The kings - and queens - of comedy

Tom Wrigglesworth

Tom Wrigglesworth

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There’s no need to be glum this summer - whatever’s happening in Brazil - as a top line-up of comic talent prepares to entertain local audiences with their rib-tickling stand-up.
 The fun starts, tonight, Friday, when Dean Clough’s popular comedy club welcomes Tom Wrigglesworth, Pete Firman and Dave Twentyman to Halifax.

Sheffield’s Tom Wrigglesworth came to fame on the comic stage in 2003 and has been described as ‘a moral Dave Gorman’. Pete Firman combines magic and comedy ina routine that is guaranteed to leave the audience gasping and laughing in equal measure.

Katherine Ryan- coming to Halifax festival

Katherine Ryan- coming to Halifax festival

Compere for the night is Dave Twentyman who hails from St Helens.

The doors at the Cooking School Cafe, Dean Clough, open at 7pm and the comedy starts at 8pm. For early birds curry is available from 6pm to 7.15pm. Book on 01422 255266.

l There are more laughs in store when Halifax Festival holds its first comedy gala this year, featuring some of the best names on the stand-up circuit.

Five comedians from shows such as ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ will grace the stage at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, on Thursday, July 3, for an evening of top-flight comedy.

The line-up includes Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan and Chris Ramsey from the BBC comedy drama ‘Hebburn’, along with Alun Cochrane, Paul Tonkinson and the evening’s compere Jason Cook.

The nine day Halifax Festival runs from June 27 to July 5. Highlights include a drive-in movie screening of ‘The Lion King’, a candlelit gig by BBC Folk Award-winners LAU, a pop-up screening of ‘Amelie’ and a new theatre piece in the Street in the Sky above Halifax Borough Market. There are also plenty of bicycle-themed activities for all the family.

Visit www.halifaxfestival.co.uk or call 01422 353073.