Dartmouth Comedy Festival
Dartmouth is gearing itself up for its seventh annual comedy festival which takes place at The Flavel, Dartmouth and a couple of other venues from March 5th to 9th 2013 with a diverse and eclectic selection of comedy entertainment including Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh and Virginia Ironside something for everyone’s sense of humour.
Josh Widdicombe kicks off the Comedy Festival on Tuesday March 5th, one of the best up and coming UK acts he is a regular on Stand Up for the Week
(C4) and Live at the Apollo (BBC). In Further Adventures of Josh Widdicombe he deals with his inability to embrace adventure in his life, his continued
frustration with everything he comes into contact with, unable to relax and enjoy life, Josh has instead decided it is everyone else that is at fault for his lack of enthusiasm for leaving the house.
Wednesday March 6th sees the ever-popular Mystery Guest night, with our Comedy Patron Peter Richardson, delving into his superb little black book to
surprise us with an evening of entertainment from the Mystery Guest, even we don’t know who it is until they walk on stage! Previous guests have included Keith Allen, Eddie Izzard, Harry Enfield & Robbie Coltrane.
The following nights you are seriously spoilt for choice, Thursday March 7th at the Windjammer you can find stand-up poet Jonny Fluffypunk. Jonny is a
wandering bard and voice for anarchy, peace and bicycles! With one parent dead and the other mad, it is only his partner and son to disappoint! Acute
social observation, intricate humour, surreal fantasy sharp irony and wit .. and England’s most pretentious moustache!
Whilst headlining at The Flavel on Thursday March 7th is the inimitable Virginia Ironside and her Growing Old Disgracefully tour – famous in the last
three decades as a rock journalist and then agony aunt she now takes to the stage to put the world to rights at 68 she takes a flame-thrower to all the cosy
platitudes of the elderly! So when an agony aunt reaches sixty, she can lie like a trouper, jump off a bridge or take to the stage. Virginia has taken the latter
option and will explain that unlimited free drugs, fun funerals, grandchildren and sex (or even better, no sex!) make it the best and funniest time of your life!
The Royal Castle Hotel is the host on Friday March 8th for Jarlath Regan, one of the most prolific Irish humourists of the past ten years who presents
a comedy extravaganza of tales and illustrated points around, but not exclusively, on the subject of optimism in a bleak world. Award-winning comedian and writer Jarlath has gained a reputation with the industry and audiences for his uplifting, inventive and relentlessly funny stand-up.
At the Flavel we are delighted to be in the waiting room of Dr Phil Hammond, this show is seriously good for your health - a GP, writer, broadcaster and possibly the only comedian to have appeared at a public inquiry. If you only see one doctor this year, make it Dr Phil.... He is Private Eye's medical correspondent and has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz etc. He is rude about everything (politicians, doctors, death, drugs, sex,)
On Saturday March 9th at 2pm some sock filled fun and a puppet show with a twist for all the family at The Flavel with The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre and their hilarious Chunky Woollen Nits. The Socks present their brand new sci-fi themed show for 2013. With songs, sketches, socks & violence - hilarious and not to be missed by adults or kids 7 and upwards.
In the evening of Saturday March 9th at the Flavel you have two stars. At 7pm, The Amazing Mr. Smith a delightfully eccentric comic musician he has been described as Monty Python's answer to John Williams, a definite one-off. His combination of mad musical inventions and brilliant acoustic guitar playing
make him one of the funniest and most original entertainers around. The cardboard tube double bass, the musical shoelaces, the Nutcracker played on
the tutu - xylophone, the Blue Danube on the condom harp and his 3-minute rendition of Riverdance all have to be seen to be believed – madness come & see!
At 9pm we are in the presence of a comedy god, Edinburgh Fringe Festival described him as comedy’s fastest rising star - Seann Walsh, with his
razor-sharp observational comedy tour Seann To Be Wild. A show mainly about how Seann can’t believe he still drinks (alcohol) despite what it does
to him! Nothing good has ever happened when you can’t remember. He’s never had a call from a mate the next morning saying “thanks for doing all
the washing up”. Star of Stand Up For The Week (C4), Live At The Apollo (BBC) and Argumental (Dave). Seann is a charming and charismatic natural born observational storyteller, and one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years. Within two years of his
first comedy performance Sean was the winner of several awards and has appeared on numerous TV shows including Live At the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock The Week, 8 out of 10 Cats to name but a few.
So what an extraordinary line-up come and get involved and be prepared to burst your sides with laughter!! Our very kind sponsors include: Compass
Office, Books & Marine, The Royal Castle Hotel, Windjammer Pub, Simon Drew, Café Alf Resco and Linden Homes
For more information please call Sarah Hackford at The Flavel 01803 839530
www.theflavel.org.uk e: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: The Flavel Arts Centre.
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