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Bath Comedy - Have You Booked Tickets Yet?

This year's Comedy Fest kicks off in just three days, this Saturday 1st April!

Paul Merton opens the biggest and best ever Bath Comedy Festival

With over 190 performers plus 70 New Act Competition entrants, Bath Comedy Festival this year is set to deliver an amazing programme of entertainment - from famous names including Paul Merton's Impro Chums who perform this Saturday 1st April at Bath's fabulous Forum venue - the first time this magnificent art deco former picture palace has been used for pure comedy - to exciting newcomers looking to launch their career into comedy.

Festival Director Nick Steel says, “This year sees a brilliantly balanced line-up, with something for everybody, from baby buggy to Zimmer frame!”

Top laughs
Top names and highlights to look out for in the first week include Brendon Burns, Brew House Live & Late wih Paddy Lennox, My Brilliant Divorce (five day run), Friday Night Live starring John Moloney, Pauline Eyre & Cally Beaton: 50 shades of No F*cking Way!, Abi Roberts, Mervyn Stutter and Simon Evans.

New kids on the block
The festival concentrates on encouraging burgeoning young talent, and the now nationally renowned New Act Competition attracts hundreds of hopefuls. The heats are staged in more intimate spaces of The Igloo at the Abbey Hotel and the Tank Room at Bath Brew House.

Cheap as chips to 5-star dining
The Affordable Festival of pay-what-you-feel shows begins this coming week at Bath Brew House, where there will also be some late night line-ups this year.

There are two flagship immersive experiences in the Festival which still have tickets available if you're quick - The completely bonkers, boozy mystery tour on a bug red bus, The Wine Arts Trail, still has some tickets left for the first tour (April 9th) and the fabulous Wedding Reception (from the makers of Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience) is a snip at £37.50 for an hilarious two hours complete with three course meal! (April 16th).

Laughs for little people
For families planning ahead to the school holiday, don't forget the buggy-friendly Kids Comedy Festival (Mon 10th through Fri 14th April) is aimed at hard-up mums and dads looking for creative fun during the holidays for tots and toddlers up to pre-teens. The Kids Festival will be declared open by TV's Martin Roberts - Homes Under the Hammer and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!.

World-class musicians, raconteurs and vintage comedy rub shoulders
There's a splendid musical interlude in the Festival in the shape of world-class (and very funny) Shetland fiddler and accordionist duo Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham. If you'r every quick you might just bag one of the last available tickets (April 3rd).

Another genre-busting and popular booking is veteran broadcaster Andy Kershaw, who will be recounting his numerous adventures in the worlds of music and journalism (April 6th).

Residents of Bradford on Avon and those up for a ten minute train ride won't miss out as old stagers and all-time favourites Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden are at the Wiltshire Music Centre (April 5th). This historic town's pubs, eateries and independent shops are currently trending, so why not make a day of it?

Full details, times, venues and booking links are on - book your tickets now!

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