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Star-studded line-up revealed for Cheltenham Comedy Festival

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

By Jonathan Whiley

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Marcus Brigstocke will appear at this year's Comedy Festival

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When it comes to a star-studded line-up, The Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival has raided the night sky.

A host of big names will bring the laughs to various Cheltenham venues in September.

Now in its fourth year, the programme includes the likes of Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon, Marcus Brigstocke and Mark Steel.

Pub landlord Al Murray will be ordering a white wine for the lady and Rory McGrath – best-known for his stint on They Think It’s All Over – will also drop in.

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There are also headline shows from Philip Pope, Andrew O’Neill, Tom Stade and poet Pam Ayres.

While there’ll be plenty of adult humour, there promises to be plenty to keep the little ones entertained too.

A Family Fun Day event will see performances from Everyman panto regular and family favourite, Tweedy The Clown.

He’ll star in a Magic and Mayhem Show and Comedy Club 4 Kids. There’s also face painting and craft activities at Parabola Arts Centre.

A Late and Local Comedy Night will also take place during the festival which features the best established local comedic talent as well as up-and-coming performers.

You can catch it at the Frog and Fiddle pub in High Street, Cheltenham, on September 18.

Comedy club Howlers – which run a monthly gig at the Town Hall – has also put together an impressive line-up with Matt Richardson, Stuart Goldsmith and Gareth Richards among those who will tickle your ribs.

A special guest performer will also be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival will finish with the traditional Festival Finale with TV favourites such as Sara Pascoe,

Jarred Christmas, Gary Delaney and Ardal O’Hanlon all on the bill.

Graeme Merifield, co-director of the festival, said: “I’m delighted with our 2014 Comedy Festival line-up – one of our best yet I believe, and as always it will be a lot of fun.”

Mark Makin, fellow co-director of the event, added: “Once again we are delighted to be welcoming such a variety of the best comedic talent and entertainment to the fourth Cheltenham Comedy Festival.

“Everything from headline names as Al Murray, Ardal O’Hanlon and Marcus Brigstocke, local comedy nights, late night fringe events and family fun in the form of the ever popular Comedy Club 4 Kids and local star Tweedy.

“All of it is set in a variety of fabulous venues so come along and join the fun.”

The Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival runs from September 14 to 20.

Tickets for all events are on sale now from £6.

Call 08445 762210 or visit www.

cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

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