Festival earns more laughs

James Acaster
James Acaster

HUNDREDS of comedy fans gathered into a packed Victory Hall last weekend for the annual Thorner Comedy Festival.

The two-day rib-tickling bonanza saw a total of 600 people from all over the UK turn up at the 300 seat venue which has gained a cult following since it started eight years ago.

The comedy fundraiser is part of the Victory Hall’s Raise the Roof campaign to help with ongoing refurbishment at the hall, which started in 2004 to repair the leaking building.

Festival organiser Alex Foster said: “Thanks to all the help from Festival Republic in booking the comedians, we’ve been able to put on another superb lineup, and our team of volunteers have ensured a professionally-run event.

“I can do no better than repeat the comment of one member of the audience who said ‘it just gets better every year!’”

Friday night acts started with comedian Tom Deacon, followed by sketch comedy act Pappy’s Comedy, and headline act, Brighton-based comedian Seann Walsh.

On stage on Saturday were Sara Pascoe, James Acaster and Canadian headliner Tom Stade, who played the venue in 2008.

All proceeds from the tickets sales goes towards the ongoing refurbishment of the hall.

l Turn to page 11 to read a full review of Friday and Saturday night at the festival.