Derby launches first Comedy Festival!

Comedy Night Microphone

Wed 5 Mar 2014

Derby audiences love to laugh and will soon have plenty more to tickle their funny bone, as the first Derby Comedy Festival is launched this June.

Producer Derby LIVE will work alongside other arts organisations in the city including; Déda, Derby Independent Theatre Network, Derby Theatre, Funhouse Comedy, Furthest From the Sea, QUAD and Sinfonia Viva to programme over a week of events running from Fri 13 – Sun 22 Jun 2014.

The Festival will feature many comedy genres including: stand-up, improv, puppetry, children’s comedy, burlesque and theatre and will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  With a programme packed full of the hottest comedic talent, from rising stars to household names and local comedians, to laughter-inducing theatre, the festival will bring a host of vibrant and appealing events to Derby audiences.

Bob Rushton, Programme Manager, Derby LIVE said

“As we have a proven track record of bringing acts ranging from the innovative and ground-breaking to mainstream household names to the city, we felt the timing was right to take Derby’s comedy credentials to the next level and to tie in with Derby’s blossoming festival culture. Working with our partners in the city, we hope to do just that.”

Martin Repton, Derby City Council Councillor for Leisure and Culture said

“Derby Comedy Festival is going to be a superb event at various venues around the City Centre this summer, when we expect large audiences from both within the city and much further afield.

This is a first for Derby and it’s going to bring colour, laughter and interest to this part of the country and really put Derby on the map. We’re hoping that thousands of people will come along and thoroughly enjoy what is bound to be a summer of good quality comedy acts.”

The Festival will take place in a range of venues including: Assembly Rooms – Great Hall, Darwin and ’45 Suite; Bar 1; Déda; Derby Theatre Studio; Guildhall Theatre and QUAD; , along with an outdoor programme on the Market Place on Saturday 21 Jun.