Harrogate Comedy Festival set for launch

Chris Ramsey.
Chris Ramsey.

Harrogate, the comedy capital of the north, roars into life in less than two weeks’ time with its annual Harrogate Comedy Festival.

And the reporters of the Harrogate Advertiser Series will be there in the thick of the laughs as judges in the Comedian of the Year contest.

Starting on Monday, October 6, Graham Chalmers, Alex Johnston and Ed White will be helping to assess the up-and-coming comics competing in this Daleside Brewery-sponsored event.

Hailed last year by one of its stars, Andy Parsons, as one of the “top five comedy festivals in the world”, this year is the sixth Harrogate Comedy Festival an.

As always, its packed with household names such as Ross Noble, Arthur Smith, Marcus Brigstocke, Dave Gorman, Ruby Wax and Mark Watson -plus fast rising acts including Channel 4 stars Cardinal Burns and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Bridget Christie.

Another name to look out for is Chris Ramsey who performs at Harrogate Theatre on Wednesday, October 15.

Last year he starred as Jack in the second series of critically-acclaimed sitcom Hebburn, co-starring Vic Reeves whose viewing figures on BBC2 peaked at more than 2 million.

In terms of live shows, after being thrown off Soccer AM on Sky TV for what he thought was an innocuous comment, the 28-year-old Geordie decided to name his latest tour Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television.

Described by GQ magazine as a “brilliantly engaging natural storyteller” by the Evening Standard, this proverbial ‘lad next door’ keeps adding more and more dates, threatening to become the comedy equivalent of Bob Dylan’s fabled Never Ending Tour.

The former film studies student at the University of Sunderland is a something of a TV regular, making appearances on Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats, to name a few.

Harrogate Comedy Festival runs from Sunday, October 5 to Saturday, October 18 at venues ranging from the Royal Hall to The Crown Hotel and, especially, Harrogate Theatre.

Tickets are available on 01423 502116 or online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk