Comedy festival set to hit Dartmouth next week

Lucy Porter | Dartmouth Comedy Festival | Higher Bowden Cottages News

The eighth annual Dartmouth Comedy Festival is set to kick off next week with a number hilarious comics set to grace the town.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, March 4, and runs until Saturday, March 8 which means our holiday cottages in South Devon may just be the perfect place to stay for a week of laughs.

The festival, hosted by Flavel Arts Centre, gets underway with a performance from Matt Harvey in The Flavel’s Café Al Resco.

Matt, from nearby Totnes has been hailed by the Guardian as a “writer, poet and enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting” who has the ability to be “not only funny but tender and true”.

The opening night also sees Lucy Porter in action with her new show Northern Soul. The show sees Lucy, a veteran of TV’s Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, talk about her search for her spiritual home – or how her move to Manchester and marriage to a Welshman hasn’t helped her feel at home in Southern England.

On night two Carl Donnelly and Ed Gamble take to the stage at the Flavel.

The pair have teamed up for a double act just a few months after Carl was nominated for an award at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe while Ed is testing material for his 2014 debut at the Fringe.

On Thursday there’s a taste of high society life in early 20th century Britain on offer, as impressionist Luke Kempner brings his show The Only Way Is Downton to Dartmouth.

In the parody show modern day celebrities start appearing at Downton Abbey, causing a hilarious clash of cultures.

There’s a double bill on Friday, March 7, as Carly Smallman performs her catalogue of hilarious parody songs as part of a curry and comedy cabaret while riotous comedy cabaret troupe Slightly Fat Features are also set to appear.

Slightly Fat Features | Dartmouth Comedy Festival | Higher Bowden Cottages News

The troupe, part Monty Python and part Cirque du Soleil, show off their astonishing physical skills including tiger taming, bullet catching and knife throwing.

The festival comes to an end on Saturday with three separate shows taking place.

A matinee performance of Tiernan Douieb’s family show Everything You’ve Ever Needed to Know Ever takes place at 2pm with kids, adults and even robots set to learn why you can’t run with scissors but hairdressers can wave them in your face and how the bubbles in fizzy drinks are put there.

Tiernan Douieb | Dartmouth Comedy Festival | Higher Bowden Cottages News

Patrick Monahan is next up at 7.30pm with his new show, Cake Charmer before headline act for the festival Sean Hughes takes over at 9pm to bring the house down.

Penguins sees Sean take  the crowd back to his Dublin upbringing as he explains the awkwardness of teenage life, weaving in family, school days, friendships and tying it all in to the present.

That roster of outstanding shows means the eighth annual Dartmouth Comedy Festival is set to be a success and the Flavel is set to help fill guests up for those big belly laughs.

Every night of the festival pre-show meals are available in Café Al Resco, with a steak and ale or butternut squash and roasted tomato pie served with creamy mash, peas and baby onions on offer.

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