The Last Laugh Comedy Festival

[wide]pappys1 | The Last Laugh Comedy Festival [/wide] What started as a small venture between friends, has now grown and expanded into one of the biggest comedy festivals in the UK. The Last Laugh Comedy Festival (formerly Grin Up North) launched back in 2005. The intervening years has seen in grow and expand into a huge comedy behemoth spanning most of October.

2013 is one of its biggest and broadest line-up to date, featuring household names, some of the best acts from Edinburgh festival over the last few years, and up-and-coming stand-ups. Last Laugh build on their regular comedy nights at the Lescar, City Hall and Greystones to bring Sheffield names such as Ed Byrne, Ardal O’Hanlon, Lucy Porter, James Acaster, Tom Wrigglesworth, Andy Parsons, Russell Brand, Sean Lock and Phil Jupitus.

With such a mix, it’s well worth checking out some of what’s on offer. There is also a special Kid’s Comedy Festival this year.

Some of the highlights include:

Pappy’s Last Show Ever – City Hall – 8th October

Don’t let the name fool you, they’ll be doing a lot more shows and the trio are on a real high at the moment. Described by the Guardian as “one of the finest sketch troupes of the last decade”, the trio took Edinburgh by storm last year with Pappy’s Last Ever Show.

Tony Law: Nonsense Overdrive – Studio – 9th October

Tony will be a familiar face to many with appearances on TV  shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and Charlie Brooker’s Screen Swipe. He’s Chortle’s Best Live Show Award winner for 2013 and has a plethora of other accolades under his belt. Expect the random, mined by a genius.

Richard Herring: We’re all Going to Die – City Hall – 23rd October

Ever the cheery blighter, Richard tackles the subject of death in his new show. He’s already taken-on religion, politics and love, The ever popular comedian has been consistently touring funny shows since he came to prominence as half of Lee and Herring.

Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds with the Universe – Greystones– 4/5th October

Tom will be a familiar voice to many Radio 4 listeners, and the award winning comedian returns to his home town for a two night run. He’s a master of twisted logic and whimsical storytelling.

Robin Ince: The Importance of Being Interested – City Hall – 15th October

Co-Host (with Brian Cox) of the popular The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince has a lifelong passion for science. He follows on from his successful Happiness Through Science show with a further exploration of two of his favourite scientists: Charles Darwin and Charles Faynman, Expect to be entertained and informed.

For full details of the festival line-up visit the Last Laugh website.

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