You must be having a laugh?

Published: Thursday 2nd November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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There’s so much to laugh at during this year’s Hull Comedy Festival. We spoke with Gary Jennison, Creative Director to find out more.

“The festival has been going for ten years now, so it’s a very exciting year for us, especially alongside it being Hull UK City of Culture,” Gary tells us. “It was only last year, however, that Director Jed Salisbury and I took over to programme and produce the event.”

2017’s lineup is full of funnymen and comediennes to keep you entertained for an incredible twenty days.

“We have over forty acts performing; there’s something for everyone, from character comedy and stand-ups, to panel shows and quizzes, and even musical and variety performances,” says Gary. “I mean, if you don’t find any of this funny, I’m quite worried for you!”

TV names such as Katherine Ryan, Greg Davies, Ellie Taylor, Joel Dommet and Ken Dodd will be making us chuckle alongside local award-winning comedians such as Anna Morris, Live Naked Idiots, Jack Meadow and The Kagools, who have recently won an Amuse Moose Award for their side-splitting show.

“The Hullarious Free Fringe, One Hull of a Night and our Best of ‘Ull evening are all must-sees if you want to try something new and discover up-and-coming talent,” Gary insists. “Jed and I are trying to break down barriers. Whilst many people want to see their favourite TV faces on the stage, it’s also a unique opportunity to hear from Hull and Yorkshire-based acts. We always try to focus on our local night and get people into the city to be entertained.”

You will even be able to see Jed and Gary in action across the extensive programme of shows and events:

“We have two kids’ shows, as well as appearances at the local nights,” Gary explains.

Family-friendly comedy is a whole different ball game to making adults laugh, according to the Creative Director:

“You can get away with more stuff when you perform in front of kids. I don’t mean this in a bad way. I mean, you see the world from a different point of view. You have to enter their world to be able to make them laugh. And they’re all under five-foot right? So you literally see the world from another perspective,” he expands. “And you get to say bums, willies and bogies – if I did that at an adult show, I might get a few bizarre looks.”

It’s clear from having a quick chat with the organisers that Hull Comedy Festival is all about making people smile.

“The people of Hull like having a laugh. I think we have a strong tradition of being quite self-deprecating. It’s important to laugh, too. There’s so much going on in the world, that sometimes it’s just nice to forget about it and have a giggle.”

Find out more about specific shows on the Hull Comedy Festival website.

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Published: Thursday 2nd November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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