have sold out by the end of today, and a few dozen tickets remain for the Friday.
John Calvert, who is on the comedy festival organising committee, urged fans to buy now.
He said: “The majority of the people attending will be from the village. But as usual we have people travelling from further afield, including Hertfordshrie, Buckinghamshire, Manchester, Liverpool and even Harrogate.
“It’s a rare opportunity to see quality comedy in a village hall near Leeds, and if you want to get in there buy now, as tickets are selling fast.”
Chris Ramsey, star of BBC2’s Hebburn and support act to established comedians Russell Kane and Al Murray, is headlining Friday night.
Irish-born Andrew Maxwell, seen on Mock the Week and Eight Out of Ten Cats, will take centre stage on the Saturday . Other acts include Rob Beckett, fresh from ‘the jungle’ having presented iTV2’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now show.
Also look out for Nick Helm, proud holder of the ‘Winner of Best Joke’ trophy from Edinburgh Festival 2012; and Joel Dommet, who was finalist in the ‘Comedian of the Year’ award.
Comedy troupe Miranda Hennessy and Friends (David Seymour and Steven Shapland) promise “a violent whirlwind of sketches and characters from one woman’s fevered brain performed with two idiot captives held against their will”.
Asked about the history of the event – previously ‘Raise the Roof’ – John added: “The Comedy Festival’s principal function is still to raise money for the Victory Hall.
“We now have a splendid roof, but we have quite a job outside after the wet summer washed away the side lane.”
Tickets cost £25 for either the Friday or Saturday, or £45 for the weekend. Note there is a £1.75 postage and packaging fee.