Get ready for the comeback of an over 18s comedy festival in Norwich
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There’s great news for lovers of laughter – preparations are under way for the comeback of a four-day over-18s comedy festival in Norwich.
Laugh in the Park - what you need to know
Running from July 24 to 27, the festival will be set in Chapelfield Gardens in the centre of Norwich.
Festival-goers will be able to enjoy the local taste of Great Yarmouth’s Bite the Bullitt grill, as well as a glass of wine or a pint from Harper Wells and Grain Brewery.
Gates and the bar will open at 6pm, with performances starting at 8pm.
The performances are for over 18s.
Tickets for Thursday and Sunday cost £15, and £17.50 on Friday and Saturday.
They are available to purchase at www.redcardcomedyclub.com
Organised by Norfolk’s Red Card Comedy Club, Laugh in the Park will return to Chapelfield Gardens in July and will feature a line-up of well-known comedy stars, including panel show favourite Rob Beckett.
He will be joined by fellow comedian Ian Stone, who was ranked as one of the top 10 stand ups in Britain by the Independent. Mr Stone said that he was “very excited” to be part of the festival.
“Norwich is indeed a fine city and I can’t wait to come to talk nonsense to its citizens,” he added.
Paul Chowdhry, Jeff Innocent, Mike Gunn and musical comedian Kate Lucas will also take their turn on stage.
Derek Robertson, festival organiser, said: “Red Card Comedy Club are thrilled to be returning with Laugh in The Park in Chapelfield Gardens, being Norfolk’s biggest comedy club and having so many top acts this year are all the perfect ingredients for a great summer night out.”
Rob, who claims to be commonly mistaken for Boris Johnson, the Milky Bar Kid and Pat Butcher, only started performing stand-up shows in 2009.
Quickly finding his feet, he won four new comedian competitions in his first year and was a runner up in So You Think You’re Funny - a talent show which searches for undiscovered stand-up talent.
A presenting role on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!’s spin-off show on ITV2 and regular appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats has propelled Rob’s career in to the mainstream.
His claim that people are “normally working class if their television is bigger than their bookcase” was voted one of the funniest one-liners at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by the Guardian.
For more information visit www.robbeckettcomedy.com
North London-born Ian started his stand-up career in 1991, after a girlfriend persuaded him to get on stage.
His first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 came with controversy - A Little Piece of Pike, the tour’s name, was considered racist, leading organisers to ask him to put it in inverted commas.
Ian is a regular on TV shows including The 11 O’Clock show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock The Week.
The avid Arsenal fan co-hosts podcast The Tuesday Club, which takes a light-hearted look at the club’s week.
For information visit www.ianstonecomedian.co.uk
Comedian and actor Jeff describes himself as a “new breed of East London man” preferring “Dali to Delboy”.
His stand-up career started ten years ago and, since then, he has racked up an impressive list of television credits, including I Love 1999, Later with Jools Holland, The Stand Up Show, Real Easternders and Brief Histories.
The prolific writer contributed to the book Sit Down Comedy and has written for the Independent.
For news and information visit www.jeffinnocent.com
Musical comedian Kate Lucas has only been on the professional stand-up circuit for the year, but has already won the Leicester Mercury’s Comedian of the Year with her amusing songs and dark lyrics.
Kate started performing while studying drama at Middlesex University and has gone on to capture audiences with her unique style of stand-up.
Singing a variety of songs with unusual lyrics - “I hope every wine you drink is corked” being a highlight - the young star has a bright future ahead of her.
For information and to watch some of the songs, visit www.twitter.com/lateylucas