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Final Line-up for Merthyr Comedy Festival Announced

Top comedy-circuit stars and rising talent from across the UK will be coming to Merthyr Tydfil for the town’s very first Merthyr Comedy Festival this April.

Taking place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April, over 40 comedians will be taking part across 2 days and 7 venues, with audiences guaranteed a laugh around every corner.

Highlights include:

• The Big Opening Night Show: featuring critically acclaimed Time Out Comedy Award winner Mike Wilmot, Bec Hill of Go 8 Bit and CBBC's The Dog Ate My Homework and Mike Bubbins, Welsh comedian and raconteur. Buy Tickets Here

• Family Friendly Stand-Up Comedy: TV stars Bec Hill, Phil Cooper and Paul Duncan McGarritty deliver big stand-up for little ears. Buy Tickets Here

• Simon Donald, co-creator of Viz Comics performs his critically acclaimed one-man show “Barry Twyford Isn’t Meant”. Buy Tickets Here

• King of the Cwtsh, Phil Evans, and friends Aled Richards and Gary Slaymaker, bring you the very best Welsh comedy. Buy Tickets Here

• Ordinary housewife extraordinaire Barbara Nice, the creation of Phoenix Nights actress Janice Connelly, brings her critically acclaimed show Raffle! Buy Tickets Here

• Welsh favourite and MC at the acclaimed Clown’s Pocket comedy club, Paul James performs his latest show, “Designated Drinker”. Buy Tickets Here

• Phil Cooper, Noel James a Ffrindiau: an evening of the very best Welsh comedy with S4C’s Phil Cooper, Lorna Pritchard and Noel James. Buy Tickets Here

• The Big Closing Night Show: featuring star of Red Dwarf, Norman Lovett, Simon Donald from Viz Comics and Barbara Nice of Phoenix Nights fame, hosted by festival co-organiser, Drew Taylor. Please note change of venue to Redhouse. Buy Tickets Here

For the full festival programme, click here Merthyr Comedy Festival Brochure.

Organised by The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District (BID), shows take place in Merthyr Tydfil Labour Club, The New Crown Inn, Woodfired, The Brunswick, Redhouse and Canolfan Soar.

BID Co-ordinator Antonia Pompa said: “We are delighted to be delivering our very first comedy festival here in Merthyr Tydfil. Our programme showcases a huge range of stand-up talent with comedy-circuit stars like Mike Wilmot, Norman Lovett and Bec Hill, as well as many rising stars from around the UK and beyond.”

“We aim to provide something for everyone – children’s shows, family shows and shows that are a little more adult in nature.”

She added: “We hope visitors will join us for the star-studded opening and closing nights but also take the opportunity to spend the Saturday afternoon and evening with us here in Merthyr Tydfil, try out our many festival venues, have a bite to eat and a drop to drink, and most importantly enjoy some great stand-up comedy.”

More updates are available on the Merthyr Comedy Festival and We Love Merthyr Facebook pages.


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