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Tickets selling fast for the Comedy Festival at the Harrogate Theatre

Harrogate Comedy Festival less than a month away on the 10th to 22nd October 2011.

– 3rd year for Harrogate Comedy Festival

– Biggest ever-line up with over 30 Comedians in 12 days

– 50% of all tickets sold

– 5 shows already sold out

– 3 exclusive events for this years Festival

The 2011 Harrogate Comedy Festival starts in just over three weeks at Harrogate Theatre and over 50% of the tickets have already gone with five shows sold out.

Over 30 comedians will perform across the Main Auditorium and Studio Theatre in just 12 days. This is the third year Harrogate Theatre have organised the event and last years Festival brought over 6,500 people to the Theatre over its two weeks.

Harrogate Theatre’s aim for the Festival is to showcase the widest possible mix of comedy shows and performers with the line-up for 2011 combining established names alongside emerging talent to ensure that all tastes are catered for over the twelve days.

Once again this year there will be some exclusive events, which mark Harrogate Comedy Festival as a rising fixture on the comedy circuit attracting top comedians who want to perform in the intimate environment of Harrogate Theatre:

Andre Vincent brings his brand new show The Sunday Roast (Sun 16 Oct) to Harrogate for one of its very first performances. The show will take a satirical look at current affairs via the Sunday newspapers. This show is aspin-off from the Festival favourite The Early Edition and BBC Radio’s The Late Edition.

Rising stars Chris Ramsey (ITV’s Comedy Rocks) and Elis James (BBC’s Russell Howard’s Good News) will share the bill (Fri 21 Oct) in an event that is not taking place anywhere else and will showcase two of the hottest properties in comedy. They were recently seen together in the highly acclaimed Chris Addison’s Show & Tell on E4.

The Hyena Comedy Club (resident at Harrogate Theatre for seven years) has organised a very special closing gala featuring five comedians (Sat 22 Oct). On the bill will be Alun Cochrane (Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow), musical comedian Mitch Benn (BBC Radio 4’s Now Show), Australian comic Benny Boot and sketch troupe The Dog-Eared Collective. There will also be a compere, which is yet to be announced.

The Studio Theatre at Harrogate Theatre will once again play host to an expanded line-up for this year’s Festival with the best of emerging talent which have been drawing acclaim from Festival’s all over the world. Amongst the highlights are cult comedy podcasters Peacock &Gamble (Tue 11 Oct) make their debut, Award Winning newcomer Diane Spencer (Thur 13 Oct), Winner of the Amused Moose Award at the Edinburgh Festival in the Summer Tony Law (Fri 14 Oct), highly acclaimed Edward Aczel (Sat 15 Oct), Alex Horne (Tue 18 Oct) who has been seen on We Need Answers on BBC4 and BBC Radio 1 DJ Tom Deacon (Sat 22 Oct) will all perform amongst many others.

The very best from the current crop of established comedians will be on show during the two week Festival. Highlights include: Tony Hawks (Tue 11 Oct), Justin Moorhouse (Thur 13 Oct), Frisky & Mannish (Mon 17 Oct), amongst many others.

There will also be a special performance from comedy legend Nicholas Parsons (Fri 14 Oct), host of BBC Radio’s Just A Minute, and James Campbell (Sat 15 Oct) will be performing his highly acclaimed show for children. This underlines the Festival commitment to programme shows for all ages and tastes.

Shows by Al Murray, Shappi Khorsandi & Jon Richardson, The Boy With Tape On His Face, Russell Kane, Ed Byrne have already sold out.

There are only a few tickets left for the Comedy Workshop (Sat 15 Oct), Jason Byrne (Wed 19 Oct) and Tommy Tiernan (Thur 20 Oct).

Full line-up details can be found by visiting the Harrogate Theatre website or by requesting a Festival Brochure from the Box Office on 01423 502 116 or via email

The Harrogate Comedy Festival 2011 will be at Harrogate Theatre between Monday 10 – Saturday 22 October. Tickets are now on sale for all events and can be booked through the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502 116 or securely online


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