Are you a closet comedian?

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There’s just two weeks to go until the inaugural Halifax Comedy Festival kicks off and there’ll be plenty of opportunity to unleash your inner comedian.

Running from October 23 to 31, the festival will see more than 100 artists descend on the town for nine days of side-splitting comedy.

And if you are a closet comedian, the week features comedy workshops to learn the basics and open mic night to show off your skills.

Don’t miss the Stage Fright comedy workshop on October 24. This full-day, easy going workshop will equip you with all you need to get going in the stand-up business.

If you’re looking for top tips for creating and performing material to getting gigs and getting notice, then this workshop is for you. Places are strictly limited and cost £30.

The event will be held at The Workshop, 7-9 Saint James Street, from 10am until 5pm.

Head along to Stand Up Express with Marc Blake on Monday, October 26.

The two-day course will help you ‘find the funny’ within your personality, build a character and hone your material. The course will be held at the Victoria Theatre and costs £95.

And if you are finally ready to share your gags with the world, the festival’s Open Mic night is the perfect place to start. There’ll be a stage, a venue and a mic - all you have to do is turn up and do your thing.

The open mic night will run at The Workshop on Friday, October 30, at 7pm. Booking is required, but the event is free to attend and the audience are asked to pay what they feel at the end of the show. All donations support The Workshop.

To celebrate the festival, Woolshops have launched an appeal to find Halifax’s favourite joke, with a £100 prize to spend at the centre up for grabs.

Share your top gags on Twitter, mentioning the Woolshops and using the #Halifaxgiggles hash tag. Alternatively, email your jokes to

The closing date for entries is October 31 and the winner will be chosen the following week.