Carry on laughing at Leeds village’s comedy bash

Gary Delaney.
Gary Delaney.
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A village arts event that is small in size but big on laughs is set to celebrate a milestone achievement.

The annual Thorner Comedy Festival is taking place for the 10th time next Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22.

It is held each year in Thorner’s 300-capacity village hall – but the modest nature of the venue hasn’t stopped it attracting some of the country’s top comics.

Stars who have appeared at the event in the past include Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Russell Howard, Marcus Brigstocke and Rich Hall.

This year’s line-up includes Gary Delaney, three-times winner of the funniest joke prize at the Edinburgh Festival. His hilarious one-liners include: “As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t afford a dog” and “I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell”. Gary is joined on the bill by Simon Evans, Ramesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan.

The comedy festival was originally staged to raise funds for the refurbishment of its ageing village hall venue. Since then, the hall has undergone a major overhaul and this year’s event will help pay for further improvements to facilities. Festival organiser Alex Foster said: “In the early years we prayed for good weather because our roof was leaking so badly but now we can put on a show in what must be one of the best village halls in Yorkshire. We have such a reputation now that tickets are quickly snapped up.” Saturday night tickets have sold out, although limited numbers are still available for Friday.

Tickets cost £25 and performance time is 8pm. To purchase, visit or ring 07521 372994.

Leeds Brewery is a sponsor of the event, which also receives act-booking assistance from Leeds Festival organiser Festival Republic.

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