October 2, 2008

City Braced for Side-Splitting First

A rib-tickling selection of stand-up will be staged this week as Lincoln holds its first comedy festival.

The week-long event will be celebrating some of the major names in British comedy.

The festival will be held from today until Tuesday, October 7, with gigs being staged at the Drill Hall and the Engine Shed.

The BBC's Mock the Week regulars Frankie Boyle and Russell Howard have both got sold out shows for the festival.

Organiser Shaun Almey said: "It is a huge thing to for a city to have its own comedy festival, and an honour to be involved in the first one."

"From the comedians' point of view, it won't be a risk because many of them have performed here before, know the audiences, and enjoy gigging in the city."

Mr Almey added that he decided to put the event on because it was about time Lincoln could boast it's own festival.

"If it's successful and people seem to like it, the idea is for it to become a yearly thing," he said.

"There will be a mix of established and the best emerging talent around to put on a festival with something for everyone to have a laugh at."

For full details on the programme, see Wednesday's Echo.

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