Colchester is to host a festival of comedy, a first for Essex. It will run from the 18th to 30th April 2013. Many well known comedians have already agreed to stand up in Colchester, including Jimmy Carr, Richard Herring, Mitch Benn and Mark Steel. As well as stand up acts there will be comedy workshops and comedy films shown at theatres.
They have just launched their website, colchestercomedyfestival.co.uk which provides full details of all acts, events and workouts at the festival.
The highlights so far include:
- 18 April 2013 12pm to 10pm – Civic Ceremonial – An Audience With A Mayor
- 18 April 2013 7:30pm – Mercury Theatre – A One Man Protest – a series of plays by Alan Ayckbourn
- 18 April 2013 7:30pm – Colchester Arts Centre – Doc Brown
- 20 April 2013 8:00pm – Waiting Room – The Comedy Hub – Get involved!
- 21 April 2013 12:00pm -Waiting Room – Comedy Workshop – Get Up! Stand Up!
- 24 April 2013 7:30pm – Colchester Arts Centre – Richard Herring: Talking Cock
- 25 April 2013 7:30pm – firstsite – Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- 27 April 2013 7:30pm – Colchester Arts Centre – Mark Steel
- 28 April 2013 7:30pm – Mercury Theatre – Shappi Khorsandi
- 30 April 2013 7:00pm – Charter Hall – Jimmy Carr
Throughout the festival there is also the Colchester New Comedian of the Year competition, with three hears and a grand final.