Tickets on sale for Comedy Festival

Comedian Josh Widdicombe will perform at the 2015 Thorner Comedy Festival. (S)
Comedian Josh Widdicombe will perform at the 2015 Thorner Comedy Festival. (S)

Bookings are brisk for this year’s Thorner Comedy Festival claim the organisers of the event which has gained a growing reputation over the last ten years.

Comedians appearing in earlier years have quickly gone on to become household names, including Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Russell Kane, Katherine Ryan, Kevin Bridges and Marcus Brigstocke and hopes are high for this year’s line-up.

Announcing this year’s line-up for February 28 and 28, Festival organiser Alex Foster said: “Again we’ve been assisted by colleagues at Festival Republic, the Leeds Festival organisers in putting together two nights of quality comedy that you would never expect to find in a village hall.

“Add to the line-up sponsorship from Leeds Brewery, and you’ll realise we have two very special nights on offer.

“We have 600 tickets over the two nights and we expect them to be sold out in a couple of weeks.”

Friday’s show will offer headline act James Acaster, who appeared in Thorner in 2012 and has now gone on to be nominated for the best shows at Edinburgh Festival as well as having his own shows on Radio 4.

In support will be Joe Lycett and Nish Kumar.

On Saturday Josh Widdicombe appears - another comedian making a welcome return to the Victory Hall.

“His deadpan charm and fast paced performance were a hit with the Thorner audience in 2011, and he’s frequently seen on our TV screens,” added James.

“He’ll be supported by talented comedians and script writer Suzi Ruffel and John Robins.”

Tickets for each night of the festival are £25, but there’s a two-night deal for £45.

An online booking system allows payment by credit or debit card –, or tickets can be reserved by phone or text on 07521372994.

Over the last ten years the festival has helped raise funds that have regenerated Thorner’s 90 year old Victory Hall, and have aided the Kenyan Orphanage Project.

Hall fundraising continues to tackle floor replacement and upgrade the heating system.

Thorner Victory Hall was opened in 1924 as a memorial to the villagers who lost their lives in the First World War.

The building cost of £4,000 was raised by the people of Thorner with the land being donated by Lord Mexborough.

Since early 2008 the building has gone through a major rebuilding and and it was awarded the Village Hall Quality Hallmark Level Three status.