St Helens Comedy Festival Line-up Announced

THE line-up of next month’s St Helens Comedy Festival has been revealed, with Phoenix Nights star Paddy McGuinness and 8 Out of 10 Cats captain Jason Manford heading two weeks of shows and events.

John Bishop, who will be fresh from his month in Edinburgh, will also be performing, and much-loved comedy band the Lancashire Hotpots will be playing at the town hall.

The Citadel will also play host to an entertaining "Born and Bred" night with featuring local comedians Dave Twentyman, Ray Peacock and friends.

Regular events Bus Stop, Stand Up, and Drink Up, Stand Up will be taking place, as well as amateur workshop and showcase events Stand Out and Funny Business

Best of the Northwest at the Theatre Royal will mark the final night of the festival, with new and renowned comedians take to the stage for one-night only.

Cllr Richard Ferry, executive member for urban regeneration and housing at St Helens Council, said: "Building on the success of our previous comedy festivals, 2008 will be packed with even more big name acts and comedy events."

"This is great for local residents and visitors from across the Northwest to visit St Helens and take in a fun-filled show or enjoy stand-up comedy in their local pub."

The St Helens Comedy Festival is at various venues from September 17-28.

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