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Laugh in the Park, Norwich

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Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard you belly ached and tears rolled down your cheeks? Neither can I… There’s a lot to be said for a good dose of comedy – the health benefits of a good chortle alone make it worthwhile seeking out. Luckily, The Red Card Comedy Club’s Laugh in the Park event is nearly here (and your giggle fest can soon begin).

With a massive line up of comic genius, Laugh in the Park takes place over fours days between 28 and 31 July in Norwich’s beautiful Chapelfield Gardens, with food and drink from Bite The Bullitt (burgers and burritos) and Grain Brewery (beer). Tickets cost £20 per day and can be bought online (see details below).

Chapelfield Gardens

Chapelfield Gardens

Food & drink from Bite the Bullitt and Grain Brewery

Food & drink from Bite the Bullitt and Grain Brewery

Here’s the line up of who is going to be tickling your tummy each day, courtesy of The Norwich Resident, just remember to take your Tena Lady’s!

Thursday 28 June:

Clockwise from top left: John Mann, Tom Stade, Stephen K. Amos, John Moloney

Clockwise from top left: John Mann, Tom Stade, Stephen K. Amos, John Moloney

John Mann (MC): Laugh in the Park would not be complete without a set from John Mann. A Red Card Comedy classic, John wryly observes everyday life with his sharp sense of humour and sneaky punchlines. The perfect compere.

Tom Stade: Tom State is to comedy what Keith Richards is to rock n’ roll, according to the Scottish Daily Record. The Canadian comedian’s impressive charm and first-class storytelling already has a staunch following after his first appearances on television’s Live at The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and The John Bishop Show.

Stephen K. Amos: Officially becoming a national treasure, multi-award winning Stephen K. Amos brings his usual mix of warm insight and spiky charm to Norwich at the opening night of Laugh in the Park. Fresh form a sell-out UK tour, get ready for some brilliant, feel-good entertainment.

John Moloney: Brace yourself for an onslaught of classy gags, from droll one-liners, political satire and absurd observations, to gleefully-schoolboy puns and observant re-interpretations of everyday phenomena. John Moloney will have you laughing in quick succession, with his understated dryness.

Friday 29 June:

Clockwise from top left: Rich Wilson, Imran Yusuf, Diane Spencer, Andy Parsons

Clockwise from top left: Rich Wilson, Imran Yusuf, Diane Spencer, Andy Parsons

Rich Wilson (MC): Host Rich is a top bloke and an extremely competent and funny MC. A big favourite at the regular Red Card Comedy Club, this geezer from Kent is a gifted, if understated, comic with a goldmine of funny tales and an arsenal of gags to choose from – most of the deliciously filthy variety.

Diane Spencer: Wacky, irreverent, shocking and hilarious – Diane Spencer is an unforgettable act. With her flowing flame-red hair and upper-class Surrey accent, what you see is what you get, so let’s forth a stream of unflinchingly honest, and extremely funny, comedy that will leave you reeling.

Andy Parsons: He’s a household name that will have you laughing out loud. A regular on television shows like Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and They Think It’s All Over, multi award-winning Andy Parsons brings his act to Norwich.

Imran Yusuf: Imran exploded onto the comedy scene in 2010 with a low-key Edinburgh Fringe show which was adored by press and public alike, earning him a load of five-star reviews, sell-out crowds and a coveted Fringe Best Newcomer nomination. Since then, this skilful and truly unique voice of British comedy has toured constantly, as well as appearing on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and at The Edinburgh Comedy Fest.

Saturday 30 July:

Clockwise from top left: Phil Nichol, Aisling Bea, Sean Meo, Andy Askins

Clockwise from top left: Phil Nichol, Aisling Bea, Sean Meo, Andy Askins

Aisling Bea (MC): Since winning prestigious comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny? in 2012, Aisling has become one of the most in-demand performers in UK and Irish comedy. She has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You? and QI, winning The Best Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comic in 2014.

Phil Nichol: Multi award-winning comic, actor and musician Phil Nichol has one of the most exciting and innovative comedy styles around. Mischievous, surreal, energetic and with a keen sense of fun, Phil is a hugely entertaining and charismatic performer with TV, theatre and global festival credits a mile long. The perfect headliner for a Saturday night.

Andy Askins: Impeccable timing and inventive, quirky songs have turned this unassuming-looking performer into a popular favourite on the comedy scene. Andy Askins is a permanent fixture at London’s Comedy Store and has appeared alongside Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Harry Hill and Rhod Gilbert, to name a few. He was also one of a very select group to be awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal for his contributions, which included several tours to soldiers operating on the frontline.

Sean Meo: Smooth, dry and cuttingly funny, Sean Meo swapped a career as a professional snooker player for comedy and quickly established himself as a serious player in the comedy clubs – securing himself Time Out’s Comedian of the Year Award. His extensive TV and Radio appearances include five series of The World Stands Up and Tonight and At The London Palladium, Comedy Rules and The London Comedy Festival.

Sunday 31 July:

Clockwise from top left: Tony Law, Christian Reilly, Andrew Maxwell, Paul Tonkinson

Clockwise from top left: Tony Law, Christian Reilly, Andrew Maxwell, Paul Tonkinson

Tony Law: With his Monty Python-esque spirit and chaotic, but constructed, performance, Canadian Tony Law brings his unique act to Laugh in the Park. Tony has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Celebrity Squares and The Alternative Comedy Experience, and has been on BBC Radio 4’s Tony Law’s Surreal Guide to Surreal Comedy. Brace yourselves for a bonkers, rollercoaster of a ride through the surreal side of comedy.

Christian Reilly: Described by The Scotsman as ‘The comedy equivalent of Motorhead slamming straight into Ace of Spades’, Christian Reilly joins the comedy tent for our last night. If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re probably a Christian Reilly fan already – you just don’t know it yet. As part of the Perrier award-winning show Otis Lee Crenshaw with comic/songster Rich Hall, Christian’s career has taken him around the world three times, on his way receiving accolades and TV credits in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and, last but not least, Britain.

Paul Tonkinson: A sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, marathon runner and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Tonkinson has an effervescent physicality and is a skilful impressionist. Get ready for a plethora of first-class material. Combined with tremendous charm and infectious energy, it makes for quite a formidable talent. As Michael McIntyre said: “Nobody makes me laugh like Paul Tonkinson. Simply one of the greatest comics around – go see him!”

Andrew Maxwell: Closing Laugh in the Park is the excellent Andrew Maxwell, who headlines Sunday night. The Irish comedian has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Sky’s John Bishop’s Only Joking and Dave’s One Night Stand, and has hosted BBC3’s Live Edinburgh Comedy Marathon. Andrew has also appeared on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and Celebrity Juice, as well as radio shows including Radio 4’s News Quiz, It’s Not What You Know and Dilemma.

Laugh in the Park Comedy Festival, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TN. Tel: 01603 508050. redcardcomedyclub.com/laugh-in-the-park 

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