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The first round of comedians heading Newbury Comedy Festival have been announced.
Running from July 6-15, Newbury Comedy Festival offers over a week of the finest comedy acts on the circuit, right to your doorstep. Whether you like your comedians fresh off the telly or enjoy sniffing out the latest new talent, there’s lots to get excited about this summer.
Among the headline acts announced today, Phill Jupitus, the comedian who has been entertaining the nation for years on NeverMind the Buzzcocks, brings his Work in Progress show to the Corn Exchange on Friday, July 13 – hope he’s not superstitious.
Mock The Week star Seann Walsh will be unleashing brand new material in a double bill with Fosters Newcomer nominee Josh Widdicombe on Thursday, July 12.
And kicking off the festival, comedy magicians Barry and Stuart hit the town with their trademark blend of wonder-invoking, laughter-inducing, awe-inspiring magic. Having caused a stir at last summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival these up-and-coming stars of BBC1’s The Magicians will be confounding Newbury audiences with their unique show, Show & Tell, Friday, July 6.
Adding variety to the festival, the UK’s most accomplished ventriloquist, Paul Zerdin, heads for Newbury with his favourite outspoken companion Sam the following day (Saturday).You can catch the frontman of the masters of musical comedy, the Amateur Transplants in Adam Kay’s Smutty Songs at Arlington Arts Wednesday, July 11; or if sketch shows are more your thing, then join the gang from Instant Wit, with their fast paced comedy improv show.
Corn Exchange director Katy Griffiths who programmes the festival says: ”We’re really excited about how this year’s line-up is shaping up. We’ve got something for everyone from stand-up to sketch shows and ventriloquism to musical comedy. There’s even a little bit of magic too. We’ll be bringing a bit of festival fever to Newbury this summer – so keep your eyes peeled for what’s going on.”
All these shows are on sale and can be booked via the Corn Exchange box office on (01635) 522733 or online at

With more acts set to be announced, including some big name headliners, the Newbury Weekly News will be sure to be first with the full line up over the coming weeks.

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